Comelec en banc yet to decide
on LP poll spending reports

June 15 2016 4:38 PM

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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has neither accepted nor rejected the campaign expense reports of the Liberal Party (LP) that were filed out of time, said radio reports on Wednesday, June 15.

Chairman Andres Bautista was quoted as saying that the Comelec would decide on administration bet Mar Roxas’ non-filing of his statement of contributions and expenses (SOCE). They would also discuss whether or not to accept LP’s filing of their own expense report on June 14 — six days after the deadline of June 8.

The Comelec en banc would meet on these matters on Thursday, June 16, after which they would come up with two separate decisions before elected candidates assume their seats on June 30.

Roxas was the only presidential candidate who did not file his SOCE at the Comelec headquarters in Intramuros, Manila. On June 9, he sought a 14-day extension for filing his expense report, citing the number of documents he had to prepare to complete it.

LP’s late SOCE submission has led to speculation that Vice President-elect Leni Robredo would not be allowed to assume office. Bautista said earlier that winning bets in the May 9 polls would not be allowed to do so if they would file their SOCE after the deadline.

However, election lawyer Romulo Macalintal said that Robredo was “not in peril” since she had filed her own SOCE on June 8. The outgoing Camarines Sur representative spent P463.4 million from donations for her successful bid to become Vice President.

READ: Big, small spenders in May 9 polls: where did their funds come from?

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