Philippines asks for U.S. help to probe poll fraud

19:06, June 08, 2010      

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The Philippine Commission on Elections (Comelec) has asked the U.S. government to help them trace the one responsible for uploading in the Internet a conversation allegedly between two government officials planning the rigging of election results, according to an official on Tuesday.

Philippine Acting Justice Secretary Alberto Agra said Tuesday that the government has tapped its mutual legal assistance treaty with the U.S. "to determine the source of the uploaded (recording). "

The Department of Justice, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police are members of a special panel created by the Comelec to investigate the source of the so- called "Hello, Nico" compact disc. This CD contains the wiretapped conversation supposedly between Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno and Comelec Commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer discussing how to go about operating the poll fraud. The conversation was originally posted on the website www. rpcheartersinc.webs.com.


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