The decision was made amidst his hidden wealth accusations
DUBAI – Andres “Andy” Bautista, Commission on Elections (COMELEC) chairman, will resign by the end of this year. He announced his resignation on Wednesday, October 11.
Released on his official Twitter account, he stated in a signed letter directed towards the COMELEC that he believed that it was the right time to step down from his position after the Barangay and SK elections have been postponed.
“This was not an easy decision. But my family, especially my children, need me now more than ever,” he mentioned.
The chairman thanked the love and support he had received from his COMELEC family especially during the times he was accused of a hidden wealth in August.
“I am thankful for the love, prayers, and support you have shown me, most especially during my most challenging times. Amid hurtful, baseless, and malicious accusations hurled against me, most of you never left my side,” Bautista added.
In the letter, he hailed the May 2016 automated National and Local elections as a testament to their collective sacrifices and team effort.
“We respect the decision of Chairman Andy Bautista. We wish him well,” Communications Secretary Martin Andanar was quoted as saying in an inquirer.net report.
Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panel stated that Bautista’s resignation was “an honorable exit”.
“That it came after the impeachment complaint has been dismissed by the House of Representatives stripped the resignation as an escape valve viz-a-viz the complaint filed against him,” he added.
He believed that the chairman acted in the best interest of his family and the institution he heads.
In August, the COMELEC chairman’s wife, Patricia Bautista, claimed that he might have a hidden wealth of nearly PHP 1 billion pesos. Bautista repeatedly denied the said claim.
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