[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 31 January 2008 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 31 January 2008 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan

134 sign 'no confidence' paper vs Speaker--Villafuerte (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines -- At least 134 lawmakers at the House of Representatives have signed a manifesto declaring "loss of confidence" in Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr., Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (Partner of the Free Filipino, Kampi) president and Camarines Sur Representative Luis Villafuerte said Thursday.

Villafuerte said he would present the manifesto, signed by all 56 members of Kampi, 11 neophyte solons, and some members of the Liberal Party and De Venecia's own party, the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD), to the Speaker on Monday and then ask him to voluntarily step down.

However, Majority Floor Leader Arthur Defensor of Iloilo laughed off Villafuerte's disclosure and challenged the Kampi president to bring the matter to the floor for a vote.

"Sa sabi lang ni Villafuerte maniniwala na kami sa kanya? Hintayin na lang natin kung may tao nga. Pakita niya muna sa [Just because Villafuerte says so, we should believe hium? Let's wait until there are warm bodies. Let him show it on the] floor [of the House] because it's easier said than done," Defensor said in a phone interview.

Back off, GMA tells House allies ousting JDV (www.philstar.com) 

President Arroyo has called on her allies at the House of Representatives to back off from moves to oust Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr., Malacañang said yesterday.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said Mrs. Arroyo stopped the oust-De Venecia maneuver because it does not contribute to overall political stability.

Ermita said De Venecia knows the ZTE controversy is being used to "fan" whatever rift has developed between him and Mrs. Arroyo.

"I'm very sure the Speaker knows the issue is being used to destabilize his position," Ermita said. "If I were him, I will stop talking about it and especially ask his son from talking about it to preserve unity in the party. in the spirit of reconciliation."

Neri avoids arrest (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


Chairman Romulo Neri avoided arrest Thursday morning after a team from the Senate went to his office in Pasig City to serve an arrest warrant issued against him. 


A radio dzMM report said a team of the Senate's Sergeant-At-Arms arrived at the Commission on Higher Education office around 11:30 a.m. but failed to find Neri. 


The Senate issued Wednesday an arrest warrant for Neri after he snubbed a subpoena to appear in the upper chamber's inquiry on the scrapped $329 million national broadband network deal between the government and China's ZTE Corp. 

PNP needs DoJ opinion on arrest of Neri, Lozada (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) will need the legal opinion of the Department of Justice (DoJ) if it is ordered by the Senate to serve the warrant of arrest against witnesses who failed to heed a summons to the inquiry into the controversial national broadband network (NBN) contract.

However, PNP Director General Avelino Razon Jr. said they have yet to receive a formal request for assistance to arrest Commission on Higher Education Romulo Neri and Rodolfo Lozada, a government consultant for the controversial deal.

The Senate ordered the arrest of the two after they failed to show up at the Wednesday hearing of the NBN contract inquiry.

Economy soars 7.3% in '07, fastest growth in 31 years (www.gmanews.tv)

 (Updated 12:36 p.m.) The Philippine economy expanded 7.3 percent in 2007, from a year earlier, due to a strong performance by both the services and industry sectors, the government announced Thursday.

In a briefing, the National Economic Development Authority said this is the Southeast Asian country's fastest pace of gross domestic product growth in 31 years. The agency said GDP growth in 1976 was measured at 8.8 percent.

GDP is the broadest measure of goods and services produced in a country in a period of time.

The 2007 GDP figure is also near the top end of NEDA's predicted growth range for the year of within 6.9 percent to 7.3 percent.

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