[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 23 August Morning

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Tue Aug 23 09:46:04 PHT 2005


Newsbriefs 23 August Morning

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan

 

Velarde: Arroyo open to joint rule with foes (news.inq7.net)

"Bro Mike Velarde said he had proposed to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo the formation of a "coalition government" with opposition parties getting 60 percent of the Cabinet posts, and amending the Constitution to allow for the holding of general elections in 2007.

He said the coalition government could include the best representatives of the ruling Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats, Partido ng Masang Pilipino of deposed President Joseph Estrada, Nationalist People's Coalition of business tycoon Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco and the Liberal Party chaired by Senate President Franklin Drilon, who had demanded that Ms Arroyo step down.

Velarde said the President was "receptive" to the idea of a coalition government and to elections in 2007 that would cut her six-year term by half.

"She is open to discussing this. We've been discussing this for some time now," Velarde said in a phone interview with the Inquirer yesterday."

President woos tycoons to her advisory group (news.inq7.net) 

"PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is forming a new advisory group made up of the country's business leaders to rebuild her ties with big business, a significant bloc of which recently joined the rising clamor for her to resign amid the "Gloriagate" and "Juetengate II" scandals.

A Malacañang official said that among the core members being considered for inclusion in the proposed advisory council were SGV & Co. founder Washington SyCip, Ayala Corp. president and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, SM Group executive vice president Tessie Sy-Coson, Phinma chair Oscar Hilado and Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. vice chair and CEO Cesar E.A. Virata."

GMA-Erap truce gets archbishop's approval (www.manilastandardtoday.com)



"Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales yesterday welcomed reconciliation moves between President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and former President Joseph Estrada, but said such efforts must address greed, corruption and immorality on both sides. 

"Reconciliation starts with reforming oneself," Rosales told reporters after presiding over a mass to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary in Makati City. "



Drilon, Miriam favor bail for Erap (www.philstar.com)

"Former President Joseph Estrada should be allowed to petition for bail even though the charges against him are considered non-bailable capital offenses, according to Senate President Franklin Drilon and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago. 

Santiago said the administration should pursue the reported reconciliation talks with Estrada because there is legal basis for it. 

She was reacting to reports that the administration had engaged Estrada in reconciliatory talks and that the former president had reportedly asked to be released from house arrest on recognizance as a condition for reconciliation. 

Drilon, who served as justice secretary during the Aquino administration, concurred with Santiago's opinion that granting bail for Estrada remains at the court's discretion. 

"Even if the prosecution does not interpose any objections, still, the court would have to make a judgment," Drilon said. "The standard under the Constitution is capital offenses are non-bailable unless evidence of guilt is not strong." "



President suspends road tax (www.abs-cbnnews.com)

"Opposition lawmakers on Monday accused President Arroyo of using funds from the Road User's Tax to persuade legislators not to sign the impeachment complaint against her, but Mrs. Arroyo's spokesman, Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye, said there is no truth to it.

Bunye said when President Arroyo learned of the accusation, she immediately ordered Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. to immediately suspend releases on the Road User's Tax. 

Rep. Rolex Suplico, endorser of the impeachment complaint, said the Department of Budget and Management issued a special allotment release order for P2.2 billion on July 4, just after the House began its inquiry into the controversial "Hello Garci" wiretapped recordings. The recordings are being used as part of the evidence in the impeachment complaint. 

Among those who received the money are Representatives Remedios Petilla of Leyte (P90 million), Anthony Miranda of Isabela (P65 million) and Jesus Reynaldo Aquino of Pampanga (P50 million), Suplico said, adding that he would divulge more names in the next few days. Petilla, Miranda and Aquino are identified with the Arroyo administration. 

Suplico said the release of the amount is irregular because each representative's average share of the Road User's Tax is P5 million, depending on the number of vehicles registered in his or her area."

 
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