[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 19 March 2008 Morning

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Newsbriefs 19 March 2008 Morning

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


SC to decide on Neri's petition before April (www.gmanews.tv)

MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court will rule on the petition of Commission on Higher Education chairman Romulo Neri before the end of the month.

Court spokesman lawyer Jose Midas Marquez said Tuesday that Chief Justice Reynato Puno has ordered during the en banc session that Neri's petition be decided upon before the High Court starts its summer sessions in Baguio City on April 1.

Marquez said that newly-installed justice Arturo Brion, who completed the line-up of judges, had already participated in Tuesday's deliberation on the Neri case.


PNOC: JMSU area all in RP (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines-The entire 142,886-square-kilometer area covered by the controversial Joint Marine Seismic Undertaking (JMSU) among the Philippines, China and Vietnam is all under Philippine territory, the president of the Philippine National Oil Co. (PNOC) said.

"We own those," PNOC president Antonio Cailao said, referring to the areas encompassed by the JMSU.

He added, however, that the tripartite accord among PNOC, China National Offshore Oil Co. and Vietnam Oil and Gas Corp. was a purely commercial agreement and was not at all political in nature.

Also, such an agreement had a precedent.

"There are many commercial contracts that involved foreign entities and this is just another one of them. In other words, in the earlier days, there was a joint Australian-Philippine cooperation, a joint Norwegian-Philippine cooperation," he said in a briefing Tuesday. "Inviting other commercial entities of other nationalities is a very common practice."

Military to get P14b extra for pay increase, housing (www.manilastandardtoday.com)

BAGUIO CITY-President Arroyo yesterday promised P14 billion worth of social programs for soldiers as she urged graduates of the Philippine Military Academy to stay loyal to the values of the Armed Forces and to do their part to end the communist insurgency by 2010.


"The people are tired of the politics of division and despair. They want you to keep our nation safe, secure and moving forward," the President told the 220 graduates of the Baghawi class. 

"We have set 2010 as the deadline to win the war against insurgency. As of last year, we had succeeded in halving the number of active insurgents... You have to help the graduates before you in meeting this deadline," she said. 

Panel submits Comelec shortlist to Palace (abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak)


A Malacanang search committee has come up with a shortlist of potential nominees for the two posts in the Commission on Elections that have been vacant for more than a month now.


abs-cbnNEws.com/Newsbreak learned that the search panel has already submitted to the President at least a dozen names from which she will choose the replacements of Commissioners Resurreccion Borra and Florentino Tuason Jr. who have retired.


Included in the shortlist are lawyer Howard Calleja and information technology expert Ma. Caridad Manarang, who are both being endorsed by the poll group Electoral Reform Advocates Search Committee chaired by former poll chair Christian Monsod.


Crash victims' kin to get $165 million (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

DALLAS, TEXAS-Insurance companies have agreed to pay $165 million to settle lawsuits brought by relatives of those killed in the crash of an Air Philippines Boeing 737 on Samal Island in 2000, said to be the biggest settlement in Philippine aviation history.

The families of about 100 of the 131 people killed in the crash sued the United States companies that owned the plane and leased it to Air Philippines, accusing them of providing a worn-out plane in need of constant maintenance that the airline was incapable or unwilling to do.

After legal fees of about one-third of the award, the families will get on average more than $1 million each, according to Donald J. Nolan, whose Chicago law firm took the lead in the case.

The judge must still approve disbursements from a trust fund to individual families, which will receive varying awards.

US Supreme Court hints of possible adverse ruling vs FM rights victims (www.philstar.com)

WASHINGTON - The US Supreme Court raised yesterday the possibility of ruling against human rights victims of martial law in a dispute over who owns $35 million that belonged to the late President Ferdinand Marcos.

"Is it fair to say to the victims, 'Wait for a ruling in the Philippines?'" asked Chief Justice John Roberts.

Invoking sovereign immunity is an automatic rule for dismissing a case, Charles Rothfeld, representing the Philippine government, told the justices.


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