[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 25 October Afternoon

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Tue Oct 25 16:10:50 PHT 2005

Newsbriefs 25 October Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


'Black and White' vows legal means to oust GMA (www.abs-cbnnews.com)


"The "Black and White Movement" (BWM), a coalition of groups seeking the ouster of President Arroyo, will only employ constitutional means, former education undersecretary Jose Luis Gascon told ANC Tuesday. 


"We in the Black and White Movement are pursing, as best we can, a process that is consistent with the Constitution," Gascon said of the coalition, which aims to unite the middle forces to oust Mrs. Arroyo. Gascon is one of the convenors of the coalition.


Gascon said one of the group's options is to push Vice-President Noli de Castro to cut short his term and serve as transition predient until 2007.


The plan assumes that President Arroyo will make the "sacrifice" to resign, he said. 

Gascon added that during de Castro's transition term, reform agenda will be introduced in the government.


"One of our colleagues, Fr. [Joaquin] Bernas has been articulate on this, while there are matters that are not provided in the Constitution that you could refer to as extra-constitutional, that does not necessarily mean that these matters that are extra-constitutional are unconstitutional," Gascon said." 


DOJ: Cha-cha to determine length of Arroyo's stay (www.abs-cbnnews.com)


"Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales on Tuesday said proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution will determine the length of President Arroyo's term and influence under the new form of government. 


Gonzales said shifting to a parliamentary form of government does not automatically mean that the President should resign. 

"They still have to amend the constitution unless she wants to resign because the term of office is six years," he told DZMM. 


He added that under the parliamentary system, Mrs. Arroyo could remain president with only minor or ceremonial powers or have reserve powers as the head of the state. 


The justice chief also dismissed calls for a snap election once the President resigns from office. He said the president can only be replaced through resignation, incapacity or death." 

Arroyo foes reject offer of coalition gov't (inq7.net)

"(UPDATE) OPPONENTS of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo have branded her offer of a coalition government a political "bait" and asked her to define the proposal that hopes to end the political crisis in the country. 


"Even a mouse won't bite that bait," Anakpawis Representative Rafael Mariano said in a statement on Tuesday. "A devil that offers bread to her enemies is still a devil."


Mariano said Arroyo was wrong if she thought that a power-sharing scheme could reduce the central issues of fraud, top-level corruption, and political repression.


CIBAC Representative Joel Villanueva said this administration must first earn the trust of the people and its critics before they talk about a coalition government."


Senate denies lifting Gonzales detention (www.abs-cbnnews.com)

"The Senate on Tuesday dismissed reports it has already lifted the detention order against National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales after he was cited in contempt of the chamber and hospitalized due to a heart ailment.


Senate President Franklin Drilon said the Senate will send a doctor to the Philippine Heart Center to check on the condition of Gonzales after the PHC reported that the national security chief should undergo surgery abroad.


"What we talked about is that we would send a doctor to check on Gonzales' condition because of his manifestation before the Supreme Court for emergency surgery after a hospital in Sweden checked his medical records," Drilon told DZMM. 


The government-run hospital earlier announced that doctors discovered a blockage in Gonzales' heart artery. The center recommended that Gonzales leave for Sweden.


In a separate DZMM interview, Sen. Joker Arroyo said the blue-ribbon committee held a meeting Monday night regarding Gonzales' release. Arroyo is chairman of the committee.


The senator said that the committee has yet to decide on the fate of Gonzales.


He said that the Senate might consider releasing Gonzales if his condition warrants it. The senator added that they will hold a meeting Tuesday to decide on the matter."


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