Just this morning though, Bautista announced on Twitter that he will cut the seven years short. He posted a photo of his letter accompanied by these words:
"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."
In the letter, he expressed his belief that this is the right to step down, given the fact that the barangay elections were postponed. And besides, his family needs him more during this trying times, according to him.
"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 easy decision. But my family, especially my children, need me now more than ever,"Bautista also added that he believes he has served his position well and to the best of his ability.
"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,"This is the continuation of the saga that has Bautista and his estranged wife Patricia's bitter spat that got Patricia running to President Duterte to expose her husband and his alleged P1 billion hidden wealth.
The issue got derailed after the issues surrounding the death of minors, but has now resurfaced.
Bautista did a live coverage for News 5 where the highlights were enumerated by the station's Facebook Page:
HIGHLIGHTS:Bautista's resignation: Effective December 31, 2017Bautista's reason for resignation: Personal reasons, hindi naman kaila sa inyo ang pinagdaraanan ko sa personal na buhay
Bautista: Tamang oras ito na mag-resign kasi may postponement ng brgy. elections
Bautista: Gusto kong bigyan ang pangulo ng panahon para maghanap ng papalit sa'kin
Bautista: Gusto ko rin ng smooth transition sa trabaho
Bautista: May international commitments din tayo, may pulong na gagawin sa Cebu sa December
Bautista: Ang aking Comelec family ay nagpakita ng malaking suporta kaya minarapat ko na sila muna ang kausapin
Bautista: Isang pagkakataon para sa'kin para linisin ang anumang bahid sa aking pangalan
Bautista: Dapat nating ipagtanggol ang resulta ng 2016 elections
Bautista on next Comelec chairman: You have to have patience, you know how to management resources: demand and supply chain, IT background
Bautista on cases filed against Comelec due to data breach: Ang pinaparusahan nila ay yung biktima at hindi yung nambiktima
Bautista: Pinapalakas namin IT system, we're working with the DOST
Bautista: I have no regrets in joining Comelec, 98% ng mga tao sa Comelec ay mababait at tapat sa trabaho
Bautista: Concept of satellite offices ay Comelec ang pumupunta sa mga botante
Bautista: We're thinking of piloting an I.D. similar to driver's license
Bautista: National I.D. system ay makakatulong sa'ting halalan
Bautista: I haven't talked to the President
Bautista: Mahalagang pagtuunan ng pansin at oras ang aking pamilya
Bautista: Dapat maghilom ang sugat ng aking pamilya, at yung kredibilidad ng komisyon
Bautista: Ito na yung panahon para gawin ito dahil nagawa na 'yung trabaho, 'yung barangay at SK elections (hindi natuloy), 'yung budget hopefully by this afternoon matapos na rin 'yan
Bautista: Kung natuloy ang barangay elections hindi ako magbibitiw
Comelec to hold voter's registration on Nov. 6 to Nov. 30
Bautista: Over 7 years na kong nasa gobyerno kaya siguro panahon na rin munang magpahinga
Bautista: Tinitingala tayo pagdating sa automated elections, humihingi ng payo sa'tin ang ibang bansa
Bautista: Dapat magkaroon ng pangkalahatang revised omnibus election code
Bautista: Nasa 900-M na nagastos para sa preparations sa barangay elections as of Oct. 10, 2017
Bautista: Gusto rin natin gawin ang debate sa local level
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