[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 7 June 2010 Monday

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Newsbriefs 7 June 2010 Monday

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan

 

Refreshed Aquino ready to be proclaimed (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines-The next president is ready to be proclaimed.

"I'm back and prepared," presumptive president-elect Sen. Benigno Aquino III Sunday told reporters upon his arrival at his family home on Times Street in Quezon City after a six-day break in Tarlac, his home province.

Aquino looked refreshed and relaxed as he alighted from his white sport utility vehicle but remained wary of making any pronouncements until Congress shall have proclaimed him the official winner of the presidential election.

The joint congressional committee canvassing votes for president and vice president is set to announce the winners this week.

IT experts list sins of Comelec, partner (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines-The holding of automated elections on May 10 was "mismanaged" because the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and its technology partner, Smartmatic-TIM, did not follow technical requirements, including security features, mandated by the automation law and the terms of reference of the bidding for the automated system.

The Philippine Computer Society (PCS) issued this assessment on the eve of the expected proclamation of the new president and vice president.

"These are grounds to doubt the accuracy and integrity of results. We don't know whether (the vote count) accurately reflected correct ERs (election returns)," PCS director Edmundo Casiño said in an interview with the Inquirer over the weekend.

Solon hits Nograles for ignoring quorum (Philippine Daily Inquirer)



MANILA, Philippines - Advocates of the ill-fated Freedom of Information (FOI) bill Sunday claimed there were enough warm bodies to form a quorum in Friday's final session of the House of Representatives but that Speaker Prospero Nograles "capriciously" did not see it that way.

Nograles had cited the lack of a quorum to adjourn the session, dooming the bill that would have allowed citizens to obtain official information on state matters, including controversial government transactions, that some officials may want to keep confidential.

Rep. Joel Villanueva of the Citizens' Battle Against Corruption (Cibac) said 137 lawmakers were present in the main session hall of the Batasang Pambansa shortly before the House opened its session, or two more than the required number of 135 in the 267-member House.

Villanueva said this was attested to by Majority Leader Arthur Defensor Jr. and House Secretary General Marilyn Yap in informal talks among a few lawmakers.

More 'midnight appointees' of GMA bared (abs-cbnNEWS.com/ Newsbreak)
MANILA, Philippines - ABS-CBNnews.com/Newsbreak has obtained another set of midnight appointments issued by outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, bringing to 300 the total number of posts the incoming administration of Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III will not be able to fill. 

Documents obtained by abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak from an official source show more wanton midnight appointments by Arroyo in 20 agencies attached to the Office of the President (OP). These are in addition to the 250 appointees in a list earlier provided to abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak. 

Erap bids goodbye to politics, showbiz (ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau chief)
LONDON - The public will see a different image of Joseph "Erap" Estrada in the coming days-the image of a caring father who will devote more quality time to his family and children.

The former President recently attended the graduation of his daughter, Jerika, who graduated second honor in her International Business Administration course at the American Intercontinental University in London.



After graduation, Jerika is planning to pursue a Master's Degree in Finance and Marketing, also in London.



In an exclusive one-on-one interview, what appeared as an emotional Estrada, revealed his plans to finally quit politics and doing movies.

 

It's official: Rainy season is here (www.philstar.com)



MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) yesterday officially declared the onset of the rainy season.

Pagasa administrator Prisco Nilo said the criteria for declaring the onset of the rainy season have been met, including the prevalence of the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat and the 25-millimeter rainfall recorded in five Pagasa stations nationwide for five consecutive days.

Nilo said the rains experienced in the western section of the country were brought by southwesterly winds.

"This development signals the onset of the rainy season on the first week of June in areas under Type 1 climate, which covers the western parts of Luzon and Visayas," Nilo said.

 



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