[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 20 January 2012 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 20 January 2012 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


PNoy vouches for prosecutors' performance (ABS-CBN News)


"MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino vouched for the performance of the House panel of prosecutors, saying it has produced what is necessary to bolster the case against Chief Justice Renato Corona.


"Palagay ko nailabas naman nila ang dapat na ilabas, nailagay sa record ang mga dapat na mailagay sa record. At sa palagay ko sa darating na mga araw, talagang maipapakita natin kung gaano kadali ilabas 'yung katotohanan. So mas magpapakita pa ng gilas ang ating panel," Aquino told reporters after the ceremonial switch-on of the household electrification program through renewable energy of the Department of Energy.


Aquino denied giving instructions to certain senator-judges to come to the rescue of the prosecutors. This is amid the observation that Aquino's allies in the Senate, by way of their questioning of the witnesses, are helping the prosecution build its case against Corona.


"Palagay ko pag mag-suggest man lang ako ng mga instructions sa mga senators, marami na ang umalma. Hindi yata ganun ang dapat na ugnayan sa co-equal branches of government. So tayo ay umaasa na ipe-presenta at naipresentang ebidensya ay supisyente para magkaroon ng conclusion dun sa ating mga inakusa kay Chief Justice," Aquino said."


2 lawyers hit Drilon, 7 other senators for 'bias'(ABS-CBN News)


"MANILA, Philippines - Lawyers Homobono Adaza and Alan Paguia filed with the Supreme Court on Friday afternoon a third urgent motion for the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) on Chief Justice Renato Corona's impeachment trial.


They also pointed out that senator-judges Franklin Drilon, Alan Peter Cayetano, Francis Pangilinan, Edgardo Angara, Koko Pimentel, Jinggoy Estrada, Panfilo Lacson, and Chiz Escudero have displayed "partial behavior" and been acting like "judges-prosecutors, even to the point of badgering witnesses, just so the points which could not be achieved by House prosecutors could be obtained."


By acting on their plea for TRO, petitioners maintained incidents such as this will be put to an end.


Aside from a TRO, the 2 lawyers' urgent motion also seeks the setting of oral arguments, as well as a decision on their petition against the Corona trial when the 10-day period for respondents to comment lapses."


DOJ prosecutors for GMA electoral sabotage trial named (ABS-CBN News)


"MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has deputized prosecutors from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to assist the poll body in prosecuting 3 electoral sabotage cases against former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, former Comelec chairman Benjamin Abalos and former Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr.

The cases, which are in connection with alleged cheating and poll manipulation in the 2007 mid-term elections, are pending before a Pasay City Regional Trial Court (RTC).


Comelec issued en banc Resolution No. 9333 dated January 18, 2012 which formally authorizes the Secretary of Justice to designate not more than 6 DOJ prosecutors who shall be deputized.

Expenses and other incidental costs that will be incurred by the deputized prosecutor will be shouldered by the Comelec.


Pursuant to the resolution, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima issued DOJ Department Order No. 049 dated January 19, 2012 designating the following prosecutors to the electoral fraud prosecution team:


- Asst. State Prosecutor Mari Elvira Herrera
-Asst. City Prosecutor Orlando Mariano
-Associate Prosecution Atty. Gerard Gaerlan
-Associate Prosecution Atty. Mark Roland Estepa


These persons will be under the direct control and supervision of the poll body."


PNoy vetoes bill fixing term of AFP chief (ABS-CBN News)


"MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino is not keen on signing a proposed bill that would set a fixed term for the position of Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff where the appointee would be allowed to continue on in his post even if he has reached the age of retirement.


Aquino cited a constitutional provision (Article XVI, Section 5, paragraph 5) that says "Laws on retirement of military officers shall not allow extension of their service."


He said he has sent a message to Congress to veto the proposed measure.


"Ang paniwala ko, kasi merong provision doon sa bill na nagsasabi kung hindi pa nakumpleto 'yung three years, umabot na 'yung retirement, e ide-defer 'yung retirement talagang makumpleto 'yung term. So paniwala ko parang may violation or nilalagay natin sarili natin sa sitwasyon na potentially may violation ng constitution na bawal 'yung extension," Aquino told reporters."


Military respects Aquino rejection of AFP fixed term bill (INQUIRER.net)


"MANILA, Philippines -The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Friday said it respects the decision of the Commander-in-Chief, President Benigno Aquino III, in rejecting the proposed fixed three-year term of military officials.

"We will honor and respect the decision of the President and Commander in Chief," Colonel Arnulfo Burgos, Jr., AFP spokesman, told reporters in a press briefing.

"With or without the fixed term, we will continue to work harder to professionalize our ranks and strive to be more efficient and effective in the performance of our mandate," Burgos said.

"Marami namang ways in order to be more professional, in order to implement our mandate," Burgos said."

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