Political analyst says Bautista's brother may have violated election proceedings twice

Political analyst and De La Salle University professor Antonio Contreras said Martin Bautista, the older brother of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista may have violated elections rules not once but twice in his social media account on Facebook, August 14.


Contreras said Martin while he defended his brother, he could just add to his troubles.

"Martin appears to be a US permanent resident. When he ran for the Senate in May 2007, he was required by law to surrender his green card to reacquire his residency in the Philippines. He should have done this in May 2005 for him to meet the 2-year residency requirement set by the Constitution for those running for Senator," pointing out Martin was a senatorial bet last May 2007 elections.

According to Contreras, Martin's blog proved he continued his medical practice in the US from 2005 to just before May 2007.

"If he truly surrendered his permanent status in 2005, then the only way he can continue practicing is if he acquired a US working visa. In 2010, Martin ran again for the Senate under the LP banner in the May elections. And again, he should have been a resident of the country for 2 years, which must have been May 2008. If Martin was practicing in the US on the strength of a working visa he acquired in 2005 when he surrendered his permanent resident status in the US, then he has complied with the law," the political analyst added.

At the end of his post, Contreras said it is now time to check Martin's US travel and visa status for it might place Andy in tight spot.

"It is now in order to look into Martin's US travel and visa status. For if he indeed violated election rules, this places Andy Bautista in a tight spot. While Martin lost twice, and Andy only became Chair of COMELEC after the 2010 elections, it would still be embarrassing to think that an election chief has a brother who may have violated election laws not only once but twice," he concluded.

At the end of his post, Contreras' post has reached 1300 reactions.

Below is Contrera's full Facebook post:


Source: Facebook