[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 14 Novermber 2007 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 15 November 2007 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


Batasan bomb was 'sophisticated': police (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


A "sophisticated" bomb intended for a pre-selected target killed a legislator and three people at the House of Representatives, the national police chief said Thursday.


Preliminary police findings indicate the bomber was experienced and bolstered the police theory that the explosion was aimed specifically for Muslim congressman Wahab Akbar, who was killed in the blast, said Director-General Avelino Razon.


"The one who made this bomb was pretty experienced. It is sophisticated," he said, citing the way the bomb went off to create a 180-degree blast arc to hit Akbar as he was departing the Congress building.


Coast Guard, PNP secure seaports, vital installations (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has alerted all its units after the Philippine National Police (PNP) declared a heightened alert status in Metro Manila and nearby regions following the bombing at the Batasan Pambansa Complex in Quezon City Tuesday night.


Vice Admiral Danilo Abenoja, PCG commandant, said the group's operating units, sea marshals, quick reaction teams and special operations groups have been alerted to prevent another bombing.


Abenoja said he also passed directives to all seaport inspection teams to implement more stringent measures to prevent terrorists or other groups from smuggling bombs into passenger ferries.


NCRPO assures diplomats: RP still safe despite Batasan blast (www.gmanews.tv)

(Updated 1:31 p.m.) The Philippine National Police (PNP) assured members of the diplomatic corps that the security situation in the country remains stable following Tuesday's blast at the Batasan Pambansa that left at least four people dead.

Police Dir. Geary Barias, chief of the National Capital Police Region Office (NCRPO), personally briefed diplomats behind closed doors at the Department of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Pasay City.

Foreign Affairs spokesman Claro Cristobal described the security briefing as a "standard" gathering and did not mean that there was cause for foreign governments to be alarmed.


Accused mutineers' lawyers to boycott military trial (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines -- Lawyers for the 28 officers facing mutiny charges over the alleged February 2006 coup plot have agreed to boycott court martial proceedings, saying it was "useless" to cooperate with a tribunal designed to convict their clients.

In separate interviews with reporters, defense counsels Alex Avisado and Frank Chavez said 10 members of the defense panel would not attend Friday's hearing at Camp Capinpin in Tanay town, Rizal province and even the succeeding hearings.

"The prevailing sentiment of defense lawyers is that we will no longer participate [in the court martial]. It's useless. We argue all legal points. The court does not even follow the manual for court martial," said Avisado, who represents Major Jason Aquino and Captain Isagani Criste.

'Erap's refusal to surrender assets result of hasty pardon' (abs-cbnNEWS.com) 


Former president Joseph Estrada's legal tormentor on Thursday scored President Arroyo's political advisers for the "undue haste" in the granting of pardon to the deposed president who was convicted of plunder.


Special Prosecutor Dennis Villaignacio said that Malacañang should have deliberated the forfeiture aspect before deciding on Estrada's pardon request.


"They should have settled on their level the civil forfeiture [aspect]," Villaignacio told dzMM. He said Malacañang officials should have asked themselves, "How soon can we settle that?"


The government lawyer said instead of serious deliberations, Malacañang made a hasty decision and granted Estrada's request for pardon in less than 24 hours.

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