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National newsbits for June 6, 2014


The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), in partnership with the “Live Christ, Share Christ” Movement, will hold the New Evangelization Conference tomorrow at the SMX Mall of Asia in Pasay City from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is in preparation for the fifth centenary of Christianity in the Philippines in 2021. Admission is free. CBCP president Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas is inviting the public to the event. “Evangelization is Jesus in my heart reaching out to your heart. Evangelization is not telling people what to do. It is telling people what God has done for us, and God has gone all the way to show His love for us,” he said in a CBCP News post. (Christina I. Hermoso)


The Grand Lotto 6/55 P112.8-million jackpot remains up for grabs after none of the 1,695,998 bettors in the Wednesday’s draw hit the winning combination of 11-28-08-33-24-14, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said yesterday. The PCSO said the June 4 draw of 6/55 sold tickets amounting to P33, 919, 960. PCSO Senior Assistant General Manager Conrado Zabella projected that the 6/55 jackpot for the next draw on Saturday, June 7 could reach up to P120 million. He assured the Filipino punters of the integrity and credibility of the lotto games and the rest of the PCSO’s lotteries and card products. (Edd K. Usman)


There is an increase in the number students transferring from private to public schools, a Department of Education (DepEd) official said yesterday. “May increase talaga ng transferees. In fact, ito yung pinakamaraming inquiries sa Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE) Action Center natin,” said DepEd Assistant Secretary Jesus Mateo. He said the action center have been receiving complaints and inquiries about the transfer requirements of students seeking to move from private to public schools days after the School Year 2014-2015 started on June 2. Some of the complaints were about private schools refusing to release the documentary requirements, particularly the Form 137, needed by the students to transfer because of unsettled accounts. (Ina Hernando-Malipot)


Despite the problems experienced by patients using its hemodialysis machines, officials of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) maintain the issue is under control and the institution is still the best dialysis center in town. Dr. Ricardo Jesus DT Quintos II, NKTI spokesperson, said the hospital expects to find out the cause of chills experienced by its patients that led to the temporary closure of its out-patient hemodialysis center early this week. He said they are awaiting test results to show what caused the chills by patients. Some of the 41 patients who reported experiencing chills underwent laboratory tests. Quintos said it is also possible that they are suffering from infections. (Jenny Manondo)


A House of Representatives committee has approved and endorsed for enactment the Magna Carta of the Poor which addressed concerns aired by President Aquino who vetoed a previous version of the bill. “This time, we are confident the President will not reject the bill. His veto message on last Congress’s bill was taken into consideration and properly addressed,” said Camarines Sur Rep. Salvio Fortuno, chairman of the House Committee on Poverty Alleviation. Fortuno said the House panel strongly recommended the enactment of House Bill 4528 which consolidates four Magna Carta of the Poor measures that were co-authored by over half of the members of the House. (Ben Rosario)