[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 26 October Afternoon
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan
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Wed Oct 26 17:00:05 PHT 2005
Newsbriefs 26 October Afternoon
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan
New group seeks GMA's resignation (www.abs-cbnnews.com)
"A new group has been added to the list of organizations demanding the resignation of President Arroyo, ANC learned Wednesday.
The university-based La Salle-Ateneo Alumni at Lahat Na said it supports other coalitions that are for Mrs. Arroyo's removal from office.
"It's simple, we're asking the President to resign and seek the truth," group president Patrick Pantaleon told ANC.
Film director Carlitos Siguion-Reyna, a member of the group, said the people need clarity to make sense of the charges brought against the President such as vote rigging in the 2004 elections, graft and corruption charges.
"I'm basically after closure. The elections are over but [the issue] is not yet closed. We have to have closure," Siguion-Reyna told ANC.
The two said the group supports the people's congress being pushed by Bukluran Para sa Katotohanan, adding that it is a good way of airing the people's grievances against the administration."
Police stop bearers of Arroyo notice from entering Palace (inq7.net)
"(UPDATE) MANILA police blocked members of the Citizens' Congress for Truth and Accountability (CCTA) from entering Malacañang to deliver a notice for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to appear at a "people's court."
Superintendent Ferdinand Quirante, Station 8 ground commander, told human rights lawyer Romeo Capulong that he should have sent the notice via registered mail.
Capulong said they only wanted to talk to Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita and were not there to hold a protest rally.
Only Capulong and former Human Rights Commissioner Nasser Marohomsalic delivered the notice to Malacañang.
Arroyo will be tried in a "people's court" for alleged election fraud and corruption."
BSP: Inflation threatening growth (www.abs-cbnnews.com)
"Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando Tetangco said on Wednesday oil-driven inflation was threatening economic growth, adding that excess liquidity and a broader sales tax would put more pressure on consumer prices.
A narrowing differential between US and Philippine interest rates, with the Federal Reserve expected to continue raising its benchmark federal funds rate, remained a concern for Philippine monetary policy, he said.
"Inflation is a real threat to overall economic performance," Tetangco told a forum with foreign journalists based in Manila.
"Any sign that the monetary authorities have stopped preserving the inflation targets because the process appears to be driven by supply factors could be enough for second-round effects to take root."
Tetangco said the BSP was still assessing the impact on inflation of its quarter percentage point hike in overnight interest rates last week, but analysts have said there was scope for another rise before the year ends."
Just "a matter of time" before avian flu reaches RP: official (www.philstar.com)
"MANILA (AFP) - It is just "a matter of time" before avian influenza reaches the Philippines and the public must be ready for it, Health Secretary Francisco Duque warned on Wednesday.
"It is only a matter of time. It is not a question of 'if' but 'when'," said Duque even though no case of the deadly strain of bird flu has been detected in the Southeast Asian country so far.
"We are close to Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, China and Cambodia which have confirmed cases" of bird flu, he told reporters. Migratory birds from these areas also fly into the country from October to February, he added.
Duque cautioned the public to avoid handling wild birds and to take steps to ensure the virus does not spread to domesticated fowl such as chickens and ducks.
"We have to wake up everybody and educate them on this issue," said Duque as he outlined the details of a plan to deal with any outbreak of bird flu.
The government has set aside about 160 million pesos (2.9 million US dollars) for any outbreak of the disease and about 40 million pesos has already been released for information campaigns and to buy gloves and protective equipment for agricultural personnel who may have to handle infected birds."
Ex-DA official in fertilizer scam flees to US (www.abs-cbnnews.com)
"Former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn Bolante, facing graft charges for the alleged malversation of P2.8 billion in fertilizer funds, has left for the United States before dawn Wednesday, a source from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) told DZMM.
Bolante's Philippine Airlines flight 102 left NAIA at 12:30 a.m. for Los Angeles, California. The NAIA source who sought anonymity said the flight's original schedule of departure was at 10 p.m. but got delayed for unspecified reasons.
The source also said that before departure, Bolante was seen with a NAIA official who is close to presidential husband Jose Miguel Arroyo.
The source also told DZMM that based on ticket records, Bolante's return flight was booked on an indefinite date.
Bolante, along with Agriculture Secretary Domingo Panganiban and Philippine Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority director Norlito Gicana, were implicated in the alleged disappearance of the fund for farm inputs and implements released during the presidential campaign in 2004."
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