Garci Defeat Hailed, ‘Bad Omen for Team Unity’

May. 15, 2007

MANILA — The mobile activist group that popularized the Hello Garci ringtone as
a sign of protest over the fraud-ridden 2004 elections expressed
elation over the defeat of former Comelec Commissioner Virgilio
Garcillano in the contest to represent the first district of Bukidnon.

“This is a just political punishment, handed down by people from his
very town, for Garci’s criminal involvement in the 2004 elections. He
shamed the people of Bukidnon and caused a lingering national scandal.
He deserves to lose and to be rejected by his own people,” said
TXTPower president Anthony Ian Cruz.

TXTPower also “salutes the brave, honest and decent people of
Bukidnon” for ensuring Garci’s electoral defeat.

“We also congratulate Congresswoman-elect Malou Acosta of the Liberty
Party, and hope that she finds her place in the ranks of principled
truth-seekers in the House of Representatives,” said Cruz.

“Garci’s loss is a precursor to the expected defeat of Mrs. Arroyo’s
coalition partners especially in the Senate race. The nation detests
these two phone pals,” Cruz added. ###

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