No passport, no trip for Abalos


Former Comelec Chairman Benjamin Abalos. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—A second court has acted favorably on former Commission on Elections Chair Benjamin Abalos’ request to fly to Taiwan for a few days but he can’t leave just yet since his passport has to be revalidated.

In a phone interview, Abalos said he would file a motion seeking a change of dates for his trip, from late November to the third or fourth week of January.

“I cannot have my passport revalidated (in time),” Abalos said.

He said he had yet to furnish the Department of Foreign Affairs with copies of all the court orders allowing him to travel to begin the passport revalidation process.

Pasay City Regional Trial Court Branch 117 Judge Eugenio de la Cruz has granted Abalos’ motion to be allowed to fly to Taiwan for four days to meet with bangus fry suppliers for his fishponds.

De la Cruz granted the motion after Pasay RTC Branch 112 Judge Jesus Mupas earlier granted Abalos’ travel motion in his court.

De la Cruz asked Abalos to put up a P110,000 cash bond—P10,000 for each count of electoral sabotage he is facing in his court—before he would leave the country.

Mupas set a P200,000 bond for the two counts of electoral sabotage in his court while the Sandiganbayan had set a P180,000 bond for the two graft counts in the antigraft court to cover his trip.

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  • blainz

    Stupid judges setting a stupid precedent. Now any business-owning corrupt official will use their business as an excuse to go abroad.

    Is Abalos the only one who can buy fish fry? Or is he buying fish fry in robes?

  • Jimmy

    Yong mga fingerlings na bangus sa taiwan ay hindi magandang binhi…!!! Mas maganda yong galing sa Davao o Sarangani…!!!!  subukan ninyong bumili ng bangus sa taiwan at lutuin  nyo..!!! Matataba pero sobrang malansa dahil itong mga ito ay GMO… Genetically Modified na…!!!!!

  • regd

    Kung titigan nyo yung photo sa itaas, mas mukha siyang tilapia. Tapos bibili siya ng bangus? Para ano? Upang palitan ang mukha nya? Ang bangus ay matulis ang mukha paharap. Mas ok ngayon ang mukha nya, level ang baba ala-bulldog. Parang natusok nga lang ng karayum ang gilid ng mga mata.

    • puza65


    • Pinoy_Reich

      Ah, naubusan na siguro ng pera pang pa buttocks. 

  • gisingpinoy12

    Mr. Tommy Alcantara mag donate ka nalang ng binhi ke Mr. Abalos aka Mr, JUSTIN BEBERger, tutal ok naman mga fingerlings ninyo..para dina  makatakas animal na ito. Palagay ko napa aga pamasko ni Judge dela Cruz ke Mr. JUSTIN BEBERger…

  • Pinoy_Reich

    Kala ko Chinese passport yun dala ni Abaloslos kaya di na-stamped

  • Karabukov

    Does the Philippines have an extradition treaty with Taiwan?  I doubt it. Treaties can only be made with a sovereign country.  Doesn’t the Philippines adhere with the one-China policy?

    He’s going there to meet with bangus fry suppliers for his fishponds?  Smells very fishy to me.

    He has no passport yet because it will not be revalidated on time? That’s all so very minor. What’s a few days or even months of delay? That should be the least of his worries.

    He’s coming back all right. For right now. Court days can be moved. Interminable motions can be invoked. Defenses have not been exhausted. P-Noy’s administration will end. And how much are the bonds? Two hundred thousand pesos? The fish is really getting smelly.

    But this is all business as usual. The public is benignly being taken for a ride, in plain sight.

    There are many ways to fry a fish.

  • Ronald Diaz

    Huwag hayaang palabasin ng ibang bansa yan magnanakaw na yan..ikulong yan kasama si GMA.. pagkatapos nilang lapastangin ang kaban ng mamamayan tatakas siya..

    Idispatsa na yan sa Muntinlupa.. mga baboy.

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