PRES­I­DENT AC­CEPTS BAUTISTA’S RES­IG­NA­TION

Manila Times - - FRONT PAGE - CATHER­INE S. VA­LENTE

PRES­I­DENT Ro­drigo Duterte said he saw no rea­son to put Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Com­elec) Chair­man Juan An­dres Bautista on trial, say­ing that “by re­sign­ing, he

Duterte made the state­ment as Bautista’s res­ig­na­tion.

In a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view, the Pres­i­dent said he was sur­prised that the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives im­peached Bautista after the Com­elec chief quit his post. “Nag-takaako, I think it was the

other day, meron­siyang res­ig­na­tion. Mukhang­pinirma­hankokasi mas­mabuti`yung­mas­maalis­siya

diyan (I was sur­prised. I think it - na­tion. I think I signed it be­cause it would be bet­ter if he left),” Duterte said in an in­ter­view aired on sta­te­owned PTV on Fri­day night.

“I don’t know if you can still im­peach him or not be­cause by re­sign­ing, he has re­moved him­self,” he added.

On Wed­nes­day, the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, by a vote of 137-75, over­ruled the ear­lier dis­missal of the im­peach­ment com­plaint against Bautista, de­spite his announcement ear­lier that day that he would leave

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