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National newsbits for June 26, 2014


Feast masses will be held in several Catholic churches across the country in celebration of the Feast of Saint Josemaria Escriva, the founder of the Opus Dei. Bishop Leopoldo Tumulak will celebrate a feast mass at 6 p.m. at the National Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus in Pasay City. In Cebu, Archbishop Jose Palma will preside over a high mass at 6 p.m. at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.  In Rome, Italy, devotees traditionally gather for the services at his major shrine, the Our Lady of Peace, Prelatic Church of Opus Dei where he was buried in 1975. St. Josemaria was a Spanish Catholic priest who founded the Opus Dei, a Catholic institution with initiatives in the work of evangelization and human welfare, vocations in priesthood and religious life, and the importance of promotion of the Holy Mass as the center and root of the Christian life. (Christina I. Hermoso)


Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and Panthep Klanarongran, president of Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) have signed a memorandum of understanding that aims to foster and enhance cooperation in the field of anti-corruption. Areas of cooperation include information sharing for preliminary fact inquiry, detection, substantiation and prevention of corruption, facilitation of information exchange, coordination in non-coercive fact-finding activities, and knowledge sharing on the effective investigative techniques and best practices to carry out intelligence operations for detecting corruption-related offences. (Jun Ramirez)


Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario is in Israel for a three-day official visit, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. Rosario is scheduled to meet with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to review and propose areas of cooperation, the DFA said. During the visit, Del Rosario will convey the country’s appreciation for the humanitarian assistance extended by Israel to the victims of typhoon Yolanda. He will also highlight Philippine contribution to maintenance of peace and stability in the region through its participation in the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights. As of May 2014, there are 347 Filipino peacekeepers serving in UNDOF. (Roy C. Mabasa)


Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara yesterday urged the government to provide additional incentives to public school students braving isolated islands or mountainous areas just to finish their schooling. Angara said the government should do more to encourage these indigent students from the hinterlands to finish their studies even if public schools provide free education. “Many of these students often have to trek long distances to reach their schools. Others have to cross rivers that are dangerous, especially during bad weather or with bamboo rafts floating downstream. Still others have to walk barefooted for several hours and on an empty stomach because they have no food at home,” Angara said. He said the Department of Education (DepEd) should collaborate with local government units in addressing the needs of schoolchildren in the hinterlands.  (Hannah L. Torregoza)

  • TylerZO

    I have been reading a lot of bills tungkol sa edukasyon,It’s good for our students, Ano pa kaya ang iba pang plano?

    • vanibee

      Oo karamihan si Angara ang advocate ng mga ito.

  • Castronaut

    “Many of these students often have to trek long distances to reach their schools”..Naranasan ko din ang ganito sa probinsya namin.Mabuti naman at may nakaisip ng ganitong panukala.