[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 28 November 2011 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 28 November 2011 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


Palace: We're not shaming GMA (ABS-CBN News)


"MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang said it is not out to shame former President Arroyo, saying she is undergoing the same process that an accused has to face. 
"Hindi po namin hinihiya ang dating Pangulong Arroyo. Yung proseso po kung saan siya pumapailalim ngayon ay 'yung proseso po na ibinibigay po sa kahit na sinong akusado na humaraharap po ng kaso sa ating sistema," deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said. 
Valte declined to comment on where Mrs. Arroyo should be detained, saying it is up to the court to decide on the matter. "


2 senators say jailing Arroyo positive for the Philippines (Philippine Daily Inquirer)


"MANILA, Philippines-If the treatment of former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo would have an international backlash, the global impact would prove positive for the country. 


Senators Francis Pangilinan and Panfilo Lacson disagreed with their colleagues who had earlier warned on the possibility of an international backlash should Arroyo be jailed.


They dismissed as "off tangent'' the observation of Senators Gringo Honasan and Miriam Defensor Santiago who claimed earlier that the country might get adverse criticism should the government allow Arroyo to be put in a detention facility. 


Pangilinan and Lacson said that the country would be faced with heavier criticism had the former President who is facing charges for electoral sabotage been allowed to flee.


"The backlash would happen if she (Arroyo) is allowed to escape and she never got back. That's where the bigger backlash would happen," said Pangilinan at the Kapihan sa Diamond Hotel in Manila on Monday."


DOJ to defer to Comelec stand on Arroyo bid for house arrest (Philippine Daily Inquirer )


"MANILA, Philippines-The Department of Justice (DOJ) would defer to the position of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) regarding former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's petition for a house arrest.


In an interview with reporters on Monday, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Arroyo's camp must show strong basis that would warrant such an arrangement for her detention.


"We're deferring to the position of the Comelec because the Comelec is the primary public prosecutor (in the electoral sabotage case against Arroyo)," De Lima said."


De Lima faces disbarment case (www.philstar.com)

MANILA, Philippines - Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila de Lima is now facing a disbarment case following her refusal to follow a Supreme Court directive allowing former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to seek medical treatment abroad.


This after lawyer Ricardo Rivera filed before the SC at 1:50 p.m. today a formal disbarment case against De Lima, citing that instead of promiting confidence in the country's justice system, the DOJ chief led in orchestrating protest against the integrity of the entire judiciary.


In his petition, Rivera pointed out that being a lawyer, De Lima is expected to maintain high standard of morality in respecting the judiciary.


He asked the SC to assign his complaints before the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) to conduct an investigation on De Lima's objection to heed the SC directive.


"The investigation of the present case be immediately to the IBP board of governors directing it to conduct an investigation on the matter and to submit its report to the honorable court soonest, and disbarred and removed from roll of attorneys," he said in his nine-page complaint."


HLI may question compensation clause in SC decision (ABS-CBN News)


"MANILA, Philippines - Hacienda Luisita Inc. is studying its option to file a motion for reconsideration on the latest decision of the Supreme Court to distribute 4,915.75 hectares of the sugar estate to 6,296 farmer beneficiaries. 


Lawyer Antonio Ligon said he will meet with the Cojuangcos regarding this matter, but clarified that the intent of the motion was for the high court to reconsider some specific details pertaining to the "just compensation" clause of the decision. 


Under the SC ruling issued on Tuesday, the management will be compensated. The valuation will be reckoned from November 21, 1989, the date of the issuance of the original resolution that was questioned by HLI.


Ligon reiterated that the HLI will respect and will abide by the decision of the high tribunal. 

He said HLI only wants to make sure of the number of beneficiaries and the process by which the compensation will be awarded after lands have been distributed. He said there are conflicting numbers as to the total number of farmers that will be given lands."


PCOS fate to be decided January (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


"MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will decide by January if it will look for another system provider for the 2013 polls.

Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes said, "We have to decide if we're keeping the [precinct count optical scan] or if we have to look for another provider for the 2013 polls."


The PCOS technology was used for the 2010 elections. Brillantes said the Comelec has no problem using the same for another election, but "we saw some deficiencies in last election so we want Smartmatic to fix those before we exercise the option to purchase."


The steering committee under Commissioner Augusto Lagman is currently studying other technologies for the 2013 polls."



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