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National Newsbits for January 13, 2014


Today is the Feast of Saint Hilary (San Hilario), the Father of Latin Hymns, and a Doctor of the Universal Church.  Known as a staunch defender of the Catholic faith, he tirelessly fought against Arianism, a heresy that arose during the fourth century which denied the divinity of Christ. Appointed bishop of Poitiers, France in the year 353, St. Hilary introduced religious songs in various churches and was known as an effective preacher and a tireless charity worker. He was one of the greatest Latin religious writers of his time, his popular theological writings include “On the Trinity,” and “History of the Synods.” He died in 367 and was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1851. (Christina I. Hermoso)


Around 4.5 million voter IDs remain unclaimed, according to the Commission on Elections ( Comelec) Spokesman James Jimenez, citing initial reports from election officers. “There are still areas yet to submit their report to us so it’s still incomplete,” he said. Comelec has launched  a social media help line for ID queries using the Twitter account @COMELEC. “For assistance in finding and claiming voter IDs, please tweet @COMELEC with #VoterIDKo,” Jimenez said in his Twitter account @jabjimenez. Voters may also opt to check the printing status of their IDs via the Comelec website (Leslie Ann G. Aquino)


Grand Lotto 6/55’s odds of one-in-28.99-million prevailed on Saturday, with the P111.87-million jackpot escaping 2,237,129 bets. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said no bet matched the numbers combination of 08-24-30-52-27-06. But 35 bets matched at least five of the winning numbers, each winning P63,910. The PCSO estimates the 6/55 jackpot for Monday (Jan. 13) will reach P120 million. (Edd K. Usman)


Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles is asking government to encourage the use of bicycles as a primary means of transport by providing incentives to bicycle-riders, local bicycle manufacturers and employers who provide bicycle-friendly facilities. “The bicycle is one of the simple human inventions that could be effective form of transportation, especially in densely populated areas like Metro Manila, Cebu City  and Davao City where the volume of motor vehicles using carbon energy flood the streets causing entangled traffic flow – a really great waste of energy,” he said. (Charissa M. Luci)


The EcoWaste Coalition has called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the use of Bisphenol A (BPA) in the manufacture of infant feeding bottles and sippy cups after a US study linked it to prostrate cancer. “The study, which links childhood exposure to BPA to prostate cancer, provides compelling evidence why our health authorities should act with speed and join other countries that have taken precautionary actions against BPA,” EcoWaste National Coordinator Aileen Lucero said. (Samuel P. Medenilla)