Pressed to quit, Comelec's Bautista seeks God's guidance

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 28 2017 10:03 AM | Updated as of Aug 28 2017 10:32 AM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista gestures during an interview on ANC, August 8, 2016. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News 

MANILA - Embattled Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista on Monday said he is turning to prayer after 6 colleagues demanded his resignation amid accusations that he has nearly P1 billion in unexplained wealth.

"Ang hinihingi ko lang ay kaunti na lang pasensya, kaunti na lang panahon para nga po magsaad ng kung ano man po ang aking palagay pagkatapos po ng aking pagdadasal," Bautista told DZMM.

"Ang gusto ko lang sana is makakuha ng basbas mula sa itaas kung ano ba talaga dapat gawin sa aking sitwasyon na hinaharap ngayon."

(All I ask is a little more patience, a little more time so that I could air my sentiments after praying. I want to get the blessing of God on what I should do about my situation. )

Bautista's estranged wife Patricia earlier claimed she discovered bank and real property documents, and several passbooks under her husband's name that were not included in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth.

An impeachment case citing Patricia's allegations was filed against Bautista earlier this week.

Six Comelec commissioners later said Bautista "could no longer effectively lead" and that it was time for him to resign.

Bautista said he continues to bide his time because he needs to consider how his next move could affect the his family, the Comelec and the integrity of the 2016 national elections he supervised.

"Iyung aking pagpapasya ay makaka-apekto sa maraming bagay kung kaya hindi puwedeng basta-bastang gawin. Ayoko rin pong gumawa ng isang desisyon na emosyonal lamang," he said.

(I cannot make a rash decision because it would affect a lot of things. I don't want to decide based on emotion alone.)

Bautista also guaranteed that he would continue to fulfill all his duties while he sits as Comelec chief.