WATCH: Lawyer says Bautista's brother has admitted 8 crimes the Comelec chair has done

The legal adviser of Mrs. Patricia Bautista claims the brother of Comission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista, Martin Bautista may have disclosed several violations of his brother stipulated in the Code of Conduct for Government Officials including failure to disclose business interest.


Atty. Lorna Kapunan, the legal counsel of Patricia, said Martin's admission that he does not know the particulars of their family's wealth becasue Andy is the family treasurer indicated the Comelec chief failed to disclose business interest and financial connections as requested by law.

The lawyer explained these matters should be included in the Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN).

"There is a requirement that you divest. Not only did he not disclose, he did not divest. There is no disclosure at  all that he is stockholder, treasurer, advisor of his family companies. None at all. Yung unexplained wealth kung pwedeng i-explain nila, parang may admission na may non-disclosure," said Kapunan during an interview with ANC Headstart.

She added through the admission of Martin, it also implies Andy did not file his taxes correctly.

Kapunan claimed Bautista could face charges for soliciting or acceptinh gifts directly following revelations by Tish of a commission sheet wherein names of lawyers who allegedly paid the Comele chief was stated.

"The Comelec chief said these are not commissions but referral fees. The documents speak for themselves. The documents will show that referrals are made and referral fees or commissions were paid during his present term as Comelec chair. That again is a violation because these law firms giving referrals have election practice or clients who are candidates or have been candidates. It involves the practice of election laws," she added.

Tish earlier this month revealed she found documents and passbooks that could prove that his husband  has undeclared assets amounting to P1 billion.

The Comelec chair however denied the allegations of his wife.

Below is the interview Atty. Kapuan. Please watch;


Source: ABS-CBN News