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COMELEC CAMPAIGN CFO RESIGNS FOLLOWING DECISION ON ROXAS


JUNE 17 -Commissioner Christian Robert Lim during the proclamation ceremony in National Board of Canvassers, Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City. INQUIRER PHOTO/ RICHARD A. REYES The head of the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) campaign finance office (CFO) is resigning from his post. “I will tender on Monday,” CFO head Commissioner Christian Robert Lim said in a text message when sought to confirm talks that he resigned from his post.
“’Di acceptable ang policy shift (The policy shift was not acceptable),” Lim added but did not elaborate. But Lim’s decision came a day after the commission en banc decided to grant the request of Liberal Party (LP) and its standard bearer, Mar Roxas, to extend the deadline for the submission of statement of contributions and expenditures (SOCE) for the May 2016 polls. The CFO is the office in charge of receiving and evaluating the SOCEs of all the candidates. The commission en banc on Thursday voted 4-3 in favor of extending the deadline to submit SOCEs until June 30, disregarding Lim’s recommendation and vote to deny the LP and Roxas’ request. Prior to last Thursday’s special en banc meeting, other poll officials refused to comment on the LP and Roxas’ request, saying the matter should be addressed to Lim, being the CFO head. Lim was not present during the last three en banc meetings, including last Thursday. But on Wednesday, he recommended though a memorandum to reject LP and Roxas’ request. “…the undersigned, in his capacity as commissioner-in-charge of the Campaign Finance Office, respectfully votes to deny the request of the Liberal Party and its presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II, as communicated by Atty. Sardillo,” the document said. Acording to Lim, Republic Act 7166 clearly states that submission of SOCE should be made within 30 days after the elections. He said extension to the deadline means that Comelec should amend the law. “To grant the request for extension would not only be unfair to other candidates and parties who complied within the prescribed period but also would be a reversal of the Commission’s own resolution on the matter,” he added. READ MORE...

ALSO: Comelec en banc votes to accept LP’s late SOCE


JUNE 16 -In this October 2015 file photo, President Aquino and Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas flash the Laban sign along with members and officers of the party during a joint national directorate and national executive council meeting in Cubao, Quezon City. PHILSTAR/file
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc has voted to accept the campaign expenditure report of the Liberal Party (LP) which was filed almost a week after the deadline had lapsed. In a 4-3 vote, the Comelec en banc did not follow the recommendation of the poll body’s campaign finance office to reject the call of the erstwhile ruling party to extend the filing of the statement of contributions and expenditures (SOCE). The full commission also extended the filing of the SOCE until June 30 from its previous June 8 deadline. The extension will benefit LP standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, 15 senatorial candidates who included front-runner Senator Franklin Drilon, 40 governors and 115 members of the House of Representatives. The commissioners who voted in favor for the extension of SOCE filing were Rowena Guanzon, Albert Lim, Al Parreño, and Sheriff Abas. CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: Comelec copout sparks rift
[LUNA TO QUESTION DEADLINE EXTENSION WITH SC]


JUNE 19 -The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc’s ruling accommodating the Liberal Party’s petition to extend the deadline for the filing of the LP’s statement of contributions and expenditures (SOCE) may have caused a schism within the Comelec that manifested in Comelec Commissioner Christian Robert Lim’s decision to resign as chief of the poll body’s campaign finance office, a poll lawyer said. Lim had stated his disgust on the ruling which disregarded a previous Comelec resolution not to extend the filing period for the SOCE and the apparent favor given the LP. Election lawyer Manny Luna said Lim’s resignation clearly indicated the flaw in the en banc’s 4-3 decision to grant the LP’s request after failing to submit the party’s SOCE within the Comelec’s imposed deadline. Lim said he will resign his post tomorrow. Luna revealed that he will also file tomorrow a motion for certiorari to protest the Comelec’s ruling before the Supreme Court (SC), a measure that he said is more definite than President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s Partido Demokratiko-Lakas ng Bayan’s (PDP-Laban) similar initiative. “It is every citizen’s compelling duty to contest anything that does not go in harmony with the law,” he said. “I have to agree with Commissioner Lim’s unwritten sentiment that this move clearly accommodated the outgoing LP super majority who is unbelievably incapable of passing their SOCE on time given their supposed capacity and machinery,” the election lawyer added. Those who voted to grant the LP plea for an extension were Commissioners Arthur Lim, Al Parreno, Sheriff Abas and Rowena Guanzon. Those against were Christian Robert Lim, Commissioner Luie Guia and Chairman Juan Andres Bautista. READ MORE...

