House panel affirms decision to junk impeach rap vs Comelec chief

THE House of Representatives committee on justice on Thursday, October 5, affirmed its decision to dismiss the impeachment complaint against Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista.

The panel on September 20 dismissed the impeachment complaint filed against Bautista after its members found it insufficient in form.

By a vote of 26-2, the panel led by Oriental Mindoro Representative Renaldo Umali approved the committee report and its accompanying resolution.

"Now be it resolved by the House of Representatives to dismiss the impeachment complaint filed by Jacinto Paras and Ferdinand Topacio against Andres Bautista for the reason that it is insufficient in form due to its defective verification," the report read.

The panel earlier said the complaint was defective since the complainant had no personal knowledge of Bautista's alleged offenses.

The complaint against the Comelec chief was mostly based on Patricia Bautista's accusations against her estranged husband. She said the poll chief accumulated ill-gotten wealth using his positions in government.

The impeachment rap was filed by former lawmaker Jacinto Paras and lawyer Ferdinand Topacio and endorsed by Representatives Harry Roque and Gwendolyn Garcia. (SunStar Philippines)