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Senate will continue probe against ‘outgoing’ COMELEC head

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The resignation of Commission on Elections Chairman Andres ‘Andy’ Bautista will not spare him from  being investigated by the Senate.

Senator Francis Escudero, chairman of the Committee on Banks, Financial Institutions, and Currencies, clarified that his committee will continue with its investigation on the alleged hidden-wealth and bank accounts of ‘outgoing’ COMELEC head Bautista.

Sen. Escudero pointed out that, even if Bautista resigns from his post, the issue regarding his ill-gotten wealth should still be examined due to the accountability of public officials.

The Senate will also look into the provisions that might have been overlooked with the law created by the Anti-Money Laundering Council.

Sen. Escudero explained that there was neglect in the side of AMLC since no ‘red-flag’ was raised regarding the questionable bank transactions of Bautista.

The Senate investigation on Bautista was temporarily suspended due to the impeachment complaint filed against the COMELEC head at the House of Representatives.

This October 11, Bautista has announced that he will resign from his position before the year ends.

Based on his resignation letter, Bautista explained that it is the proper time afor him to leave his post since the barangay and the Sangguniang Kabataan elections this October have been officially postponed already.

According to Bautista, it is difficult for him to leave his post but he must spend more time with his children.

Bautista believes that he served the public and thanked the people who supported him during his term in the COMELEC.

“Pag-hilom ng mga sugat ng aking pamilya at yung ngang kredibilidad ng commission, iyon yung dalawang batayan kung bakit sa aking palagay ang pagbibitiw ngayon ay ang tamang gawin. ” Bautista said during a press conference. “Maraming nag-sasabi na mag-bitiw at magleave of absence at ang ginawa ko ay pinagnilanilayan.”

Meanwhile, the Lower House has overrode the report of the House Justice Committee dismissing the impeachment case against Bautista.

Previously, the committee dismissed the impeachment complaint against Bautista due to lack of form.

137 congressmen voted in favor of the impeachment complaint against Bautista, while 75 congressmen voted against it.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez explained that only 98 votes are needed for the impeachment to continue and reach the Senate.

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