[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 9 August Afternoon

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Tue Aug 9 17:14:00 PHT 2005

*Newsbriefs 9 August Afternoon
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan*

*1.      **Opposition should shut down 'witness academy' - Palace 
(inq7.net) <#_Opposition_should_shut_down%20%27witnes>*
*2.   AFP: Lacson witness involved in military scam (abs-cbnnews.com) 
*3.*   *ARMM poll results out Wednesday (abs-cbnnews.com) 
*4.*   *'White Ribbon' movement ready for President De Castro (inq7.net) 
*5.*   *Treasury raises P4B via 5-year bonds re-issue (XFN-Asia) 


      Opposition should shut down 'witness academy' - Palace (inq7.net)

AFTER losing another "jueteng" witness, the opposition should now shut 
down its "witness academy."

Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye said the "witness academy" had produced 
"graduates" that "miserably failed the truth and credibility tests."

The term "witness academy" was coined by Majority Floor Leader Prospero 
Nograles to counter the opposition's claims that the administration had 
a "witness prevention program" aimed at harassing or bribing individuals 
into retracting their statements against President Gloria 
Macapagal-Arroyo and her family's alleged involvement in the popular 
illegal numbers game.

"By now, the public must be tired of their antics of dangling so-called 
surprise witnesses who eventually repudiate their own allegations," he said.

After Richard Garcia, another witness, Demosthenes Riva, recanted his 
testimony before the Senate inquiry on "jueteng."

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      AFP: Lacson witness involved in military scam (abs-cbnnews.com)

The military on Tuesday identified a former intelligence officer as the 
alleged witness to be presented by opposition Sen. Panfilo Lacson in 
Wednesday's hearing of the Senate jueteng inquiry.


Armed Forces spokesman Lt. Col. Buenaventura Pascual identified the 
alleged witness as Capt. Marlon Mendoza, a former junior officer of the 
Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.


He said Mendoza was removed as assistant group commander of ISAFP's 
MIG-23 in November 2003 for his involvement in the fraudulent sale of 
mission orders and mission requests from January to October 2003.


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      ARMM poll results out Wednesday (abs-cbnnews.com)

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) said results of the Autonomous 
Region on Muslim Mindanao elections could be released in two days and a 
new ARMM governor proclaimed by Friday, abs-cbnNEWS.com learned Tuesday.

COMELEC Chairman Benjamin Abalos said the poll body started manual 
counting of the ARMM votes after poll precincts closed on Monday.   He 
added that counting of votes in South Upi town in Maguindanao province 
will start once voting booths close on Tuesday afternoon. Voting in the 
municipality was delayed for six hours on Monday after a multisectoral 
group barred election officers from delivering ballot boxes.

Initial reports reaching COMELEC indicated turnouts of as low as 40 
percent in the five provinces composing the ARMM.  In Tawi-Tawi only 
half of the voters showed up. In Maguindanao the turnout was 30 
percent.  In the town of Parang, Maguindanao, the turnout was as low as 
45 percent, COMELEC official Lolita Pescola said. The last time it was 
80 percent, she said.

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      'White Ribbon' movement ready for President De Castro (inq7.net)

 A COALITION of groups whose members include concerned professionals, 
teachers, and students seeking the ouster of President Gloria 
Macapagal-Arroyo is willing to settle for Vice President Noli de Castro 
as her successor.

"IF WE have to deal with Noli de Castro as President, then so be it," 
according to the White Ribbon Movement who has called for either the 
resignation or impeachment of Ms Arroyo.

The alliance also urged Filipinos to tie white ribbons in their homes, 
places of work, and vehicles to show the popular clamor for Ms Arroyo's 
removal from office.

"There is still no consensus among the groups belonging to the White 
Ribbon Movement, but if we have to deal with Noli de Castro as 
President, then so be it," said Dr. Carol Araullo, leader of 
PlunderWatch.  (PlunderWatch is one of the first complainants in the 
impeachment case filed against then president Joseph Estrada in 2000.)

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      Treasury raises P4B via 5-year bonds re-issue (XFN-Asia)

THE GOVERNMENT has raised 4.0 billion pesos at Tuesday's auction of 
re-issued five-year bonds, the Bureau of Treasury said.

Originally issued on July 21, the bonds carry a coupon rate of 10.75 

Tenders totaled 8.375 billion pesos, with bids ranging from 10.725 
percent to 10.850 percent for an average of 10.817 percent.

(One dollar = 55.89 pesos)


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