[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 11 February 2008 Morning

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Newsbriefs 11 February 2008 Morning

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


Communal action needed after NBN exposé - CBCP (www.philstar.com) 

The Church broke its silence yesterday on accusations of unbridled corruption in government, with the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) calling for "communal action" after the "public confession" made by resigned environment official Rodolfo Lozada Jr.

"Truth hurts. Truth liberates. But the truth must be served. The truth will set our country free. Only the truth, not lies and deceits, will set our country free. This truth challenges us now to communal action," the CBCP said in a strongly worded statement signed by its president, Archbishop Angel Lagdameo of Jaro, Iloilo.

Lozada's testimony at the Senate, which came on the heels of ousted speaker Jose de Venecia Jr.'s denunciations of anomalies in government, was described by leaders of the Catholic Church as a courageous sacrifice that may set the country free from corruption in government.

The bishops, however, did not specify the kind of public action necessary to support the revelations of Lozada and De Venecia.

Arroyo allies confirm Senate attendance (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


Three people named by Senate witness Rodolfo Noel "Jun" Lozada Jr. as among those who tried to prevent him from going to the Senate have confirmed their attendance to Monday's hearing.


Director General Avelino Razon Jr., chief of the Philippine National Police, said he will give his side of the story on the alleged abduction of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee's new witness on the botched $329-million national broadband network (NBN) deal.


Michael Defensor, former presidential chief of staff, and Environment Secretary Lito Atienza said they will also attend the hearing.


Church holds day of prayer to strengthen, protect Lozada (www.gmanews.tv)
Catholic Church groups declared Monday a day of prayer to strengthen and protect ZTE witness Rodolfo Noel Lozada Jr against his detractors in Malacañang.

The day of prayer will be led by Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP) and Mission Partners together with other faith-based groups.

"We have to do something in response to what is happening," said Sister Estrella Castalone, Executive Secretary of the Women Religious Superiors (AMRSWP).

"Our only call is to uphold the truth and support Lozada in his crusade," she added.


Lozada bombshell not enough to oust Arroyo--House allies (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines-- Congressional allies of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo are confident the administration would weather the furor stirred by Rodolfo Noel "Jun" Lozada Jr., the new witness on the bribes and overpricing in the $329-million National Broadband Network deal.

Administration lawmakers, led by Speaker Prospero Nograles, said they doubted the furor over Lozada's testimony would backfire on the administration and snowball into massive protests.

But opposition congressmen believed the move by top officials to stop the communications and electronics engineer from testifying, among others, would further erode public trust in the President.

"I don't think so,'' Nograles said in a text message when asked if Lozada's testimony would take its toll on the administration and the majority coalition. "His testimony is personal to him, and can be made a basis for criminal complaints against persons he named," he said.

Airport execs: Lozada was 'fetched,' not abducted (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines -- When they face the Senate on Monday, airport officials tagged in the disappearance of ZTE-NBN deal star witness Rodolfo Noel "Jun" Lozada Jr. will stick to their story that the former environment official was fetched, not abducted, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) on Tuesday.

Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Alfonso Cusi, Assistant General Manager (AGM) for security and emergency services Angel Atutubo, and AGM for Operations Octavio "Bing" Lina are expected to face the Senate on Monday to explain why Lozada was taken from the airport against his will.

The Senate summoned the officials to shed light on the disappearance of Lozada at the NAIA Terminal 1 at 4:40 p.m. on Tuesday, when he returned from Hongkong allegedly. Lozada told the chamber that, on the instruction of Palace officials, unidentified men picked him up then drove him around before returning him to his terrified family.

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