[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 21 September 2007 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 21 September 2007 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan

http://www.slb.ph/newsbriefs.htm

 

Senators not convinced on need for NBN project (abs-cbnNEWS.com)

 

Regardless of whether or not the award of the national broadband network (NBN) deal was tainted with bribery and corruption, some senators believe the country doesn't need a government-run NBN, especially one that would be funded by yet another multi-million dollar loan. 

 

At the end of Tuesday's marathon Senate hearing on the investigation of the $329 million NBN deal, Trade and Commerce committee chairman Sen. Mar Roxas reprimanded officials of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) for insisting on a hugely expensive project the main component of which already exists. 

 

"Pera ng bayan ito, hindi mo naman pera ito eh (This is the people's money, not yours)," Roxas told DOTC Assistant Secretary Lorenzo Formoso. 

 

Palace, Estrada discuss pardon--DILG chief (INQUIRER.net)
 

(UPDATE) Malacañang is talking to convicted president Joseph Estrada over the possibility of granting him pardon, Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno said Friday.



Puno said he discussed this last week with Estrada and was supposed to visit the former leader again at his resthouse in Tanay, Rizal where he is being detained to work out details of the pardon.



Puno said they were hoping that this could be worked out by December, "so we will all have a Merry Christmas."



Erap camp denies negotiating for pardon (abs-cbnNEWS.com)

 

A spokesman of jailed former president Joseph Estrada debunked Friday reports that their camp is negotiating with Malacañang for a full pardon for Estrada. 

 

"There are no negotiations. I just talked with President Estrada minutes ago. He said he is more concerned now with the deteriorating condition of his mother (102-year-old Doña Mary Ejercito)," Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez told ANC in an interview.

 

Rodriguez said Mr. Estrada told him that he will accept an offer for pardon from President Arroyo as long as it is "absolute, unconditional and no admission of guilt."


(UPDATE) Military chief open to reimposition of martial law (INQUIRER.net)



MANILA, Philippines -- Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Hermogenes Esperon Jr. is open to the re-imposition of martial law, saying it will "come in handy," especially in times of "rebellion."



"It might still come in handy. In other words, it's for the national government to protect its citizens," Esperon told reporters late Thursday, the eve of the 35th anniversary of the declaration of martial law.



"We will use it if there is a rebellion in the city," he told reporters on the side of the Manila Overseas Press Club (MOPC) forum at the Intercontinental Hotel.

 
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