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Bautista’s resignation a decent act –Lacson, Drilon

Oct 11, 2017 @ 19:58

A move in the right direction was how Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Sen. Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday described the decision of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista to resign from his post.

“I think that was the right move. Anyway, he is no longer facing an impeachment complaint and therefore, it cannot be said that he is avoiding impeachment,” Drilon said.

Lacson said the same, saying that it’s the decent thing to do given the situation that Bautista is currently in.

“He can focus on his personal and domestic problem instead of allowing the same to get in the way of his official duties as Comelec chair,” he said.

Bautista has been accused by his estranged wife of supposedly keeping secret bank accounts, the amount of deposits could reach P1 billion. Such alleged non-disclosure in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) also earned him an impeachment complaint last Aug.

Drilon said the timing of Bautista’s announcement of his resignation is just right as he is no longer facing an impeachment complaint.

“Therefore it cannot be said that he is avoiding impeachment. It is the best thing that he can do so that after he quits office, he can take care of his problems. No one can say that he’s using the power of his office to influence the outcome of the case,” he said.

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