Hontiveros sorry for late filing of SOCE

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 17 2013 03:43 PM | Updated as of Jun 17 2013 11:43 PM

MANILA - Defeated Akbayan senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros apologizes for filing her statement of contributions and expenses (SOCE) for the 2013 election campaign 2 days late.

Hontiveros told ABS-CBN through text message she filed her SOCE, a requirement of the Omnibus Election Code for all candidates 30 days after the election, on Saturday, 2 days after the Thursday deadline.

Hontiveros explained that putting together the SOCE took time because she has a very detailed list.

"As my campaign was primarily powered by ordinary citizens from different walks of life, contributors were so many that it required extra paper work on our part to comply with all of Comelec's requirements."

"We had people who contributed P300 and P500. I apologize for the slight delay. We just wanted everybody's contribution to be duly reflected."

Asked for a copy of her SOCE, Hontiveros however referred us to the Commission on Elections.

"My campaign team has already filed my SOCE. They are currently waiting for Comelec's comments, if there are additional documents they require me to submit. Until then and as always we would defer to the Comelec re the publication of the candidates' SOCE."

Akbayan party-list, which beat the deadline to file its SOCE, similarly declined to release its SOCE till it hears from Comelec.

Meantime, another candidate who appeared to have missed the deadline to file the SOCE clarified over the weekend that he and another candidate filed via registered mail.

in a tweet to ABS-CBN News, Marwil Llasos said: " I filed my SOCE on time via registered mail. Ditto with fellow Kapatiran candidate Lito David, I think. Under the law, the day of mailing is the day of filing. "

On Friday, senator-elect JV Ejercito was discovered to have filed his SOCE through registered mail on Thursday.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes on Friday said that filing through registered mail means the date of mailing is the date of filing.