- Late strongman’s lawyer forwarded his impeach rap vs. Comelec chair to Ombudsman
- He also asked Bautista to resign now for propriety’s sake
- Former solon to also file complaint against Bautista next week
MANILA, Philippines – The legal counsel of late strongman has filed his impeachment complaint against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista—not with the House of Representatives, but with the Office of the Ombudsman.
Explaining that his unorthodox move was necessitated by past failures to receive endorsements from lawmakers for his previous impeachment complaints, Atty. Oliver Lozano said it would now be up to the Ombudsman to investigate Bautista and make the proper referral to the House of Representatives.
“It’s up to the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate and refer the impeachment case to the House of Representatives,” he told the Philippine Star.
Lozano, who is accusing the elections chief of betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution, also urged him to step down from his office to save face.
“For delicadeza I am urging chairman Bautista to resign now,” he said.
For his part, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas said Lozano’s impeachment complaint cannot actually be called as such until he files it with the House.
“Unless, of course, Atty. Lozano is merely asking the Ombudsman to investigate Chairman Bautista and for the ombudsman to be the one to file the impeachment complaint before the House,” he said. “Having said that, I am sure the Ombudsman will tell Atty. Lozano to file his own verified complaint before the House pursuant to the Constitution.”
Aside from Lozano, former Negros Oriental representative Jacinto Paras indicated his intent to file a complaint against Bautista next week.
The embattled Comelec chair is locked in bitter dispute with his estranged wife Patricia Bautista over claims he amassed hidden wealth using his office.