[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 10 August Morning

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Newsbriefs 10 August Morning

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan



'8th impeach rap is sufficient in form' (Inquirer)

"WITH A UNANIMOUS vote, the members of the House committee on justice ruled last night that the eighth impeachment complaint against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was sufficient in form.

The complaint, the only one remaining among the eight impeachment complaints, will face the next and last test on sufficiency of substance during the resumption of the impeachment hearing on Tuesday.

It was filed by the Black and White Movement and subsequently endorsed by Tarlac Rep. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III and other Liberal Party lawmakers on July 27.

"There's a motion declaring the complaint as sufficient in form. Any objection? The chair hears none, so the motion is granted," declared Maguindanao Rep. Simeon Datumanong, the committee chair, as he banged the gavel at 6:13 p.m.

The vote ended five hours of tumultuous debate on procedures."

NPA attacks Mayon troops (Inquirer)

"THUNDEROUS explosions greeted Army soldiers in Daraga, Albay, on Tuesday while they were packing relief goods for thousands of residents who evacuated from the slopes of the rumbling Mayon Volcano.

The explosions at about 8:20 p.m. came not from the volcano but from rocket-propelled grenades fired by some 20 communist New People's Army guerrillas.

The NPA observed a de facto ceasefire in the region earlier this year when the Bulusan Volcano in the neighboring province of Sorsogon expelled ash clouds that triggered a brief evacuation of nearby villages.

No ceasefire is in place around Mayon."

Mayon evacuees swamp temporary shelters (The Manila Times)

"The government on Wednesday announced it had evacuated practically all the 39,000 people threatened by the imminent eruption of Mayon Volcano in Albay.

As evacuation centers around the volcano began to fill up, concerns were raised about inadequate facilities, sanitation and food supplies.

The National Disaster Coordinating Council said nearly 30,000 people living in 23 barangays within the volcano's eight-kilometer danger zone have been moved out. 

The barangays are in the cities of Legazpi, Tabaco and Ligao and the towns of Daraga, Malilipot, Camalig, Santo Domingo and Guinobatan. 

Thirty-four centers have been set up to shelter the evacuees, NDCC said. "

'There's hope for honest elections but.' (www.philstar.com)
"There is still hope for an honest election in the future but only if three Commission on Elections (Comelec) officials are replaced, Sen. Aquilino Pimentel said yesterday. 

Pimentel said that Comelec Chairman Benjamin Abalos and Commissioners Resurreccion Borra and Florentino Tuason Jr. could be charged criminally by the Ombudsman before the Sandiganbayan without waiting for them to be impeached. 

There have been moves to impeach the three Comelec officials for alleged involvement in anomalies. 

"I do not know if they have been filed with the House of Representatives but my own position is that the Comelec officials, even if they are supposed to be removable only by impeachment, are not of the same category as the President or the members of the Supreme Court," Pimentel explained. 

Thus, he said they could be charged before the court directly even before they are impeached."


House bill ensures vets get benefits (The Manila Times)

"The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill mandating the use of the proceeds from the development, lease or use of government properties for veterans' pensions and benefits.

Rep. Hermilando Mandanas of the Second District of Batangas, author of House Bill 5380, said that among the properties are the former site of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) on Arroceros Street, Ermita, Manila; the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City and the Veterans Center in Taguig City.

Mandanas said the proceeds from the use, lease and development of these properties would help the government settle its debts to war veterans and military retirees amounting to almost P42 billion.

He said that as of December 2005, the government owes PVAO pensioners and their beneficiaries almost P26 billion; the Armed Forces' computation for unpaid and other benefits is almost P15 billion.

Under the bill, the Privatization Council will direct, supervise and coordinate private-sector participation in the lease, development or other use of the properties, and the Privatization and Management Office shall take care of the marketing side. 

Mandanas said that while annual budgets could not cope with the rising number of pensioners and their beneficiaries, the bill is not intended to pay all the pensions and benefits.

"The proceeds from the lease, development and use of these government properties shall be solely for the payment of pension and benefits of war veterans and military retirees and for no other purpose," he said."

Fate of nursing hopefuls hangs (Inquirer)

"PROFESSIONAL Regulatory Commission (PRC) Chair Leonor Tripon-Rosero denied yesterday there was any cover-up in the investigation into alleged leakage in the last nursing board exams.

In an interview, Rosero also said the PRC will meet with nursing deans on Aug. 15 to decide if the Aug. 22 oath-taking for nurses who passed the last board exam will push through, or if there will be a retake of the exam after allegations of a leakage surfaced.

Rosero also confirmed that they did not attend the Senate inquiry into the leakage the other day based on Executive Order No. 464. However, she said they are ready to explain to the Senate their reasons for snubbing the inquiry.

On allegations hurled by lawyer Cheryl Daytec-Yangot, a counsel for a nursing student who lodged a complaint on the leakage that the PRC is covering up the incident, Rosero said "that's her opinion."

"It's good that the BON was heard. If we were there, we would have explained what we have done on the incident and how we computed the grades to nullify the effect of any leakage. But we are not hiding anything," Rosero said."

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