GLORIA BEGINS INVITING WORLD LEADERS TO HER 'PROCLAMATION'
 

MANILA,  JUNE 2, 2004
(TRIBUNE)
The early bird catches the proclamation.

Or so believes President Arroyo, evidently sure of “winning” over opposition standard-bearer Fernando Poe Jr., that Malacañang has begun “talking” with heads of various governments, asking them to send their representatives to witness her “proclamation” on June 30.

Presidential spokesman Ignacio Bunye, during a press briefing, yesterday said they had sent a “clear” but “informal” message to other countries that are allies of the Philippines regarding the incmbent Chief Executive's “victory.”

“Informally, yes,” Bunye stressed.

Elaborating, the Arroyo aide said, “These are the representatives of foreign governments mainly ambassadors, recent visitors (dignitaries) who would try to be back in the country for the inauguration of the President,” referring to Mrs. Arroyo.

Bunye said it would be “impossible” for the incumbent to be defeated by Poe because she enjoys a “comfortable” lead.

“The President has been through this electoral contest and, like any (other) candidate, the President is prepared for any eventuality (in case she loses) but the President is confident...she will have a comfortable lead,” he added.

But Poe's supporters quickly blasted Malacañang for its “presumptuous” statements, saying the canvassing (being conducted by the 22-man committee in Congress) had just started and it was arrogant of Mrs. Arroyo to claim that she won last month's polls.

Vergilio Tordera, secretary-general of the Food, Peace and Justice Volunteers Brigade, said the administration would be jolted in the next few days of the canvassing as they have a strong basis to prove that Mrs. Arroyo had engaged in massive cheating to defeat Poe, her closest rival.

“She (the President) will be surprised because what we have are the original certificates of canvass,” Tordera added, referring to the allegedly dubious CoC now in the hands of the administration and also allegedly showing the over two million votes that padded Mrs. Arroyo's votes.

He called on the captive media to be fair in their reporting unless they want to further “ruin their credibility.”

“Only the truth can set us free but these pro-Gloria media do not want the Filipino people to be set free,” Tordera said.

Sherwin C. Olaes


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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