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Sunday, November 28, 2010

November 29, 2010 Major News Stories

Higher bread, rice cake prices seen

Dagdagan nyo na ang budget para sa tinapay at maging sa kakanin na patok sa handaan at Pasko. Magmamahal kasi ang tinapay at kakanin dahil sa pagtaas ng presyo ng asukal.

Noche buena profiteers face penalties, DTI warns

RETAILERS WERE WARNED over the weekend to sell "noche buena" products at prescribed prices or else face profiteering probes.

Aquino OK's additional bonus for employees

THE GOVERNMENT will need about P11 billion to fund another bonus -- called productivity enhancement incentive (PEI) -- for state workers approved by President Benigno S. C. Aquino III last week, the Budget secretary said.

Administrative Order (AO) 3 signed by Mr. Aquino last Nov. 25 and released to media at the weekend directed the P10,000 bonus for each employee on top of the P5,000 cash incentive granted earlier.

Mr. Aquino cited prudence and an upbeat economy that allowed the government to grant the PEI.

Asked of the overall amount that would be released to fund the bonus, Budget Secretary Florencio B. Abad said in a text message: "[It] depends on how much the President will grant, but assuming P10,000 for 1.116 million government work force, that [is] around P11.16 billion. I have asked my staff to work on the guidelines of the AO. We'll issue it this week."

According to the AO, the PEI shall be given not earlier than Dec. 15.

Employees in the Executive branch, including those in government-owned and -controlled corporation (GOCCs) and government financial institutions (GFIs), are authorized to be granted a one-time maximum amount of P10,000.

Employees in the Executive branch that are covered by the AO are those hired on a permanent, temporary, casual or contractual status, still in service as of Nov. 30, and have rendered at least four months of services as of the same date.

Those who have rendered less than four months of service as of Nov. 30, 2010 shall be entitled to the PEI on pro-rated basis as follows: 40% for three months but less than four months; 30% for two months but less than three months; 20% for one month but less than two months; and 10% for less than one month.

Further, workers should not receive any additional yearend benefit for this year over and above the benefit authorized by Republic Act 8441 which grants a P5,000 cash gift released earlier by the Budget department.

For employees in national government agencies, savings under the General Appropriations Act which shall be pooled and released by the Budget department will fund the P7,000 PEI.

The remaining P3,000 will come from savings in the respective agency allotments. If insufficient to cover the P3,000, a partial grant shall be made at uniform rate for all qualified employees.

For GOCCs and GFIs, the amount shall be charged against savings from approved corporate operating budgets for 2010.

Employees in the Senate, House of Representatives, Judiciary, Office of the Ombudsman and constitutional offices with fiscal autonomy may also be granted PEI by their respective heads of office at rates not exceeding P10,000 and charged against available savings.

As for employees in the local government units including the barangay government, the grant of PEI shall be determined by the council depending on the local government unit's financial capability, and will come from locally generated funds.

No labor deployment ban to South Korea, says labor chief

MANILA, Philippines—There is no order to suspend temporarily the deployment of overseas Filipino workers to South Korea, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said in a statement issued Sunday.

Filipinos in Korea prepare for emergency

ANSAN CITY, South Korea - Prayers for peace in Korea reverberated in Sunday's churches, where Filipinos congregate.

VP calls for suspension of compulsory insurance for OFWs

MANILA, Philippines - Saying there is a need to further review the law, Vice President and presidential adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers' concerns Jejomar Binay has urged lawmakers to suspend the mandatory insurance coverage for agency-hired migrant workers.

124 donated blood units found HIV positive—party-list lawmaker

MANILA, Philippines—At least 124 units of donated blood were found HIV positive in the 10 months to October this year, a member of Congress disclosed over the weekend.

Citing a Department of Health report, LPGMA (Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers' Association) Party-list Representative Arnel Ty said the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine confirmed that the donated blood units were HIV positive.

In a news release, Ty said the report was based on information from the National Voluntary Blood Safety Program, which monitors the purity of donated blood.

