Benguet Provincial Election Supervisor Nicasio Jacob said that the COMELEC has extended the filing of SOCE on June 13, Thursday, from the original date of June 12, Wednesday, which is a holiday being the Philippine Independence Day.
Pursuant to Republic Act No. 7166, all persons who filed a certificate of candidacy (COC) and all electoral parties shall file a true and correct SOCE within 30 days from Election Day.
Three hard copies and one electronic copy in Excel and in PDF format of the SOCE shall be filed in person before the COMELEC. Copy of prescribed SOCE forms may be downloaded from www.comelec.gov.ph.
Jacob reminded that failure to submit SOCE may result to the imposition of administrative sanctions against candidates and electoral parties.
Incomplete statements and reports shall be imposed an administrative penalty. As per COMELEC Resolution No. 10505, “an incomplete report is a report that does not contain all the required information, or does not conform to the prescribed form.”
Late filing of SOCE may be subject to administrative penalty.
Winning candidates may file their SOCE within six months from the date of proclamation but prior to the submission of SOCE, they are prohibited from assuming office as provided for in RA 7166.
In 2018, the COMELEC perpetually disqualified a total of 105 candidates to hold public office "due to repeated failure to file their SOCE" after past elections. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR & UC Interns)
By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis