MANILA - The camp of Patricia Bautista, who accused her husband Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista of misdeclaring his wealth, assailed Wednesday the criminal charges filed by the poll chief against her.
Bautista on Tuesday lodged cases of grave coercion, qualified theft and robbery, and extortion against his wife of 17 years.
Patricia however did not commit theft and robbery when she retrieved documents belonging to her husband from a cabinet in their home, said her legal adviser Lorna Kapunan.
"Wala naman siya ini-break open, yung susi nasa harapan nya. It is in a conjugal home, it is in a conjugal safe. Nasaan ang robbery doon?" Kapunan said.
Mrs. Bautista claimed Sunday that she discovered bank and real property documents, and several passbooks under her husband's name that were not included in his 2016 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth.
Bautista denied her allegation and accused his estranged wife instead of attempting to extort money from him and having an affair.
He also tagged his wife in an alleged plot to discredit the integrity of the May 2016 elections that he supervised.
Kapunan maintained that no political figure influenced Patricia's allegations.
"Kung ikaw Comelec chair na involved bakit mo imi-media? I-challenge mo. It is his duty to investigate. 'Wag niya takutin ang taumbayan," she added.
Kapunan also said Patricia wants nothing to do with the possible impeachment case against Bautista.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has started an investigation against Bautista's allegedly undisclosed assets. The probe's finding may be used as basis for an impeachment complaint against him.
"Sana dumiretso na sa House based on the findings of the NBI," she said. -- Report from Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News