- Estranged wife of Comelec chairman explained why parents are with him
- She said prominent law office connected with husband handling stepfather’s assets
- She explained that mother close to husband as insurance of future
MANILA, Philippines – The estranged wife of Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista explained why her parents appear to be siding with her husband amid their public fallout.
In an interview with ANC’s Karen Davila, Patricia Bautista said the estate of her stepfather —Dr. Daniel Vasquez— was being handled by the same law office she tagged as having inappropriate business relations with her husband.
“I’m sure there is a lot of parental fondness for Andy. But it also is another thing that through DivinaLaw which holds my father’s estate, which technically, at the end of the day, knock on wood, if something is to happen to my stepfather, will end up being my mother’s estate,” she said.
Bautista added that because of this setup, her mother would rather take her husband’s side as insurance for her own security.
“If something were to happen to my stepfather, I am sure my mom feels she would need protection from Andy. Does that explain why she’s on his side? I don’t know, you decide,” she said.
In her affidavit, Bautista said DivinaLaw, one of the fastest growing law offices in the country and headed by Nilo Divina, has been paying her husband commissions for referring high-profile clients like Smartmatic to them.
“It would, thus, appear that Andy secured the services of DivinaLaw, Nilo’s law firm, in order to profit from his position in the Comelec. Based on the documents I found, Nilo issued several checks in his name and that of his family members, as his commission for assisting the law firm’s clients with the Comelec,” she said.
Other clients with a possible conflict of interest the Comelec chairman dealt with included the PCGG-sequestered Baseco and the United Coconuts Planters Bank (UCPB).
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