The tainted blood units did not necessarily come from 124 donors since one contributor can give more than one unit, according to Ty.

Ty joined other members of Congress in welcoming Pope Benedict XVI's recent remarks endorsing the use of condoms in the fight against AIDS.

"We expect the Pope's sentiment to figure prominently in House deliberations on the reproductive health bill," he said.

Ty said the discovery of the contaminated blood units did not pose any threat to public health, as these were filtered out precisely due to existing safeguards.

"Nonetheless, the increasing number of diseased blood units found betrays the menacing spread of HIV in the country," he said.

Ty said the 124 donated blood units found HIV positive from January to October already surpassed the 89 similarly infected units detected in the 12 months of 2009. In the whole of 2008, he said 74 donated blood units were found HIV positive, more than double the 30 similarly contaminated units retrieved in 2007.

Ty said the National HIV & AIDS Registry "has made it very clear that donors of the HIV positive blood units may or may not be in its record."

The registry lists a total of 5,729 diagnosed cases as of end October, although the actual number is believed to be much higher.

Ty pointed out that HIV surveillance system remains passive because compulsory testing is unlawful under the 1998 AIDS Prevention and Control Act.

Section 16 of the law states: "Compulsory HIV testing as a precondition to employment, admission to educational institution, the exercise of freedom of abode, entry or continued stay in the country or the right to travel, the provision of medical service or any other kind of service or the continued enjoyment of said undertaking shall be deemed unlawful."

The law fully protects the human rights and civil liberties of persons suspected or known to be infected with HIV.

Ty said diseased blood units are nonetheless getting detected because under the law, legal consent to HIV testing is considered having been given when a person volunteers or freely agrees to donate blood, organ, or tissue for transfusion, transplantation, or research.

Water supply eyed as source of diarrhea outbreak

CEBU CITY – Health officials advised residents of affected barangays in Danao City to boil their drinking water, while authorities try to confirm what caused at least 90 diarrhea cases in the last five days.

At first, the Department of Health (DOH) Central Visayas asked the community to stop using water from a specific tank with a broken chlorinator. But Rennan Cimafranca of the Regional Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (RESU) said they reconsidered and instead advised households to boil their water.

Group urges DOH to update banned firecrackers list

The Department of Health (DOH) should update its "black list" of banned firecrackers in time for the upcoming New Year celebration to further minimize injuries among revelers welcoming 2011.

Mike on Tom's stand on City Ordinance 1837: Why only then, why not now?

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama said Cebu City South district Rep. Tomas Osmeña's stand on Cebu City Ordinance 1837, which bans intra-city jeepneys from the city's major thoroughfares, is "defeating the spirit of the ordinance" because during Osmeña's time as mayor there were many PUJs impounded due to this.

City firm on jeepney ban

CEBU City Ordinance 1837, which bans inter-city PUJs in the major thoroughfares of the city, will continue to be implemented.

This was clarified yesterday by Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama despite the criticism of his predecessor, Rep. Tomas Osmeña (Cebu City, south district).

Osmeña foresees the strict implementation of the ordinance will become disadvantageous
to the City and to the affected passengers as well.

Cops violating traffic laws to lose allowance

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama has decided to impose stiffer sanctions against policemen and traffic enforcers who will be caught violating traffic-related laws in Cebu City.

Anti-Mendicancy Law: Missionaries ask for exemption

Missionaries of the Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ asked the Cebu City Council (PMCC) to exempt them from some provisions of the city's Anti-Mendicancy Ordinance after they were allegedly prohibited recently from taking gifts from people and from teaching the Gospel.

Councilor wants chance for city's squatters

THE chairman of the Cebu City Council's Committee on Housing wants to give delinquent beneficiaries of the City's socialized housing program a chance to own the lot awarded to them.

Councilor Alvin Dizon has sponsored a resolution that seeks to give beneficiaries six months upon the expiration of their contracts to enter into and execute a new contract with the City Government.

Dizon wants to implement a formal period for the beneficiaries to enter into and sign a new contract with the City in order to ensure the beneficiaries' security of land tenure.

