Campaign Finance Office (CFO) head Christian Robert Lim, who rejected the request of Liberal Party (LP) to extend the deadline for the filing of Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) is set to resign soon. His confirmation of resignation comes the polling body reversed his decision and granted LPs filing of its SOCE until June 30.
“Will tender on Monday (June 20),” Lim said in a text message to ABS-CBN News this Friday, confirming that he is indeed resigning from his post. And when he was asked his reason for living, Lim simply replied, “Di acceptable ang policy shift,” and did not anymore give further details. Nevertheless, he will remains as Comelec commissioner.
“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 wrote on his signed Comelec memorandum, denying the request of LP and its losing presidential bet, Mar Roxas.
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This Thursday, the Comelec en banc had a 4-3 vote in favor of granting LPs request. This is despite its earlier strong statement that there will no extension for the filing of SOCEs. The polling body then noted Republic Act 7166, which clearly states that all political candidates should be submit their SOCEs within 30 days after the elections.
The four Comelec commissioners who voted ‘in favor’ were Sheriff Abas, Arthur Lim, Al Parreño, and Rowena Guanzon. On the other hand, Robert Lim was joined by Commissioner Luie Guia and Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista in the ‘not in favor’ decision of LPs request of the 14-day extension after June 8, the deadline of subimission.
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“The problem (in not extending the deadline) is it will essentially defeat the voice of the voters who voted for certain candidates but will not be allowed to assume office simply because they have no Soces. That is what we want to avoid.” Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez told reporters that day, as a defense to the decision in favor of LP.