ALSO: Duterte ally criticized LP, Comelec over SOCE accommodation of Roxas tardiness [Both the LP and Roxas failed to file their SOCEs before the original deadline last June 8. However, a Comelec en banc ruling (stemming from a year 4-3 vote) last Thursday granted the LP and Roxas an extension of up to June 30 to file the post-election document].


JUNE 19 -Presumptive House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez took a swipe at the Liberal Party (LP) and the Commission on Election (Comelec) following the poll body’s decision to allow the political faction to belatedly file its statement of contributors and expenditures (SOCE).
Alvarez, a returning solon from Davao del Norte, likewise criticized the poll body for “bending” what was thought to be rigid regulations on SOCE filing. “We should not bend the law to favor a particular party or candidate,” the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) lawmaker told reporters. “Baka iniisip nila they’re still in power (Maybe they still think they’re still in power). They can get away with it,” Alvarez said, referring to the erstwhile ruling party LP.
Administration standard-bearer Mar Roxas ended up a far second to PDP-Laban bet Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in the May 9 presidential race. Both the LP and Roxas failed to file their SOCEs before the original deadline last June 8. However, a Comelec en banc ruling (stemming from a year 4-3 vote) last Thursday granted the LP and Roxas an extension of up to June 30 to file the post-election document. Alvarez, PDP-Laban’s secretary general, is Duterte’s preferred House Speaker for the 17th Congress. In the same interview, Alvarez said the commissioners may be impeached for their acts. “The decision of the Comelec can be questioned. Malinaw yung batas. Nire-repeal nila yung previous na resolution nila allowing extension or amendment nung SOCE (The law is clear. They’re repealing their previous resolution by allowing extension or amendment to the SOCE).” “So malinaw na hindi na pwede yun (So it’s clear that they can’t grant an extension),” Alvarez said. READ MORE...

ALSO: STANDARD EDITORIAL - ‘Decency’
[Or it could be that the Roxas camp is at a loss in showing how it blurred the lines between campaign funds and taxpayers’ money. This is hardly an exercise in decency. The Yellows have been so used to portraying themselves as righteous at all times—so what’s a few days of missed deadline when many others commit bigger breaches?]


JUNE 17 -When he was asking us to vote for him as president, former Interior and Local Governments secretary Manuel Roxas II made much of the fact that he was the most “decent” among the candidates. Going around the country aboard government vehicles, sporting his yellow shirt and shaking the hands of those thankful to receive dole, Roxas extolled the straight path. He lost, but that is not the end of his—and the Liberal Party’s—hypocrisy. Roxas is the only presidential candidate who still has not submitted his Statement of Contributions and Expenditures. The law requires that all candidates and all political parties submit to the Commission on Elections their SOCE a month after the polls. The deadline was June 8. Roxas and the Liberal Party failed to meet this deadline. They asked the Comelec for a 14-day extension, citing voluminous receipts that needed to be scanned and attached to the submission. The LP itself finally managed to submit six days after the deadline, even as questions linger over how the form was filled out. But Roxas, the man President Aquino said was the best person to succeed him, still has to come up with his statement. It could be that he is overwhelmed by a mountain of receipts that needs to be sorted and listed down, even as the idea is difficult to believe. With the party’s—and Roxas’ family’s—vast resources, could they not hire an army of clerks to go make sense of these voluminous documents? READ MORE...


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Comelec exec Lim to resign following decision on Roxas
[“I will tender on Monday,” CFO head Commissioner Christian Robert Lim said in a text message when sought to confirm talks that he resigned from his post. “’Di acceptable ang policy shift (The policy shift was not acceptable),” Lim added but did not elaborate.]


Commissioner Christian Robert Lim during the proclamation ceremony in National Board of Canvasse

MANILA, JUNE 20, 2016 (INQUIRER) By: Tina G. Santos @inquirerdotnet 06:52 PM June 17th, 2016 - The head of the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) campaign finance office (CFO) is resigning from his post.

