[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 6 January Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 6 January Afternoon

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AFP dismisses Oakwood mutineer video (abs-cbnnews.com)

"The military on Friday dismissed alleged video clips and footage of fugitive Marine Capt. Nicanor Faeldon roaming a military base in Palawan province to gather support for his campaign to oust President Arroyo.



Armed Forces spokesman Col. Tristan Kison said the pictures posted on Faeldon's website (http://www.pilipino.org.ph) may have been old and tampered with. The website showed pictures and video clips of Faeldon, in civilian clothing, roaming the Armed Forces' Western Command camp in Palawan. 



"One possibility is that this was taken in a portion of the camp that was far from the guards so he wouldn't be noticed. Another possibility is that with the technology today, his picture could be superimposed with that background," Kison told DZMM. 



Kison said the portion of the camp where Faeldon had his picture taken was near a road where civilians could freely roam and have their pictures taken. 



He added that another possibility was that it was an old picture, which was only released now.   He said Admiral Ruben Domingo, commander of the Western Command camp, also denied Faeldon's claim that he had been visiting the Palawan camp frequently to recruit soldiers for a possible destabilization attempt against Mrs. Arroyo." 



Catholic Church leader tells bishops to shun politics (inq7.net) 



"A SENIOR church leader in the Philippines has advised outspoken bishops to shun politics and focus on winning new converts in the predominantly Roman Catholic country, a church spokesman said Friday. 

The new president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Angel Lagdameo, told more than 100 cardinals, archbishops and bishops that he would focus on the young and the poor, said Monsignor Hernando Coronel.

"Our priority would be evangelization of the two sectors -- the young because they are more than 50 percent of the population, and the poor because about 70 percent of the population are poor," Coronel told reporters.

"CBCP has been receiving high mileage and we are always visible in the media, but this concerns political matters. What we are concerned [now are] the values, especially in defense of family and life," the spokesman added. 'We want to promote moral values.'"

Military, police renew loyalty to Constitution (inq7.net)



"MILITARY and police officials renewed their loyalty to the Constitution on Friday amid reports of an alleged alliance among three former presidents against the incumbent Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the recent disclosure of corruption in the Philippine Air Force. 

The commander of military troops in Metro Manila, Lieutenant General Alan Cabalquinto urged his men to guard against "threat groups driven by sheer ambition to grab power," who might attempt to recruit from the military ranks.

"As a professional military officer, I shall maintain my firm belief that [a] military takeover or military intervention is not the solution to the present political problem. I will therefore oppose any attempt to lure the AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] to support such move," Cabalquinto said during the traditional New Year's call at the National Capital Region Command (NCRCom) headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo."

VFACOM wants to see Subic rape suspects (abs-cbnnews.com)



"The executive director of the Visiting Forces Agreement Commission on Friday said he wants to see where the suspects in the Subic rape case are being held by the United States Embassy.



VFACOM executive director and Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Zosimo Paredes said he only saw the US servicemen once in a conference room at the US Embassy in Roxas Boulevard in Manila.



He said he will be checking the conditions of the US servicemen who are under the custody of the US Embassy. Paredes attended the hearing of the case Friday morning in Olongapo City. 



"What I want to see now is the place where they are actually being held in custody... They are not actually as free as you and I. They should at least be restricted to quarters in military parlance," Paredes said.



"They are not free to roam around playing golf or going to the malls or whatever like free men like us," he said.

The case of the alleged rape of a Filipina by US servicemen suffered another delay on Friday after the prosecution opposed a motion by the defense to suspend the proceedings. 

Presiding Judge Renato Dilag gave the defense until January 11 to reply to the prosecution's motion before deciding on the issue."

Give US more time on custody issue-Romulo (inq7.net) 



"FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo on Friday said the United States must be given "more time" on the Philippine request for custody of the four American soldiers accused of raping a 22-year-old Filipina in Subic. 

