[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 12 September Morning

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Tue Sep 12 11:35:35 PHT 2006

Newsbriefs 12 September Morning

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan



Comelec finalizes plans for '07 polls, sets deadlines (Inquirer)

THE Commission on Elections has finalized plans and schedules for next year's mid-term polls, despite the efforts of some groups to amend the Constitution and cancel the 2007 elections altogether.

The Comelec's six commissioners have also divided the 17 regions of the country among themselves to oversee, as well as handed out their respective assignments such as the procurement and distribution of election paraphernalia, the monitoring of local and overseas absentee voting, and overseeing voter education and the gun ban.

Some 40 million voters are expected to elect 12 senators, 236 district and party-list representatives, and thousands of local officials from provincial governor to municipal councilor.

Under the Comelec timetable, overseas absentee voters have until September 30 to register in the embassies or consulates nearest them.

Following a recent Supreme Court ruling, dual citizens who register as absentee voters will no longer be required to execute affidavits indicating their intent to return to the Philippines.

Those abroad who want to vote in a third country or in the Philippines because they would be there on election day should file their transfer papers also on or before September 30.

The Comelec committee on overseas absentee voting, chaired by Commissioner Florentino Tuason Jr., will prepare the national registry of absentee voters on December 19. The last day to file petitions for exclusion, reinstatement or correction of names is on December 29.

In the Philippines, all qualified voters have until December 30 to register at their city or municipal Comelec offices under the agency's continuing registration program. Those moving or reactivating their voter's registration must also do so by that date.

Solons push extradition of Bolante (Inquirer) 

SENATORS yesterday called on the United States to extradite former Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn "Joc-joc" Bolante to face charges in connection with the alleged use of P728 million in fertilizer funds for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's election in 2004.

Saying it was ironic that it took a foreign country to take Bolante to task for the plunder of public funds, Sen. Ramon Magsaysay Jr. said the Ombudsman should take its cue and start filing charges against Bolante.

"It's what you call justice catching up. If justice in the Philippines is slow and doesn't (work), justice in the US shows that it's working," Magsaysay said. "It is an irony, it is paradoxical (but it shows that) everything is globalized. If there is injustice in the Philippines, it will catch up wherever he [Bolante] goes."

A Chicago immigration court is scheduled to hear Bolante's plea for political asylum in the United States on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) reportedly because he fears for his life in the hands of Filipino communist insurgents.

Government pays P3 B, takes NAIA-3 (www.philstar.com)
The government takes full control of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA-3) in Parañaque City with the payment of P3 billion to its builder Philippine International Air Terminals Co. (Piatco) and the issuance of a "writ of possession" by a Pasay City court. 

Pasay City Regional Trial Court Branch 117 Judge Jesus Mupas released the "writ of possession" effectively setting the stage for the full government control of NAIA-3. 

The issuance of the writ came at about the same time as the release of the P3-billion check to Piatco by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA). 

"We'll just have to wait now for the full compensation," Piatco lawyer Eduardo de los Angeles told The STAR. "Let us see first if we can clear the check." 

"We can now intensify our efforts to prepare the terminal for a possible opening by the first quarter of next year," MIAA general manager Alfonso Cusi told reporters after the release of the "writ of possession."


House grabs 2 AFP spies, Military execs still no-shows in slays probe (Inquirer)

TWO MILITARY agents were detained by the House committee on human rights yesterday for alleged spying after they were caught taking videos and pictures of its hearing on political killings.

Sgt. Julius Seriosa and Sgt. Cirilo Calaycay of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Civil Relations Service (AFP-CRS) were held for about two hours by House security for illegally documenting the proceedings.

Defense and military officers snubbed the hearings for a second time, and the irony of the presence of two military agents -- both in civilian clothes -- in their midst was not lost on the congressmen.

"The problem with the AFP is they ignore congressional inquiries and instead send spies," said party-list Rep. Satur Ocampo, leader of Bayan Muna which has lost 118 of its members to so-called military "death squads" since 2001.

Manila Rep. Bienvenido Abante, committee chair, was flustered.

"This is not right. This is an insult to the institution. This is a breach of trust. The military should respect Congress. I'm starting to get peeved," Abante told reporters.

Japan to hire 400 Filipino nurses (www.philstar.com)
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan said yesterday it will accept up to 400 nurses and 600 caregivers from the Philippines in a first-of-a-kind provision under a free trade agreement between the two Asian countries. 

The quota will cover an initial period of two years, Tetsuo Tsuji, the administrative vice labor minister, told a news conference. 

"We consider the numbers appropriate in the sense that they will not have an adverse effect on the labor market in Japan," he said. 

While small in number, it marked the first time that Japan, which strictly controls immigration, has accepted foreign workers as part of a bilateral trade pact. 

Japan has also been holding talks with Indonesia and other Asian countries on admitting nurses and caregivers. 

The deal was signed in Helsinki on Saturday by Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and President Arroyo ahead of a meeting there of Asian and European leaders.


Deans, teachers reject BON offers (abs-cbnNEWS.com) 


At least 19 out of 30 deans, department heads and leading faculty members of nursing colleges rejected the nomination by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to serve as chairmen and members of the Board of Nursing (BON), ABS-CBN's Bandila reported Monday.


PRC chairwoman Leonor Tripon-Rosero said the commission chose to nominate leaders in the nursing community who can contribute to the profession by serving as BON members. 


The names were submitted to the Philippine Nursing Association (PNA) to replace the BON members who resigned en masse after the leakage at the June 2006 Nursing Licensure Examination.


Those who rejected the nomination said they have no confidence with the present PRC leadership.

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