17 Jun When Comelec Tramples Over Its Own Laws

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Commentary by Atty. Bruce Rivera

COMELEC, YOU HAVE A DUTY

The 1987 Constitution gave the Comelec the daunting task of assuring the conduct of fair and honest elections. Such is both a mandate and an obligation the body has the duty to uphold.

Regulating campaign expenses is a big part of assuring fairness in the electoral process or else, we will be electing leaders not because of qualification but of net-worth. Hence, rigid rules are set on the submission of reportorial requirements of parties and candidates pertaining to campaign expenditures. It is also mandatory in character and may admit of exceptions under exceptional circumstances. As a result, you have disqualified several elected officials because they failed to submit these reports on time.

The concept of an extension of a deadline contemplates something that is done before the actual deadline. Kaya nga deadline, kasi patay na nung June 8, 2016. Hindi pwede i-extend ang naglapse na. Kasi nga, hindi na pwedeng buhayin ang patay na. If they extended the deadline to June 30, 2016 before June 8, 2016, that could have been acceptable.

In short, eto ang masasabi ko: ANO NA NAMAN TO?!!!

Commentary by Antonio P. Contreras

This is the COMELEC that allowed for a SMARTMATIC personnel to make changes in the script without proper authorization.

This is the same COMELEC that is accused by Senator Marcos of having allowed a fourth server to be installed as a queue server without proper certification and checking in accordance with law.

This is the same COMELEC that has now refused to implement its own Omnibus Rules on Campaign Finance that stated, among others, that the June 8 deadline is non extendible, and that late submissions will no longer be accepted, and even repealed all its previous resolutions that allowed late submissions.

This is the same COMELEC that appeared to have usurped the powers of Congress in extending the period specified by Law.

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