By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2018 philamessenger.com)
CHICAGO (JGL) – Former Philippine Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Andres D. Bautista is eager and anxious to go home to the Philippines because he wants to look
after his four children, the youngest of whom is eight years old.
But doctors of the 53-year-old former Philippine Commission on Good Government (PCGG) chair had advised him against prolonged traveling that may cause “possible pulmonary embolism as etiology of pulmonary hypertension” that increases the risk of fatal blot clot.
A health certificate furnished philamessenger.com by Mr. Bautista's elder brother, Dr. Martin D. Bautista, 55, a gastroenterologist, showed that according to Dr. Branislav Schifferdecker of Oklahoma Heart Hospital Physicians, the former Comelec chair is suffering from “secondary pulmonary hypertension possibly due to obstructive sleep apnea, who has been complaining of dyspnea, fatigue and excessive daytime sleepiness.
“He has preliminarily been assessed and treated for essential hypertension and hyperlipidemia. His treatment is continuing. We recommend that he refrain from prolonged travel since there is a concern about possible pulmonary embolism s etiology of pulmonary hypertension.”
Dr. Bautista explained “there is a possibility of heightened fatal blood clot whenever you go on long-term traveling.”
Dr. Bautista also rejected the possibility that his younger brother is in hiding from the Philippine Senate because in the first place, his brother has not received a subpoena to appear before the chair of the Senate Committee on Banks, Financial Institutions and Currencies Sen. Chiz Escudero. Mr. Escudero cited Andres for contempt of court for non-appearance before his committee hearing last month.
Secondly, his brother cannot travel to the Philippines because of his medical condition. He said his brother really wants to go home because he wants to take care of his four children, the youngest of whom is eight years old. He added, any subpoena from the Senate would be unnecessary because as the interest of his children comes first.
He said when his younger brother came to the U.S. last November, “I prevailed upon him to seek medical attention because he was very symptomatic at that time.”
As a result of Andres Bautista's failure to appear at the Senate committee, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. early last month issued a warrant of arrest to compel his appearance.
Dr. Bautista said if the Senate wants to issue his brother a subpoena, the Senate can send it to this reporter, who will, in turn, forward the subpoena to Dr. Bautista, who assured the Senate that the subpoena is going to reach his brother.
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He said he blames partly Ms. Lorna Kapunan, the spokesman of his sister-in-law, Patricia Bautista, wife of Andres Bautista, 53, for conspiring with Patricia in ransacking the the stuff of his bother while away in an official mission to observe the November 2016 presidential elections in the United States.
Dr. Bautista said Patricia and Kapunan took “all his emails, all his checks, all his papers, all his bank accounts under lock & key. They were under lock and key and they stole them.
“Which is also why we could not immediately account for everything because they stole everything, including birth certificates, original papers that are so hard to document whatever was taken. It was a nightmare just to try to account for everything, including emails and a bull whip (latigo) souvenir my brother got from India.”
Dr. Bautista said his brother never stole a cent when he was chair of PCGG or Comelec. ”Joseph, I can look at you in your eye and tell you that we will account for every cent that my brother, my family have invested over a long amount of time.”
He added when his brother was PCGG chair in 2010 his brother was successful in prosecuting Vilma Bautista (no relation to his family), the secretary of former President Imelda Romualdez Marcos, who was found guilty of selling the paintings bought by Imelda with the use of Filipino taxpayers' money during martial law.