[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 8 August Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 8 August Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan 



House justice committee recognizes 8th impeach complaint (INQ7.net)

(2ND UPDATE) THE EIGHTH impeachment complaint filed against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was recognized over seven others by a committee at the House of Representatives that deliberated on all the complaints on Tuesday.

Voting 54-24, the justice committee will tackle next the substance and form of the complaint filed on July 27 by the Black and White Movement and endorsed by four members of the Liberal Party -- Tarlac Representative Benigno Aquino III, Bukidnon Representative Nereus Acosta, Batanes Representative Henedina Abad, and Cagayan Representative Manuel Mamba.

Like the seven filed previously, the eighth complaint accuses Arroyo of committing alleged graft and corruption, culpable violation of the Constitution, and betrayal of public trust.

If the committee determines that the complaint has form and substance, it will go to the plenary, which will either send the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate or dismiss it.

Deliberations are set Wednesday at the House.

Earlier on Tuesday, Eastern Samar Representative Marcelino Libanan filed a motion to have the committee dismiss the first seven impeachment complaints and recognize the last one.

House Minority Floor Leader Francis Escudero reiterated the position of the minority bloc that all the complaints should be consolidated since they were all identical.

Escudero also asked the committee to allow the other complainants to sign as co-complainants in whatever complaint the body would decide to recognize.

But Maguindanao Representative Simeon Datumanong, committee chairman, turned down Escudero's proposal because it would mean "amending the complaint, which was not allowed in the Lozano complaint."

Datumanong was referring to the first impeachment complaint lawyer Oliver Lozano filed last year.

New peace monitor to arrive in RP (INQ7.net)

A NEW team of international monitors will arrive in the Philippines in August and September to oversee the implementation of the ceasefire between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Major General Soheimi Bin Abbas, head of the current International Monitoring Team (IMT), said the new team will be composed of 41 Malaysians, 10 Brunei nationals, eight Libyans, and one Japanese.

The MILF, which mainly operates in Central Mindanao, is negotiating with the government for a peace settlement to end their decades-old quest for self-rule.

In 2001, both parties signed a ceasefire agreement to pave the way for the smooth conduct of the talks. They formed the Committee on Ceasefire and Cessation of Hostilities to monitor the implementation of the deal.

DFA ready to evacuate OFWs in Israel (abs-cbnNEWS.com)

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it is ready to evacuate Filipinos in Israel in case hostilities in that nation escalate. 

DFA Undersecretary Esteban Conejos said the department is ready to evacuate 3,000 Filipino workers in Tel Aviv, capital city of Israel, and another 3,000 in the northern part of Israel. "If war widens, we are prepared," he said.

He said the DFA is waiting for an assessment report from the Philippine Embassy in Israel before implementing the evacuation plan. "It's not a passive move but a prudent act. Timing must be coordinated," he said.

He said the DFA came up with the evacuation plan after receiving reports that Islamic militant groups in the Middle East could join Hezbollah guerillas in Lebanon to fight Israeli forces. 

Arroyo urges ASEAN to call for Lebanon cease-fire (abs-cbnNEWS.com)

President Arroyo on Tuesday urged members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to join worldwide calls for a cease-fire between Israel and Lebanon. 

In a speech in Malacañan, Mrs. Arroyo said there are millions of migrant workers in the Middle East including 30,000 Filipinos in Lebanon. 

"We have moved thousands to safety from the most harmful areas of south Lebanon. We ask our ASEAN neighbors to join us in calling for peace in the Middle East and a cessation of violence from all parties," she said. 

She also encouraged cooperation between ASEAN nations to ensure the safety and welfare of workers in Lebanon and other areas in the Middle East riddled with conflict. 

Mrs. Arroyo presented the 12th ASEAN Summit logo and Web site during a ceremony commemorating the 39th founding anniversary of ASEAN. 

The 12th ASEAN summit will be held in Cebu City later this year. 

Aug 21 a special non-working holiday (abs-cbnNEWS.com)

Malacanan declared August 21, Monday, a special non-working holiday to commemorate the death anniversary of former senator Benigno Aquino Jr., DZMM reported Tuesday. 

The declaration is in line with Republic Act 92561 signed by President Arroyo on Feb. 25, 2004. 

Aquino was a leading oppositionist to the tyrannical rule of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos. He was assassinated at the Manila International Airport (now named Ninoy Aquino International Airport) upon returning home from exile. His death catapulted his widow, Corazon, to the presidency, replacing the 20-year-old Marcos regime. 

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