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Comelec files case vs former chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr for electoral sabotage, no plans to hide

By on Dec 7, 2011 in Asia, Local, Politics Comments

Updated: December 13, 2011 12:10 p.m.

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

Manila, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) filed a case on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, vs its former chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr. for allegedly being involved in the 2007 midterm election fraud.



Former Comelec Chairman
Benjamin Abalos Sr

Image Credit: Jose Angelito Angeles

As noted at local news that day, Comelec lawyers filed 2 counts of electoral sabotage against Abalos Sr. and others before the 4:30 p.m. deadline of filing, with the former Comelec chief noting that he will not run away.

Aside from Abalos, the same cases were also filed against Capt. Peter Reyes and Maj. Joey Leaban of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) and two other former Comelec officials from Mindanao.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes told reports that the complaint was finalized in an en banc session on Tuesday resulting to a 6-0 vote, in which two former provincial election supervisors (Yogie Martirizar of North Cotabato and Lilian Suan-Radam of South Cotabato) are also being charged.

Meanwhile, the 76-year old politician, who is also the father of incumbent Mandaluyong City Mayor Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr, went to Pasay RTC submitting himself that day but no arrest warrant has been issued yet.

“I am a man of law. The moment I learn that they have filed a case, I will not even wait for them to arrest me. I will surrender,” The older Abalos was quoted in a dzMM radio interview also that day.

The case was electronically raffled off went to Pasay RTC Branch 112 Judge Jesus Mupas, who also handled the electoral sabotage case against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA).

Benjamin Abalos Sr. was elected mayor of Mandaluyong City for three terms and was appointed as Comelec chairman in 2002 by Mrs. Arroyo, who is still under hospital arrest at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig.

The 64-year old former president, who is a now Pampanga Congresswoman is being ordered to transfer to a public hospital, to Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City, which is being expected to happen this coming Friday, December 9.



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