In a 5 to 2 vote, the Commission on Elections ruled in favor of filing electoral sabotage charges against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The case against Arroyo, former Comelec chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr., former poll supervisor Lintang Bedol, and other key officials was later filed at the Pasay Regional Trial Court.
Former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo was not among those charged. Speaking to ANC, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said that after filing the case, the poll agency will also seek a hold departure order against Mrs. Arroyo. Dateline Philippines, ANC, November 18, 2011