Comelec chief finally attends budget hearing

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Posted at Aug 24 2017 10:50 AM | Updated as of Aug 24 2017 11:24 AM

Solons told to refrain from raising Bautista wealth woes

MANILA - Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista on Thursday finally appeared before the House of Representatives, after skipping 2 congressional hearings in the face of an impeachment threat and allegations of misdeclaring his wealth.

Bautista's wife Patricia earlier alleged that the poll chief had P1 billion in unexplained wealth. An impeachment complaint citing Patricia's accusation was filed Wednesday against Bautista.

Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles, chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, asked lawmakers to refrain from asking Bautista about the impeachment complaint filed against him, and focus instead on the Comelec's proposed 2018 budget.

"I would like to ask members of the House to limit your questions only to policy directions, the pertinent items in the budget of Comelec. Let's refrain from asking question pertaining to anything to do with the current impeachment complaint,"

"We know it will go to the process of ending up at the committee on justice... Therefore, this would not be the proper venue to ask anything about those allegations."

Bautista, for his part, apologized for missing Wednesday's budget hearing, saying he met with the guidance counselors of his children.

Bautista also skipped the hearing of the Suffrage Committee last week on the move to reset the 2017 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

The Comelec chairman has denied the accusations against him and accused his wife of being part of a "demolition job."