The camp of former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chief Andres Bautista explained Monday the reason behind his absence on Monday's Senate committee inquiry on his alleged violation of the Anti-Money Laundering Act.
In a medical certificate shared to the media, Bautista's doctors said the former poll chief is suffering from secondary pulmonary hypertension possibly due to obstructive sleep apnea, essential hypertension and hyperlipidemia.
Bautista was also advised to avoid prolonged travel "due to increased risk of thromboembolism."
The medical certificate was signed by Branislav Schifferdecker, MD from the Oklahoma Heart Hospital Physicians.
Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero on Monday sought the issuance of an arrest warrant against Bautista, who is currently in the US.
Escudero said the fact that Bautista did not even give a forwarding address is "clearly an attempt to stifle" the proceedings.
Bautista’s wife, Patricia, earlier accused the ex-poll chief of amassing nearly P1-billion in unexplained wealth.