[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 3 October Afternoon

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Mon Oct 3 16:45:44 PHT 2005

Newsbriefs 3 October Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


Gudani, Balutan clam up before military investigators (news.inq7.net)


"INVOKING their constitutional right to remain silent, two Marines officers, who were sacked for defying Malacañang's gag order, clammed up when they faced military investigators on Monday.

The Provost Marshal General did not follow military procedure when it insisted on a preliminary investigation without presenting a complaint against Brigadier General Francisco Gudani and Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Balutan, their lawyers said.

"Under the law before an officer can be placed under preliminary investigation, he has certain rights, one of them for example is to cross examine and confront the witnesses against him," lead defense counsel Napoleon Poblador told reporters.

"He also has the right to confront the complainant. Here, we were informed that the purpose of the investigation was to investigate the two officers for violation," Poblador added."

Marcoleta ups libel raps vs Dinky to P20M (www.abs-cbnnews.com)

"Party-list congressman Rodante Marcoleta on Monday increased the damages sought against former social welfare secretary Corazon "Dinky" Soliman to P20 million after the resigned Cabinet member pictured him as a "Malacañan pawn," DZMM reported.

Marcoleta, of the Alagad party-list, filed a P1 libel suit against Soliman last month.

Marcoleta said the increase in damages sought stemmed from Soliman's accusation that he was used a bargaining chip by Malacañan to endorse the impeachment complaint filed by lawyer Oliver Lozano against President Arroyo."

Govt eyes Oct 15 for EVAT start (www.abs-cbnnews.com)

"The government is eyeing October 15 as the first day of implementing the Expanded Value-Added Tax (EVAT) law after the Supreme Court releases its decision on the controversial tax measure this week, Finance Secretary Margarito Teves said Monday.

In a DZMM interview, Teves said that the government may no longer review the implementing rules and guidelines for the EVAT since it was studied after the tax measure was enacted into law in July.

"We're prepared and the implementing rules and guidelines are ready if the Supreme Court releases its decision on October 5," he said.

The finance chief clarified that the government can immediately implement the tax measure without following the 15-day prescription period as required. "It can [be applied] depende sa probisyon ng batas, it can be immediate (It can be applied immediately depending on the law's provisions)."

Captured terror suspects linked to Bali attacks (www.abs-cbnnews.com)

"The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said four arrested terrorist suspects in Mindanao last week could be connected to the bomb attacks that rocked Bali, Indonesia, on Saturday night.

Director General Arturo Lomibao said an intelligence report received indicated that the suspects interrogated following their arrest in an Army checkpoint Barangay Mauagan in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato, on Wednesday, knew of the attacks in Bali.

The suspects were identified as Guimbar Kasan Datukon, 29; Abdul Salam Ali, 25; Sahudin Danda, 29; and Omar Bantas, 31. Datukon is believed to be from Esteros, Cotabato City; the others are from Pigcawayan.

Lomibao said the suspects' testimonies point to trainings provided by the Indonesia-based Jema'ah Islamiyah (JI) terrorist organization. He said the suspects, aside from the information given, could be connected to the Bali bombers.

The PNP has tagged JI as among groups training terrorists in Mindanao." 

6 solons ask SC to declare EO 464 unconstitutional (news.inq7.net)


"SIX lawmakers have asked the Supreme Court to declare unconstitutional an executive order issued by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo that bars top government officials from appearing before congressional inquiries without her consent.

In its petition for certiorari with prohibition, the lawmakers lead by Bayan Muna Representative Satur Ocampo told the high court that President Arroyo abused her discretion when she issued Executive Order 464.

Ocampo said they also want the tribunal to issue a temporary restraining order while it deliberates on the constitutionality of the order.

"No one should be prohibited to attend any legislative investigation while they are still deliberating on our petition," Ocampo told reporters.

Other lawmakers included in the petition are lawmakers Liza Maza, Crispin Beltran, Rafael Mariano, Joel Virador and Teddy Casino.

Meanwhile, lawyer Francisco Chavez also filed a petition asking the tribunal to declare the order unconstitutional.

Alternative Law Groups will file a similar petition Monday afternoon."
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