EDITORIAL: Tip of the iceberg

The brewing drama between Commission on Elections chairman Andres Bautista and his estranged wife Patricia is like a thick plot out of the movies. But this one could even be thicker than any storywriter could create.

Looking at the forward and backward linkages of the personalities involved, it looks like the revelation on Bautista’s alleged billions is just the tip of the iceberg. There is more to the undivulged wealth than meets the eye.

The Comelec is not among the top government agencies where corruption is rampant and by way of its functions, it did not seem to be involved in megabuck transactions as to have an elections chief get that much kickbacks, if they are proven to be.

Bautista’s linkages to personalities in government and business could lead to answers to burning questions on this secret wealth. For one, it should not end where Bautista could be impeached for non-disclosure of his real worth in his Satement of Assets and Liabilities (SALN). It necessarily goes out to his affiliation with the bank owners and fellow government personalities.

An extensive probe on Bautista’s wealth should unearth some revelations and perhaps, if we are lucky, live to see the day where massive corruption and illegal transactions in government involving big fishes are exposed.

Those involved with the Bautista puzzle should start fearing for their positions and careers.

It is unfortunate that an unhappy marriage will have to be the key to unearth this huge mess. But there is always a reason for everything and Bautista’s wife must have mustered enough courage to come up with this revelation even at the cost of the whole family inevitably subjected to a major embarassment.

It should not end here. The search for answers and the remaining pieces of the puzzle must continue.