Roxas beats requested deadline in filing SOCE

  • Roxas has finally filed his statement of contributions and expenditures (SOCE) on Tuesday, June 21
  • His SOCE showed he received a total of P469-M in contributions and spent P487-M
  • The defeated LP bet became the second biggest spender behind Senator Grace Poe in the last election

MANILA, Philippines – Losing Liberal Party (LP) bet Mar Roxas managed to beat his requested extended deadline by filing his statement of contributions and expenditures (SOCE) on the last day on Wednesday, June 21.

In his request on June 8, Roxas asked for a 14-day extension to submit his campaign expenditures report.

Earlier, the Commission on Election (Comelec) en banc voted 4-3 to grant Roxas an extension to file his SOCE amid protest from rival camp; most notably the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of another defeated presidential candidate VP Jejomar Binay.

 “The voting was 4-3. Four voted to extend the deadline up to June 30, the three voted not to extend it. The chair voted not to extend it but he modified his vote to say no extension but he would allow late filing with the imposition of the necessary fines and penalties,” Comelec spokesperson Atty. James Jimenez told reporters in a press briefing.

The controversial decision led to the resignation of Commissioner Christian Robert Lim who headed the poll body’s Campaign Finance Office (CFO).

Roxas spent P487-M

In his SOCE, Roxas declared he spent P487-M last election where he lost to former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte by more than 6 million votes. It also showed he received a total of P469-M in contributions.

This makes the administration bet the second highest spender behind Senator Grace Poe’s P510,845,262.56 in poll expenditures and P511,950,000 in campaign contributions.

In third place is out-going Vice President Jejomar Binay (P463,375,216.37 expenditures; P463,453,000 contributions), followed by President-elect Rodrigo Duterte (P371,461,480.23 expenditures; P375,009,474.90 contributions) and Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago who declared she received P74,652,689.87 in contributions and spent the same amount.

Explaining the delay, Roxas’ campaign spokesperson Barry Gutierrez earlier said: “The primary reason is the voluminous number of receipts that have to be scanned and attached to the document, in compliance with the rules and in the interest of complete transparency.”

The Liberal Party also failed to submit its SOCE in time while its winning vice presidential bet Leni Robredo submitted hers on the last day of filing.

LP declared it received P241,097,372.73 in total contributions while Robredo’s SOCE showed she spent a total of P418,664,130.60 and received P423,163,737.34 in contributions to become the biggest spender among the vice presidential candidates.