Abalos frustrated with bail hearing

Posted at 04/23/12 2:40 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE 2) - Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Benjamin Abalos is getting impatient with the bail hearing on his electoral sabotage case before the Pasay City Regional Trial Court (RTC)

His bail petition remains unresolved since one of Abalos' co-accused, former election supervisor Yogi Martirizar, has not been allowed to testify because her application to be a state witness is still pending.

Prosecutor Jane Valencia said they are still waiting for a Comelec en banc resolution on whether or not it will allow the withdrawal of charges against Martirizar so she can testify against Abalos.

Martirizar’s lawyer, Nena Santos, said the Comelec is obligated to use her client as state witness since the electoral sabotage cases are based on her testimony.

Pasay RTC judge Jesus Mupas has agreed to wait for the resolution of the Comelec en banc.

Abalos has been detained at the Southern Police District headquarters in Taguig since last year. He has been asking for an opportunity to post bail on the ground the evidence against him is weak.