Com­elec-Cebu: Op­er­a­tions will not be af­fected

The Freeman - - NEWS - Lor­raine Mitzi A. Am­brad/JBB —

The Cebu pro­vin­cial of­fice of the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions is con­fi­dent that its op­er­a­tions will not be af­fected by the pro­nounced res­ig­na­tion of Com­elec Chair­man An­dres Bautista.

Cebu Pro­vin­cial Elec­tion Su­per­vi­sor Marco Lionel Castil­lano said that their or­ga­ni­za­tional struc­ture is de­signed in a way that no one is in­dis­pen­si­ble.

He ex­plained that the Com­elec com­mis­sion­ers can elect among them­selves an act­ing chair­man when Bautista's res­ig­na­tion be­comes ef­fec­tive or if he gets im­peached, which­ever comes first.

Bautista sent his res­ig­na­tion let­ter to Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte last Wed­nes­day.

“Due to per­sonal rea­sons, I am ten­der­ing my res­ig­na­tion as chair­man of the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions ef­fec­tive De­cem­ber 31, 2017,” reads his let­ter.

His wife, Pa­tri­cia, pub­licly claimed ear­lier that her es­tranged hus­band has around P1 bil­lion ill-got­ten wealth which Bautista con­tin­ues to deny.

Be­fore Bautista's res­ig­na­tion takes ef­fect, the Pres­i­dent has a 10-week pe­riod to choose a new Com­elec Chair­man.

Castil­lano ex­plained that the pres­i­dent can only ap­point a new chair­man if the seat of power has been va­cated.

“You can­not ap­point if there is no va­cancy,” he em­pha­sized.

On the same day Bautista handed in his res­ig­na­tion, the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives voted 137-75 in fa­vor of over­turn­ing the im­peach­ment com­plaint which was junked ear­lier by the Com­mit­tee on Jus­tice.

Un­der Ar­ti­cle 11, Sec­tion 3 of the 1987 Con­sti­tu­tion, a vote of at least one-third of the House mem­bers shall be nec­es­sary to af­firm or over­turn a res­o­lu­tion with the Ar­ti­cles of Im­peach­ment Com­mit­tee.

Given this cir­cum­stances, Castil­lano said that Bautista is still the head of Com­elec. He is still au­tho­rized to sign con­tracts, dis­burse­ments, and other doc­u­ments con­cern­ing the com­mis­sion un­til he re­signs or he is im­peached.

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