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National Newsbits for July 24, 2014

AQUINO SCARE

The helicopter carrying President Aquino encountered bad weather en route to Batangas on Wednesday morning, forcing the Chief Executive to run late for the 150th birth anniversary rites of Apolinario Mabini. The ceremony was scheduled at 10 a.m. at the Mabini Shrine in the hero’s hometown of Tanauan, Batangas, but the President arrived at past 10:25 a.m. amid the rains. The President skipped the flag-raising and wreath-laying rites and went straight to delivering his public address inside a make-shift tent installed for the ceremony.  Aquino immediately explained his scary helicopter flight to Batangas, admitting he was relieved that he arrived at the venue safely. (Genalyn D. Kabiling)

 2 APPOINTMENTS

President Aquino has appointed Juan D. de Zuniga, Jr. and Valentin A. Araneta as the two new members of the Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said both Zuniga and Araneta will serve a six-year term of office in the Monetary Board. (Madel Sabater – Namit)

INC EVENT

More than 3,000 policemen and soldiers will be deployed to secure the centennial celebration of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) in Bulacan wherein at least three million of its members are expected to attend. But Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, chief police information officer, said they have not received any serious threat on Sunday’s activity, noting that their security preparations are mostly focused on crowd management and traffic control.Aside from local delegates, a number of foreigners from at least 112 countries are also expected to attend the event at the Ciudad de Victoria in Bocaue, Bulacan. (Aaron B. Recuenco)