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Friday, August 18, 2017

COMELEC Chief’s brother who ran for senator lied about his residency


As though it’s not enough that one brother is caught in a political firestorm, Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chairperson Andres Bautista’s brother, Dr. Martin Bautista, who ran for senator in 2007 lied about his US residency during that time he filed for his certificate of candidacy (COC).

Columnist and political analyst Antonio Contreras divulged that Martin has been a permanent US resident since 1996. When he filed his COC in 2007, he claimed to have been a Filipino resident for 2 years.

Two years is the minimum residency requirement for a senatorial candidate.

But social media bloggers who interviewed Martin, the latter admits that he only started staying in the Philippines a year before filing his COC. He even admits to being reluctant about surrendering his US green card.

In Contreras’ full post on Facebook, he said,

"DR. MARTIN BAUTISTA PERJURED HIS 2007 CERTIFICATE OF CANDIDACY (COC) WHEN HE RAN FOR THE SENATE

Dr. Martin Bautista, brother of Andres Bautista, is a Permanent Resident in the US since 1996.

He ran for the Senate first in 2007.

He declared in the COC that at the time of filing   he was a resident of the Philippines for 2 years by May 2007, which is the minimum requirememt for Senator.

Yet, in an online interview with Socmed bloggers, he said that he only began residing again in the Philippines in 2006, which will give him only at most one year of residency.

He also admitted to not surrendering his green card, as required by law
"I would have surrendered it had I won," Bautista said."


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Source: Facebook / Antonio Contreras


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