PALACE TO OPPOSITION:  STOP STALLING PROCLAMATION IN CONGRESS

MANILA,  JUNE 11, 2004
(STAR) 
By Marichu Villanueva  -  Malacañang advised the opposition yesterday against stalling the proclamation in Congress of the country’s next president and vice president.

"Those who continue to delay the proceedings can no longer pretend to be seeking the truth. Because the only truth is they (opposition) are violating the public interest," Presidential Spokesman Ignacio Bunye said.

Bunye denounced what he called the "three-pronged" strategy of opposition lawmakers allied with Koalisyon ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino (KNP) standard-bearer Fernando Poe Jr.

Poe, the country’s most popular actor, has accused Mrs. Arroyo of stealing what he had claimed was a sure victory. Exit polls and preliminary results have all showed that the incumbent has likely won over Poe by about a million votes.

Poe’s supporters are taking to the streets to protest the alleged fraud, even as the military leadership has warned of potential coup plots against Mrs. Arroyo.

"The opposition strategy is obviously to stall the canvass, mount mass protest actions and expose alleged fraud.

This strategy is old hat and the public is not biting the bait," Bunye said.

"It is now a month since the election and all eyes are on those who are holding up the proclamation. They (opposition) should desist in the face of mounting public indignation," he said.

Bunye twitted the opposition for using the media in their claims that the administration committed massive fraud in the May 10 elections.

He said the opposition should air their complaints and allegations before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and other proper fora.

"We are still waiting for the opposition and their allies to formalize their complaint in connection with their allegations of electoral fraud," Bunye said.

"But since nothing has been filed in the proper venue up to this time, we can all presume that these allegations are baseless media fodder," he said. - with AFP


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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