Senate panel subpoenas ex-poll chief Bautista over unexplained wealth


Posted at Jan 23 2018 12:30 PM

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MANILA - A Senate committee on Tuesday has issued a subpoena for former Comelec chairman Andres Bautista as it continues the probe into the unexplained wealth of the ex-poll chief. 

The Senate committee on banks, financial institutions and currencies, headed by Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero, issued the subpoena after Bautista failed to attend a hearing scheduled today.

The Senate inquiry has been reset to February 12. If Bautista fails to appear, members of the committee said they will cite the former poll chief in contempt. 

Bautista stepped down from office in October 2017 after his estranged wife, Patricia, accused him of amassing P1 billion in unexplained wealth -- allegations he has repeatedly denied. 

An impeachment case based on Patricia's allegation was also dismissed by the House justice committee for "insufficiency in form" prior to his resignation. 

The Senate probe which started in 2017 focused on Bautista's deposits in a rural bank allegedly used in the questionable wealth he amassed. 

Escudero has repeatedly urged Bautista to attend the hearings and submit a bank waiver so the proceedings can continue without any legal stumbling blocks.--report from Zandro Ochona, ABS-CBN News