Patricia Bautista: I only want half of Comelec chair's 'clean money'

Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 08 2017 12:52 PM

MANILA - Patricia Bautista, estranged wife of Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista, on Tuesday said she only wants half of her husband's "clean" money as prescribed by law.

"Let me make it clear: by law, I’m entitled to half of what Andy owns but I want only of what is clean. This is why I’m bringing this to the government to tell me which part is clean," she told ANC's Headstart.

"I would not do all of these and then get into the muck as well with all of these. I want a clean break...If I’m after the money, this is the most inefficient way to do it. Is it not?" she added.

Atty. Martin Loon, Mrs. Bautista's lawyer, earlier said his client only wants to get what is legally hers since the couple don't have a pre-nuptial agreement.

The two have been estranged since 2013, the Comelec chief earlier said.

Mrs. Bautista earlier claimed she had discovered bank and real property documents, and several passbooks under her husband's name that were not included in his 2016 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).

According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, she submitted an affidavit last week, alleging that her husband "might have had, or currently has, misdealing and corrupt practices while in government service."

Chairman Bautista on Monday denied her accusations, alleging instead that his estranged wife is attempting to extort money from him and is having an affair.

In the interview, Mrs. Bautista denied that she had an illicit affair with former commercial model Alvin Lim, saying they are only "very good friends" who work together.