Manila Standard Today - No choice but to resign

16 August 2017

By Emil Jurado | Manila Standard Today 

The marital woes of Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista and his wife Patricia has far-reaching implications. It raises questions on the integrity of the 2016 national and local elections. Now Chairman Bautista faces the dilemma of resigning or suffering impeachment.

If I were given a chance to advice Bautista, I would tell him to resign. I know how the impeachment process goes. It’s a political exercise. I can imagine the kind of questions that will be asked of him and Tisha.

Andy Bautista is a friend. He was a classmate of my son, Eric. I lauded his appointment, first as chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government and then as chairman of the Commission on Elections. I want to be honest with him—I think he would be better off if he resigned.

Of course, resignation will not exonerate him from all the accusations his wife has thrown at him. But it will show that for him, being Comelec chairman is not the be-all and end-all. He would still have his self-respect. If he were to be impeached, he could be torn to pieces!

Recall how it was with Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona. He was impeached, tried and convicted for not revealing everything in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth. My gulay, he died a broken man!