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Arroyo's Relatives Called to Testify

6 June 2005

PHILIPPINES – As reported by Bloomberg: "A Philippine Senate panel summoned President Gloria Arroyo's husband, son and brother-in-law to testify before a joint committee hearing after a witness linked them and others to illegal gambling operations in the country.

"The two Senate committees holding joint hearings on illegal gambling summoned politicians and police and military officials whom witness Richard Garcia today said had links to the activity.

"…Garcia, who said he helped military authorities organize gambling operations and collections, said `Attorney Mike' of `Malacanang' helped relieve a colonel involved in a fight over collections with a provincial governor. Jose Miguel Arroyo, the president's husband, is often called `Attorney Mike.' Malacanang is the presidential compound in Manila.

"The Senate is investigating jueteng, a popular and illegal form of gambling, amid local media reports that some politicians, including Arroyo's husband and congressman son, were receiving protection money. Similar allegations helped oust former President Joseph Estrada in 2001, paving the way for then Vice President Arroyo to take power…"

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