Comelec chief announces resignation

Darryl Esguerra
PUBLISHED October 11, 2017 11:53 am
Photo by Voltaire Domingo/NPPA

(Inside Manila) Embattled Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Andres Bautista announced on Wednesday, October 11, his decision to step down from his post by yearend after “much prayer and discernment”.

In a letter addressing his “Comelec family”, which was posted in his official Twitter account, Bautista said: “It is with my deep sadness that I am informing you about my decision to resign as the chair of the Commission on Elections by the end of the year.”

"After much prayer and discernment, I believe that this is the right time to step down given the postponement of the Barangay and SK elections. This was not an easy decision. But my family, especially my children, need me now more than ever," he added.

"I believe I have served our Commission well and the Filipino people to the best of my ability, but only with your faithful help and constant support."

Bautista has been in the middle of a spat with his wife, Patricia, who claimed that he has undeclared wealth amounting to nearly P1 billion.

The House justice committee on September 20 dismissed the impeachment complaint filed against him.

Bautista also thanked his Comelec family for the love, prayers and support that they showed him “most especially during my most challenging times.”

“Amid the hurtful, baseless and malicious accusations hurled against me, most of you never left my side,” he said.

 “From the bottom of my heart, thank you, my Comelec family. It has been a joy and privilege to work for, and serve with you,” he continued.



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