Vilma Santos, Gloria Arroyo asked to vacate post

Batangas governor Vilma Santos and Pampanga representative Gloria Arroyo are among those asked by Comelec to vacate their posts temporarily.

Vilma Santos

In a press conference Thursday morning, the Commission on Elections announced that at least 424 local officials should temporarily leave their office after they failed to submit a Statement of Election Contributions and Expenditure (SOCE) for the May 2013 polls.

The candidates’ donors and expenditures during the campaign and election period are reported in the SOCE.

The actress-politician in a statement said she had received from Comelec a certificate of completion of her SOCE last June 6, days ahead of deadline.

Governor Vi stressed that the poll body failed to inform her regarding the alleged incomplete requirements. She already tasked her lawyers to resolve the issue.

Besides the ‘Star For All Seasons’, the Comelec also warned 20 members of the House of Representatives including Arroyo, telling them to vacate their posts until they have submitted the required documents.

Arroyo’s camp earlier said the Comelec needs to review its records. The congresswoman’s legal counsel, Atty. Raul Lambido, emphasized he has supporting documents to prove compliance.

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Ma. Ana Elizabeth Guazon used to work in a local radio station in Naga City as news writer, field reporter, and a primetime program anchor. After three years of working in a broadcasting company, she has become a freelance writer and co-owner of Tha Mind Pester, a blog for creative articles.