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Arroyo aides dismiss new Philippine fraud claims

Philippine officials dismissed on Monday as “fantastic” new allegations of election fraud against Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who is facing an impeachment case amid the worst crisis of her four-year presidency.The political opposition earlier presented to reporters a former aide to a presidential staff member who said Arroyo was present at a meeting in January 2004 where election officials were handed cash a few months before national polls that she won. “In that meeting, President Arroyo directly solicited the support of the Comelec (Commission on Elections) officials present in helping her win in the upcoming elections,” said Michaelangelo Zuce, a former presidential liaison officer who resigned from his post in May. Full Story

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