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Andy Bautista has proven to be a wily suspect.
Speaking through what amounts to be his self-instigated public trial, the erstwhile and embattled chair of the Commission on elections (Comelec) tries to navigate through a maze of expectations and facts to paint a better picture of himself that leaves us in doubt.
Yet the complex maneouvers he may have employed to squid his way out of controversy cannot outfox the loudest reality all public officials face-- the peoples demand for truth.
With alternative theories pushed and pulled, facts strewn, exposed and imagined, and with timings of the releases suspect at most, all these compel us to ask more questions.
As the House of representatives voted to impeach him as Comelec chair despite his announced intent to resign, the bar of questioning undoubtedly shifts to him, making us wonder how and why he was able to execute such moves, and how the house suddenly saw it fit to vote for his impeachment.
More importantly, this brings him back to the public eye. The attention this return received reveals just how much we still want to know about him and what he did to merit intense scrutiny after his wife's damning revelations.
Attention will be drawn on the Luzon Development Bank, which will be called upon to clear itself of allegations to have been improper in its receipt of monies from him and perhaps other officials.
Scrutiny will be heaped on Smatmatic and the alegations of incompetence or outright fraud in its conduct during two elections.
More questions will come asking about his record in the Presidential Commission on Good Government, an agency tasked to recover the Marcoses' ill-gotten loot.
Andy Bautista has had a checkered record. The public's desire for truth will compel all of us to examine it even more carefully.