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Philippine Official Confronts Archbishop Over Jueteng Accusations

4 May 2005

PHILIPPINES – As reported by the Manila Times: "Presidential son and Pampanga Rep. Mikey Arroyo confronted Pangasinan Archbishop Oscar Cruz during a congressional hearing yesterday on reports linking the Arroyos, along with police officers and national and local officials, to jueteng.

"President Arroyo's favorite son told the Church leader during a hearing of the House games and amusement committee to substantiate his allegations that national and local officials were receiving monthly payola from jueteng operators.

"…Cruz, who heads the Krusadang Bayan Laban sa Jueteng, said they had compiled information on illegal gambling operators and illegal gambling money recipients 'from usually reliable sources, both from inside and outside government.'

"…He took exception to Arroyo's suggestion that their information amounted to rumors.

"…After the bishop had finished his statement, the presidential son urged him to be 'cautious in rattling off accusations.'…"

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