[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 5 July Afternoon

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Wed Jul 5 16:39:57 PHT 2006

Newsbriefs 5 July Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan



Lacson group, 20 others sign impeach bid (abs-cbnNEWS.com) 

"Members of the Be Not Afraid Movement on Wednesday led 20 groups in signing the fifth impeachment complaint against President Arroyo, DZMM reported. 

The Be Not Afraid Movement was founded by opposition Sen. Panfilo Lacson. 

Lawyer Ramon Pedroza represented Lacson's group in joining the complainants in the case filed by Fr. Rolly de Leon, a parish priest from Norzagaray, Bulacan at the House of Representatives. 

Other groups mentioned in the report that have signed de Leon's complaint were the Guardians International Brotherhood Federal Inc., Soldiers for Peace and Progress and Kaakbay.

The complaint, which focuses on human rights abuses, will be filed when Congress resumes sessions on July 24."

Arroyo readies EO on military-police 'partnership' vs Left  (INQ7.net) 

"BOOSTING her "all out war" campaign against communist rebels, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said she would sign an executive order giving the Philippine National Police (PNP) an equal role with the military in fighting the insurgents.

"I will sign the executive order designed to create a PNP-AFP partnership in the battle against the Left," Arroyo said Wednesday at the change of command ceremony of the PNP at the Camp Crame national headquarters.

Arroyo witnessed retired Director General Arturo Lomibao turn over the reins of the 118,000-strong police force to his deputy Oscar Calderon.

Addressing Calderon, Arroyo said she expected his experience in police management to make a dent in the government's fight against the Left, which she added was now in the "consolidation level" that called for an equal role between the military and police.

"The AFP and the PNP will end revolutionary taxation and ensure that those who were forced to pay will be defended against harassment," she added."

Arroyo formally installs Calderon as PNP chief (abs-cbnNEWS.com)

"President Arroyo on Wednesday formally installed Deputy Director General Oscar Calderon as the 13th chief of the Philippine National Police in turnover ceremonies at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

Calderon replaced Director General Arturo Lomibao who retired Wednesday.

Lomibao hailed the President's choice for his successor as he called on the 120,000-strong police force to support the new chief.

Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye announced Calderon's appointment Tuesday morning.

Calderon, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1973, is credited for neutralizing notorious organized criminal groups. Apart from holding the second highest PNP post during Lomibao's time, Calderon headed the Police Anti-Crime and Emergency Response.

Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno said Calderon's appointment showed Malacañan's adherence to the principle of seniority. 

The losing contenders in the PNP top post race were Deputy Director General Avelino Razon and PNP Deputy Chief for Operations and Director Servando Hizon.

Hizon is Calderon's classmate while Razon graduated from PMA in 1974."

Militants challenge Calderon (abs-cbnNEWS.com)

"Militants want Calderon to solve the killings of activists and put a stop to the violent dispersals at antigovernment rallies.

Renato Reyes, secretary-general of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), said on Tuesday many are curious as to how Calderon would deal with dissenters in the government.

"The main question on everyone's mind is: Will Calderon be different from General Lomibao? Will Calderon be the chief implementer of rally dispersals and raids on critical newspapers? Will he solve the problem of extrajudicial killings?" he said."

'Propose ways to speed up protest resolution' (INQ7.net)

"SITTING as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), the Supreme Court gave both Vice-President Noli De Castro and former senator Loren Legarda up to July 17 to propose a procedure to speed up the resolution of the election protest filed by Legarda.

Legarda has questioned the results of the 2004 elections, claiming there was massive electoral fraud.

During a preliminary conference on Wednesday morning, the PET required De Castro and Legarda to submit, in a joint motion, the names of five to 10 retired high court justices who can serve as hearing officer; outline the extent of the hearing officer's responsibilities; and a procedure for the expeditious submission of evidence on the revision of ballots and alleged irregular election returns."

'Norway understands RP position on Reds' - negotiator (Agence France-Presse)

"THE Philippine government has informed Norway of its decision to pursue a "legal and military offensive" and "they understand," the chief government negotiator said.

At the same time, Jesus Dureza said "the doors to peace are open" but formal negotiations can only resume if the rebels agreed to certain conditions. Dureza did not elaborate on those terms.

"We informed (Norway) that we are on a legal and military offensive against the Communist Party of the Philippines and as facilitators, they respect the position we are taking," Dureza said after a trip to Norway.

Norway has been brokering inconclusive peace talks with the CPP, which with its armed wing, the New People's Army (NPA), has waged an insurgency since 1969. The talks have been suspended since 2004.

"We still have to discuss this at a policy level," Dureza said, adding Norway was "informed and they know that the talks now are stalled...and they understand the current situation in the Philippines."

NBI expands probe on Lim tape (abs-cbnNEWS.com)

"The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is set to summon a Marine colonel who appeared in a video of Army Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim withdrawing support for President Arroyo, ABS-CBN reported Wednesday.


Authorities said the agency will subpoena Col. Leonardo Caringal and Lim to attend a hearing on July 7. 


NBI special task force chief Reynaldo Esmeraldo said probers will ask Caringal and Lim to identify the other soldiers in the video. 


He added that Lim could be charged with perjury for submitting an affidavit denying involvement in a coup plot last February.


The NBI is investigating a Time magazine article, which detailed an alleged plot to overthrow the Arroyo administration.


The videotape, aired on ABS-CBN's Bandila late night news program Monday, showed Lim reading a statement calling on Mrs. Arroyo to step down and accept the formation of a new government.


The footage showed Lim, former chief of the elite Scout Rangers, delivering his speech wearing battle dress fatigues. He was seated behind a table with three uniformed men in the background.


In his speech, Lim said he and his men are withdrawing support for the President because it is their constitutional duty as "protector of the people and the state to end her unconstitutional and illegal occupation of the presidency."


Lim also called on the people to support the new government. Lim recommended ex-defense secretary Renato de Villa and former executive secretary Oscar Orbos to lead the new government.


The coup plan failed after Armed Forces chief Generoso Senga refused to join the uprising and ordered Lim to be confined to military barracks on February 23. The next day, Mrs. Arroyo placed the country under a state of national emergency."



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