Comelec chair sues wife for ‘cybercrime’

BY ADRIAN STEWART CO

MANILA – Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista filed another case against his wife Patricia and other persons for allegedly opening his emails.
Bautista accused Patricia, her lawyer Lorna Kapunan and other john does of violating the Cybercrime Prevention Act for allegedly going through his email messages through his iPad.
“They illegally accessed my email using my iPad,” which was “among the things Patricia retrieved when she ransacked my personal belongings,” Bautista said.
Patricia used the retrieved emails on Bautista’s iPad as evidence in her allegation that the Comelec chairman had P1 billion worth of wealth he failed to declare in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).
Earlier, Bautista filed five charges against his wife – qualified theft, extortion, robbery, grave coercion, and grave threats – at the Taguig City Prosecutor’s Office.
Patricia claimed to have found real property documents and passbooks under Bautista’s name that were not declared in his 2016 SALN.
She also executed an affidavit alleging that Bautista “might have had, or currently has, misdealing and corrupt practices while in government service.”
Bautista denied the allegations, saying some people may be using his wife for their personal agenda and to extort money from him. He also stressed that the documents his wife showed were fabricated./PN