[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 3 August 2007 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 3 August 2007 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan



No Registration for SK, b'gay polls today (www.philstar.com)

The Commission on Election (Comelec) clarified yesterday that there will be no registration today for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, although Malacañang has declared this day as a holiday for all high school and college students.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said in a statement that the registration for SK voters would be held tomorrow and on Sunday as scheduled.

Malacañang explained that the holiday was meant to allow Metro Manila students to return home to the province to register. It also clarified that today's special holiday applies only to high school and college students and not to employees of public or private offices. 

The registration for barangay elections on Oct. 29 was initially held from July 12 to 22 but the Comelec decided to extend it due to requests from various sectors.

Arroyo use of emergency powers vs drought nil--Palace (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines -- Seeking to put an end to speculations that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo might use emergency powers to confront the crisis caused by the prolonged dry spell, her spokesman said the possibility was "0.5".

"On a scale of one to ten, I would put the possibility of the President resorting to emergency powers to address the situation at 0.5," Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye said Friday.

Palace officials have said that the President was not keen on asking Congress for emergency powers and has started undertaking measures to prevent a major water and power shortage in the face of a drought.

Several lawmakers have shot down the possibility of granting the President emergency powers, saying it might be abused and might lead to disadvantageous power contracts.

With the grim weather outlook in August, the government has stepped up its cloud-seeding operations and has asked the public to conserve water.

Bishops ask for prayers to end to 3-month drought (Associated Press)


MANILA, Philippines -- Roman Catholic bishops in the Philippines asked the faithful Friday to pray for rain to break a three-month dry spell that has reduced water supplies and caused sporadic electricity blackouts.

"Our relief will come from nature," Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, the archbishop of Manila, said in a circular issued to all parish priests and chaplains who were instructed to include special prayers for rain during Mass.

US vows continued aid to Mindanao (Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines -- Despite the July 10 ambush-killing of Marines in Basilan province, the United States Thursday said it would continue providing aid to Mindanao to help improve the peace and order situation there.

US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Christopher Hill said the killings and the impending military offensive in Basilan "should not dissuade us" from providing assistance.

"We don't believe this affects our interest and desire to provide assistance. On the contrary, we feel that the assistance that has been provided in Mindanao is really helping the situation," Hill said in a brief round table meeting with journalists at the US Embassy in Manila.

Ombudsman draws up anti-graft measures for 11 agencies (www.gmanews.tv)

The Ombudsman is now drawing up "preventive" anti-graft measures for 11 government agencies earlier tagged as "vulnerable to corruption."

In a statement on its website www.ombudsman.gov.ph , the Ombudsman said an assessment on the 11 agencies was conducted with funding support from the European Commission (EC).

A team of internal and external assessors conducted an Integrity Development Review (IDR) for six months in the 11 agencies.

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