[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 2 November 2011 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 2 November 2011 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


Arroyos to skip Nov 3 hearing on poll fraud (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


"MANILA, Philippines - Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her husband, Mike, are set to skip the November 3 preliminary hearing of a Department of Justice-Commission on Election (DOJ-Comelec) task force investigating alleged fraud in the 2007 mid-term elections. 


Mr. Arroyo said he and his wife will be skipping the November 3 preliminary investigation at the DOJ on the electoral sabotage charges lodged against them. Instead, they will be sending their lawyers."


Army files complaint before ceasefire committee over MILF violations (INQUIRER.net )


"MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Army has filed a complaint to the Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for violations of the ceasefire agreement, a Radyo Inquirer 990AM report said.


Lieutenant General Arturo Ortiz, Commanding General of the Philippine Army, said that there would be a clear violation if the MILF were harboring commander Dan Asnawi, who is believed to have taken part in the killing of 19 soldiers in an ambush in Al-Barka, Basilan.


Ortiz added that if the MILF would not turnover Asnawi, the military would continue its pursuit operations and that they have advised the rebel group about this."


MILF warned against playing hardball in peace process (INQUIRER.net)


"MANILA, Philippines - The Moro Islamic Liberation Front should not play hardball lest it be tagged a terrorist organization, Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan said on Wednesday.

Pangilinan issued the statement as he expressed disappointment at the MILF's refusal to surrender its wanted commander Dan Asnawi.


"Their refusal is a blow to the peace process.  Coddling wanted individuals and the criminally accused does not speak well of their motives and intentions," Pangilinan said in a statement.

Like the government, Pangilinan said, the MILF should learn to bite the bullet "if it truly wishes to see the peace process see fruition."


"The MILF should not play hardball lest it become tagged as a terrorist organization uninterested in peace and wanting only to sow terror and mayhem until its objectives are met. We are for peace and we challenge the MILF to show that it is truly sincere in wanting peace as well," he said."


Ligots show up, post bail (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


"MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - Days after they were reported missing, former military comptroller Jacinto Ligot and his wife Erlinda appeared before the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) on Wednesday to post a P150,000 bail in connection with their tax evasion cases.


The Ligots refused to be interviewed. 


Their lawyer, Emiliano Bantog, said the couple has not been hiding, contrary to reports.


In a separate interview on ANC Dateline Philippines, Bantog said the couple cut short their vacation upon after they found out authorities had been looking for them. "They got nervous. They wanted to clear their names."


He said the couple "voluntarily submitted" themselves. He said the arrest warrants, 4 in total, were never served, contrary to what the police are claiming."


BIR to seize Ligots' assets (ABS-CBN News)


"MANILA, Philippines - Whether they remain at large or behind bars, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is keen on seizing the assets of former military comptroller Jacinto Ligot and wife Erlinda to begin the process of taking back the P428 million of unpaid taxes the couple owes from 2001 to 2004.


BIR Commissioner Kim Henares said they do not need to wait for the Ligots' tax evasion case to be resolved before they can start seizing their assets.


A final assessment of the Ligots' tax obligations and existing assets is scheduled to come out 

within the month.


The Ligots will then have 30 days to respond, after which, the seizure process can begin.


"May utang silang buwis sa Pilipinas, dapat makoleta 'yan whether makulong man siya o hindi," said Henares."


PHL bans Pinoys from working in 41 countries (www.gmanews.tv)


"The Philippines said Wednesday it had banned Filipinos from travelling to work in 41 countries and territories that had allegedly failed to provide enough safeguards to protect them from abuse.

The Department of Labor and Employment in a board resolution posted on its website said the blacklisted countries failed to sign international conventions protecting foreign workers.

Neither have these countries signed bilateral agreements with the Philippines "on the protection of the rights of overseas Filipino workers," the resolution said."


Low pressure area to bring rain to parts of Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao-Pagasa (INQUIRER.net )


"MANILA, Philippines - Parts of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will experience mostly cloudy skies and scattered rainshowers as a shallow low pressure area embedded along the intertropical convergence zone will affect southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Wednesday.


The shallow low pressure area is 200 kilometers east of Mindanao as of 5 a.m., the state-run weather bureau said.


Wind convergence is also seen affecting eastern sections of Northern and Central Luzon, it added."

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