Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Philippines - rigged election?

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/story.jsp?story=644834

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?storyID=8703686&type=worldNews

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=adJa0fR7meWk&refer=top_world_news

Philippine opposition politicians claim there is a tape of President Gloria Arroyo discussing plans to cheat in the 2005 elections. Arroyo is an ally of President Bush.

In the tape Arroyo seems to be talking with an official of the Commission on Elections.

There have also been allegations that Arroyo's son and husband received payoffs from illegal gambling operators.

On May 19, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that three unidentified people had linked Arroyo's husband and son to jueteng, an illegal form of gambling.

On May 30, a 'former jueteng operator' told a Senate investigation that he had paid protection money to a man who claimed to be linked to Arroyo's son.

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