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COMELEC slaps fines on almost five thousand 2013 candidates

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) announced Wednesday that it is set to file administrative fines against 4,667 candidates during the 2013 National and Local Elections for failing to file their Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE). Included among those to be fined are incumbent elected officials.

COMELEC Chairman Andres Bautista said that the administrative fines amounted to P52, 300,518.00. “The slapping of fines on these erring candidates shows the resolve of the COMELEC to strictly enforce campaign finance laws, rules and regulations,” he said.

Section 14 of Republic Act 7166 provides that all candidates and treasurers of political parties are required to file their SOCEs. “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…” the law stated.

COMELEC Resolution No. 9939, promulgated 6 April 2015, listed down the scale of administrative fines for candidates and parties who failed to file their SOCEs.

According to the Resolution, National Parties and candidates for senatorial positions will be fined P30, 000 for first offense and P60, 000 for second offense. Meanwhile, candidates for House of Representatives (Legislative Districts), City Mayors and City Vice-Mayors shall be fined P20, 000 for first offense and P40, 000 for second offense. Municipal Mayors, Municipal Vice-Mayors and Municipal Councilors, on the other hand, shall be fined P10, 000 for first offense and P20, 000 for second offense. ###

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