MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – There will be no inauguration of President-elect Rod Duterte or VP-elect Leni Robredo on June 30, thanks to the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec).
In an en banc resolution, Comelec voted 4 to 7 to extend the deadline for the filing of candidacy for the 2016 presidential elections. The decision all but voids the results of the May elections, and paves the way for a repeat election still to be scheduled.
Those who voted for the extension were Commissioners Rowena Guanzon, Sherrif Abas, Al Pareño and Arthur Lim. Voting against were Chairman Andy Bautista, Luie Guia and Christan Lim.
Earlier, a separate motion by the Liberal Party was filed before Comelec seeking to extend the deadline for the filing of SOCE (Statement of Campaign Expenditures) in the May elections. LP presidential candidate Mar Roxas and others failed to meet the June 8 deadline which is a violation of Comelec rules. The failure to file SOCE would have disqualified the winning candidates from assuming their respective elective positions.
But rather than deal with the controversy of deciding to extend (or not extend) the SOCE filing deadline, the Comelec opted to extend the deadline for the filing of candidacy for the 2016 elections.
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