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File expenditure record, Barangay poll bets told

Manila, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) reminded yesterday those who ran in the October 28 barangay polls to file the required Statement of Election Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE).

‘Kailangan nila mag file ng SOCE. Dapat makapag file sila kasi ayon sa regulation natin within 30 days,” Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said.

“Kung gusto nila mag file today pwede na pero ang deadline is November 27,” he added.

In Resolution No. 9715, the poll body set the deadline of the filing of SOCE on November 27, 2013.

The Omnibus Election Code states that all candidates are required to file their SOCEs to the Comelec within 30 days after Election Day containing “the full, true and itemized statement of all contributions and expenditures in connection with the election”.

Jimenez also reminded candidates to make sure that their SOCEs are accurate and complete.

“Kailangan tama at accurate yung kanilang submissions. Yung content nung submissions nila kailangan yung amount ng contribution, full name nung contributor. Kailangan din yung amount ng bawa’t expenditure kung kelan ginastos at saka kung kanino binayad, and yung full name and exact address of the person to whom payment was made and of course yung purpose,” he said.

“Importante na complete kung incomplete kasi ang statement it should be treated as not having been filed,” added Jimenez.

He said candidates should comply with the filing of SOCE as the poll body will be very strict about it.

“Kung strict tayo nung May 13, strict din tayo sa lahat,” Jimenez said.

Rule 3, Section 1 of Comelec Resolution 9476 also provides that “every person giving a contribution to any candidate shall file with the Commission a Report of Contributions within 30 days following the day of the election”.

Failure to do so could result to filing of election offense cases, which could mean one to six years imprisonment, removal of right to vote, and disqualification from holding public office.