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Atong Ang: Bong Pineda made GMA win

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By: Xave Gregorio

The man behind the victory of former President, now Pampanga 2nd District Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is no other than businessman and alleged gambling lord Bong Pineda, Atong Ang bared.

Ang said Pineda, who has been summoned to the Senate to its next probe on purported anomalies in small town lottery operations, helped Arroyo win the presidential race.

He added that the victory Pineda handed Arroyo led to the closure of his gaming firm Meridian.

“Si Madam GMA po, pinaburan po si Pineda, ang ginawa, pinasara ‘yung Meridian,” Ang told lawmakers Tuesday (February 13) during the House good government and public accountability committee on the alleged anomalies in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

Pineda is said to be a political king maker, and has already been previously summoned to Senate hearings on illegal numbers games during the time of former Presidents Fidel Ramos and Joseph Estrada.

His wife, Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda, ran alongside Arroyo in the 2016 elections. Both were gunning to be re-elected for their third and last terms.