Poll official hits candidates with no campaign expense reports

Christian V. Esguerra, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 20 2019 04:55 PM

MANILA - An election commissioner on Wednesday took a swipe at candidates running in the May polls despite twice failing to submit their campaign expense reports, a ground to forever bar them from holding public office.

“They’re still running. I don’t get it,” Commissioner Rowena Guanzon told reporters.

“They expect maybe a protracted battle so that in the end, the Comelec gives up? Hindi naman maganda 'yun sa demokrasya natin (That's not good for democracy).”

Guanzon did not name former Sen. Sergio Osmeña III, who was one of 2 candidates who were facing “perpetual disqualification” for allegedly not submitting their statements of contributions and expenses (SOCE) in 2010 and 2016.

Osmeña earlier insisted he was allowed to file late in 2010 and that this should not be counted against him.

Under the law, perpetual disqualification applies if a candidate does not submit his SOCE on 2 consecutive occasions.

The Comelec has yet to decide on the petition filed against Osmeña by its campaign finance office.