[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 10 July Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 10 July Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan



CBCP does not favor impeachment (news.inq7.net)

"(2ND UPDATE) THE INFLUENTIAL Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said Monday that it was "not inclined at the present moment to favor the impeachment process" as the means for establishing the truth to allegations that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo cheated in the 2004 election.

The CBCP said it respected "the position of individuals or groups that wish to continue using the impeachment process to arrive at the truth," but added that unless 

"unless the process and its rules, all participating parties, pro and con, are guided by no other motive than the genuine concern for the common good, impeachment will once again serve as an unproductive exercise, dismaying every citizen and deepening the citizens' negative perception of politicians left, right and center."

The stand was contained in a pastoral statement issued at the end of the bishops' 93rd plenary assembly over the weekend, which was read by CBCP president, Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo.

A CBCP member, Bishop Deogracias Yñiguez, has signed the impeachment complaint.

The bishops also warned that calls for the resignation or even prosecution of election commissioners "should not be lightly brushed aside" as they reiterated their position "for a thorough reform" of the Commission on Elections "to restore trust in our electoral process."

The bishops said that the electoral process, "including the counting of votes, needs to be reformed and modernized before the next elections," which they also warned, must not be cancelled "because of the government's efforts to amend the Constitution."

They also reiterated their previous stand against "hasty efforts to change the fundamental law of the land without the widespread participation and discussion that such changes require" and that any amendments must be done through a constitutional convention.

'The reasons for constitutional change must be based on the common good rather than on self-serving interests or the interest of political dynasties,' the pastoral statement said."

Palace: Nothing wrong with donations to Catholic bishops (news.inq7.net)

"THERE is nothing wrong with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's donations to Catholic bishops, Malacañang said Monday, refuting allegations that this was Arroyo's way of buying off some members of the influential Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

The CBCP is expected to issue its position on the latest impeachment bids against the President on Monday after the bishops end their 93rd plenary assembly over the weekend.

"No bishop was bought or bribed or was given personal favor. Whatever help was offered, was for the people, to alleviate poverty and to solve the problems that they are facing in their respective areas," Presidential Chief of Staff Michael Defensor told reporters in Filipino in an interview.

Defensor said talk of bribing bishops critical to the administration with rice, medicines, and goodies was "unfair" to the CBCP and to the President."

Religious leaders sign impeach bid vs Arroyo (www.abs-cbnnews.com)

"A priest assigned to a parish near Malacañan Palace led 13 religious leaders in signing the impeachment complaint against President Arroyo Monday, ABS-CBN News learned. 

Monsignor Ernesto de la Cruz of the San Miguel Parish Church said he and other members of his parish signed the complaint. 

Fr. Dionito Gabillas of the Philippine Independent Church and Fr. Jerry Sabado of the Promotion of the Church and Peoples' Response (PCPR) also signed the complaint, which will be filed by the opposition when Congress reopens on July 24.

The signing came a few hours before the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines issues a pastoral statement on various political issues including the impeachment complaints. 

De la Cruz said the complaint against the President is not a political gimmick, adding that it was his decision to sign the complaint. 

'If there are politicians who want to use the impeachment for their political ambition, it is those politicians on the side of the administration,' de la Cruz said."

Marines won't be disbanded (news.inq7.net)

"JOLO, Sulu - Outgoing Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff, General Generoso Senga, debunked reports that the Philippine Marines are about to be disbanded.

"Don't believe in rumors. Kalokohan yan (That is foolishness)," Senga told troops, including Marines, at a camp in Bongao town, Tawi-Tawi province, one of several he visited in a round of exit calls in Mindanao Sunday and Monday.

At Camp Bautista here, he told soldiers not to "be distracted by rumors. Focus on your job. Listen to your officers."

Two Marine officers, ex-corps commandant Major General Renato Miranda and Colonel Ariel Querubin, are in hot water for their alleged involvement in a failed coup attempt in late February, along with Army Brigadier General Danilo Lim and several other officers."

Bottled water banned in plenary hall during SONA (www.abs-cbnnews.com)

"Security officers banned water bottles inside the plenary hall of the Batasan Complex during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Arroyo on July 24, DZMM reported Monday. 

Artemio Adaza, House Deputy Secretary-General and head of Task Force SONA, said water bottles could be used to sneak in nitroglycerine and other explosive chemicals inside the plenary hall during the President's address. 

He said the House of Representatives will implement stricter security measures for this year's SONA after police uncovered an alleged plot by rebel soldiers to bomb the Batasan Complex on July 24." 

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