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Bautista, Castillo, Mexico earthquake | Evening wRap

Sep 20, 2017 - 8:28 PM

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Patricia Bautista 'disappointed but undeterred' by impeachment dismissal

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:45 PM

'I believe in the goodness, the goodwill, and the good sense of the Filipino people,' says the wife of Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista

'FIGHT CONTINUES.' Patricia Bautista, wife of Comelec chairman Andres Bautista. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Bautista welcomes junking of impeachment complaint

Sep 20, 2017 - 12:34 PM

(UPDATED) Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista maintains that resigning and taking a leave of absence 'are options that are always available'

IMPEACHMENT JUNKED. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista hails the House justice committee on September 20, 2017, for junking the impeachment complaint filed against him. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House panel junks Bautista impeachment complaint

Sep 20, 2017 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) The complainants fail to indicate they have personal knowledge of their allegations against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista

IMPEACHMENT JUNKED. Comelec chairman Andres Bautista gets emotional during a press conference at the Comelec main office in Manila on August 7, 2017 regarding his marital dispute with his wife Patricia Cruz-Bautista. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 20, 2017

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:25 AM

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People remove debris of a building which collapsed after a quake rattled Mexico City on September 19, 2017. A powerful earthquake shook Mexico City on Tuesday, causing panic among the megalopolis' 20 million inhabitants on the 32nd anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake. The US Geological Survey put the quake's magnitude at 7.1 while Mexico's Seismological Institute said it measured 6.8 on its scale. The institute said the quake's epicenter was seven kilometers west of Chiautla de Tapia, in the neighboring state of Puebla.  / AFP PHOTO / Alfredo ESTRELLA

LOOK: Why petitioners want Comelec chairman Bautista impeached

Sep 20, 2017 - 8:13 AM

Will the impeachment complaint against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista pass the House panel's scrutiny?

BAUTISTA COMPLAINT. Impeachment endorsers (from right to center) Rep. Abraham Tolentino, Rep. Harry Roque, Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia show a copy of affidavit of verified complaint for impeachment filed by Atty. Ferdinand Topacio (extreme left) and former Rep. Jing Paras (2nd-left) against Comelec chairman Andy Bautista at the House of Representatives on August 23, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on impeachment complaint vs Comelec chief Andy Bautista

Sep 20, 2017 - 6:26 AM

Bookmark this page to watch the hearing live on Rappler on Wednesday, September 20.

Kapunan claims Bautista 'misused or misappropriated' PCGG funds

Sep 19, 2017 - 6:44 PM

The House committee on justice is set to tackle the impeachment complaint against the Comelec chairman on September 20

IMPEACHMENT RAPS. Lorna Kapunan (left) joins Patricia Bautista and Kabayan Representative Harry Roque in a press conference on September 19. Photo courtesy of the office of Harry Roque

Roque: Bautista impeachment complaint will pass House panel scrutiny

Sep 19, 2017 - 5:52 PM

Kabayan Representative Harry Roque says even if the House committee on justice deems the impeachment complaint not sufficient in form, House rules allow this to be 'rectified at any time'

IMPEACHMENT COMPLAINT. Patricia Bautista joins Kabayan Representative Harry Roque ahead of the House committee on justice's deliberations on the complaint against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista. Photo courtesy of the office of Harry Roque

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Sep 18, 2017 - 7:11 PM

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Ombudsman starts probe into Comelec chief's 'unexplained wealth'

Sep 18, 2017 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) The Ombudsman joins the list of government agencies investigating the wealth of Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista, after his estranged wife claimed he amassed P1 billion

EMBATTLED POLLS CHIEF. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista attends the House hearing on the polls agency budget as he faces his own predicaments following his wife's sensational exposé against him. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panel to tackle impeachment cases vs Sereno, Bautista next week

Sep 07, 2017 - 2:53 PM

The committee is expected to take up the complaints as soon as the plenary debates on the proposed 2018 budget wrap up on September 12

IMPEACHMENT HEARING. The House justice committee tackles the impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte on May 15, 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo: Don't use impeachment to scare critics

Sep 06, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says that while the Constitution allows the impeachment of officials it should be a last resort

'LAST RESORT.' Vice President Leni Robredo said impeachment complaints should not be used to go after political enemies. Photo by Rappler

The misuse of impeachment

Sep 05, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Impeachment cannot be used as a tool to persecute or silence perceived political opponents or critics or to subject presidents or other officials to harassment for performing their duties This can never be the intent of the framers of the Constitution

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Sep 03, 2017 - 1:17 PM

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Two impeachments? Alvarez says House ready

Aug 30, 2017 - 3:08 PM

A verified impeachment complaint against Comelec Chairman Bautista has been filed in the House; lawmakers also expect to endorse an impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Sereno

TWO AT ONCE? Another impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is expected to be filed before the House – one lawmakers will endorse. Rappler photo

