[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 15 October 2007 Afternoon
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan
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Mon Oct 15 17:40:39 PHT 2007
Newsbriefs 15 October 2007 Afternoon
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan
Arroyo renews call for Charter change (INQUIRER.net)
MANILA, Philippines -- Amid talk of impeachment at the House of Representatives and alleged bribery by Malacañang of lawmakers and local officials, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has revived her call for Charter change to pave the way for federalism by 2012.
In a speech at the regional workshop on the Establishment of National Human Rights Institutions in Asia in Manila Monday, Arroyo ordered the creation of a panel that would draft a "roadmap to federalism by 2012."
The panel will include the secretaries of justice and interior and local government, the Presidential Management Staff, National Economic Development Authority, leaders of local government units, congressmen, and opposition leaders advocating federalism, she said.
"The measures could include super-region planning and oversight bodies with officials and staff from the Regional Development Councils and national agencies, to draw up programs and projects up to a stipulated amount for inclusion n the 2009 budget, legislation to affirm and expand executive issuances, and eventually Charter changes," Arroyo said.
Arroyo seeks measures vs burden of high prices of oil, goods (INQUIRER.net)
MANILA, Philippines -- As Filipinos reel from the high prices of oil and basic commodities, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered concerned agencies to put in place measures that would ease their burden.
Speaking at the regional workshop on the Establishment of National Human Rights Institutions in Asia in Manila Monday, Arroyo also ordered the Department of Labor and Employment and the National Economic Development Authority to assess the impact of the strong peso on remittances.
Arroyo said she issued these directives to "address worries and difficulties over food prices, fares, and overseas Filipino workers' remittances."
DOJ wants to add judiciary to LEDAC (abs-cbnNEWS.com)
The Department of Justice on Monday sought the opinion of the Supreme Court regarding the plan to expand the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) by including the judiciary in the council.
In her letter, acting Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera has sought the comment of Chief Justice Reynato Puno with regard to the creation of Judiciary, Executive and Legislative Advisory and Consultative Council or JELAC.
Devanadera also submitted a copy of the draft of the memorandum of agreement for the creation of JELAC. In the draft, the three branches of government will hold consultations to discuss issues, propose solutions to address the problems and to implement these solutions.
Two more congressmen admit receiving Palace 'cash gifts' (www.gmanews.tv)
Sun.Star: Two more members of the House of Representatives have admitted receiving "cash gifts" from Malacañang. One said it came during a breakfast meeting last Thursday with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and some administration lawmakers.
Cagayan de Oro Representative Rolando Uy admitted receiving something from the Palace during the meeting with the President but said it was a "cash gift" intended for all administration lawmakers.
(UPDATE) Panlilio to Palace: Where did P500,000 come from? (abs-cbnNEWS.com)
Pampanga Gov. Eddie Panlilio on Monday urged Malacañang to reveal the source of a P500,000 "cash gift" handed to him by a man inside the presidential palace last Thursday.
Panlilio said his office will ask Malacañang, through a letter, for an official receipt and a clarification where the money came from. He said he will return the money if he does not receive a response.
He said the money will be kept in a vault pending a reply from Malacañang. He said he will use the money for public projects once Malacañang has responded to his request for proper documentation of the money.
Panlilio earlier revealed that he received the P500,000 (approximately $11,270) after a governors' league meeting inside the Malacañang compound, which was presided over by President Arroyo.
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