Saint Patrick

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MANILA, Philippines - Saturday is the feast day of Saint Patrick (San Patricio), the well-loved patron of Ireland, and one of the most popular saints of the Roman Catholic Church. Feast rites will be held in his honor in many parts of the world, where churches have been built in his memory.

In the country, commemorative masses and festivities will be held in Cebu City. Known as one of the earliest Christian missionaries, St. Patrick was born in Scotland in 387. He grew up to be a humble, pious, and deeply religious man.

After Pope Celestine I ordained him bishop in 432, he was sent to Ireland the following year, where he worked miracles, preached, built churches, and converted thousands to the faith. (Christina Hermoso)

Plea Deffered

Malacanang deferred yesterday to the regional wage board for the petition for a P90 wage hike. "We will let the DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment) and the wage boards deal with the petitions first," Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press briefing Friday.

"We will have to defer to the wage boards on this one." She said the lifting of the moratorium would not be until the middle of the year. "We will let the wage board and dole talk about this first," Valte said.

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) has filed a petition to increase the basic pay to P90 for workers in the National Capital Region or to P516 per day. (Madel Sabater)

Appointed

President Benigno S. Aquino III has appointed Jocelyn Batoon - Garcia as the new Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand. As the new envoy to Thailand, Garcia is likewise assigned as the Permanent Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) based in Thailand's capital, Bangkok. …