[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 20 July Morning
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan
slb at admu.edu.ph
Wed Jul 20 10:23:13 PHT 2005
*Newsbriefs 20 July Morning
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan*
*Illegal, say legal eagles; diversionary, say critics* (Inquirer)
AN AFFRONT to the Constitution and a political ploy were how legal
stalwarts and opposition leaders called President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo's decision to set up a commission that would
investigate allegations that she cheated in the 2004 election.
"If there'd be any investigation into electoral fraud, the proper venue
for that would still be the Presidential Electoral Tribunal and the
impeachment court," Father Joaquin Bernas, one of the framers of the
1987 Constitution, told the Inquirer.
"Any parallel investigation would be an attempt to subvert the
Bernas, one of the legal experts whom the House of Representatives
consulted about the admissibility of the "Hello, Garci" tapes as
evidence in its investigation of electoral fraud, added: "There is a
Constitution and there are institutions [tasked to undertake certain
"I don't know what truth is it about [that they'd be looking into],"
*8 out of 10 Filipinos want Arroyo out, says Pulse **Asia** poll
*WHETHER by resignation or impeachment or unconstitutional means, nearly
8 out of 10 Filipinos want President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo banished
from Malacañang even before she completes her six-year term. This was
the result of a nationwide survey conducted by the independent polling
firm Pulse Asia Inc. from June 20 to 23, disputing Malacañang's claim
that the views of respondents in Metro Manila differ sharply from those
of the rest of the country. Some 1,200 respondents took part in the
"The survey findings indicate that Metro Manilans generally reflect the
sentiments of the rest of the country insofar as the continuation of the
Arroyo administration until 2010 is concerned, but not in the choice of
the country's leaders," Pulse Asia executive director Ana Maria L.
Tabunda said in a statement.
A survey conducted by Pulse Asia on July 2-8 (300 respondents) found
that 72 percent of residents in Metro Manila distrusted Ms Arroyo and
that 58 percent wanted her to resign.
"Probes into Metro Manilans' views regarding the best and worst
political scenarios for the country reveal very little support for the
incumbent administration," Tabunda said.
The Pulse Asia Inc. survey conducted nationwide showed that Filipinos
considered the President's stay in office (22 percent) the "most
destructive political scenario," similar to a coup d'état (22 percent)
in which a group of military and police officials choose the group that
Twenty percent considered a coup and a military junta a "destructive
Only 17 percent said an impeachment of Ms Arroyo and her replacement by
Vice President Noli de Castro was destructive.
For 30 percent of Filipinos, De Castro is the best person to lead the
country, followed by deposed President Joseph Estrada (19 percent) and
Senator Panfilo Lacson (16 percent).
The President remained a poor fourth with 8 percent.
In Metro Manila, residents not only wanted the President out but they
chose three others -- Lacson (36 percent), De Castro (15 percent), and
Estrada (8 percent) ahead of her (7 percent) as the best person to lead
Interestingly, Susan Roces, who has shunned calls for her to join
politics, was chosen by 7 percent, the same figure as that of the
President, as the best person to lead the country.
Tabunda noted that the choice of best leader was the only significant
difference between the July survey in Metro Manila and the June
In Metro Manila, the President (25 percent) emerged on top of the list
of public figures unacceptable to lead the country ahead of retired Army
chief Fortunato Abat (17 percent), De Castro (12 percent), Supreme Court
Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. (12 percent), Estrada (9 percent),
Roces (6 percent) and Lacson (5 percent).
Nationwide, Ms Arroyo (53 percent) ranked No. 1 on the list of the most
unacceptable leader for the country ahead of former President Fidel V.
Ramos (25 percent), evangelist Brother Eddie Villanueva (23 percent),
Roces (23 percent) and De Castro (23 percent).
Tabunda noted that the June nationwide survey had similar results for
the same question as Ms Arroyo, Ramos and Villanueva emerged the top
three most unacceptable leaders.
To further refute Malacañang's claim of divergent results between
surveys in Metro Manila and the provinces, Tabunda said the June
nationwide survey showed no evidence of an urban-rural divide in which
performance and trust ratings of Ms Arroyo and opinion on her continuing
to serve as president of the country are concerned.
Despite the political and economic problems, 67 percent of the people in
Metro Manila believe that there is hope for the Philippines. Only 17
percent have given up hope on the country, according to Pulse Asia.
In addition, 74 percent of Metro Manilans believe that it is not
necessary to impose martial law in the country. Eighteen percent are in
favor of martial rule.
*AFP cuffs emerging leaders of coup *(abs-cbnnews)*
A military-led takeover is unlikely to succeed because the Armed Forces
of the Philippines has moved against officers it considers likely coup
The Armed Forces deputy chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Edilberto Adan, said
the military leadership has taken steps against those who have defied
the chain of command.
"We've already relieved those officers who have issued statements
against the institution, and sanction awaits those who are planning to
do the same," Adan said at a roundtable with reporters and editors of
The Manila Times.
He assured the nation that the Armed Forces is doing everything to
discourage military "adventurism" and is continuously sending messages
to all its men to follow the Constitution. Adan said the military has
learned its lesson from the two people-power revolts in 1986 and 2001
where the military took sides.
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