[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 4 November 2008 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 4 November 2008 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


Senate may probe Bolante before Monday (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines --The Senate may re-open its investigation into the P728 million fertilizer fund scam even before the resumption of sessions on Monday, Majority Floor Leader Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan said on Tuesday.

Even without a referral by the Senate in a plenary session, Pangilinan said the blue ribbon committee headed by Senator Alan Cayetano could also conduct its hearings moto propio.

"We reiterate our previous position that as to matters regarding illegal acts and accountability of public officials, the blue ribbon committee can, moto propio, and even without a referral by the Senate in plenary session, proceed to conduct hearings on the Bolante fertilizer scam," he said in a text message, referring to former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn "Joc-Joc" Bolante.


CA justice begs off Bolante petition (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines -- A Court of Appeals justice has inhibited himself from the petition for a writ of habeas corpus filed by the son of former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn "JocJoc" Bolante.

Associate Justice Arturo Tayag cited personal reasons in inhibiting himself from the case, which was raffled to him Tuesday morning.

A court official said Tayag immediately begged off after records of the case were forwarded to him.

The case will be re-raffled Wednesday.

Dela Paz case now with Ombudsman (INQUIRER.net, Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE 2) The Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has surrendered the case on the multimillion-peso "cash advance" by eight police generals to the Office of the Ombudsman.

The CIDG submitted on Tuesday folders of affidavits and investigation reports on the alleged illegal release of P6.9-million intelligence funds that were used by the eight-man delegation, including retired comptroller Eliseo dela Paz, to the Interpol conference at St. Petersburg in Russia in early October.

Senior Superintendent Isagani Nerez, CIDG chief for the National Capital Region, said forwarding of the records to the Ombudsman was in response to its letter seeking primary jurisdiction over the case.

Fare reduction OK'd for jeepneys, buses (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE) The Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) approved on Tuesday a provisional fare reduction for jeepneys and buses nationwide, chairman Thompson Lantion said.

In a press conference, Lantion said that effective Wednesday, jeepney fares would go down by P0.50 for the first four kilometers; Metro Manila and provincial regular bus fares by P0.50 for the first five kilometers; and Metro Manila and provincial air-conditioned bus fares by P1 for the first five kilometers.

Commuters in Metro Manila, Regions III and IV will be paying P8 for jeepneys, P9.50 for regular buses, and P11 for air-conditioned buses. The LTFRB has not reduced the succeeding kilometer rates for jeepneys and buses, Lantion said.

RP lands 5th in world hunger survey (abs-cbnNEWS.com)
Four in 10 Filipinos had little or no food at all on their tables in the last 12 months, thus landing the Philippines in a list of African, Latin American, Asian and European countries whose citizens said that they "often or sometimes" lacked food in the past year, a worldwide survey on hunger said.

The results of the World Food Day survey by Gallup International-Voice of the People 2008 showed that 40 percent of Filipinos polled said that they lacked food "often or sometimes" in the last 12 months.

The survey also said that the hunger rate was highest in the nation's capital, Metro Manila, where at least 500,000 families lacked food.

The Philippines was in the league of African and Asian nations whose poor said they went hungry in the past year.

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