[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 4 April 2011 Monday

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Newsbriefs 4 April 2011 Monday

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


Death toll hits 11, hundreds flee Maguindanao clash (Agence France-Presse)

COTABATO, Philippines-Hundreds of residents fled a remote village in Maguindanao after 11 men including relatives of a powerful politician died in a clash with Muslim rebels, officials said Monday.

A 500-strong armored army unit deployed in the deserted village of Tenok on Monday, a day after the clash, to keep about 150 gun-wielding clan members and 130 guerrillas apart, said local military spokesman Colonel Prudencio Asto.

"They would not want to engage our people, who are fully equipped and can even call on air support if needed," Asto said.

PNoy: Crisis team on top of Agusan hostage crisis (abs-cbnNEWS.com)

ANILA, Philippines - President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III said the local crisis management committee (CMC) is on top of the hostage-taking incident in Agusan del Sur.

Nonetheless, he said Philippine National Police chief Raul Bacalzo is now on his way to the area to ensure that protocols during a crisis situation are followed.

"What I got last night, there were two hostages ostensibly freed. The local CMC is on top of the situation. General Bacalzo and couple of other officers are on their way to Agusan to check on the situation, not to take over but rather just to make sure that every item on the CMC is being implemented and followed," Aquino told reporters on the sidelines of the oath-taking of government officials.

Decline in Aquino's trust rating may mean trouble-analyst (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III may find himself in a tough spot after his trust rating was shown in the latest Pulse Asia survey to have declined , political analyst and executive director of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reform (IPER) Mon Casiple told Radyo Inquirer in an interview Monday.

Casiple said that the decline in Aquino's trust rating was bigger compared to those experienced by most of the past presidents, excluding former President turned Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

"Yung rate ng baba niya in a matter of nine months, hindi ayos yun (The rate [in which the trust of the people] declined in a matter of months does not look good)," stated Casiple.

Palace eyes including farmers, fishers in fuel subsidy (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines-Malacañang is looking into proposals to expand its P500-million fuel subsidy to other groups such as farmers and fisherfolk.

"There have been proposals. We will look into it. The fisherfolk for instance seems to be worthy,'' President Benigno Aquino III told reporters on Monday when asked to comment on proposals to expand the coverage of its fuel subsidy designed to aid consumers from high oil prices.

President Aquino said officials were studying how the fuel subsidy can be given to fisherfolk, who use fuel in their fishing vessels.

"I'm not sure how thorough the coverage of the Coast Guard is. That is being studied at the present time,'' Aquino told reporters after leading oathtaking rites for his new officials, including new Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Eduardo Oban Jr.

Executed drug mule's recruiter appears before DoJ (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines-The alleged recruiter of executed Filipino drug mule Sally Ordinario-Villanueva appeared Monday before the Department of Justice (DoJ) after she was summoned over allegations of large-scale illegal recruitment and violation of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2008.

Escorted by members of the National Bureau of Investigation Reaction, Arrest and Interdiction Division, Tita Cacayan also personally received another subpoena requiring her to answer a complaint for kidnapping and transportation of drugs filed by Jason Ordinario, brother of Villanueva.

"You are hereby notified to appear on the scheduled hearing and then and there to submit and swear before me your counter-affidavit and other supporting evidences if any. You are further directed to bring with you your witness for the above purpose," the subpoena, signed by Assistant State Prosecutors Stewart Allan Mariano and Michael Vito Cruz, stated.

Six of 'Morong 43' sue Arroyo et al. (INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines - (UPDATE) Six of the so-called Morong 43 filed on Monday a damage suit totalling P15-million against former President, now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and several other former ranking government and military officials over their illegal arrest and 10 months detention.

Aside from Arroyo, also named defendants in their complaint filed before a Quezon City Court include former Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales, former Chief of Staff General Victor Ibrado, General Delfin Bangit, former commander of the 2nd Infantry Division (ID) General Jorge Segovia, commander of the intelligence unit of the 2nd IDPA Lieutenant Colonel Cristobal Zaragosa, 2nd IDPA Warden Major Manuel Tabion, commander of the 202nd Infantry Batallion (IB) Colonel Aurelio Baladad, 16th IBPA commander Lieutenant Colonel Jaime Abawag, and Rizal Provincial Police Office commander Police Superintendent Marion Balolong.

The plaintiffs, in a statement said they are suing for the "physical and psychological torture and other forms of indignities suffered during their illegal arrest and detention."

Doctors Merry Mia-Clamor and Alexis Montes, registered nurse Gary Liberal, registered midwife Ma. Teresa Quinawayan, and community health workers Reynaldo Macabenta and Mercy Castro, filed the case in behalf of the 43 health workers arrested by the military on Feb. 6, 2010 for allegedly conducting explosives training at a private residence in Morong, Rizal.

"We want to send a strong message that one cannot just get away with human rights violations," the plaintiffs said.

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