- A joint memorandum against Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chief Andres Bautista was issued by other poll commissioners
- Bautista said that the use of the phrase ‘failure of leadership’ shocked him since successful result of the recently concluded May 9 National Elections prove otherwise
- The poll chief ensured that he will respond to the memorandum
Commission on Election Chief Andres Bautista was surprised when a 16-point joint memorandum of six poll commissioners stated a ‘failure of leadership’ on his part.
“Kumbaga, medyo ako rin ay nabigla. Kung titignan natin ang nakaraang halalan, marami ang nagsasabi sa atin na ito ang pinakamatagumpay na halalan sa kasaysayan ng bansa,” said poll chief Bautista.
(I was surprised. If we look back on the recent election, many said that it was the most successful election in the country’s history.)
“‘Yung ating naisagawa na presidential debates pagkatapos ng 24 na taon. Ewan ko kung matatawag mo itong produkto ng ‘failed leadership’,” Bautista added.
(The presidential debates we have accomplished after 24 years -- I do not know if you can call it a product of failed leadership.)
Andres Bautista also said that he is ready to give his response to that memorandum and that he is not taking the memo on the personal level.
"Mukhang maayos naman ang aming usapan, hindi naman personal sa akin ito, trabaho lang ... ang gusto lang namin [ay] siguraduhin na ang mananalo ay ang taong bayan," Bautista said.
(It seems that we had a good talk on this. This is not personal for me, it’s just work. What we want is to make sure that the citizens win.)
"Ang trabaho ng komisyon sa aking palagay ay matagumpay. Marami kaming napakita at maraming trabahong dapat gawin. Para siguraduhin na ang aming ginawa ay para mapaayos ang sistema ng halalan at naghanap na kami ng paraan para mapadali at mapaginhawa ang proseso ng pagboto," he said.
(The job of the commission, for me, was a success. We have proven it and we have to do other duties to ensure the organization of the election system and we have found ways to guarantee the efficiency of the voting process.)