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VOLUME XII NO. 6

March 16-31, 2014 WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA

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TIME OUT. A bomb-sniffing dog of the Davao City Central 911 plays with his handler after a busy day at the airport.

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ANILA (March 14) The Philippines has been included in a new group of four countries which pose a challenge to economic juggernauts Brazil, Russia, India and China, more popularly known as BRICs.

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MANILA (March 13) - Over four months after “Yolanda” slammed into the country, President Benigno Aquino III personally apologized to some students for the highly criticized government response efforts in the aftermath of the super typhoon. “I apologize if we could not act even faster,” Aquino said on Thursday in an open forum with students of the Hope Christian High School in Manila.

The President was prompted to issue the apology when he was asked by students originally from Tacloban City in Leyte regarding the government’s response to the areas devastated by the disaster. Admitting that help for the typhoon victims came later than expected, Aquino explained that what the government had during the preparations for previous disasters “were not present” when

In an article titled ‘Forget the BRICs; Meet the PINEs’ published Wednesday in Time magazine, correspondent Michael Schuman said the PINEs- Philippines, Indonesia, Nigeria and Ethiopia are performing very well and show that the advance of emerging economies is far from over. 

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PH Navy’s helicopter joins search for missing Malaysian Airlines plane MANILA (March 13) - The Philippine Navy has deployed one of its three newly-acquired AgustaWestland “Power” AW109 helicopters to aid in the ongoing search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic said one of the helicopters has taken part in the search for the airliner that went missing on March 8 on its way to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. Fabic said the Navy AgustaWestland helicopter is operating in tandem with the frigate BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF-15). The Navy received three AgustaWestland helicopters from Italy last December. Fabic said BRP Gregorio del

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Yolanda hit Eastern Visayas.

devastated area, entire communities were flattened by the seawaters that were pushed inland by Yolanda, now considered as among the strongest cyclones to be recorded. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Yolanda left more than 6,200 fatalities while over 1,000 people remain missing. Until today, bodies are being found in the typhoon-hit areas. Millions of people were affected and displaced by the disaster. Aquino told the students that he has already ordered authorities to speed up the building of shelters and houses for the typhoon victims. philstar

A member of Philippine Air Force search and rescue team aboard a C-130 military plane helps search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in the West Philippine Sea in this handout photo taken March 11, 2014. Naval and air forces from several countries have so far failed to locate the missing plane. AFP

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But the President also assured that the government tried to do its best to help the typhoon victims. “In anything else we are also students. We want to learn from this experience and do even better next time,” Aquino said during the forum that was shown in television reports. On November 8, Yolanda barreled through the central Philippines and wrought havoc with its powerful winds that generated tsunami-like storm surges. In Tacloban City, the most

Pilar is now somewhere in the West Philippine Sea and has been involved in the search since March 9. The AW-109 helicopters are expected to make their first shipboard deployment by the end of March. Fabic aded that this is the first time the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar has worked with the helicopter. Along with the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar, the Navy has also deployed the corvettes BRP Apolinario Mabini (PS-36) and BRP Emilio Jacinto (PS-35) and one Norman Britten ‘Islander’ plane to assist in the search. The Philippine Air Force has sent its Fokker F-27 to join in the search. (philtar)

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Schuman said the Philippines was left behind after World War II by its East Asian neighbors despite its great potential for development, leaving millions of Filipinos with the option of working abroad. “Now, though, the Philippines has become one of the region’s best performers. Even after get-

ting smashed by Typhoon Haiyan last year, (gross domestic product) still surged by 7.2 percent, and the (International Monetary Fund) expects the country to post similar rates over the next several years,” the article read. Schuman added that Brazil and India are posting economic growth “that are only a fraction of what they were a couple of years ago.” Russia’s prospects seem unlikely to improve with looming sanctions from Europe

and the United States, and China currently confronts rising debt and a distorted financial system. Schuman said the PINEs may not be as big as the BRICs but they still represent a big opportunity for investment. “The PINEs, after all, have a combined population of about 600 million people. So don’t be too quick to dismiss the emerging-markets story. The meek may yet inherit the world,” he said.


