[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 11 July Afternoon

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Tue Jul 11 17:02:37 PHT 2006

Newsbriefs 11 July Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan



3 simultaneous Cabinet meetings on mega regions set (news.inq7.net)

"SEEKING to fast track development plans for the four mega regions in time for her State of the Nation Address on July 24, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will hold simultaneous meetings on Tuesday with members of her Cabinet.

The meetings will be the second round of discussions on development planning for the mega regions in Northern Luzon, Central Philippines, and Mindanao, according to a Malacanang statement.

The meeting for Metro Luzon, dubbed the Urban Beltway, is scheduled July 13.

"The marathon Cabinet meetings intend to fast-track discussions on proposed revisions to the Medium-Term Public Investment Program, which aims to raise an additional P100-billion fund for infrastructure, education, health and other social projects in the next five years," the statement said.

Cabinet Secretary Ricardo Saludo said the President the development plans for the mega regions, the administration's new tack in involving the provinces in planning, will be one of the President's focus when she address the nation at the opening of Congress on July 24."

Reds tagged in media, leftist killings (abs-cbnNEWS.com) 

"The Philippine National Police (PNP) presented Tuesday a document showing the New People's Army (NPA) is responsible for the spate of leftist and media killings, ABS-CBN News learned.

Deputy Director Avelino Razon, head of Task Force Usig, presented the document to members of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas and the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) in a meeting held with Secretary Raul Gonzalez at the Department of Justice.

Razon said security forces recovered the document during an encounter with NPA rebels in Tagkawayan, Quezon on May 23.

He said the document contained an order to all NPA units to purge government infiltrators from their ranks. The document also allegedly ordered the NPA to liquidate members of the media and democratic organizations so that the police and military will be blamed for the killings.

"This document clearly proves that the NPA had a hand [in the killings]. Allegations that government forces [perpetrated] killings are speculations," Razon said."

Leftist lawmakers again on BID watchlist (news.inq7.net)

"THE Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) has again placed six leftist lawmakers on its watchlist after Bayan Muna Representative Satur Ocampo left for Geneva, Switzerland to speak before at a human rights forum organized by an international legislators' group.

Immigration Associate Commissioner Roy Almoro issued the order following a directive issued by Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Ernesto Pineda.

"Inclusion in the watchlist was necessary so as not to frustrate the ends of justice," Pineda said.

This means the six lawmakers - Ocampo, Teodoro Casiño and Joel Virador of Bayan Muna; Crispin Beltran and Rafael Mariano of Anakpawis; and Liza Maza of Gabriela - now need clearance from the DOJ before they can leave the country.

They have been charged, along with 45 others, with rebellion before the Makati City Regional Trial Court for allegedly conspiring with the leftist groups to topple the Arroyo government and were first included in the BID watchlist on March 1."

Drilon elected global rights committee chief (abs-cbnNEWS.com)

"Parliamentarians elected Senate President Franklin Drilon as chairman of the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the prestigious international body that investigates violations of human rights of lawmakers throughout the world, ABS-CBN learned Tuesday. 
Drilon was elected to the post Tuesday during the 114th session of the IPU Human Rights Committee in Geneva, Switzerland. He is the first Filipino legislator to be elected to the position since the IPU was established in 1889.
The other members of the IPU Committee are Zahia Banarous of Algeria, Fernando Margain Berlannga of Mexico, Sharon Carstairs of Canada, Maria Jose Laloy of Belguim, Kasam Jaiali of Iran and Baldo Prokurica of Chile. 

Drilon said the committee is set to tackle complaints filed by Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran and other leftist Filipino congressman dubbed the "Batasan 5." 

'Nicole's' attack on US Marine gets world media attention (news.inq7.net)

"THE STORY of a Filipina who attacked a US serviceman whom she has accused of rape was picked up by several newspapers worldwide, according to a Google search of the article by INQ7.net.

At least 50 national and local dailies and broadcast networks in the United States carried reports of "Nicole," a court-appointed pseudonym, who had with her handbag Lance Corporal Daniel Smith, one of four Marines on trial before a Philippine court, ahead of her testimony Monday (Philippine time) on the incident inside a van on Nov. 1, 2005 at the Subic Bay Freeport, a former American naval base.

"Nicole's" story was published on The Washington Post and carried on television by ABC News and on radio by Voice of America.

It was also carried by the Boston Globe, the Marine Corps Times, the Benton Crier of Iowa, Kansas City Star of Missouri, Centre Daily Times of Pennsylvania, Jackson News Tribune of Wyoming, the Kindred Times of Utah, Myrtle Beach Sun News of South Carolina, The Ledger of Florida, Grand Forks Herald of North Dakota, Duluth News Tribune of Minnesota, Niagara Gazette of New York, and San Luis Obispo Tribune of California

Outside the US, the Guardian Unlimited and Scotsman from the United Kingdom, and the Swissinfo from Switzerland carried the news item.

The North Korea Times, Malaysia Sun and the Khaleej Times from the United Arab Emirates also published the article."

Signal No. 1 up in Cagayan, Calayan Islands (abs-cbnNEWS.com)

"Storm signal No. 1 was hoisted over Cagayan province and Calayan Islands as tropical storm Florita has maintained its strength Tuesday morning as it moves to the Batanes-Taiwan area, weather bureau PAGASA said.

PAGASA said Florita's location as of 10 a.m. was plotted 740 km east of Aparri, Cagayan (coordinates: 17.8°N, 129.4°E).

Packing maximum winds of 85 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 100 kph, Florita is moving northwest at 15 kph, PAGASA added.

On Wednesday morning the storm is expected to be 490 km east northeast of Aparri or 480 km east southeast of Basco, Batanes.

PAGASA said the disturbance will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon, which may bring moderate to heavy rains over Visayas and the western sections of Luzon. 

It advised residents along coastal areas with public storm warning signals to seek higher ground due to big waves generated by the storm. Those residing in low-lying areas and near mountain slopes are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides, it added. "

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