Bautista drags high-profile lawyer into feud with wife

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 08 2017 12:45 PM

MANILA - Commission on Election Chairman Andres Bautista on Tuesday accused high-profile lawyer Lorna Kapunan of sending armed goons to his home and urging his wife to steal documents from him. 

"Iyan si Atty. Kapunan, mayroon po akong mga pruweba na siya ang nag-abiso sa aking misis na puwersahin buksan ang mga cabinet para kuhanin po iyung mga ibang dokumento at akin pong ari-arian at ari-arian ng aking pamilya," Bautista told radio DZMM. 

"Siya rin po ang nagpadala ng armed goons sa aking pamamahay para po hindi ako papasukin sa aking sariling condo units." 

(I have proof that Atty. Kapunan advised my wife to force open several cabinets to retrieve documents, my belongings and that of my family. She sent armed goons to my home to stop me from entering my own condo units.) 

Bautista said the incident occurred in November 2016, marking a turn for the worse in his relationship with Patricia, his wife of 17 years. 

Patricia, he earlier said, "doctored" the documents she sequestered before going public this week with accusations that he concealed P1 billion in assets. 

He also accused his estranged spouse of extorting money from him and having an affair. 

During his DZMM interview, Bautista claimed that Patricia has fired Kapunan as her lawyer.

"Ang sabi po sa akin pinalayas na ng aking misis iyan si Atty. Kapunan dahil sa kanyang pinaggagawa, na sa tingin din ng misis ko ay below the belt. Kaya iba na raw po ang abogado ng aking misis," he said. 

(I was told my wife sent away Atty. Kapunan becaues of her actions, which my wife think were below the belt. My wife has supposedly hired new lawyers.) 

Kapunan, meanwhile, said she was still Patricia's "legal adviser" although the latter is now represented by a law firm. 

"Noong kinausap ko si Patricia kahapon, ang sabi niya, she continues to be my friend and my legal adviser," Kapunan said in a separate DZMM interview. 

She also denied that Patricia forced open Bautista's cabinet, saying the poll chief "carelessly left behind" a set of keys before he visited the US. 

Kapunan also urged the poll chief to resign from office over the corruption scandal, which said could be a ground for impeachment.