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National Newsbits for August 23, 2014


Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara will celebrate a high mass at 8 a.m. today at the Santa Rosa de Lima Parish in Bagong Ilog, Pasig City, in solemn commemoration of the Feast of Santa Rosa de Lima, the first canonized saint of South America, and the patroness of Lima, Peru,  South America, and the Philippines. A solemn procession was held yesterday evening after the last of the nine-day novena masses. Commemorative rites and festivities in honor of their patron saint will also be held in Sta. Rosa, Laguna; Alcoy, Cebu; Villareal, Western Samar; Gamu, Isabela; and in Cabangan, Zambales. Santa Rosa is considered as one of the most popular and widely venerated saints of the Catholic Church. She is well venerated in the country as well as in many parts of the world. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is a known devotee of Sta. Rosa.  Born in Lima, Peru in 1586, Sta. Rosa observed great reverence and pronounced love for all things related to God from youth. At the age of 20, she entered the Third Order of St. Dominic. (Christina I. Hermoso)


Newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Francisc H. Jardeleza has gone on a two-week leave to wind up affairs at the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) which he headed before his appointment to the High Court. His request was granted by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno. Jardeleza was appointed by President Aquino last Aug. 20, hours after the SC ordered his inclusion in the list of nominees submitted by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) as replacement for retired Justice Roberto A. Abad. He took his oath of office before Sereno on the same day he was appointed. Jardeleza is expected to attend his first division session on Sept. 8 and the full court session (en banc) on Sept. 9. It was not known if Jardeleza would inhibit himself from the resolution of several motions to reconsider the SC ruling on the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), both of which has been declared unconstitutional. (Rey G. Panaligan)


A low pressure area (LPA) seen as of 10 a.m. yesterday at 260 kilometers northeast of Virac, Catuandanes will bring light to moderate rains and thunderstorms over the Bicol Region and Quezon province, Mario Palafox, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) senior weather forecaster, said yesterday. Meanwhile, inter-tropical convergence zone (ITCZ), a mass of thick clouds coming from south Asia, is expected to bring rains to the Visayas, Palawan, the Zamboanga Peninsula and Northern Mindanao over the weekend. The rest of the country, including Metro Manila, will continue to experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with possible isolated rains due to localized thunderstorms until Sunday. (Chito A. Chavez)