ang palusot ni garci
- From: "lee s butt" <socculturefilipino@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 27 Nov 2005 01:07:52 -0800
after the electio na raw niya nakausap si gloria. yea right .
Garcillano surfaces, admits speaking with Arroyo
Denies poll fraud allegations
(3RD UPDATE) FINALLY emerging from months of hiding, former election
commissioner Virgilio Garcillano has admitted speaking with President
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in last year's election, but denied he
manipulated the votes to make Arroyo win.
Garcillano said their recorded conversation about the one-million-vote
lead of Arroyo was done after the votes had been counted.
"The President was asking why her advantage over FPJ [Fernando Poe Jr.]
had been reduced to 892,000. That was [on] May 24. We are talking of
the votes already counted, so how can we rig the elections?" he said in
a portion of an interview by ABS CBN television aired Sunday.
Garcillano was interviewed in an undisclosed place. A man was sitting
by his side.
He said he went into hiding out of fears for his safety.
He said after the wiretapped conversation came out, he has been
receiving threats through phone calls and "intimidating text messages."
Garcillano added there were also insinuations
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by politicians that he might be liquidated by either the administration
or the opposition.
The former election official has been in hiding for almost six months
after the opposition released audio tapes in June allegedly showing him
and a woman who sounds like Arroyo conspiring to rig the elections.
Arroyo has apologized for a "lapse in judgment," in speaking to an
unnamed elections official before the votes were tallied but she has
denied any cheating to win the May 2004 polls.
Her qualified apology sparked resignations of key cabinet members in
July and a number of key allies including ex-president Corazon Aquino
and some business leaders urged her to step down.
Opposition legislators summoned Garcillano to testify against Arroyo in
an impeachment case which she survived in September, but the former
election official disappeared, possibly going overseas, as soon as the
Arroyo's supporters say his return could provide the necessary closure
to the monthslong political crisis. Opposition politicians said they
expected Garcillano to deny all charges that would implicate him and
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