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National Newsbits for September 15, 2015.


Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo will preside over a high mass at 6 p.m. today at the Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Pasay City in solemn commemoration of the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows (Mater Dolorosa), in remembrance of the spiritual martyrdom of the Blessed Mother. The feast is significantly marked a day after the Feast of the Holy Cross to signify the participation of the Virgin Mary in the Passion of Jesus. Last September 11, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle presided over the sixth novenario at the church in honor of Our Lady of Sorrows. In observance of the feast, Church officials urge the faithful to recite seven Hail Mary's while reflecting on the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady namely: 1. The Prophecy of Simeon in the Temple, 2. The Flight into Egypt, 3. The Carrying of the Cross on Mount Calvary, 5. The Crucifixion, 6. The Taking Down from the Cross, and 7. The Burial of Jesus. (Christina I. Hermoso)


State prosecutors yesterday wrapped up their presentation of evidence for the hearings in the bail petition of detained plunder accused Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada. Since the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division started hearing the bail petition in July last year, state prosecutors presented as their last witness Department of Budget and Management's (DBM) Central Records Division chief administrative officer Marissa Santos. The Fifth Division gave prosecutors 10 days to submit a written formal offer of evidence and the defense five days to reply to it. Following these, the court is set to convene on October 12 for the defense's presentation of counter-evidence. (Jeffrey G. Damicog)


The Commission on Elections (Comelec) gave political parties only until October 9 to submit the list of their authorized signatories. Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said the list of authorized signatories shall include three specimen signatures, their positions in the political parties, and their respective jurisdictions or places of authority to nominate and sign the Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA) of their official candidates. The CONA is a document that certifies that a candidate for a particular position is officially being nominated by a specific political party. A sample form of the list of authorized signatories with specimen signatures can be found at the commission's website: (Leslie Ann G. Aquino)


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now hiring an additional 300 regulatory inspectors as its operations continue to be hampered with the lack of manpower, the Department of Health (DOH) said. In a press conference, Health Assistant Secretary Paulyn Ubial said FDA still needs additional inspectors, which will be tasked to regulate drugs, processed food, medical devices,and other miscellaneous items which falls within their jurisdiction. "Their ideal number is 1 is to 1,000 people, but right now (the ratio of) our regulatory officers is 1 is to every 50,000 people," Ubial said. The Department of Budget Management (DBM) has already authorized FDA to hire an additional 300 regulatory inspectors this year to augment is existing 300 regulators. Ubial, however, said this is still far from the ideal number regulatory inspectors of 1,000, but she said this will be a big help for FDA, which receives around 500,000 applications each year. (Samuel P. Medenilla)

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Date:Sep 14, 2015
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