[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 24 November 2010 Wednesday

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Newsbriefs 24 November 2010 Wednesday

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


RH bill faces uphill climb at Lower House (ABS-CBN News)
MANILA, Philippines - The controversial Reproductive Health Bill faces an uphill climb in the House of Representatives after a lawmaker said he will not expedite deliberations on the reproductive health legislation. 

Biliran Rep. Rogelio Espina, chair of the House committee on population and family relations, said he has not received instructions from Speaker Feliciano Belmonte to expedite deliberations on the RH bill despite the latter's statement that bills on 2nd reading in the 14th Congress should be fast-tracked. 

"Wala pong ganung directive to me. Wala pang instruction sa akin, I don't know with sponsors, but as chairman of the committee, wala. Hindi po natin magagawa yun. Gusto po natin malaman lahat ng sides and mahirap naman na iharap yan sa ating mga kababayan na hindi talaga napag-usapan kung ano talaga ang nilalaman ng bills na ito," he told reporters.

President takes control of PCSO (abs-cbnNEWS.com)
MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III has transferred the control and supervision of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) from the Department of Health to his office. 

Executive Order 14 stated that one of the main objectives of the Office of the President is "to enhance the health services and charity programs to the public as well as to immediately respond on calamities, disasters relief and emerging illnesses." 

"In order to ensure the effective implementation of the social agenda of the President as well as to effectively facilitate the health services and charity programs of OP there is a need of placing back to OP the control and supervision over PCSO," the order stated.

Aquino abolishes Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (www.gmanews.tv)

President Benigno Aquino III has formalized the abolition of the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC) with his latest executive order transferring its functions to an existing office. 

Executive Order No. 13, signed November 15 but released only on Wednesday, abolished the PAGC to enable the Office of the President to directly investigate graft and corrupt cases of presidential appointees in the executive department, including heads of government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs).

The PAGC's investigative, adjudicatory, recommendatory, and other functions were transferred to the Office of the Deputy Secretary for Legal Affairs (ODESLA), which is under the Office of the President. 

The abolition of the PAGC is in line with the Aquino administration's policy of streamlining the government bureaucracy "to promote economy and efficiency in government," the EO said.

DOJ official supervises massacre trial prosecutors (ABS-CBN News)
MANILA, Philippines - In an effort to closely monitor the Maguindanao massacre case trial and ensure that public prosecutors are given all the necessary directions and assistance, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has designated Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III as the Supervising Undersecretary for the Prosecution Panel.

"In the interest of the service and pursuant to the provisions of existing laws, and to ensure effective coordination between the private and public prosecutors and close monitoring of the case developments, Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III is designated as the Supervising Undersecretary for the Prosecution Panel in the case 'People v. Ampatuan, et al.,' Criminal Case Nos. Q-09-162148-72; Q-162216-31; Q-10-162652-66; and, Q-10-163766, Branch 221, Regional Trial Court of Quezon City, and such other cases related thereto," Department Order No. 800 stated. 

Aquino calls for end to hostilities in Korean peninsula (ABS-CBN News)
MANILA, Philippines - Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday called for sobriety and an end to hostilities in the Korean Peninsula after North fired about 170 shells into South Korean territory on Tuesday, including 80 that struck the island and burnt down 19 homes.

Aquino also said that the Philippine government is working to ensure the safety of Filipinos living on the two Koreas. 

"We are calling for an end to the provocative actions and calling for sobriety on the two Koreas. The Philippine embassy in Korea is taking precautionary measures to protect Filipino nationals there," presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said. 


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