30 poll bets in Cebu beat ‘deadline’ to submit Soces

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AT LEAST 30 political candidates have submitted their Statement of Contribution and Expenditures (Soce) to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) before the 5 p.m. deadline on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.

Lawyer Jerome Brillantes, acting election supervisor of Comelec Cebu province, said all losing and winning candidates who failed to meet the June 8 deadline will be fined P5,000 or face perpetual disqualification from holding public office.

However, Brillantes clarified that those who won in the May 9 elections are given six months to submit their Soces but are still required to pay their penalty.

“They are given a period of six months since proclamation to submit their Soces. Otherwise, they will not be able to take office... they would be included sa penalties. Naa jud sila'y mabayran ana if failure to file karon June 8,” Brillantes said.

Those who have already filed their Soces are reelectionists Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, Vice Governor Hilario Davide III, Cebu Representatives Pablo John Garcia (Third District), Duke Frasco (Fifth District), Peter John Calderon (Seventh District), Board Members Yolanda Daan and Raul Bacaltos (First District), Red Duterte (Fifth District), Kerrie Shimura and Horacio Franco (Fourth District), and John Ismael Borgonia and Victoria Corominas-Toribio (Third District).

The newly elected officials who have submitted their Soces are incoming Cebu Second District Representative Edsel Galeos, Michael "Mike" Joseph Villamor (incoming Board Member, Fifth District), Cesar Baricuatro (incoming Board Member, Sevent District) and Raymond Joseph Calderon (incoming Board Member, Second District).

The losing candidates who have filed their Soces include Dr. Ron del Mar (aspiring Board Member, First District), Frederico Garcia (aspiring Board Member, Sixth District), Robert Tambis (aspiring Board Member, Second District), and aspiring Board Members Jerard Almendras and Jude Thaddeus Sybico (both for the Fifth District).

Based on the list of the Comelec, 54 candidates vied for 23 different positions in the province during the May 9 elections. (ANV, TPT)

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