By Leslie Ann Aquino
Candidates in the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls have until June 13 to file their Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE).
And the Commission on Elections said not only those who won and lost should file the SOCE, but also those who were disqualified.
“Winners, losers, or even disqualified candidates must file their SOCEs,” Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez.
“As long as you filed your Certificate of Candidacy (COC), you must file your SOCE,” he added.
According to Jimenez, disqualified candidates should still file their SOCE in the event that they run again in future elections.
Last April 13, the Comelec Campaign Finance Office (CFO) published on the website a list of 105 candidates declared with finality by the Commission as perpetually disqualified to hold public office due to repeated failure to file their SOCE after elections.
Section 14 of R.A. 7166 requires the filing of SOCE, and failure to do so prohibits winning candidates from entering upon the duties of their office until they have complied.
The commission of a second or subsequent failure to file the SOCE subjects the offender to perpetual disqualification to hold public office.
The Comelec reminded candidates that the SOCE must be personally signed.
The SOCE form may be downloaded in the poll body’s website www.comelec.gov.ph.