Andres Bautista’s unexplained wealth is the issue, not his wife’s character

Patricia Bautista: A non-issue made an issue by her husband’s defenders.
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The most baffling thing about this latest circus surrounding revelations that Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chairman Andres Bautista may have amassed a fortune through “unexplained” means is the muted — and, in some cases, even defensive — response of certain camps in the Opposition. The way the Opposition has rallied around Bautista is not without precedent. They behaved a similar way when the stink of allegations of electoral fraud wafted across the nation following the 2016 elections. Rather than checking for a fire upon seeing the smoke, the COMELEC leadership and its cheerleaders in the Liberal Party chose to deny the smoke itself.

At the very least, an investigation should have been conducted back then. Instead, whistle blowers who found suspicious patterns in the the way the results trickled in, highlighted breaches in security and control procedure in the way Smartmatic employees handled equipment, and did the math to determine the statistical significance of variances in the behaviour of polling samples versus actual numbers were vilified and even bullied into silence. Some campaigns even involved so-called “data scientists” from exclusive Catholic universities organising themselves into advocacy groups to shout down these whistle blowers — not through presentation of sound arguments or through presentation of counter-theses but through emotion-based partisan “activism”.

In the case of the Bautista circus today, the issue is quite straightforward. There is his SALN and there are all these bank accounts and records of assets to his name with amounts and values to the tune of millions. There are two objectives in an investigation that may or may not be forthcoming: (1) determine if and why these assets revealed by his wife Mrs. Patricia Bautista are owned by Bautista, and (2) explain the variance between Bautista’s SALN and the sum total value of these assets.

Whether or not Mrs. Bautista is a “slut”, an “extortionist”, or an overall “bad” woman is not the issue here. And yet discussion focused on the character of Mrs. Bautista forms the core of not only the chatter being exchanged by the Opposition’s inbred clique of social media “influencers” but also the content of Chairman Bautista’s official statement on the matter. The fact is, there is sufficient evidence submitted to the authorities to do a proper scientific investigation into the matter. With all that evidence on the table, the character of the messengers involved become less important and even irrelevant.

Interestingly, comparisons between Bautista and the case of the late former Chief Justice Renato Corona were inevitable considering that both were accused of fundamentally the same thing — purported personal wealth that was not reported in the Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) that is required of all Philippine government officials. If Corona was investigated and an entire Senate “impeachment court” was convened in 2012 on the basis of the appallingly low-quality evidence presented at the time, surely there is sufficient basis to mount an investigation on the evidence presented by Mrs. Bautista which, arguably, is likely to be superior in quality to the evidence against Corona bandied around by Aquino’s minions in 2012.

The key point here is that every allegation of wrongdoing should be investigated — specially one that has ramifications as critical as this COMELEC scandal which, if the right dots are connected, could cast a vast shadow of doubt over an entire national election. It is quite suspect that the Opposition does not support such an investigation. By pretending, in the face of all this evidence begging to be investigated, that nothing wrong has been done, they contribute even more reason to doubt their ability to present themselves as a credible Opposition to President Rodrigo Duterte’s persistently popular administration.


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Ngek Ngek

When Robredo started overtaking BBM in the counting all I can say then that only Soros could have figured it out never Angry Bird. Angry Bird only made it happened because of money. The Russians may have protected the Pied Piper from the South.

The evidences of wrongdoing of Andres Bautista, the Chairman of the COMELEC are overwhelming and glaring. The Philippine electoral process is now in the gutter. All those Senatorial candidates, who won are in question. Whether, they really won the election, fairly and squarely. The Fake Vice President Leni Robredo’s victory is already an Election Fraud…the whole thing stinks to high heaven ! It is up to us, the Thinking Filipinos, if we allow this wrongdoing to continue or not. We salute, Mrs. Bautista, for coming forward with such important evidences against , Andres Bautista. The sources, of where he got… Read more »

And Filipinos had to wait for a more blatant evidence like this? There hasn’t been any tangible pressure from THE PEOPLE to assert their basic rights on fair election. The fraud isn’t going to fix itself given the political situation- the number of current “gov’t officials”, are in reality, working against the people.

David Roxas
I will have to disagree here. While it is important to investigate these claims the character of Mrs. Bautista is also important. Are we really supposed to believe that she was out of the loop while her husband amassed a fortune? Allegedly she wanted some of these millions! For the children of course. Seems she might be liable in this case. She had information and withheld it until she could use it as blackmail against her husband. And not even blackmail but as a simple way to destroy her husbands character and reputation. By all means investigate this guy but… Read more »
Ngek Ngek
@Philly Filipinoy, What bloody revolution are you talking about? Who will start the bloodbath? You ! hehehe ! You must be an idiot! How would you start a bloodbath? Try killing yourself first and maybe that is the bloodbath you are referring if and only if other Filipinos as idiot as you follow. It is only when the Ruling and Opposing are baited or forced to kill each other like in February 22, 1986 that a possibility of a change in Philippine society will ever happen UNLESS there is a national referendum to replace the evil Cory Constitutitution with a… Read more »

The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference.

Ngek Ngek

Anything that threatens the destruction or removal of power from the power wielders or placing the specter of death in front of their doorsteps in always welcome because that effective prevents them from abusing their power.

It is for us reasonable non partisan apolitical citizens to always look for ways for this to happen. If we could devise a creative way for the ruling and opposing elite to kill each other without damage to the general population, then it would be nirvana for the country as a whole.

Ngek Ngek

But I doubt if writers and regular commenters or even benign O or Ilda would do that because they are spokespersons of particular interests.

Propaganda Boy

It will be BETTEr IF BBM won the electoral protest to become VP, the pres to bring back 1973 Constitution without any amendment to glorify Marcos and sanitize Filipino history to bring back nationalism, Marcos Discipline AND New Society.

If you guys were accused of being pro-Marcos loyalist, I would be tagged as a Jew-Communist-Dilawan-Gay.

Propaganda Boy

What Ngekngek quoted as saying,

“The only way to abolish the Commission on Human Rights withouteu violence or civil war is a referendum for the Filipino People to choose
to return to the 1973 Constititution
without Amendment 6 with a parliamentary government, the Cory Constitution or Duterte’s Federal Government whigh guarantee a BBL.”

“What makes you think that the 1973 Constitution without Amendment 6 is strict and authoritarian?”

“What kind of logic do you have that going back to the 1973 Constitution without Amendment 6 for DU30 to abuse is glorifying Marcos ?”