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Comelec-PCGG payola? Wife accuses Andy Bautista of getting fat commissions from BFF Nilo Divina

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The estranged wife of Andy Bautista has accused her husband of getting commission from his long time friend, abogado Nilo Divina, for helping the latter’s clients in the Commission on Elections and Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG).

Bautista used to be the head of the PCGG until he was appointed to his current post as Comelec chair.

In her ten-page affidavit, Patricia Paz C. Bautista said claimed that based on her analysis of the breakdown sheets and checks she found from her husband’s stuff, “I found that Andy was getting commissions from Nilo while he was or is in active government service.”

“Surely, a private practitioner such as Nilo would not give commission or some form of incentive to Andy if it wasn’t for any favor or service that he (Andy) had done for him (Nilo). However, it appears that Andy would get some sort of commission from Nilo for the clients that his (Nilo) law firm handled before the Comelec as well as other private people and institutions,” said Paz.

PAz said she exposed Andy’s ties to Divina because she feared that their collaboration “may put me and my children in harm’s way with people or institutions I may not even be aware of.”

Paz did not identify Divina’s Comelec-related clients who benefited from his ties with Andy. She did note that Divina’s clients included Batangas Shipping and Engineering Company or Baseco and United Coconut Planters Bank that Andy handled during his days at the PCGG.

Paz said Divina was one of Andy’s best friends having known him eight years ago, Divina is also the godfather of Andy’s oldest son. The couple, who got married in 2000, has four children. Since their separation, Paz claimed that Bautista has refused to give her and their children compensation.

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