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Parade and Review. Philippine Military Cadets on a Parade and Review at the Borromeo field, Saturday (Aug. 10) despite the gloomy weather to give honour to the 40th Anniversary of the PMA Host Parent Association. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

TESDA@25. Bartending students from the Baguio City School of Arts and Trade gives a demonstration on wine mixing during the TESDA - CAR led Kapihan media forum for the promotion of the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

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Nation 12 June 2019

No assumption of posts without SOCE: Comelec 6

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ILOILO CITY -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Western Visayas has reminded candidates in the mid-term 2019 elections to file their statement of contributions and expenditures (SOCE) or face the consequences.

 

As of Tuesday, only a number of poll bets filed their SOCE to the Comelec office where they filed their respective certificate of candidacies (COC), said Jose Nick Mendros, Comelec 6 regional director.

The exact figure is still unavailable as the deadline for SOCE submission is scheduled on Thursday.

"We still have an office tomorrow and we will know tomorrow the poll bets who complied with the SOCE," he said, adding that the regional Comelec is yet to secure the list of those who submitted SOCE within this week.

SOCE submission must be done by both the winners and losers of the election, he reiterated.

Mendros emphasized that elected officials are prohibited from holding office if they fail to submit their SOCEs.

“Under the law, for those winners who failed to submit their SOCE in the prescribed period, they are not deemed to formally assume their functions in their office so even if you take oath for triple times, if you don't comply with SOCE, you are not deemed to officially assume your office,” Mendros said.

Also, Mendros said the winners who failed to file SOCE will not be entitled to disburse and spend public funds.

“Any disbursement of your salary and any expenses from the public fund in connection with your function are deemed illegal or illegal disbursement,” he said.

On the other hand, failure of the losing candidates to file SOCE for two consecutive defeats will mean an administrative fine, like disqualification to hold public office.

The SOCE of poll bets will be submitted to the Comelec Campaign Finance Office in Manila for audit to determine those who overspent.

“We will file cases for overspending. Under Republic Act 9006, all candidates are only allowed to spend, especially those with a political party, PHP3 per candidate while independent candidates are allowed to spend for only PHP5 per voter within the area of their jurisdiction,” he said. (PNA)

By Gail Momblan

 

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