Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock the past few days, it would have been hard to miss the recent scandal that rocked the nation and set social media on fire.
Social Patrol has been scouring the world of social media the past few days in an effort to bring to the readers what netizens are discussing with regards to this issue and how people feel about the whole scandal.
However, before we get to that here’s a quick recap.
On August 1, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Andres Bautista estranged wife Patricia presented information and documents to the National Bureau of Investigation allegedly showing more than ₱336 million in local and foreign bank accounts that weren’t disclosed in the official’s Statement of Assets and Liabilities
In her affidavit, Patricia accused her husband of “misleading and corrupt practices while in office.”
Patricia, according to her affidavit, claims that she “accidentally” came across “gift-wrapped” cash “sitting in a bag” in their living room. She also claims to have found documents showing property allegedly owned by her husband that she was not aware of.
According to her assessment, she said the 14 items of property were worth up to ₱300 million in total, “definitely more” than the ₱158.5 million in properties declared by Bautista in his 2016 SALN.
Patricia also revealed payslips and checks written to Bautista from Divina Law “as commission for assisting the law firm clients with the Comelec.”
“I fear that perhaps some properties and finances our family may have accumulated/benefitted from during his time in office may have originated from illegal or immoral acts or conducts,” she said.
“I likewise fear that my name and reputation might be dragged and implicated in these (ill-gotten) properties should there be any eventual and formal investigation conducted against Andy.”
Patricia said her husband knows she possesses the documents mentioned in her affidavit and has since cut her off financial support.
For his part Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Andres Bautista released a statement where he declared his disappointment in Patricia’s “false accusations,” saying she has allowed herself to be “used to serve the political agenda of some opportunistic people.”
Bautista has also accused his wife of stealing cash, GCs, ATM cards, and other documents in November 2016
Bautista claims his wife has, at some point tried to extort money from him, and when she realized he wasn’t going to give in, she filed an affidavit “based on fabrications and lies.”
What do netizens have to say about the whole issue?