[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 26 July Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan slb at admu.edu.ph
Tue Jul 26 17:40:43 PHT 2005

*Newsbriefs 26  Afternoon
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan*

*Military admits 'dissatisfaction' but says coup 'remote'* (Inq7.net)

THE MILITARY confirmed on Monday that there was "dissatisfaction" within 
its ranks, but maintained that a coup was "remote and impossible." "It's 
always there. Not everyone will be satisfied but it is not even close to 
be a cause of paranoia," said Colonel Gaudencio Pangilinan, chief of the 
Armed Forces of the Philippines Counter Intelligence Group (AFPCIG). 
"The chain of command down to the lieutenants is working well," 
Pangilinan told Camp Aguinaldo reporters.

*Charter change bid loses Miriam's vote* (abs-cbnnews)

President Arroyo's bid to amend the Constitution lost another vote from 
the Senate Tuesday, a day after she called on Congress to "start the 
great debate for Charter change."

"I have been an anti-amendment advocate since way back," Sen. Miriam 
Defensor Santiago said during a radio DZMM interview Tuesday morning. 
The senator said she was not in favor of amending the Constitution 
because it will lose the essence of permanence as a legal document.

Santiago joined the likes of Senate President Franklin Drilon and 
Senators Mar Roxas, Rodolfo Biazon and Pia Cayetano who disapproved of 
the proposal for constitutional amendment.

*De Venecia sends Arroyo impeach raps to justice committee *(inq7.net)*

HOUSE Speaker Jose de Venecia has referred the impeachment complaints 
against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the plenary and then to the 
committee on justice after the opposition failed to get the required 79 
votes that would have sent the matter directly to the Senate for trial. 
De Venecia sent the complaints to the plenary at 11:23 a.m. even when he 
had 10 days to deliberate on the cases that lawyers Oliver Lozano and 
Jose Lopez filed separately.

Despite a provision in the Constitution that allows the filing of only 
one complaint in a year, De Venecia decided to send the two complaints 
to the committee on justice pending the formulation of the rules of 
impeachment that would determine which of the two would be tackled.

*'Nuisance bets' file impeach raps vs Comelec officials* (inq7.net)

 FOR branding them "nuisance candidates," two former presidential 
candidates in the 2004 election struck back at officials of the 
Commission on Elections and filed an impeachment complaint against three 
of them on Tuesday.

Lawyer Elly Velez Lao Pamatong and former Ilocos Sur governor Antonio 
Villanueva accused Comelec Chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr., commissioners 
Resurreccion Borra and Rufino Javier, et al for alleged "culpable 
violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust."

In their 20-page complaint, Pamatong and Villanueva said culpable 
violation was committed when these Comelec officials disqualified 77 
presidential candidates in the last election, which they claimed was a 
"wanton desecration of the government-guaranteed equal access for every 

They said the commissioners also betrayed public trust when they 
approved Noli de Castro's certificate of candidacy for vice president 
without his community tax certificate and their alleged inaction to the 
allegations that President Gloria Macapagal-Aroyo allegedly rigged the 

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