[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 9 October 2008 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 9 October 2008

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


Senators thumb down charter change before 2010 (ABS-CBN News)
Senators crossed party lines to reject Malacañang's insistence on charter change before the 2010 elections.

President Arroyo's sudden espousal of federalism, purportedly to bring about peace in Mindanao, is also causing some pro-federalism senators to rethink their support for Joint resolution 10 filed by Senate minority leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. and supported by at least 11 other senators.

Pimentel's Joint Resolution 10 seeks to convene Congress into a constituent assembly (Con Ass) for the purpose of revising the constitution to establish a federal system of government.

Opposition Sen. Panfilo Lacson broadly hinted Wednesday he might withdraw his signature from resolution 10.

"Ako, in favor of federalism, pero kung gagamitin ng Malacañang for their own selfish agenda, baka dapat maghinay-hinay muna kami," Lacson said. "Nagaalala ako bakit sinasakyan nila bigla ang federalism. Malinaw from the start na gusto nila manatili beyond 2010."

SC rule on joint Congress vote sought (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines -- A petition seeking the validation of voting by both Houses of Congress has been filed at the Supreme Court by a lawmaker at the House of Representatives.

In a press conference Thursday, Bohol Representative Adam Relson Jala said that he filed a petition for certiorari on September 26, asking the high court to "rule as legal and valid joint voting by both Houses of Congress in adapting resolutions, proposing amendments to, or revisions of the Constitution."

Jala filed the petition amid looming debates on Charter change.

Philippines extracts first oil shipment off Palawan island (www.gmanews.tv)

MANILA, Philippines - The first extraction of oil off the Galoc oilfields in Palawan signifies the Philippines' first step towards energy self-sufficiency, the government said on Thursday. 

Executive Secretary Eduardo R Ermita told reporters in Malacañang that "light medium crude oil with a potential high yield of light ends such as gasoline" was extracted 60 kilometers northwest of Palawan island at 10:45 a.m.

"The fresh extracts were put on on board a Philippine vessel en route to our local refineries at 11:20 a.m.," Ermita said as broadcast over the radio.


Solons mum on executive session with AFP (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE) Senators were silent about the issues discussed during a closed-door meeting Thursday with defense officials on the situation in Mindanao, where clashes are continuing between government troops and Moro rebels accused of attacking civilian communities in August.

Senator Juan Ponce-Enrile, who presided over the hearing, told a press briefing that, while there was no intention of keeping the issues from the public, there were "sensitive problems on national security" that were discussed and "should not be known by the other side," referring to the rebels.

It was Enrile, not Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr., as earlier reported, who asked for the executive session after the Senate finance sub-committee hearing on the proposed P56.5 billion 2009 budget of the Department of National Defense.

Hultmans on Teehankee's release: The highest injustice (www.philstar.com)

Anders and Vivian Hultman yesterday said President Arroyo committed "the highest form of injustice" when she granted executive clemency to Claudio Teehankee Jr., the convicted killer of their daughter Maureen and her friend Roland Chapman.

This, even as the brother of the pardoned convict claimed that the Hultman family gave their imprimatur for the release when they "agreed" in a "court-approved and filed settlement" in November 1999.

The Hultman couple decried the release of Teehankee from the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa City immediately after Mrs. Arroyo issued the executive clemency.

The Hultmans said the news about the release of Teehankee reached them while they were in Stockholm, Sweden from where they were interviewed by GMA 7 via long distance phone patch yesterday.

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