“I will tender on Monday,” CFO head Commissioner Christian Robert Lim said in a text message when sought to confirm talks that he resigned from his post.

“’Di acceptable ang policy shift (The policy shift was not acceptable),” Lim added but did not elaborate.

But Lim’s decision came a day after the commission en banc decided to grant the request of Liberal Party (LP) and its standard bearer, Mar Roxas, to extend the deadline for the submission of statement of contributions and expenditures (SOCE) for the May 2016 polls.

The CFO is the office in charge of receiving and evaluating the SOCEs of all the candidates.

The commission en banc on Thursday voted 4-3 in favor of extending the deadline to submit SOCEs until June 30, disregarding Lim’s recommendation and vote to deny the LP and Roxas’ request.

Prior to last Thursday’s special en banc meeting, other poll officials refused to comment on the LP and Roxas’ request, saying the matter should be addressed to Lim, being the CFO head.

Lim was not present during the last three en banc meetings, including last Thursday. But on Wednesday, he recommended though a memorandum to reject LP and Roxas’ request.

“…the undersigned, in his capacity as commissioner-in-charge of the Campaign Finance Office, respectfully votes to deny the request of the Liberal Party and its presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II, as communicated by Atty. Sardillo,” the document said.

Acording to Lim, Republic Act 7166 clearly states that submission of SOCE should be made within 30 days after the elections. He said extension to the deadline means that Comelec should amend the law.

“To grant the request for extension would not only be unfair to other candidates and parties who complied within the prescribed period but also would be a reversal of the Commission’s own resolution on the matter,” he added.

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Lim stressed that the 30-day period from election day is “a hard deadline” set by law in Section 14 of Republic Act No. 7166.

He also said it is stated in the Omnibus Rules on Campaign Finance that the June 8 deadline is “final and non-extendible.”

“The ‘final and non-extendible’ nature of the 08 June 2016 deadline has been emphasized in the second paragraph of Section 2, Rule 10 of the Omnibus Rules on Campaign Finance,” Lim said.

He also noted that all presidential and vice presidential candidates, with the exception of Roxas, were able to file their SOCEs on time “regardless” of the voluminous nature of the report.

“It is worthy to note that even presidential candidate, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, was able to comply with the submission of her SOCE through her representative on June 8 despite being on medical leave and her confinement in the Intensive Care Unit of the Makati Medical Center a few days before the deadline,” said Lim.

Apart from Lim, Comelec Chair Andres Bautista and Commissioner Luie Guia also voted against the extension.

Bautista voted against the extension but he would allow late filing with the imposition of the necessary fines and penalties.

The commissioners who voted in favor of the extension of SOCE filing are Rowena Guanzon, Albert Lim, Al Parreño, and Sheriff Abas.

LP and Roxas had earlier asked for a 14-day extension to file their SOCE after they failed to meet the June 8 deadline set by the Comelec. LP finally filed its SOCE on June 14. The documents did not include Roxas’ SOCE.

POLL BODY READY FOR SC -BAUTISTA

Meanwhile, Bautista said the poll body is ready to defend before the high court its ruling to extend the filing of expenditures report beyond the June 8 deadline.

In a television interview, Bautista acknowledged there may be parties “that would like to question our decision with the Supreme Court,” saying that doing so “is their prerogative.”

“We will present our position in that regard,” he said. “You know, we’re used to court cases and we’re used to defending our decisions before the court. We see no problem in that. This is a very good point of law that should be discussed. We welcome the challenge.”

Guanzon, meanwhile, took to Twitter on Friday to explain her side, saying the law “does not prohibit” the move.

“Comelec can relax its rules; respect the will of the people; absurd consequences if strictly applied,” she tweeted.

“The people voted for them; respect the will of the people. That is the primordial principle of elections,” she added.

In a press briefing Thursday, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said majority of the commissioners cited the “absurdity” of the consequence if the period to file the SOCE is not extended.

“The four voted for the extension citing the absurdity of the results if it is not extended, and that the law never intended for the results to be absurd. You have to understand that it is quite a huge effect if this deadline is retained,” said the poll official.

“The problem (in not extending the deadline) is it will essentially defeat the voice of the voters who voted for certain candidates but will not be allowed to assume office simply because they have no SOCEs. That is what we want to avoid,” Jimenez added.

