Vice president-elect Leni Robredo has already filed her SOCE report but her political party, Liberal Party, has not yet submitted which could hinder Robredo from taking the vice presidential seat based on the law.
According to the Republic Act 7166 Section 14:
“Sec. 14. Statement of Contributions and Expenditures; Effect of Failure to File Statement. – Every candidate and treasurer of the political party shall, within thirty (30) days after the day of the election, file in duplicate with the offices of the Commission the full, true and itemized statement of all contributions and expenditures in connection with the election.
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 herein required.
The same prohibition shall apply if the political party which nominated the winning candidate fails to file the statement required herein within the period prescribed by this Act.
Except candidates for elective barangay office, failure to file the statements or reports in connection with electoral contributions and expenditures are required herein shall constitute an administrative offense for which the offenders shall be liable to pay an administrative fine ranging from One thousand pesos (P1,000.00) to Thirty thousand pesos (P30,000.00), in the discretion of the Commission.
The fine shall be paid within thirty (30) days from receipt of notice of such failure; otherwise, it shall be enforceable by a writ of execution issued by the Commission against the properties of the offender.
It shall be the duty of every city or municipal election registrar to advise in writing, by personal delivery or registered mail, within five (5) days from the date of election all candidates residing in his jurisdiction to comply with their obligation to file their statements of contributions and expenditures.
For the commission of a second or subsequent offense under this section, the administrative fine shall be from Two thousand pesos (P2,000.00) to Sixty thousand pesos (P60,000.00), in the discretion of the Commission. In addition, the offender shall be subject to perpetual disqualification to hold public office.”
In a statement contrary to the law, Atty. Romulo Macalintal, an election lawyer who serves as the lead counsel of VP elect Leni Robredo stated that, “With or without the filing of the statement of contributions and expenditures of the Liberal Party which nominated VP-elect Leni Robredo, the latter can still assume the office of the Vice President since she had already filed her own SOCE.”
The initial deadline for submitting the SOCE report is June 8, 2016, and recently, it was extended until June 30 of 2016, The Liberal Party has not yet filed their SOCE report, which also includes Presidential candidate Mar Roxas and top senatorial winner Franklin Drilon.
The majority of Filipino expressed their dismay over the decision of Comelec to extend the filing which resulted to Comelec contradicting and not respecting the law of the Philippine Republic.
However, Comelec strongly expressed that the extension given for them to comply will be final.