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National newsbits for March 27, 2014

Grads Reminded To Thank Parents

“Graduation is to remember. Remember to thank your parents. Recall their sacrifices and services so you can accomplish and achieve what you want in life. Remember to thank your teachers too. Remember their patience and their caring presence to impart with you their teachings, their time, and their talents,” Balanga (Bataan) Bishop Ruperto C. Santos said as he reminded all graduating students of the importance of paying tribute to their parents and teachers. The chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People also reminded the graduates to remember “to thank even their schoolmates who shared and helped them with their school work.” (Christina I. Hermoso)


President Attends PSHS Graduation

President Benigno S. Aquino III yesterday urged new graduates to contribute to the country’s economic development using their expertise in the field of science and mathematics at the 46th Commencement Exercises of the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) in Diliman, Quezon City. “Up to this day, I don’t know of anyone who has not been an excellent product of (PSHS),” Aquino said, noting the quality of education given to PSHS students, especially in the fields of science and mathematics. (Madel Sabater-Namit)


Name Names Or Else Resign

The country’s largest labor group yesterday challenged Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Chairperson Zenaida Ducut to identify the unscrupulous individuals who were allegedly guilty of power price manipulation or else resign. TUCP executive vice president Gerard Seno issued the challenge after Ducut confirmed the ERC has found evidence of market abuse perpetrated by some power industry players to illegally raise power rates in November and December last year. Seno lamented ERC’s continuous failure to file legal actions against the erring individuals. “They are the same con men in the guise of Independent Power Producers investors who have made our power rates the third highest in the world. (Samuel P. Medenilla)


Oral Arguments For Bong’s Petition

The Supreme Court (SC) has decided to conduct oral arguments on April 1 in Baguio City on the petition of Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. to stop the investigation being conducted by the Office of the Ombudsman on his alleged misuse of the multi-billion peso Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), known as pork barrel. In an advisory, the SC’s public information office (PIO) said the oral arguments to be conducted by the High Court’s third division chaired by Justice Presbitero J. Velasco Jr. will start at 2:30 p.m. (Rey G. Panaligan)


Comelec Advice For Newly Married

Newly married women are encouraged to apply for a change of name when voter registration resumes on May 6, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said those who got married should make sure that their voter record reflects their new surname. “Did you get married? Make sure your voter record reflects your new surname,” he said in his twitter account @jabjimenez. “You can apply for a Change of Name starting May 6,” he added. According to Comelec, any registered voter whose name has been changed by reason of marriage or court order or by order of the Civil Registrar or Consul General may file an application for change of name by personally accomplishing copies of the application form (CEF-1D Application for Change). (Leslie Ann G. Aquino)