WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – About 3 p.m. on January 2, President Trump held an hour-long call with Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s secretary of state, in which he repeatedly urged him to alter the outcome of the presidential vote in the state. “I just want to find 11,780 votes,” he told Raffensperger.
While many Americans were shocked and angered upon release of a recording of that call, Filipinos merely shrugged it off, saying that Trump lacked originality. They said former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo did it first, in what is now known as the “Hello Garci” scandal.
The scandal and crisis began in June 2005 when audio recordings of a phone call conversation between President Arroyo and then Election Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano, allegedly talking about the rigging of the 2004 national election results, were released to the public. (Arroyo subsequently admitted and apologized for making that call.)
Well, the one big difference between the two calls is that Arroyo won the Presidency in that election; Trump loses the Presidency as of January 20.