[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 22 August Morning

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Mon Aug 22 09:31:10 PHT 2005

Newsbriefs 22 August Morning

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


Palace forms consultative panel for Cha-cha (www.abs-cbnnews.com)


"Malacañan has issued a directive creating a 50-member consultative commission that will recommend amendments to the Constitution before the year ends.


As contained in Executive Order 453, the commission will start its work before September 10 and will have a budget of P10 million.


The members of the commission will represent national, regional and sectoral constituencies duly nominated and then selected by the President.


Nominations must be in by August 31."


Nene says Garcillano hiding in New Jersey (www.abs-cbnnews.com)


"Former election commissioner Virgilio Garcillano is in New Jersey, where he can be extradited after leaving the Philippines as a fugitive, the Senate minority leader, Aquilino Pimentel Jr, said Sunday.


Pimentel asked the Department of Justice to make representation with Washington in verifying his information that Garcillano is in the United States. He said Garcillano could be brought home because the Philippines has a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the US."


Congress may waste VAT gains, warns US bank (www.abs-cbnnews.com)


"Revenue gains from the expanded value-added tax (EVAT) law are in danger of being used to fund pet projects of legislators, warned a US investment bank.


In a recent report, Bear Stearns said the entire Congress contingent and half of Philippine senators face reelection in 2007, and so would be eager to see government expenditure for their constituencies rise before the election takes place."


New anti-Arroyo coalition formed (news.inq7.net)

"A NEW coalition called Black and White Movement has been formed to press for the ouster of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who is facing impeachment in Congress for allegedly cheating her way to the presidency.

The Black and White Movement, which includes members of the so-called Hyatt 10, yesterday vowed to unite the middle forces -- the same groups that helped to bring down the Estrada administration and catapulted Ms Arroyo to power in 2001.

The coalition noted that Ms Arroyo was still clinging to power despite the scandals hounding her administration because many groups that want her out of Malacañang refuse to be associated with groups supporting jailed former President Joseph Estrada.

The coalition hopes to provide yet another group for the anti-Arroyo movement, which its leaders say remain fragmented and weak.

"For the middle forces who were involved in EDSA I and II, coming out to the streets means being side by side with (Estrada) and Marcos forces -- an idea they find unacceptable," the coalition said in an instruction sheet for the workshops it organized yesterday."

Impeachment debate ends today at House (www.manilastandardtoday.com)

"Members of the House committee on justice from the majority bloc yesterday vowed to "transcend political partisanship and exercise impartiality" as they end the debate tomorrow that would decide whether to continue or end the impeachment case against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo." 


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