Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chief Juan Andres Bautista hinted to rather resign from post than to face the risk of going through an impeachment trial.
As for Bautista, a lot of people would be affected by an impeachment trial such as his children, but also pointed out that his main objective was for the truth and justice to triumph.
“If it was just me, sure I would (go through the impeachment process) in order to vindicate myself. But, at the same time, I recognize that there would be other people who’d be brought in and, going to be messy,” Bautista said in an interview.
He admitted that the allegations of his wife, Patricia, about his presumed hidden ill-gotten wealth of P1 billion and failed declaration of his 2016 SALN (statement of assets, liabilities and net worth have put the COMELEC’s integrity in a risky place.
“I’ve thought about it. But as I’ve said, I won’t stick to any position, private or public, if I deemed that I would be more of a liability rather than an asset to the institution,” Bautista stated.
“But what I can tell you right now is I have done nothing wrong,” He added.
As for Bautista, what worries him most is the welfare of his four children, ages 8 to 14 years old, who, as he defined, “can’t fully grasp the situation.”
“For me their interest is most important in the whole equation. That’s what I’m trying to weigh,” Bautista explained.