Comelec campaign finance office chief threatens to quit Monday

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista, Commissioner Luie Guia and Commissioner Christian Robert Lim voted against the extension of the deadline for the filing of the Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCEs) of candidates in the May 9, 2016 polls .

MANILA — The only known reason a Comelec official is set to quit his post is due to “unacceptable policy shift” of the poll body.

Commissioner Christian Robert Lim is set to resign as head of the Campaign Finance Office on Monday next week to the Comelec en banc.

Asked why he is giving up his position as CFO head, Lim remarked, “Di acceptable ang policy shift.”

His statement came a day after the Comelec en banc issued a decision granting the request of the Liberal Party and its presidential candidate Mar Roxas to extend the deadline for the filing of the Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCEs) of candidates in the May 9, 2016 polls.

Voting 4-3, the poll body extended the deadline, which was originally set last June 8, to June 30.

Those who voted for the extension were Commissioners Arthur Lim, Al Parreno, Sheriff Abas and Rowena Guanzon.

Aside from Commissioner Christian Robert Lim, those who voted against the extension were Commissioner Luie Guia and Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista.

A day before the Commission allowed the extension, the CFO chief recommended to deny the request.

Lim noted that granting the request would be unfair to other candidates and parties who complied within the prescribed period and would be a reversal of their own resolution on the matter.

The June 8 deadline or the “30-day period reckoned from the day of the election is hard deadline set by law in Section 14 of Republic Act No. 7166.”

In the 2010 elections, Lim worked for the team of President Benigno S. Aquino III and Mar Roxas. (PNA)

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