MANILA — A disqualification case was filed before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) against Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda for allegedly failing to file his Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) for 2010 and 2013.
“Wherefore, premises considered, it is most respectfully prayed of the Honorable Commission that the respondent be perpetually disqualified to hold any public office including that of being a member of the House of Representatives, Second District of the Province of Albay, now and forever,” Virgilio Goyena, a candidate for the Albay second district congressional elections, said in his petition against Salceda.
Salceda is running for reelection in the May 13 mid-term polls.
The petitioner alleged that Salceda, a candidate of PDP-Laban, failed to submit his SOCE after running for Albay governor in the 2010 elections.
He claimed that Salceda did not personally sign his SOCE when he ran for the same position in the 2013 elections.
“In the instant case, the respondent failed to file for the 2nd time his SOCE. The commission of a second offense shall be subject to perpetual disqualification to hold public office,” Goyena said in his petition which was received by the Comelec on March 11.
“As a consequence of the foregoing, the respondent should and shall be perpetually disqualified to hold public office, including membership in the House of Representatives,” he added.
The petition also cited a certification from the Comelec Campaign Finance Office, which allegedly showed that Salceda's 2013 SOCE was signed by lawyer Caroline Cruz Sabio, the legislator's chief of staff.
Under the law, all candidates and parties who ran in the last elections, regardless of whether they won or lost, must file their SOCE not later than 30 days after the day of election.
It also provided that SOCEs must be personally signed by the candidate or party treasurer. (PNA)