One week after deadline, LP submits SOCE

THE Liberal Party (LP) finally submitted on Tuesday its statement of contributions and expenditures (SOCE) to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) one week after the deadline.

The Comelec Campaign Finance Office, in charge of receiving the SOCE, said that the acceptance of the LP's SOCE is only ministerial, as the Comelec en banc is yet to rule if it will accept SOCEs, which were not filed within the given deadline.

The documents however did not include the SOCE of LP standard-bearer 2016 presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II, who also failed to file his SOCE last June 8.

After his failure to submit the said documents, Roxas requested the poll body for a 14-day extension to file his SOCE.

Barry Gutierrez, the spokesperson of LP, said that the reason for Roxas' failure to submit the SOCE is the "voluminous number of receipts that have to be scanned and attached to the document, in compliance with the rules and in the interest of complete transparency."

The Comelec en banc is set to rule if it will grant the request Roxas.

According to the document LP submitted, the party spent at least P241,097,372 last elections.

Under the Comelec Resolution 9991, the presidential candidate who will fail to submit his SOCE will be fined P30,000 for the first offense and 60,000 for the second offense.

Also, the candidate who will fail to submit SOCE twice shall face perpetual disqualification from running for any government position. (Sunnex)
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