Comelec Robert Lim will resign after extending LP SOCE

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The head of the Commission on Elections Campaign Finance Office Christian Robert Lim on Friday night, confirmed it on his interview that he will quit in his position. After the COMELEC en banc his recommendation not to allowed the extension deadline of Statements of Contributions and Expenses (SOCE).

"Hindi acceptable and policy shift,"Lim said in GMA news after the confirmation of his resignation as head of the finance office.

Commissioner Robert Lim, wrote CFO's recommendation to deny the Liberal Party and other parties' requests not to extend the period of party after the deadline last June 8.

On a vote of 4-3, the Comelec en banc ruled to extend the filing of SOCEs until June 30.

Elected officials from LP, Aksyon Demokratiko, and Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino including Vice President-elect Leni Robredo and five senators-elect are the winning candidates who will benefit the extention of SOCE.

The LP requested a 14 day extension which grant by the COMELEC.

Lim said Republic Act 7166 clearly provided that the submission of SOCE should be made within 30 days after the elections. He said an amendment of the law was needed for the Comelec to extend the deadline.

"The 'final and non-extendible' nature of the 08 June 2016 deadline has been emphasized in the second paragraph of Section 2, Rule 10 of the Omnibus Rules on Campaign Finance," Lim said.

"To grant the request for extension would not only be unfair to other candidates and parties who complied within the prescribed period but also would be a reversal of the commission's own resolution on the matter," Lim added.

Chairman Andres Bautista and Commissioner Luie Tito Guia were also opposing the extention. They said that they must face penalties instead.

Commissioners Arthur Lim, Al Parreño, Rowena Guanzon, and Sheriff Abas voted in favor of the extension, citing the "absurdity of the result" should it not be allowed.

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