Comelec Chief Andy Bautista to resign

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 10) — Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres "Andy" Bautista on Wednesday announced his resignation by the end of 2017.

The embattled Comelec chief posted his resignation letter on his verified social media accounts. Comelec Director James Jimenez said Bautista read the letter to Comelec employees.

"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," Bautista said.

He added this is the right time to step down from his post given the postponement of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

The polls had originally been scheduled on October 31, 2016, but these were moved to October 23, 2017 and then later on deferred to May 2018 by President Rodrigo Duterte.

As a presidential appointee, Duterte has to approve Bautista's resignation.

"This was not an easy decision. But my family, especially my children, need me now more than ever," he said.


Comelec commissioners earlier urged Bautista to take a leave of absence or resign at the height of an impeachment complaint filed against him. The complaint however was dismissed by the House Committee on Justice for insufficiency in form.

Bautista had also been accused by his estranged wife Patricia of "misleading and corrupt practices while in office." He has denied the allegations, describing her accusation that he has amassed unexplained wealth as blackmail and an attempt to squeeze money out of him.