According to news from Aksyon TV5, Vice President Elect Leni Robredo may not be able to sit in place as the second highest government official as early as possible due to Liberal Party’s inability to submit a Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) on the deadline of the Comelec. The Comelec have announced the deadline for the said statement, however Mar Roxas and the Liberal Party were unable to submit it due to the many receipts they had to file.
Rep. Barry Gutierrez, Liberal Party spokesman issued a statement saying they have sent a letter to Comelec, although up to now no response have been yet supplied. “A request for extension was sent to Comelec, asking for an additional 14 days within which to complete the filing for Mar Roxas and the Liberal Party.”
In line with this, although the Vice President was able to submit her SOCE at the said deadline, RA 7166 claims that she “shall not enter upon the duties of office until she has filed the statement of contribution and expenditures herein required.” Attorney Romulo Macalintal, Robredo’s lawyer clarified that the filing of the parties will be accepted anytime, but with proper sanction
“The law says that they cannot assume office until they file their SOCE. So in other words, the law allows late filing.” Aside from Robredo, many other congressman and senators may not be able to start their duties yet until they have filed necessary documents as the law requires.