Republic Act 7166 and Section 5 of Comelec Resolution 9991 state that winning candidates elected to any public office nominated by parties shall not enter upon the duties of their office until the party has filed its own SOCE.

“The extension will have a huge effect. The extension will benefit everyone. Not just one party in particular. The extension will be available to everyone,” he added, stressing that the en banc decision is backed by laws and precedent.

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INQUIRER

Comelec en banc votes to accept LP’s late SOCE SHARES: 3861 VIEW COMMENTS @inquirerdotnet
INQUIRER.net 04:45 PM June 16th, 2016


JUNE 16 -In this October 2015 file photo, President Aquino and Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas flash the Laban sign along with members and officers of the party during a joint national directorate and national executive council meeting in Cubao, Quezon City. PHILSTAR/file

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc has voted to accept the campaign expenditure report of the Liberal Party (LP) which was filed almost a week after the deadline had lapsed.

In a 4-3 vote, the Comelec en banc did not follow the recommendation of the poll body’s campaign finance office to reject the call of the erstwhile ruling party to extend the filing of the statement of contributions and expenditures (SOCE).

The full commission also extended the filing of the SOCE until June 30 from its previous June 8 deadline.

The extension will benefit LP standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, 15 senatorial candidates who included front-runner Senator Franklin Drilon, 40 governors and 115 members of the House of Representatives.

The commissioners who voted in favor for the extension of SOCE filing were Rowena Guanzon, Albert Lim, Al Parreño, and Sheriff Abas.

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READ: Rival poll lawyers agree: Comelec should accept LP’s late SOCE

Those who voted against were Comelec chair J. Andres Bautista, Luie Guia, and commissioner-in-charge for the poll body’s campaign finance office Christian Robert Lim.

In a memorandum issued on Wednesday, Lim recommended that the commission reject LP’s request to extend the filing of SOCE.

READ: Comelec exec says no to Mar, LP’s plea to extend filing of SOCE

Lim said that the provision is clear in Republic Act 7166 that the SOCE should be filed within 30 days after the elections.

He also said that in the Omnibus Rules on Campaign Finance, the June 8 deadline was “final and non-extendible.”

LP filed its SOCE on June 14, six days after the deadline. AJH/rga


TRIBUNE

Comelec copout sparks rift
[LUNA TO QUESTION DEADLINE EXTENSION WITH SC] Written by Ted Tuvera Sunday, 19 June 2016 00:00



The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc’s ruling accommodating the Liberal Party’s petition to extend the deadline for the filing of the LP’s statement of contributions and expenditures (SOCE) may have caused a schism within the Comelec that manifested in Comelec Commissioner Christian Robert Lim’s decision to resign as chief of the poll body’s campaign finance office, a poll lawyer said.

Lim had stated his disgust on the ruling which disregarded a previous Comelec resolution not to extend the filing period for the SOCE and the apparent favor given the LP.

Election lawyer Manny Luna said Lim’s resignation clearly indicated the flaw in the en banc’s 4-3 decision to grant the LP’s request after failing to submit the party’s SOCE within the Comelec’s imposed deadline.

Lim said he will resign his post tomorrow.

Luna revealed that he will also file tomorrow a motion for certiorari to protest the Comelec’s ruling before the Supreme Court (SC), a measure that he said is more definite than President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s Partido Demokratiko-Lakas ng Bayan’s (PDP-Laban) similar initiative.

“It is every citizen’s compelling duty to contest anything that does not go in harmony with the law,” he said.

“I have to agree with Commissioner Lim’s unwritten sentiment that this move clearly accommodated the outgoing LP super majority who is unbelievably incapable of passing their SOCE on time given their supposed capacity and machinery,” the election lawyer added.


ELECTION LAWYER MANNNY LUNA

Those who voted to grant the LP plea for an extension were Commissioners Arthur Lim, Al Parreno, Sheriff Abas and Rowena Guanzon.

Those against were Christian Robert Lim, Commissioner Luie Guia and Chairman Juan Andres Bautista.

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A day before the deadline extension was granted, the Lim’s office submitted a recommendation denying the LP and its standard-bearer Mar Roxas’ request.

