[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 10 December 2010 Friday

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Fri Dec 10 17:59:55 PHT 2010


Newsbriefs 10 December 2010 Friday

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan

 

Bishops back Aquino on Truth Commission issue (www.gmanews.tv)
 

While they oppose him on the reproductive health (RH) issue, Catholic bishops expressed their support for President Benigno Simeon Aquino III on the issue about the Truth Commission.

The Supreme Court (SC) on December 7 declared as unconstitutional Aquino's Executive Order (EO) No. 1 creating the Philippine Truth Commission.

The SC said E.O. No. 1 "violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution" for focusing on the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

On Thursday, some bishops urged Aquino to find other means to ensure that those behind alleged anomalies in the past administration will be held accountable.

"Don't surrender," Marbel Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez said in an article posted on the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news site.

Aquino orders DOJ to withdraw case vs Morong 43 (www.gmanews.tv)
 

UPDATED 1:15 p.m. - On International Human Rights Day on Friday, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) to withdraw the cases filed against the so-called "Morong 43" health workers arrested in February on suspicion of being communist rebels.

"We recognize that their right to due process was denied them. As a government that is committed to the rule of law and the rights of man, this cannot stand. Therefore, I have ordered the DOJ to withdraw the informations filed before the court," Aquino said at an event marking Human Rights Day.

Aquino earlier said he will not touch the Morong 43 issue.

De Lima eyes release of 'Morong 43' before X'mas (ABS-CBN News)
MANILA, Philippines - Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said she has received the memorandum from Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. instructing her to carry out President Aquino's order to immediately withdraw the information against the Morong 43.
 
De Lima said the motions to withdraw information against the Morong 43 are now being prepared, and they may be filed in court as early as Monday. 
 
She said there will be several motions as there are several cases filed against the 43 health workers.
 
But not all 43 may be freed.

De Lima said the prosecutors would have to verify first information from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) that there are standing warrants of arrest against 6 of the Morong 43 on cases not related to the February raid in Morong, Rizal.

DOJ task force to review extra-judicial killings (abs-cbnNEWS.com)
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Justice (DOJ) is set to form a task force that will review all reported and unresolved cases of extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances. 

In a speech during the celebration of Human Rights Day, President Benigno Aquino III said the task force can recommend measures for the effective and expeditious investigation and prosecution of the cases. 

"Moreover, this task force has been mandated to speed up the resolution of cases with sufficient evidence and the necessary reinvestigation to re-open cold files," he said. 

House panel OKs switch to 'cascading' value tax (www.manilastandardtoday.com)

A KEY House panel on Thursday approved a bill that lowers the value-added tax to 6 percent from 12, but Senator Ralph Recto, who drafted the original law, said the measure had very little chance of winning Senate approval.

The bill, which seeks to replace the 12 percent tax with a simplified tax of 6 percent, was approved by the committee on ways and means Thursday, setting the stage for a full debate by the entire House.

The bill's author, Batangas Rep. Hermilando Mandanas, said the government would collect more taxes despite the lower rate because the new law would disallow businesses from collecting refunds on the payments made on their expenses, a loophole that he said was reducing tax collections.

Mandanas, who heads the committee on ways and means, said consumers would also be encouraged to spend more on goods and services if the value-added tax was brought down to 6 percent, resulting in more revenue for the government.

 



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