Leni Robredo disqualified from the VP post due to LP non-compliance to COMELEC policy!

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It cost “vice president-elect” Leni Robredo at least three times the amount of money to attract each Filipino to vote for her as it did Bongbong Marcos in this year’s elections. According to their respective Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCEs), Robredo’s campaign for the vice presidency of the Philippines cost her 418 million pesos while Marcos’s campaign, cost 140 million pesos.

Consider that (1) both candidates, if we are to believe the official results of the count, finished the race in a statistical tie and (2) allegations of cheating point to the possibility that Liberal Party candidates have cheated their rivals out of millions of potential votes. This means that the yield on financiers’ investment in Bongbong Marcos’s campaign was three times that of those who invested in Robredo.

In short, for a whopping 418 million pesos, Robredo’s investors got no more than a dubious “win” over Marcos and a raft of sticky cheating allegations that could bury the Vice Presidency in controversy over the next six years. Add to that the fact that President-Elect Rodrigo Duterte sees no use for nor offers any useful function to Robredo. Robredo is essentially a bomb of an investment. That’s 418 million pesos down the political tubes. The only people and businesses who actually benefited from that windfall of cash injected into the Philippine economy were media outlets who soaked up the ad revenue and voters who seemingly received “envelopes” in exchange for the small trouble of coming to a rally dressed in a yellow shirt.

Those are just some factoids that are nice to know — that the LP used a bulldozer to putt a golf ball into the hole.

(The above was a metaphor, by the way.)

But here’s where it gets really interesting. To top it off, Robredo’s running mate and Liberal Party presidential candidate Mar Roxas as well as the Liberal Party itself failed to meet the deadline imposed by the Commission on Election (COMELEC) on the submission of the SOCE. Section 14 of Republic Act 7166 stipulates that this is grounds for barring any winning candidates nominated by the LP from holding office…

Sec. 14. Statement of Contributions and Expenditures; Effect of Failure to File Statement. – Every candidate and treasurer of the political party shall, within thirty (30) days after the day of the election, file in duplicate with the offices of the Commission the full, true and itemized statement of all contributions and expenditures in connection with the election.

No person elected to any public offices shall enter upon the duties of his office until he has filed the statement of contributions and expenditures herein required.

The same prohibition shall apply if the political party which nominated the winning candidate fails to file the statement required herein within the period prescribed by this Act.

Roxas and the LP had, last Wednesday, the 8th of June, reportedly requested an extension of the deadline citing “voluminous number of receipts that have to be scanned and attached” as their excuse.

Tough luck.

Section 2 of Rule 10 issued by the COMELEC applicable for these 2016 elections states that there is absolutely no provision to allow an extension of the 8th of June deadline for filing the SOCE for any reason whatsoever…

The 08 June 2016 deadline shall be final and non-extendible. Submissions beyond this period shall not be accepted. COMELEC Resolutions Nos. 9849 and 9873, Minute Resolutions Nos. 13-0775 and 13-0823 are hereby repealed, insofar as they allowed the belated submission, amendmentand/or correction of campaign finance disclosure statements and reports and the imposition of late penalties for the 2013 National and Local Elections.

Because of Roxas and the LP, it seems that Robredo is now deemed unqualified to be Vice President of the Philippines because:

(1) Roxas and the LP failed to meet a non-negotiable requirement;

(2) The deadline for this requirement is non-extendable; and,

(3) Any submission beyond this non-extendable deadline will not be accepted.

Thus the rule “No person elected to any public offices shall enter upon the duties of his office until he has filed the statement of contributions and expenditures herein required” makes it quite clear:

Leni Robredo is DISQUALIFIED from the Vice Presidency of the Philippines

Ain’t the law simple? Yes, really.

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OnesimusUnbound
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Good luck with the implementation. Who knows a Judicial TRO will be enforced or the law will be simply thrown out of the window and hope the people will forget.

Andiflip
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I hope this is true. I am no Marcos fan but there was definely cheating and fraud in the elections.

Kyt
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i wonder how comelec will runaround this time.
and if mainstream media picks this up, i’ll have my popcorn ready. best guess is that they will hush this down and sensationalize another celebrity and/or tragedy.

Warita
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But since Bautista is the head of comeleak is pro admin, I’m guessing they will give Roxas an extension.

kilawinguwak
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Wait, so if Roxas failed to submit his SOCE, Robredo gets the boot? Aren’t they mutually exclusive? Just curious, I don’t support either Leni or Bong Bong.

zaxx
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That’s why it’s called a DEADline. Nothing lives beyond that date.

Why do we even have to qualify such a word with “non-extendable”? Just call it SICKline if you’re not man enough to impose something and stick to it.

Happy to note karma is finding a way to catch up with the Yellow/LP camp. A government swiped clean of Yellow garbage is what this country needs.

bade
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Hope that it will be imposed. This is a BIG CHALLENGE TO COMELEC BODY!!!!

Marivic
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Seems that luck and facts is all against LENI. She should consider it as graceful exit…

Carlo de Leon
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Yes, the law is very clear on this matter. Failing to meet a non-negotiable requirement and deadline, including the non-acceptance of any submission after the deadline is simply unacceptable.

If they violate this law again, they may be barred permanently from running for pubic office.

If the members of the LP, their management and staff, cannot process a Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCEs), it becomes all the more understandable why they did very little during their administration.

zaxx
Member
LP’s message to all Filipinos: “As you already know, we are incompetent fools. We can’t even meet a simple deadline to submit receipts. Please give us another chance. We promise (pasagasa pa kami sa tren) that we will NEVER AGAIN let you (our bosses) down.” COMELEC’s message to Filipinos: “Please forget about this…” On May 21, 2013, Comelec ordered Ejercito to step down after finding that he exceeded the campaign expenses allowed by law. He went to the SC to seek a reversal of the Comelec ruling. http://www.rappler.com/nation/84184-sc-final-ruling-ejercito-disqualified-laguna-governor “I know we were hard on some candidates in the past, but… Read more »
Patricio Jose Camaquin
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Patricio Jose Camaquin

Mar Roxas and LP have not figure out a way yet to justify their use of government funds.

JFDPRINTS
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LP even had enough time to organize thanksgiving party and victory party for Robredo but asking for extension for something that mandated.

Aeta
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There is simply no legitimacy in Failippine politics. NONE. So “Fuck” the Failippines, its government, and its people; and “Fuck” me to for being a Fliptard. I’m so “Fucked [not Proud] to Be a Fliptard.” Every Fliptard should be, too.

zaxx
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Teachers and Professors usually emphasize to students when it’s a HARD DEADLINE. So this is Comelec’s idea of NON-EXTENDABLE… Roxas was the lone presidential candidate who failed to submit his SOCE on Wednesday, even when the Comelec’s campaign finance office (CFO) gave an hour and a half more for last-minute filers, extending the deadline from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/569345/news/nation/comelec-to-discuss-lp-roxas-request-for-extension-to-file-soce#sthash.Gd7qaOUq.dpuf What makes you think they won’t extend it to 3:45 hours, 12 hours, 2 days, or half a month? It’s a bad precedent guys. I think I know where this road leads to. It’s like killing a baby in… Read more »
asddsf
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You underestimate COMELEC’s incompetence.

Farah Lou Sy
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“due date” rather than “deadline”

Charissa Arroyo
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So who will be now our VP of the Philippines?

ricelander
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Sec. 2 of Rule 10. Not so many people seem to know this. Comelec is not mentioning it, even Atty Macalintal seems to be unaware.

ignorante
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YOu believe this SHIT!

sayote
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Section 14.

Where is the disqualification term?

Barring is different from disqualification.

Naku naman!