THE chairman of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms yesterday said that nothing prevents a congressman from asking personal issues of the estranged Bautista couple during his panel’s hearing on the postponement of barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections this afternoon.
Citizens Battle Against Corruption (Cibac) party-list Rep. Sherwin Tugna, the panel chairman, was referring to Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista and estranged wife Patricia “Tisha” Cruz-Bautista’s marital spat.
While agreeing on the sensitivity of the issue, Tugna said the Comelec chairman who is one of the major resource persons in the hearing should prepare for the questions of his colleagues.
“I believe some members of Congress will ask on that (personal) issue,” said Tugna in an interview.
Tugna also explained that “the allegations of ill-gotten wealth are related to his office as the Chairman of Comelec.”
Andres Bautista has complained that the issue has compromised even the future of their children who now refuse to attend school after his wife’s expose.
The committee will approve today a consolidated measure seeking to reset the scheduled October 23 barangay and SK polls to May 2018 with a holdover provision among incumbent village officials.
Last week Bautista filed criminal complaints against his wife following Patricia’s corruption-related allegations against him.
Issuing a blanket denial of the accusations, Bautista said he is actually a victim as of extortion, adding that his family and Patricia’s family are with him in his battle.
The Department of Justice (DoJ) already called for a probe into the poll chief’s alleged unexplained wealth.