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National Newsbits for May 19, 2014

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUIDANCE

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Bernardino Cortez will preside over a concelebrated feast mass at 6 p.m. today at the Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Senora de Guia (Ermita Church) at the corner of M.H. del Pilar and A. Flores Streets, Ermita, Manila in celebration of the 443rd Feast of Our Lady of Guidance. The Ermita Church is considered as one of the foremost Marian shrines in the country. It was erected right on the site where the image of Our Lady was found on May 19, 1571, making it the oldest among all those venerated in the country. (Christina I. Hermoso)

ASEANAPOL CONFERENCE

Immigration Commissioner Siegfred B. Mison has pledged full support and cooperation with the police forces of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries to fight transnational crimes like human and drugs traffickings. Mison made the pledge after President Aquino addressed the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Association of Chiefs of Police (Aseanapol) conference in Pasay City. Mison said “needless to say it is the BI’s role, as the nation’s gatekeeper, to ensure that transnational criminals do not freely pass through our ports and the borders between ASEAN neighbors.” (Jun Ramirez)

60 NEW OSG POSTS

Lawmakers have nodded to the Office of Solicitor General’s proposal seeking the creation of additional 60 plantilla positions to further strengthen the OSG as an institution. The call was made by Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza during the House committee on justice hearing on four bills seeking to provide benefits to OSG lawyers and employees. “We are requesting additional plantilla positions. There is so much work in the OSG,” he told the panel, chaired by Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. (Charissa M. Luci)