[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 3 August 2009 Monday

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Newsbriefs 3 August 2009 Monday

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


Cory brings people back to the streets (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines - (UPDATE 6) Former president Corazon "Cory" Aquino has brought tens of thousands back to the streets one last time, amid a shower of yellow confetti.

As Aquino's cortege passed through Edsa from La Salle Greenhills at 11 a.m. Monday, the former leader was greeted by a stream of yellow - from people's shirts to the balloons they were holding.

In Makati City, thousands more, mostly in yellow shirts and flashing the "L" sign for "laban" (fight), lined Ayala Avenue around noon to hail the arrival of Aquino.

Office employees, some perched on building ledges, threw yellow confetti as the funeral convoy passed.

Both scenes were reminiscent of 1986 when Aquino, then the opposition's presidential candidate, led massive protests against dictator Ferdinand Marcos whom she accused of cheating in the snap presidential elections. The protests eventually led to a bloodless people power revolt that ousted Marcos and installed her as the first female president of the Philippines.

Love, tears, confetti for Cory (abs-cbnNEWS.com)
MANILA - Former President Corazon Aquino moved closer to her final resting place on Monday as her body was brought to Manila Cathedral in Intramuros after staying for several days in La Salle Green Hills. 

Exclusive ABS-CBN footage showed hundreds of policemen saluting Aquino's procession as it arrived at the Manila Cathedral before 4 p.m. An honor guard of top police officials lifted Aquino's coffin off the flatbed trailer and brought it inside the church where it will stay for the next two days until Aquino's burial on Wednesday, August 5.


350 cops ring Manila Cathedral (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines -- Police have been implementing tighter security measures around the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros as people wanting to catch a glimpse of the late former president Corazon Aquino started to flock to the historic church.

Chief Superintendent Roberto Rosales, Metro Manila police chief, said at least 350 policemen were deployed in the immediate vicinity of the Manila Cathedral.

Contingents of soldiers and private watchmen wearing yellow shirts were also seen outside the church.

More world leaders share grief over Cory's death (abs-cbnNEWS.com)
MANILA - United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and other foreign leaders have expressed sadness on the passing of former President Corazon Aquino, saying that she will always be remembered worldwide as a true symbol of democracy.

In a statement, Ban extended his condolences to the bereaved family of the late President, citing her "exceptional courage" and "pivotal role in the restoration and consolidation of democracy in the Philippines."

"Mrs. Aquino will be remembered as a beacon of democracy not only in the Philippines but also around the world," he said.

      Palace urges House to junk constituent assembly (www.philstar.com)

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang urged yesterday Charter change proponents in the House of Representatives to consider the appeal of Makati City Rep. Teodoro Locsin Jr. to junk their efforts to convene a Senate-less constituent assembly to amend the Constitution.

Acting Executive Secretary Gabriel Claudio said Locsin's appeal was "valid" especially in the context of the death of former President Corazon Aquino who has strongly opposed attempts to amend the Constitution she helped craft in 1987.

He said the Palace "respects" the call of Locsin who once served in Mrs. Aquino's Cabinet.

"I'm confident the members of Congress and all others concerned will consider that call seriously and in the context of the departure of President (Aquino) as well as in the best interest of our country," Claudio told the government-run Radyo ng Bayan.

Withdraw Charter change move, solons asked (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines - Halting moves to amend the Constitution through a constituent assembly that could perpetuate the sitting President in power would be the "best honor" the House of Representatives could give former President Corazon Aquino, a lawmaker said on Monday.

This developed as the proposal by Makati Representative Teodoro Locsin Jr. to withdraw House Resolution 1109 calling for a constituent assembly even with the Senate has gathered steam from lawmakers who echoed that the initiative should now be shelved.

But Speaker Prospero Nograles thumbed down the proposal, saying it was up to the individual signatories to the resolution to decide.

"There are close to 180 signatories to that resolution 1109 and each one has the right or the personal privilege to continue or to withdraw from it," he said in a text message.


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