In an ambush interview with reporters after the official launch of the Philippine-Japan Friendship Year 2006, Romulo said gaining physical custody "is not done in a time frame of one day or one week."

"Let's give them time. Let the diplomatic channels take its course," he said, even as he admitted the US has yet to respond to the November 16 custody request of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The four US Marines have remained in the US Embassy custody.

"We have to look at it in a bigger time frame. Remember, this is a bilateral, not a unilateral, agreement. Both sides should agree," he said."

Arroyo calls for meeting with Ramos, Aquino, Erap (abs-cbnnews.com)



"President Arroyo will meet with three of her predecessors in a bid to foster unity among the political leaders of the country, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Gabriel Claudio said Friday.



Claudio said Mrs. Arroyo called for a meeting of members of the Council of State, the highest consultative and advisory body in the country composed of past presidents such as Fidel Ramos, Corazon Aquino and Joseph Estrada and other high government officials. The meeting will be held on January 24.



"Ang pakay naman talaga ng pagpupulong na ito ay alinsunod sa kagustuhan ng ating Pangulong Arroyo at gayundin ni president Ramos na magkaroon ng mas malaganap na kooperasyon at pagkakaisa ang mga political leaders ng ating bansa. (The purpose of this meeting is in line with President Arroyo and President 



Ramos' objective to foster cooperation and unity with the political leaders of the nation)," Claudio told DZMM. 



He said Mrs. Arroyo is looking forward to meeting with former president Aquino, who had previously called for the incumbent's resignation. 



"We have invited her and we hope that she will grace this meeting with her presence," he said.  



The President's political adviser added that Estrada may join the council if he is allowed by the Sandiganbayan."



SWS: Hunger hits record high, poverty rising (abs-cbnnews.com)


"More Filipinos believe they are impoverished while the proportion of Filipino families experiencing hunger hit a new record high in the last quarter of 2005, results of the latest Social Weather Stations survey revealed Friday. 



The survey showed an estimated 2.8 million families or 16.7 percent of the population reported having nothing to eat at least once from October to December last year. 



The figure is the highest national proportion recorded since SWS began surveying hunger, surpassing the previous peak of 16.1 percent in March 2001.



Self-Rated Poverty also rose to 57 percent from 49 percent in the third quarter of 2005. 



"These directly-measured high levels of economic deprivation demonstrate yet again that orthodox economic statistics such as Gross National Product give a very misleading picture of the state of economic well-being," SWS said."



Shares close lower on profit-taking (XFN-Asia)



SHARE prices closed near the day's low as profit-taking emerged to halt a three-day rally that had lifted the main index to its highest level in 10 months, dealers said. 



The composite index ended down 17.14 points or 0.80 percent at 2,133.79 after trading between 2,132.05 and 2,157.18. 

Volume reached 378.92 million shares worth 1.5 billion pesos. 



The broader all-shares index retreated 9.04 points to 1,004.80. 



Losers outnumbered gainers 46 to 31, while 50 stocks were unchanged. 



"Most blue chips were ripe for a correction and it was only normal for the market to consolidate after several sessions of gains," First Grade Holdings managing director Astro del Castillo said. 



The main index has risen by about three percent over the past three sessions on hopes that the government is on track to improve its fiscal position this year. Expectations of strong corporate earnings in 2005 and a much stronger peso also lifted sentiment. 



Dealers said share prices might trade lower for most of next week on an extended technical correction as most blue chips have become expensive after the sharp three-day ascent. 

        Peso-Dollar Exchange Rate 
      Official Rate from the Philippine Dealing System 
     

 

      PDS Wtd. Avg. 
     Previous Close 
     
      P52.695 = $1.00 
     52.585 
     
            Open
           52.600
           
            High
           52.750
           
            Low
           52.580
           
            Close
           0
           
            Volume (US$)
           342.7M
           

     
      As of January 06, 2006 2:57 PM
     
      Disclaimer: These are based on Philippine Dealing System rates.
      Actual bank rates may vary.
     

 

 

 
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