MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Defeated presidential candidate Manuel "Mar" Roxas II filed his delayed Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) on Wednesday, June 22, by sending a truckload of documents to the poll body.
The SOCE came in the form of 50 black boxes aboard a yellow truck with a sticker that says, "Mar-Leni," referring to the tandem of Roxas and running mate Leni Robredo in the May elections.
The truck arrived at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Intramuros, Manila, past 11 am on Wednesday.
Roxas' campaign spokesman, Ibarra Gutierrez, said the SOCE states that Roxas spent P487.33 million ($10.48 million*) during the campaign period.
Roxas received P469.29 million ($10.08 million) in contributions, and also shelled out P18.037 million ($387,650) in personal funds.
"Each centavo of that entire P487 million is fully accounted for and evidenced by the documents here," Gutierrez told reporters.
He said the volume of receipts is one of the reasons why Roxas is submitting his SOCE two weeks after the original deadline of June 8.
He added, "Bawat gastos talaga sa kada sortie, bawat maliit na resibo for whatever it is na binili noong sortie, kasama diyan." (Each expenditure for each sortie, each small receipt for whatever it is that was bought during the sortie, is included there.)
Robredo submitted SOCE on time
Gutierrez was also asked why other parties managed to submit their SOCEs without bringing truckloads of documents to the Comelec. Robredo, for one, submitted her SOCE on time.
"Siguro dapat tanungin sila kung kumpleto ba o hindi ang kanilang sinubmit. Hindi ko alam kung ano ang kanilang sinubmit. Basta kami, in our experience, it really was a very, very voluminous amount of receipts na kailangang i-sort," Gutierrez said.
(Perhaps we need to ask them if their submissions were complete or not. We don’t know what they submitted. For us, in our experience, it was a very, very voluminous amount of receipts that we needed to sort.)
Asked if they also submitted truckloads of documents in previous elections, Gutierrez said, "Noong huling eleksyon, wala pang rule na magsa-submit ka ng scanned copy ng receipts." (In the last elections, there was no rule that we needed to submit the scanned copies of receipts.)
(Watch the actual filing of Roxas' SOCE below)
The Liberal Party, to which Roxas and Robredo belong, also didn't file its SOCE on time.
Because of their failure to meet the deadline, Roxas and LP asked the Comelec to allow them to submit their SOCEs late.
This prompted Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim to quit his post as head of the poll body's Campaign Finance Office.
Lim said he resigned as Campaign Finance Office head because of the "policy shift" regarding late SOCEs. He said his views "are inconsistent now with the views" of the Comelec en banc, or the commission sitting as a whole. – Rappler.com
*$1 = P46.52
Paterno R. Esmaquel II is a senior reporter leading Rappler’s coverage of religion and foreign affairs. He finished MA Journalism in Ateneo and MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at email@example.com.