Aguirre: NBI findings can be used as evidence vs Comelec chair

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 9) — The Justice secretary on Wednesday said findings of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) could be used as evidence in possible impeachment proceedings against Comelec Chair Andres Bautista.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said the NBI would request for Bautista's bank records as the investigation would also cover possible violation of the anti-money laundering law.

Bautista's estranged wife, Patricia, had earlier submitted her affidavit to the NBI alleging the poll chief's failure to disclose information in his statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth.

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She also claimed her husband was amassing millions of unexplained wealth.

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Aguirre said the government was not barred from pursuing criminal cases against him, whether or not the Comelec chief would be convicted or acquitted through an impeachment trial.

Possible settlement of the Bautistas marital dispute will also not stop the investigation, he added.

"Hindi naman private relationship ito (This is not a private relationship). It concerns the money of the people of the Philippines kaya (so) whether they settle, I think the proceedings will continue either in the impeachment court or in ordinary criminal proceedings," Aguirre said.

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CNN Philippines' Anjo Alimario contributed to this report.