VIDEO: Gloria says sorry after "cheating" in election

She is now the Speaker of the House. But aside from the ZTE deal, the PCSO-PAGCOR fund corruption and the overpriced helicopters, there is one more thing you have to remember: the Hello Garci scandal.

The Hello Garci scandal (or just Hello Garci), also known as Gloriagate, was a political scandal and electoral crisis in the Philippines.

The scandal involved former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who allegedly rigged the 2004 national election in her favor. The official results of that election gave Arroyo and Noli de Castro the presidency and vice-presidency, respectively. Hundreds of national and local positions were also contested during this election. The scandal and crisis began in June 2005 when audio recordings of a phone call conversation between President Arroyo and then Election Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano, allegedly talking about the rigging of the 2004 national election results, were released to the public. SOURCE:
"Hello Garci" refers to the alleged wiretapped conversations where vote rigging in the 2004 elections was discussed by, among others, a woman presumed to be President Arroyo and man presumed to be Comelec Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano.

Ironically, the controversy that nearly toppled the Arroyo administration started at the Palace, when Presidential Spokesperson Ignacio Bunye released CDs of the Hello Garci conversations on June 6, 2005. Days later, former NBI Deputy Director Samuel Ong presented what he claims to be the "mother of all tapes" of the wiretapped conversations. SOURCE: Hello Garci scandal; Published January 25, 2008 6:29pm;

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