Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Lacson: Comelec chair Bautista's resignation letter to President ‘not proper’

On Wednesday, October 11, Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista said he will resign from his post by the end of the year.

In a Facebook post where his letter was posted, Bautista said: "It is with deep sadness that I am informing you about my decision to resign as the Chair of the Commission on Elections by the end of the year."

Meanwhile, Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson questioned Bautista's move to submit his resignation to President Rodrigo Duterte saying he should have submitted his resignation to the Comelec en banc.

I am not a lawyer but I don’t think it is even proper to submit Chairman Bautista’s resignation to the president,” Lacson said in a radio interview.

Comelec is a constitutional body and I asked some lawyers about this. I think the proper way to do it is to submit his resignation to the Comelec en banc,” he added.

Bautista's resignation will take an effect on December 31, 2017, the same day the House of Representative (HOR) announced their decision to impeach him.

Meanwhile, in an interview to president Duterte, he said that he accepted the resignation Bautista.

Nagtaka ako. I think it was the other day, meron siyang resignation. Mukhang pinirmahan ko kasi mas mabuti ‘yung maalis siya diyan,” Duterte said.

Lacson explained that the resignation of Bautista was not necessary because the Comelec chair was independent and not under the executive branch.

Why would he submit it to the president? The president, while he is the appointing authority, Chairman Bautista is like any chairperson of any constitutional body…Independent,” Lacson said.

Moreover, Bautista explained that his resignation was to give the President time to appoint.

But anong basis ng president mag-appoint kung nariyan pa siya? Mag-appoint ang president kung may vacancy (The president can only appoint if there’s a vacancy). So I don’t know,” Lacson said.

He also said that the House of Representatives rushed the impeachment of Bautista.

Minadali ng HOR yung impeachment, overturning even the justice committee recommendation. Mukhang may dynamics, mukhang may usapan sila,” Lacson said.

Ako, kung ako mag-analyze, may nangyari in between mukhang may kasunduan si Chairman Bautista and HOR leadership, ‘huwag ninyo ako impeach sa HOR, magre-resign na lang ako.’” he added.

Lacson said the impeachment of Bautista should continue despite his resignation.

As long as he’s there, and the articles of impeachment is transmitted to the Senate, we will have to go through the process of the impeachment trial,” Lacson said.

Source: PTV
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