[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 9 March 2009 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 9 March 2009 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan

 

      Arroyo, bishops agree on CARP extension (Philippine Daily Inquirer)



      MANILA, Philippines-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has assured Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales and Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal she would back the extension of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), Malacañang officials said over the weekend.

      Ms Arroyo, however, agreed with Rosales and Vidal that they should hold talks with the senators and congressmen, conceding that Congress was the battleground for getting CARP extended.

      The President, together with Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman and Presidential Legislative Liaison Officer Undersecretary Joaquin Lagonera, met with the bishops in Malacañang on Friday night, Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said.

      'P50-billion road fund misused' (www.philstar.com) 
     


MANILA, Philippines - At least 15 congressmen are seeking an investigation into the alleged misuse of more than P50 billion in funds for road maintenance, road safety and pollution control.

Representatives Abraham Mitra of Palawan, Paul Daza of Northern Samar, Marc Douglas Cagas of Davao del Sur, Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro City, Niel Tupas Jr. of Iloilo and Carlos Padilla of Nueva Vizcaya sought the inquiry in separate manifestations they made at recent House hearings.

Eight other congressmen led by Deputy Speaker Eric Singson of Ilocos Sur filed a resolution also proposing an investigation.

The congressmen said a large part of the money goes to the pockets of corrupt officials and contractors.

The funds whose use or misuse they want the House to look into are collections from the so-called motor vehicle user's charge (MVUC), otherwise known as the road user's tax.

Ex-Legacy exec says SEC official took bribes (Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE) A former official of the Legacy Group, under investigation for allegedly siphoning billions of pesos from its clients through dubious investment schemes, claimed Monday that Securities and Exchange Commissioner (SEC) Jesus Martinez received bribes from Legacy founder Celso de los Angeles.

Caroline Hiñola, former chief executive officer of Legacy Consolidated Plans Inc., told a Senate hearing that Legacy bought a P5-million house and lot in Parañaque for Martinez, who allegedly gave it to his son.

Hiñola showed copies of P3 million worth of vouchers and checks to back her claim against Martinez.

Yusoph takes oath as election commissioner (INQUIRER.net )

MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE) Marawi City prosecutor Elias Yusoph took his oath of office as the sixth commissioner of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Monday morning.

Yusoph, who will serve until Feb. 2, 2015, replaces retired commissioner Resureccion Bora, the appointment letter signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo March 7 said.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said Yusoph's appointment is ad interim, or one done when Congress is on break. This means the appointee can immediately assume office after taking the oath of office, pending confirmation by the Commission on Appointments (CA).

 
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