All candidates and party-list groups in the recently-concluded midterm polls have until the end of office hours today, 13 June, to file their Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) before the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
No extension will be granted after today, the 30th day after the May 13 elections.
The SOCE certificate must be presented before the candidate can be administered the oath of office, as mandated under Section 14 of Republic Act 7166.
Even losing candidates and party-list groups are required to submit a “full, true and itemized statement.” Failure to do so would mean fines ranging from P6,000 to P10,000 depending on the elective position sought.
To date, 18 senatorial candidates, 50 party-list groups and three political parties have already complied with the SOCE law.