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Bautista saddened by House nod on impeach rap

Bautista saddened by House nod on impeach rap”

Andres Bautista said that after "muxh prayer and discernment", he chose to quit as the Comelec chairman by taking advantage when President Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte signed a law deferring the "barangay" (village) and youth elections from October this year to May 2018.

Speaking to ANC via Skype, the Oklahoma-based physician slammed lawmakers who voted for impeachment, saying the case that will be resolved anyway in the proper forum when Bautista's resignation takes effect.

The House move triggers an impeachment trial in the Senate, where Bautista could either be acquitted or convicted and removed from office. But the committee report of the Committee on Justice dismissing the impeachment complaint is already scheduled before plenary. Only 75 voted in favor of the resolution, while two congressmen abstained.

Rep. Robert Ace Barbers (NP, Surigao del Norte) said an impeachment trial in the Senate would give Bautista the opportunity to explain the perceived infractions he committed.

Bautista said he has no regrets serving as poll chief for more than two years because of the harmonious relationship he had with the employees. Then he said that he would not resign. Roque forwarded the articles of impeachment within hours of the House vote.

"Therefore he could decide to stay for a full year in time to sign all documents for 2019, in time to resolve cases before the 2019 elections which is what we wanted to prevent", he added.

"It would also be hard if one is suddenly put in a position like this". If you promised something, do it.

The Justice Committee was directed to prepare the Articles of Impeachment for submission to the Senate, which will act as the Impeachment Court.

Bautista is accused of neglect of duty that resulted in the hacking of voters' personal information, allowing automated election machine provider Smartmatic to tinker with the script of the "transparency" server that broadcast the 2016 election results, and hiding almost P1 billion in ill-gotten wealth as alleged by his estranged wife, Patricia Paz.

She also alleged that the poll chief had pay slips and checks received from the Divina law firm "as commission for assisting the law firm clients with the Comelec".

"I can not come to the Senate Impeachment Court with a weak case", he added.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto aid the Senate shall specify the date and time to consider the Articles of Impeachment.

"The Senate will accept the impeachment transmittal".

Senators will sit as senator-judges during the impeachment trial the same way they did during Chief Justice Renato Corona's impeachment proceedings.

"The result of the voting in insufficiency in form of this complaint renders this complaint dismissed", House Justice Committee Chairman Reynaldo Umali had said.

Alejano, who did not make it to the caucus, pointed out that the treatment of the Bautista impeachment differed vastly from the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, which is still pending before the justice committee. "And. had he resigned effective immediately, that would have ended this issue on impeachment", Umali said. It would be a waste of our time.

By rejecting House Resolution 1397 under Committee Report 429, the House agreed to draft the impeachment complaint filed by former Negros Oriental Rep. Jacinto Paras and lawyer Ferdinand Topacio into the Articles of Impeachment.

"I acknowledge that all members of the House of Representatives are entitled to their own opinion".

Earlier today, Bautista announced his resignation effective at the end of 2017 saying his family, especially his children, need him "now more than ever".

"After much prayer and discernment, I believe that it is the right time to step down given the postponement of the barangay and SK elections", he said.

"I always weigh things if I can still be of help or be a burden to the institution, and its effect on my family and my position".



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