NBI to probe Comelec Chair Andres Bautista after wife's exposé

NBI to probe Comelec chair after wife's exposé

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NBI to probe Comelec chair after wife's exposé

Monday, August 07, 2017

MANILA. Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista (SunStar Philippines photo/Al Padilla)

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) was ordered to look into the claims of the wife of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista that he amassed P1-billion worth of undeclared assets.

In a department order released on Monday, August 7, the Department of Justice (DOJ) directed the NBI, its attached agency, to conduct investigation and case build-up over the alleged failure of Bautista to disclose pertinent information required in his Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net worth (SALN).

Bautista's wife, Patricia, submitted on August 1 before the NBI an affidavit divulging the Comelec chief's alleged undisclosed assets.

In 2016, Bautista's SALN reported a net worth of P176.3 million, but in the affidavit executed by Patricia, she said her husband's net worth could reach nearly a billion, allegedly through his "misleading and corrupt practices while in government service."

The order, signed by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, further directed the NBI to determine if Bautista violated the "anti-money laundering law and such other related laws."

According to Patricia, her husband failed to disclose his peso passbook accounts with the Luzon Development Bank (LDB), worth P329,220,962, and with RCBC, worth P257,931.60; a foreign currency account with RCBC worth $12,778.30 (P640,959.53); and an HSBC account with HK$948,358.97 or P6.10 million (P6.43 to HK$1.00).

Patricia also said her husband has condominium units in BGC, Taguig, and in San Francisco, United States of America, and investments abroad not listed in his SALN.

Patricia first submitted her affidavit before President Rodrigo Duterte last July 26 in a meeting in Malacañang.

During the meeting, the President summoned NBI Chief Dante Gierran and endorsed Patricia's complaints.

The poll chief, in previous interviews, denied his wife's allegations. He said Patricia just wants to extort from him P620-million worth of settlement, which he cannot give. (SunStar Philippines)


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