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Benjamin Abalos Sr. surrenders, after RTC issues arrest warrant vs the former Comelec Chairman

By on Dec 13, 2011 in Asia, Local, Politics Comments

Manila, Philippines – The Pasay Regional Trial Court (RTC) issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 vs former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Benjamin Abalos.

Former Comelec Chairman Benjamin Abalos
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As noted at local news that day, RTC issued the warrant of arrest vs Abalos Sr. at around 10 a.m. (local time) and Philippine National Police (PNP) immediately went to his house in Mandaluyong to serve it.

Apparently, ex-Chairman Abalos was not arrested inside his home since he told ANC anchor Pinky Webb that he left his house and on his way to surrender, after hearing the news on the radio that an arrest warrant has been issued.

Abalos Sr., 76, who is also the father of incumbent Mandaluyong City Mayor Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr, stressed out that he has no plans to escape but did not reveal his exact location, citing safety reasons.

The former Comelec chairman also told Ms. Webb that he is ready to be detained but believes that he will not get a fair trial on his case. However, he noted that he hopes that a house arrest will be served.

This is after Comelec filed a case on Wednesday, December 7, vs its former chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr. for allegedly being involved in the 2007 midterm election fraud.

That day, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes told reports that the complaint was finalized in an en banc session on Tuesday resulting to a 6-0 vote. The former Comelec chairman submitted himself to the court but went home later since no arrest warrant has been issued yet.

According to reports, the case went to Pasay RTC Branch 112 Judge Jesus Mupas, who also handled the electoral sabotage case against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA), who appointed Abalos as Comelec chairman in 2002.

As of this writing, Benjamin Abalos Sr. was noted to have arrived at the Pasay RTC along with his son Benhur and his lawyer, with some of his supporters also arriving at the court.

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