MANILA, Philippines – Former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) gubernatorial aspirant Ephraim Defiño has filed electoral sabotage charges against former Sultan Kudarat Governor and Rep. Pax Mangudadatu and several others before the Department of Justice (DOJ) in connection with alleged vote rigging in the 2007 elections.
In a 3-page affidavit-complaint received by the DOJ on Thursday, Defiño charged Mangudadatu, former Sultan Kudarat Provincial Election Supervisor Lintang Bedol, Isulan Mayor Diosdado Palasigue, former police provincial commander Supt. Teng Tucao, former Isulan chief of police Saivan Akmad, former Comelec Dir. Atty. Abas (no first name provided), provincial prosecutor Emmanuel Peralta, former Gov. Teng Mangudadatu, Judge Jordan Reyes, and former Judge Malcampo.
He also requested that a formal investigation be conducted by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) main office and the Office of the President.
Defiño also urged the Comelec to order the new registration of voters in Sultan Kudarat due to the prevalence of alleged "ghost voters."
He also asked President Aquino to declare martial law in the area "in order to arrest more than a thousand hired killers of Mangungudatu."