Comelec's Bautista: Let Duterte decide on my resignation

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 12 2017 10:46 AM

MANILA - Poll chief Andres Bautista on Thursday said he will not leave his post immediately, saying it is up to President Rodrigo Duterte to decide on his offer to resign by end 2017.

"Hayaan na lang natin ang Pangulo na umaksyon sa aking liham sa kanya. This was just yesterday. Bigyan po natin siya ng panahon para magdecide tungkol dito," Bautista said in a DZMM interview.

 "Kung ano man ang kanyang maging desisyon ay aking tatanggapin."

Bautista cited "personal reasons" on Wednesday when he tendered his resignation effective December 31, 2017.

The House plenary however voted hours later to impeach the poll chief in the face of allegations that he kept P1 billion in undeclared assets.

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said the impeachment trial against Bautista need not push through and would be moot if he resigns immediately.

Speaking to DZMM, Bautista explained that he set his resignation in December to give the President enough time to find a new election chief and ensure smooth transition.

He said Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, whom he met with earlier this week, had told him that President has yet to find a replacement for Bautista.

Bautista added that he refrained from saying that his resignation was "irrevocable" so he could give Duterte "options," which include rejecting the the poll chief's decision.

"Bilang paggalang sa kanya, you give him options and you let him decide kung ano ba sa tingin niya ang pinakamabuti para sa ating bayan," Bautista said.

Malacañang has said it "respects" Bautista's decision.