[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 5 October Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 5 October Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


Villanueva claims gov't out to get him (inq7.net)


EVANGELIST Bro. Eddie Villanueva on Wednesday morning said he has information that the government has a "secret contract" against him. 

He said two sources in the military told him last July that his life was in danger.

According to his sources the plot includes his arrest where supposedly subversive documents would be found in his possession, and his assassination, which would be blamed on communist rebels.

Villanueva made the disclosure in a press conference in Mandaluyong City on Wednesday morning where he dared President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to expedite his arrest.

"I am ready now to be arrested by any duly constituted authority," Villanueva said.

Villanueva, leader of Jesus Is Lord Movement and a defeated candidate in the 2004 presidential election, is active in the mass protests against Arroyo.

SC seeks Palace word on EO 464 petition (abs-cbnnews.com)

The Supreme Court ordered Malacañan to comment on the petition filed by several sectors against Executive Order 464, which bans officials of the executive branch, including officers and men of the Armed Forces and the police, from attending legislative inquires without President Arroyo's clearance, abs-cbnNEWS.com learned Wednesday. 

The high tribunal, in an en banc resolution Tuesday, gave Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz and Armed Forces chief of staff Gen. Generoso Senga a "non-extendable" period of 10 days to comment on the petition against EO 464.

The petition was based on arguments that EO 464 is unconstitutional. The petitioners cited provisions in the law that only Cabinet secretaries are required to seek clearance from the President when they appear in before inquiries in the Senate or House of Representatives.

Report: Thirteen hurt, ten arrested in Manila rally (philstar.com)

Policemen and demonstrators clashed near Malacañang Wednesday, resulting in almost a dozen hurt and ten rallyists arrested. 

According to media reports, ten policemen were hurt after demonstrators forced their way toward the Mendiola gate of the Palace. The civil disturbance units had been banned from using their truncheons and were only using their anti-riot shields. 

On the other hand, three protestors belonging to militant groups were hurt because of the shields while ten of their number were arrested, rally organizers said. 

A police office said the militant groups had defied Manila City Hall's "no permit, no rally" policy. 

Yesterday, members of civil liberties and human rights groups were blocked by anti-riot policemen from marching on Chino Roces Bridge toward Malacañang. Several of the protesters were arrested


Gonzales: RP should brace for daring terror attacks (inq7.net)

THE COUNTRY should brace for more daring attacks from terrorist groups following the suicide bombing in Bali, Indonesia over the weekend which killed at least 19 peopley. 

National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales issued the warning Wednesday as he disclosed the al-Qaeda linked Abu Sayyaf group has been in close ties with a radical group of Christians who embraced Islamic beliefs called the Rajah 

Sulayman Revolutionary Group.

Gonzales, who spoke in a radio interview from the Philippine Heart Center where he remains confined after he suffered a stroke, said the Abu Sayyaf could launch daring terrorist attacks even in Metro Manila.

With the latest attacks in Bali, he said Philippine authorities should be vigilant against "suicide terrorists" who might penetrate the country.

The Abu Sayyaf, the local arm of the al-Qaeda global network, is responsible for recent terrorist attacks in the Philippines, sometimes with the help of the Southeast Asian group Jemaah Islamiyah.

Palace nothing to do with Villanueva's arrest order - Bunye (inq7.net)

 MALACAÑANG on Wednesday said it had nothing with the issuance of an arrest warrant against evangelist Bro. Eduardo "Eddie" Villanueva, even as Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to serve it Tuesday. 

Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye said the case sprang from business deals of private individuals and stressed there was no politics in the television evangelist's arrest order.

Villanueva, leader of the Jesus is Lord Movement (JIL), is accused of estafa by businessman Benito Araneta over a botched 15-million-peso joint venture deal they signed to run Channel 11 on free TV.

"We have said that the case is between two private individuals," said Bunye in a radio interview, adding, "we hope they will not drag Malacañang into this."

Shares close marginally higher on mild bargain-hunting (XFN-Asia)

SHARE prices closed marginally higher on thin volume as gains in banking issues offset the overall sluggish performance of the market, dealers said. 

They said renewed political jitters and a further delay in the implementation of the new value-added tax (VAT) law weighed on sentiment, but that these factors were overtaken by bargain-hunting in select counters. 

The composite index closed up 2.59 points or 0.13 percent at 1,940.94 after trading in a narrow 12-point range. Volume turnover stood at 782.8 million shares worth 914.27 million pesos.   The all-shares index gained 1.07 points to 1,179.59. Gainers slightly edged out losers 40 to 35, while 41 stocks ended unchanged. 

The Supreme Court yesterday decided to extend for two more weeks a freeze order on the new VAT law. The law is the centerpiece of the government's fiscal reform program, and its implementation has been delayed since July. On the political front, there is a dispute between the government and opposition over Congress's right to summon government officials for questioning, and there are fears that the Philippines could be a target of terrorist attacks in the wake of the bombings in Bali at the weekend. 

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