Bunye said the conversations did not happen and even alleged that the leaked recording was fabricated.
But as more details about the alleged conversations became available to the media, Arroyo addressed the nation on national television and apologized for talking to the elections commissioner while votes were still being counted.
She, however, never admitted that she connived to cheat in the 2004 elections.
Senator Aquilino Pimentel said that while the issue should have been kept private, Arroyo’s aides mishandled the controversy, making a mountain out of a molehill.
“We have fake elections, we have a fake president, now we have fake boobs,” he said. “It’s fake all over.”