[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 3 October 2007 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 3 October 2007 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan



House begins plenary debates on 2008 budget (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines - The House of Representatives has started its plenary debates on the proposed P1.227 trillion budget for 2008.

House appropriations committee chairman Edcel Lagman, admitted at the start of the debate that House Bill 2454 also known as the General Appropriations Act of 2008 was not a "perfect bill."

"The General Appropriation Bill is not a perfect bill like all legislative proposals," Lagman said in his sponsorship speech on Wednesday.

"Thus, your committee on appropriations welcomes perfecting amendments to augment, for example, the allocations for education, health, and agriculture, among others," he said.

Solon says cheap medicines bill still favors multinationals (Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines -- The good news is the House of Representatives may finally pass the long-awaited cheaper medicines bill before it goes on a three-week break beginning Oct. 12.

The bad news is the measure could end up still benefiting the giant multinational pharmaceutical companies instead of sick Filipinos who desperately need a break from high medicine prices.

Iloilo Rep. Ferjenel Biron, one of the bill's authors, described the bill prepared by the House committee on trade's technical working group as a "compromise."

Senate ethics chair may invite PDI reporter to meeting (INQUIRER.net)


MANILA, Philippines--(UPDATE) Reporter Juliet Labog-Javellana of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDU) may be invited to an informal one-on-one meeting with the chairperson of the Senate committee on ethics, which has been tasked with investigating the alleged violation of the upper chamber's secrecy rules for its closed-door, executive sessions.


This was disclosed by Senator Pia Cayetano, chairperson and so far the only member of the still un-constituted Senate committee on ethics, to which the resolution and privilege speech of Senator Joker Arroyo have been referred.


"We're hoping that we can resolve this in time so we don't have to take this up in formal hearings. If this could be settled in another way, why not?" said Cayetano.


'Ineng' now a typhoon (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


"Ineng" has turned into a typhoon after gathering more strength while moving slowly on the eastern part of Northern Luzon, weather bureau PAGASA said Wednesday.


As of 11 a.m., "Ineng" has maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour with gusts of up to 150 kph. It was moving west northwest at the speed of 9 kph.


PAGASA, however, said "Ineng" will still not directly affect the country. It is still affecting the southwest monsoon and would still bring more rains in some parts of the country.

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