Cash politics dog Philippine poll

Candidates vie for country's presidency amid concerns over culture of corruption.

    Critics of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the Philippine president, have stepped up claims that she has been cashing in on her position, to add to her growing personal wealth.

    But Arroyo says she has been falsely accused, and there is no proof she has been plundering state funds. 

    The accusations come ahead of May's presidential elections, in which a former president - once convicted of plunder himself - is running for office.

    Al Jazeera's Marga Ortigas reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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