Former COMELEC chairman Benjamin Abalos arrested for allegedly rigging 2007 polls

Inquirer.net reports that former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Benjamin Abalos, 77, was detained in a police station in Parañaque City on Tuesday, December 13. He is charged with electoral sabotage, as he allegedly aided in the rigging the 2007 polls to favor the senatorial candidates of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Inquirer.net reports that former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Benjamin Abalos, 77, was detained in a police station in Parañaque City on Tuesday, December 13. He is charged with electoral sabotage, as he is accused of taking part in "the rigging the 2007 polls  to favor the senatorial candidates of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo."

 

The report noted: "Judge Jesus Mupas of  Pasay City Regional Trial Court Branch 112 ordered the arrest of Abalos after finding probable cause against him and dismissing a defense motion questioning the findings of a joint panel of the Department of Justice and the Comelec." Abalos had voluntarily gone to court and "submitted himself to its custody."

 

Inquirer.net writer Jeannette I. Andrade also wrote: "It was an ironic twist of fate for Abalos, who had resigned from his post as COMELEC chairman in October 2007 after serving as its head since 2002. His resignation was triggered by accusations that he had received bribes for allegedly brokering the aborted National Broadband Network (NBN) deal with China."

 

Abalos’ lawyer, Atty. Brigido Dulay has filed two urgent motions for the court: to just place Abalos under house arrest and set bail. Dulay cited Abalos’ "old age" and his "not being a flight risk."

 

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