All incoming Cebu City bets meet SOCE deadline

CEBU CITY, Philippines – All Cebu City candidates who won in the midterm polls have met the June 13 deadline for the submission of their Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) to the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Cebu City South District officer Marchel Sarno told Rappler.

Sarno said that losing candidates do not to need to file a SOCE.

Ang katong wala kadaog sa eleksyon, then, dili na sila allowed nga mu-file og SOCE. (Those who didn’t win during the elections are not allowed to file their SOCE.)” Sarno said on Tuesday, June 18.

The winning candidates, on the other hand, still have until 6 months to file their SOCE.

Pero pabayron sila og administrative fines. (But they are expected to pay administrative fines.) At the same time, dili sila ka-assume og office hangtod ma-file nila ang SOCE (They cannot assume into office until they have filed their SOCE yet.)” Sarno said.

Among those who have filed their SOCE are outgoing Mayor Tomas Osmeña and Vice Mayor and now Mayor-elect Edgardo Labella who spent big in their bid for the mayoral post.

From his personal funds, Osmeña’s total expenditures amounted to P1,805,076.42.

Labella, on the other hand, spent P904,225 out of the P1.017 million he received in campaign contributions.

Vice mayor-elect Michael Rama spent P571,472.96 from his pocket and received P375,000 in contributions for a total spend of P946,472.96 in the midterm polls.

Outgoing councilor and Osmeña running mate for vice mayor Mary Ann de los Santos spent a total of P138,391.62 from personal funds.

All 18 winning candidates for councilor already submitted their SOCEs. –