Comelec mulls strike-two policy for offenders of expense rules

Posted on September 30, 2015

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) is considering a strike-two policy against candidates who have twice violated campaign expenditure rules.

But Commissioner Luie Tito F. Guia said the Comelec is still compiling information on candidates who have committed second offenses when it comes to compliance with the filing of Statements of Contribution and Expenditures (SOCE). He said if the SOCEs are not filed along with the certificates of candidacy, “we may initiate motu proprio the disqualification.”

The Omnibus Election Code considers the failure to file valid SOCEs and campaign overspending as electoral offenses punishable with imprisonment of one to six years, disqualification to hold public office, and deprivation of the right of suffrage.

Pursuant to the Omnibus Election Code, Comelec Resolution No. 9476 mandates the filing of administrative sanctions, like fines ranging from P10,000 to P60,000, against those who fail to file valid SOCEs. -- Vince Alvic Alexis F. Nonato