Sotto seeks Senate probe
on Comelec chief’s ‘misdeclared’ SALN

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SENATE Majority Leader Vicente Sotto 3rd asked the Senate committee on the accountability of public officers and investigation (blue ribbon) to look into the alleged misdeclaration committed by Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista in his statement of assets liabilities and net worth (SALN).

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Sotto in filing Senate Resolution 456 cited newspaper reports stating what seems to be the true and correct information on Bautista’s assets provided by someone who has personal knowledge and access to the Comelec chairman’s information.

The Senator did not include in his resolution the identity of the source of the newspaper report, but could be referring to Bautista’s 47-year-old wife Patricia Paz Bautista, who claimed to have obtained bank documents that would show the poll body chairman’s supposed unexplained wealth.

In a 10-page affidavit, Bautista’s wife said his 2016 SALN only declared P176.3 million worth of personal and real properties.

Sotto wants the blue ribbon committee headed by Sen. Richard Gordon to investigate the alleged non-compliance of Bautista with the provisions of Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

“There is a need to determine if the president law is adequate enough to  ensure compliance by all public officials with provision on the required submission of SALN,” the resolution stated. JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA

 

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