Philippine elections chief files criminal raps against wife

In this Aug 4, 2017 photo, Patricia Paz Bautista, the estranged wife of Philippine elections chief Andres Bautista breaks into tears during an interview in metropolitan Manila, Philippines. (AP photo)

MANILA -- The Philippine elections chief filed criminal complaints Wednesday against his estranged wife, who has publicly accused him of amassing unexplained wealth and receiving commissions from a law firm whose clients include a company that provided vote-counting machines in last year's presidential polls.

Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista said the allegations made by his wife, Patricia Paz Bautista, and her lawyers “are all lies” and that he's filed complaints that include robbery and extortion against her. Her lawyer has denied the charges.

“It was my hope that we could still fix our marital problems or at least address them in a civil and decent manner,” Mr Bautista said in a statement sent to The Associated Press, adding that President Rodrigo Duterte tried to help mediate.

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