[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 22 February 2008 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 22 February 2008 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan

Palace: Let public judge gov't exec's testimony vs Lozada  (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines -- Let the public be the judge on whether a government official who exposed the alleged corruption of Rodolfo Lozada Jr., the key witness in the national broadband network controversy, while head of a state-run agency, is credible, Malacañang officials said Friday.

At the same time, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita and Presidential

Management Staff Chief Cerge Remonde denied that the Palace was behind the appearance of Erwin Santos, Philippine Forest Corp. officer-in-charge, on state-run NBN television Thursday.

"Whatever it is, will it contribute anything? Will it contribute to the falsity or truth of what is going on? I think that's the important thing, not whether it came out on a government channel or not," Ermita told reporters at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes Cemetery) at Fort

Lozada a no-show at DoJ NBN probe; Neri not appearing too (INQUIRER.net, Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE 2) Rodolfo Lozada Jr., the key witness in the national broadband network controversy, was a no-show at the Department of Justice Friday and his former boss and friend former socioeconomic planning secretary Romulo Neri has said that he won't attend either.

Lozada was set to appear this morning while the Neri hearing is scheduled later in the day.

In a letter, Lozada told the DoJ that the fact-finding inquiry into the NBN controversy was not authorized by rules of court.

Lozada pointed out that the formation of the panel was ordered by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and was, thus, political, not legal.

Eurasia: GMA will weather crisis (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


The traditional ingredients for a civilian-military revolt are still largely absent, making it difficult for the anti-Arroyo forces to co-opt the military as an institution into taking its side against the president, Eurasia, an international risk analysis group said.


The New York-based group said in its latest report on the Philippines that the controversy around Arroyo and her husband Miguel's supposed involvement in an overpriced infrastructure project involving the Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE is the worst to hit since allegations about her complicity in electoral fraud in 2005. 


"Manila will be noisy, and, despite the general expectation that she will survive, there will be continued speculation about the factors that affect Arroyo's political survival (depending upon developments in the streets, the Senate and within Arroyo's own circles)" Eurasia said. 

Lozada files kidnap, murder raps vs Razon, Atienza, et al (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines - (UPDATE) Rodolfo Lozada Jr., the key witness in the national broadband network controversy, has filed a case of kidnapping and attempted murder at the Department of Justice against police and government officials allegedly responsible for his abduction last February.

Lozada has named PNP Chief Avelino Razon, Environment Secretary Lito Atienza, Angel Atutubo, general manager of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport; Police Security and Protection Office (PSPO) Chief Romeo Hilomen, Colonel Paul Mascariñas, PSPO assistant director; retired Senior Police Officer 4 Rodolfo Valeroso; and several John Does.

Lozada went to the office of assistant chief state prosecutor Anthony Fadullon to subscribe his complaint.

Mike Arroyo leaves for Hong Kong amid ZTE controversy(www.gmanews.tv)

Amid renewed attacks against the administration over the controversial $329-million ZTE deal and ahead of scheduled protests, First Gentleman Jose Miguel "Mike" Arroyo left the country Friday morning for Hong Kong.

Airline sources said Mr Arroyo took off for Hong Kong around 8:29 a.m. aboard Philippine Airlines flight PR-300 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminal 2.
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