Press Release
August 1, 2011


Senate Majority Leader Vicente C. Sotto III, campaign manager of the late Fernando Poe, Jr. in the 2004 Presidential elections, welcomes the revelations of various witnesses attesting to the switching of election returns in the custody of the House of Representatives in favor of then candidate Arroyo, but at the same time regretted that it's only now that they came out.

"The public will recall that during the national canvassing of votes for president in the House of Representatives, I moved to open just one dubious ballot box to determine if it would tally with the election returns, but I was outvoted by those in the camp of then President Arroyo. Had my motion been granted, we would not have this spectacle of spilling the beans when it is too late," Sotto stated.

"We believe in our hearts that FPJ won the elections for president in 2004, but the election returns appeared to be telling us another story. Now that we have the operatives themselves coming out to reveal their participation in this fraud on the Filipino people, let us hear them out, as we wish that they came out 7 years earlier in May of 2004. Truth-telling must be timely to be beneficial. 'Aanhin pa ang damo, kung patay na ang kabayo,' is an appropriate Filipino saying, Sotto concluded."

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