Manila Standard Today - Pandora’s box in Andy’s case

15 August 2017

By Emil Jurado | Manila Standard Today 

As the nation’s most popular telenovela­—the he-said-she-said row between Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista and his wife Patricia—unfolds before us, there are numerous questions that remain unanswered.

For one thing, it was stupid of Bautista to have passbooks with the unknown Luzon Development Bank locked in a cabinet in an unoccupied condominium unit. LDB is owned by Rene Limcaoco Jr., a former Department of Transportation and Communications undersecretary. Why did he do this?

Another question arises from the behavior of Patricia’s mother, Baby Cruz, who is on the side of her son-in-law. There was an alleged secret meeting between the Comelec chairman and Vice President Leni Robredo in the house of Ms. Cruz. So what was her role here?

There are accusations that Andy was so in love with Smartmatic that he continued to have faith in its automated process despite allegations that its officials manipulated the results of the 2016 elections.

This is exactly why Bautista’s case must be pursued to its logical end. This is more than a marital spat!

If there is a lesson to be learned here, it is the fact that Bautista, as the head of the elections body, should be above suspicion all the time.

And why would he accuse Patricia of robbing their home? A wife cannot commit robbery in the conjugal home. Neither could she extort from Andy because she is just asking for her legal share.

I am not taking sides. This is just my opinion as a lawyer.

As for Andy’s claim of a demolition job against him, I think the burden of proof still lies with him. He should be able to explain his wealth and prove that it is not ill-gotten.