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PR lang yan! Guanzon says Bautista should’ve sent his resignation letter to Comelec, not Duterte

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A colleague of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Andres Bautista dismissed as a mere “press release” his announcement on his resignation from the post which he claimed will become effective at the end of the year.

Bautista’s resignation should be addressed to the Comelec en banc given that the poll body is a collegial body and its officials will be the one who will chose who will replace him among themselves in an acting capacity, Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guazon said Wednesday.

“Since none of us received any resignation letter or intent to resign, I just take it like a press release. It’s just an announcement. It just shows his state of mind. But as I said, that is not a resignation letter,” she said in a chance interview at the Senate.

“We are a constitutional independent collegial body. So the chair should send us his resignation letter because it becomes an en banc matter for us,” Guanzon said.

The Comelec official said that she has not received any official or document regarding Bautista’s resignation or an original signed copy of the said announcement or statement.

“So I really cannot say for certain that he will resign,” she said.

“Hindi ko alam na may resignation sya kasi wala nga kaming na-receive na formal resignation. I just want to emphasize, wala kaming nakuhang resignation letter sa en banc,” Guanzon added.

Guanzon further pointed out that Bautista’s announcement to Comelec employees merely discussed his intention to resign on Dec. 31.

“So anything can happen before Dec. 31. He can change his mind. He can resign earlier,” she said.

Although it came as a surprise for Guanzon to hear of Bautista’s resignation at this point in time, she said it was just a matter of time for the latter to quit his post.

“I think it’s a good move on his part and it’s good that priority nya ‘yung mga anak nya. But it’s a good move on his part kasi mahirap din naman for him and the Comelec with what he is going through, marami syang hinaharap na problema. Para maka-focus din sya, sabi nya, sa mga anak nya at saka kami sa Comelec, we can speed up things and focus on the world,” she said.

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