The Duterte administration is about to step down but nothing has happened to the case of former COMELEC Chair Andy Bautista. Bautista fled the country after his wife came out with corruption allegations against him. Patricia Bautista left her husband because of his continuing infidelity and sexual proclivities. Patricia claimed that Andy maintained a condo unit where he indulged in his fetish for sado-masochism and bondage.
Recall that Bautista’s wife presented evidence she gathered showing cash deposited in accounts at Luzon Development Bank which is owned by the family of former DOTC Undersecretary Rene Limcaoco. Patricia revealed she is also estranged from her mother Baby Cruz, who took the side of her son in-law in the martial dispute because his government and legal connections could come handy in the future. Patricia claimed that her mother wanted Andy’s protection in the event of the death of her husband, billionaire Daniel Vazquez, who is also in a legal battle with his children over the estate of his late wife, Ising Madrigal Vazquez.
Andy has been holed up in San Francisco where he has a condo at the exclusive Lower Pacific Heights area which has stunning views of San Francisco Bay. Bautista has been commuting between San Francisco and Guymon, Oklahoma, where his other brothers are based. Martin Bautista ran as Senator under the PNoy slate in 2010 even if he was a US citizen. He owns the Speciality Clinics of St. Anne and has added on a Ford dealership after Andy began his US exile.
Nothing has been heard from the NBI about its investigation into the Bautista case. The data privacy case was the result of a hack in the COMELEC database a year before the 2016 election. A school mate who is the batchmate of Patricia at Assumption confirmed that Andy has only been sending support for his three sons and they have been flying to the Us to see their father during school breaks.
The Philippines has an extradition treaty with the US. Bautista has been tweeting intermittently. The lingering question is why has the government not done anything about the cases before him in Philippine courts? Patricia also showed evidence of the close ties between her husband and then UCPB board director Nilo Divina. She alleged that Divina acted as the intermediary between Smartmatic and the COMELEC at the time the election automation contract was being bidded out. Is Andy hair waiting for a friendly administration to be elected into office before he returns?
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