Where's Mar Roxas' SOCE?

Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 08 2016 10:22 PM | Updated as of Jun 08 2016 11:41 PM

Presidential candidate Mar Roxas is swarmed by supporters. Noel Celis, AFP

MANILA - Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Mar Roxas was not able to file his Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday, the last day for submission. 

The Campaign Finance Unit of the Comelec confirmed that it stopped receiving Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCEs) at the Project Management Office by 6:30 p.m. 

Roxas' SOCE was not among those received before the cut-off.

The SOCE is a requirement of the Comelec, wherein candidates are required to declare the amount of campaign contributions received, whether in cash or in kind, and the amount spent for the campaign.

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago was the first presidential candidate to submit her SOCE. In her report, Santiago received and spent P74.6 million for her presidential bid.

Senator Grace Poe, on the other hand, declared that she spent P510.8 million for her presidential campaign.

Outgoing Vice President Jejomar Binay was also able to beat the deadline. According to his SOCE, Binay spent a total of P463,375,216.37 for his presidential campaign.

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, who was also among the last candidates to file a SOCE, spent a total of P371.46 million for his campaign, P4 million lower than the total campaign contributions he received, according to his Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE).

Meanwhile, among the vice-presidential candidates, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano and Senator Antonio Trillanes were the first ones to submit their SOCE. Cayetano spent P189.1 million, while Trillanes spent P61.8 million.

Other vice-presidential candidates also made it before the deadline. Senator Gringo Honasan, in his SOCE, reported that he spent P26.2 million; Senator Francis Escudero spent P322.5 million, while Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos spent P140.5 million.

Vice President-elect Leni Robredo spent a total of P418,664,130.60 for her vice presidential campaign.

Several senatorial candidates also filed their SOCE including Senators-elect Ralph Recto, who declared spending P131.8 million; Manny Pacquiao, who spent P66.4 million in personal funds, and Panfilo Lacson, who spent P87.9 million. Senators-elect Tito Sotto and Sherwin Gatchalian also filed their SOCE.

Losing senatorial bet Francis Tolentino, appears to have spent the most in the senatorial elections at P199.1 million, followed by Senator-elect Joel Villanueva, who spent P163.7 million.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE RULES

According to the Fair Elections Act, candidates for president and vice president were allowed to spend up to ten pesos for every registered voter, which is around P543 million.

Other candidates were allowed to spend up to P3 for every voter currently registered in the constituency where he filed his certificate of candidacy.

However, a candidate without any political party and without support from any political party were allowed to spend P5 for every voter. 

Political parties were allowed to spend P5 for every registered voter. 

Candidates who fail to submit their SOCEs shall be subjected to administrative fines and penalties, depending on whether it is their first or second offense. 

National candidates who failed to submit their SOCEs will be fined P30,000 for the first offense, and P60,000 pesos for the second offense.

Winning candidates will also not be allowed to sit in office unless they file their SOCEs. 

However, any candidate who fails to submit twice shall face perpetual disqualification from running for any government position.