Comelec campaign finance officer head to resign due to policy shift

Comelec campaign finance officer head to resign due to policy shift

Christian Robert Lim, Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioner, has expressed his desire to resign as head of the poll body's Campaign Finance Office (CFO) due to the change in policy with regard to SOCE submissions.

On Friday, June 17, the commissioner told Rappler that he would be tending his resignation letter on Monday, June 20. He further said that he will, however, still be the commissioner of the poll body, Lim noted.

It can be recalled that the Comelec granted the request for the extension of the Liberal Party (LP) to extend the filing of Statements of Contributions and Expenses (SOCEs). The new deadline for submission is set on June 30.

Comelec campaign finance officer head to resign due to policy shift

Lim was one of the three people who voted against the extension. His office also issued a memorandum stating that June 8 is considered as a “hard deadline” in accordance with Republic Act 7166.

According to Lim, the extension would deem unfair for those candidates who took the time and effort to comply within the period. It “also would be a reversal of the Commission's own Resolution on the matter."

The two other people are Commissioner Luie Tito Guia and Chairman Andres Bautista. However, for the case of Bautista, he said he would allow the extension but he would have fines imposed.

On the other hand, commissioners Arthur Lim, Rowena Guanzon, Al Parreño, and Sheriff Abas.

LP submitted its SOCE 6 days after the deadline. According to the party, the reason for its late filing is the "voluminous number of receipts" that they have to scan and attach to its SOCE "in the interest of transparency."

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez stated that the reason for the four commissioners who were for the extension is the "absurdity" of the consequences.

Under Section 14 of RA 7166, officials under the party who won during the elections will be unable to assume office.

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