1,000 BEIs have yet to get honorarium

OVER 1,000 board of election inspectors (BEI) of seven local government units in Cebu Province have not received their cash cards where their honorariums will be deposited.

These towns include Badian (114 BEIs), Asturias (138), Dumanjug (153), Catmon (78) and Sibonga (117) and the cities of Carcar (209) and Toledo (369).

Cebu Provincial Election Supervisor Eddie Aba submitted the list to Finance Services Department Director 4 Eduardo Mejos of Comelec Manila last Tuesday.

This, as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Cebu City has also sent notices to 47 candidates to submit their statement of contributions and expenditure (Soce).

They have until June 12, the formal end of the election season, to file their Soce.

Each party will have the same period to do the same. In Cebu City, the main parties are Liberal Party, which carried Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) and United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), which carried Team Rama.

The BEIs are entitled to receive P4,000 as honorarium for serving in the May 13

elections.

A letter from Mejos last May 17 stated there were substitutions in the list of the BEI before and during the election day where the changes were no longer reflected in the list submitted to the banks entrusted by the Comelec for the BEIs honoraria.

The banks are Landbank of the Philippines and the United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB).

Mejos said the BEIs who have yet to receive their honoraria will receive cash.

Provincial Comelec election assistant Arthur Patiga said the 1,178 BEIs will get cash through their election officers.

Second ATM

The election officer has a “second ATM” where Landbank will deposit the honoraria of the BEIs of the LGUs mentioned.

Patiga said it will take time if the BEIs wait for their cash cards, so the election officer will make a payroll and distribute the money to the BEIs.

The election officers will serve as a special disbursing officer.

Patiga said the BEIs might received their P4,000 cash next week.

Earlier, Aba said the payment for the BEIs and Precinct Count Optical Technicians (PCOS) technicians in the Province will be given one at a time.

He said it depends on the Landbank and UCPB to choose who among the BEIs will first receive their cash cards.

On the Soce, the document will be submitted to the campaign finance unit of the Comelec.

Each candidate and party will have to submit four copies of the document.

The statement will be in five different forms.

One form will detail the amount of contribution, date of receipt, full name, profession, business, taxpayer identification number and home address.

The next form is the schedule of contributions while the third one is the schedule of expenditures.

The latter will include the amount of expenditure, the date, full name and address of

the person or entity that received the payment.

The fourth form is the summary report of lawful expenditure.

The last form is the schedule of unpaid obligations.

“If the candidate or party treasurer received no contribution, made no expenditure, or

has no pending obligation, the statement shall reflect such fact, and such other information that the Commission may require,” the notice from the Comelec Cebu City office read.

It was signed by Election Officers Ferdinand Gujilde (south district) and Dominic Ian

Marigomen (north district).

Receipts, invoices

Attached to the statement are the receipts, invoices and other documents that would reflect the contributions and expenditures.

“An incomplete statement or a statement that does not contain all the required information and attachments, or does not conform to the prescribed form, shall be considered as not filled and shall subject the candidate or party treasurer to the penalties prescribed by law,” the notice warned.

Elected officials who cannot submit the Soce will not be allowed to sit in office on June 30.

Candidates who have filed their statements will be given a certification from Comelec.

Failure to submit Soce means a fine of between P1,000 and P30,000.

Second offense will mean a penalty of between P2,000 and P60,000 and perpetual disqualification to hold public office.

Gujilde said past elections matter. Those who have not submitted Soce in the previous elections will be counted.

Fine is also dependent on the elective post the candidate vied for.

First offense for those running for vice mayor, city mayor and city representative means a fine of at least P20,000 while for the second offense it is P40,000.

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