Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Poll officers bribed to ensure win for Arroyo in 2004-witness

Manila (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Election officers were bribed to ensure the victory of then Philippine president and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Arroyo during the 2004 presidential elections, a former Sharia Judge Court told a Senate hearing on Tuesday.
Nagamura Moner told the Senate blue ribbon committee that he paid the election officers in some areas in Mindanao to change the results in favor of Arroyo.
"What was the money for?" asked Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile.
"It was to pay the election officers...because at that time, the results of the counting showed that (Fernando Poe Jr) was winning by landslide," Moner said, referring to the late actor, who lost to Arroyo in the 2004 presidential elections.
"You were bribing election officers?" Enrile asked again.
"Yes your honor although I have not met them," Moner said.
Moner said a total of 400,000 pesos (US$9,300) was spent in Tawi-Tawi and 500,000 pesos ($12,000) in Sulu to change the results of the elections in these areas.
Moner said he was tapped by then Philippine Ports Authority general manager Alfonso Cusi for the operation because his brother -in -law, Efren Bollozos, was working as manager of the PPA.

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