[Blueboard] Newsbriefs August 31 Afternoon

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Thu Aug 31 15:47:56 PHT 2006

Newsbriefs 31 August Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan



COMELEC junks people's initiative petition (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


The Commission on Elections denied Thursday the Malacañan-backed people's initiative petition filed by Sigaw ng Bayan Movement and the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines, ABS-CBN News reported.


"We are therefore constrained not to entertain or give due course to.the petition," the COMELEC en banc said in its decision.


The announcement was made shortly before noon, hours after the en banc session started.


Lawyer Raul Lambino, spokesman of the Sigaw ng Bayan Movement, said his group is studying the possibility of bringing the case to the Supreme Court or filing a petition before the high tribunal following the COMELEC decision.


He said deliberations will start after the group gets a copy of the decision.


House opposition purges ranks of renegades; 7 axed (www.philstar.com)
After the failed impeachment proceedings against President Arroyo comes the purge of members of the House minority bloc who did not support the process. 

Minority Leader Francis Escudero and his loyal supporters stripped at least seven renegade colleagues yesterday of their posts in the chamber and in its various committees. 

Those who were axed were Representatives Luis Asistio and Oscar Malapitan of Caloocan City, Antonio Serapio of Valenzuela City, Vincent Crisologo of Quezon City, Joseph Santiago of Catanduanes, Baisandeg Dilangalen of Maguindanao and Erico Basilio Fabian of Zamboanga City. 

Another possible candidate for the purge is Rep. Juan Ponce Enrile Jr. of Cagayan. 

Asistio, Malapitan, Serapio, and Crisologo stayed away from last year's and this year's impeachment proceedings. 


Two nursing board members face raps over test leak (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


The National Bureau of Investigation is set to file criminal charges against two Board of Nursing (BON) members for leaking test questions and answers during the June 2006 Nursing  Licensure Examinations (NLE), ABS-CBN's Bandila reported Wednesday.


A source in the NBI said BON members Anesia Dionisio and Virginia Madeja violated Republic Act 8981, otherwise known as the Professional Regulation Act. Penalties for violating RA 8981 include a six- to 12-year jail term and fines ranging from P50,000 to P100,000.


NBI Director Nestor Mantaring said he submit the complete report on the leakage to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), Department of Justice and Malacañan on Thursday. 


Palace to follow only RP court order on PIATCo (Inquirer)

MALACAÑANG will follow the orders of a Philippine court and not that of an arbitration court in Singapore in the legal battle for ownership of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport's mothballed Terminal 3, according to Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita.

Ermita expressed annoyance at the threat from the Philippine International Air Terminals Co. (PIATCo), the Filipino-German consortium that built the terminal, to take over the facility by force today.

"How can they bully the government? It's like somebody trying to kick an elephant. We dare them to that," he said.

"Just because an international court ordered the NAIA 3 handed to PIATCo, it doesn't mean it will be executory," said Ermita who stressed that Malacañang would go by what the local courts say.

Because of PIATCo's bullying tactics, Ermita said the government was more convinced than ever that it should run NAIA 3 on its own and reject PIATCo's offer last year to jointly manage the terminal.

DoST exec: 'With 2 to 3 typhoons, this will normalize' (Inquirer)

"WITH TWO to three typhoons, this will normalize," Science Undersecretary Graciano Yumul Jr. yesterday said of the massive oil spill in Western Visayas.

Scientists have expressed confidence that the waves would naturally wash out the bunker fuel oil from the sunken MT Solar I, which has spoiled beaches, poisoned mangroves and contaminated the rich fishing grounds in the region.

Not 200,000 liters but 1.3 million liters have leaked out of the sunken tanker, according to Yumul.

MT Solar I was carrying 2.1 millions liter of bunker fuel oil when it went down on Aug. 11 in Guimaras Strait, according to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

The PCG estimated that the amount of oil that had leaked from the sunken vessel since it sunk on Aug. 11 was between 200,000 and 300,000 liters.

Yumul also said that not 220 km but only 99.6 km of coastline were affected by the oil spill.

Citing radar satellite maps and educated estimates by scientists, Yumul gave the new numbers that indicated that the oil spill, which has been described as a ticking ecological time bomb, was not that bad after all.

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