[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 31 August Morning

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Newsbriefs 31 August Morning

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


Impeach bid near death (www.manilastandardtoday.com)

"The bid to impeach President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo teetered on the brink of defeat last night as the House committee on justice voted 52-2-0 to treat the complaint filed by Marcos loyalist Oliver Lozano as separate from that filed by lawyer Jose Lopez and the amendments introduced by opposition lawmakers. 

The vote was carried despite a noisy 4:45 p.m. walkout staged by the House minority bloc, who stomped out of the plenary hall after accusing members of the majority of trying to railroad the impeachment process. 

Pandemonium broke out when the committee chairman, Maguindanao Rep. Simeon Datumanong, banged his gavel and ruled out further debate on the issue of whether the opposition-backed impeachment complaint, one of three being considered by the House, is "separate and distinct" from the two others. "

Arroyo foes stage walkout (news.inq7.net) 

"AS THOUGH foreshadowing a reprise of then President Joseph Estrada's aborted impeachment trial, pro-impeachment lawmakers yesterday walked out of the House justice committee hearing, claiming the proceedings were being railroaded.

Tumult broke out when Maguindanao Representative Simeon Datumanong, chairman of the justice committee and a staunch ally of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, ruled out further debate on whether the amended impeachment complaint was "separate and distinct" from the other two.

The pro-impeachment lawmakers walked out at around 4:15 p.m., flinging papers into the air. Observers in the gallery roared in approval and displayed thumbs-down signs.

"They want to railroad the process. The De Venecia railroad is working double-, triple-time to railroad everything. I warn those in Malacañang, all of you will pay for this," said House Deputy Minority Leader Teofisto Guingona III."

Walkout a 'wrong decision'-Macalintal (Manila Times)

"The President's spokesman on the impeachment process said Tuesday that the opposition made a wrong decision in walking out of the hearing in the House of Representatives.

The lawyer Romulo Macalintal said the President's detractors are just muddling the issue with their failure to present a strong case against her and to lure enough congressmen to sign the impeachment complaint.

He said the President's legal team wants the process to proceed and is confident of clearing the President's name.

The walkout, Macalintal added, has no impact on the impeachment process, since Rep. Simeon Datumanong, the chairman of the House committee on justice, is on top of the situation.

Secretary Ricardo Saludo said the walkout appears to be a precipitate move by members of the opposition, and he expects them to return to the hearing and take part in the deliberations.

Macalintal said Datumanong was right in not giving way to the motion of Rep. Ace Barbers to allow former Cabinet member Corazon Soliman to speak before the committee before it voted on which of the three complaints to consider."

Soliman: Lozano complaint manipulated from Day 1 (news.inq7.net)


"PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo had just delivered her nationally televised "I am sorry" speech on the night of June 27 when she was told that lawyer Oliver Lozano had filed an impeachment complaint in Congress earlier in the day.

Political adviser Gabriel Claudio broke the news to Ms Arroyo as she walked along with then Social Welfare Secretary Corazon "Dinky" Soliman on the second floor of the Premier Guest House at Malacañang.

"President Arroyo asked if it had been endorsed," Soliman said, recounting the incident at a news conference yesterday. Soliman said Claudio replied that it had not.

"Pa-endorse mo na (Have it endorsed now)," Ms Arroyo was quoted by Soliman as telling Claudio. Claudio said he would call Alagad Representative Rodante Marcoleta, a party-list lawmaker, who forthwith put his stamp on the complaint."

Wage hikes to ease oil crunch? (www.manilastandardtoday.com)

"The government is considering another round of wage increases to cushion the impact of the incessant rise in gasoline prices. 

"As soon as we receive a petition from labor groups asking for a wage increase, we will act on it," said National Wages and Productivity Commission Chairman Ricardo Martinez, who added that a new round of increases is possible even though wages were already raised in June. "

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