Benjamin Abalos - updates

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News Briefs: February 6, 2017

Feb 06, 2017 - 12:55 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Monday February 6

Ex-Comelec chief Abalos charged for graft over car purchases

Oct 11, 2016 - 8:30 AM

A bail bond of P30 000 has been recommended by the Ombudsman

NEW CASE. After having been acquitted from an electoral sabotage case and the NBN-ZTE case, former Comelec Chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr (center) faces graft charges before the Sandiganbayan. File hoto by Jose Del/Rappler

Graft cases vs Arroyo over NBN-ZTE deal junked

Sep 16, 2016 - 7:06 PM

UPDATED The Sandiganbayan rules that the evidence presented by the prosecution ‘did not sufficiently prove’ that the former president benefitted from the alleged overpriced deal

BLOOMING. House Deputy Speaker and Pampanga Fourth District Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo answers questions about her healthy appearance which became noticeable two months after her hospital arrest.

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Sep 14, 2016 - 7:17 PM

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Sandiganbayan dismisses graft case vs Romulo Neri over NBN-ZTE deal

Sep 14, 2016 - 2:49 PM

We find the evidence of the prosecution insufficient to sustain the charges or justify a verdict of guilt says the anti graft court Sandiganbayan s 5th Division

NOT GUILTY. Former NEDA chief Romulo Neri is cleared of graft charges by the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. File photo by AFP

Whistleblower Jun Lozada guilty of graft

Aug 23, 2016 - 10:31 AM

The anti graft court Sandiganbayan s 4th Division has sentenced NBN ZTE deal whistleblower Jun Lozada and his brother to 6 to 10 years in prison

GUILTY. Whistleblower Jun Lozada, who exposed the controversial NBN-ZTE deal with China in the Arroyo administration, posting bail for his temporary liberty at the Sandiganbayan on August 23, 2016. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Court acquits ex-Comelec chair Abalos in NBN-ZTE case

May 11, 2016 - 10:02 AM

The anti graft court Sandiganbayan says prosecutors failed to provide sufficient proof that Benjamin Abalos had brokered the deal for a fee

Former Commission on Elections chief Benjamin Abalos. Rappler file photo

Marcos: Only cheating can make me lose on Monday

May 06, 2016 - 7:06 AM

Bongbong Marcos holds a miting de avance in Mandaluyong which is run by a family once loyal to the Aquinos

LAST CALL. Vice presidential candidate Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr woos voters from Metro Manila and other provinces in his miting de avance on Thursday, May 5. Photo by Rob Reyes/ Rappler

PNP-SAF protection, ISIS beheads hostages, Mayweather-Pacquiao | The wRap

Feb 02, 2015 - 6:57 PM

The Special Action Force tells government: we need your support ISIS claims it beheaded another Japanese journalist And the Mayweather Pacquiao fight is not a done deal

Abalos acquitted in 2nd electoral sabotage case

Feb 02, 2015 - 4:50 PM

A Pasay court says there was sufficient evidence to prove that the election results in North Cotabato were altered but it wasn t established that instructions came from the former Comelec chief

ACQUITTED. Former Comelec chairman Benjamin Abalos with wife and son after his acquittal on charges of election fraud on February 2, 2015. Photo by Jose Del/Rappler

CA: Pasay judge will continue to hear Abalos' poll case

Nov 12, 2014 - 7:03 PM

The appeals court says former elections chief Abalos failed to show a link between Pasay City Judge Jesus Mupas and emissaries who allegedly asked for money in exchange for a favorable ruling

Benjamin Abalos - Jesus Mupas

Rappler Newscast | October 9, 2014

Oct 09, 2014 - 8:16 PM

Former poll chief Abalos cleared of electoral sabotage 5 in 10 Filipinos believe in end of gov t corruption poll Who gets the Nobel Pope Francis Snowden or Malala?

Former poll chief Abalos cleared of electoral sabotage

Oct 09, 2014 - 2:37 PM

All 11 counts of electoral sabotage against Abalos in South Cotabato in the 2007 senatorial polls are dismissed He faces 2 other cases involving North Cotabato votes

CA affirms guilty verdict on Neri in NBN-ZTE deal

May 12, 2014 - 5:14 PM

CA justices uphold their 2013 decision that the Ombudsman was right when it rendered its guilty verdict on Neri

Abalos conviction in NBN-ZTE case sought

Apr 14, 2014 - 6:36 PM

Prosecutors have completed presentation of evidence against former elections chief Benjamin Abalos who s charged for getting commission for facilitating the botched contract

Former Commission on Elections chief Benjamin Abalos. Rappler file photo

Highlights: Gloria Arroyo in 2013

Apr 05, 2014 - 2:52 PM

In 2013 the former president is reelected congresswoman charged with a new plunder case and weakened by health problems

EMBATTLED. Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo continued to face court cases and health problems in 2013. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Jun Lozada: Why is Arroyo's man still in power?

