Escudero sets conditions for lifting arrest order vs Andy Bautista

Vivienne Gulla, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 12 2018 10:35 PM

Senator Francis Escudero has set conditions for lifting the arrest order against former Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista.

"Hiniling ko ang dalawang bagay bago ma-lift yung warrant, either mag-submit siya ng bank waiver or mag-submit ng detalyadong affidavit na sinasagot ang mga tanong laban sa kanya," Escudero said.

"Madali para sa akin 'yung waiver, hindi mo na kailangan magkwento, pipirma ka lang. Pero baka magkaroon ng epekto 'yun sa mga kaso na finile laban sa kanya sa Ombudsman at sa Sandiganbayan. Hindi ko pwedeng pwersahin 'yun na ang kapalit ay pagkakakulong," he added.

The chairman of the Senate committee on banks, financial institutions and currencies told reporters that Bautista's legal counsel went to his office to inform him that he will represent the former COMELEC chief in the Senate hearings.

"Nakausap ko 'yung kanyang abogado at sinabi na siya na ang magsisilbing kinatawan ni Chairman Bautista bilang resource person para tanggapin ang anumang notice, anumang processes na ise-serve namin sa kanya," Escudero said.

Last February, the Senate ordered Bautista's arrest after the latter's failure to attend a Senate committee inquiry on his alleged violation of the Anti-Money Laundering Act.

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.

The committee is set to resume its hearing on March 19th.