[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 13 February 2008 Afternoon
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan
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Newsbriefs 13 February 2008 Afternoon
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan
PNP mulls perjury raps vs Lozada (www.gmanews.tv)
The Philippine National Police is studying the possible filing of perjury cases against ZTE witness Rodolfo Noel Lozada Jr for claiming in the Senate inquiry that government agents "abducted" him when he arrived in Manila last Feb. 5.
In a news conference at Camp Crame Wednesday, PNP chief Avelino Razon Jr said they are also seeking legal advice for Lozada's apparent abuse of the writ of habeas corpus, which was filed by Lozada's family before the Supreme Court last Feb. 6.
"Our legal service is studying these (possible legal actions)," Razon said.
Palace backs Lozada probe (INQUIRER.net)
MANILA, Philippines -- Malacañang is supporting an investigation into corruption allegations against the key witness in the Senate inquiry into the national broadband network scandal when he was still president of an agency of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, a senior official said Wednesday.
But Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita clarified that the government was not getting back at Rodolfo Lozada Jr., who testified before the Senate that the scrapped government contract with China's ZTE Corp. for the NBN project was overpriced.
Lozada readies exposé on South Rail overprice (abs-cbnNEWS.com)
Senate witness Rodolfo Noel "Jun" Lozada Jr. on Wednesday said he is ready to reveal everything he knows about the allegedly overpriced P1 billion South Rail project, which improves the railway system from Manila to Bicol.
"Ay, oo. Ilatag na nating lahat pati ang South Rail... Marami din akong kinalaman doon, ilatag na natin ito kakong lahat (Yes. Let's lay it all down [on Monday] including the South Rail... I also know a lot about that [project], I told [the senators] let's lay it all down)," Lozada told radio dzMM.
Governors swear loyalty to Arroyo amid Senate NBN probe (Southern Luzon Bureau)
PILI, Camarines Sur -- The League of Provinces of the Philippines pledged full support for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo amid renewed calls for her to resign in the face of the Senate investigation into allegations of corruption surrounding the scrapped national broadband network (NBN) deal.
The LPP is the organization of provincial governors.
In a unanimous resolution passed during the LPP's second general assembly Wednesday, the governors also rejected calls for unconstitutional means to oust Arroyo.
(UPDATE) Palace puts brakes on LGUs' Charter change effort (INQUIRER.net)
MANILA, Philippines -- Malacañang has asked local government officials to go slow on renewed efforts to rewrite the Constitution to pave the way for a shift to a federal form of government from the presidential system.
Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita acknowledged that pushing for Charter change at a time when the administration was fighting off the corruption scandal spawned by the scrapped national broadband network (NBN) agreement, could be misinterpreted as a ploy to keep President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in power amid renewed calls for her resignation.
"Dapat mag-slowdown muna tayo para hindi tayo mapaghinalaan [We should slow down so that we will not be misinterpreted]," Ermita told a news conference at the Palace on Wednesday.
SC upholds directive for removal of Pandacan oil depot (abs-cbnNEWS.com)
The Supreme Court on Wednesday has affirmed its March 7, 2007 ruling ordering the relocation of oil terminals in Pandacan in Manila.
In a 78-page resolution penned by Associate Justice Renato Corona, the Court denied the motions for reconsideration filed by the country's big oil companies Chevron (formerly Caltex), Petron Corp. and Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation and the Department of Energy who intervened in the case.
The case was originally filed by political party Social Justice Society and Manila residents against then Manila city Mayor Lito Atienza.
The SC was not convinced by the oil companies' argument that they stand to lose billions of pesos if forced to relocate.
SC spokesman Midas Marquez said that based on the hierarchy of constitutionally-protected rights, the right to life enjoys precedence over right to property.
Feb. 25 a working holiday--Palace (INQUIRER.net)
MANILA, Philippines -- Malacañang has declared February 25, the 22nd anniversary of the 1986 People Power uprising that restored democracy in the country, as a working holiday.
"February 25 is a working holiday," Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita told his weekly news conference at the Palace on Wednesday.
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