[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 14 July Morning

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan slb at admu.edu.ph
Thu Jul 14 10:22:04 PHT 2005

*Newsbrief **14 July 2005** Morning
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan*

*Overhaul of Comelec remote, Ermita opines *(manila standard)

"Unless the members of the Commission on Elections voluntarily resign, 
the "complete overhaul" sought by various groups to restore the 
credibility of the poll body will not be possible.

This was the response of Malacañang to the recommendation of 17 
political parties that Comelec be totally revamped to restore its 
credibility amid allegations of massive cheating in last year's election.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said Malacañang cannot remove 
Chairman Benjamin Abalos and other Comelec commissioners because they 
enjoy a fixed term of seven years as constitutional officials.

"Unless they resign, there can be no revamp," Ermita said during a 
Palace briefing."

* UP won't make a stand on crisis, says president *(manila times)

"As an institution, the University of the Philippines will stand clear 
of the political crisis gripping the Arroyo administration.

"We don't have an institutional stand, that's a no-no," UP President 
Emerlinda Roman said Wednesday at a roundtable with editors and 
reporters of The Manila Times. "But that will not stop any group in the 
university from making a statement and we're going to respect its position."

Roman also declined to reveal her personal views on the growing call for 
Mrs. Arroyo to resign on allegations she rigged the result of last 
year's election and her family benefited from jueteng operations.

Among the groups in UP that have joined the clamor for Mrs. Arroyo's 
resignation are the UP College of Law, the student council of UP Manila, 
a faculty group in UP Baguio and the multisectoral group UP Aware 
(Alliance Working for Arroyo's Removal), composed of organizations from 
academe, students, faculty members and employees."

*Pro-GMA rally on Saturday*

President Arroyo's allies in the House of Representatives plan to mount 
a rally at Rizal Park Saturday as their reply to the anti-Arroyo 
demonstration in Makati City Wednesday.

Representatives Federico Sandoval of Malabon, Eduardo Zialcita of 
Parañaque and Bienvenido Abante of Manila said at a press conference 
Wednesday that they plan to gather between 100,000 and 200,000 Arroyo 
supporters, including lawmakers, mayors and students, for the "Gathering 
for Peace and Unity for the Rule of Law."

*30,000 to 35,000 according to PNP, 40,000 according to Inquirer, 70,000 
according to Rep. Paras joined the rally in Makati yesterday, seeking 
PGMA's and VP Noli de Castro's resignation*

*House to PNP, AFP: Get Garci **(Philippine Star)*

"The five House committees investigating the "Hello, Garci" recordings 
directed the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Armed Forces of the 
Philippines (AFP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 
yesterday to find missing former election commissioner Virgilio Garcillano.

The committee made the decision after House process servers, aided by 
policemen, tried to serve a subpoena on Garcillano but informed the 
House members they could not find the former official.

Meanwhile, the House committees decided to suspend their investigation 
until Aug. 3, a week after the opening of the second regular session of 

The committees made the decision in the wake of the failure of subpoena 
servers to locate Garcillano and former NBI official Samuel Ong."

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