Today on Rappler.
- Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales says she will obey the Senate–she will testify in the impeachment court.
- Lead Counsel Serafin Cuevas says Chief Justice Renato Corona will drag President Aquino into the fray when he takes the witness stand.
- And, TV5 suspends the Tulfo Brothers from their TV show for unethical behavior– for all of 2 days.
Story 1: OMBUDSMAN
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales says “If I’m subpoenaed by the Senate, I will obey.”
That was her response when asked whether she will testify at the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona on the alleged 10 million US dollars.
On Tuesday, defense lawyers asked the impeachment court to subpoena Carpio-Morales and 5 other people, in exchange for Corona’s testimony.
On April 20, the Ombudsman sent a letter to Corona ordering him to explain “within 72 hours” his alleged $10-M dollar accounts which are “grossly disproportionate” to his income.
Carpio-Morales is a former Supreme Court justice.
She’s a relative of SC Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, whom Corona has identified as his rival in the High Tribunal.
Story 2: CJ TO TAKE PNOY DOWN
Lead Counsel Serafin Cuevas says when the Chief Justice takes the witness stand, he will drag President Aquino into the fray.
Cuevas adds the defense will cite each instance when the President tried to remove Corona from the Supreme Court.
“I will present him (Corona) to show that right from the very beginning, ayaw sa kanya. Wala pa siyang ginagawang mabuti o ginagawang masama, ang sabi aalisin na sya. Iisa-isahin namin yan.”
LEAD DEFENSE COUNSEL
It is no secret President Benigno Aquino III disapproves of Corona.
A midnight appointee of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Corona is accused of protecting Mrs Arroyo.
Corona dismisses the report on his alleged foreign currency deposits as “phoney.”
He also says the Ombudsman has no jurisdiction over him.
Aquino is the first president in history who did not take his oath before a Chief Justice.
Instead, the President chose to take his oath before another SC justice then – Conchita Carpio-Morales, who is now Ombudsman.
During his inauguration, he did not acknowledge Corona’s presence.
Story 3: TULFO BROTHERS
TV5 suspends the 3 Tulfo brothers, Erwin, Ben and Raffy, until Friday, May 11, for 2 days…
after the 3 committed -quote- “ethical violations” by threatening celebrity couple Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto on air.
The confirmation comes from their eldest brother Ramon Tulfo, who fought with the celebrity couple over the weekend.
Tulfo will temporarily replace his brothers in their program on TV5.
In an official statement, TV5 says: While we understand the emotions at play during the broadcast, News5 does not and will never condone such behavior.
The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board is also investigating the incident.
Tulfo tells Rappler in an interview, he exercised restraint saying -qoute- “If I went for my gun, this interview would be in jail. I am glad I didn’t get my gun.”
Kung hindi, kung wala akong galang sa pulis, e di tumakbo ako dun… nirecover ko ang baril ko. o kung hindi ibigay sa akin, meron akong driver na may baril pwede kong kunin yon, at bumalik na ko, nag-restback na ako, pero di ko ginawa yon.
Story 4: BUTUAN FIRE
According to the Butuan City fire department, twenty-one employees were trapped in the fire.
Three of them survived by jumping from the second-storey window.
11 bodies have been recovered.
One employee is still missing.
Story 5: OIL & GAS EXPLORATION
Businessman Manny Pangilinan says his group is eyeing energy blocks in the Philippines that are not in disputed areas.
Philex Petroleum, the oil and gas unit of Philex Mining submitted a bid for 2 of 15 energy blocks– potential oil and gas deposits that the goverment auctions.
Pangilinan says the Sulu Sea is located in an area that is “not a subject of a territorial dispute.”
Currently, Philex Petroleum has a stake in Recto Bank, site of the country’s largest discovered natural gas deposits, but is a subject of an ongoing geopolitical dispute between Philippines and China.
Pangilinan flew to Beijing last week to discuss jointly exploring Recto Bank with China National Offshore Oil Corporation, one of China’s 3 state-owned oil firms.
Story 6: THE wRap
Let’s now look at Rappler’s “wRap” for today…
a list of the ten most important events around the world you shouldn’t miss.
