PRESIDENT ACCEPTS BAUTISTA’S RESIGNATION
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