METRO MANILA, January 26, 2004 (STAR) By Jose Aravilla - Bishop Antonio Tobias will formally assume the leadership of the Novaliches Diocese today, some six months after he was given the Metro Manila post while purportedly awaiting for the return of controversial Bishop Teodoro Bacani.

Tobias, 62, who earlier served as Apostolic Administrator of Novaliches, will assume the post after the Vatican "accepted" Bacaniís resignation last October over the sexual harassment case filed against him by his personal secretary.

Tobias will be installed as the second Bishop of the newly-founded Novaliches Diocese in a ceremony to be held today at 4 p.m. at the Cathedral of Good Shepherd in Fairview, Quezon City. Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales will officiate the rites and deliver the homily.

Also expected to attend are former Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin and Vatican Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Antonio Franco.

Novaliches was established in February 2003, one the five dioceses carved out of the Archdiocese of Manila.

Tobias, who once served as an assistant priest in Malibay, Pasay City, completed his theology studies at the San Carlos Seminary and his Licentiate in Canon Law at the University of Santo Tomas, magna cum laude.

Tobias also served as Bishop of Pagadian in Zamboanga City before transferring to San Fernando, La Union in 1993.

Construction at Camp Crame may be dangerous The Philippine Star 01/26/2004

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is rushing the construction of the new gates at the EDSA and Santolan entrances of its main headquarters in Camp Crame in time for the 13th PNP Anniversary on Thursday.

However, the construction may be dangerous to motorists and individuals passing through the area as no warning or traffic signs are posted in the construction site. Just recently, a female reporter fell into a digging while on her way out of the EDSA gate from the PNP Press Corps office. Reporter Mary Ann de Chavez of Imbestigador, said she did not notice the digging which was about three to four-feet deep because there were no warning signs or lights in the area. She suffered minor injuries on both legs.

Base commander Senior Superintendent Geary Barias and PNP spokesman Senior Superintendent Joel Goltiao merely shrugged off the incident, saying that the failure to set up lights at the construction site at night is the fault of the contractor. Meanwhile, retired police general Guillermo Domondon, chairman of the Association of the Chiefs of Police of the Philippines, Inc. (ACPPI), said the construction of the new gates is a waste of money. He said the PNP needs money for more important concerns such as the budget for the recruitment of new police personnel.ó Christina Mendez

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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