[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 29 August Afternoon

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Tue Aug 29 16:12:43 PHT 2006

Newsbriefs 29 August Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan



Marital infidelity, not adultery, concubinage -- House panel Bill also penalizes Muslims, indigenuous people (INQ7.net)

"TO RECTIFY gender bias," the House of Representatives has approved at the committee level a bill that would replace the terms "adultery" and "concubinage" in the present law with "marital infidelity" and which would now include Muslims and indigenous people.

The committees on revision of laws, and millennium development goals endorsed on Tuesday Committee Report 1903, which contains House Bill 5729 or "An Act Repealing the Law on Adultery and Concubinage and defining in lieu thereof the crime of marital infidelity, amending for the purpose Articles 333, 334, and 344 of Act 3815 as amended otherwise known as the Revised Penal Code."

The bill also proposes that "Muslims and indigenous people be held liable for marital infidelity regardless of their faiths and traditions."

"Muslims and members of indigenous peoples, communities who actively and continuously practice the immemorial customs and traditions allowing multiple spouses shall be held liable for marital infidelity if they engage in sexual intercourse with any person other than the official spouses recognized by their respective faiths and traditions," it said.

David Cosalan, committee secretary, said CIBAC Representative Joel Villanueva authored that particular provision on the Muslims.

Villanueva is one of the main authors of the measure, along with Gabriela Women's Partylist Representative Liza Maza, Ilocos Norte Representative Imee Marcos, and Cebu Representative Nerissa Soon-Ruiz.

Bolante seeks 'urgent and specialized medical (INQ7.net)

EMBATTLED former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn "Joc-Joc" Bolante has sought the help of the Philippine embassy in Washington DC for the delivery of "urgent and specialized medical attention," it was learned Tuesday.

Foreign affairs spokesman Gilbert Asuque said the embassy received two separate requests for assistance, one from Bolante's family, the other from his counsel.

"The Philippine embassy has been informed that Mr. Bolante is suffering from certain medical conditions that require urgent and specialized medical attention that might not be available at Mr. Bolante's detention facility," he said, reading a statement of the Philippine embassy in Washington DC.

However, Asuque said he cannot disclose the nature of the sickness because it is a private matter.

"On the specific medical and health condition of Mr. Bolante, queries on this matter should be referred to Mr. Bolante's family," the statement said.

The DFA spokesman said the Philippine embassy in Washington DC has already instructed the Philippine consulate general in Chicago, which has consular jurisdiction over the case, to look into the matter and provide Bolante with appropriate and necessary assistance.

"We will be extending all assistance to Mr. Bolante in this regard. The Philippine consulate general in Chicago will inform the proper authorities of Mr. Bolante's request," Asuque said.

'German bank execs eye rap vs Cayetano' (abs-cbnNEWS.com) 


Officials of the HypoVereins Bank in Munich, Germany, are studying the possibility of filing charges against Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano for dragging the institution's name into the alleged multi-million dollar account that President Arroyo's family owns there.


Lawyer Jesus Santos said he had talks with a bank official during his recent trip to Munich with presidential spouse Jose Miguel "Mike" Arroyo. Mr. Arroyo, reports said, is the one who has a deposit with HypoVereins.


"The official said, 'This is fraud...we would not want to get involved things like these,' so I said 'What is your plan?,' the official said 'We are going to study whether we are going to file an action against this gentleman," Santos, who also serves as Mr. Arroyo's spokesman, told a DZMM interview.

Villar pushing to include Guimaras rehabilitation in national budget (www.philstar.com)

Senate President Manny Villar Monday is proposing the inclusion of P1 to P2 billion in the budget to fund the rehabilitation of Guimaras to mitigate the ill effects of the August-11 oil spill that hit the island-province. 

"There are still a lot of things to be done in order to at least contain the damage caused by the oil spill. The priority should be in cleaning up the affected areas, plug the leakage in the still sunken vessel and provide alternate sources of livelihood to the people of Guimaras," said Villar. 

Villar added, "On the part of the National Government, we should provide funds particularly for helping the affected residents or communities in Guimaras and nearby areas get back on their feet, especially the fishermen who have lost their primary source of livelihood because of the oil spill." 

The oil spill from the Petron-chartered tanker MT Solar 1 has so far affected some 300 kilometers (187 miles) of coastline, 500 hectares (1,235 acres) of mangroves and 60 hectares (148 acres) of seaweed plantations, and at least 26,000 villagers in Guimaras. 

According to Villar, "We should also keep a close watch on the MT Solar 1 which up to now is still leaking oil. Only 10 to 15 per cent of the oil in the vessel has leaked and yet the damage is already tremendous. The sooner the sunken vessel is lifted out of the sea or its leak is plugged at least, the better."


Solar 1 captain admits lapses (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


The captain of the M/T Solar 1 on Tuesday faced the Board of Marine Inquiry and said that has no experience handling an oil tanker like the vessel that sank off Guimaras, DZMM reported. 


Norberto Aguro also told probers that his license expired in 2002. He said companies do not complain because of his training in handling vessels that haul chemicals.


Rear Admiral Danilo Abenoja, chairman of the panel, said Aguro's judgment call was questionable. He said the captain should have known that the vessel will encounter strong wind gusts and big waves on its way to Guimaras. 


The panel also said that as the vessel's captain, Aguro did not consider the Solar 1's seaworthiness.


Aguro's admission came in the wake of a Coast Guard report that said human error caused the sinking of the vessel full of bunker oil on August 11. 


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