CONGRESSIONAL candidate and businessman Alfredo Abelardo Benitez is filing a perjury case Wednesday at the Hall of Justice against Victorias mayoralty bet Benito Montinola Jr. for making a “mockery of the election process.”

The case stemmed from the disqualification petition filed against Benitez by Felizardo Lira of Talisay City, which was later dismissed by the Third Division of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) last February 17 for lack of merit.

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Benitez, in a press conference at the Nature’s Village Hotel and Restaurant in Talisay City, said he is filing the case against Montinola for “lying under oath,” which is a mockery of the election process.

Lira works at Hacienda Teresita, Talisay City, owned by the family of Ted Victor Lizares Jimenez, who is also running for congressman in the third district.

Benitez said Montinola executed an affidavit admitting that he was behind the disqualification petition against him and that he even accompanied Lira to the Law Office of Lawyer Joemax Ortiz for the notarization of Lira’s affidavit.

Benitez said his disqualification had cost him time and money. His record with the Department of Immigration and Deportation were even tampered.

Lawyer Romulo Macalintal, legal counsel of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, would represent Benitez for the dismissal of the disqualification charges against him. (Teresa Ellera-Dulla)