Abalos confident he won't be convicted for poll sabotage


Posted at Dec 08 2011 01:16 PM | Updated as of Dec 09 2011 12:10 AM

MANILA, Philippines - A day after being charged with electoral sabotage, former Commission on Elections chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr. revealed he slept soundly because he does not believe government prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him.

"Talagang maganda ang umaga ko!" Abalos told reporters Thursday morning.

The ex-Comelec chief said he slept soundly knowing that his motion for judicial determination of probable cause will be decided in their favor. He said: "Those evidence cannot even establish a probable cause to convict me"!

The Comelec on Wednesday filed 2 counts of electoral sabotage against Abalos for conspiring to rig the 2007 senatorial election.

Accused of election sabotage along with Abalos are: Lilian Suan-Radam and Yogie Martirizar, former provincial election supervisors in South and North Cotabato, respectively; and Capt. Peter Reyes of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP).

The case was raffled off to Pasay RTC branch 112 Judge Jesus Mupas, the same judge handling the poll sabotage case against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The raffle was done electronically. With a report from Alex Santos, ABS-CBN News