Arroyo corrects Soce; to stay in House seat

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Friday, December 20, 2013

MANILA -- Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has rectified her defective Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (Soce) and is now eligible to stay as congresswoman of the second district of Pampanga.

Based on the records from the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Arroyo already corrected her faulty Soce after she submitted a compliant version last Tuesday.

Arroyo was earlier found by the Comelec Campaign Finance Unit (CFU) not to have personally signed her Soce, and is, therefore, deemed not filed.

Aside from Arroyo, already correcting their defective Soces were Manila (3rd District) Representative Naida Angping; Manila (4th District) Representative Trisha Bonoan-David; Muntinlupa Representative Rodolfo Biazon; Ilocos Sur (1st District) Representative Ronald Singson; San Jose Del Monte Representative Arthur Robes; Batangas (1st District) Representative Eileen Ermita-Buhain; Batangas (3rd District) Representative Nelson Collantes; Batangas (4th District) Representative Dong Mendoza; Antipolo (2nd District) Representative Romeo Acop; Quezon (1st District) Representative Wilfrido Mark Enverga; North Cotabato (2nd District) Representative Nancy Catamco; Camarines Sur (5th District) Representative Sal Fortuno; Rizal (1st District) Representative Joel Roy Duavit; Bulacan (1st District) Representative Ma. Victoria Sy-Alvarado; and Lanao del Sur (2nd District) Representative Pangalian Balindong.

On the other hand, Bataan (2nd District) Representative Tet Garcia (not personally signed); Albay (2nd District) Representative Al Francis Bichara (not personally signed); Misamis Occidental (2nd District) Representative Henry Oaminal (not personally signed); and Sultan Kudarat (2nd District) Representative Arnulfo Go (not personally signed) have yet to correct their Soces.

According to Comelec Chairperson Sixto Brillantes, those that will be able to correct their Soces will already be allowed to assume their posts.

“Only after filing correct Soces will they be considered compliant with the requirements of the law. That would entitle them now to re-assume their offices,” said Brillantes.

Section 14 of RA 7166 provides that “no person elected to any public office shall enter upon the duties of his office until he has filed the statement of contributions and expenditures required."

A total of 422 elected officials including 20 congressmen; four governors; one vice governor; 12 provincial board members; three city mayors; nine city vice mayors; 47 city councilors; 23 municipal mayors; 26 municipal vice mayors; and 277 municipal councilors were previously identified to have faulty Soces from the May 13 polls. (HDT/Sunnex)

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