Just hours after announcing his resignation set for the end of this year, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista was impeached by lawmakers in the House of Representatives.
Bautista became the first official to be impeached under the current administration and may face trial at the Senate.
READ: Comelec Chief Bautista Announces Resignation
House Justice committee earlier dismissed the impeachment complaint against Bautista since it was “insufficient in form,” due to defective verification, but this was overturned when 137 lawmakers voted to impeach the Comelec chief.
75 others voted to junk the ouster complaint while two opted to abstain.
The Committee on Justice was directed to prepare the articles of impeachment for transmittal to the Senate.
The complaint stemmed from Bautista’s estranged wife, Patricia, who claimed her husband omitted P1 billion from his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN), and was filed by lawyers Jacinto Paras and Ferdinand Topacio.
House Committee on Justice Chair Rey Umali said it is likely that the articles of impeachment could be finalized not until November.
“The Committee on Justice was directed to prepare the articles of impeachment. So as soon as we finish this…then this will go directly to [the] Senate. This may come probably when we resume session by November,” he said.
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