[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 25 October 2007 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 25 October 2007 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan



Arroyo asked Neri why he didn't take bribe--De Venecia III (INQUIRER.net)

 MANILA, Philippines - (UPDATE) President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo had allegedly asked former socioeconomic planning secretary Romulo Neri why he did not accept the P200-million bribe offer for a favorable endorsement of the national broadband network project, the son of Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. disclosed to the Senate.

Jose De Venecia III, who testified anew on Wednesday at the resumption of the Senate investigation on the NBN project, said this was what Neri had revealed to him.

De Venecia III said that when Neri told the President about the offer of then Commission on Elections chairman Benjamin Abalos, the former Cabinet secretary quoted her as saying, "Bakit hindi mo tinanggap [Why didn't you accept it]?"

De Venecia III said that according to Neri, the ex-Cabinet official told her: "Mam hindi po ako ganung klaseng tao [Mam, I am not that kind of person].

De Venecia III said that it was at this point that Neri told him that he was seriously thinking of resigning.

Joey de Venecia's new allegations 'totally untrue' says Neri (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


Former socioeconomic planning chief Romulo Neri belied as untrue the statements made by Jose "Joey" de Venecia III in Thursday's Senate hearing on the investigation on the aborted national broadband network (NBN) deal.


"Totally untrue. She told me not to accept it. I stand by what I said in the Senate," said Neri in a statement read by Presidential Spokesman Secretary Ignacio Bunye.


Leaders want Estrada pardoned, says spokesman (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


A spokesman of former president Joseph Estrada revealed Thursday that leaders of both houses of Congress and a prominent Church leader have joined the vast majority of Filipinos who want Estrada to receive a full pardon from President Arroyo. 


Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, spokesman of the pro-Estrada Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino, said Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, Senate President Manuel Villar and Speaker Jose de Venecia signed a letter on September 16 asking Mrs. Arroyo to grant absolute pardon to Estrada. 


"We only learned recently about this letter of appeal sent to President Arroyo through a private individual who also provided us with a copy," Rodriguez said. He added that back channel inquiries proved that the letter is authentic.

RP gov't, Muslim rebels break impasse in peace talks (Agence France-Presse)

MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE) Muslim separatist rebels and the Philippines government have agreed to resume peace talks by the end of the year, breaking a year-long impasse, a joint statement said Thursday.

The agreement between Manila and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was reached after a two-day "special meeting" in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur that ended Wednesday, they said.

The meeting ended "on a high note with both sides expressing deep satisfaction over the successful resolution of major issues to overcome the impasse," the statement said.

DepEd says teachers ready for Barangay, SK polls (www.philstar.com)
The Department of Education (DepEd) declared that public school teachers were all set to serve in the Oct. 29 baranggay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. There would be no more training for poll duty from the Commission on Elections.

Lawyer Franklin Sunga, Education Undersecretary for Legal Affairs, said that DepEd and the Comelec has agreed that there is no more need for the additional training for teachers since they were already trained for poll duty last May.

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