[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 7 August 2009 Friday
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Newsbriefs 7 August 2009 Friday
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan
Land reform program extended (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
PLARIDEL, Bulacan, Philippines--President Macapagal-Arroyo on Friday signed into law a bill extending the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program for another five years beginning July 2009.
Arroyo signed Republic Act 9700 before senators and congressmen and government employees inside a packed gym in Plaridel, Bulacan.
The law allots P150 billion for the acquisition and distribution of 1.6 million hectares of land for 1.2 million beneficiaries and provision of support services for farmers.
Aquino family hails Cory funeral guards (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines - The family of former President Corazon Aquino will "personally thank and honor" the four soldiers and policeman who stood guard around her casket en route to her interment last Wednesday at August 21, 2009, the memorial day of her husband Ninoy Aquino.
"The Aquino family will thank them personally and honor them on the 21st," Aquino's son-in-law, Eldon Cruz, said in a text message to the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI).
Senator wants Edsa renamed after Cory (INQUIRER.net)
MANILA, Philippines - Senator Manuel Roxas II is proposing the renaming of the historic Edsa highway after the late President Corazon Aquino.
Roxas said he would file a bill at the Senate on Monday to formalize his proposal to rename Edsa to Cory Aquino Avenue.
The proposal was appropriate since Mrs. Aquino made history on the highway in 1986, when she led a bloodless revolt that restored democracy in the country, he said.
"Whenever we hear Edsa, one thing always comes to the mind of Filipinos: the People Power led by President Cory. It is but fit to offer in her memory the road that had made her famous all over the world," he said in a statement on Friday.
'No need for upheaval, GMA steps down in 2010' (www.philstar.com)
MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang urged critics yesterday not to use the death of former President Corazon Aquino for their political agenda.
Deputy presidential spokesman Anthony Golez and presidential economic spokesman Gary Olivar were commenting on the warning given by Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, president of the United Opposition, that the outpouring of support at the burial of Mrs. Aquino may turn into a "political upheaval" against Mrs. Arroyo if she tries to extend her term.
Olivar said there could be no upheaval because Mrs. Arroyo would step down from office next year.
"The mayor's warning is gratuitous, redundant and unnecessary since the President has already stated she has no agenda of extending her term beyond 2010," Olivar said.
Former Lucio Tan counsel is new SC justice (abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak)
MANILA - President Arroyo on Friday picked an outsider with close ties to top lawyer Estelito Mendoza to replace retired Supreme Court justice Dante Tinga, who retired on May 11.
UST Civil Law dean Roberto Abad worked as an assistant solicitor general under then government counsel Mendoza in the 1980s. The two would later defend Lucio Tan's companies in a tax-evasion case filed in 1993.
Abad was appointed a day after Court of Appeals Justice Mariano del Castillo was chosen by Malacañang to replace Justice Alicia Austria-Martinez, who hung her robe on April 30.
Senate approves bill against cartel (www.manilastandardtoday.com)
THE Senate has passed on third and final reading the Anti-Trust Act of 2009 which seeks to curb trade monopoly and protect consumers from profiteering.
Also known as the Competition Act, the law will equip the government against the cartel of companies that produce, distribute and sell oil, cement, rice, drugs, flour and other essential commodities, said Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, principal author of the landmark measure.
The main objective of the Competition Act of 2009 is to guard the consuming public against business practices of business enterprises, especially oil companies, which are traditionally conspiring to jack up their prices that tend to harm not only the overall business environment in which they operate but also the consumers themselves, Enrile said.
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