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National Newsbits for April 8, 2014

New Officials

Thirteen government officials, including three ambassadors, took their oath before President Aquino in Malacañang. Sworn into office were Philippine Ambassadors Raul Hernandez to Republic of Korea, Petronila Garcia to Canada and Joseph Gerard Angeles to Republic of South Africa with concurrent jurisdiction over Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. The President also administered the oath to Special Envoy of the President to the Gulf Cooperative Council Amable Aguiluz and Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Jesus Yabes. Former military chief Eduardo Oban Jr. and former Palace protocol chief Marciano Paynor Jr. also formally assumed their new posts as undersecretaries of the Office of the Executive Secretary. (Genalyn D. Kabiling)

UN Award

The seventh Philippine contingent to the Golan Heights (PCGH) was recently bestowed with the prestigious United Nations Service Medal, signifying the honorable recognition by the international community of the vital contribution of the Filipino peacekeepers in maintaining peace in the Golan Heights. The awarding was made during the Medal Parade held at Camp Ziouani led by Philippine Ambassador to Israel Generoso D.G. Calonge and United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) Commander Lt. Gen. Iqbal Singh Singha. According to LTC Ted B. Dumosmog INF (GSC) PA, Commanding Officer of the 7th PCGH, he felt proud for working with a group of people who are not only brave and talented, but also dedicated and focused in carrying out their duties. (Roy C. Mabasa)

New Ships

 Subic Bay Freeport – Three newly built container vessels were rolled off at the Korean shipbuilding facility in Redondo Peninsula. The vessels were ordered by the German shipping company Bernhard Schulte Gmbh and Co. KG last week. The order for these three 5,400 TEU Container Class Carriers is due to the growing number of German manufacturing orders in February, mostly coming from domestic orders. Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction–Philippines (HHIC-Phil Inc.) held the unveiling at their state-of-the-art shipyard facility in Subic as the three vessels were christened as M/V Christ Schulte, M/V Clemens Schulte, and M/V Carl Schulte. (Jonas Reyes)

 Lotto Winner

An April Fools’ Day lucky punter claimed on Friday Super Lotto 6/49’s P63.3-million jackpot he won through his dream. The winner, a 32-year-old businessman from Pampanga, bet on the numbers he dreamed which matched 6/49’s winning combination of 09-13-17-20-22-29, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said yesterday. Meanwhile, the PCSO announced that there will be no selling of tickets and lotto draws for four days from April 17 to 20 to give way to the Lenten Week. (Edd K. Usman)

Free Ride 

Filipino veterans have up to April 11 to avail themselves of the free rides offered by the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) on Lines 1 and 2 as part of the Philippine Veterans Week celebrations. LRTA Spokesperson Atty. Hernando Cabrera said that veterans can avail themselves of the whole-day, free ride offer by presenting their IDs from the Philippine Veterans Office Affairs (PVAO). The free ride for veterans started last Saturday, April 5. Metro Rail Transit (MRT) General Manager Atty. Al Vitangcol also announced the same free ride for veterans at Line 3. (Carlo S. Suerte Felipe)