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Palace: Panlilio ‘jueteng’ charge foul

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Joel Guinto

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang branded “unfair” and “foul” Pampanga Governor Eddie Panlilio’s conclusion that the reported proliferation of the illegal numbers game “jueteng” in his province had the blessings of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who hails from there.

“Foul naman ‘yun [That’s foul] Just because there is jueteng in Pampanga [Arroyo is blamed]. It’s a very wrong perception, a very wrong conclusion,” Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita told reporters at the Palace.

“That’s unfair…It does not have to be a governor saying that the executive [branch is involved in jueteng] just because it’s prevalent according to reports and perception in Pampanga, and the President is from Pampanga,” he said.

Ermita said the Palace had reminded security forces to wage a “stronger campaign” against the illegal lottery.

Allegations of “jueteng” kickbacks led to the downfall of former president Joseph Estrada in 2001, and paved the way for the assumption to power of Arroyo, who was then his vice president.

Panlilio won the governorship of Pampanga in 2007, beating two other candidates closely identified with the president — then vice governor Mark Lapid and Lilia Pineda, the wife of alleged “jueteng” kingpin Rodolfo “Bong” Pineda.

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TueUTC2009-02-17T10:03:06+00:00UTC02bUTCTue, 17 Feb 2009 10:03:06 +0000 22, 2006 at 12:45 am02

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