House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez thinks Comelec Chair Andres Bautista should consider resigning.
Asked if Bautista should stay in office, Alvarez said, “I think Chairman Bautista should consider that seriously. Kasi when you head that agency na handling elections sa bansa, kailangan po talagang credible iyan. Kapag may bahid na iyan, medyo hindi na po maganda.”
At the same time, the speaker maintained that while Bautista can quit his post, but that won’t get him off any legal liabilities.”It is an option for him. Ngayon… but it doesn’t mean na off the hook na siya, kasi po maraming issues. Mayroong marital issues, hindi po natin pakikialaman yun, pero mayroong issues ng corruption, may issues ng sa Smartmatic, mayroong issues ng money laundering, kailangan pong alamin iyan ng gobyerno.”
Alvarez added “Kasi it looks like mayroong isang maliit na bangko, yung Luzon Development Bank ba yun? Na doon dinadaan yung pera. Sino ba naman ang nagdedeposito doon? Puwede nating tingnan, kapag inimbistigahan po natin iyan, maglalabasan naman lahat iyan.
Likewise Alvarez says filing an impeachment complaint against Comelec Chair Andres Bautista is an option for estranged wife, Patricia Cruz-Bautista, saying she has personal knowledge about the case.
Personal knowledge of the complaint has been a requirement laid down by the House for complainants in an impeachment when it dismissed the impeachment complaint against President Duterte last year.
asked if the documents held by Tish can be a basis for an impeachment trial, Alvarez said, “ Ayaw kong pangunahan yung Committee on Justice. Pero kung gusto noong wife niya na mag-file ng impeachment complaint, puwede niyang i-file yun sa House of Representatives and we have to process it. Yes, kasi may personal knowledge yun.”
Alvarez explains should one be filed, the House will have to tackle it. “Iba rin po yun, we have to process it, hindi naman pupuwedeng basta hindi naman i-process yung ifinile na impeachment complaint. So titingnan namin kung sufficient in form, kung sufficient in substance. Tapos, pagkatapos noon, ipo-forward namin iyan sa Senado.”
Alvarez says the Bautistas should have been able to discuss their marital woes amongs themselves.
“ Sana hindi umabot sa ganito, kasi puwede namang napag-usapan na lang sana nila privately, tapos magpetition sila jointly before the court for the dissolution of their marriage, nakaayos na lahat doon – separation of property, yung custody of children, yung support, dapat hindi na talaga umabot sa ganoong sitwasyon.”