City exempts GK from fees for housing project

The City Council has exempted the Gawad Kalinga Community Foundation from payment of locational clearance and building permit fees for a socialized housing project in Barangay Lorega San Miguel.

Loss of house costs sheriff pay for 6 months

THE Supreme Court (SC) suspended for six months and a day one Cebu City court sheriff for implementing three years ago a writ of execution that demolished a house, without getting the required writ of demolition.

The SC Second Division said the failure of Constancio V. Alimurung, sheriff IV of the Cebu City Regional Trial Court Branch 18, to comply with Section 10 of the Rules of Court constitutes abuse of authority.

P19M in Oslob properties 'unaccounted for'

OSLOB town officials failed to account for town properties amounting to P19 million, the 2009 Commission on Audit (COA) report said.

Ulo sa mag-uuma gigulgol, nagkawil

ULO sa mag-uuma nag-kawilkawil na dihang nakit-an sa iyang silingan human gigulgol og sangot sa wa mailhing tawo niadtong Sabado sa buntag sa hilit nga dapit sa Barangay Cambanog, lungsod sa Dumanjug.

Ang biktima mao si Billy Bejona, 40, ulitawo ug nagpuyo sa nahisgutang dapit, kinsa nakit-an nga gigulgol na ang liog niini ug apit nang maputol nga nagbuy-od sa kasagbutan.

3 ka babayeng naligo sa dam, nalumos

WA na makaabot sa buwan sa Pasko ang tulo ka manag-agawng' menor de edad nga nangalumos sa ilang paglangoy aron mangisda sa Sitio Abayan River Dam sa Barangay General Climaco, dakbayan sa Toledo niadtong Sabado sa alas 8:00 sa buntag.

Ang mga biktima giila sa kapulisan nga sila si Jonathan Egloria, 16; Jerick Egloria Camos, 15; Ronnie Egloria Montomo, 13, pulos mga lumolupyo sa nahisgutang barangay. Nangamatay human sa tulo ka oras nga pag-rescue sa mga silingan.

Gopaum-om sa maestro

USA ka 14-anyos nga lalake nga tinun-an sa grade six ang nireklamo batok sa iyang mahuyang nga maestro nga nimolestiya kaniya ilawom sa kawayanan sa usa ka barangay sa lungsod sa Barili.

Si 'John Llyod' (di tinuod ngan), nahinabi sa Sun.Star Superbalita, nitug-an nga sa inaging buwan 'giparemedyo' siya sa iyang maestro nga mahuyang bugti sa kuwarta nga P120 alang sa lawasnong kalipay.

'Palace is the biggest gambler' -- Archbishop Cruz

"Malacañang is still the biggest gambler up to now." This was how known anti-gambling advocate Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz twitted the move of President Aquino, to take over direct control and supervision of the lucrative Philippine Charity Sweepstakes (PCSO) from the Department of Health.

Condom fund hit

CEBU'S archbishop questioned the government's plan to use more than P8 million in next year's national budget in order to buy condoms.

Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, in an interview with reporters, said he was surprised by the Department of Health's (DOH) plan to buy more than two million condoms with government money.

Prelate thanks Pope, marks 39th year as bishop

CEBU Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, in his meeting with Pope Benedict XVI last week, said he was grateful for the pope's granting his request to retire, as well as the time he was given to serve.

"I told the Holy Father thank you for the 29 years I spent in Cebu," the prelate said, in his closing remarks Friday evening at a project launching at the Cebu Cathedral Museum.

More 'perks' for barangay execs: Cabinet exec

from Sun.Star Cebu News Feeds by dr_tangarorang

CANDABA -- Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, during a recent visit here, said that there is a need to amend the Local Government Code to provide additional protection and benefits to elected barangay officials nationwide.

Guanzon: "We have liquidated P3 million from City Hall"

Outgoing Barangay Councilors League of the Philippines (BCLP) President Manuel Guanzon said that the P3-million aid of the Cebu City Government to the league has been liquidated even before the council asked them to do so.

