[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 12 August Morning

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Fri Aug 12 10:09:18 PHT 2005

*Newsbriefs 12 August Morning*

*Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan*

*Villar open to termination of jueteng hearings*
The Philippine Star

The explosive Senate inquiry on /jueteng /-- which saw serious 
corruption allegations leveled against President Arroyo and her family 
-- may soon come to an end.

Sen. Manuel Villar, who is heading the inquiry with Sen. Lito Lapid, 
agreed yesterday to conclude the proceedings following a proposal from 
Sen. Miriam Santiago, who said the probe may overlap with the 
impeachment proceedings against Mrs. Arroyo.

Lapid has also agreed to terminate the /jueteng /probe.

Santiago also complained that the inquiry has lost its purpose because 
it has become an opposition venue for partisan politics.

*I convinced Dy to testify -- Escudero*
The Philippine Star

House Minority Leader Francis Escudero returned to the country yesterday 
after completing what he called a "successful and triumphant" mission to 
convince former Isabela governor Faustino Dy to testify against 
President Arroyo in the impeachment proceedings.

Escudero said he had finally secured a commitment from Dy to testify in 
the impeachment proceedings and that the former governor was preparing 
for his return to the country.

Dy is apparently in the middle of a tug-of-war between the President's 
allies and opposition leaders over his reported knowledge about the 
conduct of the May 2004 election.

*Storm 'Huaning' moves toward northern Luzon*
Inquirer News Service

TROPICAL depression "Huaning" yesterday developed into a storm, packing 
winds of up to 65 kph near the center as it moved toward northern Luzon, 
the weather bureau said.

Huaning was spotted as of 2 p.m. yesterday at 320 km southeast of 
Aparri. It was moving in a west northwesterly direction at 22 kph.

"Based on its current direction, [Huaning] won't hit landfall over Luzon 
[but] is expected to hit the Batanes group," said Nathaniel Cruz, 
weather branch chief of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and 
Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

Storm Signal No. 2 has been raised over Cagayan, Isabela, Kalinga-Apayao 
and the Calayan and Batanes group of islands, Pagasa said in a bulletin 
released at 5 p.m. yesterday. Travel by sea and air in these areas will 
be risky.

*50,000 say goodbye to Raul Roco*
The Manila Times

NAGA CITY - Calling him a "man of integrity," "champion of women's 
rights" and "the best president the country never had," more than 50,000 
Bicolanos marched in the rain to pay their last respects to former 
senator and education secretary Raul Roco in this city Thursday.

Supporters of Roco, who died after a long bout with prostate cancer last 
week, arrived in Naga from as far as the United States and Europe to 
join the funeral procession from Ateneo de Naga University to the Santo 
Niño Memorial Park, where he was buried.

Students who joined the procession carried streamers and placards in 
praise of their idol. Other students who lined the route showered yellow 
and red confetti and flowers on his coffin as it passed by.

*Indons linked to blasts*
The Manila Times

National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales said on Thursday that it was 
possible two Indonesians feared to be planning suicide attacks in the 
Philippines could be involved in the two bomb blasts in Zamboanga City 
on Wednesday which injured at least 24 people.

Gonzales said two Indonesians were believed to be in Metro Manila with 
two members of the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group, and that they 
looked at up to four targets in the capital were looked at.

*Germany relents, allows entry of 43 RP youths*
Inquirer News Service

ROMAN Catholic leaders heaved a sigh of relief when Germany reconsidered 
a decision to deny visas to 50 delegates to the World Youth Day next 
week in the German city of Cologne.

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) yesterday 
said that 43 of the 50 Filipino delegates initially denied German visas 
were subsequently allowed to join the annual festival. They are part of 
a 322-strong Filipino contingent, most of them middle-class teenagers, 
to the event.



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