MANILA– Commis-sion on Elections (CO-MELEC) Chair Juan Andres Bautista has filed several charges against his estranged wife in connec-tion with the latter’s accu-sation that he has unex-plained wealth amounting to close to P1 billion.
The poll body chief noted that charges have been filed against Patricia Bautista at the Taguig City Prosecutor’s Office.
“We have filed cases for grave coercion, quali-fied theft, robbery, among others,” said Bautista in an interview over ANC
He did not give further details on the charges, when he was interviewed at the kick-off activity in connection with the start of the printing of official ballots at the National Printing Office (NPO) on Wednesday. But he con-firmed that cases were filed after raising four fingers to indicate the number of cases.
Earlier, Bautista said that his wife had forcibly opened his cabinet and took documents, cash, ATMs, gift certificates, passbooks, financial reports and iPad.
Likewise, he claimed that his wife is only looking to extort money from him as part of their settlement for their legal separation.
At the same time, Bautista admitted that the exchange of accusations in public was not good as he would like to protect their children from being dragged into the mess.
“Yun ngang aking isang anak, hindi na pumapasok dahil dito. Is the Universe taking care of them right now? It’s not fair to them. That’s the prob-lem,” the poll body chief said in the television inter-view. PNA