[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 11 January Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 11 January Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan

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SWS: Majority of Pinoys favor cha-cha, ousting GMA (abs-cbnnews.com)

"A survey by the Social Weather Stations showed majority of Filipinos favor charter change and the removal from office of President Arroyo, ABS-CBN News Channel reported Wednesday.

The survey, taken during the last quarter of last year, showed 54 percent approved of former President Ramos's proposal while 20 percent disapproved.

Of those who favored the proposal, 54 percent said Mrs. Arroyo should have stepped down last year, 30 percent want her out of office this year while a small number wants the Chief Executive ousted either next year, 2008 or 2009.

SWS also reported on its website (www.sws.org.ph) the other charter-change proposals considered in the poll and their corresponding findings, were: 

a) Using the parliamentary system for choosing the country's chief executive: neutral 

b) Allowing President Arroyo to be eligible for Prime Minister in a parliamentary government: negative

c) Lessening restrictions on foreign participation in the economy: positive

d) Forming local governments at the regional level (prerequisite of a federal system): positive

Proposals (a), (b), (c) and the Ramos's proposal were asked in random order in the SWS survey. SWS said proposal (d) requested a good/not good choice for the sake of comparison with previous SWS surveys."

Lakas remains united despite rift over Arroyo term-Palace (inq7.net)



"THE LAKAS-Christian Muslim Democrats party remains united despite a rift over President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's term in office, Malacañang said Wednesday.

Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye said that whatever difference in views the President and former president Fidel 
Ramos had would be settled "democratically" and by the voice of the majority in the Lakas directorate meeting on Saturday.

"To the last man and woman, the administration party is united behind one Philippines," Bunye said in a statement.

"There will be a common agenda for this meeting and it will be geared towards national unity and the people's welfare," he said.

Some sectors have anticipated a showdown between Arroyo and Ramos when they meet in the gathering proposed by the former president."

Lawyer set to re-file impeachment complaint vs Arroyo (inq7.net)



"UNMINDFUL of a one-year-ban on the filing of an impeachment case against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, lawyer Oliver Lozano will re-file his complaint when Congress resumes regular sessions next week.

'I am re-filing the complaint to preempt the coup or a possible violent take over being hatched by disgruntled elements in the society," Lozano said in a telephone interview on Wednesday.'"

Legislator backs inquiry on custody issue in Subic rape case (philstar.com)

"Senator Manny Villar said Tuesday he sees a need for a Senate inquiry on the "real status" of the Philippine government's request for custody of four American servicemen charged with raping a Filipina at the Subic Freeport in November last year. 

"Once and for all, we should look into the real status of our government's request for custody of the suspects. This has dragged on for quite a while now and may unnecessarily cause a delay in the judicial proceedings," said Villar, vice-chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations,. 

Villar said, 'I support the resolution filed by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago directing our committee to conduct an inquiry into the custody issue in the Subic rape case. The people, like the senators, need to be informed and updated on this issue.'" 

Judge asked to defer US Marines' arrest order - officials (inq7.net)



"The Department of Foreign Affairs has asked Olongapo City Judge Renato Dilag to defer issuance of an arrest warrant against four US servicemen accused of raping a Filipina pending negotiations between Manila and Washington over custody of the suspects, Justice and Olongapo City officials told INQ7.net.

Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Zosimo Jesus Paredes II told Dilag that Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo was negotiating for the turnover of the Marines, according to the officials who were also informed of the talk."





Pimentel slams gov't for proposed compromise deal on coco levy case (philstar.com)

"Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. Wednesday branded as a backward and illogical step the move of the Presidential Commission on Good Government to revive the negotiation between coconut farmers and businessman Eduardo Cojuangco, Jr. for a compromise agreement on the 18-year old coconut levy case. 

Pimentel pointed out that the Sandiganbayan, in a decision issued in May, 2004, held that the 27 percent shareholding in the San Miguel Corporation (SMC), originally acquired through the coconut levy funds, was owned by coconut farmers, held in trust by the government for the benefit of the farmers and the coconut industry. 

He said the Sandiganbayan issued the decision after it was ordered by the Supreme Court to resolve the issue. Subsequently, he said there was a motion filed with the anti-graft court to execute the decision. However, he said the motion to execute has not yet been acted upon by the Sandiganbayan."

Panganiban: Bird flu watch successful but no let-up (abs-cbnnews.com)

"Migratory birds, blamed for the spread of bird flu virus in most countries, will be leaving the Philippines' key swamps in February but the government is still stepping up measures to prevent the spread of the deadly disease. 

"We have strengthened our regional and provincial bird flu watch for the last six to seven months," Agriculture Secretary Domingo Panganiban told ANC on Wednesday. 

He said the Philippines has been successful in stopping the spread of the disease despite the entry of migratory birds in the country's swamps.

He added that the Philippines will send government experts to Indonesia to provide support and help the country fight the disease, which already had nine bird flu deaths. 

Since late 2003, the H5N1 avian flu virus has been known to have killed 71 people in five Asian countries -- Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, China and Cambodia."

AFP recovers Marine sergeant from Reds (abs-cbnnews.com)

"The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday said a kidnapped Marine sergeant who was reported executed in December by New People's Army guerrilas has been recovered alive in Pampanga province, DZMM reported.

T/Sgt. Marlon Oroganan, 39, a resident of Barangay Pulong Masle in Guagua town, was abducted by six armed members of the NPA on November 23 last year.

Oronan will be presented before the media Wednesday afternoon, the military said.

On December 1 AFP reported that Oronan was executed by his abductors, also in Pampanga province.

Lt. Col. Preme Monta, spokesman of the AFP Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM), said that based on information from NOLCOM deep penetration agents, Oronan's body was dumped by the rebels at the tri-boundaries of Guagua, Lubao and Sasmuan towns. 

Monta, however, said they have yet to confirm other details regarding the execution.

Military records said six armed members of the NPA forcibly entered Oronan's house in Barangay Pulong Masle in Guagua town and snatched him in front of his wife and two children on November 23.

Oronan was a member of the 6th Marine Battalion Landing Team in Lanao del Norte."

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

"SHARE prices closed lower across all sectors as investors pocketed gains that had propelled the market to its highest level in 10 months, dealers said. 

But advances of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) and Equitable PCI Bank limited the fall, they added. 

The composite index ended down 11.72 points or 0.54 percent at 2,150.71, after trading between 2,137.37 and 2,162.43. Volume reached 640.41 million shares worth 1.26 billion pesos. 

However, the broader all-shares index rose slightly, by 1.36 points to 1,020.70. 

Losers outnumbered gainers 36 to 29, while 59 stocks ended unchanged. 

"The market is going through a technical correction," said Citiseconline.com analyst Mark Alan Canizares. "We've been up in the past six of eight sessions, and it's now time to take some breather." 

Dealers said sentiment among investors towards the economy had been generally positive, with most of them hoping for a fiscally stronger government as the new value-added tax law will take full effect on February 1."

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