[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 12 January 2012 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 12 January 2012 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


Arroyo gets back at Aquino (Philippine Daily Inquirer )


"MANILA, Philippines-Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo  unleashed a barrage of criticisms against President Aquino for vilifying her before the bar of public opinion and accused him of  trying to erase her legacy.


In a paper read at a press conference at the Manila Hotel, Arroyo highlighted the achievements of  her nine-year presidency but derided the performance of the almost two-year-old Aquino administration.


"Indeed, it's so easy to claim achievements that have already been accomplished by others, and take credit for what is there when the one who did the work has gone. Just make sure she is forgotten, or, if remembered, vilified," said Arroyo.


Arroyo, who now represents Pampanga in Congress but is under hospital arrest on a charge of electoral sabotage, left no stone unturned in her sweeping criticism of Aquino contained in a 19-page "economic paper" read by University of the Philippines economics professor Gonzalo Jurado.


"Neither the President nor anyone else can truly expect to govern the next five years with nothing but a sorry mix of vilification, periodically recycled promises of action followed by lethargy, backed up by few if any results, and presumptuously encouraging gossip about one's love life in which no one can possibly be interested," said Arroyo."


Corona to Senate: Summon Speaker (www.philstar.com)


"MANILA, Philippines - The camp of Chief Justice Renato Corona yesterday filed a motion to subpoena Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and four other congressmen plus the secretary-general of the House of Representatives to make them appear before the Senate impeachment court on Monday.


Through counsel Jose Roy, Corona's camp filed the petition in an apparent move to bolster their allegation that the House did not meet constitutional requirements on the verification of signatures of congressmen who voted in favor of impeachment.


Apart from Belmonte, the chief magistrate's camp also wanted Iloilo Rep. Neil Tupas Jr., Cavite Rep. Jesus Crispin Remulla, Batangas Rep. Hermilando Mandanas, Navotas Rep. Tobias Tiangco and House secretary-general Marilyn Barua-Yap to appear before the impeachment court."


Corona, kin asked to testify before impeachment court (INQUIRER.net )

"MANILA, Philippines-Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona and some members of his family have been asked by the prosecution panel to appear and testify before the impeachment trial next week .


Aside from Corona, the prosecution team also requested the appearance and testimony of his wife, Cristina, and other family members identified as Carla Corona-Castillo, Francis Corona, Charina Corona, and Constantino Castillo III.


The prosecutors likewise requested the Senate to subpoena all pertinent documents pertaining to real estate properties in Marikina City, Paranaque/Pasay Cit, Taguig City, and Quezon City registered under the name of the Chief Justice and other family members.


In a "request for the issuance of subpoena" filed before the Office of the Senate Secretary on Thursday, the prosecutors also asked the impeachment court to subpoena the income tax returns of the Chief Justice and family members covering the years 1991 to 2011."


Senate steps up security for Corona trial (ABS-CBN News)


"MANILA, Philippines - The Senate announced on Thursday that it will implement strict measures for the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona, as preparations went full-blast four days before it begins.
Various Senate offices involved in preparations vowed to ensure an orderly trial, which will start on January 16.
Officials said the Senate will strictly enforce a "No ID, No Entry" policy and a dress code for those who want to watch the trial. Sleeveless shirts and blouses are prohibited, and guests are encouraged to wear shirts and blouses with collars.
The public will be allowed to watch the trial live in the Senate. Only 175 people will be accommodated, however, with 25 slots reserved for senior citizens."


PNoy revises guidelines for class, work suspension (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


"MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino has signed an executive order that puts in effect new guidelines on the suspension of classes and government work during times of calamities.

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. said Aquino signed on January 9 Executive Order 66, which aims to streamline and simplify the procedures in the suspension of classes and government work.


Under EO 66, work and classes in certain levels will be automatically suspended when the following storm signal warnings are raised:


  a.. Signal No. 1 - Classes at the pre-school level, in the affected area, shall be automatically cancelled or suspended.
  a.. Signal No. 2 - Classes at the pre-school, elementary and secondary levels, in the affected area, shall be automatically cancelled or suspended.
  a.. Signal No. 3 - Classes at pre-school, elementary, secondary and tertiary levels, in the affected area, including graduate school, as well as work in all government offices, shall be automatically cancelled or suspended.

Aquino said weather bureau PAGASA should issue weather advisories and update storm warning signals "not later than 10 p.m. of the previous day and 4:30 a.m. of the day of the intended cancellation or suspension of classes and work."


US returns $100,000 taken from Garcia's sons (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


"MANILA, Philippines - The United States government on Thursday turned over a $100,000 cheque to the Ombudsman, which constitutes money confiscated by US authorities from the sons of former military comptroller Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia. 


During a ceremony at the Office of the Ombudsman today, US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr. presented Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales with a check in the amount of US $100,000 (approximately P4,399,000) payable to the Republic of the Philippines.   


He said the cheque constitutes the return of money by the United States government considered as "ill-gotten" gains acquired by the former AFP comptroller.


"I am very pleased to present Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales with this check today, as a symbol of the continuing commitment of the United States to support President Aquino's anti-corruption programs, and to ensure that stolen assets are returned to their rightful owners, in this case, the Government and people of the Philippines," he said. 



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