Comelec chief to face House probe on barangay polls

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 08 2017 03:27 PM


MANILA - Poll chief Andres Bautista is set to face the House of Representatives next week for an issue not connected with his wife's allegations of his unexplained wealth.

Bautista is expected to attend the inquiry of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms on Monday, August 14, to discuss the push to postpone the 2017 barangay elections.

While the probe is focused on the barangay polls, Rep. Sherwin Tugna said this will be a good opportunity for the Commission on Elections chief to answer the allegations against him.

"Siyempre ang essence ng democracy natin rests in our elections and if its integrity is clouded with these issues, and this is left unresolved, hindi rin maganda for our society," Tugna said Tuesday. 

Meanwhile, the lawmaker dismissed as premature calls for Bautista to resign his post, saying the allegations against the Comelec chief have not been proven. 

Kabayan Party List Rep. Harry Roque, meanwhile, filed a resolution seeking a congressional probe on the allegations against the Comelec chief. 

Bautista has already denied the allegations of his estranged wife, Patricia, and insisted that the financial documents used in the accusations are fake.