AKBAYAN sues ABALOS on the ZTE Scam

Intent on pursuing former COMELEC Chairman Benjamin Abalos and exacting accountability from him for his involvement in the ZTE Scam, AKBAYAN Partylist Representative Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel filed sued Abalos before the Ombudsman this morning. Abalos was charged for violating the Anti-graft and Corrupt Practices Law, Revised Penal Code, and the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards of Public Officials and Employees.

Akbayan sues Abalos over NBN deal, asks Ombudsman to inhibit (link)
10/09/2007 | 02:11 PM

Partylist Akbayan filed on Tuesday charges against resigned Commission on Elections (Comelec) Benjamin Abalos before the Ombudsman over his alleged involvement in the controversial $329.48 million national broadband network (NBN) project.

GMA’s Flash Report said Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros charged Abalos for violating the Anti-graft and Corrupt Practices Law, Revised Penal Code, and the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards of Public Officials and Employees.

The opposition lawmaker said the filing of charges against Abalos was delayed as the Ombudsman failed to immediately issue Abalos’s statement of assets and liabilities, as requested by the group. The group was supposed to file the case on Monday.

The group also formally asked Ombudsman Merciditas Gutierrez to inhibit from the case.

Earlier, Hontiveros cast doubts on the impartiality of Gutierrez on complaints filed against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s allies. She said the Ombudsman is seen to be close to Mrs Arroyo, whose husband had been implicated in the NBN controversy.

Hontiveros also noted that Gutierrez dismissed an earlier case against Abalos and other Comelec commissioners on the Mega-Pacific deal despite a Supreme Court ruling on the accountability of Abalos and other Comelec officials on the anomalous project.

To recall, Hontiveros is one of the four lawmakers that endorsed the impeachment complaint against Abalos which was filed last month. The complaint was later deemed moot and academic by Abalos’s resignation on October 1.

Click these links for the GMA news flash:

Charges Filed vs Abalos before Ombudsman

Akbayan files case vs Abalos before Ombudsman

To view and download the complaint click on the links below:

Complaint vs Abalos

Annex of compalint vs Abalos

 

Abalos thought that by resigning from COMELEC, his involvement in the ZTE Scam will go away. Akala nya pag umalis sya sa COMELEC pagkatapos syang ituro bilang broker sa ZTE deal at nag-offer ng bribe kina Joey de Venecia at Sec. Romy Neri ay mawawala na ang init sa kanya. Ang ginawang ito ng Akbayan ay isang magandang ehemplo ng pagtugis at pagsingil sa isang dapat managot sa mga charges laban sa kanya.

Sana di na hayaan ng mga mamamayan na makawala na naman ang isang tiwaling mataas na opisyal ng gobiyerno. Dapat din wag hayaan na makawala ang mga kakontsaba ni Abalos sa scam na ito.

6 Tugon

  1. Kudos! Let’s hope most of your peers in Congress will have their “spiritual” reawakening soon closely followed by “moral” cleansing. Thereafter…. when the time comes, they will remember to take off their “blinders” when it matters most! Keep up your good work! A sea of change! A breath of fresh air!

  2. Yes i watched this actually in the news this evening. Ang akala naman ni Abalos makakaligtas na siya at resigned na siya. Huh!

    //lavern//: ganun na nga, umiwas sya sa impeachment case pero dapat humarap sya sa graft case na ito at sa iba pang ifa-file against him. but this has to touch those above Abalos…

  3. mabuhay ang akbayan.🙂

  4. naniniwala ako sa adhikain ng akbayan. naniniwala ako sa batas. mas lalo akong naniniwala sa konstitusyon.

    sana lang, magkaruon ng hustisya (kung meron pang natitira) ang malaking usapan na ito.l

    kung walang kasalanan si ginoong abalos, i dismiss ang kaso.

    ngunit kung may duda sa kanyang paglilingkod sa taong bayan… may duda sa kanyang kredibilidad… may duda sa kanyang mabuting departamento, marahil, ito na ang tamang panahon upang ipakita ng gobyerno kung ano ang tunay na kahulugan ng demokrasya at hustisya.

    //raymond// salamat pare dapat nga yang humarap sa kaso. sanay na kasi yan na nakasandal sa pader kaya malakas ang loob. magreretire na lang titira pa ng malaki. ayan hbuking ang kanyang “one-for-the-road” hehehe.

  5. Natumbok mo kabayang Raymond! Mabuhay ka!

  6. KOYAAAAAA!!!!! BUMALIK NA ANG BLOG MO!!!!!!! ANSHORAY!!!

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