Bautista tells Rody he is ready to step down from his post

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairperson Andres Bautista said he is ready to step down from his post even he denied the allegations thrown by his wife regarding his ill-gotten wealth, August 7.

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During a press conference, Bautista recalled his meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte last August 1 in Malacanang on is marital issue with Patricia Paz 'Tish' Bautista who claimed to discover a nearly P1billion undeclared assets of the chief.

"Sabi ko sa kanya (referring to Duterte) 'Hindi po ako kapit tuko sa kahit anong posisyon or panunungkulan. Kung ang palagay ko ay nagiging pabigat na isang institusyon, wala namang problema sa akin na magbitiw.' Pero ang sabi nya sa akin, 'I am not asking you to resign. That is really your call,'" said Bautista, whose seven-year term ends in 2022.

The COMELEC chair was accompanied by his sister, mother-in-law, and stepfather-in-law during the palace meeting. On the same day, Duterte was also reported that he was in a  meeting with Patricia and her camp.

Bautista said he is ready to face impeachment proceedings.

"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," he said.

On the other hand, the controversial chief claimed his wife was triggered by greed for throwing the allegations.

"It is apparent that she and her long-time lover concocted this extortion plan with guidance from ill-intentioned lawyers who thought they could threaten me into simply turning over hard earned and legitimately acquired assets belonging to me and my family. They were wrong. It is unfortunate that my ex-wife's greed has resulted in irreparable damage to me, my family, her own family and most importantly to our children. I shall address all of these issues at the proper forum. But I will not give in to blackmail," said Bautista.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre ordered NBI to look into the allegations of ill-gotten wealth against Bautista.

Source: GMA Network