Win or lose! Masbate City gov’t reminds all Barangay, SK candidates to file their SOCEs

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The City Government of Masbate has reminded all the candidates for Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to filed their respective Statements of Election Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE).

Citing a Commission on Elections (COMELEC) statement, the city government said that the candidates must submit their SOCE whether they won or lost.

In the said statement, the COMELEC said that candidates for this years polls should file their SOCE on or before June 13, 2018.

The COMELEC said that failure to file SOCE will result to being perpetually disqualified from holding public office.

“We have always said that the barangay is where the public directly experience our government. Therefore, our frontline public officials must be sterling exemplars of upright, law-abiding citizens to the public whom the pledge to serve,” COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez said in a statement.

The commission also said that pursuant to the Republic Act 7166, failure to submit SOCE will prohibit the winning candidate from assuming the position until they have complied.

Meanwhile, committing subsequent failure to file SOCE will disqualify the offender perpetually from holding public office.