I am surprised to learn about a complaint filed against me. I have never been contacted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security about it for comment.But let me be very clear. I did not ask for nor receive any bribe money from Smartmatic or any other entity. (1/3) — Andy Bautista (@ChairAndyBau) September 21, 2023
A spokeswoman for Smartmatic attempted to play down the claims, telling CNN that the company “has never won a project through any illegal means” and that the allegations are “not related to Smartmatic election security or integrity.” She also said “winning a bid in the Philippines is never solely one individual’s preference or decision,” according to CNN. Representatives for the Department of Justice did not respond to CNN request for comment, the network reported. In the U.S., Smartmatic has remained embroiled in controversy since the aftermath of the 2020 presidential, when many prominent supporters of the Trump campaign accused the company of being involved in election fraud for Joe Biden. Smartmatic is also currently suing Fox News and various Trump associates over the allegations. A trial date has not yet been set. The company was founded by the late husband of Delcy Rodriguez, the vice president of Venezuela’s socialist dictatorship. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Be that as it may, I am ready to respond to the alleged charges at the proper forum and time.The 2016 Philippine National Elections were hailed by various independent national and local election stakeholders as the best managed in our electoral history. (2/3) — Andy Bautista (@ChairAndyBau) September 21, 2023