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Lower House overrides dismissal of impeachment case vs COMELEC’s Bautista

COMELEC Chairman Andres 'Andy' Bautista (Photo by DZRH Boy Gonzales)
COMELEC Chairman Andres ‘Andy’ Bautista (Photo by DZRH Boy Gonzales)

The House of Representatives has decided to override the previous report of the House Committee on Justice dismissing the impeachment complaint against Commission on Elections’ Chairman Andres ‘Andy’ Bautista.

The Lower House, following the resignation announcement of Bautista effective December 31, 2017, has impeached the COMELEC chairman.

137 congressmen voted in favor of impeaching Bautista, while 75 congressmen voted against it. Two congressmen chose to abstain. Due to this, the impeachment complaint against the COMELEC head will be brought to the Senate.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez previously stated that they need a third of the plenary to vote in favor of the dismissal of the committee report in order for the impeachment complaint against the COMELEC chairman to continue.

Cong. Alvarez further added that since the resignation of Bautista is not effective immediately, there is a possibility that the complaint may push through.

Prior to this, in a press briefing, COMELEC chairman Bautista announced that he will be resigning from his post, citing that he has fully tended to his duties and his name has been cleared.  Bautista also said that he is leaving it up to President Rodrigo Duterte to assign his replacement.

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