[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 30 January Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 30 January Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan

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Arroyo seeks 'just, fair' resolution to charges against her (news.inq7.net)

PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is for the "just and fair" settlement of any issue against her and her family and that evidence of wrongdoing should be filed in court, her spokesman said Monday. 

"We are open to all just and fair means under the law to ferret out the truth surrounding all controversies affecting the Presidency," Arroyo said through Ignacio Bunye, day after an influential group of Catholic bishops called on her administration to pursue the truth behind a wiretapping controversy linking her to cheating in the 2004 election.

"Those who believe [that] they have strong evidence should file" a case before the country's anti-graft court "and give all parties concerned a chance to explain their positions," he told a radio interview.

In a separate interview, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said that the President had always adhered to the Constitution and to laws in finding out the truth about the controversies affecting her and her family.

Arroyo's senior Cabinet officials were reacting to a strongly worded statement Sunday by the 120-strong Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), which said that political processes had failed to make public officials accountable for wrongdoing.

Solon praises Arroyo for economy's growth (www.abs-cbnnews.com)

A key economic adviser of President Arroyo praised her administration after the economy registered 5.1 percent growth last year. 

Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, chairman of the House of Representatives committee on economic affairs, said the 5.1 percent growth in gross domestic product is laudable especially with the problems facing the Arroyo administration. 

"GDP growth defies and betrays the prevailing gloom in domestic politics. Imagine what kind of statistics you will get without the noise," Salceda said. 

He, however, said the five-percent growth in the economy should be credited to robust remittances from overseas Filipinos workers (OFWs). 

"It is a combination of OFW strength and sustained monetary stimulus via low interest rates which is a dividend of fiscal reform," he said.

He also credited the low interest rate environment, which is a direct result of the administration's fiscal reforms, for the growth.

Salceda said the Arroyo administration can claim at least half the credit after getting the fiscal reform measures passed.

Gov't set to launch 'jueteng' substitute (www.news.inq7.net)


DESPITE its failure to take off and replace "jueteng" in the late 1980s, the Small Town Lottery or STL will be re-launched by the Arroyo administration as the "best legal substitute" for the illegal numbers game. 

But this time, the STL, which is similar to jueteng, will be operated by local government units under the supervision of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), according to anti-jueteng czar Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn.

The PCSO board approved the STL's revival last month.

"The STL revival is definitely a positive development. LGUs in the entire Luzon area have been looking forward to it. Lottery guidelines and other details are being finalized by PCSO," Hagedorn told the Inquirer over the weekend.

LGUs are expected to conduct at least three lotteries daily where bets will be placed on two numbers between 1 and 38.

Portions of the game proceeds will go to LGUs in 31 Luzon provinces, the Department of Health-attached PCSO and the Philippine National Police, among other beneficiaries.

Arroyo earmarks P1B for PNP (abs-cbnnews.com)

President Arroyo on Monday allotted a P1-billion fund for the country's police force on its 15th founding anniversary to augment benefits for the nation's policemen and upgrade their equipment. 

In her speech in Camp Crame Mrs. Arroyo said the P1-billion special allotment release order was made possible through higher tax collection. 

"From robust tax collections come robust cops. From these positive results come the benefit we have been working for -- more jobs, higher wages and a reduction in poverty, including our policemen," she said.

The President said at least 15,000 cops will be hired in the next five years, with 3,000 hired this year. Fifteen percent of the new Philippine National Police recruits will be women, she added. 

Salaries of policemen will also increase by eight percent and 1,000 scholarship slots will be made available for their children, Mrs. Arroyo said. 

Military probes Faeldon support within ranks (www.news.inq7.net)

THE ARMED Forces of the Philippines is investigating the support alleged mutiny leader Captain Nicanor Faeldon enjoys from within its ranks following his arrest in the company of one of the military prosecutors last week, a spokesman said Monday. 

"The counter-intelligence units are working hard on this. They have leads and they are working hard on this. In due time we will able to have positive results," said Colonel Tristan Kison.

When asked if Faeldon has supporters from the military aside from his alleged girlfriend, Captain Candelaria "Candy" Rivas, Kison said: "That we still have to determine."

Faeldon was arrested with Rivas in Malabon City Friday evening, more than a month after he escaped and launched a civil disobedience campaign in cyberspace to oust President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Through his lawyer, Roel Pulido, Faeldon denied any romantic involvement with Rivas, who served as spokesperson for the prosecution panel in the court martial of the rebel junior officers.

Two left-wing activists slain in Samar, Sorsogon (www.philstar.com)

MANILA (AP) - Assailants gunned down two left-wing activists Monday in the central Philippines _ the latest victims in a string of slayings that a congressman alleged were carried out by the government's security forces. 

Three unidentified men on a motorcycle fatally shot Antonio Alde Jr., a 25-year-old member of the left-wing Bayan Muna party, in Eastern Samar province's Borongan town, 590 kilometers (365 miles) southeast of Manila, said Congressman Satur Ocampo. 

Another Bayan Muna activist and a municipal council member, Maximo Frivaldo, was fatally shot in Sorsogon province's Irosin town, 400 kilometers (250 miles) southeast of Manila, Ocampo said. 

Police recovered six empty shells from a .45 caliber pistol near the place where Alde was killed, he said. 

Chief Superintendent Victor Boco, the regional police commander, said unidentified assailants shot Frivaldo inside his house. He died on the way to a hospital and the case is under investigation, Boco said. 



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