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Comelec to ex-BM Verdadero: explain overspending

Honesty may not be the best policy if you want to keep yourself clear of the election offense of overspending.
Former Board Member and former Milaor, Camarines Sur Mayor Ernesto G. Verdadero
Former Board Member and former Milaor, Camarines Sur Mayor Ernesto G. Verdadero
This is the bitter lesson that former Board Member and former Milaor, Camarines Sur Mayor Ernesto G. Verdadero may need to learn as he is made to explain why he should not be charged under the Omnibus Election Code.

Verdadero received a letter from Atty. Ferdinand T. Rafanan, Head of the Campaign Finance Unit of COMELEC, requiring him to explain why he went above the limit specified by the law on election expenditures.

“The total number of registered voters in the constituency where you ran was Fifteen Thousand Nine Hundred Forty Three (15943). Under Sec. 100 of the Omnibus Election Code as amended by Republic Act No. 7166, Sec. 13, the maximum allowable expenditure is P3.00 per registered voter, or a total of Forty Seven Thousand Eight Hundred Twenty Nine Pesos (Php47,829.00).”

The letter continues: “It appears therefore that you exceeded the ceiling by One Hundred Thirteen Thousand Two Hundred Eighty Seven Pesos (Php113,287.00), which is Two Hundred Thirty Six and Eighty Five Hundredths Percent (236.86%) beyond the limit set by law.”

Verdadero reported in his Statement of Election Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) that he spent the amount of P161,116.00 when he ran for mayor of Milaor town in May 2010.

Rafanan said that COMELEC will get Verdadero’s side and consider his reasons on or before the deadline set on October 27, 2014.

In an interview by BICOL STANDARD, Verdadero said that he has discussed this matter with his lawyer, and is ready to provide his explanation.

Apart from Verdadero, three other Bicolanos received similar letters from the COMELEC.

They are Manuel Montarde, who ran for governor in Catanduanes; Ephrahim Gianan, who ran for board member in Catanduanes; and Rudy Alvarez, who was a candidate for mayor of Palanas, Masbate.—BICOLSTANDARD.PH


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