By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente Sotto III called on his colleagues to look into the allegations that Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista failed to declare substantial amounts of cash in banks and properties in his 2016 Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN).
Sotto on Monday filed Resolution No. 456 directing the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on Bautista’s undeclared assets as claimed by his estranged wife, Patricia Paz Bautista.
Patricia made headlines after claiming that she discovered that Bautista kept nearly P1 billion in 38 bank accounts and real estate properties that amount beyond the net worth he had declared in his SALN, which was P176.3 million.
Sotto asked the Senate to probe Bautista’s alleged non-compliance with the Republic Act 6713, or the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees,” which mandates public servants to submit under oath their assets, liabilities, net worth, and financial and business interests.