By Minka Klaudai Tiangco
A petition for perpetual disqualification was filed against Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda by his rival before the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
This, after Salceda, who is running for re-election, reportedly failed to submit his Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCEs) during the 2010 and 2013 elections, said Virgilio Goyena, a guest candidate of the Labor Party of the Philippines.
In his four-page petition dated March 8, Goyena claimed that Salceda did not submit his SOCE when he ran for Albay governor during the May 10, 2010 elections.
Additionally, it was not Salceda who signed the SOCE that he submitted during the May 13, 2013 polls, but a certain Atty. Caroline Cruz Sabio, Goyena said.
“As a consequence of the foregoing, the respondent should and shall be perpetually disqualified to hold any public office, including membership in the House of Representatives,” the petition read.
Goyena also attached in his petition two certifications from the Comelec-Campaign Finance Office, stating that Salceda did not turn in his SOCE during the 2010 elections and that Sabio was the signatory in his SOCE in 2013.
Republic Act 7166 states that all candidates and political parties who ran in the previous elections must file their SOCE not later than 30 days after the elections.
Further, the SOCE must be personally signed by the candidate or the party treasurer.