[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
* 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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