COMELEC Chairman Ready for Impeachment Over Hidden Wealth

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Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chairman Andres Bautista said he was ready to face an impeachment complaint after he was accused of hiding P1 billion assets.

In an interview, Bautista said that:

“As an impeachable officer, that is always part and parcel of our terrain. If and when that happens, then I will have to face it.”

According to a report on the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Sunday, Bautista’s wife, Patricia, said that she discovered bank and real property documents, and several passbooks under the name of her husband that were not included in his 2016 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth.

Last week, Patricia submitted an affidavit to the National Bureau of Investigation alleging that Bautista “might have had, or currently has, misdealing and corrupt practices while in government service,” according to the Inquirer.

The COMELEC chairman denied the claim and accused his estranged wife of having an affair and attempting to extort money from him.

“Itong problema pong ito ay nagsimula noong 2013 dahil mukhang mayroon po siyang third party at ito po ay alam ng marami,”

Bautista said.

According to Bautista, his wife’s lover was once linked to another well-known personality.

Bautista underwent counseling with his wife but their marital problems worsened last November 2016, when he went to a trip to the US.

He accused his wife of taking advantage of the trip, she withdrawn $117,000 from their joint account and transferred it to her personal account. His wife also purportedly prevented him in entering their home, “ransacked” his cabinets and took some documents.

“In this situation, I am the victim. I am the victim of betrayal,”

He said.

“I never thought a man could be raped. That is how I felt when I was prevented from entering my own house, when all of a sudden, the locked cabinets belonged to me were forced open, documents were taken without my consent,”

He added.

He said that the documents used as an evidence for his wife’s affidavit were “doctored.”

Bautista maintained he did not hide any wealth and that his 2016 SALN was “true and correct.”

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