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National Newsbits for August 22, 2014


Manila Archbishop Emeritus Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales will celebrate a feast mass at 5 p.m. today at the Mary the Queen Parish in Greenhills, San Juan City in commemoration of the Feast of the Queenship of Mary, a corollary of the Marian Dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which was observed last Aug. 15. Eucharistic celebrations, novenas, and processions will be held in several Catholic churches and Marian shrines across the country today in observance of the feast. Marian devotees will lead the recitation of the holy rosary, including the Litany of the Blessed Mother, which proclaims her queenship in twelve instances. In his encyclical letter Ad Caeli Reginam (To the Queen of Heaven), Pope Pius XII, who instituted the feast on Oct. 11, 1954 said, “The Blessed Mother is the Queen of Heaven and Earth because she is the Mother of God and because of her preeminent perfection and her intercessory power. Mary is queen by grace, by divine relationship, by right of conquest, and by singular election.” (Christina I. Hermoso)


Detained Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada yesterday said President Aquino’s appointment of former Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza as Supreme Court associate justice was “a good choice.” Estrada said Jardeleza deserved the post more than Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Grace Pulido Tan who ‘’allowed herself and the commission to be used for partisan politics and exhibited questionable integrity as head of an independent constitutional body.” In lauding Jardeleza’s appointment, Estrada said, “I trust that with his competence and expertise Associate Justice Jardeleza will uphold the independence of the Supreme Court and defend the sanctity of the Constitution. Moreover, I believe that he will work with the esteemed leadership of the Judiciary to bring meaningful reforms to our lethargic court systems to deliver without delay justice for every Filipino.”  (Mario B. Casayuran)


The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said yesterday the 6/55 Grand Lotto draw’s jackpot on Saturday could reach P110 million. No bettor got the winning combination of 26-48-20-47-22-49 in last Wednesday’s draw, which had P102.16 million at stake. Seven bettors, however bagged P200,000 each for correctly picking five of the six winning numbers. PCSO announced the other day that a seaman from Manila and a bettor who placed a bet in Bataan won the 6/45 and 6/49 jackpots recently. Grand Lotto is drawn every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.  (Edd K. Usman)


The Mathematics Development Academy of the Philippines (MDAP) lauded another Filipino math wizard who brought honor to the country when he emerged as champion in an international mathematics competition in Hongkong last month.  Lyonel Justin Ching of Jubilee Christian Academy bannered the Philippine team and was named champion in the 2014 Chong Hua Cup Creative Mathematics Competition.  Aside from Ching, 139 other Filipino high school students brought home various awards and citations for placing first, second and third in the respective categories. Filipino math wizards earlier bagged numerous awards from mathematics competitions in mainland China. (Jonathan M. Hicap)