Friday 18 August 2017

DOJ grants Patricia Bautista Witness Protection status

And the simple misunderstanding between the couple that is Andres and Patricia Bautista makes another major turn.

No more than a week when Department of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II floated the idea that the estranged wife of Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chairman Andres Bautista can apply for the Witness Protection Program, is now a reality.

The DOJ has placed Patricia Cruz-Bautista, wife of Commission on Elections chair Andy Bautista, under provisional coverage of its witness protection program (WPP).

Aguirre II, clarified that the Bautista children will also be placed under the provisional coverage of the WPP.
Patricia "Tisha" Cruz-Bautista the estranged wife of COMELEC chair Andres Bautista has come forward last week alleging his husband has unexplained wealth. Now, she has been enrolled to the Witness Protection Program of the Department of Justice. (photo credit to owner)

The safety and security as a potential witness were the two considerations that led to patricia being placed under the provisional admission into the WPP.

"We wish to stress that before being provided with actual protection, security and/or benefit under the WPP, Ms. Cruz-Bautista must execute a Memorandum of Agreement. Ms. Cruz-Bautista came to the DOJ freely and voluntarily, with her lawyers, to seek her admission to the WPP," Aguirre said in a statement.

Marcos loyalist lawyer Oliver Lozano already filed an Impeachment complaint against the COMELEC chair. Grounds used by Lozano for the filing of the impeachment case are culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust with regard to Bautista’s post while he was Presidential Commission on Good Government and as COMELEC chief.

Lozano filed the complaint after hearing Patricia’s statement that her husband was involved in alleged irregularities when Andy Bautista was chair for both government body.

Chairman Bautista denies the allegations of his wife, and maintains his innocence on the alleged irregularities, and claims all of these are politically and financially motivated. 

"Hindi po totoo iyang mga paratang na iyan. Matagal na po kaming may problemang mag-asawa na ngayon ay nababahiran na ng pulitika. Kasama ko po ang aking pamilya ng Bautista at pati na po ang kanyang pamilya, ang Cruz family, sa labang ito," Bautista said in a radio interview with dzMM last week

On Impeachment or resigning

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

"We’re considering various options, pero pinag-iisipan, pinag-aaralan, at pinagdadasal natin. I think this is part of the process," Bautista was the reply to the reporters.

Asked to comment about him being removed from office by way of Impeachment. "Ganiyan talaga ang proseso," he said.
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