MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista announced on Monday, October 23, that Malacañang Palace had wanted his resignation to take effect immediately, and not on December 31 as he originally indicated in his resignation letter to President Rodrigo Duterte.
Bautista's term was supposed to expire on February 2, 2022, about 4 years from now. He filed his resignation on October 11, however, hours before the House of Representatives was to impeach him. (READ: From resignation to impeacment: Chairman Bautista's longest day)
President Duterte accepted his resignation immediately, but without indicating he would want it to take effect sooner. (LOOK: What Comelec's Bautista told Duterte in his resignation letter)
In a hastily called press conference in Comelec late Monday afternoon, Bautista said he received a letter from Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, accepting his resignation effective immediately.
"Upon the instruction from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, I wish to inform you that your resignation is hereby accepted, effective immediately," Medialdea said in the letter, a copy of which was shown by Bautista to reporters.
The impeachment complainants wanted Bautista out of his post for supposedly betraying public trust when he failed to prevent a hacking incident in 2016, exposing data on millions of voters nationwide. They also accuse him of not being truthful in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth.
The impeachment complaint on undeclared assets was based on the allegations of Bautista’s estranged wife Patricia, who had been demanding that she be given shares of his assets. (READ: The making of a scandal: Comelec Chair Andy vs Patricia Bautista)
Bautista's replacement will preside the Comelec's preparation for the barangay and Sangguniabgn Kabataan elections in 2018, the midterm elections in 2019, and a possible plesbiscite on a federal constitution in between. – Rappler.com