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Andy Bautista to resign from Comelec by yearend: Mas kailangan ako ng mga anak ko!

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Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista has decided to resign by the end of the year amid his ongoing domestic dispute.

In a letter addressed to the Comelec staff Wednesday (October 11), Bautista said he believes the end of the year is the “right time” for him to step down since the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections have been postponed to May 2018.

“This was not an easy decision. But my family, especially my children, need me now more than ever,” he said.

Despite the controversies hounding him, Bautista said he believes he served the Comelec and the Filipino people to the best of his ability.

He cited as some of the poll body’s achievements the May 2016 elections, which he said was hailed by independent local and foreign observers as the best managed and most credible in Philippine history.

“I am thankful for the love, prayers, and support you have shown me, most especially during my most challenging times. Amid the hurtful, baseless, and malicious accusations hurled against me, most of you never left my side,” he said.

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you, my COMELEC family, it has been a joy and privilege to work for, and serve with you,” he added.

Bautista’s estranged wife, Patricia, accused him of amassing ill-gotten wealth amounting to over a billion pesos.

She also accused the Comelec chair of receiving commissions from the law office of abogado Nilo Divina, which supposedly represents the Venezuelan voting technology firm Smartmatic.

Bautista said his three children have been affected by his and his wife’s dispute, with one refusing to go to school.

An impeachment complaint was filed against Bautista but it has been junked by the House of Representatives.


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