[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 20 July Afternoon

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Thu Jul 20 17:24:16 PHT 2006

Newsbriefs 20 July Morning

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan



Poe supporters add signatures to impeach complaint vs Arroyo (INQ7.net)

"SUPPORTERS of the late Fernando Poe Jr. are the latest additions to the signatories of an impeachment complaint that will be filed against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo next week.

Seven members of the Filipino for Peace, Justice and Progress Movement (FPJPM) renamed Makabansang Aksyon ng Taumbayan (MATA), along with seven students from various universities, two union officials of the National Food Authority employees, and a representative of an indigenous group Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (Indigenous People of the Philippines), signed the complaint on Thursday at the House of Representatives.

More members of the Citizens' Action against Corruption (CIBAC) are expected to add their signatures later in the day."

CBCP chief dares accusers on alleged coup links (abs-cbnNEWS.com)

"Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, challenged Thursday two former "jueteng" (numbers racket) witnesses to prove their allegations that he and five other bishops were involved in the failed power grab last February.

Lagdameo said Richard Garcia and Abe Riva should be able to back their allegations with proof. He said the former witnesses' story were fabrications.

"I appeal that the sources of such stories [should] clarify themselves for the sake of common good," Lagdameo said in a statement posted at the CBCP Web site.

"It is very possible that an accusation is being leveled against the credibility of the bishops, because of our stand on issues which are not pleasant to certain groups" Lagdameo added.

The CBCP head was referring to the latest pastoral letter that junked the impeachment moves of the opposition. CBCP said it will only support the impeachment if its proponents clarify their real agenda.

He said it would be uncharacteristic for bishops to support violence to reform the government.

Lagdameo also said that if he and other bishops have spoken against any group, it was "for the interest of the common [good]."

The two former jueteng witnesses said Lagdameo, Sen. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson and bishops Oscar Cruz, Deogracias Iñiguez, Antonio Tobias, Teodoro Bacani, Julio Labayen were involved in a conspiracy to topple the Arroyo administration."

Arroyo appeals for Israel, Hezbollah not to harm Filipinos (www.philstar.com)

"MANILA - Philippine President Gloria Arroyo on Thursday appealed to Israel and the Hezbollah militia to avoid harming her 30,000 compatriots trapped by the fighting in Lebanon and called for help in evacuating them. 

"The Philippines makes a special appeal to all combatant forces to spare Filipino nationals who have no wish other than to be taken out of harm's way," she said in a statement as her government scrambled to evacuate the large contingent, made up mostly of contract workers. 

Arroyo appealed to other countries to "help us in the evacuation process." 

Philippine officials said that realistically there was no way Manila would be able to evacuate all 30,000 workers on its own, and the government had appealed to the United States, European countries, and Gulf states to take some Filipinos on planes and ships being used to evacuate their own nationals. 

Meanwhile, Arroyo released a 150 million-peso (2.86 million-dollar) emergency fund for the evacuation of the trapped Filipinos."


Court-martial sought for 40 officers in alleged oust-Arroyo plot (abs-cbnNEWS.com) 

"A military investigator on Thursday called for the court-martial of 165 soldiers and Marines, including 40 officers, for allegedly plotting a February coup attempt against President Arroyo. 

The officers have all been relieved of their posts in elite military units and put under the custody of their service commanders while they undergo a pre-trial investigation leading to a court-martial, said Rear Admiral Rufino Lopez, the military's inspector-general. 

Lopez did not release any names during a news conference, but did not dispute suggestions that those to be prosecuted include Maj.-Gen. Renato Miranda, Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim and Col. Arnel Querubin. 

Those facing pre-trial investigation of the military court include 15 Marines and 25 Army officers.

Some 125 enlisted personnel were also recommended for court martial proceedings.

The 165 soldiers could be charged with mutiny, failure to suppress a mutiny, failure to report a mutiny, conduct unbecoming of an officer and a gentleman, and conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline.

The officers plotted a "coup" against Arroyo, Lopez told a news conference. 

Mayon crater collapse forces evacuation (abs-cbnNEWS.com)

"Authorities on Thursday evacuated residents in Santo Domingo, Albay after a portion of Mayon volcano's crater collapsed and threatened the town and nearby areas with lava, ANC reported.

The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) confirmed that a crater collapse resulted in the increased threat of lava flowing from the summit onto Sto. Domingo and nearby towns.

Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz, NDCC chairman, had ordered the evacuation of those living within Mayon's six-kilometer danger zone, which remains off-limits.

Alert Level 3 is still in place as lava flows and seismic activity continued. Officials said evacuation will be enforced once the alert level is raised to 4."

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