[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 30 August Afternoon

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Tue Aug 30 16:07:09 PHT 2005

Newsbriefs 30 August Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


Solon bolts LP, hits Drilon for 'arm-twisting' (manilastandardtoday.com)

"A congressman from Cagayan yesterday bolted from the Liberal Party, complaining of the arm-twisting tactics of leaders such as Senate President Franklin Drilon, who are pressuring members to sign the impeachment complaint against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. 

"I'm tired of being pushed around," said Rep. Florencio Vargas, in separate letters to Drilon and party chairman Manila Mayor Lito Atienza, on the eve of what may be a crucial vote in the House committee on justice today. 

The LP has been split at the top, with Drilon wanting the President to resign and Atienza opposing such a move. 

In another sign of the schism, another LP member, Rep. Rodolfo Bacani of Manila said he is endorsing the impeachment complaint despite the knowledge that the administration bloc will kill the complaint on a technicality today."

 House justice committee set to vote on Arroyo impeach raps (inq7.net)

"PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is set to get a new breath of political life on today as her opponents headed into an impeachment vote short of the backing they needed to bring her down.

Even with impeachment proceedings stacked up against the feisty 58-year-old Arroyo, however, opposition leaders have conceded that they have been unable to muster enough support for her ouster.

"We don't have the numbers," opposition legislator Ronaldo Zamora said on Tuesday, blaming Arroyo's allies in the House of Representatives justice committee, which was to hold a vote at 0430 GMT.

"They will really kill it off," Zamora said. "We won't be given a chance to have our evidence presented."

The committee, dominated by Arroyo supporters, was expected to scupper the impeachment bid either in Tuesday's vote or on Wednesday, despite calls from the opposition to picket Congress.

The committee will discuss whether the original complaint by lawyer Oliver Lozano, the amended complaint by the opposition bloc, or the one by lawyer Jose Rizalino Lopez, should be recognized."

Soliman: Palace hatched Lozano complaint (abs-cbnnews.com)

"A former Arroyo Cabinet member revealed Tuesday that the original impeachment complaint filed by lawyer Oliver Lozano may have been a Malacañan-backed plot to prevent the filing of a stronger complaint against President Arroyo.

Former social welfare secretary Corazon Soliman said she heard Mrs. Arroyo talk to her political adviser Gabriel Claudio last June about the filing of the Lozano complaint before the House of Representatives. 

She said the President's conversation with Claudio happened after her June 27 public apology for talking to an election commissioner. She said she and other Cabinet officials congratulated Mrs. Arroyo after her public apology, gave her flowers, and even serenaded her at the Malacañan Premiere Guest House dining hall.

Soliman said Claudio approached Mrs. Arroyo outside the dining hall to tell her that Lozano had already filed the impeachment complaint. 

Claudio allegedly told the President he would talk to Alagad Rep. Rodante Marcoleta if he can endorse the complaint."

'Grand plan' to thwart Arroyo impeachment at House bared (inq7.net)

"THE IMPEACHMENT complaint by lawyer Oliver Lozano could be part of a "grand plan" to frustrate the impeachment of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the House of Representatives, former Cabinet members who called for Arroyo's resignation said on Tuesday.

"Is it possible that lawyer Oliver Lozano, unknown or known to him, [is] part of a grand plan to frustrate the impeachment process?" former education secretary Florencio Abad said in a prepared statement by the group.

Former Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Juliano Soliman said she personally witnessed the President order her political adviser Gabriel Claudio to have the Lozano complaint endorsed immediately at the House.

Soliman quoted Claudio as telling the President that he would talk to Congressman Rodante Marcoleta to have the complaint endorsed."

Minority: Palace working overtime to kill impeachment (abs-cbnnews.com)

"The opposition on Tuesday accused Malacañan of working overtime to counter moves by the opposition to gather the 79 signatures needed to impeach President Arroyo. 

"Well, we've been trying to get the 79 signatures but you saw last Saturday and Sunday, Malacañan is working overtime. And they weren't content with that, they even declared Monday as a holiday. I understand that a lot of congressmen went to Malacañan on Monday," Iloilo Rep. Rolex Suplico told DZMM. 

