Ex-COMELEC chair Abalos rushed to hospital


Posted at Nov 19 2011 12:42 PM | Updated as of Nov 21 2011 12:43 AM

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Former Commission on Elections (COMELEC) chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr. was rushed to the hospital Friday, abs-cbnNEWS.com learned on Saturday.

The information was confirmed by Mandaluyong City Public Information Officer Jimmy Isidro.

“Pagkagaling yata ng COMELEC,” said Isidro when asked what time Abalos was taken to the unnamed hospital.

His son, Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos, said his father was hospitalized due to stress.
Abalos was discharged from the hospital Saturday and is resting at home as of posting.
He is receiving medical attention from his brother, who is a doctor.

On Friday, the COMELEC en banc, voted 5 to 2, to file electoral sabotage charges against Abalos, former President Gloria Arroyo and several other public officials in connection to the alleged fraud in the 2007 elections.

On the same day, the COMELEC filed before the Pasay City regional trial court charges against the ailing Arroyo, former Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. and ex-Comelec official Lintang Bedol on the rigging of the 2007 election results in Maguindanao.

Arroyo, who was staying at St. Luke's Medical Center, was placed under hospital arrest hours after she was charged with the non-bailable offense.

COMELEC has yet to file a separate case against Abalos and several others.

The 5 COMELEC Commissioners who voted in favor of the filing of the charges were Augusto Lagman, Sixto Brillantes, Elias Yusoph, Rene Sarmiento and Christian Lim.

Two commissioners, Lucenito Tagle and Armando Velasco, abstained from voting. -- With reports from Dexter Ganibe, radio dzMM; ANC