[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 12 September Afternoon
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan
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Tue Sep 12 16:31:40 PHT 2006
Newsbriefs 12 September Afternoon
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan
PCGG chairman Sabio arrested on orders of the Senate (INQ7.net, Inquirer)
(UPDATE) THE HEAD of the Presidential Commission on Good Government was arrested Tuesday on orders of the Senate for repeatedly snubbing summons for a hearing, according to reports culled by INQ7.net.
PCGG Chairman Camilo Sabio was picked up in his office by the Senate's security personnel at 10:45 a.m. and brought to the upper House for detention, Inquirer reporter Alcuin Papa told INQ7.net.
PCGG spokesman Nick Suarez said Sabio did not resist arrest.
Colonel Jaime Dimacali, director for security enforcement at the Senate's sergeant-at-arms office, said four other commissioners of the agency who were not in their offices Tuesday morning would be served with warrants later for contempt.
Miffed by their snubs of an inquiry by the committee on government corporations and public enterprises into the alleged dissipation of funds in at least two corporations seized by the government, the Senate ordered the arrest of Sabio and his commissioners and executives of the Philcomsat Holdings Corp. (PHC).
Aside from Sabio, the Senate also ordered the arrest of PCGG Commissioners Ricardo Abcede, Nicasio Conti, Tereso Javier and Narciso Nario, as well as Benito Araneta, PHC chairman of the board; Philip Brodett, PHC director/VP; Manuel Andal, PHC treasurer; Julio Jalandoni and Luis Lokin Jr., PHC directors.
The PCGG, which was created shortly after Marcos' downfall in 1986 to recover his and his associates' alleged ill-gotten wealth, has seized a number of companies suspected of being part of that wealth.
Sabio claims that the presidential directive that created the commission stipulates that it is not required to testify or submit documents in any judicial, legislative or administrative proceeding.
Left filing opposition to Sigaw ng Bayan petition (INQ7.net)
LEFTIST organizations will be joining other parties opposing a petition filed by charter change proponents asking the Supreme Court to reverse the Commission on Elections (Comelec) ruling junking the people's initiative mode of Constitutional amendment.
The groups, affiliated with the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (New Nationalist Alliance or Bayan) are expected to file their opposition to the petition of Sigaw ng Bayan (Cry of the People) before the high court at around 2 p.m. Tuesday.
"We hope that the Supreme Court would allow the various petitions in intervention that will be filed now and in the coming days. The case on the people's initiative is of interest not just to Sigaw ng Bayan and the Comelec but also to ordinary taxpayers who have a stake in the effects of charter change," said Bayan chair Carol Araullo.
Bayan said the Sigaw ng Bayan petition "did not conform with the constitutional requirement that for a people's initiative to be valid, it must be directly proposed by the people through a petition of at least 12 percent of the total number of registered voters."
The group also branded as defective in form and substance the Sigaw ng Bayan petition. It pointed that Sigaw ng Bayan seeks to revise, not just amend the constitution.
"A people's initiative can only propose to amend the constitution," Araullo said.
AFP chief accountant fails lifestyle check (abs-cbnNEWS.com)
The Office of the Ombudsman on Tuesday suspended the Armed Forces of the Philippines' (AFP) chief accountant for failing a lifestyle check, DZMM reported.
In a 15-page order, Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez ordered the six-month suspension of Generoso Reyes del Castillo Jr.
Charges of dishonesty, grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service will be filed by the Ombudsman against Castillo, Gutierrez added.
Castillo's statement of assets and liabilities and net worth (SALN) filed in 2004 showed that he has P14 million worth of property.
The Ombudsman, however, questioned Castillo's assets since the AFP official only had a P5.7-million income at his disposal for the fiscal year.
An investigation also revealed that Castillo, who receives a monthly pay of P22,423, has acquired vehicles amounting to P8.6 million. He had also toured the United States, Europe and Asia.
The report also said that Castillo failed to declare in his SALN the various investments he and his wife entered into from 1988 to 2004. With a report from Nelson Lubao
Singapore bans Pinoy activists from IMF-WB meet (abs-cbnNEWS.com)
The Singaporean government has banned two Filipino activists from attending a conference of the International Monetary Fund-World Bank in the city-state starting Thursday, ANC reported Tuesday.
The report identified those blacklisted as economics professor Walden Bello, executive director of Bangkok-based Focus on the Global South; and Ana Maria Nemenzo, president of Freedom from Debt Coalition. The Singaporeans banned the two for security reasons, the report added.
Bello and Nemenzo are among 20 people banned from attending the meet. Their groups, meanwhile, are among two of five organizations prohibited from entering Singapore during the conference that will end next Wednesday.
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