[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 29 November Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 29 November Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan



SEA Games peaceful, so far, says police official (inq7.net)

"THE 23rd Southeast Asian Games in the country has been generally peaceful so far, police officials said.

"So far, so good, our operations have been very successful. No untoward incidents have been reported," said Deputy Director General Avelino Razon Jr., commander of Task Force SEA Games of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Razon reiterated that there was no imminent threat of terrorist attacks on the games, which will run until December 5. "But we are prepared for any eventuality," he added.

A total of 15,000 policemen, soldiers, firefighters, and doctors have been dispatched to secure the SEA Games venues in Metro Manila and other key cities. Police forces in the capital had been on full alert since late last week.

Razon advised SEA Games delegates who planned to go sightseeing to request for police escorts.

PNP Chief Director General Arturo Lomibao expressed optimism that the SEA Games would run smoothly, his spokesman said."

Palace: Let public be satisfied with Garcillano testimony (phistar.com)

"Enough is enough." 

This was the gist of the statement by Malacañang Tuesday in the wake of the interviews done by former poll commissioner Virgilio Garcillano defending President Gloria Arroyo against allegations of electoral fraud. 

Press Secretary Ignacio R. Bunye said in a statement, "Let former Commissioner Garcillano come out with his testimony in the proper venue to satisfy the people." 

"As far as we are concerned, President Arroyo has already been vindicated," Bunye added. 

He also said, "We are moving on with the national agenda and this charade, which is obviously orchestrated by the President's political detractors, is a pathetic game compared to the real game of success and triumph that is being played out in the SEA Games, and, symbolically, in our vibrant economy.""

Budget, terror bills won't take back seat to Garci probe (abs-cbnnews.com)

"The Senate probe on the alleged wiretapped conversations between President Arroyo and former poll commissioner Virgilio Garcillano will not hamper efforts to pass the 2006 national budget on time, Senate President Franklin Drilon said Tuesday. 

Drilon said the Senate inquiry can be held simultaneously with deliberations on the 2006 General Appropriations Act and other important measures such as the Anti-Terrorism Bill.

"Unang una ang sagot ko diyan, 'yung sa budget po ay patuloy naman ang ating pagdidinig sa budget. Pwedeng pong isabay, wala pong problema (First of all, we are still continuing the hearings on the budget. We're doing it simultaneously, it won't be a problem)," Drilon told DZMM. 

He added that the Senate has "unofficially" began deliberating on the budget bill from Mondays to Wednesdays starting last week after the lower chamber failed to approve their version of the bill by mid-November."

House poised to lift Garci arrest warrant (abs-cbnnews.com)

"Five House committees investigating the wiretapping issue have agreed in principle to lift the arrest warrant issued against former poll commissioner Virgilio Garcillano. reported Tuesday.   The five committee chairmen agreed to lift the arrest order after a closed-door meeting with Speaker Jose de Venecia. 

Called to the meeting were newly appointed chairs of the five House committees: Rep. Emmylou Talino-Santos of North Cotabato, public information; Rep. Amado Espino Jr. of Pangasinan, public order and safety; Rep. Jose Solis of Sorsogon, national defense and security; Rep. Teodoro Locsin Jr. of Makati, suffrage and electoral reforms; and Rep. Simeon Kintanar of Cebu, information communications technology. 

Members of the House committees, however, questioned the move, saying that lifting the warrant would show weakness on the part of the House of Representatives.  Taberna reported that one opposition congressman has proposed to bring the matter to a vote before the House plenary. 

The House of Representatives earlier approved a warrant for Garcillano's arrest after he snubbed three hearings of the lower chamber's wiretap inquiry.  Several solons also put up a P1 million bounty for the immediate capture of Garcillano."

Palace hopes more senators follow Pimentel (inq7.net)

"MALACAÑANG is hopeful more senators would see the light like Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr., who has changed his mind about turning Congress into a constituent assembly to amend the 1987 Constitution.

Presidential political adviser Gabriel Claudio said Pimentel's now agreeing to a constituent assembly was a "good sign."

"We're hopeful this is an indication of support from other members of the Senate," he added in a phone interview.

Claudio said he did not want to speculate on why Pimentel, who like the other senators had staunchly been against a constituent assembly to amend the Charter, had a change of heart, noting only that "it is enough that we're comforted by the fact that he has agreed to a constituent assembly.""

Olongapo prosecutor nixes DNA test for US marines (abs-cbnnews.com)

"The Olongapo City Prosecutor's Office on Tuesday rejected the motion of the lawyers of the Subic rape complainant asking the six US marines accused to undergo DNA tets. 

Olongapo City Prosecutor Prudencio Jalandoni said a preliminary investigation is only meant to establish probable cause and will not need evidentiary matter such as DNA samples of the six servicemen.

Jalandoni said a DNA test may be conducted later as the case progresses.

A second hearing is set at 2:30 p.m. at the prosecutor's office where driver and suspect Timoteo Soriano is expected to turn up. Soriano failed to appear in Wednesday's preliminary probe, which puts him under suspicion of withholding information."

Another Bayan Muna officer shot in Ilocos Sur (abs-cbnnews.com)

"A coordinator of the partylist group Bayan Muna was shot and killed by still unidentified assailants Monday night in Barangay Apatot, San Esteban in Ilocos Sur.

Bayan Muna secretary-general Robert de Castro identified the victim as Pepe Manegdeg, who was shot after speaking before a seminar in the barangay.  Manegdeg is also a member of the Rural Missionary Program of Bayan Muna in the province. 

His death brings to 27 the total number of Bayan Muna members killed for this year alone.   Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo said a total of 71 members of Bayan Muna have been killed since 2001.

Of these cases, three had been elevated to the Department of Justice, but only one has reached the regional trial court. Bayan Muna and its allies in the House of Representatives have vowed to bring the issue of escalating political killings in the country before the United Nation Human Rights Committee and other forums to serve justice to the families and relatives of the victims."

Shares close flat after disappointing GDP data (XFN-Asia)

"SHARE prices closed flat after an uneventful session with investors disappointed by the economy's poor performance in the third quarter, dealers said. 

The market may be taking a breather after a three-day weekend after rallying to eight-month highs last week, they added. 

Financial markets were shut on Monday for a public holiday. 

The composite index closed up 1.26 points at 2,107.36 after moving in a tight range between 2,102.70 and 2,109.79. 

The broader all-shares index gained 1.00 point to 1,275.42. 

Gainers outnumbered losers 40 to 29, and 50 stocks were unchanged. 

The government reported that the economy expanded at a slower 4.1 percent year-on-year in the third quarter, below market expectations, due to high oil prices, political instability and sluggish farm and industrial output. 

GDP grew a revised 5.2 percent year-on-year in the second quarter and by a much stronger 6.2 percent in the third quarter of 2004. 

With the poor third-quarter performance, the government said it was expecting full-year GDP to come in below its target of 5.3 percent."

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