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Comelec's campaign finance chief quits after SOCE

decision
MANILA, Philippines Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Christian Robert Lim on Monday tendered
his irrevocable resignation as the head of the Campaign Finance Office (CFO) after the poll bodys en banc extended
the deadline for the filing of the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE).
In his resignation letter, Lim lamented the decision of the Comelec en banc to accept the Liberal Partys (LP) SOCE
six days after the deadline and the move to extend the filing until June 30.
In the light of the decision of the majority of the Commission En Banc to grant the request for extension filed by Atty.
Maria Bernadette Sardillo on behalf of the Liberal Party and its Presidential Candidate Manuel A. Roxas II during the
Special En Banc meeting held on 16 June 2016, I hereby tender my irrevocable resignation as Commissioner-inCharge and concurrent Head of the Campaign Finance Office, effective today, 20 June 2016, Lims resignation letter
read.
Given the Commission's policy shift resulting from granting the request for extension without any sanctions on the
erring candidates and parties which I had expressly dissented from and is now incongruent with my own views on
the matter I believe that I am unsuitable to continue with my duties as both the concurrent head and
Commissioner-in-Charge of the Campaign Finance Office," he added.
Four Comelec commissioners Arthur Lim, Al Parreo, Sheriff Abas and Rowena Guanzon voted in favor of the
deadline extension on June 16 while those who voted against it were Lim, Luie Tito Guia and Chairman Juan Andres
Bautista. The ruling was also questioned by non-government organization Liga ng Eksplosibong Pagbabago Inc. this
morning.