[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 23 October 2008 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 23 October 2008 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


Senate orders Dela Paz arrest (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines - (UPDATE 2) Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has ordered the arrest of former Philippine National Police comptroller Eliseo dela Paz after he failed to appear at Thursday's hearing of the Senate on the incident in Russia. 

The foreign relations committee, which Santiago heads, also dismissed a motion to quash the subpoena issued to Dela Paz and his wife, and questioning the jurisdiction of the committee over the issue.

A six-page motion entitled "Challenge to jurisdiction with motion to quash the subpoena" was filed by the Malaya, Sanchez, Anover, Anover and Simpao Law Office just before the committee began its hearing at exactly 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Dela Paz doubts 'fair trial' (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines -- Retired police comptroller Eliseo dela Paz said Thursday doubts about getting a "fair trial" were among the reasons he changed his mind about appearing at the Senate inquiry into his brief detention by Russian customs for carrying millions of pesos worth of undeclared cash.

At the same time, Dela Paz asked the Senate foreign relations committee, which is investigating the incident, not to compel his wife, Maria Fe, to appear before the Senate investigation.

"I ask the committee to spare my wife of the unnecessary anguish as her only infraction that I know of is her being married to a newly retired police officer," De la Paz said in a statement, which one of his lawyers, Noel Malaya, confirmed was written by the retired police general.

Palace hands off on Dela Paz (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines -- Malacañang is keeping its hands off the controversy surrounding ex-Philippine National Police comptroller Eliseo dela Paz who was ordered arrested by the Senate after he snubbed its investigation into the huge amount of money that was discovered in his possession in Russia.

"The matter is well within the confines of the DILG [Department of Interior and Local Government] and we refer the matter to the secretary of the DILG and to the PNP [Philippine National Police]," deputy presidential spokesman Anthony Golez said. 

P6.9-M 'contingency fund' still with Russia - PNP chief (www.gmanews.tv)
MANILA, Philippines - The P6.9 million "contingency fund" at the center of the "euro generals" mess is still in the custody of the Russian government, Philippine National Police chief Director General Jesus Verzosa said Thursday.

Verzosa made the claim at a Senate hearing on the matter even as Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno washed his hands off the amount.

"It's still with the Russian government. We have not received any notice yet," Verzosa said.

US to deport Jocjoc (www.philstar.com)

Former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn "Jocjoc" Bolante, the alleged architect of the fertilizer fund scam, has been ordered deported to the Philippines by United States authorities who did not give credence to his request for political asylum.

University of the Philippines professor and lawyer Harry Roque, who had been opposing Bolante's petition for asylum, said the US Department of Homeland Security issued the "removal order" against Bolante.

"With the order, Bolante will be deported in 24 hours," Roque said.

Ombudsman urged to act on Bolante case (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines -- Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez should act now on the plunder case filed against former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn "Joc Joc" Bolante that has been pending for four years in her office, a militant group said Thursday.

The Pambansang Lakas ng Mamamalakaya sa Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said the Ombudsman should be blamed if its inaction on the case would result again in Bolante escaping responsibility for the fertilizer fund scam.

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