[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 23 November 2011 Afternoon
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Newsbriefs 23 November 2011 Afternoon
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan
PNoy denies gov't too aggressive vs GMA (ABS-CBN News)
"MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino said the government will run after the corrupt "thrice the speed," dismissing criticisms that his administration has been too aggressive in prosecuting former President Arroyo.
"Nitong mga huling araw, naglipana na naman po ang mga walang katuturang patutsada at mga kuwentong barbero laban sa atin. Masyado daw tayong agresibo sa paghabol sa mga tiwali't nagkasala. Ang sagot ko sa kanila: kung gaano sila ka-agresibo sa pagkakamal ng salapi ng taumbayan noon, magiging triple ang pagharurot natin para panagutin sila ngayon. Handa akong gawin ito dahil nasa panig ko ang katwiran at katotohanan," Aquino said in his speech during the 75th anniversary program of the National Bureau of Investigation.
Others, will be made accountable, too, he said, regardless of their status in life.
"Basurero ka man o dating Pangulo; drayber ka man o mahistrado; kapag inagrabyado mo ang sambayanang Pilipino, dapat lamang na habulin at panagutin ka sa iyong mga atraso," he said."
RTC judge: No VIP treatment for Arroyo (ABS-CBN News)
"MANILA, Philippines - The judge handling the electoral sabotage case filed against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo assures the public that there will be no special treatment for the former chief executive.
"Walang VIP treatment. Ang papairalin lang natin dito ay rule of law," Judge Jesus Mupas of Pasay Regional Trial Court branch 112 said in an ambush interview.
"Pinaghahandaan natin to and the public can rest assured na ang gagawin natin ay kung ano lang ang nararapat."
Ombudsman panel recommends graft raps vs. Mike A. (www.philstar.com)
"MANILA, Philippines - A fact-finding panel of the Office of the Ombudsman has recommended the filing of graft charges against former first gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo for the allegedly anomalous chopper deal of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in 2009.
A source told philstar.com that the fact-finding committee recommends the filing of graft charges against Arroyo for "undue injury to the government" and "for entering into a contract grossly disadvantageous to government."
The other cases recommended by the panel were falsification of public documents and other administrative charges.
The other personalities tagged in the procurement scam were former Interior and Local Government secretary Ronaldo Puno and former PNP chief Jesus Verzosa."
Slow trial frustrates Maguindanao massacre kin (Associated Press)
"MANILA, Philippines-A full two years after a political massacre in the southern Philippines became the single worst slaying of journalists in the world, about half of the nearly 200 suspects remain at large.
Leaders of a politically powerful clan and several of their lieutenants have been put on trial over the attack - an ambush of a convoy and the slayings of at least 57 political opponents and the media workers who accompanied them. But the proceedings have moved at a snail's pace, frustrating relatives of the victims.
"We know that it is not easy to get justice. We need to work for it, it is not voluntarily offered or easily obtained," said Grace Morales, widow of journalist Rosell Morales and sister of another reporter slain in the massacre, Marites Cablitas.
"The families need to act, to remain strong and to continue the fight," she said in an interview. "It has been two years but we have not yet obtained full justice because not all of them have been detained and sentenced."
Supreme Court readies Hacienda Luisita ruling (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
"The Supreme Court is poised to settle once and for all the decades-old dispute over Hacienda Luisita, agreeing on a motion for reconsideration to redistribute the vast sugar plantation owned by the family of President Benigno Aquino III, the Philippine Daily Inquirer learned Tuesday.
Three Inquirer sources said the high court could likely issue a ruling within the next few days amid an intensifying disagreement between the high tribunal and President Aquino's administration over the prosecution of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for alleged election sabotage.
The sources, including a senior court official, said the majority of the justices had voted to direct the "total distribution" of the 6,000-hectare sugar plantation run by the Hacienda Luisita Inc. (HLI) to the 6,296 farmworker-beneficiaries (FWBs).
"The majority of the justices are of the opinion that the stock distribution plan should be dropped altogether and order the total land distribution of the hacienda," one source said."
Time running out, businesses warn Aquino (www.manilastandardtoday.com)
"THE Joint Foreign Chambers and local business groups on Tuesday warned President Benigno Aquino III that time is running out on the economy because doing business in the country is getting costly and difficult.
They urged the government to amend the Constitution to open up the economy and make the business climate more favorable to foreign and local investors.
House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. assured the foreign business groups that he and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile would have a "real talk" with the President to get him to support the "lifting of the restrictive economic provisions."
"We are grateful, Mr. Speaker, that you are pushing the amendments of certain provisions of the Constitution," said Hubert d'Aboville, president of the European Chamber of Commerce and Industry. "
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