“After careful deliberation on the said request, the Campaign Finance Office respectfully recommends the denial of the request for extension of the time,” the CFO memorandum said.

It also noted it would be unfair to other parties and candidates that complied with the deadline to grant the LP and extension.

It also noted that the “30-day period reckoned from the day of the election is (a) hard deadline set by law in Section 14 of Republic Act No. 7166.”

“To grant the request for extension would not only be unfair to other candidates and parties who complied within the prescribed period but also would be a reversal of the commission’s own resolution on the matter,” Lim said in a memorandum last Thursday.

“The ‘final and non-extendible’ nature of the 08 June 2016 deadline has been emphasized in the second paragraph of Section 2, Rule 10 of the Omnibus Rules on Campaign Finance,” the commissioner added.

Luna said it is obvious that Lim is offended by the “unlawful accommodation of the en banc majority to favor the LP”.

“The majority, the four commissioners disregarded the law and their very resolution which, I suppose, is ought to be strictly implemented by the Comelec and by Commissioner Lim’s office. It is offensive to the rule of law,” Luna told the Tribune in a phone interview.

Rules go against Comelec decision

It is clear that Republic Act 7166, otherwise known as the Synchronized Local and National Elections code for Electoral Reforms, does not authorize the Comelec to extend the deadline of the filing of SOCE, Luna said.

Also, Comelec Resolution 9991, otherwise known as the Omnibus Rules and Regulations Governing Campaign Finance and Disclosure in Connection with the May 9, 2016 Elections, strictly mandated that SOCEs should be filed on or before the June 8 deadline which is “final and non-extendible”.

“Comelec isn’t responsible for rectifying the law. Rather, it is congress’ duty to amend so. But they did and this is clearly against the law, legally and morally speaking,” Luna asserted.

On the other hand, one of Duterte’s legal counsels confirmed yesterday that the PDP-Laban will also pursue raps against Comelec’s SOCE ruling in the SC.

In a separate interview with the Tribune, lawyer Demaree Raval affirmed presumptive Speaker Bebot Alvarez’s statement that they find Comelec’s decision as a form of bowing down to the LP and which was against the law.


ALVAREZ

“Clearly, there is a disqualification provision that will have to eliminate the LP if the law is to be applied strictly which, in the said case, was not,” Raval said.

“All those who are concerned seemingly has the obligation to articulate what is wrong without the consideration of their political power or color,” he added.

The PDP-Laban lawyer further noted that the rule of law must not excuse the LP’s “apparent negligence”.

Alvarez said that they will contest the Comelec’s decision saying that the LP is “not above the law”.

In a television interview, Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista - himself who voted against the LP’s extension request - said that they are ready to face any challenges against the en banc’s rule before the SC.

“We are ready to present to SC our position on the extension of SOCE deadline. There might be parties who will not agree, and that is their prerogative,” Bautista said.

Bautista also recalled that this is not the first time that they have extended the filing of SOCEs. They did such already in 2010 and 2013.

Surprisingly, the poll body’s chief has seemingly noted that they do not find anything wrong in not implementing the law according to the letter since it is the Comelec’s call to interpret electoral laws.

“I concur that it will be absurd if we apply the law strictly. Even if we do not extend the deadline, we do not have the authority not to accept a late filing,” he said.

“Comelec is given general oversight over all election laws,” Bautista added.


MANILA BULLETIN

Duterte ally assails LP, Comelec over SOCE accommodation by Ellson Quismorio June 18, 2016 (updated) Share0 Tweet0 Share1 Email0 Share13


Presumptive House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez took a swipe at the Liberal Party (LP) and the Commission on Election (Comelec) following the poll body’s decision to allow the political faction to belatedly file its statement of contributors and expenditures (SOCE).

Alvarez, a returning solon from Davao del Norte, likewise criticized the poll body for “bending” what was thought to be rigid regulations on SOCE filing.

“We should not bend the law to favor a particular party or candidate,” the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) lawmaker told reporters.

“Baka iniisip nila they’re still in power (Maybe they still think they’re still in power). They can get away with it,” Alvarez said, referring to the erstwhile ruling party LP.

Administration standard-bearer Mar Roxas ended up a far second to PDP-Laban bet Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in the May 9 presidential race.

