Newly elected senators submitted deficient soces

Manila, Philippines -- The Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCEs) of all the 12 newly elected senators were found to have deficiencies.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Christian Robert Lim, head of the Campaign Finance Unit (CFU), said nine of the 12 winning senators did not file the necessary copies of receipts they issued to their contributors.

Based on CFU's Urgent Memorandum, the nine winning senators are Sonny Angara, Francis Escudero, JV Ejercito, Gringo Honasan, Loren Legarda, Koko Pimentel, Grace Poe, Antonio Trillanes and Cynthia Villar.

Found to have incomplete copies of receipts of expenditures are Nancy Binay, Honasan, Legarda, and Poe while those found to have not personally signed their sworn SOCEs were Bam Aquino, Pimentel, Poe, and Villar.

Alan Peter Cayetano was found to have a compliant SOCE but his Certificate of Compliance will not be issued yet due since the SOCE of his political party, the Nacionalista Party (NP), is still incomplete.

The Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) was also found to have yet to submit its SOCE.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes, in an interview, urged winning senators to complete their documents before June 30 or they won't be allowed to assume their post.

"If incomplete, it's considered not filed," added Brillantes.

The Campaign Finance Unit (CFU) required all SOCEs to prescribe to the specific format they provided as well as the complete set of required supporting documents.

Section 14 of the Republic Act 7166 or the Synchronized National and Local Elections Law 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."

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