Andres D. Bautista
|Andres D. Bautista|
|Chairman of the Commission on Elections|
April 28, 2015 – Present
|Appointed by||Benigno Aquino III|
Christian Robert S. Lim (acting)Sixto Brillantes
Andres "Andy" D. Bautista is the Chairman of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) of the Philippines and former Dean of the Institute of Law of Far Eastern University, a private, non-sectarian university in Manila, Philippines.
Bautista is a Member of the Consultative Commission on Charter Change, an independent body formed in 2005 by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to propose revisions to the 1987 Philippine Constitution.
He is a frequent resource speaker on topics concerning Philippine constitutional law and the state of legal education and profession in the country.
He was also once nominated to be the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.
Bautista earned his Bachelor of Science in Legal management degree from Ateneo de Manila University in 1986, a Bachelor of Laws (Class Valedictorian) from Ateneo Law School in 1990, and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School in 1993.
Bautista is the Dean of the Institute of Law at Far Eastern University and the Master of Business Administration-Juris Doctor dual degree program of De La Salle Graduate School of Business and Far Eastern University. He is concurrently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Makati Shangri-la Plaza Hotel.
Bautista is the President of the Philippine Association of Law Schools. He is a Bar Reviewer in Constitutional Law at the National Bar Review Consortium, Lecturer in Constitutional Law and Project Finance at the Ateneo Law School and Far Eastern University Institute of Law, a Trustee of the Philippine Judicial Academy, Member of the Supreme Court Committee on Legal Education and Bar Matters, Member of the Governing Board of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Office, Vice President for Academic Affairs of the Philippine Constitution Association, as well as Director and Corporate Secretary of the British Chamber of Commerce
In 2014 he was replaced by Atty. Mel Sta. Maria as FEU Law dean.
On April 28, 2015, President Benigno Aquino III signed Bautista's appointment as the new COMELEC chairman. This appointment played an important role in the 2016 General Elections in the Philippines, where many issues and accusations circulated in the media and online social networks about the alleged manipulation of the election results by the dominant political party at the time, Liberal Party (Philippines).
2016 Philippine General Elections
Although it was generally considered successful by many Filipinos, several discrepancies have been observed in the initial results of the 2016 General Elections chaired by Bautista. There have been reports of irregularities in the hash code of the data provided by the COMELEC's transparency server. This was explained by COMELEC as the result of the correction of the character 'Ñ' which did not render properly in the output.
There were also reports of another discrepancy in the data provided by the same transparency server, where the number of votes have been slightly decreased further. This was explained by Bautista himself as the result of their intentional act of removing the "test votes" which were apparently included in the official vote counts by accident, and reported by the transparency server.
Bautista has been a reactor in the 18th IDP International Education Conference in Sydney in 2004, a participant in the bilateral discussions with the University of Nepal Faculty of Law in Kathmandu in 2002 (no such university name in Nepal), a reactor in the 21st Century Form of Legal Education in Beijing in 2001, a delegate in the Conference on Obstacles to Third World Development in 1988, and Captain of the Philippine Team in the World University Debating Championships also in 1986.
- "Grilling of Chief Justice nominees starts Tuesday". Retrieved 2012-07-24.
- "Comelec server 'rigged for Leni'". Retrieved 2016-05-14.
- "Miriam defends Bongbong, accuses gov't of 'manufacturing' numbers". Retrieved 2016-05-14.
- "Malfunctioning vote machines, hot polling precincts, congestion mar elections". Retrieved 2016-05-14.
- "BBM vs Leni: Comelec-Smartmatic gives Sec. Abaya a run for his money". Retrieved 2016-05-14.
- "Comelec's Guanzon slams Smartmatic over hash code". Retrieved 2016-05-14.
- "BBM vs Leni: Forget Math, Hash Code is the Smoking Gun". Retrieved 2016-05-14.
- "Comelec to formally probe hash code issue". Retrieved 2016-05-14.
- "Decrease in numbers in transparency server seen". Retrieved 2016-05-14.