[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 24 July Afternoon

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Mon Jul 24 17:00:16 PHT 2006

Newsbriefs 24 July Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan



12 Marine officers face dismissal over failed February coup (news.inq7.net)

"ONLY 12 Marine officers, excluding their former commandant, have been ordered to face summary dismissal proceedings over their alleged participation in a failed coup d'etat in late February, an official said Monday.

But Marine Commandant Major General Nelson Allaga cannot explain why those who will be made to face the Efficiency and Separation Board (ESB) was reduced to 12, contrary to the 15 that were previously reported, and excluded Major General Renato Miranda despite a recommendation by the Armed Forces Inspector General.

Colonel Ariel Querubin leads the list of 12 officers, whose ranks ranged from colonel to captain. Allaga refused to identify the 11 others.

"Colonel Querubin and 11 others will be made to face the Efficiency and Separation Board," Allaga told a news conference at the Marine headquarters.

Allaga said they had received orders from the Navy leadership to submit these officers to a pre-trial investigation in preparation for possible court martial."

Navy probes Marines in coup plot (www.abs-cbnnews.com)

"The Philippine Marines on Monday said that the Navy will start pre-trial investigation on 15 officers implicated in the alleged conspiracy to unseat President Arroyo in February, DZMM reported. 


Maj. Gen. Nelson Allaga, Marine commandant, identified some of the officers as ex-Corps chief Maj. Gen. Renato Miranda and former 1st Brigade commander Col. Ariel Querubin. He said the two will be placed under the custody of Navy chief Vice Admiral Mateo Mayuga.


Allaga said Mayuga instructed him to refer the cases of Querubin and 11 others in active duty to the Navy's Board of Efficiency and Separation for dismissal proceedings. The investigation is separate from court martial proceedings filed against the officers, he added.

Relatedly, the Marine chief said the Corps' morale remains intact and high despite the involvement of some officers in the coup plot.

"The Marine Corps welcomes this investigation to clear the air once and for all so that those who are at fault should be punished and those who have no involvement will be cleared," Allaga said."

Police block SONA protesters (www.abs-cbnnews.com)

"Rains failed to dampen anti-Arroyo sentiment as police blocked at least 500 protesters along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City at least two hours before the President is delivers her State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasan Pambansa, DZMM reported. 

Authorities said the demonstrators are from the Alliance of Progressive Labor, Partido ng Manggagawa, Sanlakas, Akbayan, Kilusang Mayo Uno and Gabriel. Members of the left-leaning Bayan Muna also joined the protest. Supporters of ex-president Joseph Estrada from the People's Movement Against Poverty and Union of the Masses for Democracy and Justice were also seen marching toward police barricades. 

The standoff took place in front of the Ever Gotesco mall, less than a kilometer from the Batasan complex. Barricades were put up on Commonwealth as the Quezon City Police District maintained a buffer zone between rally areas and the road leading to Batasan. 

Authorities said that demonstrators are only allowed up to the area of Saint Peter's church along Commonwealth. Senior Superintendent Elmo San Diego, QCPD ground commander, said police were deployed near Batasan to maintain peace and order."

Villar takes over as Senate president (www.abs-cbnnews.com)

"Sen. Manuel Villar was sworn in as Senate president during the chamber's first session for the 13th Congress Monday, DZMM reported.

Villar replaced Franklin Drilon as Senate chief following an agreement.

"With all hope and servitude I humbly accept this distinct opportunity not only for myself but for all of may honorable colleagues and with our dedicated willingness, focus, strength, we will collectively form the best Senate our countrymen deserve," Villar said during turnover ceremonies.

Majority of senators voted for Villar after he was nominated by Drilon. 

Drilon submitted his resignation as Senate president as the chamber opened for session at 10:30 a.m."

Over a dozen Anti-Arroyo lawmakers won't be at SONA (news.inq7.net)

"(2ND UPDATE) TEN senators and at least nine lawmakers at the House of Representatives will not attend the joint session of Congress where President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will deliver her State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.

The absentee senators include former Senate president Franklin Drilon, Senators Joker Arroyo, Aquilino Pimentel Jr., Panfilo Lacson, Luisa Ejercito Estrada, Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada, Alfredo Lim, Sergio Osmeña III, Ana Consuelo Madrigal, and Edgardo Angara.

Those from the House include Minority Floor Leader Francis Escudero; Akbayan Representatives Etta Rosales, Risa Hontiveros, and Mayong Aguja; Bayan Muna Representatives Satur Ocampo, Teodoro Casiño, and Joel Virador; and Anakpawis Representative Rafael Mariano and Gabriela Women's Representative Liza Maza.

Osmeña and Angara were also absent at the changing of the guard at the Senate Monday morning, when Drilon handed over the presidency of the chamber to Senator Manuel Villar.

Asked why he was not attending the President's address, Drilon, laughing, said: 'Because it's raining.'"

Retired officers lead 5th impeach bid vs Arroyo (www.abs-cbnnews.com)

"Retired military officers led by a former general on Monday filed a fifth impeachment complainant against President Arroyo, hours before her sixth State of the Nation Address, ABS-CBN News learned.

Ex-Maj. Gen. Ponciano Villena and the others filed the complaint at 11:30 a.m. at the Office of the House Secretary General. South Cotabato Rep. Darlene Antonino-Custodio endorsed the complaint.

The complaint is the fifth filed by opposition groups since June. The first was filed by Zenaida Quezon Avanceña, a daughter of former president Manuel L. Quezon.

Other complaints filed were spearheaded by former vice-president Teofisto Guingona, Novaliches Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez and a youth group led by Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay's daughter.

In summary, the five complaints raise not only the question of Mrs. Arroyo's legitimacy as president but also allegations on the spate of political killings and corruption in the administration."



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