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Foreign observers' comparison of Mindanao with Afghanistan uncalled for

MANILA, May 17 (PNA) - Press Secretary Ignacio R. Bunye lamented today as
"uncalled for" the statement of foreign observers of last Monday’s midterm
elections comparing Mindanao with the situation in war-wracked

In a statement, Bunye said that the foreign observers, who have stayed in
the country for only a few days, have a lot to learn about Philippine
culture, heritage and politics.

"While we welcome foreign observers, we also must recognize their limited
exposure to national and local politics in the Philippines," he added.

The Malacañang official was reacting to media reports quoting the foreign
observers from the Asia Network of Free Elections (ANFREL) that
vote-buying and other irregularities marred the election in Mindanao.

Bunye noted that Filipinos -- "knowing that the Armed Forces of the
Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) are there to
help them" – actually felt "free to choose who to vote for, and are able
to move around with great ease."


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