- A joint memorandum against Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chief Andres Bautista was issued by other poll commissioners due to his alleged ‘failure of leadership’
- The strongly-worded memorandum circled around the disbursement of the honoraria of teachers and the incurring of expenses for mall voting project
- Bautista said that he will not go down his post just because of the memorandum
Andres Bautista, Chairman of Commission on Elections (COMELEC), stood his ground that he will not resign as chairman for his ‘failure of leadership’ as alleged against him by six (6) other poll commissioners.
In a media report, the chairman of the poll body claimed that he did not perform anything illegal and that the issues are resolved already.
“Unang-una po ako ay hindi kapit tuko sa kahit na anumang posisyon pero bakit ako magreresign eh wala naman akong kasalanan,” Bautista said.
(First of all, I’m not adhering to any position at all. Why would I resign if I am not at fault?)
The commissioners criticized Bautista in a memorandum issued on June 3 for his failure to disburse the honoraria for teachers who were obliged to be a part of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) during the May 9 National Elections.
However, Bautista said that 99% of the teachers already received their honoraria.
Bautista was also blamed for incurring damages when a mall company sought payment for the mall voting project.
Commisioner Rowena Guanzon said that the poll chairman should pay for the damages since he is not authorized to forge a deal for mall voting.
“Ako, I will not vote to pay that. ‘Di kami sumangayon sa mall voting… Personal liability niya (Bautista) iyan. Wala po kaming (COMELEC EN BANC) pakialam diyan,” Guanzon said in a radio interview.
(I will not vote to pay that. We did not even agree on mall voting. It is his personal liability. The Comelec en banc has nothing to do with that.)
“Let us be collegial. Never mind na yung good relations na sinasabi. Let’s have good working relations. We don’t have to be friends. Let’s just have good work ethic. Follow the en banc rule and be collegial. ‘Yun lang po hinihingi namin sa kanya. Para ito sa taumbayan (That’s all we ask of him. It’s for the people),” the commissioner said.
(Let us be collegial and just ignore the good relations they are talking about. Let’s have good working relations. We don’t have to be friends. Let’s just have good work ethic. Follow the en banc rule and be collegial. That is all we ask of him which is also for the people.) -HB, Kami Media
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