Comelec warns candidates about expenses

Manila, Philippines --- Candidates during elections face sanctions that include perpetual disqualification from office for failing to file their Statements of Election Contributions and Expenditures (SECE), a Commission on Elections (Comelec) official warned yesterday.

Comelec Commissioner Christian Robert Lim said the Campaign Finance Unit (CFU) will compile existing records of the poll body from 2007 up to 2013 to come up with a list of candidates who did not file their SECE.

The deadline for filing of SECE for candidates who ran during the May 2013 elections is 5 p.m. of June 13, 2013.

"We will come out with a database on who failed to file SECEs in 2007, 2010 and 2013," Lim said in an interview.

He said a candidate who failed to file the SECE after running in the elections face sanctions, including fines and perpetual disqualification from holding public office.

Lim cited Section 14 of the Republic Act 7166, or the Synchronized National and Local Elections Law, which states that "no person elected to any public offices shall enter upon the duties of his office until he has filed the statement of contributions and expenditures required."

Except candidates for elective barangay office, failure to submit the document will constitute an administrative offense which is punishable by a fine ranging from P1,000 to P30,000 at the discretion of the Comelec.