Mar seeks extension for SOCE submission

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iberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Mar Roxas speaks before media, where he announced his plea for rival presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares, to talk for "unity," during a press conference in Quezon City,  6 May 2016, amidst reports of rival presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte topping the pre-election surveys. NPPA

Mar Roxas, the Liberal Party standard-bearer in the May elections, is asking the Commission on Elections for an extension to submit his Statement of Contributions and Expenditures in the May 9 race.

LP spokesman Barry Gutierrez said Roxas asked the poll body for a 14-day extension to file his SOCE after missing the deadline on Wednesday.

"A request for extension was sent to Comelec today, asking for an additional 14 days within which to complete the filing for Mar Roxas and the Liberal Party. 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," he said in a statement.

Where's Mar Roxas' SOCE?

The Campaign Finance Unit of the Comelec earlier confirmed that it stopped receiving 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.

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