Aug 24, 2017 @ 22:27

The House of Representatives will solely sort out the impeachment criticism in opposition to Commission on Elections (Comelec) chair Andres Bautista after it has permitted the P3.767-trillion national budget for 2018.

In an ambush interview on Thursday, Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas anticipated the House to wrap up the 2018 budget in two weeks time.

Although he has but to learn the impeachment criticism, Fariñas insisted that it should adjust to the requirement of “personal knowledge”, which was the usual utilized in relation to the dismissal of the impeachment bid in opposition to President Rodrigo Duterte.

Earlier, Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano’s impeachment criticism in opposition to President Duterte didn’t survive within the House committee on justice and was ultimately junked due to the complainant’s lack of non-public data of the fabric allegations made.

Former Negros Oriental Rep. Jacinto Paras and lawyer Ferdinand Topacio filed an impeachment criticism on Wednesday in opposition to Bautista on the grounds of culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public belief amid hidden-wealth allegations.

Fariñas defined that it should be the complainants themselves who ought to possess private data of the allegations. Bautista’s estranged spouse, Patricia, is probably going to be invited to the House panel as witness.

“Mahirap naman yun. Hearsay na nga yun… Hindi naman siya (Patricia) yung complainant eh. This is a very novel issue because it’s the wife against the husband. Meron tayong marital or spousal privilege that one spouse cannot testify against another except if the case is one between the other,” Fariñas stated.

The complainants stated Bautista betrayed public belief for failing to undertake safeguards underneath the Data Privacy Act (Republic Act No. 10173) which may have prevented the info breach or hacking of the Comelec web site that occurred in March final 12 months.

Bautista additionally fell brief in his duties and tasks as ballot chief when he failed to promptly act on the hacking of the Comelec web site, in addition to declined to assume direct management and supervision of the duty pressure created after the incident, the complainants famous.

The complainants claimed Bautista betrayed public belief by obstructing justice when he cleared Smartmatic and Comelec IT specialists of any wrongdoing for the so-called script tweak through the consolidation/canvassing of leads to the May 2016 elections.

The complainants additionally alleged that Bautista failed to correctly disclose to the general public his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) and the reported receipt of referral charges from the Smartmatic, the biggest know-how supplier of the Comelec, via the Divina Law Office.

Bautista faces allegations from his estranged spouse Patricia who claimed that the ballot physique chief has undeclared wealth value P1 billion. (Philippine News Agency)