Wife of Comelec chairman Andy Bautista alleges billion peso corruption scandal

Wife of Comelec chairman Andy Bautista alleges billion peso corruption scandal

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The wife of Commission on Elections Chair Andres Bautista has submitted to the National Bureau of Investigation an affidavit, alleging that the Comelec chief has amassed nearly P1 billion worth of ill-gotten wealth.

Patricia Paz-Bautista gave her sworn affidavit on Aug. 1, five days after she spoke to President Rodrigo Duterte in private meeting Malacañang. According to Bautista, she showed Duterte several passbooks and bank and real property documents under her husband’s name that she says were not included in his 2016 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).

In the documents she submitted to the NBI, Paz-Bautista’s says that she was disclosing “information and documents” that would show that her husband “might have had, or currently has, misdealing and corrupt practices while in government service.”

She adds that as the Chairman of Comelec, “he is liable to be impeached should there exist valid and sufficient grounds to hold him in trial for an impeachable offense under Sec. 2, Article XI of the 1987 Philippine Constitution.”

Among the evidence submitted by Paz-Bautista to the NBI were:

• 35 Luzon Development Bank (LDB) passbooks with a total balance of P329,220,962;

• A foreign currency account with Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. RCBC) with $12,778.30;

• An RCBC peso account with P257,931.60;

• An HSBC account with HK$948,358.97;

• A condominium unit in One Bonifacio High Street at Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig City; and

• A condo unit in The District in San Francisco, California.

She also alleged that he has undisclosed investments abroad “in the form of his interests in corporations and loan agreements” in the following corporations:

• Bauman Enterprises Ltd., a company established in the British Virgin Islands on Sept. 29, 2010; a trustee company that Bautista set up with Bank of Singapore;

• Mantova International Ltd., established in Brunei Darussalam on April 26, 2011; and

• Mega Achieve Inc., established in Anguilla, a British overseas territory in the Caribbean, on July 15, 2014.

She says in her affidavit that she had previously confronted her husband about these companies and he “denied that he was involved in any way with any of them. However, it is highly suspicious why he would have copies of pertinent documents relative to such companies when he claims that he does not have any involvement with any of those.”

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