There is perhaps doubts in regards to the credibility of the outcomes of the 2016 elections if Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Andres Bautista amassed wealth after polls, in accordance to Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.
Pimentel, nonetheless, maintained that this was “not convicing proof” to discredit the outcomes of the elections final yr.
“Ang alam lang natin, ang allegation lang is merong malaking halaga sa bangko (si Bautista) pero kailan pa ba yan? Let us say 20 or 15 years ago na ‘yan eh walang connection (sa 2016 elections). Pero kung bagong pasok lang mga yan eh posible na tayo magkaroon ng ganung duda. Pero hindi pa rin yun convincing proof na may connection sa election yun,” he mentioned.
Any doubts on the integrity of the final ballot train will rely on the knowledge that will likely be gathered by the Senate as soon as the difficulty regarding Bautista is investigated by Senate probers.
Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III had moved to have the alleged undeclared wealth of Bautista investigated by the Senate blue ribbon committee chaired by Sen. Richard Gordon whereas Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero can also be eyeing of a separate inquiry to deal primarily with the character of alleged financial institution accounts of the Comelec chair, mentioned to be no less than 32.
Pimentel backed Escudero’s assertion on the authority of the Senate to examine even impeachable officers if there are charges of purported wrongdoings.
“Kahit na impeachable official sya, pwede pa ring mag hearing yung aming blue ribbon kasi accountability nga ang tinitingnan dun tapos kung may findings ang blue ribbon against vs an impeachable official, ire-refer naman ito sa Ombudsman,” he mentioned.
“Alam naman ng Ombudsman yung rules sa Constitution. Uumpisahan nya yung investigation nya, fact-finding nya, pero hindi sya mag fi-file ng kaso until ma impeach yung impeachable official. So hindi dapat maging hadlang yung pagiging impeachable official, yung isang person of interest sa desisyon ng Senado kung mag iimbestiga o hindi,” he mentioned.