[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 10 August Morning

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Wed Aug 10 11:10:10 PHT 2005

*Newsbriefs 10 August Morning
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan*

In this issue:

   1. Winners in Mindanao Polls Proclaimed Today
   2. Impeachment Hearings On: Panel Vows Fairness
   3. NBI finally launches all-out manhunt for Garcillano
   4. Prove Claims: Cruz Told <#_Prove_claims,_Cruz_told%20%28Manila%20Tim>


      Winners in Mindanao polls proclaimed today (manilastandardonline.com)

Winners of the elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao 
will be proclaimed in some provinces today, while the results for 
governor and vice governor will be known in a few days, the Commission 
on Elections said yesterday.

Election officials said the winning assemblymen for Maguindanao and 
Lanao del Sur would likely be known today.

The Comelec said the elections -- to vote for a governor, vice governor 
and 24 members of the legislative assembly of the ARMM -- were generally 
peaceful, despite isolated incidents of ballot box-snatching and 

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo called the elections "a triumph of 

A party-list lawmaker from Mindanao, however, urged Congress to 
investigate "massive cheating" in the elections.

Anak-Mindanao party-list Rep. Mujiv Hataman said a congressional review 
should address perennial election cheating in the region.

Hataman cited incidents in at least 10 barangays in Tuburan, Basilan, 
where barangay captains allegedly filled up election ballots in favor of 
the administration bet for governor.

Basilan Rep. Gerry Salapuddin, House deputy speaker for Mindanao, said 
there were many witnesses, including teachers, who could testify about 
cheating in Basilan.

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      Impeachment hearings on; panel vows fairness

Impeachment hearings open at the House of Representatives today, with 
the chairman of the justice committee promising a transparent, just and 
fair investigation into the charges against President Gloria Macapagal 

Members of the panel will decide on the force of arguments and not 
merely on the strength of numbers, said Maguindanao Rep. Simeon 
Datumanong, who said the rules would be strictly enforced during the 

"It will be a full democratic exercise the Filipino people will be proud 
of," Datumanong said. "There will be no shortcuts."

The panel, which begins hearings at 9:30 a.m., will have 60 session days 
to determine if the impeachment complaints against the President are 
sufficient in form and substance.

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      NBI finally launches all-out manhunt for Garcillano (inq7.net)

THE NATIONAL Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has officially begun the 
intensified search for sought-after former Election Commissioner 
Virgilio Garcillano.

NBI spokesperson Auralyn Pascual said the bureau has assigned the NBI 
Metro Manila regional office to take charge of the manhunt upon 
receiving the warrant of arrest from Congress on Monday.

"We have also relayed the directive to the bureau's regional and 
district offices nationwide," Pascual said in an interview with 
reporters yesterday.

Pascual added that the bureau would also ask Interpol to help locate 
Garcillano, who has reportedly left the country for either London or 

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      Prove claims, Cruz told (Manila Times)

      Senate President Pro Tempore Juan Flavier and Sen. Juan Ponce
      Enrile dared Archbishop Oscar Cruz Tuesday to prove his allegation
      that persons associated with the Arroyo administration were
      bribing and harassing witnesses to retract their testimonies
      linking the first family to the jueteng payoff issue.

The bishop made the allegation after witnesses Richard Garcia and 
Abraham Riva apologized to the President and her family for linking them 
to the controversy during a Senate inquiry into jueteng, an illegal 
numbers game. The two witnesses said the first family was never involved 
in jueteng, and that Sen. Panfilo Lacson told them what to say in the 
Senate hearing.

Flavier said it was unfair for Archbishop Cruz to accuse Malacañan of 
bribing or harassing witnesses without proof.

He also expressed sadness over accusations that his colleagues in the 
opposition have coached witnesses to link the first family to jueteng.

"If that is so, then that is sad. It is wrong to do that to a witness, 
whether you are in the majority or minority," Flavier said.

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