Three presidential candidates, Ernesto Abella, Norberto Gonzales, and Faisal Mangondato missed the June 8 deadline for filing the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE), the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) said.
Coincidentally, these three candidates were laggards during the opinion surveys conducted by Pulse Asia. In the 2022 elections, each one of them garnered less than 1% of votes for presidency.
According to RA 7166, a law on synchronized elections and electoral reforms, each candidate must file their SOCE within 30 days after election day.
The same law says that the COMELEC can hold those who failed to file their SOCE liable to pay a P1,000 to P30,000 fine, within 30 days of the candidate receiving a notice.
Two other candidates who received nearly the same share of votes, Dr. Jose Montemayor and labor leader Ka Leody de Guzman, filed their SOCEs on June 6 and 8, respectively.
Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.
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