Sinking Deeper

On the tape, the gravelly voice of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is unmistakable—and she appears to be discussing the fixing of returns in last May's presidential election, which Arroyo won by about 1 million votes. The tape was recorded shortly after the poll—but it is an edited fraud, according to the President's office, which played it for the media last week along with a recording of what it said was the original, undoctored conversation. The edited tape, say Arroyo and her aides, is part of a broader plan by her rivals to discredit her, spark street protests and provide support...

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