Andres “Andy” Bautista, the chairman of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), plans to step down by the end of 2017.
“It is with deep sadness that I am informing you about my decision to resign as the chair of the Commission on Elections by the end of the year,” Bautista said in a letter to the Comelec.
“After much prayer and discernment, I believe that this is the right time to step down given the postponement of the barangay and SK elections. This was not an easy decision. But my family, especially my children, need me now more than ever,” Bautista said.
Bautista on Wednesday cited “family members” for his decision in a letter to the COMELEC body.
“I believe I have served our Commission well and the Filipino people to the best of my ability, but only with your faithful help and constant support” Bautista said in his resignation letter to the COMELEC family.
Andy Bautista also cited that the 2016 elections, which happened under his watch, “was hailed by independent and foreign observers as the best managed and most credible in our electoral history.”
“I am thankful for the love, prayers, and support you have shown me, most especially during my most challenging times. Amid the hurtful, baseless, and malicious accusations hurled against me, most of you never left my side,” he said.
Andres Bautista has served at the Commission for two years and 5 months as of press time.
— Andy Bautista (@ChairAndyBau) October 11, 2017