Abalos seeks court OK to reset Taiwan trip sked


Former Comelec Chairman Benjamin Abalos. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Former elections chair Benjamin Abalos has petitioned the courts handling his electoral sabotage cases for permission to reschedule his trip to Taiwan for the end of January.

Abalos, who was given leave to go to Taiwan last November, said petitions have been filed with branches 117 and 112 of the Pasay City Regional Trial Court, where he is being tried for electoral sabotage in connection with the alleged election cheating in North Cotabato and South Cotabato during the 2007 elections.

He said another petition was also filed at the Sandiganbayan where two cases of graft have been filed against him in connection with the scuttled $329-million NBN-ZTE deal.

One of the courts has set a hearing for Abalos’ petition for Tuesday.

Abalos said he wanted to go to Taiwan to buy milkfish fry—not fingerlings as earlier reported—and lapu-lapu fingerlings for his aquaculture business in Luzon. He said he wanted to “venture into other high-yield produce.”

He asks that he be allowed to leave for Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan on Jan. 28. He said he would be returning to the Philippines on Feb. 1.

“I want to give time for the preparation. I cannot make a booking until such time that (the courts allow me to leave),” he said.

Abalos said some Chinese friends would be traveling with him.

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  • ztefertilizerscam9

    Abalos just kill yourself….

  • NoWorryBHappy

    Abalos, I say, Exuro  in abyssus !
    In English, Burn in hell !
    In Tagalog, Masunog ka sa impiyerno !

  • diamond_digger

    I have the feeling that this person is no longer coming back to face the charges against him. He is asking for rescheduling to finalize his escape plan. Once he is out of the country, let us all forget our dream of seeing the number one manipulator of political chicanery in his former office – the Comelec, and one of the major players in the NBN-ZTE scam rot in jail.

  • dantesan

    Wag niyong palalabasin yan ng bansa, para di niya ma withdraw mga nakuha niya sa NBN ZTE deal.

  • Hey_Dudes

    You might need a reliable companion on this trip Mr. burjerk Abalos so why not request the court to have Manoling Morato accompany you?  After all, don’t they always say – ‘birds of the same feather…….’uck each other?”.

    • Danilo Navarro

      ikaw ba si mayor abbalos o ang asawa ni

  • jadejones2012

    Why is this case not even junked yet?

    Obvious naman na political harassment ito masterminded by the mentally deranged president.

    I can clearly remember how PNOY cried like a girl when GMA took away the security details of then cancer-stricken Cory while she was dying at the hospital.

    Kaya naghihiganti na ang baliw!

    • tristanism

      Basura ka, pre.


  • Danilo Navarro

    kung yung mga japanese co. sa davao bumibili ng lapu lapu dahil first class ang lapu lapu natin doon bakit ko alam yung company na pinagtratrabahuhan ko sa alaska may branch sa davao para mamili ng lapulapu yun ay nichiro japan nayon ay maruha nichiro na ..tapos iton si abalos gusto sa taiwan naman bumili..may naamoy ako dito something fishy

  • tristanism

    “Abalos said he wanted to go to Taiwan to buy milkfish fry…”Ang angas. Wala ba talaga siyang mauutusan? Ganun ba kagaling ang kakayahan niyang pumili at bumili?

  • victor1052

    Abalos avoided court summons by pretending poor health months ago for electoral fraud and ZTE anomaly. Now suddenly he is very fit to travel that far to Taiwan to buy bangus fry? Can’t any of his employees do the buying for him? My golly, he is a corrupt official, not an fishery expert. His expertise is corruption and extortion. Who is he trying to fool? Obviously, persecutors as corrupt as he was, was paid millions to facilitate this escape-in-the making. Why not send him to China where he could be executed for extorting $70million from ZTE? . 

  • Your_King

    Abalos will be allowed to travel abroad for some fishing expedition yet FPGMA cannot do the same for necessary medical reasons? Also, Padaca was allowed to travel to the US back in early November and still FPGMA is being jailed. I don’t want to argue right now the ins and outs of the case but one thing is for sure, there is a double standard that Aquino and his Administration is exercising when it comes to the former Pres.

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