Uber, Ombudsman, Bautista | Evening wRap

Aug 29, 2017 - 6:47 PM

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Comelec chief on impeachment complaint: 'Mukhang kakayanin'

Aug 29, 2017 - 4:35 PM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says he can explain the allegations against him in an impeachment complaint filed at the House of Representatives

FACING CONTROVERSIES. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista poses with Comelec employees who showed him their support on August 10, 2017, as he faces controversies including an impeachment complaint. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Malacañang concerned about infighting in Comelec

Aug 29, 2017 - 1:17 PM

We cannot but be concerned that Comelec work is being affected by recent travails says Malacañang

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella updates members of the media on the situation in MaraWi City during the Mindanao Hour at the New Executive Building, Malacañang Complex, Manila on May 29, 2017. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Comelec employees support Bautista amid call for his resignation

Aug 25, 2017 - 3:46 PM

UPDATED Dozens of Comelec employees wear red to show their support for Chairman Andres Bautista a day after poll commissioners issued a statement against him

'WALANG BIBITAW.' A poster showing support for Comelec Chairman Bautista is seen along the hallway to his office, as cameramen of different TV networks stake out at the Comelec headquarters in Intramuros, Manila. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Linking Andy Bautista's wealth to the 2016 election results is a stretch

Aug 25, 2017 - 12:18 PM

To say that the Comelec chairman s supposed ill gotten wealth came from rigging the polls is a very poor argument born of a very poor understanding of how automated elections work

Comelec chairman Andres Bautista gets emotional during a press conference at the Comelec main office in Manila on August 7, 2017 regarding his marital dispute with his wife Patricia Cruz-Bautista. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Aug 24, 2017 - 10:41 PM

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Comelec chair surprised by commissioners' call for his resignation

Aug 24, 2017 - 7:28 PM

Magkakasama kami kanina Wala namang sinasabi sa aking magpapa press con Hindi man lang ako binusinahan Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista tells Rappler

COMELEC COLLEAGUES. Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista (seated) and Commissioner Rowena Amelia Guanzon (standing), along with other poll commissioners, join the Comelec's budget hearing at the House of Representatives on August 24, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Comelec commissioners ask Bautista to take a leave or resign

Aug 24, 2017 - 4:25 PM

UPDATED With all due respect it is our consensus that Chairman Bautista can no longer effectively lead the Commission The time for him to let go has come all 6 commissioners tell their chairman

HITTING BAUTISTA. Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim reads a statement urging Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista to either take a leave or resign. The statement is signed by all 6 Comelec commissioners. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNP autopsy, impeachment complaint, Trump | Evening wRap

Aug 23, 2017 - 9:25 PM

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House threatens Comelec budget cut after Bautista skips hearing

Aug 23, 2017 - 2:00 PM

If Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista fails to attend the budget hearing for a 3rd time the poll body might suffer the consequences

ABSENT. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon told reporters on Wednesday, August 23, why the poll chief was absent during the budget hearing. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Senators ask Comelec chief to waive bank secrecy rights

Aug 23, 2017 - 1:00 PM

UPDATED The Senate committee on banks financial institutions and currencies invites Comelec chief Andres Bautista to attend its next hearing on his controversial bank deposits

ACCUSED. Commission on Elections chief Andres Bautista is accused of obtaining ill-gotten wealth. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

The making of a scandal: Comelec chair Andy vs Patricia Bautista

Aug 21, 2017 - 11:45 AM

For at least 10 months poll chief Andres Bautista and wife Patricia try to negotiate an amicable separation and division of properties She runs to the President when talks collapse in July and days later gives an explosive media interview

ACCUSED. Commission on Elections chief Andres Bautista is accused of obtaining ill-gotten wealth. Rappler file photo

Alvarez to Comelec Chairman Bautista: Consider resignation

Aug 16, 2017 - 4:53 PM

Andres Bautista is embroiled in controversies both personal and professional

EMBATTLED. Comelec chairman Andres Buatista is emotional as employees of the agency show their support during the weekly flag raising ceremony at the Comelec main office in Manila on August 14, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

BIR investigates Comelec chief, wife Patricia Bautista

Aug 16, 2017 - 12:53 PM

Revenue officials join the National Bureau of Investigation and the Presidential Commission on Good Government in the extensive probe into the claims of unexplained wealth against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista

Chairman Bautista skips House barangay election hearing

Aug 14, 2017 - 2:19 PM

The Comelec chairman tells the House committee he s set to attend another hearing in Davao City also concerning the barangay and SK elections

EMBATTLED. Comelec chairman Andres Bautista stands beside Comelec employees after he attends mass with some officials at the Manila Cathedral on August 10, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Andy Bautista 'confident' SALN correct, says brother

Aug 14, 2017 - 2:06 PM

Martin Bautista says he has advised his brother and Comelec Chair Andy to kill himself if the allegations about misdeclaration are true

