The Supreme Court junked on Tuesday, June 28, a petition contesting the Commission on Elections (Comelec) resolution allowing a delay in the filing of Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) by political parties and candidates in the May 9 elections.
Citing a technicality, the High Court dismissed the petition filed by lawyer and 1-Abilidad party list nominee Manuelito Luna and retired soldier Justino Padiernos of the People’s Freedom Party, radio reports said.
But the High Court’s dismissal was based on the petitioners’ failure to attach a duplicate original or certified true copy of the assailed resolution.
The High Court noted the petitioners submitted news clippings of the Comelec resolution instead of the duplicate original or certified true copy of the resolution.
Questioned in the petition was the Comelec resolution extending from June 8 to June 30 the filing of SOCE which unwittingly favored the administration Liberal Party (LP) and defeated presidential candidate Mar Roxas II whose SOCEs were submitted past the deadline.
Luna and Padiernos claimed the Comelec abused its discretion when it allowed the SOCE deadline extension. MC