[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 10 November 2011 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 10 November 2011 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


Supreme Court urged not to grant Arroyo TROs (ABS-CBN News)


"MANILA, Philippines - The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) has asked the Supreme Court(SC) to put on hold its action on the application for issuance of temporary restraining order(TRO) and/or preliminary injunction by former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and husband, Jose Miguel, who separately petitioned the high court on Tuesday to nullify orders by the Department of Justice(DOJ) that included them in the immigration watch list. 


The OSG filed with the high court 2 separate Very Urgent Motions and Manifestations dated November 9, 2011 -- one addressing Mrs. Arroyo's application, the other, Mr. Arroyo's -- asking the high court to first hear the comments of Justice Secretary Leila De Lima and Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David, Jr. before any action is rendered on the Arroyos' plea for the temporary injunctive relief. 


The OSG also asked the high court to treat its motions as an opposition to the said applications by the Arroyos.


The motions state that if a TRO is issued in favor of the Arroyos, "it is patently not petitioner(s) who will suffer great and irreparable injury, but the Philippine State."


"The issuance of the TRO against herein respondents in the enforcement of the watch list orders against petitioner(Mrs. Arroyo) would in effect allow the travel of petitioner abroad, thus effectively putting her beyond the jurisdiction of the Philippine criminal justice system to which petitioner is subjected to as a respondent in a number of non-bailable offenses," the OSG's motion on Mrs. Arroyo's application for restraining/injunctive relief read." 


Group to P-Noy: Take back offer to Arroyo (www.philstar.com


"MANILA, Philippines - The government should withdraw its offer to shoulder the expenses for the medical treatment of former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, a militant group said today.


"It just sends the wrong message. There are other things the government should be paying for. There are a lot of other patients needing financial support, but not the former president," Bayan secretary-general Renato Reyes Jr. said in a statement."


Arroyo rejects Aquino's offer to fly in specialists (www.manilastandardtoday.com)


"FORMER President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo on Wednesday rejected an offer from President Benigno Aquino III to fly in foreign specialists at the government's expense after he barred her from leaving to be treated abroad for her bone ailment. 

Arroyo's spokeswoman, Elena Bautista-Horn, told reporters the case no longer was a medical issue but a legal one as well, with the former President challenging the constitutionality of the government's move to stop her from leaving." 


Alternative to RH Bill in the works: Angara (ABS-CBN News)


"MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Edgardo Angara revealed Thursday that an alternative to the Reproductive Health Bill is being prepared by the Senate leadership. 


"In the Senate, we're in a unique, peculiar situation because the Senate leadership is bent to disapprove of it. I heard they may be formulating an alternative bill," he said. 

Angara sees debates on the RH Bill will continue after the proposed 2012 Budget Bill has been approved. 


"The debate on RH Bill seems to have been stalled not because of human will but because of intervention of budget into the agenda but I think after budget is passed mid-December, we resume by mid January, I think it will pick up speed again and debate will be continued. I think it's good. Debate is very intensive," he said." 


Aquino: Success not measured by wars won (Philippine Daily Inquirer)


"President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday told soldiers that their success won't be measured by the wars they win or the number of enemies they kill.


The Chief Executive made the remarks during the turnover of the Army command from General Arturo Ortiz to new Army chief General Emmanuel Bautista at Fort Bonifacio.


Underlining his administration's policy to pursue a peace agreement rather than an all-out war against Moro rebels, the Commander-in-Chief told members of the Philippine Army that their victory would be based on maintaining the peace and on lives spared from further conflict.

"I'd no longer beat around the bush. I know that the fortitude of our soldiers is once again being tested by the murders of our soldiers in Mindanao," President Aquino said.


"What happened hurts and anger is pushing us to take revenge," he added.


President Aquino, nonetheless, said he remained steadfast in his policy against war, saying his duty is not to engage in conflict but to ensure the safety of the people.


"The success of soldiers is measured not by the wars they've won but in maintaining the peace in our country and our soldiers are admired not in the number of enemies that they kill in times of discord but in the number of lives they save from conflict," President Aquino said."


CNN ranks NAIA as world's '5th most hated airport'(abs-cbnNEWS.com)


"MANILA, Philippines - CNN said the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) brings the term "stuck in the 1970s" to a whole new level.


In an article titled "World's 10 most hated airports," CNN's Jordane Rane said up to the present, NAIA is "beleaguered by ground crew strikes, unkempt conditions, soup kitchen-style lines that feed into more lines and an overall sense of futility."


It noted the rash of bad press it got, including the "Worst in the World" by the Sleeping in Airport blog.


This was capped, however, by a "collapsed ceiling in Terminal 1, a paralyzing ground service strike at T2, and the usual charges of tampered luggage, filthy restrooms, seat shortages at gates, re-sealed water bottles sold in retail shops and an Amazing Race-style check-in routine spiked with bureaucracy, broken escalators, lengthy Dot Matrix passenger lists and creative airport departure fees."


It even told passengers to "wear a helmet."


Palace: Efforts to improve NAIA underway (ABS-CBN News)


"MANILA, Philippines - Malacanang said efforts are ongoing to improve the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.


Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said structural and more interior renovations are also being planned following another survey that included the NAIA as one of the "most hated" airports in the world.


"We are certainly going to perform a lot of improvements and renovations in the said airport, hopefully to take it away from the 'most hated' to the 'most loved,'" Lacierda said." 


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