An Evaluation of the Philippine Presidential Elections of May 2016: The Philippines Today and Tomorrow

November 14, 2016

Chairman Andy Bautista

Commission on Elections of the Philippines

“An Evaluation of the Philippine Presidential Elections of May 2016:  

The Philippines Today and Tomorrow.”


Monday, November 14, 2016

Registration Desk Opens: 11:15

Lunch:  12-1:30 PM

Capital City Club, Downtown Atlanta

In light of the declaration by Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday that he intends to end the Philippines’ military and economic ties to the United States, this event is likely to be most interesting. While speaking at the Philippines-China Trade and Investment Forum, President Duterte indicated a preference for dealing with Chinese officials and businesses, declaring, “I announce my separation from the United States both in the military but economics also… I have separated from them so I will be dependent on you for a long time. But don’t worry, we will also help.” Duterte also suggested he’d like Russia to join in this new Eastern Hemisphere alliance: “I realign myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to Putin,” he said. “There are three of us against the world. China, Philippines, Russia.”


Andres D. Bautista


President Aquino appointed Andres (Andy) Bautista Chairman of the Philippine Commission on Elections in May 2015. The Commission is tasked to manage and ensure credible elections. Prior to his appointment he served as Chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government – September 2010 to May 2015. The Commission was tasked to recover Marcos ill-gotten wealth and recommend measures to curb graft and corruption. PCGG was able to collect approximately P75 billion from 2010-2014. PCGG was adjudged the best performing agency under the Department of Justice cluster for 2012, 2013 and 2014.


Mr. Bautista also has served as President and CEO of Shang Properties, Inc. (2006-2010) overseeing various investments of the Kuok Group in the Philippines; Partner/Country Head of Allen & Overy LLP (Hong Kong) and Anglo Oriental Consulting Ltd. (Manila) -2001-2006; Senior Associate/Associate at the offices of White & Case in (Hong Kong) -1996-2000 and in New York -1993-1996; Foreign Attorney at Troutman Sanders (Atlanta) -1993; Associate at Castillo Laman Tan & Pantaleon (Manila) -1992; Spokesman/Legal Counsel to Vice Presidential Candidate Marcelo Fernan, Philippine National Elections -1991-1992; Law Clerk/Executive Assistant to the Chief Justice, Supreme Court of the Philippines -1989 -1991; and Special Correspondent/Researcher, Republic of the Philippines Congress –1988-1989.


Mr. Bautista received an LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1993, where he also served as President, Student Council and B.S. (1986) and LL.B. (1990) from Ateneo de Manila University, where he was Valedictorian, received the Gold Medal for Academic Excellence, and served as Managing Editor, Ateneo Law Review. He is a member of the Bar of the State of New York and the Republic of the Philippines, May 1991. His publications include “Championing Freedom of the Press,” Puno Justice, Law Journal, July 1989.

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