Both the LP and Roxas failed to file their SOCEs before the original deadline last June 8. However, a Comelec en banc ruling (stemming from a year 4-3 vote) last Thursday granted the LP and Roxas an extension of up to June 30 to file the post-election document.

Alvarez, PDP-Laban’s secretary general, is Duterte’s preferred House Speaker for the 17th Congress.

In the same interview, Alvarez said the commissioners may be impeached for their acts.

“The decision of the Comelec can be questioned. Malinaw yung batas. Nire-repeal nila yung previous na resolution nila allowing extension or amendment nung SOCE (The law is clear. They’re repealing their previous resolution by allowing extension or amendment to the SOCE).”

“So malinaw na hindi na pwede yun (So it’s clear that they can’t grant an extension),” Alvarez said.

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Earlier, Alvarez called Comelec’s favorable decision toward LP as an “accommodation.”

‘LAW MUST BE APPLIED’

He said PDP-Laban intends to question the Comelec ruling before the Supreme Court (SC).

“The thing about looking into the intention of the law that only applies when there is ambiguity in the provisions of the law. But when the law is very clear, you have to apply the law. In this particular case, I think the law is very clear,” he said.

Republic Act (RA) No. 7166 or the Synchronized Local and National Elections and for Electoral Reforms prohibits winning candidates from taking their seats if the party that nominated them failed to comply with the SOCE filing.

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, an LP member, won the vice presidential contest last month. She filed her individual SOCE on time has planned to take her oath before a village chieftain from her province.

COMELEC NEEDS TO EXPLAIN

For his part, AKO-Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe said the Comelec should further explain its ruling to the public.

“The Comelec should give valid and compelling reasons to justify its action and to erase any cloud on its credibility,” he said in a text message.

According to Batocabe, the poll body should strive to maintain its neutral and impartial image.

“We have to look seriously on this matter as the Comelec is supposedly a neutral constitutional body. It must be free from any tinge of doubt about its supposed impartiality.”

Batocabe was part of the LP-led coalition that dominated the 16th Congress.


MANILA STANDARD EDITORIAL

‘Decency’ posted June 17, 2016 at 12:01 am



When he was asking us to vote for him as president, former Interior and Local Governments secretary Manuel Roxas II made much of the fact that he was the most “decent” among the candidates. Going around the country aboard government vehicles, sporting his yellow shirt and shaking the hands of those thankful to receive dole, Roxas extolled the straight path.

He lost, but that is not the end of his—and the Liberal Party’s—hypocrisy.

Roxas is the only presidential candidate who still has not submitted his Statement of Contributions and Expenditures. The law requires that all candidates and all political parties submit to the Commission on Elections their SOCE a month after the polls. The deadline was June 8.

Roxas and the Liberal Party failed to meet this deadline. They asked the Comelec for a 14-day extension, citing voluminous receipts that needed to be scanned and attached to the submission.

The LP itself finally managed to submit six days after the deadline, even as questions linger over how the form was filled out. But Roxas, the man President Aquino said was the best person to succeed him, still has to come up with his statement.

It could be that he is overwhelmed by a mountain of receipts that needs to be sorted and listed down, even as the idea is difficult to believe. With the party’s—and Roxas’ family’s—vast resources, could they not hire an army of clerks to go make sense of these voluminous documents?

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Or it could be that the Roxas camp is at a loss in showing how it blurred the lines between campaign funds and taxpayers’ money. This is hardly an exercise in decency.

The Yellows have been so used to portraying themselves as righteous at all times—so what’s a few days of missed deadline when many others commit bigger breaches?

Now comes the Comelec en banc voting 4-3 granting the request for deadline extension. It is not just Roxas and the Liberal Party that are covered by the decision: Two other parties and 15 candidates for senator, 115 for House member, and 40 for governor were also given an additional 14 days from the original deadline to make good on their requirement.

The Comelec decided in favor of the delinquents despite the fact that its own campaign finance office had recommended that the LP’s request be denied, saying that the deadline for the filing is a hard deadline set by law, that the poll body had reiterated the final and non-extendible nature of the June 8 deadline through its own rules and press releases, and that all others tried their best to comply with the requirement.

It’s a good thing the extension applies only to the deadline for the SOCE. Imagine the horror of living one more day under an administration peopled by hypocrites.


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