We highly recommend number 2: Underwear bomber, a CIA double agent.
Its the tale of a man who infiltrates Al Qaeda, volunteers for a suicide mission using the latest undetectable underwear bombs, and turns over the bomb to CIA and Saudi Intelligence.
For our number 6, we have “Twitter challenges subpoena for user data”. Twitter refuses a court order to turn over data on its users who were involved in Occupy Wall Street. The American Civil Liberties Union applauds Twitter, calling the case a major test of online freedom of speech.
Aung Sang Suu Kyi makes it again to our top ten at number 7.
The pro-democracy icon gets her first passport in 24 years to prepare for trips to Norway and Britain.
The last time she had a passport was in 1988.
Suu Kyi has not been able to leave the country since then, missing the ceremony for her 1991 Nobel Peace Prize, and a chance to visit her British husband before he died of cancer in 1999.
And for number 9, the state of Nevada approves a license for America’s first self-driving car.
Google has been working with Toyota to modify a version of its Toyota Prius.
The driver-less car uses cameras mounted on its roof, radar sensors, and a laser range finder to navigate its way through traffic.
Google says their test car has covered 140,000 miles with no accidents.
I wonder how a driverless-car will do in Manila’s streets?
Story 7: MAYWEATHER INVINCIBLE NO MORE
Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s unblemished record may not show it, but a Rappler sports analyst says the fight shows he’s no longer as formidable as he once was.
Rappler’s Carlos Cinco says Cotto was aggressive and never stopped coming at the American boxer.
He believes a number of rounds went to Cotto – which has never happened in Mayweather’s career.
Unfortunately, the Puerto Rican’s energy faded in the late rounds.
Mayweather made adjustments beginning in the 9th round and found a way to land his left uppercut.
His change in tactic eventually led to his victory.
Cinco says If Cotto had sustained his energy, the fight may have ended differently.
Story 8: PALARO UPDATE
Its the 4th day of Palarong Pambansa.
Natashya Gutierrez is live from Pangasinan.
Natashya, what was today like?
(Live report runs.)
GUTIERREZ: Day 4 is historic Maria with new records smashed. We have two new records for archery, one new record in swimming & another for athletics. Scouts and coaches from prestigious colleges have take notice.
Aiko Sweet Urlas is a volleyball standout.
At 5’8″, she is the 1st ever volleyball recruit from Region 1.
In June, she moves to Manila to play for National University.
Siyempre masaya ako kasi makikita na ko sa TV.
AIKO SWEET URLAS
NU discovered Urlas in the Palaro games in 2009.
She’s one of the lucky few with a full scholarship to play for a UAAP school.
Coaches and scouts from UAAP and NCAA teams come here to find players to add to their rosters. Once they see a potential athlete, they contact the coaches who put them in touch with the parents, and the negotiations start from there.”
Coach Noel Orcullo, with the De La Salle University volleyball team, is looking for talent.
He says he wants tall players because he says skills can be learned.
Ito kasi yung cream of the crop players sa buong Pilipinas so we have to look here.
COACH, DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY
Because the scouts are here to recruit, many of these players will see each other next season – this time playing for colleges.
17 yr old Giselle Tan from Western Visayas will meet Urlas on the court again because Tan will play for Ateneo.
She was recruited in last year’s Palaro games.
“I said yes because I really wanted to study in Ateneo. That’s my dream school.”
Palarong Pambansa’s lessons go beyond the games
proving hard work and dedication can make dreams come true.
GUTIERREZ: Athletes are stepping up their game here since most sports begin their quarterfinals tomorrow. Things are only getting heated here, Maria.
MARIA RESSA: Natashya, it’s interesting to watch now that you’re halfway through. Anything make this year different?
GUTIERREZ: one thing that we did notice is that it seems there are more records broken in a shorter amount of time. For instance there was a new record today for the 800 meter elementary girls, last year there were no new records for the elementary girls at all. As for swimming last year there were about 5 records broken, and this year we’re only about halfway there and we had 3 records broken.
RESSA: Thank you Natashya Gutierrez live from Pangasinan.