Escalante submitted Soce – Comelec

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

NEGROS Occidental Provincial Elections Supervisor Jessie Suarez clarified on Friday that Second District Board Member Salvador Escalante has filed his statement of campaign contribution and expenditures (Soce) contrary to the list released by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) central office showing that he hasn’t.

Suarez said Escalante’s Soce was included in their transmittal to the Comelec Law Department on June 17, 2013. Records show Escalante filed his SOCE on June 11, 2013.

Comelec Chairperson Sixto Brillantes said the poll body’s en banc this week ruled that 424 winning candidates have either failed to submit reports on their donors and expenditures within deadline and according to the prescribed forms.

The Comelec en banc then ordered them to temporarily vacate their post.

The list includes five from Negros Occident, including Escalante.

Also included is Cauayan Councilor Wilfredo Tortosa, who also clarified on Friday that he has already filed his SOCE and was even an early bird when he filed it with the election office in Cauayan.

He said that he has already consulted his lawyer about the matter.

Meanwhile in Bacolod, Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr., who is also included in the list of 424 officials, said he was able to submit his Soce before the deadline last June 13.

Gamboa said City Election Registrar Mavil Majarucon-Sia confirmed that he was able to submit his SOCE but there are technicality issues regarding the forms he used.

“It is a matter of technicality I was informed,” Gamboa said.

Gamboa explained that the problem was that he submitted using an old form which he used during the two previous elections instead of the new form issued by the Comelec.

“I was told that all I had to do is to correct the deficiencies and everything will be resolved,” Gamboa said.

In Negros Occidental, Suarez said six candidates for provincial positions who were not elected failed to submit their SOCEs before his office.

Based on records of Comelec provincial office, those who failed to submit are Leopoldo Sua who ran for congressman of the first district; Leonardo Erobas who ran for congressman of the fourth district; Sly Joy Barredo who ran for board member in the second district; Leonardo Magbanua Sr., for board member of the second district; Arturo Alvarez, for board member in the fourth district; and Francis Gerard Tuvilla, for board member in the fifth district.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 14, 2013.

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