Rappler Newscast | September 04, 2012
Today on Rappler.
- Malacañang is willing to discuss amendments with the Catholic Church for a compromise Reproductive Health bill.
- Philex Mining Corporation confirms 4 leaks in the Padcal mine site in August.
- Chief Justice Sereno releases 2 versions of her SALN.
Story 1: GOV'T, CHURCH TO DRAFT COMPROMISE RH BILL
Malacañang is willing to sit down with the Catholic Church to discuss acceptable amendments to the controversial Reproductive Health bill.
An "informal Technical Working Group" consisting of the Executive, Senate, House of Representatives, the Catholic Church, and RH bill authors will be created to discuss the amendments.
RH bill co-author Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin says President Benigno Aquino approved the amendments.
Anti-RH bill lawmaker Paranaque Rep. Roilo Golez says RH bill proponents should not be part of the group creating a compromise bill.
He says, "Hardliners by experience find it extremely difficult to compromise."
Malacañang and RH bill authors will attempt to get the support of the Catholic Church by changing the provisions on contraceptives.
The RH bill turns into a "poverty measure" that will only cater to about 5 million poor couples.
These are fundamental changes to the RH bill and outside the original list of 10 acceptable amendments that RH bill authors originally drafted.
Story 2: PHILEX CONFIRMS 4 MINE LEAKS IN PADCAL TAILINGS POND IN AUGUST
Philex Mining Corporation says "unfavorable weather conditions" at its Padcal mine site in Benguet caused its tailings facility to leak 4 times in August.
The latest spill was on August 30.
A Philex official says the other two mine leaks are minor.
The company says it has yet to receive a copy of the reported initial 325 million peso fine for the first tailings leak on August 1.
The Padcal mine operations remain suspended as corporate and government officials work on the leaks.
Story 3: SERENO'S SALN HAS 2 VERSIONS
For the first time in decades, the Philippines’ Chief Justice begins her term by releasing a copy of her Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth.
But Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno has two versions of her 2011 SALN, both marked "received" by the Clerk of Court and causing confusion over which copy was the right version.
The first copy, released August 29, shows Sereno's net worth at 18 million pesos.
The second copy, released August 30, puts the figure at 17.9 million pesos.
On August 31, Sereno's office says the first copy is the correct version of the SALN.
The release of the correct SALN is important because it will be the baseline when comparing future wealth acquisitions.
The 2011 SALN is the first Sereno released to the public.
Story 4: DEL ROSARIO IN SYRIA TO HELP REPATRIATE FILIPINOS
Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario is in Syria to help Filipinos trying to flee the country after months of civil unrest.
Del Rosario left the country Monday and will coordinate with local officials for the safe repatriation of more than 5,000 Filipinos.
Joining him is DFA Undersecretary Rafael Seguis, who traveled to Syria last July and brought home 140 Filipinos.
Seguis says a total of 5,228 Filipinos are waiting to leave but red tape is delaying their return to the Philippines.
Last December, the Philippine government ordered the mandatory evacuation of all Filipinos in Syria after a rebellion began against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
Story 5: SOCIAL MEDIA AND MOBILE SERVICE WOES
Social media amplifies complaints of customers unhappy with network service.
Frustrated subscribers of Globe Telecom complain on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites about dropped calls, delayed text messages, slow mobile browsing and difficulty in calling.
Globe explains the recent network glitch and what lies ahead once its big-budget modernization program is in place.
Officials also announce a rebate for postpaid and pre-paid subscribers affected by the "connectivity issue."
The Ayala-led firm also downplays claims by rival giant Smart Communications that unhappy Globe customers are jumping ship.
Story 6: THE wRap: YOUR WORLD IN ONE READ
At number 3, Analysts say the United States economy is the driving force behind the very different 2012 national elections map and mood.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says "America has been patient" as the economy faltered in the past 4 years.
But the numbers tell a different story with the unemployment rate in February 2009, Obama's first full month in office the same as August 2012: 8.3%.
CNN notes no president since the Great Depression won a second term with unemployment above 8%.
At number 6, the New York Times blames low key Facebook chief finance officer David Ebersman, 41, for the financial catastrophe in the social media giant's initial public offering.
Facebook allegedly lost more than $50 billion in market value three months after the IPO due to Eberman, a Brown graduate.
The New York Times article says Eberman signed off on the ever-increasing offer price, which ended up at $38 after the company had originally planned a price range of $29 to $34."
The CFO was also responsible for belatedly flooding the market with 25% more shares than originally planned.
And at number 10, With the August 31 Republican National Convention a hit online and in social networks--but not on TV, the Associated Press says this is "the latest evidence of the political conversation's gradual migration from traditional media to the Web."
TV viewership during the 2012 convention reportedly "dropped sharply" from 2008 levels when history was in the making: Democrat Barack Obama become the first black presidential nominee.