No Zambo bets overspent in May 9 poll — Comelec PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 18 June 2016 11:39

By R.G. ANTONET GO

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) Zamboanga City office has released the amount of expenditures of local candidates during the May 9 election based on the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) they submittted.

Comelec Zamboanga District 1 Election Officer Hamja S. Omar said based on the figures,  no one overspent during  local election campaign.

For Congressman District 1, Congressman Elect Celso L. Lobregat has reported spending P510,964.24. In District 2, Congressman-elect Manuel Jose M. Dalipe spent P191,926.48. Reelected Mayor Elect Maria Isabelle Climaco Salazar spent P1,319,389.22, and Vice Mayor Elect Cesar Iturralde spent P836,658.01 — all based on their submitted SOCE’s.

For Councilors District 1, Councilors-elect Myra Paz Abubakar spent P337,702.08, Charlie Mariano P320,790.34, Josephine Pareja P261,627.57, Marxander Jaime Cabato P221,126.72, Cesar M. Jimenez P187,184.77, Elbert Atilano P179,857.95, Rodolfo Lim P173,734.50 and Rodolfo Bayot P103,048.01.

For Councilors in District 2, Councilors-elect Lilibeth N. Belloso spent P351,508.00, Rommel Agan P331,821.10, Al Jihan Rebollos Edding P274,475.50, Juan Climaco Elago P259,358.53, Jimmy B. Villaflores P219,989.32, Benjamin Guingona IV P218, 328.53, Miguel Alavar III P177,432.35, and Teodyver Arquiza P160,207.45.

SOCE shows the contributors of a candidate during election to include how much they spent during the election.

Omar said a political party is allowed to spend P3.00 per voter, independent candidates P5.00 per registered voter and candidates with party affiliations P5.00 per voter.

A total of 72 candidates have filed their SOCE, while 22 candidates have yet to file it.

Omar said they will still receive the SOCE of these 22 candidates however, they will incur one count of non filing of SOCE and a fine.

These will be sent to the Comelec campaign finance unit for final checking and assessment if these SOCEs are complete and filed on time.

For first offense, the fine for non filling of SOCE is P20,000 for the positions of Congressman, Mayor, and Vice Mayor while P15,000 for councilor.

The office is also ready to release the clearance of these winning candidates who filed their SOCE as they assume their post by June 30.

“Before they assume office we will give the clearance as manifestation that they complied with the requirements as provided by the Comelec.” Omar said. — R.G. A A. Go