[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 5 August Morning
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan
slb at admu.edu.ph
Fri Aug 5 14:59:37 PHT 2005
*Newsbriefs 5 August Morning
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan*
*'Jueteng' witness says sorry to Arroyo *(www.inq7.net)
"Occasionally shouting into a microphone, a "jueteng"
bagman-turned-whistle-blower yesterday tearfully accused the opposition
of forcing him to link members of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's
family to the multibillion-peso illegal numbers racket.
But Richard Garcia stressed at a televised news conference that he was
not retracting his previous deposition at the Senate that members of the
First Family had received jueteng payoffs.
"Everything I told the Senate is true," he said, speaking in Filipino.
In a rambling account, Garcia said he was at the end of his rope and was
exhausted by the rigors of the Senate hearings, the death threats he had
supposedly received, and the separation from his family.
He said he decided to quit being a prized witness of the opposition
after San Juan Representative Ronaldo Zamora met with him and fellow
jueteng whistle-blowers Wilfredo "Boy" Mayor and Sandra Cam last week.
"They wanted us to link the First Family to jueteng before the
impeachment trial, but I don't know anything about that," Garcia said,
naming opposition Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson as one of those
supposedly leaning on the witnesses."
Solons may start debate on Charter change next week *(www.inq7.net)
"Despite opposition from a growing number of legislators, the House of
Representatives will start its deliberations next week on the Charter
Speaker Jose de Venecia said Thursday the concurrent resolution on
amendments to the Constitution had been placed in the order of business
for plenary debate.
"To the best of our ability against the wishes of the opposition, I hope
we can start by next week," House Majority Floor Leader Prospero
Nograles said in a text message to INQ7.net.
But opponents of amending the Charter are gaining foothold in the House
as six more lawmakers signed a resolution blocking the move.
Deputy Speaker for Central Luzon Benigno Aquino III, Cavite
Representative Gilbert Remulla, Zamboanga del Norte Roseller Barinaga,
Cebu Representative Clavel Martinez, Quezon Representative Proceso
Alcala, and South Cotabato Representative Arthur Pingoy Jr. signed House
Their signatures brought to 38 the number of solons opposed to the
*Arroyo grants more subsidy to NorthRail squatters *(www.inq7.net)
"Embattled President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's public relations
offensive has reached squatters affected by the 26.1-billion pesos
NorthRail project as she recently approved a 25,000-pesos additional
subsidy to each relocated family as part of their housing materials loan
as recommended by Vice President Noli de Castro.
Before leaving for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to attend the burial of King
Fahd, De Castro said he was able to secure the President's approval
during the Cabinet meeting early this week.
The 32.2-kilometer railway transit project, which will link Metro
Manila, Central Luzon and Northern Luzon, is the biggest project between
the Philippines and China.
De Castro, chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating
Council (HUDCC), said the additional amount would be deducted from the
total amount to be paid by each family, specifically from the housing
This means that a family will still receive 50,000 pesos for the
purchase of housing materials, but will only pay half of this amount as
Bishops promise not to back another Edsa *(www.manilastandardonline.com)
"Just to make things clear: the Catholic Bishops Conference of the
Philippines will never support another Edsa revolution or lead the
clamor to unseat President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
At least not at this point.
According to the influential Church group, there is "still too much
freedom and the situation is still reversible."
Pampanga Archbishop Paciano Aniceto, head of the CBCP family and life,
reiterated the prelates' stand during the launching of Veritas 846 at
Santuario de San Antonio Parish church at Forbes Park, Makati City.
President Arroyo attended the unveiling of the Catholic radio station's
"It (the Arroyo administration's crisis) should be solved within
peaceful and constitutional means not through chaos, violence, military
junta, power grab and political disorder. I am not for or against
President Arroyo. I am for gospel values. We supported former President
Corazon Aquino because at that time she embodied the values of the
people," Aniceto said.
Asked if the current political turmoil would warrant the same intensity
to unseat the government similar to Edsa-1, Aniceto said there is no
need for a 1986-style People Power Revolt."
Miriam sees move to oust GMA fading *(www.abs-cbnnews.com)
*"Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago said on Thursday that the opposition's
chances to oust President Arroyo are getting slimmer by the day.
She said this explains why the opposition is becoming more desperate in
its efforts to unseat the President.
"The opposition has reached a point of diminishing return. Habang
tumatagal, lumiliit yung chances [nito] to oust Mrs. Arroyo. Nauubos ang
resources at wala [itong] public support [As it drags on, the chances to
oust Mrs. Arroyo get slimmer. Its resources are being depleted, and it
doesn't enjoy public support]," Santiago said.
Although the opposition had let loose a barrage of witnesses against the
President, unleashing dirty scandal after another, she predicted Mrs.
Arroyo will overcome these and soon the people would lose interest."
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