Robredo’s VP seat in limbo as LP fails to declare campaign expenses

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Friday, 10 June 2016 - Last Updated on February 5, 2017

Vice President-elect Leni Robredo may not be able to assume her post as the Liberal Party (LP) failed to file its statement of contributions and expenditures (SOCE) which is required by law.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesperson James Jimenez said in its stated in the law “that if the political party was not able to file the SOCE, their candidates that won cannot assume their posts.”

The LP fielded a total of 12,296 candidates during the recently concluded elections.

Jimenez said LP is accountable to Robredo and other winning candidates for the failure to submit campaign expenses.

“If you are looking at it from the point of view of someone who ran for mayor, for example, the mayor who filed his SOCE is not at fault if the party failed to file its own SOCE. The party will have to be answerable to their candidates,” Jimenez said.

The poll body has deferred its decision on the LP non-filing of SOCE as Commissioner Christian Robert Lim, head of the Election Steering Committee, is on leave.

Robredo filed her SOCE on time but her running mate Mar Roxas failed to submit his campaign expenses on the last day due to “voluminous number of receipts that have to be scanned and attached to the document.”

Based on her SOCE, the Vice President-elect spent P418.66 million for her political campaign – the biggest among vice presidential candidates. She said most of her campaign funds came from LP.

Kris Aquino pitched the biggest contribution to Robredo’s campaign with P30.83 million in four tranches. Other big campaign contributors include Eduardo Borromeo Cu-Unjieng (P10 million) and Harvey Keh (P5 million).

The camp of Roxas requested the Comelec on Wednesday for a two-week extension on the filing of campaign expenses.

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte meanwhile is third biggest spender in the presidential race with P371,461,480.23, of which P200,000 came from his own pocket. His biggest campaign contributor is newly elected Davao del Norte Rep.and banana magnate Antonio “Tonyboy” Floreindo Jr. who shelled out P75 million for Duterte’s presidential bid.

Poe is biggest spender among presidential bets with P510,845,262.56 followed by outgoing Vice President Jejomar Binay with P463,375,216.37.

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