Barangays have only 3 months to implement solid waste

Environmental lawyer Gloria Estenzo-Ramos said all barangay captains in Cebu City have only until March of next year to implement the Solid Waste Management in their respective barangays under the Republic Act 9003, otherwise known as Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

Justice Secretary: Special court to slow massacre trial further

The creation of a special court to handle the gruesome killing of 58 people in Maguindanao in 2009 might further delay the victims' families' fight for justice, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said on Sunday.

Ampatuans ordered to comment on broadcast of massacre case

MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) has given the respondents in the Maguindanao massacre case the opportunity to debunk a petition seeking a live broadcast of the proceedings at the Quezon City Regional Trial Court.

Group seeks live coverage of SC deliberations on Vizconde murders

An anti-crime crusade organization sought on Sunday a live coverage of the final deliberation by the Supreme Court on the Vizconde massacre case.

Lacson siblings rally behind brother, wish for Xmas dinner with him

The family of fugitive Sen. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson has appealed anew for at least a reinvestigation on the charges linking him to the Dacer-Corbito double murder case.

'De Lima should explain Biong's release'

MANILA, Philippines - A victims' rights group will ask Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila De Lima to reverse her decision in releasing convicted former police officer Gerardo Biong.

Bise mayor gipatay

from Sun.Star Cebu News Feeds by cherry_haya

Sunday, November 28, 2010

GIPUSIL sa duha ka wa mailhing tawo ang bise mayor sa Barira, Shariff Kabunsuan, Manguindanao province sa alas 10:45 sa buntag kagahapon didto sa Hilldrive Subdivision, Bajada, siyudad sa Davao.

Si Vice Mayor Alexander Tomawis, hamtong ang pangidaron, minyo, daling gidala sa Davao Doctors Hospital human siya gipusil atubangan sa iyang gipuy-an nga Capri Apartment nga nahimutang sa Hilldrive Subdivision.  

AFP welcomes France's revised travel advisory

MANILA, Philippines - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has welcomed the French government's decision to revise the travel advisory it earlier issued due to perceived terrorist threats. 

AFP wants to declare truce with NPA for the holidays

MANILA, Philippines - The Armed Forces of the Philippines may declare a Suspension of Offensive Military Operation with the communist rebels in time for the Yuletide season.

NPA frees soldier in Compostela Valley

MANILA, Philippines - A soldier who was snatched by communist rebels during the observance of the Eid'l Adha, the feast of the Holy Sacrifice by Muslims, was released by his captors in Compostela Valley province after 12 days in captivity.

Doctors declare broadcaster shot in Bukidnon out of danger

Doctors at the Sanitarium Hospital in Valencia City in Bukidnon have declared broadcaster Randy Makiputin out of danger despite an injury at the back of his head, which he sustained when he was ambushed Friday night.

Palace now cites Charter in not making FOI bill urgent

After claiming that the proposed Freedom of Information (FOI) law may endanger government operations, Malacañang on Saturday cited the Constitution as another reason for President Aquino's decision not to certify the bill as urgent.

6 Filipinos killed in bus crash in Japan

by Agence France-Presse
TOKYO, Japan - Six Filipino workers were killed and 22 others were injured when a bus collided with a trailer truck in western Japan on Sunday, police said. 

Jailed OFW accused of drug trafficking found dead, migrant group calls for probe

Citing a member of the family who had sought assistance, a Filipino migrants rights group today said an Overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who had been charged allegedly for drug trafficking after being apprehended by Saudi authorities had been found dead inside a Saudi jail.

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China agrees to increase flights to PHL

The Philippines and China have agreed to increase flights from the two countries to bring in more tourists from both sides, a signal of warming relations between the two Asian nations following the friction caused by the August 23 hostage-taking incident in Manila that left eight Hong Kong tourists dead.

US-S.Korea naval exercises begin, China calls for talks

YEONPYEONG ISLAND—The US and South Korean navies staged a potent show of force against North Korea Sunday, as China called for emergency talks about the crisis on the divided peninsula.