Apr 06, 2013 - 10:52 PM

Lozada explains the ties that bind his accuser to President Aquino

Jun Lozada hiding with nuns

Feb 06, 2013 - 10:21 PM

UPDATED Lozada claims his former enemies are taking advantage of the possible arrest warrant issued against him

HIDING AGAIN. File photo of Rodolfo "Jun" Lozada addressing students at Miriam College in Manila on March 4, 2008. AFP PHOTO/ROMEO GACAD

Sandiganbayan junks Arroyo plea to drop ZTE case

Jan 08, 2013 - 7:06 PM

The Sandiganbayan rejects the Arroyos motion to drop the plunder case over the botched NBN ZTE deal

CASE PROCEEDS. The Sandiganbayan rejects the Arroyos' motion to quash the plunder case against them over the botched NBN-ZTE deal. File photo.

Abalos allowed to fly to buy fish

Nov 19, 2012 - 3:17 PM

Sandiganbayan allows former Comelec chair Benjamin Abalos to fly to Taiwan to buy milkfish fingerlings but a Pasay court still prevents him from leaving

Abalos rejects evidence against him

Sep 19, 2012 - 6:14 PM

Former COMELEC chief Benjamin Abalos rejects part of the government evidence presented against him in the the NBN ZTE graft case

Court allows Abalos to post bail

Aug 17, 2012 - 1:43 PM

The court cites weak evidence against former Comelec chair Benjamin Abalos

Arroyo skipping ZTE graft hearings

Jun 19, 2012 - 11:34 PM

Former President Arroyo submits to the Sandiganbayan a waiver on her appearance in the trial of her graft case

GMA bail hangs in balance

Jun 07, 2012 - 4:26 PM

The Comelec makes a formal offer of evidence on former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo s bail petition and awaits the court s decision

Jesus Mupas, the infamous judge

Jun 07, 2012 - 2:51 PM

As it turns out Mupas owes his assignment to the Pasay regional trial court to the Arroyos

Fuming Abalos walks out of Pasay court

Jun 07, 2012 - 11:04 AM

UPDATED Abalos decries the presiding judge s decision on his co accused in an electoral sabotage case but returns to the courtroom about an hour after his walkout

Comelec on Abalos bail: Fight isn't over

Jun 06, 2012 - 10:13 AM

Former Commission on Elections chair Benjamin Abalos ordered to post a P2 2 M bail in exchange for temporary freedom

'Not guilty': Arroyo couple arraigned

Apr 11, 2012 - 8:39 AM

[UPDATED] Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo her husband Mike and former Comelec chief Benjamin Abalos plead not guilty over alleged corruption in the botched NBN ZTE deal

OVER NBN-ZTE. Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her husband, Mike, undergo arraignment together for the first time Wednesday. Illustration by Emil Mercado

Mike Arroyo posts bail, says case doesn't apply to him

Mar 13, 2012 - 2:02 PM

Jose Miguel Mike Arroyo faces a graft charge along with 3 others in connection with the botched 329 M NBN ZTE deal

GRAFT CHARGE. Former First Gentleman Jose Miguel "Mike" Arroyo posts bail in relation to a graft charge before the Sandiganbayan.

UN: Cities deprive most children of basic services

Mar 08, 2012 - 6:59 PM

Children s rights are not realized equally in cities around the world despite urbanization s promise of economic development

Arroyo officials asked to testify

Feb 23, 2012 - 8:27 PM

This is in relation to the NBN ZTE deal

Another poll cheat case awaits Abalos

Jan 21, 2012 - 8:21 PM

Ex Comelec chair accused of consipiring to rig 2007 poll results in South Cotabato

'Evidence vs GMA not enough for plunder'

Dec 29, 2011 - 6:33 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman says more evidence is needed to charge GMA with plunder over the NBN ZTE deal

Graft charges filed vs GMA with Sandiganbayan

Dec 28, 2011 - 8:30 PM

[UPDATED] Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo her husband and two others charged with graft in relation to the botched NBN ZTE deal

Former President Arroyo before leaving St. Luke's for the Veterans hospital

Did Pasay RTC judge try to extort money from Abalos?

Dec 16, 2011 - 5:26 PM

Former Comelec chief may be cited for contempt for malicious accusations

Benjamin Abalos - Jesus Mupas