Comelec chief's wife shows passbooks, cash in envelopes, commission sheet

Patrick Quintos and Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 08 2017 10:08 AM | Updated as of Aug 08 2017 05:02 PM

MANILA - (UPDATED) The estranged wife of Comelec Chairman Andy Bautista showed ANC Headstart on Tuesday passbooks and envelopes containing cash that allegedly belong to her husband. 

Among the documents showed by Patricia "Tish" Bautista was a passbook for two branches of Luzon Development Bank amounting to a total of P300 million. 

The documents bear the handwriting of the Comelec chief, she stressed, adding that based on the papers, Bautista made P500,000 daily deposits in 2014 for these passbooks. 

Patricia said she found the amount of money she discovered questionable because her husband's statement of assets liabilities and net worth for 2016 shows only P176 million of his wealth.

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Atty. Martin Loon said these documents are questionable because these were from a time when Bautista was already working in the government. 

She also showed envelopes that were apparently pay slips, still with cash inside. "I asked him about this, in front of his sister. He said, 'No, these are old reused envelopes,'" she added.


Meanwhile, Patricia also showed what seems to be a "commission sheet" dated January 2016 that bears the names of lawyers from Divina Law and Smartmatic.

"Andy made a claim that Divina Law has no client that are in a sense in conflict with his position in Comelec and there’s Smartmatic there...He cannot say that Divina Law does not—or these companies have not engaged Divina Law," she said.

She also has a letter from Smartmatic General Manager Elie Moreno sent to the Comelec chief that mentions proposed amendments to the Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines.

"I’m not a lawyer, but why would Smartmatic, why would they pay Divina Law to help prepare drafting of proposed amendments to our Omnibus Election Code?" she said.

Atty. Loon said Patricia found all of these documents and cash in their conjugal house. She said they have already submitted these to the NBI for an investigation.

He said they only showed contents of one box, and that there are more of them, containing documents belonging to Bautista, and some things that are "too sensitive" to reveal now.

Atty. Lorna Kapunan, her legal adviser, told ABS-CBN on Monday that Patricia discovered the documents inside a safe. The lawyer said Patricia opened the safe because of a key left by the Comelec chief.

Patricia is accusing her husband of keeping nearly P1 billion in unexplained wealth. The Comelec chief has denied the accusation.

In the interview, Patricia tearfully said she came forward because she "cannot allow this."

"I understand what you are saying, that this is much bigger than I am, much bigger than a domestic squabble and I know that. I can’t say for sure that this belongs there," she said.

"All I know is that at this point in time, what I have seen, I cannot allow. You have to make a conscious choice. We have to choose differently. We have to stop complaining about what we get if that’s what we choose—not just what we actively choose, but what we allow," she added.

"At least for this moment, I cannot allow this. I don’t know where it’s going to go…Life is different for me, but at this point, I have to walk the talk."