[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 6 February 2008 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 6 February 2008 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


Arroyo calls for political stability (Agence France-Presse)

MANILA, Philippines -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Wednesday appealed for political stability amid growing turmoil in the legislature following the ouster of former House speaker Jose de Venecia Jr.

In a speech at the 17th anniversary of the Philippine National Police, Arroyo cited the failure of an attempted mutiny by rogue soldiers, led by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, a former Navy officer, in November that was quashed in less than a day.

"What happened in [the failed mutiny] shows that people want political stability, a bright economic future and social justice," Arroyo said.

De Venecia fate as Lakas president hangs  (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines -- The fate of Congressman Jose de Venecia Jr. will be decided when the national directorate of the ruling Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats meets on February 21, party officials said on Wednesday.

Prospero Pichay, Lakas vice president for recruitment, said Lakas would decide whether the statements made by De Venecia during the election of Speaker Monday night was "inimical" to the party.

"It will be decided upon the national directorate meeting," Pichay said at a joint press conference with other Lakas officials in Manila.

Ramos: De Venecia to remain president in Lakas-Kampi merger (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE) Former House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. will remain president of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats when the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (Kampi, Partner of the Free Filipino) merges with the ruling party, former president Fidel Ramos said Wednesday.

Ramos, Lakas chairman emeritus, also defended the tirade De Venecia delivered against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in his valedictory Monday evening, before he was ousted as Speaker.

He said De Venecia had the right to say what he did and that this would not affect his position as Lakas president.

Administration coalition shifts focus to Lakas-KAMPI merger (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


Now that the fighting for the House leadership is over, members of the administration coalition can now resume discussions on the "potential and imminent merger" of the ruling Lakas Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) and President Arroyo's own Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (KAMPI), Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno said Wednesday. 


Puno, KAMPI's president on leave, said he already met with Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita who is also a senior Lakas official to discuss the merger. 


"What will happen here, if we come to an agreement in this exercise, is that KAMPI, will merge with Lakas ... with Lakas probably the surviving entity. This has been started even [before] the speakership controversy.. Now, that [the fight for] speakership is over, we will continue on the discussions on the potential, imminent merger of Lakas and KAMPI," Puno said. 

Neri back at CHEd desk (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines -- Romulo Neri, Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) chairman, went back to work Wednesday, a week after he disappeared from public view to evade an arrest warrant issued against him the Senate.

The warrant was for failing to appear at a hearing on the scandal-ridden national broadband network (NBN) deal between the Arroyo government and China's ZTE Corp.

Neri, wearing a blue shirt and looking rested, arrived at the CHEd at about 10 a.m., saying he was "enjoying [my] first day of freedom."

In a press briefing, Neri declined to divulge where he stayed over the past few days, but said he spent the time reading books and meeting his lawyers.

Solons urge Senate to file obstruction vs PNP on Lozada (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


Two members of the the minority bloc in the House of Representatives on Wednesday urged the Senate to charge the Philippine National Police with obstruction of justice for taking custody of Rodolfo "Jun" Lozada Jr., who reportedly holds vital information about the botched national broadband network (NBN) deal.


Parañaque 2nnd district Rep. Roilo Golez who is senior member of the House minority bloc said the PNP broke the law when it took custody of Lozada despite a standing warrant of arrest issued by the Senate against the public official.


Golez said the PNP's image was once against damaged by dipping into the squabble between the legislative branch and Malacañang.

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