DOJ asks U.S. help to unmask 'Hello Nico' audio tape

June 8, 2010 7:11 pm 

By Perfecto T. Raymundo, Jr.

MANILA, June 8 – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has sought the assistance of the United States to determine who "uploaded" on the internet the alleged conversation between Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ronaldo Puno.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Acting DOJ Secretary and concurrent Solicitor General Alberto Agra said that the department had written the U.S. government, through the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT), to determine the identity or the source of the controversial uploaded taped conversation.

"The website is US-based but when you open it, you are now redirected to another website," Agra said.

The said audio file is already on the website based in the United States namely, http://www.rpcheaters.webs.com, which at present could not anymore be located, but instead, redirected to another website.

The MLAT is an agreement between two countries aimed to gather and exchange information to be able to strengthen criminal laws.

The alleged "Hello Nico" tape is a taped conversation between Ferrer and Puno on the alleged plan to rig the May 10, 2010 automated synchronized elections. (PNA)

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