Local bets told to submit campaign finance report

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Monday, June 3, 2013


MANILA -- Citing a memorandum of agreement (MOA) it had with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday reminded candidates to submit of their Statements of Election Contributions and Expenditures (SECE).

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the MOA empowers the Comelec to strictly enforce the requirement of filing SECE, which is until June 12.
 
"Local candidates failing to submit Statements of Election Contributions and Expenditures won't be allowed to assume office. In case you've forgotten," said Jimenez on Twitter.
 
Under the MOA signed last March 2012, the DILG shall require the winning candidate to present a certification from the Comelec that he/she has satisfactorily complied with his/her obligation of filing his/her SECE before he/she is administered into oath of office.
 
On the other hand, Jimenez admitted that there is no similar MOA that will apply for candidates that ran for senator and congressmen – both district and party-list.
 
"The Comelec will coordinate with the leadership of each House to determine the best means of enforcing the SECE requirement," said Jimenez in a separate interview.
 
Section 14 of the Republic Act 7166 or the Synchronized National and Local Elections Law, though, already states that: "no person elected to any public offices shall enter upon the duties of his office until he has filed the statement of contributions and expenditures required."
 
Failure to submit the SECE, both for losing and winning candidates, will also constitute an administrative offense, which is punishable by a fine ranging from P1,000 to P30,000 at the discretion of the Comelec while the second or subsequent offense, offenders shall be liable to pay an administrative fine from P2,000 to P60,000 and shall be subject to perpetual disqualification from holding public office.
 
Comelec Resolution 9385 said that June 12 is the last day to file their sworn SECE as it is the last of the 30-day period after Election Day as provided for by the law.
 
"All candidates in the 2013 elections must submit Statements of Election Contributions and Expenses. No extensions will be granted for the filing of SECE," said Jimenez. (HDT/Sunnex)

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