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Benjamin Abalos Sr.
Abalos in 2007
Chairman of the Commission on Elections
In office
June 5, 2002 – October 1, 2007
Appointed byGloria Macapagal Arroyo
Preceded byAlfredo Benipayo
Succeeded byResurreccion Borra
Chairperson of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority
In office
January 20, 2001 – June 5, 2002
PresidentGloria Macapagal Arroyo
Preceded byJejomar Binay
Succeeded byBayani Fernando
Mayor of Mandaluyong
In office
June 30, 1988 – June 30, 1998
Preceded byRoman delos Reyes (OIC)
Succeeded byBenjamin Abalos, Jr.
In office
Officer in Charge
Preceded byErnesto Domingo
Succeeded byRoman delos Reyes (OIC)
Personal details
Benjamin Santos Abalos

(1935-09-21) September 21, 1935 (age 86)
Pangasinan, Philippine Islands
Political partyLakas Kampi CMD
Other political
Lakas CMD (1992–2009)
LDP (before 1992)
Corazon de Castro
(m. 1960; died 2021)
Children5 (including Benjamin Jr.)
ResidenceMandaluyong, Metro Manila
EducationAteneo de Manila University
Manuel L. Quezon University

Benjamin Santos Abalos Sr. (born September 21, 1935) is a Filipino politician who served as a former chairman of the Commission on Elections. He was also a former chairman of the MMDA and mayor of Mandaluyong, Metro Manila. He is the father of former Mandaluyong mayor and incumbent Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Benjamin "Benhur" Abalos Jr..

Early life

Abalos was born into a poor family in Pangasinan on September 21, 1935. He studied Economics at Ateneo de Manila University and graduated from the Manuel L. Quezon University in 1957. Abalos supported himself through college by taking several jobs, working as a janitor, factory worker, and a caddy at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.

Political career

In 1963, Abalos ran for vice mayor of Mandaluyong, which was then part of Rizal and lost to the scion of a political family. After his initial attempt to enter politics, Abalos served as a Trial Court Judge wherein he gained the distinction of being named as an outstanding judge for 10 straight years.[citation needed]

He ran for Mandaluyong mayor in 1980, losing to the candidate of former President Ferdinand Marcos. In 1986, shortly after Marcos was ousted through a popular uprising, President Corazon Aquino appointed him as Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the then municipality of Mandaluyong.

As OIC of the town, he ran for the post of mayor and won in the local elections of 1988, the first local elections under the 1987 Constitution. He was re-elected two times in the elections of 1992 and 1995, making him one of the two Aquino OIC appointees who survived and secured the constitution-mandated three consecutive terms limit for local officials. Abalos made Mandaluyong's cityhood in 1994. In 1998, Abalos ran for congressman but lost to Neptali Gonzales II.

Abalos was a former member of the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino later joining the then newly formed Lakas NUCD-CMD.

Chairman of MMDA

On January 20, 2001, Abalos was appointed chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, a post he held until the following year.

Chairman of COMELEC

On June 5, 2002, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appointed Abalos to replace Alfredo Benipayo after the latter failed to secure the confirmation of his appointment from the Commission on Appointments.[citation needed]

Impeachment complaint

On September 27, 2007, Iloilo Vice Governor Rolex Suplico filed a 64-page impeachment complaint against Commission on Elections Chairman Benjamin Abalos, Sr. before the House of Representatives of the Philippines regarding the NBN–ZTE deal corruption scandal. It was endorsed by Representatives Teofisto Guingona III of Bukidnon and Teodoro Casiño of Bayan Muna, and Zamboanga City Representative Ma. Isabelle Climaco. Affidavits from Romulo Neri and Jose de Venecia III supported the complaint.[1][2] On October 1, 2007, Abalos resigned during a press conference. The Commission on Elections appointed Resurreccion Borra as Acting Chairman.[3]

Personal life

He married Corazon de Castro in 1960 with whom he has five children, including Metro Manila Development Authority chairman and former Mandaluyong mayor Benjamin Abalos, Jr.[4] His wife died on January 25, 2021 due to severe sepsis, secondary to pneumonia caused by COVID-19.[5]


  1. ^ "Impeachment raps filed vs Abalos at House by Iloilo vice gov". Philippine Daily Inquirer.
  2. ^ "Impeachment raps filed vs Abalos over ZTE controversy". September 27, 2007.
  3. ^ WSJ, Philippine Voting Chief Quits Amid Bribe Queries
  4. ^ "Charisse Abalos marks what would've been her grandparents' 61st wedding anniversary". Politiko Metro Manila. Retrieved March 15, 2021.
  5. ^ "Abalos family matriarch Corazon dies after contracting COVID-19". ABS-CBN News. January 26, 2021. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
Political offices Preceded byErnesto Domingo Officer-in-Charge Mayor of Mandaluyong 1986–1987 Succeeded byRoman delos Reyes (Officer In-Charge) Preceded byRoman delos Reyes (Officer In-Charge) Mayor of Mandaluyong 1988–1998 Succeeded byBenjamin Abalos, Jr. Preceded byJejomar Binay Chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority 2001–2002 Succeeded byBayani Fernando Preceded byAlfredo Benipayo COMELEC Chairman 2002–2007 Succeeded byResurreccion Borra (Acting)