Aug 14, 2017

Election lawyer: 'Nasasaktan ang LP ngayon dahil mawawalan sila ng haligi sa COMELEC'

Election lawyer: 'Nasasaktan ang LP ngayon dahil mawawalan sila ng haligi sa COMELEC'
The members of the Liberal Party of the Philippines, photo from Politiko

Ngayong lumalaki na ang posibilidad na matanggal si Bautista, mawawalan sila ng haligi sa Comelec. Dito sila nasaktan.-Atty. Glenn Chong

Atty. Glenn Chong, an election law expert says that it is not only Andres Bautista who’s in trouble but the whole Liberal Party and their dream of regaining power and influence in politics.



According to Atty. Chong’s source, Liberal Party was harmed on the issue that Comelec chair Andres Bautista is facing right now. According to Atty. Chong, Bautista is one of the pillars and vital member of the party. Atty. Chong also said that Bautista once served as campaign manager to Mar Roxas.

Atty. Chong observed that the day when the issue of Bautista’s unexplainable wealth exposed, Macalintal immediately headed a counter attack to divert everyone from the issue. “Noong araw na pumutok ang isyu ng nakaw na yaman ni Bautista, agad naapektuhan ang kampo ni Robredo. Naglunsad agad ng opensiba si Macalintal sa media upang pilit ilayo ang isyu ng nakaw na yaman sa integridad ng halalan at dayaan.”

Atty. Chong said that if the Liberals treated Bautista as their pillar, then the party must be in a shaky situation right now, and he added that if the party with Bautista succeeded in displacing BBM in winning in vice presidential position, they can do it in 2019 elections to turn the majority in Congress into their favor. Atty. Chong also added that Liberal Party will be devastated once Bautista will be removed as the Chairman of COMELEC.“Kaya kung matanggal si Bautista, masasaktan talaga sila.”

Even the BIR joined in the probe of the ill-gotten wealth issue, whether the chairman has declared all his assets in his ITR. Also, the ombudsman will look into this issue. Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said that Bautista will go through the due process. Unlike the late CJ Renato Corona who was vilified and maligned before he was impeached.

Some congressmen said that it would be better for Bautista to resign, especially when the impeachment complaint will pursue.



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Ayon sa isang source, nasaktan ang Liberal Party sa problemang kinasasangkutan ngayon ni Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista. Itinuturing kasing isang matatag na kasapi nito si Bautista. Minsan na ring nagsilbi diumano si Bautista bilang campaign manager ni Mar Roxas noong tumakbo ito bilang senador.

Noong araw na pumutok ang isyu ng nakaw na yaman ni Bautista, agad naapektuhan ang kampo ni Robredo. Naglunsad agad ng opensiba si Macalintal sa media upang pilit ilayo ang isyu ng nakaw na yaman sa integridad ng halalan at dayaan.

Kung nasaktan ang Liberal Party, ibig sabihin, malaki ang tiwala at pag-asa ng partido na makakatulong si Bautista upang makabalik ito sa pwesto at kapangyarihan. Ngayong lumalaki na ang posibilidad na matanggal si Bautista, mawawalan sila ng haligi sa Comelec. Dito sila nasaktan.

Kung matatag na haligi si Bautista ng Liberal Party, delikado ang ating pangulo at ang kanyang partido sa kamay ng Comelec na hawak ng Liberal Party. Kung nagawa nilang dayain si BBM noong 2016, pwede rin nilang dayain ang mga kapartido ng pangulo sa 2019 upang makuha nila ang mayoriya ng Kamara at gagamitin ito laban sa pangulo. Kaya kung matanggal si Bautista, masasaktan talaga sila.

Sa kabilang dako naman, sumali na rin ang Bureau of Internal Revenue sa pag-imbestiga kay Bautista. Apat na ahensya na ng gobyerno ang sabay-sabay na mag-imbestiga sa kanya. Kung mag-imbestiga rin ang Ombudsman ayon sa reklamo ni Atty. Oliver Lozano, pang-lima na ito.

Ayon kay Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo, magbibitiw si Bautista kung ma-impeached siya sa Mababang Kapulungan. Hindi raw ito sasailalim sa impeachment at negative public scrutiny na makakaapekto sa kanyang pamilya.

Ayon naman kay dating Negros Oriental Congressman Jacinto Paras, maghahain siya ng impeachment complaint ngayong linggo laban kay Bautista. Sa aking pagkakaalam, may dalawa pang grupo na maghahain din ng magkahiwalay na impeachment complaints.

“Kapag nakapag-file ng impeachment complaint at ito ay parang may basehan, baka doon pa lamang i-consider, para sa akin, doon pa lang i-consider na ni Chairman Andy Bautista [na bumitiw],” pahayag ni Congressman Sherwin Tugna, chairman ng Electoral Reforms Committee ng Kamara.

Source: Atty. Glenn Chong


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