[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 9 October 2007 Morning

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Newsbriefs 9 October 2007 Morning

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan



Solon to Church: Let people decide on family planning (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


A congresswoman on Tuesday urged the Catholic Church to stop fighting the government's population control programs and allow Filipino families to decide on how best to plan their families. 


"The Church should submit to the desire of the majority," Iloilo 1st District Rep. Janette Garin told ABS-CBN morning show "Umagang Kay Ganda."


Garin said that based on her personal experience as a physician and various surveys conducted by independent research firms, majority of married Filipinos want to avail of the government's reproductive health program, which advocates use of artificial family planning or contraceptives.


The lawmaker urged the Church to stop using its influence to block a proposal in the House of Representatives for the allocation of P1 billion for the purchase contraceptives to control the ballooning population.


"It's difficult when the Church is fighting you...," Garin said. 


Bribery raps vs Palace mar impeach-Arroyo bid (Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines -- In a space of a little over a month, a second major bribery allegation has bubbled into the surface -- this time involving a newly filed impeachment case against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Rep. Crispin Beltran of the Anakpawis party-list group Monday claimed a Malacañang "functionary" had offered him P2 million to endorse the impeachment case against Ms Arroyo.

Opposition lawmakers said the purpose of the offer was to gain enough support for what they believed was a "weak" impeachment case against Ms Arroyo filed by private lawyer Roel Pulido -- and thus prevent the filing of a more formidable complaint against the President later.

Opposition to take CyberEd project to SC if GMA insists on it (www.philstar.com) 

Opposition congressmen will question President Arroyo's $466-million (P21 billion) cyber education project (CEP) before the Supreme Court if she insists on pursuing it, House Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora said yesterday.

"This is a bigger scam. Like the national broadband network (NBN) project, we intend to bring the equally controversial CEP to the Supreme Court," he said. 

He said the cyber education project is shrouded in mystery like NBN, since the public, including their representatives in Congress, know little about it. 

It is possible that the contract for CEP has already been awarded in China without the benefit of public bidding because a state-owned Chinese bank will be tapped to fund it through a loan to the Philippine government, he added.

Family, health, religion are 3 Pinoy 'sources of happiness' (www.gmanews.tv)
For Filipinos, family, health and religion are the three most valuable sources of happiness. Sex, on the other hand, ranked low as a source of happiness, but was voted as a significant factor in the list of things giving Filipinos the most satisfaction.

A recent study conducted by the National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB) showed that Filipinos regard the family as the most important source of happiness, giving it a score of 9.45 in a scale of 10. 

Health was identified as the second most important source of happiness, with a score of 8.95, and religion placed third at 8.59.

"The most important sources of happiness are family, health, and religion, in that order. Other important sources of happiness include friends, financial security, education, work and love life... Noteworthy is the fact that family is clearly the number one source," NSCB said in its study "Measuring Progress of Philippine Society: Gross National Product or Gross National Happiness."

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