MANILA - Outgoing election chief Andres Bautista said Wednesday that he is open to reconciling with the 6 poll commissioners who demanded his resignation in the face of corruption allegations.
"May nagtanong sa akin, ako ba ay bukas sa pakikipag-usap? Always naman, ako naman ay bukas sa lahat, bukas sa pag-ibig. Dapat lahat tayo ay bukas sa pag-ibig," Bautista told reporters after announcing his resignation.
Election commissioners Rowena Guanzon, Christian Robert Lim, Al Parreño, Luie Tito Guia, Arthur Lim, and Sheriff Abas had called on Bautista to resign after his wife accused him of keeping P1 billion in wealth.
Bautista, who had denied the accusation, said he invited the commissioners to a town hall meeting with all Commission on Elections employees early Wednesday, where he announced his resignation effective December 31, 2017.
"Wala atang nakadalo sa kanila, pero nakita ko na may mga nag-text sa akin," Bautista said. He declined to share the content of commissioners' text messages.
A tearful Bautista also thanked Comelec employees who sided with him amid the controversy.
"They really showed their steadfast support. They supported me in my low moments. Iyun ang hindi ko masusuklian," he said, his voice shaking.