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Comelec breaks own rules

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has found itself in the midst of a controversial situation after deciding to extend the deadline for the submission of Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SoCE) for winning and losing candidates in the May 9 elections.

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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IT is the season for political merry-go-round once again. That appointed time in the aftermath of every election when the smarter politicians, with the virus archipelagic, decide to jump ship – like rats in a sinking ship – and wade their way in the waters to join the new party in power. This is in order to continue partaking of the spoils, benefiting from the fortunes up for distribution in every incoming Administration’s victory. Of course, the bigger the landslide, the more “super” the coalition. Compare that to the tired lexicon of “rainbow coalition”. This is practical politics 101. Talk about personal honor? Principles? Party pledges? And loyalty to party? That was then.

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HERE comes Sen. Koko Pimentel, who’s only the head of incoming President Duterte’s political party, threatening to “put behind bars” the Venezuelan general manager and project manager of Smartmatic, “for all the abuses and underdeliveries (that) should be factored in by Comelec” that tainted the integrity of the vote count.

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