[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 12 November 2007 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 12 November 2007 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


(UPDATE 3) House opposition walks out of impeach debates (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines -- The opposition at the House of Representatives walked out of the deliberations on the impeachment case against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday after a motion for reconsideration to allow amendments to the case filed by lawyer Roel Pulido was denied by the panel tasked to discuss the issue.

The justice committee rejected the appeal by lawyer and United Opposition spokesman Adel Tamano to allow the Pulido complaint to be amended.

But Parañaque Representative Roilo Golez asked the committee to allow a member of the opposition to observe the proceedings.

The President's allies at the House continued to frustrate their opposition counterparts' efforts to ensure that the impeachment complaint against the President would get off the ground as the justice committee rejected earlier in the day a motion by Arroyo foes to have its members who attended a Malacañang meeting last month be disqualified.

Voting 28-8, the justice committee denied a plea by the opposition, led by Bukidnon Representative Teofisto Guingona III, to disqualify lawmakers who attended the October 11 meeting where they were reported to have received money to thwart any impeachment attempt against the President in the House.

Arroyo renews call to lawmakers to stop politicking (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines -- As the justice committee at the House of Representatives deliberates on the impeachment complaint filed against her, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo sounded the call anew to "legislators to stop political wrangling and concentrate on legislating."

Echoing the theme of the Philippine Academy of Medical Specialists (PAMS) in its 13th annual convention, Arroyo said there should be "political, spiritual, and physical healing" for the nation to continue its path to growth.

"Unity is a real aspiration that manifests itself through progress," she said Monday.

Sandigan looking for Estrada assets to seize (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines -- The Sandiganbayan anti-graft court has begun looking at personal and real properties of former president Joseph Estrada that it can seize if declared ill-gotten funds in two accounts are not found, court sheriff Ed Urieta said Monday.

Urieta said they are sure to recover P200 million deposited with Equitable-PCI (EPCI) Bank, which has since merged with Banco de Oro (BDO).

Senate probe on cash gifts starts Nov 14 (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


A Senate investigation on the alleged bribery of governors and congressmen in Malacañang Palace last month will push through on Wednesday, November 14, radio dzMM reported Monday. 


The Senate blue-ribbon and local government committees initiated the joint inquiry after Sen. Panfilo Lacson filed a resolution seeking an investigation on the incident. The hearing is set to start at 9 a.m. 


Pampanga Gov. Ed Panlilio and Bulacan Gov. Joselito Mendoza are expected to testify in the hearing. 


Malacañang appoints 5th DOJ undersecretary (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


President Arroyo on Monday appointed Jose Vicente Salazar, former president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, as the fifth undersecretary of the Department of Justice. 


A radio dzMM report identified the other DOJ undersecretaries as Linda Hornilla, Ricardo Blancaflor, Ernesto Pineda and Fidel Exconde. It added that it was the first time that five undersecretaries have been assigned to the DOJ. 


Under the Administrative Code of 1987, the justice department "shall be composed of the Office of the Secretary and the Undersecretaries, Technical and Administrative Service, Financial Management, Legal Staff and the Office of the Chief State Prosecutor." 

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