18 Nov '11, 2am

Former Philippine president Gloria Arroyo charged in court on Friday with large-scale vote tampering

Former Philippine president Gloria Arroyo charged in court on Friday with large-scale vote tampering

Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo arrives on a wheelchair for a flight to Hong Kong at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Paranaque, Metro Manila. -- PHOTO: REUTERS MANILA (AFP) - Former Philippine president Gloria Arroyo was charged in court on Friday with large-scale vote tampering, the official watchdog Commission on Elections said. 'Yes, we are going to file a case of electoral sabotage against her,' the commission's spokesman James Jimenez told AFP, adding that the maximum penalty for the crime was life imprisonment. The body said Arroyo, who was president between 2001 and 2010, was accused of ordering the wide-scale tampering of official returns in the 2007 senatorial elections that cheated an opposition candidate out of victory. Arroyo, who says she needs medical treatment abroad, was stopped from boarding a flight at Manila airport on Tuesd...

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