Aug 24, 2017

Drilon Pumalag Sa Imbestigasyon Ng Senado Sa Unexplained Wealth Ni Andy Bautista!

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Senator Franklin Drilon said the Senate probe against Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista should only be stopped in relation to Bautista’s bank accounts.

“The banks committee may continue to hear resource persons to determine amendments to his SALN and the bank secrecy law,” Drilon said.

Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero also said he is inclined to stop his Senate committee’s probe on the bank accounts of Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista following the filing of an impeachment complaint against him.

“Personally, I believe the hearings should already be suspended. I will, however, consult the authors of the resolution and members of the committee on this matter,” Escudero said in a text message.

The Senate committee on banks, financial institutions, and currencies on Wednesday started its probe into Bautista’s possible violations of the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) after his estranged wife, Patricia Paz Bautista, accused him of having nearly P1 billion in ill-gotten wealth.

The Senate panel was set to invite Bautista to its second hearing next week.

Escudero, however, said the committee should stop its investigation once an impeachment complaint against Bautista is endorsed at the House of Representatives.

Under the Constitution, the Senate has the sole power to try and decide on all impeachment cases. The impeachment tribunal is convened once the House of Representatives approves a verified complaint of resolution recommending impeachment.

An impeachment complaint was filed against Bautista by former Negros Oriental Representative Jacinto Paras and lawyer Ferdinand Topacio, and was endorsed by Kabayan party-list Representative Harry Roque, Cebu Representative Gwen Garcia and Cavite Representative Abraham Tolentino.
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Source: PTV

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