Bautista deemed re­signed, no need to im­peach – Rody

The Philippine Star - - FRONT PAGE - – Christina Men­dez

Be­lea­guered Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions (Com­elec) Chair­man An­dres Bautista need not un­dergo the te­dious im­peach­ment process be­cause he is deemed re­signed from his post, Pres­i­dent Duterte said last night.

But Duterte also stayed clear of the move of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, which re­versed last Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon in a ple­nary vote its com­mit­tee’s de­ci­sion to dis­miss the im­peach­ment com­plaint against Bautista for in­suf­fi­ciency of form.

In a taped in­ter­view at state-run PTV-4, the Pres­i­dent said he was sur­prised upon learn­ing that the House went on with the im­peach­ment when he had re­ceived the Com­elec chair­man’s res­ig­na­tion filed through the Of­fice of the Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary and had ac­cepted Bautista’s de­ci­sion.

“Nag­taka ako (I won­dered), it was the other day, he has (filed) res­ig­na­tion. Mukhang pinirma­han ko (It looks like I signed it). I don’t know if you can still im­peach him or not. By re­sign­ing, he has re­moved him­self,” Duterte said.

But he said he did not call any of his House al­lies about the im­peach­ment com­plaint, adding it is not his style.

“No­body but no­body called… I re­mem­ber dis­tinctly, no­body told me that you are re­sum­ing the im­peach­ment process. Hindi ako nakikialam (I don’t in­ter­fere),” he said.

Duterte re­called hav­ing sum­moned Bautista to Mala­cañang a few months ago be­fore his wife Pa­tri­cia went pub­lic with their mar­i­tal prob­lems.

At that time, Duterte said he had al­ready ad­vised the Com­elec chair­man to set­tle the mat­ter with his wife, af­ter all, they have chil­dren.

The wife com­plained that she did not re­ceive any fi­nan­cial sup­port from Bau- From Page 1 tista, the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive said.

“Wala siyang pera (She doesn’t have money). It’s a mat­ter of sup­port, may anak ka dyan eh (you have chil­dren),” he said.

When Bautista’s res­ig­na­tion let­ter reached his of­fice, Duterte said he thought it would be bet­ter for the na­tion since the coun­try as well as Bautista need not un­dergo the di­vi­sive process of im­peach­ment.

“I will await of­fi­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion from Mala­cañang,” Bautista told The STAR last night af­ter the Pres­i­dent dis­closed that he had ac­cepted the res­ig­na­tion.

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