BREAKING NEWS : House of Representatives has impeach Comelec chief Bautista

After many cases and impeachment filed against Comelec Chair Andres Bautista,the House of Representative on Wednesday finally  voted to impeach Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista.

137 House members voted against the motion of Majority Leader Rodolfo FariƱas to adopt the report of the Committee on Justice dismissing the complaint against Bautista.
Seventy-five members, meanwhile, voted for the motion.
A vote of at least one-third, or 98 members of the House are required to override the dismissal.

The House justice panel will now prepare the articles of impeachment against Bautista to be submitted to the Senate for trial.
Former Negros Oriental Representative Jacinto Paras and lawyer Ferdinand Topacio filed the impeachment complaint against Bautista with the House of Representatives on August 23.

The complainants accused Bautista of betrayal of public trust due to his failure to address the hacking of the Comelec website in March 2015 and for failing to properly disclose his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth.
Aside from this, the complainants said Bautista betrayed public trust for admitting that he had received referral fees from the Comelec's technology provider Smartmatic through the Divina Law Office, and for obstructing justice in saying that, pending investigation, the script tweak of the transparency server during the 2016 elections was "merely cosmetic."
But the House panel, in a hearing on September 20, dismissed the impeachment complaint after it was found insufficient in form due to deficient verification.
Earlier in the day, Bautista announced that he would be resigning from his post by the end of the year. He has submitted his resignation letter to President Rodrigo Duterte.

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Source :GMA




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