By Leslie Ann Aquino
Embattled Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista said he is still discerning whether to go on leave or resign.
He said this a day after six poll commissioners asked him to already decide on whether to go on leave or resign.
“I’m trying to discern at this point…syempre pinagiisapan natin ito. pinagdadasalan kung ano ang tamang hakbang na gagawin para sa aking pamilya at para din sa institution na ating ngayong pinagsisilbihan (we have to think about this. Praying over it as to what is the right thing to do for my family and also for the institution I’m serving),” Bautista said in an interview Friday.
“So maghintay tayo at darating at darating yan (Let us just wait and we shall eventually come to that part),” he added.
Bautista, who has been accused of amassing wealth beyond his declared net worth and improperly received commissions while in public office, said sometimes it is not our own timing that is more important rather God’s own timing.
As to the allegation that he is no longer capable of effectively performing his duty in the poll body in view of the controversies hounding him, Bautista denied this.
He said poll employees can attest that he is always at the Comelec every day.
When asked if there is anyone who should let go, his reply was: Sa akin dapat walang bumitaw. Kanya kanyang desisyon yan eh (For me, no one should let go. It’s a decision that every individual should make).
It was on Thursday when six poll commissioners urged Bautista to already come out with a decision on whether to go on leave or resign.
“The undersigned Comelec Commissioners, having at heart the best interest of the service, and motivated by the deep sense of duty to our people, are constrained to come out in the open to strongly and urgently urge Chair Andres Bautista to go on leave of absence for such a period as may be necessary or resign for his own sake, for the sake of his career, and most importantly, for the sake of his family, particularly his four innocent children,” read the two-page statement.
“With all due respect, it is our consensus that Chair Bautista can no longer effectively lead the Commission,” it further read.
At the end of their statement, the poll commissioners said this: “The time for him to let go has come.”
The statement was signed by Comelec Commissioners Christian Lim, Arthur Lim, Rowena Guanzon, Al Parreno, Luie Guia, and Sheriff Abas.
Bautista already denied the allegations against him.