• DOJ orders probe
    of Comelec Chief


    THE Department of Justice (DOJ) has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday to investigate the allegations of the wife of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista that he amassed nearly P1 billion in ill-gotten wealth.

    Under Department Order 517, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd asked the NBI to investigate and build a case on the allegations of Patricia Paz Bautista as contained in a 10-page affidavit, which she executed before the NBI on August 1.

    She has accused Bautista of failing to disclose “pertinent information” in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).

    In addition, the DOJ wanted to know, through the NBI, if Bautista violated the Anti-Money Laundering Act and other related laws.

    Bautista’s wife met with President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang last July 26 to expose the bank deposits and properties of her husband.

    Duterte also called the Comelec chairman to the Palace on the same day.

    Based on his 2016 SALN, Bautista had a net worth of P176.3 million. He has total assets of P241.8 million broken down into P158.5 million worth of real properties and P83.3-million worth of personal properties. Bautista has P65.5 million in liabilities. JOMAR CANLAS



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