By Jeffrey Damicog
Whether Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista resigns from his post or gets impeached, he will be facing a looming plunder complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman.
“We will file plunder [case],” said lawyer Lorna Kapunan, the legal counsel of his estranged wife Patricia Cruz-Bautista.
Even after he announced on Wednesday he would resign, the House of Representatives hours later voted 137-75-2 to impeach Bautista.
“The impeachment will only remove him from his position,” Kapunan said in a text message.
“Criminal cases have to be filed against him, his mother, sister, brother, Atty. (Nilo) Divina, Smartmatic, Luzon Development Bank, etc. for plunder, bribery, graft, corruption, money laundering, recovery by the govt of ill-gotten wealth, tax evasion,” she pointed out.
In the meantime, the lawyer said they are waiting for the results of the investigation currently being conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) against Bautista.
“We are awaiting the report of the NBI on the evidence Patricia turned over to them,” Kapunan said.