Fa­tima: Ex­actly a hun­dred years ago

The Freeman - - OPINION -

I was sup­posed to write only about the 100th an­niver­sary of the last ap­pari­tion of the Blessed Vir­gin Mary be­fore Lu­cia, Jac­inta, and Francesco at the Cova di Ira in Fa­tima, Por­tu­gal, be­cause to­day is a his­toric oc­ca­sion for Catholics world­wide. But last night, we heard of the earth-shat­ter­ing news in this coun­try with the sud­den res­ig­na­tion of Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions Chair­man An­dres Bautista who wrote a let­ter of res­ig­na­tion to his co-em­ploy­ees and to Pres. Ro­drigo “Digong” Duterte.

Then a big­ger break­ing news hap­pened when dur­ing their Ple­nary Ses­sion the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives voted to over­ride the de­ci­sion of the House Com­mit­tee on Jus­tice that ear­lier junked Bautista’s im­peach­ment com­plaint and voted 137-75 to im­peach the Com­elec Chair­man. What we gath­ered in the news was that Andy Bautista was asked to re­sign im­me­di­ately by no less than Speaker Pan­ta­leon “Be­bot” Al­varez as of 4 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, but the Com­elec Chair­man is­sued his res­ig­na­tion let­ter for Dec. 31, 2017.

So fi­nally the Filipino peo­ple know that Andy Baustista re­signed be­cause he had been warned that the House Com­mit­tee on Jus­tice that ear­lier re­jected his im­peach­ment com­plaint would be over­ruled in a Ple­nary Ses­sion in the Halls of Congress. Ku­dos to Rep. Gwen F. Gar­cia (whose birth­day was yes­ter­day) who led the charge to im­peach the Com­elec Chair­man with her fel­low mem­bers of the House, rep­re­sen­ta­tives Harry Roque of Kabayan and Robert Bar­bers of Surigao del Norte. They have fully re­stored my trust and con­fi­dence in this Congress.

Now it is up to Bautista to re­vise his ear­lier res­ig­na­tion from Dec. 31, 2017 to take ef­fect im­me­di­ately so he can avoid an em­bar­rass­ing im­peach­ment trial that the whole na­tion wit­nessed dur­ing the im­peach­ment trial of the late Supreme Court chief jus­tice Renato Corona. The ball is now in Bautista’s court.

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