Three weeks (July 1, 2013) from now, the winners of the 2013 Elections will be assuming their respective offices. And for 3 years new and old faces will either make or break the dreams of Abrenians for a better government. I hope they are ready.. But wait! not so fast says the COMELEC. In case our candidates (both losers and winners) suffered from amnesia, they are reminded that there’s this Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the COMELEC and DILG that all candidates in 2013 Elections must submit their Starement of Election Contributions and Expenditures (SECE).
This MOA empowers the Comelec to strictly enforce the requirement of filing SECE, which is until June 12.
According to COMELEC, local candidates failing to submit Statements of Election Contributions and
Expenditures won’t be allowed to assume office.
Failure to submit the SECE, both for losing and winning candidates, will also constitute an administrative offense, which is punishable by a fine ranging from P1,000 to P30,000 at the discretion of the Comelec while the second or subsequent offense, offenders shall be liable to pay an administrative fine from P2,000 to P60,000 and shall be subject to perpetual disqualification from holding public office.
I wonder if the money they use for vote-buying will be declared? What about the procurement of guns and goons? Will they mention that too? Well let’s wait and see.