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SoCE rules amended

The Commission on Elections en banc yesterday issued a resolution allowing it to continue accepting Statement of Contributions and Expenditures of candidates in the last elections beyond June 30, 2016 but with the appropriate fines.

REPUBLIC Act 7166 providing for Synchronized National and Local Elections and for Electoral Reforms provides in Section 14 that every candidate and treasurer of a political party participating in an election must file an itemized statement of all contributions and expenditures in connection with the election within 30 days after election day.

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Forty-eight beautiful and inspiring environmental ambassadors from different cities and municipalities and outside the country will vie for the title of Miss Philippine Earth 2016.

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By the time this column goes to print, our Filipino voters have already cast their votes for president, vice-president, senators and other elected positions in government.

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TAKE it from Senator Cynthia Villar, who helped her husband Manny run a presidential campaign in 2010 that many voters recall as possibly the most expensive: “A candidate for a national position needs 98 percent awareness, or else forget it.” She might well have added, “And an extra 3 or 4 billion in the bank won’t hurt.”

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Cynical

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So the surveys show a big chunk of the population haven’t made up their minds about their choice for president. Has it occurred to the pollsters and analysts that maybe it’s not so much that the voters are undecided as that they’ve decided not to decide because, to quote a few cynics and skeptics, “they’re promising heaven and earth” and “what change can we expect, they’re all the same”? “The same” goes back many administrations, many presidents, what else is new?

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