LOOK: All smiles! Patricia Bautista, lawyers meet with Duterte
The lawyers of Patricia Paz Bautista, wife of Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista, were grinning from ear to ear when they met with President Rodrigo Duterte on July 26 in Malacañang.
A photo released by Patricia’s lawyer Martin Loon showed her and her legal team posing with Duterte during the meeting, which was reportedly brokered by the wife of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Duterte was not present in another photo shared by Loon, though the background made it obvious they were inside a room at the Palace.
The President confirmed meeting with Patricia but said he advised her to leave him out of her marital dispute with Bautista.
“Sabi ko, ‘Ayaw ko. Leave me out.’ Kasi hindi ako naghabol ng mga kalaban lalo na ‘yung mga opisyal ng dating administration,” he told reporters on August 7.
Duterte met again with Patricia at the Palace on August 1 in hopes of making her settle her problem with Bautista.
The President invited the Comelec chief at the Palace but talked to them separately first.
Duterte, however, said he failed to make the couple reconcile.
“Walang areglo, eh ‘di wala. Uwi sila,” he said.