China Moves to Cool Korean Tensions


BEIJING—China on Sunday proposed emergency discussions among delegates to the six-party talks to discuss "complicated factors" on the Korean peninsula, as the U.S. and South Korea started a naval drill that has prompted dire warnings of reprisals from North Korea.

The move comes as Beijing engages in high-level diplomacy to try to cool tensions between Pyongyang and Seoul. China's special representative for Korean-peninsula affairs, Wu Dawei, proposed consultations in early December between the heads of the delegations to the stalled nuclear talks, which involve China, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, the U.S. and Russia.

Japan cautious on Chinese calls for talks on N.Korea

Japan said Sunday it will deal cautiously with a proposal by China to have an emergency meeting in early December of envoys to the six-nation talks on North Korean nuclear disarmament.

US base in spotlight as Japanese island reelects governor

TOKYO—The governor of the Japanese island of Okinawa was reelected Sunday and immediately called for the removal of a controversial US military base which has strained ties between Tokyo and Washington.

US drone attack kills 3 militants in Pakistan – officials

A US drone attack targeting a vehicle travelling in Pakistan's lawless northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border killed three militants on Sunday, local security officials said.

Pirates attack and then abandon Turkish ship

ANKARA—Pirates boarded a Turkish freighter in the Indian Ocean but abandoned the vessel after not being able to locate its crew who had hidden in a secret place, authorities said in a news report Sunday.

Election in Haiti beset by cholera, confusion

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - The ballot is as crowded as the earthquake-ravaged capital itself, and a collapsed presidential palace is the prize. The voter rolls are filled with the dead, and living citizens are still struggling to figure out if and where they can vote while worrying about political violence and a spreading cholera epidemic. It's Election Sunday in post-quake Haiti.

Saudi king healthy and walking, says top prince

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah is in good shape and was walking shortly after undergoing an operation last week, Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz said in newspaper reports on Sunday.

Marquez stops Katsidis, demands 3rd Pacquiao fight

by Reuters
Las Vegas, USA - Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez recovered from a third-round knockdown to stop Australian Michael Katsidis in the ninth and retain his WBA and WBO lightweight titles in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). 

Marquez wears 'I beat Pacquiao twice' shirt

from by
MANILA, Philippines — After beating Australian Michael Katsidis on Saturday, Mexican boxing champion Juan Manuel Marquez said he has become more keyed up for a possible third bout with Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao.

Curtains fall on 'One of Best Ever'

by By Gerry Carpio, The Philippine Star
GUANGZHOU – In the glare of tens of thousands of fireworks, athletes from 45 countries hugged each other and partied into the night as China's third largest city on the southern border waved goodbye last night in another great chapter of the Asian Games.

PBA Sunday: Kings snap Llamados' 5-game streak

Barangay Ginebra survived a barrage of three-pointers from Derby Ace down the stretch to pull off an 89-86 win and stopped on track the hottest team in the PBA Philippine Cup Sunday night at the Big Dome.

Painters hold Tenorio scoreless to nip Aces

Sol Mercado chose to sit out Rain or Shine's game against Alaska Sunday, opting instead to heal his hurting left foot. But even while sitting on the bench, he gave a piece of his mind on how to beat the Aces.

PBA Results (November 28, 2010, Sunday)

First Game: Rain or Shine 80 def. Alaska 79

Box Scores:
Rain or Shine (80) - Norwood 17, Jazul 16, Arana 13, Tang 9, Rodriguez 5, Reyes 5, Kramer 4, Ibanes 4, Vanlandingham 3, Cruz 2, Ferriols 2, Chan 0

Alaska (79) - Borboran 19, De Vance 17, Thoss 16, Baguio 10, Dela Cruz 8, Custodio 6, Eman 3, Tenorio 0

Quarterscores: 13-12, 40-38, 61-67, 80-79

Second Game: Ginebra 89 def. B-Meg Derby Ace 86

Box Scores:
Ginebra (89) - Menk 20, Caguioa 18, Tubid 12, Miller 12, Hatfield 11, Cortez 9,Mamaril 4, Wilson 2, Aquino 1, Villanueva 0, Helterbrand 0

B-Meg Derby Ace (86) - Simon 26, Yap J. 14, Gaco 13, Yap R. 10, Allado 10, Maierhofer 4, Villanueva 3, Salvador 2, Canaleta 2, Pingris 2, Adducul 0.

