[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 11 September 2007 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 11 September 2007 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan



(UPDATE) SC allows live coverage of Erap trial (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


The Supreme Court en banc has granted a petition to allow media to cover live the Sandiganbayan's reading of the verdict on former president Joseph Estrada's plunder case on Wednesday, subject to certain conditions. 


In its decision, the high court said television and radio networks can hook up to the video camera of the Supreme Court public information office, which will be placed inside the court room during the reading of the verdict. The video camera will be placed at a designated area, which will be determined by the presiding justice of the Sandiganbayan. 


Only personnel of the Supreme Court PIO will be allowed to operate the camera.  


"The video camera shall only focus on the court personnel reading the decision. The live media coverage shall be immediately ceased after the reading of the decision. And the live media coverage shall at all times be under the control of the presiding justice," the court said. 


Supreme Court spokesman Jose Midas Marquez said the high tribunal considered the public's right to information when it granted the petition. 


Police on highest alert ahead of Estrada verdict (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines -- The 120,000-strong Philippine National Police will be on its highest alert effective 12 noon Tuesday, an official said Tuesday, a day before the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court hands down its verdict on the plunder case against deposed president Joseph Estrada.

Deputy Director General Avelino Razon, deputy chief for administration, said the nationwide full alert was ordered by PNP Chief Director General Oscar Calderon "to generate maximum number of personnel."

All police leaves are considered cancelled once the full alert is implemented.

"The principal consideration for the alert is for us to be able to generate the maximum number of personnel to face the many tasks PNP has to face," said Razon.

Supreme Court issues TRO vs $329-M ZTE broadband deal (www.gmanews.tv)
The Supreme Court en banc has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the implementation of the controversial $329-million national broadband contract between the Philippines and Chinese firm ZTE Corp, a report on dzBB radio said Tuesday.

The report said SC spokesman lawyer Jose Midas Marquez relayed the information to journalists.

It added that magistrates sided with the TRO request lodged by Amsterdam Holdings Inc, which was founded by Jose "Joey" de Venecia III. Joey is the son of House Speaker Jose De Venecia Jr.

Amsterdam Holdings submitted a proposal worth $240 million to implement the broadband deal.

Iloilo Vice Gov. Rolex Suplico earlier filed a separate petition before the Supreme Court asking to declare the ZTE contract as "unconstitutional." - GMANews.TV 


Bill seeks mandatory listing of SIM cards (www.manilastandardtoday.com)

The House is seeking the mandatory registration of prepaid SIM cards to the National Telecommunications Commission as part of efforts to stop or solve crimes. 

Muntinlupa City Rep. Rozzano Rufino Biazon made the proposal in House Bill 92, saying that although cellular phones have become indispensable communication tools, they also serve as tools of crime for unscrupulous individuals. 

"Even syndicates engaged in illegal drugs, smuggling, extortion, kidnapping and other heinous crimes, and lately even groups seeking to sow panic, have been using cell phones to further their end," Biazon said. 

Biazon says he hopes to address the issue by requiring the identification and registration of prepaid SIM card subscribers and their mobile phone units to identify the users and stop them from using their units for criminal purposes. SIM stands for subscriber identification module, which serves as a memory card. 

In filing the bill, the Muntinlupa City lawmaker requires all Public Telecommunication Entities (or telecommunications providers) to ensure that the users/purchasers of prepaid SIM cards and their phone units are properly identified complete with verified addresses. 

In cases wherein the sale is done through agents, the latter would be required to submit to the PTEs verified names and addresses of buyers of prepaid SIM cards and cellular phones within a period of time. 

"All existing prepaid subscribers of any cellular phone company in the Philippines are required to register their units, the serial number of their phones, to the respective PTE servicing them within three months from the date of effectivity of this act," he said. 

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