[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 5 October 2007 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 5 October 2007 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan



Gov't says Malaysia committed to peace process (Agence France-Presse)

MANILA, Philippines--Malaysia is committed to the peace process in the southern Philippines, a presidential adviser said Friday, denying reports the country was withdrawing its monitoring team.

Malaysia has been hosting peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for the past four years. It has 60 military monitors based on Mindanao island to help enforce a 2003 ceasefire.

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak was quoted on Thursday as saying their monitors would be staying in Mindanao but not indefinitely.

Arroyo urged: Make Comelec nominations process public (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines -- Acting poll chief Resurreccion Borra on Friday urged President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to open to the public nominations to the impending four vacancies in the poll body.

Outside the budget hearing at the Senate, Borra said "the national leadership should fill up the vacancies" with the help of concerned sectors in screening the nominees.

Borra, who was designated chairman after erstwhile Comelec chairman Benjamin Abalos tendered his irrevocable resignation, said opening the nomination process to the public was a crucial step to restoring the people's faith in the Commission on Elections.

"The Comelec, as an independent constitutional body, is not only the bulwark of democracy, but also the fundam


Malacañang: AO 197 not a gag order (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


Malacañang clarified Friday that the latest administrative order signed by President Arroyo is not a gag order on the military, radio DZMM reported.


Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye said Administrative Order 197 was created to protect military secrets, which are too sensitive for the public, and not to silence the military or prevent them from attending congressional hearings.


Sen. Rodolfo Biazon, chairman of the Senate Committee on Security and National Defense, asked Malacañang for a copy of the new directive.


Biazon suspects that the latest directive is just another form of Executive Order 464, which prevents military and government officials from attending congressional inquiries without the President's approval.

ental stabilizer of our political system and the safeguard of the sovereign will of the people," he said.

Officers on trial for mutiny dare Esperon: Tell the truth (INQUIRER.net)

CAMP CAPINPIN, Tanay, Rizal -- The 28 officers on trial for mutiny before a court martial over the failed February 2006 mutiny dared Military Chief General Hermogenes Esperon Jr to "tell the truth" on the controversies he was involved in, including alleged cheating operations in the 2004 elections.

Should Esperon heed their call, the Army Scout Rangers and Marine officers said their nemesis could "earn our salute."

Reminding Esperon that he has four months to go before his retirement in February, the officers said: "Tell the truth. Just tell the truth. You might still earn our salute."

"We have not given up on you, Mr Esperon. There might still be some good left in you," they said in a stetement before the start of their court martial hearing here.

RP, India sign 4 MOUs for generic drugs (www.philstar.com) 

MUMBAI  - The Philippines has signed four business agreements here worth around $155 million, primarily on distributorships of pharmaceutical products.

President Arroyo witnessed the signing following her keynote address before the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).

The Philippines' IPVG Corp. signed a memorandum of agreement with Credence Analytics Pvt. Ltd. for a special purpose joint venture vehicle that would provide business process outsourcing services to the banking and financial sector in various countries.

The deal is expected to generate around $50 million worth of investments in one year.

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