[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 18 Novemeber 2009 Wednesday

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Newsbriefs 18 November 2009 Wednesday

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


Villar, Loren seal tandem (www.philstar.com)

MANILA, Philippines - Senators Manuel Villar of the Nacionalista Party (NP) and Loren Legarda of the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) yesterday formally announced their teamup for the 2010 elections.

"Today, I can face the Filipino people and say that my choice for vice president was not motivated by political accommodation but by a common vision for the country," Villar told a crowd of supporters at the historic Laurel House in Mandaluyong City.

Villar gets Legarda but not NPC support (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Manuel Villar may have gained a running mate in Sen. Loren Legarda in his quest for the presidency in the May elections, but not necessarily the support of her party.

Although Legarda has agreed to run with Villar under the Nacionalista Party (NP), this does not mean he will also have the backing of the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC), said Pangasinan Rep. Mark Cojuangco.

The son of business tycoon Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco, the NPC founder, said that while the coalition had agreed to allow Legarda, officially its vice presidential candidate, to run with anyone she desired, this did not mean the party would follow her lead.

Jamby on Loren: She changes like the climate (ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau)

Sen. Maria Ana Consuelo "Jamby" Madrigal likens fellow senator Loren Legarda to climate change, the latter's favorite advocacy of late. 
In an exclusive interview, an irritated Madrigal said Legarda's decision to become Sen. Manuel Villar's running mate after pushing for a Senate ethics investigation against the latter smacks of political opportunism.

Madrigal, who initiated the ethics probe against Villar over the alleged double insertion in the C-5 road project, said Legarda has a history of shifting allegiances. 

"Well, she has a history. She used to be with Lakas, which is how she became senator. Then, when she thought that [actor] Fernando Poe Jr. would win [in the 2004 elections], she abandoned Lakas and joined FPJ. But then she and FPJ lost. She became an oppositionist because being pro-Gloria wasn't very popular. She was given an opportunity but now she's siding with Villar," she said. 

Comelec warns politicians vs premature campaigning (www.gmanews.tv)
Beginning November 20, politicians who have already filed their certificates of candidacy (COC) but are still having their advertisements aired will be out of the 2010 race. 

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) made this warning on Tuesday, advising candidates to refrain from having their informercials aired after the filing of their COCs and before the start of the campaign period. 

"Otherwise, they could be charged with premature campaigning and that could be a ground fo disqualification," Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento told reporters.

      Impeachment raps vs Ombudsman junked (www.philstar.com)

MANILA, Philippines - The House of Representatives finally dismissed yesterday the impeachment complaint against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez after the committee on justice ruled that the complaint of former Senate president Jovito Salonga lacked material substance.

In a report, the committee headed by Quezon City Rep. Matias Defensor said while the complaint was "sufficient in form, (it) is not sufficient in substance." 

"The factual allegations are, at best, a rehash of the allegations for the impeachable offense of betrayal of public trust," read the report.

UN asks for more funds to help storm-ravaged RP (Agence France-Presse)
MANILA - The United Nations on Wednesday nearly doubled its appeal for funds to help the Philippines cope with the effects of back-to-back storms that left over 1,100 people dead and 1.7 million homeless.

The office of the UN's resident coordinator in Manila said the agency had revised upward its appeal to $143.7 million, almost twice the $74 million it had initially requested in October.

Of the original appeal, only $26 million have so far been raised, limiting the ability of aid agencies to effectively help those who are still in dire need of assistance, the UN said.

"Of particular concern for humanitarian agencies are the estimated 1.7 million people still displaced or living in areas that remain flooded," the UN's humanitarian affairs office said in a statement.


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