Tearful Patricia Bautista 'overwhelmed' by support

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Posted at Aug 08 2017 12:34 PM

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MANILA - Patricia Bautista on Tuesday said she had been "inundated" with support ever since she went public and accused her husband, Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista of having unexplained wealth.

The poll chief's estranged wife told ANC's Headstart that she received support from "people that I don't know, people that I have not seen in 25 years," who offered their personal and professional capacities to help in her situation.

"Even if I didn’t have my family with me, I have all of these people and for some moments, I know I am not alone. I appeal to them also, these are going to be public documents. Do not allow, they have to stop complaining about our life," she said.

Mrs. Bautista had accused her husband of keeping nearly P1 billion in undeclared wealth. The Comelec chief has denied the allegation.

In the interview, she said she came forward because she "cannot allow this."

"At least for this moment, I cannot allow this. I don’t know where it’s going to go…Life is different for me, but at this point, I have to walk the talk," she said.

"Yes, this is scary, beyond what I probably know. I don’t know where this would lead, but all I can tell you is this is what I found and I think it is important enough," she added.

Holding back tears, Mrs. Bautista said she had explained to her 4 children that "it’s not your mother fighting with your father."

"It’s beyond that because at the end of the day, you have to say it’s not okay, corruption is not okay if this is corruption. But we will never know until somebody goes forward and shows this. If it’s not, then great, it’s not," she said.

This "very precarious" situation she found herself in, she said, is all for her kids.

"I hope that at the end of this, after all of this is resolved somehow, they will understand also why I did it and how important it was that they are taught that certain things are not allowed and certain things, you have to stand up for. Although it doesn’t feel that way now, I hope that one day, their mom makes them proud somehow," she said.