- Poll body accepted LP’s request to extend the late filing of SOCE
- Comelec spokesman said ruling not only for LP, will benefit other parties also
- He also said poll body did not want to interfere with the will of the people
- With the extension, Robredo and other LP members’ inauguration saved from technicality
MANILA, Philippines – Vice president-elect Leni Robredo’s future just got saved by the bell.
Voting 4-3 en banc, the Commission on Elections granted the Liberal Party (LP)’s request to give it more time to file its statement of contributions and expenditures (SOCE).
The four who voted in favor of the extension were Commissioners Rowena Guanzon, Art Lim, Al Parreno, and Shariff Abbas.
The three who voted against were Chairman Andres Bautista and Commissioners Louie Guia and Christian Robert Lim.
With the approval, the poll body moved the deadline from June 8 to 30.
In granting the LP’s request, Comelec spokesman said they did not want to “defeat the will of the people”. He also said the extension will benefit other political parties who failed to file their SOCEs on time.
“In deciding to extend SOCE deadline, we were thinking ‘are we going to defeat the will of the people?’” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying. “This will benefit everyone, hindi lang LP ang apektado dtto [it’s not only LP that is affected here].”
Aside from the LP, other political parties who have not yet filed their SOCEs include the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino and Aksyon Demokratiko.
The ruling is expected to benefit Robredo, Senate President Franklin Drilon, 40 governors, and 115 House of Representatives — all of whom belong to the LP.
Robredo’s inauguration as vice president was earlier placed in jeopardy due to her party’s failure to file its SOCE on time.