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Natunugan? House votes to impeach Bautista after he announces resignation

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Did Commission on Elections chairman Andres Bautista try to preempt his impeachment by announcing his resignation Wednesday morning (October 11)?

The timing of Bautista’s announcement has become suspect in light of the House of Representatives’ decision to impeach him.

A total of 137 lawmakers voted against the motion of Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas to adopt the Committee on Justice’s dismissing the complaint against Bautista.

Seventy-five members, meanwhile, voted to junk the impeachment complaint against the Comelec chief.

A vote of at least one-third, or 98 of the 293 members of the House, is required to override the dismissal.

The justice committee is expected to prepare the articles of impeachment against Bautista so it could be submitted to the Senate for trial.

The panel headed by Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali had junked the impeachment complaint filed against Bautista in September for insufficiency in form.

There were reports that Bautista had agreed to resign effective immediately in exchange for the dismissal of the impeachment complaint against him.