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Candidates have until June 9 to declare election contributions, expenditures

Tacloban City (May 21) -- June 9, 2010, Wednesday, is the last day of filing of Sworn Statements of Election Contributions and Expenditures by the candidates in the May 10, 2010 elections, pursuant to Section 14 of Republic Act 7166 and Comelec Resolution No. 8646.

"Every candidate and treasurer of the political party must, within thirty days after the day of election, must file in duplicate with the offices of the Commission, the full, true and itemized statement of all contributions and expenditures in connection with the election."

No person elected to any public office shall enter upon the duties of his office until he has filed the statement of all contributions and expenditures in connection with the election.

Failure to file the statements or reports in connection with electoral contributions and expenditures as required shall constitute an administrative offense for which the offenders shall be liable to pay an administrative fine ranging from One thousand pesos (P1,000.00) to Thirty thousand pesos (P30,000.00), in the discretion of the Commission.

The fine must be paid within thirty (30) days from receipt of notice of such failure; otherwise, it shall be enforceable by a writ of execution issued by the Commission against the properties of the offender.

It is the duty of every city or municipal election registrar to advise in writing, by personal delivery or registered mail, within five (5) days from the date of election all candidates residing in his jurisdiction to comply with their obligation to file their statements of contributions and expenditures.

For the commission of a second or subsequent offense under this section, the administrative fine shall be from Two thousand pesos (P2,000.00) to Sixty thousand pesos (P60,000.00), in the discretion of the Commission. In addition, the offender shall be subject to perpetual disqualification to hold public office.

Meanwhile, the election period is up to June 09, 2010 and as such, the still enforced is the ban on bearing, carrying or transporting firearms or other deadly weapons in public places, buildings, street, park, private vehicle or public conveyance even if licensed to possess or carry the same, unless authorized by the Comelec.

Still being enforced is the ban on suspension of elective local officials, the transfer of officers and employees in the civil service, the organization or maintenance of reaction forces, strike forces or other similar forces, and the use of security personnel or bodyguards by candidates, whether or not such bodyguards are regular members of the AFP or other law enforcement agency. (PIA 8) [top]

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