Palace won't stop stiffer Comelec rules vs candidates

By Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 17 2015 05:24 PM | Updated as of Jul 18 2015 06:33 PM

MANILA - Malacañang will not stand in the way of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in pursuing its plan of proposing stiffer rules against candidates in the 2013 elections who failed or deliberately refused to comply with rules on election contributions and expenditures.

The poll body is planning to propose that such candidates be declared "nuisance candidates" in the 2016 elections because of their failure to submit their Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE).

In a text message on Friday, Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said, "Comelec has the jurisdiction to propose rules and regulations regarding the conduct of elections and other matters relative to candidates."

Valte said anyone who feels that any rule promulgated by the poll body has infringed on their rights can seek recourse before the courts.