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Resigned Comelec chief could still be called to Senate

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Resigned Comelec chief could still be called to Senate
Former Comelec chairman Andres D. Bautista turns emotional as he bids farewell to employees yesterday, Oct. 24, after receiving on Monday the President’s acceptance of his resignation “effective immediately.” -- PHILIPPINE STAR_MIGUEL DE GUZMAN

SENATE MAJORITY Leader Vicente C. Sotto III said with Malacañang’s acceptance of Andres D. Bautista’s resignation as head of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the Senate is unlikely to pursue impeachment proceedings, similar to yesterday’s move by the House of Representatives of closing the case. “No one to impeach anymore,” Mr. Sotto said. However, Senator Francis Joseph G. Escudero opined that a resignation does not automatically make impeachment moot, citing the “additional penalty of perpetual disqualification aside from dismissal.” Further, Mr. Escudero said the Senate still plans to resume the hearing on Mr. Bautista’s alleged multiple bank accounts with questionable transactions. “Yes. It would depend on the pleasure of the authors and other senators when Bautista will be invited,” he said. — Arjay L. Balinbin