Friday 18 August 2017

COMELEC Chair on resigning: "Pinag-iisipan at pinagdadasal"

Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista admitted that he is contemplating on resigning after being put into the spotlight by his wife Patricia Paz Bautista, accusing the chairman of amassing more than PHP1 billion in unexplained wealth.

"Pinag-iisipan at pinagdadasal," he told reporters covering the election congress in Malolos, Bulacan when asked about the truth regarding the gossips of him stepping down.

"We’re considering various options, pero pinag-iisipan, pinag-aaralan, at pinagdadasal natin. I think this is part of the process," Bautista said when asked about taking a leave.
COMELEC Chair Andy Bautista and Tisha Bautista during happier times ( photo credit to owner)

Asked to comment about him being impeached. "Ganiyan talaga ang proseso," he said.

The poll chief is thankful for the support as shown by the employees in the Malolos Election Congress donning shirts with the statement, "We stand for Chairman Andy."

"Nakakataba ng puso at nakakapag-bigay ng lakas," he said.

Last week her wife came forward to media accusing his husband of unexplained wealth. Chairman Bautista has denied the allegations and accused his wife of  stealing and that all these action of his wife is but a simple case of extortion.

The poll chief brother has already made his statement about the issue, he claims that he had at least $1.7 million in joint investments with the poll chief at one point, and that the issue was an effort to cast doubt on the integrity of the 2016 elections.

"Wag tayong magsisiraan, especially about the elections because itong mga chismis na si (Leni) Robredo tuloy ang naging vice president dahil sa kapatid ko—that’s a complete lie," said Martin Bautista.

"Let’s not destroy our country by putting these. Wala naman, puro chismis yun, unsubstantiated. To think, can a commissioner of the elections really change the outcome? I don’t think so," he added.

State Witness

Early this week, Department of Justice Vitaliano Aguirre II just told reporters that the wife of the COMELEC chair Patricia Paz Bautista can apply in the government’s Witness Protection Program (WPP).

Government security may be provided by the government thru its WPP, since reports that Bautista’s estranged wife has been receiving death threats since submitting her affidavit accusing the head of COMELEC of hidden wealth amounting to some PHP1 billion.

Mrs. Patricia Paz Bautista’s affidavit states that her husband had money in banks, condominiums, and interest and shares in companies established overseas worth almost PHP1 billion which he did not declare in his 2016 Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN). The declared net worth that was submitted by Bautista for the year 2016 was only PHP 176.3 million.
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