[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 11 November Afternoon

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Fri Nov 11 16:09:50 PHT 2005

Newsbriefs 11 November Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


2 carjack suspects positive for powder burns (abs-cbnnews.com)

"Two of three suspected carjackers killed by traffic policemen last Monday have tested positive for power burns, the Traffic Management Group (TMG) said Friday. 

A TMG statement said Anton Cu-Unjieng and Brian Anthony Dulay were positive for powder burns, bolstering a police report that the suspects fired at members of Task Force Limbas while resisting arrest. 

It added that a slug recovered from one of the injured officers during the shootout came from one of the slain suspects' guns.

Police earlier said they shot at the two suspected carjackers and Francis Xavier Manzano in a shootout at Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Monday night.

A UNTV video footage taken during the incident showed several policemen shooting at the immobile bodies of the suspects while inside the Nissan Exalta sedan. 

The footage prompted an investigation into the incident. He said Philippine National Police chief Director General Arturo Lomibao had instructed the fact-finding body to hasten its probe of the incident."

DFA official confirms six accused Marines held at US embassy (philstar.com)

"A top official of the Philippine government visited Thursday the US Embassy in Manila to check whether the US embassy still has the six US Marines accused of rape in their custody. 

Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Zosimo Jesus Paredes II of the Presidential Commission on the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) was presented by US Embassy officials the six US Marines who are facing charges of rape before the Olongapo City prosecution Office. 

"Upon instruction of Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alberto G. Romulo, I went to the Embassy and saw the six servicemen." Paredes said. 

He added, "The six are in the custody of US Embassy officials and under guard. This should assure our public that said suspects are in the country." 

The VFA Commission oversee the implementation of the VFA and the military exercises undertaken in its auspices. 

The US Embassy has given assurances that they will cooperate with Philippine authorities and carry out their treaty obligations under the RP-US Visiting Forces Agreement, including making available the 6 servicemen for the investigation and judicial proceeding."


Solon decries 'lack of transparency' in House appointment (inq7.net)

"REPRESENTATIVE Abraham Mitra has decried what he called a lack of transparency in the appointment of an administration legislator as head of the House national defense committee. 

Mitra, a member of the Liberal Party, suspected that influence peddling played a role into the designation of Representative Jose Solis as the new chairman of the committee.

He urged House Speaker Jose de Venecia to be more transparent in initiating reforms in the lower chamber to avoid putting his leadership on the line again.

Solis was elected Wednesday night to take the place of Parañaque Representative Roilo Golez.

Solis belongs to the 34-member Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (Partners of Free Filipinos, KAMPI), an administration party that gave the swing vote defeating a House bid to impeach President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in September.

For Mitra, Representative Rufino Biazon should be the one appointed as head of the committee, one of the five House bodies conducting the wiretapping controversy.

"What about his status as senior chairman of the committee?" he asked, referring to Biazon, another LP member who voted to impeach Arroyo."

Concom to hold consultations on cutting Arroyo's term (inq7.net)

"THE Consultative Commission (Concom) will hold a nationwide consultations to feel the public pulse on whether cutting short President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's term of office should be written into the transitory provisions of an amended Constitution. 

Concom Deputy Secretary General Romela Bengzon said the body would conduct a final round of consultations nationwide before it tackles the final part of its job which is to determine how to phase in the changes in the Constitution.

The question of whether the President should serve only part of her current six-year term has become the key sticking point in the Charter change discussions.

A number of political leaders see the shortening of the President's term as the sacrifice that she has to make to finally resolve the political crisis brought on by doubts about whether she had won the 2004 polls.

Bengzon said the Concom has made the transitory provisions its "end-game" agenda in anticipation of the heated debates on the issue of the President's term.

This is the reason the Concom has decided not to entertain any questions on the effect of constitutional reforms on the length of the President's continued stay in office in the ongoing consultations that has taken the body to key cities and provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao.

Bengzon said the body wanted to settle first three key reform issues in the Constitution -- whether to retain the presidential or shift to a parliamentary system; maintain a centralized governmental structure or move to a federal structure, and keep the citizenship requirements or lift alien restrictions on investments."

Free Misuari, MILF urges Arroyo (inq7.net)

"COTABATO CITY -- The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Friday urged President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to free former Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chair Nur Misuari for humanitarian reason. 

Misuari, who is detained at a government facility in Laguna province, is reportedly suffering from acute arthritis and heart problem.

Muhammad Ameen, MILF Central Committee secretary, said Misuari, former governor of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, deserved to be treated fairly.

At the same time, Ameen asked Muslims in Mindanao, particularly those in the MNLF, to close rank and work for the immediate release of Misuari."

NPA rebels torch bus in Bataan (abs-cbnnews.com)

"Suspected New People's Army (NPA) guerillas torched a bus in Abucay, Bataan, late Thursday, after its owner refused to pay revolutionary taxes demanded by the rebels, DZMM reported.

Police said 10 armed men set fire to a Bataan Transit bus along Roman Highway in Barangay Calaylayan in Abucay, around 10 p.m. Thursday. 

They said two of the suspects boarded the bus in San Fernando City, Pampanga, and stopped the bus upon reaching Barangay Calaylayan. Eight men then approached the vehicle, doused it with gasoline and set it on fire. 

Bataan police chief Hernando Zafra said the incident took place after the bus company refused to heed the communist group's demand to pay revolutionary tax. No one was hurt in the incident. The rebels fled after torching the bus.

An investigation is underway.

The NPA is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the National Democratic Front which are in the US state department's list of world organizations advocating terrorism."

Teves: No changes yet in BIR (abs-cbnnews.com)

"Finance Secretary Margarito Teves on Friday said there will be no changes yet in the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) after a newspaper reported the alleged resignations of two top BIR officials over a clash in policies. 

Teves confirmed that BIR deputy commissioner Kim Henares had resigned but not BIR commissioner Jose Mario Buñag. 

"She (Kim Henares) has been with the BIR for more than two years. She wanted to move on because what is important to her is making a difference," he said. 

Buñag, in a separate interview, denied that he had resigned from his post in time for a two-week fiscal and monetary survey by the International Monetary Fund."

Stocks close 0.30 percent lower due to profit-taking, peso higher (philstar.com)

Local shares ended trading lower Friday due to profit-taking as the index closed lower by 6.46 points to 2,092.68. The All-Shares market also closed lower by 3.30 points to 1,265.47. 

Most of the subindicators reflected the downward movement except for mining and property, which ended in the green. The biggest loser in the day's trading was financial, which was down by 13.35 points. 

Volume traded was pegged at 787 million shares worth 1.18 billion pesos. Decliners narrowly beat advancers, 38 against 36, with 44 issues unchanged. 

At the foreign exchange market, the local currency was trading slightly higher against the US dollar at 54.548 pesos as compared to yesterday's close of 54.690 pesos.


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      As of November 11, 2005 2:41 PM
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      Actual bank rates may vary.









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