The opposition congressman said he had received reports that the Palace is offering key government posts to relatives of lawmakers who agree not to support the impeachment complaint. "Santa Claus didn't bring a sleigh. He brought the whole warehouse," he added. 

Suplico said he expects the majority bloc in the House justice committee to push for a vote on which of the three impeachment to endorse before the plenary - lawyer Oliver Lozano's complaint filed last July 8, the amended complaint filed by the opposition on July 25 or the one filed by Rep. Ruy Elias Lopez on the same day."

Arroyo allies reject 'grand plan' against impeachment (inq7.net)

"TWO of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's supporters who have been linked to an alleged "grand plan" to scuttle the impeachment moves against the President at the House of Representatives branded the claims as an "outright lie" and a "demolition job" by the opposition.

"It's an outright lie," Presidential adviser for political affairs Gabriel Claudio told a news conference on Tuesday.

A "demolition job" was how Alagad Party-list Representative Rodante Marcoleta saw an alleged last-ditch effort by his colleagues in the opposition to have their amended impeachment complaint endorsed by the justice committee.

Both were reacting to former social welfare secretary Corazon "Dinky" Soliman's claim earlier on Tuesday that the President had asked Claudio to tell Marcoleta to support lawyer Oliver Lozano's complaint that accused the President of allegedly betraying public trust when she cheated in the 2004 election.

Activists march vs kill-impeach move (abs-cbnnews.com)

"Hundreds of activists allied with the opposition marched to the Batasang Pambansa complex in Quezon City Tuesday to denounce the plan to "kill" the impeachment complaints.

The group calling itself Gloria Step Down Movement (GSM) carried streamers that said "Huwag harangan ang katotohanan" and called on congressmen to set aside party affiliations and uphold public interest.

"The overwhelming majority of Filipinos demand that the truth be heard. To kill the impeachment complaint is to kill the truth," said GSM convenor Fr. Jose Dizon. 

"This is another chapter in the real-life novel called "Murder She Wrote." Mrs. Arroyo is the main plotter, perpetrator and beneficiary in the killing of the impeachment complaint.

Groups under the GSM and Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) said they are prepared to intensify actions in other venues available to them."

Oil goes past $70; ethanol use urged (manilastandardtoday.com)

"Oil prices surged past a record $70 a barrel yesterday, highlighting the importance of a bill - certified urgent by the Palace - to promote the commercial production and use of bio-ethanol. 

"We will not allow ourselves to be held hostage by the skyrocketing prices of oil," President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said in a live interview over the state-run NBN-4, even as news reports said US crude oil prices jumped nearly $5 a barrel to touch a peak of $70.80 in New York trading. "We will not allow the situation to immobilize us through resignation or inaction." 

Shares close higher on resilience of Philippine economy (XFN-Asia)

"SHARE prices closed higher for the third straight session as investors hunted for bargains following last week's sharp falls, inspired by the resiliency of the Philippine economy amid record-high crude oil prices, dealers said. 

They said market players also bravely took positions in select stocks ahead of a crucial hearing on the impeachment case against President Gloria Arroyo. 

Opposition lawmakers said they expected the majority of the House of Representatives' committee on justice to choose the weakest of three impeachment complaints against Arroyo, which could eventually lead to the dismissal of the case. 

The composite index closed up 17.07 points or 0.88 percent at 1,951.63, after trading between 1,929.08 and 1,951.79. Volume turnover reached 654.2 million shares worth 998.2 million pesos. 

The broader all-shares index gained 5.86 points to 1,180.87. 

Gainers outnumbered risers 40 to 35, with 45 stocks ending unchanged."

 Peso-Dollar Exchange Rate 
Official Rate from the Philippine Dealing System (As of August 30, 2005 2:05 PM)

PDS Wtd. Avg. P56.140 = $1.00

Previous Close 55.940

Disclaimer: These are based on Philippine Dealing System rates.
Actual bank rates may vary.

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