[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 17 March 2009 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 17 March 2009 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


RP's jobless rate rises to 7.7% in Jan (Reuters)
The Philippines' jobless rate climbed to 7.7 percent in January from 6.8 percent in October, the statistics office said on Tuesday, with hundreds of jobs lost in the three-month since October as the financial crisis squeezed the economy.

The jobless rate was at 7.4 percent in January 2008.

The country has one of the highest unemployment rates in Southeast Asia and about a third of its 90-million population is considered poor.

The percentage of underemployed, or those who have jobs but want to work more, also rose to 18.2 percent of total employed in in January from 17.5 percent in October.


New SEC exec disappoints 2 senators (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines - Two senators have expressed disappointment over the replacement of retired Securities and Exchange commissioner Jesus Martinez, with one calling the appointment by Malacañang "most unfortunate."

Deputy executive secretary Manuel Gaite will take over from Martinez, who left the service last week following allegations that he coddled troubled pre-need firms of the Legacy Group.

But Gaite himself is not above board as he has been named as one of the government officials who allegedly tried to keep whistle-blower Rodolfo "Jun" Lozada Jr. from spilling the beans on the National Broadband Network bribery scandal last year.

Firefighting between military, Abus erupts (Mindanao Bureau)                                           

ZAMBOANGA CITY-Firefighting between military troops and suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf group has erupted in the area of Tubig Dacula and Bud Taran in Sulu, a police official said Tuesday.

Senior Supt. Julasirim Kasim, Sulu's provincial police director, said that he got reports that Albader Parad was wounded in last Monday's clash with the military.

Parad's brother-in-law Magdar Dukabo was seriously wounded in the same fighting that erupted over the Abu Sayyaf group's attempt to break through a military cordon, said Kasim.

Europe  to RP: Bring closure  to killings (www.philstar.com)

MANILA, Philippines - The European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling on the Philippine government to strengthen its investigation and prosecution of unexplained killings in the country.

This was revealed yesterday by European Union Ambassador Alistair MacDonald on the sidelines of the launching of the website of the ASEAN National Human Rights Institutions Forum at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) office in Quezon City.

In an interview, MacDonald said the European Parliament passed the resolution last Thursday as "Europe and elsewhere around the world" show "great interest" in how the Philippine government addresses the unexplained killings

'Don't use baseline law to keep VFA' (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines-The Palace should not use China's protest over the Philippine Archipelagic Baselines Law as an excuse to keep the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, two lawmakers said on Tuesday.

"I don't think Malacanang should use the China issue to tell those opposing the VFA to be silent. This issue with China is different from the VFA," Muntinlupa Rep. Rufino Biazon said in a phone interview.

Govt to implement multi-purpose ID in August (www.gmanews.tv)

MANILA, Philippines- The government is set to release the first batch of the controversial multi-purpose identification card, which will contain all pertinent information of a citizen.

The Social Security System and the National Statistics Office on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday, which will pave the way for the implementation of the P3-billion Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID) System.

SSS president and CEO Romulo Neri told reporters that the first phase of the UMID is the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), which will cost P650 million and will be funded by the National Statistics Office.

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