Duterte ‘surprised’ at Andy Bautista’s P1B unexplained wealth, asks NBI to probe wife’s allegations
President Rodrigo Duterte was surprised to learn that Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista might have amassed close to P1 billion in unexplained wealth when he met with his wife in Malacañang last July.
Patricia Paz “Tish” Bautista to Duterte for two to three hours at the Music Room of the Palace on July 26. During the meeting, which was also attended by her lawyers, she disclosed finding close to three dozen passbooks, as well as bank and real property documents which were under her husband’s name and some of his relatives.
These documents, she said, were not included in his 2016 State Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).
Bautista declared a net worth of P176.3 million in his SALN.
“I think he was surprised as much as I was,” Patricia said of Duterte in an interview with reporters.
Bautista’s wife said the President promised to help in “whatever way he can.”
Duterte, Patricia added, endorsed her to National Bureau of Investigation Director Dante Gierran. He has been coordinating with her legal team since then.
Based on the affidavit Patricia executed after meeting with the President, Bautista has the following bank accounts which were not included in his SALN:
⁃ 35 Luzon Development Bank (LDB) passbooks with a total balance of P329,220,962
⁃ A foreign currency account with the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) with $12,778.30
⁃ An RCBC peso account with P257,931.60
⁃ An HSBC account with HKD948,358.97
Patricia, who admitted to being estranged from her husband, said he also owns a condominium unit in One Bonifacio High Street at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig and another one at The District in San Francisco, California.
She said she also discovered the Comelec chief has investments abroad “in the form of his interests in corporations and loan agreements” which were not declared in his SALN. These include:
⁃ Mantova International Ltd., established in Brunei Darussalam on April 26, 2011
⁃ Bauman Enterprises Ltd., a company established in the British Virgin Islands on Sept. 29, 2010
⁃ Mega Achieve Inc,m established in the British overseas territory of Anguilla in the Caribbean on July 15, 2014
Patricia said she discovered the passbooks and financial documents belonging to her husband at their conjugal home. She said she talked to the President about them because she was “scared.”
“I don’t know what it is. I don’t know how far-reaching it is. I don’t know what to do,” Patricia said.
So I would think that the safest place to bring this is there (Malacanang) because at the end of the day, this is the President. This is as high as it goes,” she added.
Aside from the documents, Patricia said she also found at their house cash that was gift-wrapped.
“In all honesty, I didn’t know what they were. It got to a point where I realized they could be things that could get my children, me intro trouble,” she said.
Patricia said the volume of documents she discovered about what could be her husband’s ill-gotten wealth was enough to make her “panic.”
“I really, really feel that these should not be in my house. I don’t know what it is but it doesn’t belong in my house. I don’t want anybody to think I’m complicit. I’ve nothing to do with this,” she said.