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A lot of people are now calling out COMELEC’s bias. First, they allowed voting machine provider Smartmatic to illegally tamper with the program in the middle of canvassing of votes on Election Day. Second, they have been ignoring requests for a system audit to be conducted to prove that the tampering did not affect election results. Now they allowed the Liberal Party to file the SOCE late. Who are the people running the agency really working for? They are supposed to be working for the Filipino people, not the Liberal Party. They are a disgrace to the nation.

What is really appalling is the way the Liberal Party’s supporters are dismissing this whole thing as a non-event. They even laugh at people who are trying to advocate respecting the rule of law. They don’t mind their idols in the Liberal Party breaking the rules but highlight the smallest offenses of the members of the opposition. This was evident when they made a big deal of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte’s presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo alleged parking offense. They have really lost their moral high ground. There never was truth to their claim that they are the “decent” members of Philippine society.

The Liberal Party supporters are the same people who show disgust over Duterte’s foul mouth but ignore blatant violation of rules. The truth is, it is not really Duterte’s swearing that is embarrassing to the world; what’s embarrassing is the Filipino people’s — especially the public servants’ — inability to follow the rules. Filipinos cannot expect other countries like China to respect them when they can’t respect their own rules.

The Liberal Party and their supporters cannot cry foul and complain the next time someone from the opposition breaks the rules. They have given the opposition licence to break the rules. They may think they have won this but this will come back to bite them. In the next election, candidates and political parties do not have to file their SOCE on or before the deadline because there is no point. There is no consequence and the COMELEC allowing the Liberal Party to file after the deadline has set a precedent for others to ignore the rules.

Ordinary Filipinos can be forgiven for violating the laws now. They can cite the COMELEC’s actions and send the government a strong message that the law should be applied equally to all or not at all. If you want fairness, then Filipinos should just advocate anarchy. It’s only fair since only the well-connected are enjoying the perks of their status in the Philippines. Most of the people who are rotting in Philippine jails are the ones who can’t afford to buy “justice”.

The COMELEC’s decision has outraged a lot of Filipinos. The only consolation they are holding on to is that the Duterte administration may finally put an end to the kind of stupidity that government agencies like COMELEC are perpetuating. There are a lot of people looking forward to the Liberal Party’s day of reckoning when The Punisher is in power.

It clearly states after the elections May 9 – June 8(30)days is the allowed period of submittion in which (16-12-2015)”Resolution 9991″ Rule 10 “deadline shall be final and non-extendible. Submissions beyond this period shall not be accepted. COMELEC Resolutions Nos. 9849 and 9873, Minute Resolutions Nos. 13-0775 and 13-0823 are hereby repealed, insofar as they allowed the belated submission, amendmentand/or correction of campaign finance disclosure statements and reports and the imposition of late penalties for the 2013 National and Local Elections.” 

Try checking the meaning of “REPEALED”. And the penalties are applied depending on the candidates running position(winning/not) to those who are late/have not submitted their SOCE w/o COMELEC accepting it. What is there to be confused? 30 days is 30 days and not more than that!!! “LAW is LAW” and they “BROKE THE LAW”…..

Pero ang problema. mukhang ang sentiments ng marami ay sa social media na lamang na voice out. 

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) proved once again that patronage politics rules in the Philippines. By granting the request of the Liberal Party (LP) to extend the deadline for the submission of the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE), the agency broke its own “final and non-extendible deadline” rule. The agency showed ordinary Filipinos that rules can be broken when you are connected to the right people. The Liberal Party’s connection to the COMELEC came in handy, indeed. 

It’s no secret that Chairman Andy Bautista was the losing Presidential candidate Mar Roxas’s former campaign adviser when he ran for senator in 2004. Bautista is also a close ally of President Benigno Simeon Aquino having once been the chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG). Bautista may have voted against the extension but was said to have recommended allowing late filing of SOCE with appropriate fines. It’s basically the same thing. He merely gave them a slap on the wrist.

Heres what people are now saying about this,  it's now kinda.. debate ... let see.. who's making the real points here...(credits to getrealphilippines website..:)
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