Atty. Lorna Kapunan said that the camp of the Comelec chair Andres Bautista is filing several charges against his wife, Patricia Bautista to confuse the public. Kapunan stresses that chairman Bautista is confusing the narrative of the case. He sued his wife for robbery and extortion. A cyber crime case against the lawyer herself is even also filed. With these ongoing, Bongbong Marcos’ election protest proceeding seems to be on a halt. No matter how Leni Robredo’s lawyer, Romulo Macalintal denies it, the Bautista issues also cloud the recount bid of Marcos.
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[VIDEO]: The Bautista family saga continues now with Atty. Lorna Kapunan, the legal adviser of Patricia Bautista, saying that the camp of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andy Bautista is trying to “cloud the issue.”
Shooting the Messenger
Bautista’s camp seems to be very busy filing bizarre cases to elude from the real issue of SALN non-disclosure that affects the integrity of the 2016 election. “Because they cannot shoot the message, they are now shooting the messengers. We have a robbery, we have qualified theft, we have extortion, we have libel, and against me, I know, cyber crime,” Kapunan said.
Evidence Tells All
When Mrs. Bautista reveals what she discovers, she has all the evidence. Whereas when Martin Bautista defends his brother, no paper trail is found. “They want to cloud the issue and tell the public that all the evidence has been either manufactured, fabricated, illegally obtained, robbed, raided from a safe. They want to exclude all of these things as evidence in the pending investigation called the Doctrine of the Fruit of the Poisonous Tree,” Kapunan said.
Cloud on Election Protest
Lawyer Romulo Macalintal explains that questions about the integrity of the election can only be proven by discrepancies in the votes cast on the ballots. This includes those transmitted by the vote counting machines. Not by claims that Bautista pocketed commissions from Smartmatic.
The Marcos camp’s estimate on the recount start is around mid-August. As of this time of writing, there’s no indication yet that it can happen very soon. However, the case of the Bautistas dominate the mainstream media. Therefore, no one can deny that it has no effect on the ongoing Marcos-Robredo electoral protest.