[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 25 January 2007 Afternoon
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan
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Thu Jan 25 17:18:15 PHT 2007
Newsbriefs 25 January 2007 Afternoon
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan
Trillanes also gets to personally file candidacy (abs-cbnNEWS.com)
After allowing former senator Gregorio Honasan to personally file his candidacy, the Makati Regional Trial Court on Thursday granted a similar request filed by detained Navy Lt. Senior Grade Antonio Trillanes, DZMM reported.
In his two-page decision, Judge Oscar Pimentel of Makati RTC Branch 148 allowed Trillanes to leave his detention cell in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig on February 6 to file his certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections' main office in Intramuros, Manila.
Pimentel said he saw no reason to reject Trillanes' motion since it is the detained officer's constitutional right to run in the coming elections. The judge also noted that the Department of Justice did not pose any objection to Trillanes' request, which led to his immediate decision.
The DOJ did not oppose Trillanes motion to leave his detention cell to personally file his certificate of candidacy subject to certain conditions.
Trillanes will be escorted by military guards. He will not be allowed to go anywhere else. He is also barred from giving media statements that are considered seditious.
Cha-cha advocate joins Senate race
Sigaw ng Bayan spokesman Raul Lambino said Thursday that he is running for senator in the May polls, DZMM reported.
Lambino said he will run for senator under a new political party called Unlad Pilipinas. He said his candidacy has been endorsed by members of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) and overseas Filipino groups.
He added that he is hoping that the administration would invite him to join its senatorial lineup.
Lambino said he has a good chance of getting enough votes for a Senate seat, noting that his group got six million signatures during its Charter change campaign. He said he is running for senator as part of his Charter change advocacy.
UNO defends 'dynastyism' (Inquirer)
STUNG BY former senator Francisco Tatad's criticism against its decision to field family members of incumbent senators in the senatorial elections in May, the United Opposition (UNO) said Wednesday the issue of political dynasties was not crucial in the race for the legislature.
Tatad, who quit the opposition over the issue, sent a strongly worded letter to deposed President Joseph Estrada, recognized as the leader of the opposition, decrying the UNO's favoring senatorial aspirants with family members already serving in the Senate.
Tatad protested against the drafting of the "three wonders" -- Estrada's son San Juan Mayor Jose Victor Ejercito, Sen. Pia Cayetano's brother Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter, and lawyer Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, son and namesake of the Senate minority leader -- into the partial lineup of candidates despite his objections.
If the "three wonders" win, three families would be holding six Senate seats, or one-fourth of the 24-member chamber, he said.
UNO president Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay and spokesperson former senator Ernesto Maceda defended the "dynastyism" in the opposition slate.
"The prevailing opinion from the many members of UNO is that we find there's nothing immoral with family members running for the elections for as long as they are one in heart with the people," said Binay.
Lakas wins over 14 governors (www.manilastandardtoday.com)
Speaker Jose de Venecia swore in 14 governors along with other local executives as the latest recruits of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats, thus beefing up the grassroots machinery of the country's biggest power bloc in time for the May elections.
This "prized catch" will add to the already formidable political network of the Lakas-led ruling coalition, which, along with a campaign platform moored on solid economic performance of the administration, will spell a runaway victory of its senatorial ticket, said De Venecia, Lakas-CMD president.
Leading the new batch of Lakas recruits who took their oaths before De Venecia in his office at the Batasan Complex in Quezon City were Govs. Luis Raymund Villafuerte of Camarines Sur, Ben Evardone of Eastern Samar, Miguel Rene Dominguez of Saranggani and Benjamin Loong of Sulu.
Others who joined the impressive lineup of new Lakas members were Govs. Arnan Panaligan of Oriental Mindoro, Borromeo Melchor of Benguet, Glen Prudenciano of Ifugao, Dominador Belac of Kalinga, Maximo Dalog of Mt. Province, Rogelio Espina of Biliran, Jericho Petilla of Leyte and Bimbo Sinsuat of the newly created province of Shariff Kabunsuan.
Vice Gov. Jesus Sacdalan of North Cotabato was also sworn in as a new Lakas member in simple ceremonies at the Batasan.
"With the inclusion of more local chief executives to our fold now and in the days ahead, the ruling coalition led by Lakas-CMD will continue to reinforce its status as the largest and most dominant political party in the country in terms of machinery and resources," De Venecia said.
Senate panel sees 'overkill' in Iloilo capitol siege (abs-cbnNEWS.com)
A Senate panel on Thursday said it found compelling evidence that police committed overkill in carrying out a dismissal order against Iloilo Gov. Niel Tupas and two provincial board members at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol last week.
Sen. Franklin Drilon, chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Order and the Committee on Local Governments, said footage taken during the siege clearly showed that police raiders used excessive force during the clearing operations.
"It's clear that there was excessive use of force. We saw it in the video. The police didn't find a single firearm inside the capitol. Only one gun was confiscated outside the capitol but it had a license," he told DZMM.
"No leftist elements accused of being members of the [New People's Army] were arrested," he added.
Arroyo backs wage hike freeze (www.philstar.com)
President Arroyo has backed calls by the business community for a freeze on an increase in the minimum wage, her spokesman Ignacio Bunye said yesterday.
The House of Representatives passed a bill last December increasing the daily minimum wage of workers by P125, staggered over three years, in a bid to give workers more purchasing power.
Wages in the country vary by region but the national daily average is around P283, according to Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) data.
The minimum daily wage in Metro Manila is higher at around P350.
Businessmen, particularly those operating medium-sized enterprises, have warned of massive layoffs and possible inflation if the across-the-board pay raise pushes through.
The House has deferred implementation of the bill subject to new debates.
"We support the move of the House of Representatives to withhold for the meantime the legislated wage hike," Bunye said.
PCGG: SC ruling on coco levy fund moot and academic (www.philstar.com)
The Supreme Court order for the Sandiganbayan to settle the ownership of some 33 million San Miguel Corp. (SMC) shares acquired through the coco levy fund is "moot and academic," according to the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG).
PCGG commissioner for legal affairs Narciso Nario said this was so because the supposed stock purchase agreement between the PCGG and the Government Service Insurance System or GSIS was never consummated in the first place.
"There is already nothing there. The settlement or the compromise with the Government Service Insurance System, PCGG and the United Coconut Planters Bank was already withdrawn," Nario said. He said it was way back in 1994 when the agreement was withdrawn. The disputed shares were worth P9 billion in 2000.
"The SC nevertheless decided on it, even if the agreement was withdrawn. Now all these issues and events occurred in 1994," Nario said, "So this is already moot and academic. The court made a decision on it and there was nothing." he said. Nario was a Sandiganbayan justice.
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