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‘Discharged cadets have to pay PMA’ MANILA (March 13) — Cadets discharged from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), once proven at fault, have to return what the government spent for their time in the school. Rozzano Briguez, PMA Commandant of Cadets, said Thursday that there is an existing policy that might affect dismissed Cadet 1st Class Jeff Aldrin Cudia once President Benigno Aquino III decides to discharge him with finality. “Technically, isa ‘yan sa mga policy natin ... kailangan ibalik if the cadet is at fault,” Briguez said in an interview with dzMM.

Cudia was found guilty of “lying” in his reason for his twominute tardiness in class. Lying is considered a violation of the PMA’s Honor Code, which penalizes young military hopefuls with administrative dismissal, which was upheld by the Cadet Review and Appeals Board on Tuesday. Cudia’s sister, Annavee, had said that the state spends about P2 million for each cadet’s training. Cudia’s case has been elevated to Aquino after the board concluded a reinvestigation and found no violations in the earlier decision of the Honor

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Committee to dismiss him. Briguez said that while Cudia’s case will still be decided on by Aquino and Armed Forces of the Philippine Chief of Staff Emmanuel Bautista, it is highly likely that the 2014 class’ second highest performer will not join his graduating class in the commencement rites on March 16. “Kung sakali pong papayagan siyang pwedeng makatapos, may mga requirements po hindi lang natapos this year dahil hindi siya makakasabay sa mga kaklase niya ngayong linggo. Kailangan pong tapusin ang mga requirements niya,” Briguez said. Among such requirements is the hours under an on-the-job training for cadets. Once the decision to discharge Cudia is final, Briguez said that he may choose to study again without going through all the years in tertiary education. “Kumpleto po ang academic transcript of records niya, ‘yan naman pwede niyang magamit kung sakaling mag-aaral ulit siya,” the commanding officer explained. (philstar)

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Miriam eyes 3 women senators as possible presidential bets MANILA (March 13) - Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago sees at least three of her female colleagues in the Senate as possible presidential candidates in 2016. Asked who would be the possible candidates, Santiago said that Senators Cynthia Villar, Grace Poe and Loren Legarda could all be legitimate contenders. “Of course it should always come from the Senate because the Senate is said to be the training ground for presidents,” Santiago added. In the case of Villar, Santiago said the new senator has the financial clout to support a bid for the presidency. Poe, on the other hand, was number one in the last senatorial elections, which Santiago said automatically puts her in the running for the presidency. Apart from the female senators, the next female president could also be “somebody who

might be making splashes in the House of Representatives or maybe somebody from the level of governor who has done extraordinary things for government.”

“But in any event there is no arguing against the logic of numbers, it is a fact that the United Nations has declared that there are certain Millennium Development Goals that

all UN members must strive to achieve and that is gender equality,” Santiago added. Asked if she is also interested in running for the presidency in 2016, Santiago laughed off the idea but did not reject it outright. “I wonder whether people are bored with me because I’m bored with myself, so I have to resolve that first,” she said. “I was not a member of the pork barrel scam, so I don’t have this amount. I never sold my body. I don’t have the money. What I have is the support of the netizens,” she added. She also reiterated that social media would probably determine the results of the next election and so all of the aspirants must listen to the netizens. “We are going to see for the first time the collective power of young people as against the traditional politicians and my money is always on the young people,” she noted. (philstar)

China rejects PH protest on Ayungin incident MANILA (March 13) — China rejectd anew the Philippines’ protest against its actions in the disputed seas after Beijing admitted preventing Filipinoowned ships from delivering construction materials to a Philippine-occupied shoal. “The Foreign Ministry has summoned the head of the Philippines Embassy in China to lodge solemn representation on this event,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said late Wednesday. Chinese coast guard vessels on Sunday drove away two Philippine vessels carrying construction materials meant for Ayungin Shoal, which China calls Ren’ai Reef. The Chinese official said that the country’s move to contest China’s actions is proof of its intention to illegally occupy the Chinese-claimed reef. The Philippines claims that Ayungin shoal is within its 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone as stated in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. China claims ownership of nearly the entire South China Sea. Qin said that Manila’s reaction to the recent incident has heightened the territorial tension. Chinese Embassy spokesperson Zhang Hua, meanwhile, said on Wednesday that the statement of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) asserting ownership of Ayungin Shoal is unacceptable. Beijing is also demanding

from the Philippines to immediately remove its stranded warship that has been in the reef since 1999. The Philippine Navy said that Philippine troops remained stationed in the stranded vessel. Reacting to the March 9 incident, the DFA had said that “the Philippines is entitled to exercise sovereignty rights and jurisdiction in the area without the permission of other States.” The DFA also explained that the Philippine Navy was only conducting rotation of personnel and resupply operations in the area, belying Beijing’s claims that the country’s ships were en route to a construction project in the contested coastal territories. “The Department summoned the Chinese Charge d’Affaires this afternoon to handover a note verbale to express the Government’s objection to China’s actions,” DFA said in a statement last Tuesday. (philstar with Xinhua)

