Monday, June 06, 2005
If an readers understand Phillipine politics, please explain this.
From the Guardian
Gloria Arroyo, the Philippines president, yesterday scrambled to defuse allegations that she tried to rig last year's presidential election, by releasing what she claimed was a doctored audiotape in which she appears to ask a senior electoral official to boost her vote tally during the count. ...Her spokesman, Ignacio Bunye, claimed the tape was a "spliced" compilation of 12 conversations with a party official. He said it was the latest in a string of attempts to destabilise the government. ...Mr Bunye released two tapes, one of which, he said, contained the original conversations and the other the alleged fabrication. But Ms Arroyo's opponents rejected his explanation. The senate minority leader, Aquilino Pimentel, used parliamentary privilege yesterday to brand the tape a "smoking gun that tends to show ineluctably that massive cheating did take place in the presiden tial elections".
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