The troubled marriage of Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chairperson Andres Bautista and his estranged wife Patricia Cruz-Bautista became controversial, when Patricia made public some documents she found in their house that may disclosed her husband’s dubious activities.
However, elections chief denied all of Patricia’s allegations as fabricated lies. He claimed that his wife stole cash, check and other financial documents that belong to him and his family.
Here are some facts you probably don’t know about the couple in the middle of controversy.
Who is Andres Bautista?
Juan Andres “Andy” Buatista is a lawyer by profession. He obtained his law degree from Ateneo de manila University and graduated as a class valedictorian in 1990. He pursued a master of laws degree at Harvard University in 1993, and was granted a license to practice law in New York City.
Andres career as a lawyer
- March 1988 to February 1989- Special correspondent and researcher.
- February 1989 to 1991- Supreme Court of the Philippines as law and executive assistant to the chief justice.
- November 1991 to 1992- Spokesman and legal counsel to then vice presidential candidate Marcelo Fernan.
- January 2001 to August 2006- Law practice at the White and Case in Hong Kong and New York.
- Year 1992- Law practice with Castillo Laman Tan and Pantaleon based in Manila.
- June 1993 to September 1993- Law practice with Troutman Sanders in Atlanta and
- May 1992 to September 1992- Specialized in project finance under Catillo Laman Tan and Pantaleon.
- Andres served as the chair of the United Coconut Planters Life Assurance Corporation.
- Year 1997 to 1998 and 2012 to 2013- Law dean of the Far Eastern University Institute of law.
- January 2011 to August 2006- Country Head of Anglo Oriental Consulting Ltd. (Manila).
Andres Government service
- He was appointed by President Benigno Aquino III as chair of the Presidential Commission on Good Government in year 2010.
- In 2015, Andres was appointed by Aquino to the Commission on Elections, replacing former chairperson Sixto Brillantes, a year before the national elections. His terms will expire on February 02, 2022.
Other activities Andres have been in
- In 2005, he became a member of the Consultative Commission on Charter Change under President Gloria-Macapagal-Arroyo.
- Year 2006-2015 he became a member of the Parish Patral Council for Responsible Voting, non-profit organization that serves as a watchdog in Philippine elections.
- From 2009 to 2015- columnist at the Philippine Star under column titled “My four Centavos”.
- September 01, 2006 to December 06, 2006- Executive vice president at Shang Properties Inc.
- December 06, 2006- Promoted President of Shang Properties Inc.
- September 09, 2006 to December 12, 2006, Andres became the Executive Vice President of Kuok Philippine Properties Inc., a multinational company that owns holdings in various industries.
- In December 2006, he was promoted as Kuok’s President.
Accusations to Andres Bautista
- March 2016, several months before the May 09 polls, a group of hackers accessed the COMELEC database and posted the data-including voter registration data-online. The National Privacy Commission said Andres was criminally liable for the leak of voters’ data.
- In June 2016, all six COMELEC commissioners criticized Bautista for his failed leadership, citing several issues like the delayed allowances of teachers who served as election inspectors.
- Now, Patricia claimed that Andres has nearly P1 billion worth of unexplained wealth, which is not declared in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth, a public declaration requires of government officials.
- In her affidavit, Patricia accused Andres of misleading and corrupt practices while in office. According to her, Andres did not only violate the Anti-graft and Corrupt Practices Act by falsifying his SALN, he also violated Anti-Money Laundering Act, and performed unethical practices as a member of the bar.
- Patricia discovered a number of assets that were not listed in Andres SALN which include: Peso passbook accounts with the Luzon Development Bank (LDB) worth of P329,220,962 and RCBC worth of P257,931.60, A foreign currency account with RCBC worth of $12, 778.30 (P640,959.53), An HSBC account with HK$948,358.97 or P6.10 million (P6.43 to HK$1.00), Condominium units in BGC, Taguig, and in San Francisco, USA.
Who is Patricia “Tisha” Cruz-Bautista?
- Trisha is a businesswoman in the field of cosmetology but is also known for her efforts to develop programs and seminars for efficient household.
- She used to handle Franck Provot’s beauty school and also served as the president of the Center for Aesthetic Studies.
- In September 2009, she founded the Angel Brigade, a volunteer arm of her foundation that responded to help calamity victims and help them recover from the effects of natural disasters.
- Patricia has also penned a lot of books on managing households. She is the author of the Smart Parenting Yaya Manual and the Maid Manual, and also has written advice columns for mothers.
- Like her husband, Patricia wrote the column “Dragonfly” for the Philippine STAR in 2013.
- Managing director of non-profit Isdanco Foundation, which instituted the Center for Aesthetic Studies — a TESDA-registered vocational school focusing on Cosmetology, as well as the Center for Livelihood Studies.
Andres and Patricia in their marriage
- Year 2000, when they both married.
- They have 4 children.
- After 13 years, the couple became estranged. The Comelec chair said that he tried to fix the marriage by undergoing counseling but his wife remained unfaithful.
- Patricia claimed the rumor was started four or five years ago by Lim’s former girlfriend, Margarita Fores, now hailed one of Asia’s top chefs.
- The tension between the two reached a new level when Tisha met with President Rodrigo Duterte on July 26 to disclose that her husband had amassed unexplained wealth. She later submitted an affidavit to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) disclosing information supporting her allegations.
Meanwhile, NBI has launched a probe into the allegations of Patricia Bautista while senators also called for an investigation, saying that the allegations might raise doubts about the results on 2016 elections.
However, Duterte denied ordering the NBI to look into the matter.