[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 4 October 2007 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 4 October 2007 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan




Abalos's absence won't hamper COMELEC preparations for polls (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


The absence of resigned Chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr. will not hamper the Commission on Elections preparations for the synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on October 29, acting COMELEC head Ressurreccion Borra said Thursday.


"You know chairmen may come and go but the commissioners will always be here. If there's a quorum, there's no problem," Borra told abs-cbnNEWS.com over the phone.


Suplico to file criminal raps vs Abalos (abs-cbnNEWS)


After failing to impeach resigned Commission on Elections Chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr. in connection with the controversial national broadband network (NBN) deal, Iloilo Vice-Governor Rolex Suplico said on Thursday said that he is set to file criminal charges against Abalos before the Ombudsman, DZMM reported.


Suplico said the charges that will be filed with the Ombudsman will include charges of violations of the Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and violations of Articles 210 and 212 of the Revised Penal Code.


Article 210 of the penal code defines the crime of direct bribery while Article 212 defines the crime of corruption of public official.


Suplico said that the charges will be filed next week.



Roxas on JPEPA: No deal better than bad deal (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


Sen. Mar Roxas on Thursday said senators remain unconvinced on ratifying the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) even as the executive branch had created an inter-agency task force to explain to senators the benefits of the bilateral economic agreement.


"In trade negotiations, no deal is always better than a bad deal. The challenge remains for our trade negotiators to show us-in specific, concrete terms-how this agreement will redound to the benefit of our people," said Roxas. 


Malaysia truce monitors not pulling out of RP: report (Agence France-Presse)


KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia-led ceasefire monitors will stay in the southern Philippines for now but Kuala Lumpur wants progress in stalled peace talks between Manila and Muslim rebels, a report said Thursday.


"They (Malaysian troops) will be extended but their extension cannot be indefinite," Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak was quoted as saying by The Philippine Star newspaper.


"We want to see progress in the talks," he added.

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