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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

New law vs election cheaters sought

Former President Joseph Estrada yesterday asked Congress to pass a new law that would impose maximum penalty against election cheaters.

"Congress must pass a new law that would make election cheating a heinous crime. Election cheating is suppressing the will of the people. Vox populi, vox Dei, the voice of the people is the voice of God," Estrada said.

He noted that each election held in the country has been marred by fraud. He even cited the case of his closest friend, the late movie actor Fernando Poe Jr., who ran but lost to President Arroyo in the 2004 elections due to alleged massive cheating.

"Election cheating has been prevalent in the country, that is why we have a bad government. The law imposing the maximum penalty against election cheating must not only be applicable to mayors, governors, lawmakers, but including the president. There must be no exemptions when it comes to the violation of the laws," Estrada said.

The former president has consistently declared that he will try his best to unite the opposition into supporting a single presidential candidate in 2010.

But he admitted that his effort to unify the opposition has turned from dim to impossible.

Estrada said the opposition must learn its lesson from the 2004 presidential elections where many ran for president.

He said the more presidential candidates fielded by the opposition, the easier it would be for the administration to cheat.


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