Quarters: 21-22, 38-37, 62-62, 89-86

Smith's triple-double lifts Hawks (AP)

Atlanta Hawks ' Joe Johnson , center, drives between Toronto Raptors ' Sonny Weems and Jose Calderon , right, during first-half NBA basketball game action in Toronto, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010.

Josh Smith had his third career triple-double, Marvin Williams added 17 points and 12 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Toronto Raptors 96-78 Sunday. Smith finished with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists as the Hawks won their third straight game after losing seven of the previous nine. Joe Johnson and Al Horford scored 16 points apiece and Jamal Crawford had 10.

Mavs send Heat to fourth loss in 5 games (AP)

Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) goes for a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010.

While Dirk Nowitzki drove for a layup during Dallas' game-turning run to start the second half, he split a gap between Dwyane Wade and LeBron James -- with all three of All-Stars in the air at the same time -- to get to the basket. Even with Wade's new help in Miami, the Heat still can't beat the Mavericks in the regular season.

NBA Scores
 Sunday, Nov 28, 2010
   1 2 3 4 Total
Atlanta 2725 2519 96 Final 
Toronto 2323 1121 78  
ATL: J. Smith 12 Pts, 13 Reb, 10 Ast 
TOR: D. DeRozan 13 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast 
Box Score - Recap
   1 2 3 4 OT Total
New York 2825 2224 2 101 4:08 
Detroit 2530 2321 0 99 OT 
NY: A. Stoudemire 31 Pts, 11 Reb, 7 Ast 
DET: T. Prince 22 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast 
Box Score Live: GameChannel
    1 2 3 4 Total
San Antonio 2616    42 1:53 
New Orleans 3421    55 2nd 
SA: T. Duncan 12 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast 
NO: D. West 18 Pts, 4 Reb, 0 Ast 
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   1 2 3 4 Total
Utah 28     28 :04.9 
LA Clippers 32     32 1st 

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Aiko-Martin marriage annulled

MANILA, Philippines – After 3 years of hearings, the marriage of actress-turned-politician Aiko Melendez and her second husband, Martin Jickain, has finally been annulled.

Jason denies hitting Melai

MANILA, Philippines - Former Pinoy Big Brother Double Up (PBBDU) housemate Jason Francisco on Sunday denied hitting on-screen and real-life partner Melai Cantiveros.

Sharon apologizes to Aga over 'joke'

by by Bernie Franco,
MANILA, Philippines - Saying she doesn't like to get involved in a rift with any of her friend, Sharon Cuneta publicly apologized to Aga Muhlach recently.

Dolphy's granddaughter raped in Laguna

A man was arrested in Sta. Cruz, Laguna, for allegedly raping a mentally ill woman, who happened to be a granddaughter of comedy king Dolphy, the police said on Sunday.

5 dead elephants believed poisoned in Indonesia

Five rare Sumatran elephants found dead in Indonesia were likely poisoned for damaging crops, an official said Sunday.

No one wins P693M Grand Lotto jackpot

No one won the P693-million jackpot in the 6/55 Grand Lotto draw on Saturday night, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said.

UST eyes world record on biggest living rosary

One of the world's largest Catholic universities will attempt to set a world record on December 8 by holding the world's biggest living rosary.
The University of Santo Tomas (UST), considered one of Asia's oldest Catholic universities, expects to gather some 20,000 students, alumni and faculty members for the living rosary.

"Participants assigned to the Hail Mary beads will wear yellow shirts, while those assigned to the Our Father beads, the Cross, and the Center Medal will wear blue shirts. Those assigned to the connecting chains will wear white shirts," the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said Sunday night.

It said the event aims not only to mark the Feast of the Immaculate Conception but is also a grand thanksgiving to Our Lady of the Rosary for UST's 400 years.

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