Comelec welcomes SC ruling junking petition vs. resolution on SOCE deadline extension

MANILA — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) welcomed the ruling of the Supreme Court (SC) denying the petition seeking to nullify the poll body’s resolution extending the deadline for the filing of the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE).

Commissioner Rowena Guanzon noted that the ruling is good for them since they will be able to focus on other matters as the issue has already been settled.

“Well if that’s true I’m glad because we have to move on because the SC is the final arbiter,” she said.

The poll body official added, “If the court found that we did not gravely abuse our discretion that should be happy news for all of us.”

On Tuesday, the High Court dismissed the petition for certiorari with application for a status quo ante order filed by defeated partylist group 1-Abilidad first nominee lawyer Manuelito Luna and retired Army Col. Justino Padiernos of the People’s Freedom Party.

The petition stemmed from the resolution of the Comelec dated June 17, which granted the request of the Liberal Party (LP) and Mar Roxas for a 14-day extension to file their respective SOCEs. Ferdinand Patinio/PNA/ northboundasia.com