MANILA – Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista said that the poll body is willing to provide the Senate and House of Representatives a copy of the Senator Leila de Lima's Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) should they ask for it.
This, after convicts at the New Bilibid Prison testified at a congressional hearing that they raised funds for De Lima’s senatorial campaign.
The former justice secretary and now senator has denied the allegations.
Bautista said the poll body is not the proper agency to check whether De Lima’s campaign contributors were involved in the narcotics trade.
"Hindi naman alam ng Comelec kung sino ba ang mga drug pusher, drug king. Wala naman kaming listahan dyan, o confidential information na natatanggap. Wala kaming technical know-how to make that determination, " Bautista said.
[Comelec does not know who are the drug pushers, drug kings. We don’t have a list or any confidential information. We don’t have the technical know-how to make that determination.]
Bautista, however, pointed out that SOCEs are considered public documents.
He added, should anyone file a complaint based on those allegations, Comelec will not be able to accommodate it, as the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) has jurisdiction on cases involving proclaimed senatorial winners like De Lima.