Recital of Facts on the NBN-ZTE contract and Northrail Project

Presented by Rep. Teddy Casiño
Bayan Muna Representative

Committee on Justice
House of Representatives
November 24, 2008

Mr. Chairman, my distinguished colleagues.

Former speaker Jose de Vencia has given a substantial account of the facts of the President’s knowledge and involvement in the anomalous NBN-ZTE contract. May I just be allowed to add a few more facts.

A few months after the infamous golf game between the former speaker, the President, COMELEC Chair Benjamin Abalos and ZTE officials, the President, through NEDA which she herself chairs, and the DOTC which is under the Executive, approved the ZTE’s proposal for a government to government contract. From a BOT project before the golf game, it became a government to government contract. Wala hong public bidding, lumobo na ang presyo ng ilang beses sa original proposal, at may mga lantarang paglabag sa ating procurement laws.

Pagsusog sa Reklamo Hinggil sa Pagpapatalsik sa Katungkulan ng Gng. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

Pananalita ni Rep. Luzviminda C. Ilagan
Kinatawan ng Gabriela Women’s Party
sa Pulong ng Komite sa Katarungan
Kamara de Representantes
Ika-24 ng Nobyembre, 2008

Mr. Chairman, sa Mindanao, kung saan ang kinatawang ito nagmula, daandaang kaso ng paglabag sa karapatang pantao at Konstitusyon ng Pilipinas ang kinasasangkutan ni Gng. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.


Presented by Satur C. Ocampo
Bayan Muna Representative and
Deputy Minority Leader

To the Committee on Justice
House of Representatives
Nov. 24, 2008


Esteemed Members of the Committee on Justice, let us hearken to the complaint of the Filipino people charging respondent Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of having committed three impeachable offenses – first, culpable violations of the Constitution; second, high crimes; and third, betrayal of public trust for being criminally, civilly, administratively, and publicly liable for the extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, and other violations of the constitutional rights of hundreds of militant activists.

Bayan Muna general counsel Neri Javier Colmenares has come out with a legal memorandum that explains and debunks what he describes as “grossly erroneous” preliminary remarks made by the chair of the House committee that hears the impeachment complaint against President Arroyo.

For Colmenares and Bayan Muna, Defensor has misinterpreted and has practically redefined the constitutional process (impeachment) and the rules governing it.

Those supporting the impeachment complaint and the larger cause of holding Arroyo for her many crimes, this legal memo comes in very handy.

The second International Verification and Fact-Finding Mission organized by the Dutch Lawyers for Lawyers Foundation ended today with a press conference where the eight mission members presented their initial findings on their probe into the attacks on Filipino lawyers and judges.

For lawyers, bloggers, journalists and those interested in human rights issues, below are the mission’s initial findings:

An eight-member International Verification and Fact-Finding Mission (IVFFM) on attacks against Filipino lawyers and judges today issued its initial findings, claiming that the Arroyo government’s efforts to curb extrajudicial killings and harassments “have not led to visible results”.

“Apparently, only one person has been convicted for these killings and that was in 2006. So impunity still seems to exist,” said the IVFFM.

Various sectors are up in arms over a new policy laid down by PNP chief Jesus Verzosa regarding access to police blotters.

In an Oct. 20 memorandum, Verzosa banned media and public access to blotters unless allowed by the station commander or by a court order. The PNP claims the new policy is in consideration of requests made by victims of crimes.

What is this thing called “police blotter”? 

Barack Obama’s victory in the US elections is a big step forward for the American people. It is a historic achievement that the Americans chose their first black president despite lingering racism. It is likewise welcome news to the world’s peoples that Americans soundly rejected the continuation of Republican rule that is marked by plunder and war. It is thus no surprise that many non-Americans welcomed Obama’s candidacy and were elated by his election.

Progressives in the US and elsewhere have much to learn from Obama’s campaign. Obama’s raising of the clarion call of change captured the imagination and support of people, especially the workingpeople, the minorities and the youth. Even the conservatives were so attracted by the call for change, they left the tight embrace of their political party afters years of fealty and loyalty. Obama also used technology to advance his campaign, be it to expand his organization or to garner financial support mostly from common people who pitched in small amounts. He expanded the political map in favor of the Democratic Party, thanks to his huge organization and the enormous resources that his supporters donated to him, dime after dime.

The Government Service Insurance System‘s earlier assurances that its investments are not endangered in the midst of the global financial crisis have come under a dark cloud of doubt. reports today that the GSIS

may have incurred more losses due to the sharp decline in stock prices around the world in recent weeks, an examination of its portfolio of stock holdings revealed.

The “global property securities” held by the GSIS also showed marked drops in their values in the weeks following the GSIS declared profits from its overseas investments.