Comelec (Commission on Elections) Chairman Andres Bautista is being believed to have violated the Election Code. This is after he signed a memo reassigning several election officers on April 18, or 21 days before the May 9 elections. The said reassignment was made in the areas where Leni Robredo allegedly won with a comfortable margin.
As shared at Dayaang Matuwid Facebook page this Friday, July 15, a four-page memo signed by no less than Comelec Chairman Bautista features a huge list of names of election officers assigned in different areas at ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) and their current assignment. Also included are the names of their replacements.
“Further to my previous memoranda…due to the strong clamor from the field personnel and upon further consultations with the pertinent Regional Election Directors to ensure an impartial, peaceful, and orderly elections, in the exigency of service, the following Election Officers are further reassigned as follows.” Chairman Bautista wrote on the memo.
The areas mentioned in the reassignment on the memo are Basilan, Lanao del Norte, Maguindanao, and Sulu. All of them had Liberal Party (LP) vice-presidential candidate, Leni Robredo winning with a very wide margin over then-senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, based on the official final tally of the election results from the Comelec.
All in all, Robredo finished with 14,418,817 votes, while Marcos had 14,155,344 votes, winning the vice presidency with only 263,473 votes lead. Marcos, who ran as running mate of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, filed an electoral protest against her victory, accompanied by thousands of affidavits as supposed evidences of cheating.
Robredo, who was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chief, denied the accusations of election cheating. The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, will give her camp 10 days to answer, which her lawyer Atty. Romulo Macalintal said is not enough.
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Credit: Dayaang Matuwid Facebook
Meanwhile, Chairman Bautista is now being accused of violating Section 261 (h) of the Omnibus Election Code, which states that, “Transfer of officers and employees in the civil service. – Any public official who makes or causes any transfer or detail whatever of any officer or employee in the civil service including public school teachers, within the election period except upon prior approval of the Commission.”