[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 5 October Morning
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan
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Wed Oct 5 09:19:16 PHT 2005
Newsbriefs 5 October Morning
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan
Solon pushes Mindanao colleague as Ombudsman replacement (www.philstar.com)
A Mindanao solon Tuesday urged President Arroyo to include Rep. Douglas Cagas (NPC, Davao del Sur), House contingent head to the Electoral Tribunal, in the pool of candidates to replace Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo, who recently resigned due to health reasons.
The endorsement was made by Rep. Joel Mayo Almario (Lakas, Davao Oriental) who said Cagas is highly qualified to be the next Ombudsman because of his intelligence, impeccable integrity, durable moral courage and unquestionable loyalty.
Almario said Cagas placed fourth in the 1967 bar exam and a long-time legal practitioner. He also acknowledged Cagas's rich and extensive experience in government service in various national and local elective positions.
"These achievements and experiences speak very well of him," said Almario, chairman of the House committee on games and amusements.
Cagas, a former governor of Davao del Sur and former member of the Interim Batasang Pambansa also served as deputy minister of the Ministry of Interior and Local Government.
Almario said Cagas's appointment will give pride to Mindanaoans who have been pushing for more representation in the Cabinet. "That will certainly make us Minadanaons happy and proud."
DoJ: Arrest anti-Arroyo evangelist Villanueva (news.inq7.net)
IT'S STARTING to look a lot like Malacañang is turning the heat up.
Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to arrest Brother Eduardo "Eddie" Villanueva on charges of estafa filed by a cousin of First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo's in connection with the operation of Channel 11 on free TV.
"It is imperative that this warrant be immediately serviced and I do not see any reason why Mr. Villanueva cannot be located and arrested as we have full confidence in the capability and resourcefulness of the NBI," Gonzalez said in his order dated Sept. 27.
RP likely next target after Bali bombings: Interior Secretary (www.philstar.com)
MANILA (AFP) - There is a "clear and present danger" of a terrorist attack in the Philippines in the wake of weekend suicide bombings that left at least 19 dead in Indonesia's Bali island, Interior Secretary Angelo Reyes said Tuesday.
Reyes said cross-border terrorism has emerged as the Philippines' leading security threat, surpassing the local communist insurgency which has raged for over 30 years.
"The threats to the republic would be, number one, terrorism," Reyes told reporters. (The danger) is clear and present. We've seen that many times in the Philippines."
DOLE seeks BSP's help to improve OFW remittance system (www.abs-cbnnews.com)
Amid mounting complaints from overseas Filipino workers on the double taxation of their remittances to the Philippines, the Department of Labor and Employment has sought the help of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to improve the remittance system.
The DOLE and the BSP want to lower the charges imposed on the remittances.
"Many of our workers feel they're double charged because when they send their money back to the Philippines, they're charged at the origin [or the host destination], and later, when their [families] pick up the money here, they're [again] charged," Labor Secretary Patricia Sto. Tomas told members of the diplomatic corps during the recent DOLE Diplomatic Kapihan.
Gunman wounds journalist in General Santos city (www.philstar.com)
MANILA (AP) - An unidentified gunman wounded a newspaper reporter in the southern Philippines on Tuesday, the latest in a series of attacks on journalists in the country.
Police said Danilo Aguirre and a photographer, both working for the Mindanao Bulletin, were walking back to their office from a nearby store in General Santos city when a man wearing a ski mask and a motorcycle helmet shot Aguirre from behind.
Before escaping, the gunman tried to shoot the wounded reporter again but his .45-calibre pistol jammed, said police Senior Inspector Aniano Delco.
The gunman was probably aiming for Aguirre's head but photographer Emmanuel Zaldimar shoved him just in time, publisher John Paul Jubelag said.
Aguirre, 25, has been working for the newspaper for only two months and wrote business stories and features on personalities, none of them controversial, Jubelag said.
SC orders Senate to present Gonzales (news.inq7.net)
THE SUPREME Court yesterday moved to stop the bickering between President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the Senate, ordering the upper chamber's blue ribbon committee to present National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales and explain why he should not be released from its custody.
The high tribunal ordered the Senate sergeant-at-arms to bring Gonzales to a hearing on Oct. 11. It directed the committee and the solicitor general to respond to a petition for a writ of habeas corpus filed by Gonzales seeking his release. The committee also was told to produce transcripts of Gonzales' testimony during a nationally televised hearing on Sept. 21.
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