Comelec's Bautista welcomes dismissal of ouster raps


Posted at Sep 20 2017 01:05 PM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista on Wednesday welcomed the dismissal of the impeachment complaint filed against him and maintained that corruption allegations against him are "fabricated and baseless."

Voting 26-2, the House justice committee on Wednesday dismissed the impeachment complaint against Bautista for being insufficient in form.

Bautista, in a statement, said the junking of ouster raps against him is a significant step in clearing his name.

"I welcome the decision of the House of Representatives Committee on Justice to dismiss the impeachment complaint filed against me. I would like to thank the Committee and the House leadership for upholding the rule of law and for their objectivity and fairness," he said.

"This proves to be a significant step in clearing my name after the malicious accusations hurled against me," he added.

The impeachment complaint against Bautista was based on his wife Patricia's allegations that the poll chief had P1 billion in unexplained wealth.

Speaking to ANC, Bautista also said calls for his resignation are a matter that needs "continuing discernment."

"I always see myself as somebody who's doing a job for the country and if I am able to still do that job, I will continue to perform it. If I believe I'm not capable, it's time for me to step down. That's a continuing process of discernment," he said.

Bautista assured that following the dismissal of the impeachment complaint, work at the Comelec will continue as usual.

"With the dismissal of the complaint, it is business as usual at the Commission on Elections. We, at the COMELEC, will continue to perform our mandate in respect of the credible conduct of Philippine elections," he said.