[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 28 July Morning
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan
slb at admu.edu.ph
Thu Jul 28 10:58:33 PHT 2005
*Newsbriefs 28 July Morning
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan*
*Tiglao: Term Cut Inappropriate* (from article "GMA: No change, no
stability" manilastandardonline) **
Presidential Management Staff chief Rigoberto Tiglao, for his part, said
it is inappropriate for the President to commit herself to any term cut
because of the legal ramifications.
"She has a constitutional term and the legal question of whether it can
be shortened would be up to the Constitutional Convention or the
constituent assembly to decide. My sense is that there could be some
legal infirmities because she was voted upon by 12.9 million people for
a term of six years," Tiglao told newsmen.
The President dismissed criticism that she is promoting changes to the
Charter to divert public attention from the impeachment case or calls
for her resignation, saying she has advocated constitutional reforms
since the 2004 election campaign.
*Now, it's back to 'jueteng'* (inq7.net)*
IT SUPPOSEDLY happened right before the eyes of President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo. All 13 regional directors of the Commission on
Elections (Comelec) were allegedly summoned in groups into a hotel room
in Metro Manila to meet the President one afternoon shortly before the
2004 elections. There, with Ms Arroyo as their witness, they each
allegedly received P2 million in cash from Lilia Pineda, wife of Rodolfo
"Bong" Pineda, who is widely believed to be a gambling lord in the
President's home province of Pampanga. This will be the story that a new
witness will give should the Senate investigation of "jueteng," an
illegal numbers game, resume, Archbishop Oscar Cruz said yesterday.
Cruz and witness Sandra Cam, who was also at the press conference,
refused to say if the witnesses were male or female, but Cam described
one of them as a "former top government official belonging to a
"This is A-1 information and Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo knows the
person I'm referring to," Cam said. Asked why the President would make
herself available at such an illegal and delicate situation, Cam said
"she trusted the person."
The Senate probe had stalled after the confrontation between Frank
Chavez, lawyer of Cam, and Senator Richard Gordon over the lawmaker's
badgering of Cam at the last hearing on July 12.
*Supreme Court EVAT ruling delayed anew *(manilastandardonline)
A delay in the Supreme Court's much-awaited ruling on the
constitutionality of Expanded Value Added Tax (RA 9337) seems
inevitable. The high court yesterday issued a resolution giving
respondent government officials 10 days to comment on a separate
petition against the EVAT filed by Bataan Gov. Enrique Garcia Jr., which
was filed later than four petitions covered during the oral argument
held last July 14.
"The court resolved, without giving due course to the petition to
require the respondents to comment thereon within a nonextendible period
of 10 days," the court said in a resolution signed by acting clerk of
court Ma. Luisa Villarama.
"The fact that the court would await the comment of the respondents who
are given 10 days to respond would somehow contribute to the delay,"
"I am hopeful that this case would still be decided by Aug. 15 in spite
of this additional 10 days because even now the members of the court
have started deliberating on the various memoranda (of the parties),"
Khan said the high court justices are now concentrating on three main
points: the alleged undue delegation of power to the President; the
allegations that the bicameral conference committee exceeded its
authority in deleting or inserting certain provisions in the law; and
whether or not the court can look into the process involved in the
passage of a law assailed for allegedly being unconstitutional.
Khan said the high court cannot avoid the delay because it has to look
at the issues Garcia has raised in his petition. "He (Garcia) raised
entirely new points that were not covered in the oral arguments or in
the earlier petitions," he said.
*'Let Gloria run for PM'* (abs-cbnnews)
KUALA LUMPUR - Former President Fidel Ramos said Wednesday that
embattled President Arroyo should be allowed to run for prime minister
under the new parliamentary system she has proposed. "She should be
allowed to run because for now she is innocent of any of the charges
until proven otherwise," he told reporters during a visit to Malaysia
for an economic conference.
Ramos conceded, however, that support for constitutional reforms, which
he has championed for decades, is running well below the two-thirds vote
required in the Senate.
"The numbers in the [lower] house are there already. In the Senate, not
yet," he said.
Just five of 24 senators supported Mrs. Arroyo's proposal, but there
were "fence sitters" among the rest and once the changes would be
enacted, Ramos added.
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