The U.S. MSM aren’t paying much attention, but Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, president of the Philippines, is in deep trouble over vote-rigging allegations. John Marzan has posted a round up at his blog, Philippine Politics 04.
Tapes of the alleged conversations between Arroyo and an election official are available here. The U.S. has offered to look into the authenticity of the tapes, but according to the Philippines Daily Inquirer, the U.S. Charge d’Affaires says “the Philippine government has yet to make any request for U.S. assistance on the matter.”
The Inquirer also reports that Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez “has been threatening to slap charges on media organizations found to have caused the spread, the playing and the printing of the contents” of the tapes. Shades of Adscam.
Elsewhere, William Pesek Jr. of Bloomberg News writes that “investors have reason to worry anew about the outlook for the Philippines.”