UNDER FIRE. Comelec chairman Andres Bautista is emotional as employees of the agency show their support during the weekly flag raising ceremony at the Comelec main office in Manila on August 14, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Lawyer threatens more revelations vs Comelec chief

Aug 12, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Patricia Bautista sought an audience with President Rodrigo Duterte because her husband s actions supposedly involved matters of national security says her lawyer Martin Loon

NATIONAL SECURITY MATTER. Patricia Bautista meets with President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang

The week in photos: August 5-11, 2017

Aug 12, 2017 - 7:17 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SAVING THE ELEPHANTS. An Indian volunteer for animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal poses for a photograph wearing a costume depicting an elephant during a protest in New Delhi on August 9, 2017. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

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Aug 09, 2017 - 8:29 PM

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Bautista may face charges even if settlement reached with wife – Aguirre

Aug 09, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista s stint as PCGG head is also being investigated for possible anomalies

EMBATTLED. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista faces possible graft and money laundering cases if the NBI probe yields strong evidence, according to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II. Photo by Nelson Vera/Rappler

Lawyer Lorna Kapunan says Chairman Bautista 'scared' of her

Aug 09, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Kapunan tells Andy Bautista: The problem with lies is lies not only quarrel with the truth They quarrel among themselves

Comelec chair cries, says wife's exposé unfair to kids

Aug 09, 2017 - 4:22 PM

Elections chief Andres Bautista quotes his wife as saying about her exposé s effects on their 4 children: No no The Universe will take care of them

MARITAL WOES. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista holds a press conference at the Comelec main office in Manila on August 7, 2017, about his marital woes with his wife Patricia. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Marcos denies hand in Comelec chair, wife's tiff

Aug 09, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr says he has nothing to do with the corruption allegations raised by the wife of Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista

'NO INVOLVEMENT'. Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr (right), shown here attending a House hearing on August 9, 2017, says he is not behind the corruption allegations against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

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Aug 09, 2017 - 1:51 PM

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Comelec's Bautista sues wife for robbery, extortion

Aug 09, 2017 - 10:20 AM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista says he filed this case on August 8 a day after news broke that his wife was accusing him of keeping unexplained wealth

SUING WIFE. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista says he has sued his wife, Patricia, for robbery and extortion. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Who's who in Andy vs Tish Bautista saga?

Aug 09, 2017 - 10:13 AM

As both camps prepare for legal and emotional battles ahead here s a rundown of the cast of characters in the Bautista family saga

A president mediating a marital conflict? 'It's my job,' says Duterte

Aug 08, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Does he think the complaints about Comelec Chairman Andy Bautista affect his 2016 victory? President Duterte says I ve already taken my oath

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 'Salamat Magigiting na Mandirigma: Go Negosyo Kapatid for Marawi' ceremony at the Heroes Hall of Malacañan Palace on July 25, 2017, reassures the families of the law enforcers that he will raise a P50-billion trust fund to cover the educational expense for their children. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LIST: Bank accounts, properties Comelec chief must explain

Aug 08, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Allegations against Comelec chief Andres Bautista – failure to disclose his wealth in his SALN – is reminiscent of the track taken by the prosecutors of the late SC chief justice Renato Corona to remove him from office in 2012

COMELEC CHAIR. Andres Bautista, chair of the Commission on Elections, faces allegations of unexplained wealth from his own wife. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler  COMELEC CHAIR. Andres Bautista, chair of the Commission on Elections, faces allegations of unexplained wealth from his own wife. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Who is Comelec chair's estranged wife Patricia Bautista?

Aug 08, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Patricia Cruz Bautista comes from a family of entrepreneurs who according to Comelec chief Andres Bautista is supporting him amid allegations of unexplained wealth

ESTRANGED. Patricia Cruz-Bautista, the estranged wife of Comelec chair Andres Bautista, claims her husband has unexplained wealth. Screenshot from Center for Aesthetic Studies video

Duterte distances self from corruption claims vs Bautista

Aug 07, 2017 - 9:20 PM

The President supposedly tells the wife of Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista to spare him from details of the supposed ill gotten wealth preferring to treat the issue as a marital squabble

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Aug 07, 2017 - 8:57 PM

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Duterte first told Congress leaders about Bautista's alleged corruption

Aug 07, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III says President Rodrigo Duterte seemed to be agonizing over what to do with the information against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista

'NO CHEATING.' Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista (right) and Commissioner Christian Lim (left) assure the public that there is no cheating as insinuated by the camp of Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

Bautista's alleged corruption casts doubt on 2016 poll results – senators

Aug 07, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The Senate is set to investigate the issue hounding Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista

COMELEC EN BANC. Headed by Chairman Andres Bautista, the 7-member Commission on Elections continues deciding on crucial issues weeks after the May 9 polls. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler