Abalos faces new graft case over Toyota Revo purchase

Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 11 2016 05:18 PM

Embattled Commission on Elections chairman Benjamin Abalos (right) talks to supporters at his residence in Manila after announcing his resignation 01 October 2007. Romeo Gacad, AFP (File)

MANILA - Not long after his acquittal for graft over the botched National Broadband Network-ZTE telecommunications deal, former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Benjamin Abalos is facing another graft case before the Sandiganbayan.

The Ombudsman has filed a graft case against Abalos for allegedly giving unwarranted benefit to Toyota Pasong Tamo Inc. when he was the poll body’s chief.

Abalos allegedly approved the 2003 purchase of two units of Toyota Revo without going through the required public bidding. 

Instead, the procurement was made through canvassing or shopping. Both vehicles amounted to P1.711 million.

A P30,000 bail was recommended for this graft case.