Duterte accepts Comelec Chairman Bautista’s resignation

Paterno Esmaquel II
'I don't know if you can still impeach him or not, because by resigning, he has removed himself,' President Rodrigo Duterte says

ACCEPTED. President Rodrigo Duterte accepts the resignation of former Comelec chair Andres Bautista. Presidential photo.

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte accepted the resignation of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista, and said he doubts the need to have the poll chief impeached “because by resigning, he has removed himself” from office.

Referring to Bautista’s resignation letter, Duterte said, “Mukhang pinirmahan ko kasi mas mabuti na maalis siya diyan.” (I signed it because it’s better for him to go.)

Duterte made these remarks in a PTV interview with broadcast journalist Erwin Tulfo, snippets of which were aired on Friday evening, October 13. The interview was taped Thursday, October 12.

In this interview, Duterte also said he was surprised that the House of Representatives impeached Bautista after the Comelec chairman already quit his post.

“I don’t know if you can still impeach him or not, because by resigning, he has removed himself,” Duterte said. 

Bautista submitted his resignation letter to the Office of the President on Wednesday, October 11, as he cited personal reasons for his decision to quit. 

Hours after he resigned, the House of Representatives, composed mostly of Duterte allies, voted to impeach Bautista– Rappler.com

Paterno Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He obtained his MA Journalism degree from Ateneo and later finished MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at pat.esmaquel@rappler.com.