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Vice President-elect Leni Robredo and other winning Liberal Party (LP) candidates may not be able to sit in office, if the penalties for failing to submit their Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) are to be applied.

The leading party was not able to submit its own SOCE to the poll body before the deadline Wednesday afternoon.

"Nakalagay sa batas na kapag hindi nakapag-file yung political party, iyung mga kandidato ng political party na iyon hindi makakaupo," Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said.

Jimenez said that the effect of the penalty will be far-reaching, as many of the winning national and local candidates belong to the LP.

Aside from Drilon who has not been issued a certificate of compliance, 15 senatorial candidates have not filed their SOCE, including Rafael Alunan, Levito Baligod, Jovito Palparan, Romeo Maganto and Mark Lapid.
Source: ABS-CBN News

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