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National Newsbits for July 12, 2014


Catholics mark today the Feast of Saint Veronica, a Biblical character referred to as the pious woman from Jerusalem who compassionately wiped the face of Jesus after He fell under the weight of His cross on the way to Calvary. The image of Christ was miraculously imprinted on the cloth “which was wiped with love and charity.” Church officials encourage the faithful to perform acts of charity, and to pray the Way (Stations) of the Cross, reflecting on the sixth of the 14 stations, which recalls the compassionate act of St. Veronica. Among several likenesses of Christ, Church authorities consider the one on St. Veronica’s handkerchief as the “vera” icon or the true image. The original veil with the “Volto Santo” or the Holy Face is believed to be preserved at the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy. (Christina I. Hermoso)


After the exit of typhoon “Florita,” the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said a new weather disturbance is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Monday. PAGASA said the new typhoon, which will be named “Glenda’’ once it enters the country, was spotted in the vicinity of Guam and will probably head to the PAR on Monday. However, like typhoon Florita, the new typhoon is not expected to make a landfall in the PAR before proceeding to Japan. The state weather bureau said the new typhoon remains far from the PAR and may still change its course. (Chito A. Chavez)


“You can call me happiness!” This was the gracious response of Spain’s Queen Letizia to Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman Richard Gordon after the latter inadvertently addressed the Spanish monarch as Queen “Felicity” or “Happiness” in his speech delivered in Spanish during the recent 150th Anniversary of the Spanish Red Cross (SRC) in Madrid. In her speech, the Queen said, “I think that’s a nice name. Yes, Queen Happiness. Thank you.” The following day, the incident was front page news in broadsheets all over Spain, even trending in social media. According to Gordon, he invited Queen Letizia to visit the Philippines as Patron of the Cruz Roja Espanola. (Roy C. Mabasa)


President Aquino has appointed 23 new judges for trial courts in Bulacan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Zambales, Pampanga, and Bataan. Appointed Regional Trial Court judges were Gorgonio Elarmo for Malolos, Bulacan; Marion Jacqueline Poblete for Balanga, Bataan; Amelita Corpuz for Dinalupihan, Bataan; Isidra Arganosa-Maniego for Malolos City; Efren Tienzo for Malolos City; and Frazierwin Viterbo for Guimba, Nueva Ecija. Appointed Municipal Trial Court in Cities judges are Roberto Ricardo Kanapi for San Jose City; Rachelle De Guzman Ernie for Zaragosa in Nueva Ecija, and Jocelyn Gamboa Delos Santos for San Fernando City. Named Municipal Trial Court judges are Emmanuel Paynor for San Antonio, Nueva Ecija; Jamila del Rosario Cruz-Sarga for Rizal, Nueva Ecija; Kristine Aquino Ferrer for Lupao, Pampanga; Michael Benedick Aleta for Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija; Ian Ramoso for Talugtog, Nueva Ecija; and Vincent Lamug for Iba, Zambales. Other appointees are Judges Mario Pocholo Telan for Baliuag, Bulacan MTC; Juan Ranola Jr. for Hagonoy, Bulacan MTC; Maria Cristina Botigan-Santos for San Ildefonso, Bulacan MTC; Ryan Scott Robinos for Gerona-Ramos-Pura, Tarlac MCTC; Regina Balmores Laxa of Gerona-Ramos-Pura, Tarlac; Stanley Marvin Pengson for Laur-Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija MCTC; Julius Java for Quezon-Licab, Nueva Ecija MCTC; and Julieta Isidro-Reyes of Dingalan, Aurora MTC. (Rey Panaligan)