Task force head in Delfin Lee arrest loses post MANILA (March 13) - The head of a special police unit that arrested fugitive businessman Delfin Lee has been relieved of his post less than week after the arrest. Speaking to radio DZMM, Task Force Tugis head Senior Superintendent Conrad Capa said he was surprised to learn that he had been appointed Central Visayas deputy regional director for operations based in Cebu City. Capa questioned the timing of his relief, saying he has not even finished filing his report on Lee’s arrest. “Pare-pareho tayong nagtatanong bakit nagkaganun e. Sana ho pinalamig lamig niya muna, pinalipas niya muna ang ilang linggo bago niya ako in-assign sa Cebu, para ho kasi mainit pa. May tanong pa tapos bigla akong natanggal dito,” he said. He also said the transfer would mean he would have to wait another 6 months to 1 year before he can be promoted while his other colleagues get promoted ahead of him. He said there is already a position in Camp Crame, headquarters of the Philippine National Police, he could be get if Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima would assign him there. “Unang una, hinog na ako. Dumaan na ako sa dapat daanan -chief of staff, deputy director ng isang district. Kumbaga, maganda naman ang accomplishment ko the past how many years. Hinog na. Ang mangyayari, habang yung mga kasabay ko napopromote na, ako maghihintay,” he said. Capa denied that the transfer is a demotion but noted that the process of promotion will take longer. (abs-cbnnews. com)

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nd finally, af ter regaling the audience at her farewell concer t, Rachelle Ann Go lef t for London last week to star t rehearsals for the revival of Miss Saigon in May at the West End where the Cameron Mackintosh megahit musical star ted its journey to history back in 1989, packed full with Filipino talents in major roles including Lea Salonga as Kim (with Monique Wilson as alternate) and Isay Alvarez as Gigi. At the concer t, Rachelle kind of gave a preview of how she would per form in ricky London when she sang selections from Lo popular musicals such as Cats, Wicked, Les Miserables and, of course, Miss Saigon, doing the Gigi iconic song Movie In My Mind. No, Rachelle didn’t wear any sexy out fit, something that she just might (she has to!) in Miss Saigon. In one scene, bar girl Gigi is shown in bikinis, a “must,” and it will be a baptism of fire for Rachelle who has so far maintained a wholesome image.

Asked before she lef t how she’s preparing for that scene, Rachelle said she was not. “But that’s the par t that I’m dreading the most,” she admit ted. “I guess I’m put ting it away from my mind and silently hoping na may bagong out fit si Gigi ngayon,” adding, “we’ll see how it goes.” Rachelle is a vir tual newcomer on the theater scene having done only two musicals so far, The Lit tle Mermaid and Tarzan, both for Atlantis Productions. But she did start dreaming of doing Miss Saigon when, as a kid, she watched it in Canada. Dream come true. As moral suppor t, Miss Saigon graduates sent of f Rachelle with encouraging messages, to wit: • Isay Alvarez: Enjoy what Britain has to of fer…the culture and the sights. • Janine Desiderio (one-time Kim): I know she will do well because she is armed with an enormous amount of talent! Just follow your instincts, girl! We’ll be cheering you on from here! • Rober t Seña (who played Thuy): Observe, learn and keep the Light burning. • Jamie Rivera (another Kim): Enjoy your per formances and stay focused, make the most out of your stay in London. Learn, travel, make friends and always pray. Have a good one.

