A lawyer of former President, now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo questioned yesterday the credibility of former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao governor Zaldy Ampatuan and former Maguindanao election supervisor Lintang Bedol.
The two have offered to testify about fraud in the 2004 and 2007 elections, during Arroyo’s watch. Arroyo’s legal spokesman Raul Lambino said powerful forces were manipulating them.
Lambino said the disclosures of Ampatuan, one of the principal defendants in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre, and Bedol are part of the Aquino administration’s efforts at “mind conditioning.”
“What is the integrity and character of these two (Ampatuan and Bedol)? It’s very clear that they want to be saved from the serious criminal charges they are facing,” Lambino said.
He claimed prosecutors and judicial officers are affected by a barrage in the media against Arroyo and cannot act objectively as the public has accepted the administration’s line.
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