Tuesday, May 17, 2016

SOCE Regulatory Measure: Expenditure Limit

The regulation of campaign finance by imposing a maximum limit on campaign expenditures is not a new measure. It has been in place since the Batasang Pambansa or the National Assembly enacted Batas Pambansa Bilang 8813 in 1985, antedating even the 1987 Constitution. Sections 100 and 101 of the Omnibus Election Code ("OEC") state:
"Sec. 100. Limitations upon expenses of candidates. - No candidate shall spend for his election campaign an aggregate amount exceeding one peso and fifty centavos (PhP 1.50) for every voter currently registered in the constituency where he filed his candidacy: Provided, That the expenses herein referred to shall include those incurred or caused to be incurred by the candidate, whether in cash or in kind, including the use, rental or hire of land, water or aircraft, equipment, facilities, apparatus and paraphernalia used in the campaign: Provided, further, That where the land, water or aircraft, equipment, facilities, apparatus and paraphernalia used is owned by the candidate, his contributor or supporter, the Commission is hereby empowered to assess the amount commensurate with the expenses for the use thereof, based on the prevailing rates in the locality and shall be included in the total expenses incurred by the candidate.

Thursday, March 31, 2016


Commission on Elections Chairman J. Andres D. Bautista directed 17 Election Officers of the Province of Romblon to assume duty in their respective new posts not later than April 1, 2016.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


The Commission on Elections thru the Campaign Finance Office issued an advisory pertaining to the prohibition stated in Section 261 (v) and (w) of the Omnibus Election Code that will provide answers to various inquiries.

Elements that Constitute Violations of Section
261(v) and (w) of the Omnibus Election Code

Before discussing how the CFO processes and/ or evaluates the requests for exemption from Section 267 (v) and (w), it is essential to establish the basic foundational elements of what constitutes a violation of Section 261, (v) and (w).

Sunday, March 27, 2016


In preparation of the 2016 elections the Commission on Elections in the Province of Romblon conducted a series of trainings for the public school teachers who will serve as members of the Board of Election Inspectors.

The series of training comprising two (2) days per batch started February 29 until it ended last March 22, 2016. 100% of the teachers gained complete training.

Monday, January 18, 2016


In the matter of the STATEMENT OF CONTRIBUTION & EXPENDITURE (SOCE) of all candidates applicable starting May 09, 2016 elections and for all subsequent national and local elections, Commission on Elections promulgated Resolution No. 9991 last October 02, 2015 as the Omnibus Rules & Regulations Governing Campaign Finance and Disclosure or for brevity sake the "OMNIBUS RULES ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE".


I am a Responsible and Principled Citizen.

I will educate myself and others about the issues at hand so that my vote is a meaningful and relevant exercise of my right of suffrage.

I pledge to vote for candidates who will abide by the duly constituted rules on campaigning because I understand that those who refuse to obey the law in the little things are not likely to obey the law in the more important things;

I pledge to vote for candidates who, by word and action, renounce violence, coercion, vote-buying, and corruption as means for getting elected;

I pledge to vote for the candidates who listen to their constituents and are responsive to the needs and aspirations of those they seek to represent;

I pledge to vote as my conscience dictates in all elections.

I make these promises freely and upon my honor.

(This Voter Pledge was read at the Unity Walk of 13 January 2013, by COMELEC Commissioner Elias R. Yusoph)