[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 12 November 2008 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 12 November 2008

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


SC grants Bolante plea vs TRO petition (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court has granted former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn "Joc-Joc" Bolante's motion to withdraw his petition to nullify the Senate's arrest order against him, a spokesman said.

Lawyer Jose Midas Marquez said Wednesday that the Supreme Court justices could not find any reason not to grant the motion.

In his four-page motion to withdraw, Bolante, through his counsel Antonio Zulueta, said his arrest has made his prayer for the issuance of a temporary restraining order moot and academic.

In his petition for certiorari and prohibition, Bolante urged the high court to invalidate the arrest warrant issued by the Senate. He said the arrest warrant issued by the 13th Senate had no bearing once the 14th Senate opened because the upper House was not a continuing body.

MILF MOA added to impeach raps vs Arroyo (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines - (UPDATE 2) A group of bloggers and a retired general have filed an intervention at the House of Representatives to add the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to the charges in the impeachment complaint against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist, INQUIRER.net blogger, and television host Manuel Quezon III, the lead intervenor, said there should be an effort "to put together as strong and comprehensive a case as possible in order to properly and thoroughly address all the issues that demand accountability from the chief executive."

"In our view, Congress should look into the issue of the Bangsamoro Juridical Entity-MOA between the President and the MILF on Mindanao. The talks were held with the knowledge of the President; the contents of the agreement has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court," Quezon said in Filipino in a prepared statement he read in a news conference.

'House fertilizer fund probe may stall impeach bid vs Arroyo' (abs-cbnNEWS)
The House of Representatives probe on the P728-fertilizer fund scam may preempt the impeachment complaint against President Arroyo, deputy minority leader Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel said Wednesday.

"This is an attempt to determine the fate of the impeachment complaint, which includes the Bolante case, even before the House Committee on Justice could even hold its first hearing on the form and substance of the complaint," she said.

"Is this really an inquiry in aid of legislation, or in aid of the administration?" she added.

Arroyo approval, trust grades continue to dip - survey (abs-cbnNEWS)
President Arroyo has continued to struggle with her low levels of public approval as more Filipinos voiced their disapproval and distrust against her during the past year, the results of the latest Pulse Asia survey said Wednesday.

"Year-on-year, the only notable movement in President Arroyo's overall ratings is the 7-percentage point increase in her disapproval rating from 39 percent in October 2007 to 46 percent in October 2008," the analysis said, referring to the Ulat ng Bayan national survey on Presidential Performance and Trust Ratings.

In addition, the analysis noted Mrs. Arroyo's uphill battle as she tries to win public approval (27%) and trust (24%).

Meanwhile, 46 percent of those polled said they disapprove of the President and her actions while 51 percent said they do not trust the Chief Executive.

Pulse Asia said the negative reaction to the President pervade in all areas and socio-economic classes nationwide.

"Metro Manila respondents appear to be most critical of the President (65 % expressing disapproval as well as distrust ) while those from Luzon excluding Manila post significantly lower levels of disaffection (42% disapproval and 46% distrust)," it said.

House approves 2009 budget (www.philstar.com)

The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading last night the proposed P1.415-trillion 2009 national budget.

The lower chamber will now print a clean copy of the budget before sending it to the Senate, which has only about a month to pass its own version of the measure.

Speaker Prospero Nograles said he hopes the two chambers of Congress can approve the final version of the budget before the end of the year.

Pagasa: Cooler nights ahead (www.philstar.com)

Brace for cooler and longer nights as the earth reaches the winter solstice, the weather bureau said yesterday.

Weather Specialist II Jose Mendoza of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the winter solstice started last Sept. 23, leading to shorter days and longer nights.

Mendoza said the country could expect 13 hours of night on Dec. 22 or 23.

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