[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 27 September 2007 Morning

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Thu Sep 27 12:38:31 PHT 2007

Newsbriefs 27 September 2007 Morning

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan



Neri continues to enjoy Arroyo trust, says Ermita (Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines -- Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Secretary Romulo Neri's testimony at the Senate has not damaged the presidency and he continues to have President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's trust, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said Wednesday.

He said Neri's statements before senators proved he was more of a technocrat than a politician.

"Well, yes," said Ermita when asked if Neri continued to enjoy presidential trust.

Senators want Neri to reveal more on NBN deal (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


Senators want Commission on Higher Education Chairman Romulo Neri to reveal more of events after he was allegedly offered by Commission on Elections Chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr. with a bribe to favor China's ZTE Corp.'s proposal for the national broadband network (NBN) project of the government.


"What happened between January-February until March 29?" Sen. Mar Roxas, Senate Committee on Trade and Commerce, said in an interview with ABS-CBN's Umagang kay Ganda.


Roxas said the events after Neri informed President Arroyo about Abalos's alleged P200 million offer are what senators would also want to know from Neri, who was then director general of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), at the resumption of the Senate hearing on the allegedly overpriced NBN contract between the government and ZTE Corp. on Thursday at 10 a.m.

House minority 'very careful' on impeach moves vs Abalos (www.gmanews.tv)

The House minority bloc is "trying to be careful" in pursuing impeachment moves against Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Benjamin Abalos despite former Socio-economic chief Romulo Neri's confirmation of Abalos' P200 million bribe offer. 

House minority leader and San Juan City Rep. Ronaldo Zamora on Thursday said the minority is carefully studying their options on the possible filing of impeachment raps against Abalos, particularly on who will be endorsing the complaint. 

Zamora also said the minority is taking into consideration the tight schedule in the coming weeks.

UP professor says govt NBN does not make economic sense (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


A University of the Philippines economics professor said that a government-owned and operated national broadband network does not make economic sense.


"From the purely economic standpoint a government-owned and operated broadband backbone does not make sense," said Raul V. Fabella, former dean of the University of the Philippines School of Economics (UPSE).


Fabella related the summary of a study that he and Emmanuel S. de Dios, new UPSE dean made on the national broadband network (NBN) project of the government at the resumption of the Senate's investigation on the purportedly irregular and bribery-laden NBN deal.

RP drops further in transparency (www.philstar.com) 

The Philippines was among nations perceived to have the most dishonest public officials as it slipped further in an annual corruption perception index.

The country was ranked 131st, along with Burundi, Honduras, Iran, Libya, Nepal and Yemen, in Transparency International's 2007 Corruption Perceptions Index, which scored 180 countries based on the degree to which corruption is perceived among public officials and politicians.

The Philippines received a score of 2.5 out of 10.  In the 2006 index, the Philippines was ranked 121st.    

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