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National newsbits for June 19, 2014


Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle enjoins all parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila to observe a Holy Hour for the sanctification of priests on June 27, Friday, to coincide with the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He called on parish priests, rectors of shrines, and chaplains in the archdiocese to observe the day as a Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests and “as an opportunity for the faithful to thank the Lord for the gift of priesthood and to pray for us, their priests,” Tagle said in a circular. Manila Auxiliary Bishop Bernardino Cortez and Manila Archbishop Emeritus Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales will be celebrating feast masses in honor of the Sacred Heart at 12:15 p.m. and at 6:15 p.m. respectively at the National Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Makati City on June 27. (Christina I. Hermoso)


A Manila regional trial court has denied the petition of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to transfer Benito Tiamson and Wilma Austria, alleged top leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), to another detention facility. During the hearing, Judge Thelma Bunyi-Medina of Manila RTC branch 32 denied the motion of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to move the detainees out of the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City. The Tiamzons were arrested last March in Cebu and are facing charges of multiple murder and frustrated murder. In their petition, the police said that the custodial center caters to arrested suspects “on a temporary basis while their respective charges are undergoing custodial investigation or preliminary investigation or their transfer to a proper detention facility is being processed.” (Jenny Manongdo)


The Philippines has asked Singapore to take appropriate action against a blogger who proposed a five-point guide to “show displeasure with Filipinos without breaking the law” over what he described as “Filipino infestation” in the island nation. In a statement, the Philippine embassy said that aside from asking the Singapore government to hold the blogger accountable for encouraging Singaporeans to show intolerance for Filipinos, it also cautioned about the negative implications of the post. The post on the blog “Blood Stained Singapore” has been widely circulated on social media, with many people flagging it as racist and offensive. The original post dated May 24 was temporarily taken down, but was republished last Monday. (Roy C. Mabasa)


The National Police Commission (Napolcom) has released the list of inspectors and superintendents who passed the police promotional exams taken last April 27, 2014. The Napolcom said only 13.99 percent or 144 of examinees passed the Inspector Exams and 34.91 percent or 232 examinees passed the Superintendent Exam. The list of successful examinees will be posted at the DILG-Napolcom Center, EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, West Triangle, Quezon City. The list can also be viewed at the Napolcom website at (Czarina Nicole Ong)