Wife vows plun­der raps vs Bautista

Manila Bulletin - - National News - By JEF­FREY G. DAMICOG and SA­MUEL P. ME­DE­NILLA

Whether Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Com­elec) Chair­man An­dres Bautista re­signs from his post im­me­di­ately or later or gets im­peached or not, his wife has vowed to make sure he faces a plun­der charge be­fore the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man (OMB).

“We will file plun­der (case),” said lawyer Lorna Ka­punan, le­gal coun­sel of his es­tranged wife Pa­tri­cia CruzBautista.

Even af­ter he an­nounced last Wed­nes­day he would re­sign, the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives hours later voted 137-75-2 to im­peach Bautista.

But Bautista has found an ally in his fight against his pend­ing im­peach­ment case in the per­son of his pre­de­ces­sor, for­mer Com­elec chair­man, Sixto Bril­lantes, Jr.

In a state­ment posted in his of­fi­cial Face­book ac­count, Bril­lantes called the de­ci­sion of the House to im­peach Bautista as a “purely po­lit­i­cally” mo­ti­vated de­ci­sion.

Bril­lantes crit­i­cized the law­mak­ers, who voted for Bautista’s im­peach­ment, since they based their de­ci­sion on “de­fi­cient, de­fec­tive, flawed and in­firmed ver­i­fi­ca­tion” by not de­ter­min­ing the suf­fi­ciency of sub­stance of the com­plaints against Bautista.

He said this ef­fec­tively vi­o­lated Bautista’s right for due process.

Mean­while, Ka­punan said it a text mes­sage: “The im­peach­ment will only re­move him from his po­si­tion.”

“Crim­i­nal cases have to be filed against him, his mother, sis­ter, brother, Atty. (Nilo) Div­ina, Smart­matic, Lu­zon De­vel­op­ment Bank, etc. for plun­der, bribery, graft, cor­rup­tion, money laun­der­ing, re­cov­ery by the Govt of ill got­ten wealth,tax eva­sion,” she pointed out.

In the mean­time, the lawyer said they were wait­ing for the re­sults of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion cur­rently be­ing con­ducted by the Na­tional Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (NBI) against Bautista.

“We are await­ing the re­port of the NBI on the ev­i­dence Pa­tri­cia turned over to them,” Ka­punan said.

In the af­fi­davit Pa­tri­cia filed be­fore the NBI, she al­leged her hus­band has 35 bank ac­counts amount­ing to more than P300 mil­lion with the Lu­zon De­vel­op­ment Bank; has for­eign cur­rency ac­count and a peso ac­count amount­ing to $12,778.30 with the Rizal Com­mer­cial Bank­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (RCBC); and a bank ac­count con­tain­ing HK$948,358.97 with the Hong Kong and Shang­hai Bank­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (HSBC).

Among her many ac­cu­sa­tions, Pa­tri­cia also claimed Univer­sity of Sto. To­mas (UST) law dean Nilo Div­ina has been giv­ing com­mis­sions to Bautista. Div­ina’s law of­fice had been the law firm of Smart­matic which sup­plied Com­elec with its vote count­ing ma­chines.

At the mo­ment, Bautista could not be charged since he is im­mune from suit as Com­elec Chair­man. (With a re­port from Sa­muel P. Me­de­nilla)

SUR­PRISE DRUG TEST – A fe­male jail of­fi­cer sub­mits her urine sam­ple dur­ing yes­ter­day’s sur­prise drug test con­ducted along­side the 3rd Quar­ter Man­age­ment Con­fer­ence of the Bu­reau of Jail Man­age­ment and Penol­ogy (BJMP)-Cordillera in Baguio City. All 52 BJMP of­fi­cers present sub­mit­ted to the test and yielded neg­a­tive for pro­hib­ited drugs. (Zaldy C. Co­manda)

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.