Wife accuses poll panel chief husband of amassing unexplained wealth

Dhaka,  Thu,  21 September 2017
Published : 07 Aug 2017, 19:34:08

Wife accuses poll panel chief husband of amassing unexplained wealth

MANILA: The wife of Commission on Elections chair Andres Bautista has accused her husband of amassing P1 billion (Dh72 million) in supposed commissions from shady deals he had as a top official of the poll administration body, according to Gulf News.

On Monday, Patricia Paz Bautista publicly accused her husband of accumulating wealth that he supposedly hid from her. The assets include hundreds of millions of pesos in secret bank accounts in the Philippines and abroad, a condominium in the posh One Bonifacio High Street in Taguig City and a flat in San Francisco, California.

Patricia, according to news reports, said she was “completely shocked and surprised”, upon discovering her husband’s hidden wealth.

She said the assets and bank deposits were not declared in his Statement of Assets and Liabilities and Net Worth, which is required by law from government officials.

She said her husband had always been frugal in his spending and that the discovery was unexpected.

“I understand that Andy [Andres], being a high ranking public official, should be accountable and transparent to the public about all these finances, properties and money which, obviously, he was not,” she said.

As head of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Bautista oversees the conduct of elections in the country. In the Philippines, polls are conducted every six years for national positions such as the President and senators as well as congressional and local posts.
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