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Cruz: Some party-list groups backed by jueteng lords

Posted at | Updated as of 09/28/12 2:56 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Archbishop Emeritus Oscar V. Cruz said he received information that some party-list groups seeking a win in 2013 are backed by jueteng lords.

In an interview with Radyo Veritas, Cruz said he is still trying to validate the information, but he would not be surprised if this is true.

He said he will disclose the names of the party-list groups once he gets confirmation.

“Hindi nakapagtataka kung may mga 'party-list' na yan na talagang ang gamitin ay pera ng mga gambling lord for the protection and the benefit of the gambling lords themselves. That is not hard to know. That is not hard to conclude you know,” he said.

For one, jueteng lords are also behind some elective officials, he alleged.

“Kahit sa mga kongresista, may sinusuportahan sila. At willing tayo na ihayag kung sinu-sinong partylist group ang kasali sa halalan na ating papangalanan at sasabihing pinatatakbo sila ng jueteng money,” he added. -- by Ira Pedrasa, ABS-CBNnews.com