The estranged wife of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista said she only wants half of his husband’s ‘clean’ money for settlement.
“Let me make it clear: by law, I’m entitled to half of what Andy owns but I want only of what is clean. This is why I’m bringing this to the government to tell me which part is clean,” Bautista’s wife, Patricia, told ANC on Tuesday, August 8.
Last week, Patricia submitted an affidavit before the National Bureau of Investigations (NBI), alleging that her husband has nearly one billion pesos of ‘unexplained’ wealth that were not included in his 2016 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).
“I will get one half of what is clean. I would not do all of these and then get into the muck as well with all of these. I want a clean break,” she added.
According to an Inquirer report, Patricia, in her affidavit, said her husband “might have had, or currently has, misdealing and corrupt practices while in government service.”
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II had already ordered the NBI to conduct a probe on Bautista’s alleged unexplained wealth.
For his part, Bautista denied the allegations. In turn, he accused his wife of stealing financial documents, “many of which her lawyers embellished, doctored or fabricated” and used it to “extort and blackmail” him.
“It has been 10 months since she stole cash, GCs (gift certificates), ATM cards, and other financial documents belonging to myself and my family, many of which her lawyers embellished, doctored or fabricated,” Bautista said in a statement.
He claimed that she tried to “extort” from him some P620 million as settlement for their divorce. He also alleged that his wife is having an extramarital affair.
Patricia, however, clarified that she only asked P260 million, not P620 million, as a “trust fund” for their four children.
She also denied having an affair with former commercial model Alvin Lim, insisting that the two of them are only “very good friends” who work together.
She then cautioned Bautista for talking about infidelity.
“If he wants to talk about infidelity I would be very careful if I were him. Again, I can defend whatever he throws at me. I don’t know if he can do the same,” Patricia warned.
On Wednesday, August 9, Bautista confirmed that he had filed criminal complaints against Patricia over her corruption allegations.
“We filed a case for grave coercion, for qualified theft and robbery, and also for extortion which is in the form of grave threats and life threats,” the Comelec chief told ANC in a separate interview. (Dana Sioson/AJPress)