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Ex-vice mayor shot dead

A former vice mayor of El Nido, Palawan was shot dead by unidentified armed men near his residence in El Nido yesterday, reports reaching Camp Crame in Quezon City said.

Senior Supt. Arsenio Pinacate, Palawan police officer-in-charge, identified the victim as Edwin Vidal.

In his initial report to Camp Crame, Pinacate did not indicate the exact location where the victim was killed.

However, he said that the victim died on the spot from multiple bullet wounds.

Reports said that Pinacate immediately deployed elements of the Palawan police to El Nido to conduct manhunt operations against Vidal's killers.

The motive behind the killing is still unknown, reports added. (Aris R. Ilagan)

Church marks feast of Queenship of Mary

The Catholic Church and Marian devotees commemorate today the Feast of the Queenship of Mary, a corollary of the Marian Dogma of the Assumption, with masses, special prayers, offerings and devotion, novenas, and the recitation of the holy rosary, including the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which proclaimed her queenship in 12 instances.

A fiesta mass will be presided over by Manila Archbishop Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales at 6 p.m. at the Mary the Queen Parish in San Juan, Metro Manila in celebration of the feast of the fifth Glorious Mystery of the holy rosary, the Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), in a statement, said that "the Blessed Mother's queenship, a share in Jesus' kingship, is another motive for the faithful to have recourse to the intercession of Mary."

The celebration of the Queenship of Mary was instituted by Pope Pius XII in 1954 in his encyclical letter "Ad Caeli Reginam" (To the Queen of Heaven) where he stated that the "Blessed Mother deserves the title because she is the Mother of God and because of her preeminent perfection and her intercessory power. Mary is queen by grace, by divine relationship, by right of conquest, and by singular election. …

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