PCGG probes Comelec chairman Andres Bautista

MANILA, Philippines — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre has confirmed that Comelec chairman Andres Bautista is now under investigation for his possible violations when he was the chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG).

Bautista served as PCGG chief from 2010 to 2015 before he was appointed to the Comelec.

Aguirre said he already talked with PCGG commissioners and documents were given to him.

“These are possible violations of anti-graft, commissions on referred cases, possible ghost employees and lots of possible travel violations not in accordance with the administrative procedure,” he said.

Aguirre added they may have a report on this by next week. It could also be used as evidence to unseat Bautista.

“If there is an impeachment case, then it could be filed as evidence during the impeachment trial,” said Aguirre.

The Justice Secretary further said investigations on Bautista will continue even if he steps down from office.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is conducting a separate probe on Bautista for his alleged unexplained wealth. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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