Barangay, SK poll bets told to file SOCE

Published June 10, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

By Chito A. Chavez

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) reminded all candidates in the recent Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections of the June 13, 2018 deadline for the filing of their Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) before the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

“For purposes of transparency and accountability, all candidates, whether they win or not, should come clean and bare to the Comelec and the public their poll expenses and the contributions that they received for the elections,” said DILG officer-in-charge (OIC) Eduardo M. Año.

Año said that filing of SOCE is part of the legal obligation of any candidate who runs for public office under Republic Act 7166 or the Synchronized National and Local Elections and Electoral Reforms Act.

“By filing their SOCEs, winners are starting with a clean slate while those who were not fortunate enough to win are given the opportunity to prove their worth and noble intentions in aspiring for an elective post,” he added.

According to the Comelec, even those who were disqualified to run are required to file their SOCEs.

Records show that a total of 1,070,991 certificates of candidacies were filed for the May 14 Barangay and SK elections.

Ano said the law provides that failure to file SOCEs would prohibit those elected from holding office until they comply with the requirement, or could result to perpetual disqualification to hold public.

Section 14 of Republic Act No. 7166 states that every candidate shall, within 30 days after the day of the election, file their full, true, and itemized statement of all contributions and expenditures in connection with the election.