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National Newsbits for July 7, 2014


The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said moderate rains will be experienced over the western section of Luzon and Visayas today as typhoon ‘Florita’ (international name “Neoguri”) continues to enhance the southwest monsoon. Metro Manila will have occasional light to moderate rains and thunderstorms. Florita entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) at around 11 p.m. last Saturday packing maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 210 kph. PAGASA said the typhoon is moving west-northwest at 24 kilometers per hour. As of mid-Sunday, Florita was at 990 kilometers (km) east of Tuguegarao City. If the weather disturbance maintains its current speed and direction, Florita will be out of the PAR by Tuesday morning on its way to the southern part of Japan. (Ellalyn B. De Vera)


Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma is expected to present to his fellow prelates attending their 109th Plenary Assembly the bill that would scrap the presidential and congressional pork barrels. The people’s initiative, which will be launched in Cebu next month, is meant to enact a law that will scrap the presidential and congressional pork barrel among others. It aims to gather at least 5.4 million as Republic Act 6735 (People’s Initiative Law) requires the number of signatures that represent 10 percent of the total voting population, or three percent per legislative district. Nardy Sabino, convenor of the Church People’s Alliance against the Pork Barrel (CPAPB), is hoping that the people’s initiative campaign will gain the support of Church leaders. (Leslie Ann G. Aquino)