[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 5 February 2009 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 5 February 2009 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


      Department of Energy seeks more powers on LPG  (www.philstar.com) 


Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes is seeking more powers from Malacañang to enable him to deal with the shortage of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) caused by hoarders, officials said yesterday.


Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said he spoke to Reyes, who was grilled at the House of Representatives yesterday and mentioned that he lacked powers to deal with the LPG shortage.


Calls for Reyes to resign have been mounting due to his failure to address the shortage.

"We have to give the Secretary (Reyes) a chance. He was asking for more powers because according to him, under the very deregulated regime of the industry, there's nothing much the Department of Energy (DOE) can do right now," Remonde said.


Japan-funded public works projects also controlled by cartel: report (abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak)


The cartel behind the manipulation of the bidding process in public works projects is so deeply entrenched that its operation is not limited to World Bank (WB)-funded projects.


A document provided to abs-cbnnews.com/Newsbreak showed that projects funded by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) were also not spared by the cartel in the bid manipulation and the awarding of the projects at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). 


The JBIC is a Japanese governmental financial aid institution. Like the bidding process in WB-funded projects, at the core of the bid fixing were colluding public works officials favored contractors.


      US stimulus plan to benefit Pinoy war veterans (www.philstar.com)

WASHINGTON - After a decades-long struggle, Filipino veterans of World War II finally may be granted US military benefits thanks to, of all things, the economic stimulus legislation.


A $198-million provision of the proposed Senate stimulus bill would authorize one-time payments of $15,000 to Filipino veterans who are US citizens and $9,000 for non-citizens, including those in the Philippines.


The provision is a small part of the overall $885-billion bill, but it has drawn criticism. North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, top Republican on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, "finds it difficult to see how spending money in the Philippines will help stimulate the American economy," a spokesman said


Arroyo to meet Obama, Palace says (www.manilastandardtoday.com)


PRESIDENT Arroyo is scheduled to have a "pull-aside" meeting with US President Barack Obama in Washington on Thursday (Friday Manila time) on the sidelines of the 57th National Prayer Breakfast. 


Mrs. Arroyo would also attend a reception hosted by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who had earlier announced that she wanted to visit Asia on her first trip abroad this year, a member of the presidential delegation said in a telephone interview. 


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