MANILA - Outgoing election chief Andres Bautista denied Wednesday that congressmen had dismissed an impeachment case against him in exchange for his resignation.
The House justice committee had dismissed the impeachment case against Bautista for "insufficiency in form." The complaint filed, by an anti-crime watchdog, was based on the allegations by Bautista's estranged wife that he kept P1 billion in undeclared assets.
The complaint had a defect in verification, failed to cite the personal knowledge and had no authenticated documentary evidence, Bautista noted.
Congressmen, he said, junked the case based on the same standards they applied to the impeachment complaints against other officials.
"Walang x-deal o trade-off," Bautista said in a press conference after announcing that he will step down by the end of 2017.
"They were just observing what they were doing and they were not playing favorites."
Bautista had cited personal reasons and the postponement of the October village elections in a resignation letter addressed to his Commission on Elections "family."
He is set to lose immunity from prosecution once he steps down from office. Bautista said he is ready to face any criminal complaint.