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National Newsbits for August 6, 2014


The Catholic Church commemorates today the Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ, in solemn observance of the manifestation of the Divine Glory that proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God. A novena mass will be held at 7 p.m. at the Transfiguration of Christ Parish on 18th Avenue, Murphy, Cubao, Quezon City in honor of the feast. On Sunday, August 10, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo will preside over a community mass (misa ng bayan) at 10 a.m. A solemn procession will be held on Saturday, August 9, at 7 p.m. Feast rites will also be observed in Cavinti, Laguna; and in Sto. Domingo, Angeles City, Pampanga. The Transfiguration, which took place on Mount Tabor in Galilee, marked the culmination of Jesus’ public life, as His baptism marked its beginning, and His Ascension, its end. (Christina I. Hermoso)


The National Food Authority (NFA) has suspended indefinitely eight accredited rice retailers in Bicol Region due to various violations, particularly overpricing, adulteration, and refusal to sell NFA rice. The suspensions were meted after an NFA monitoring team apprehended the culprits during routine inspection of the agency’s accredited outlets in the region. The agency said these outlets took advantage of the recent typhoon “Glenda,” which devastated Bicol Region. All of the violators will be summoned and investigated and once found guilty will face either criminal or administrative cases aside from the cancellation of their license, the NFA said. (Ellalyn B. De Vera)


A Puerto Princesa City court judge yesterday found  12 crew members of a Chinese fishing vessel which had ran aground in the Tubbataha Reef Natural Park in April last year guilty of poaching. Judge Ambrosio de Luna of the Puerto Princesa Regional Trial Court (RTC) branch 51 found Che Li Yong, Fan Len Tie, Xuan Ven Fe, Wang Yu Zhen, Lizhong Sheng, Lizhiming, Liu Cheng Tie, Liu Wen Jie, Tung Zhue We, Tang Hai Liny, Wen Hong Min and Qi Vixn guilty of violating Republic Act 10067 or the Tubbataha Protected Area Law of 2009.  Tubbataha park rangers recovered around 400 boxes containing slaughtered anteaters from Chinese vessel.  “They were convicted by the court and 11 of the Chinese who were crew members of the fishing vessel were sentenced from six to 10 years while the vessel’s captain was meted a prison term of 12 years,” said Palawan Provincial prosecutor Allen Ross Rodriguez. (Leonard D. Postrado)