GMA to cheat for Villar?

>> Wednesday, February 17, 2010

MANILA, Philippines - Going by her record, outgoing President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is expected to cheat in the May 10 elections, a poll watchdog warned, as it urged the public to exercise greater vigilance in ensuring clean and honest elections.

Convenors of Kontra Daya 2010, composed of the clergy, teachers, information technology (IT) professionals, students and activists, said “signs” point to massive cheating or failure of elections.

It also slammed the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for failing to temper public fears and suspicion about poll fraud.

“We have seen it in 2004 and in 2007. The Arroyo government has every motive to rig the elections so it can stay in power. The single biggest fear now is the possibility of a failure of elections which will surely benefit the administration," former Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz said.

Cruz is one of the convenors of Kontra Daya.

As a group, Kontra Daya stopped short of identifying who among the presidential candidates would benefit from the alleged electoral fraud, but some members broadly hinted it may be Senator Manuel Villar Jr.

Sr. Mary John Mananzan, head of the militant Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines, said Mrs. Arroyo cannot possibly cheat for administration bet former Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro Jr. since he is among the cellar dwellers in the presidential surveys.

Mananzan added that Arroyo would not also cheat for Liberal Party standard-bearer Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., who has vowed to pursue graft charges against the outgoing president. “So, using the process of elimination, who do you think would benefit?” Mananzan asked

The latest presidential survey showed a tight race between Aquino and Villar. Villar has recently caught up with Aquino’s meteoric rise in the public mind following his beloved mother's death from cancer in August 2009. (Read: Aquino, Villar tied in Pulse Asia survey)

Cruz said there is “reasonable" basis to presume that Arroyo’s real candidate is either Villar or even former President Estrada. “Villar owes her a lot. Estrada also owes her a lot,” the prelate observed. “She will support the one who will be lenient to her.”

The Liberal Party (LP) has ridden on rumors about a “secret partnership” between Arroyo and Villar for the May 10 polls. It has openly accused Villar of entering into an alliance with Arroyo to promote vested interests.
Source: ABS-CBN News


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