MANILA, Philippines – Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista was surprised over the results of the voting at the House of Representatives, Wednesday, where the majority of lamwakers voted to impeach him.
In a vote of 137 – 75 – 2, the impeachment complaint against the poll chief passed in the Lower House of Congress and is now being forwarded to the Senate, which will stand as the impeachment court.
“We know that the House Committee on Justice dismissed the impeachment complaint. Not just once but twice. That’s why when they voted in the plenary… I never anticipated the result. But I respect their opinion,” Bautista said.
Bautista, however, insists that he upholds his decision to remain as the poll chief until December.
It can be recalled that before the voting on the impeachment complaint in the plenary, Bautista announced his resignation effective on the first day of January next year.
He said until the President issued a decision on the matter, and until Mr. Duterte finds a replacement, his work in the commission continues.
“I think it is disrespect to the President. We should give the President the time to answer my letter. If he thinks I must be replaced immediately, I am okay with that,” Bautista said.
But Bautista said before he submitted his resignation letter to the President, he met first with executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea last Tuesday.
He said they agreed that he will leave his position on the 31st of December to give the President the time to find a replacement.
“In fact, he even asked me if I can recommend someone to replace me. And I asked him if they have already someone in mind, he said none,” Bautista said.
The poll chief said he is now preparing to face the impeachment court as well as the new case his wife plans to file against him. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue