Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas requested the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) for a fourteen-day extension to submit his statement of contributions and expenditures (SOCE) as he missed the deadline on Wednesday.
Roxas’ campaign spokesman and AKBAYAN party-list Representative Barry Gutierrez said that the defeated vice presidential aspirant and the LP campaign team are still in the process of preparing necessary documents and receipts of their expenses during the campaign period for the May 9 National Elections.
"A request for extension was sent to Comelec today, asking for an additional 14 days within which to complete the filing for Mar Roxas and the Liberal Party," Gutierrez said in a statement.
“The primary reason is the voluminous number of receipts that have to be scanned and attached to the document in compliance with the rules and in the interest of complete transparency,” Gutierrez added.
COMELEC Chairman Andres Bautista stated in an advisory issued on Wednesday that the poll body will strictly adhere to their previous pronouncement regarding the deadline. Consequently, they will no longer give an extension.
Chairman Bautista emphasized that under the COMELEC resolution No. 9991, any presidential candidate who fails to submit his SOCE shall pay a fine of P30,000 for the first offense and 60,000 for the second offense.
Bautista added that if a candidate fails to file his/her SOCE twice, that candidate shall face perpetual disqualification from having any position in the government.
Mar Roxas’ runningmate and incoming Vice President Maria Leonora “Leni” Robredo was declared to be the one who spent the most during the campaign among the vice presidential candidates, her expenditures amounting to 418.8 million pesos.
The candidates’ statement of contributions and expenditures shall include sources of contributions, the