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National Newsbits for April 16, 2014

Processions Today

 Solemn processions will be held in several towns across the country today in observance of Holy Wednesday, the fourth day of the Holy Week. With the exception of the images of the Pieta, Christ being brought down from the cross, and the Santo Sepulcro (interred Christ), holy images depicting the passion of Christ will be paraded through the streets on elaborately decorated carriages early this evening in the towns of Pakil and Majayjay in Laguna; Betis, Sasmuan, and San Fernando in Pampanga; Meycauyan, and Malolos in Bulacan; San Mateo, Rizal; in Marinduque, in many parts of Quezon City and Pateros, and in San Pablo and Molo in Iloilo City.  (Christina I. Hermoso)

Lotto Winner

A lotto outlet in San Fernando City, Pampanga, on Monday sold the winning ticket for Mega Lotto 6/45’s P80 million jackpot. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said yesterday a lone punter placed a P20 bet — 06-10-12-16-18-30 — at a mall in San Fernando City, which matched the 6/45 winning numbers of 30-16-06-10-18-12. A text message from the PCSO identified the outlet that sold the lucky ticket as the Luckypick Leisure Club Corp. Mega Lotto’s April 14 jackpot totaled P80,773,540. (Edd K. Usman)

NAT Review

To ensure that the tool used to assess the learning of students in both public and private elementary and secondary schools will follow the new K to 12 curriculum, the Department of Education (DepEd) will conduct a review of National Achievement Test (NAT) this year. “As we move into the new curriculum of K to 12, you cannot have the same assessment tool using the NAT,” Education Secretary Armin Luistro said. Earlier, educators from both public and private schools called for the abolition of NAT citing that “corruption”—which stems from the desire of the schools to perform well—should be enough reason for the DepEd to “abolish” it or come up with “other tools of measurement that would be impartial, more practical, and realistic.” (Ina Hernando-Malipot)

BOC Modernization

Instead of making smuggling a non-bailable offense, Sen. Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV said he would rather push for the passage of a measure modernizing the Bureau of Customs. Aquino, Senate Committee Trade and Commerce chief, said passing the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act is a better deterrent against syndicated smuggling operations in the country.  (Hannah L. Torregoza)

 Morning Treats

Up April 30 this year, there is more reason to visit selected outlets for breakfast. A customer’s single-receipt food purchase of P120 comes with a copy of Manila Bulletin, the Philippine’s leading national newspaper. This Morning treats runs until 10 a.m., and valid for dine-in, take out, and drive-through transaction. Participating Burger King Outlets are E. Rodriguez, Marcos Highway, Welcome Rotonda, Timog, Makati Medical Center, Emerald Avenue, Two E-Com, SM MOA, Taft, Valero, NAIA 3, Shell NLT, Shell SLT, Calamba, Blue Bay Walk, and Frontera Verde.