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Pinoy Tribe Enter tainment and Bomex Graphics are in charge of the cit y’s newest and hot test car show that’ll be hi t ting the Convention centre this July, with plans of live enter tainment, cars of all sor ts from impor ts, muscle, trucks, classics, hot rods, racers to motorcycles, ruckus and more. This’ll be an amazingly HUGE event, with the most impor tant feature - percentage from ticket sales are being donated to Cancer Care Manitoba. Registration will be announced by Neil of Bomex Graphics, so keep an eye out on Instagram, along with the up and coming website for fur ther details. Keep your July Calendar wide open, star t buying clay bars, wa x, polish, have those new par ts all ready because this’ll be something you DON’T wanna miss out on! Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting

Stay tuned for more info on Winnipeg Speed Fest and the progress of our builds. Stay safe!

for, Sir Kirby’s 2000 Acura EL. One of the cleanest EL’s this cit y has seen, aside from Nathan’s (which ser ved as inspiration for this build). Newly swapped B16A done by J’s Garage, with the stock 5 speed transmission, you can already tell that Kirby was going for a clean and simple look. Along with other modifications, consisting of a GREDDY header, AEM shor t ram intake, Skunk 2 Alpha Series Rad, Vibrant exhaust with stock pipe and an A/C delete (who needs the Air conditioning any ways?) Featured on many websites, forums and even the infamous Honda Tuning Magazine, this at tention grabbing EL was then known for its Teal colored engine bay bits, Recaro SR5 Confet ti’s and Volk TE37’s (15x7). “The best memor y I have with my EL was when Honda Squad (Facebook group) arranged a meet out in Steinbach; you should’ve seen all the yellow headlights and HIDs just

cruising together, pret t y awesome sight.” A lot of ef for t has gone into the EL, with many wheel set ups which included XXR’s and the Volks, yet always keeping it classy. Par ticipating in Driven, being par t of the Gonzo Drif t show out at Springs Church and the South Beach Casino meets, Kirby is defini tely looking forward to this upcoming year, now even more since he’s now the proud owner of a Subaru. “My inspiration came from seeing Nathan’s EL (Domani) at Driven before, there was always something about his car, that’s what made me want one, so I basically star ted hunting around for a stock EL to claim as my own.” Remember, if you want to be featured on this page, just follow me on Instagram: @PegCityJDM Email: pegcityjdm@gmail.com Title: ANG PERYODIKO

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Eat right, stay fit!

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HOPE the information I shared with you in our previous issue regarding healthy eating using Canada’s Food Guide recommendations helped you to eat more veggies and fruits. These, as we’ve discussed, are healthy foods that you must have on the table everyday for proper nutrition.

A balanced diet means eating food from these four food categories; carbohydrates, protein, dairy, fruits and vegetables. I encourage you to try new eating habits until you find what is suited for your nutritional needs. In this issue I will help you understand how three big meals can be broken down into 5-6 meals.When I was growing up, I was used to eating heavy meals for break fast, lunch and dinner. My meals consisted of large servings of rice and ulam (chicken, pork, beef and fish viands). Depending on how the meat/ fish were served, I am lucky if my mom added vegetables. And if it’s fried or barbequed, I don’t remember having vegetables with my meals. Well, the problem that people run into as what I have mentioned in our last ar ticle is the serving size. Basically, breaking 3 big meals into 5-6 meals help with serving. The 5-6 meals per day do not necessarily mean heavy meals. The purpose is to control the size or serving on your plate and at the same time enjoy your food. Consider this meal plan: 7 a.m.: Break fast (a bowl of cereal or protein pancakes or 2 slices of toast with peanut but ter), water/cof fee/milk. 9 a.m.: Morning snack (protein shake or a banana or an apple or carrot/celery sticks), water. 12 p.m.: Lunch (broccoli, chicken breast, 1-2 cups of rice), water. 3 p.m.: Af ternoon snack (Spinach salad with mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, pecans, feta cheese and vinaigret te dressing), water. 6 p.m.: Dinner (steak, beans, quinoa), water. 8 p.m.: Protein shake. Give this meal plan a try and find out if it works for you. It may take some time for you to get used to this meal plan and you may find that you are not hungry in between big meals but it is impor tant to have these snacks in between so that you are not too hungry during lunch or dinner. This will prevent you from eating too much. Feel free to substitute any food that you like. Change your protein intake from chicken breast, fish, steak, pork or beef etc. More varieties, the bet ter. Also, meal plans can var y depending on the appetite of the individual and on their heal th goals. Some people tr y to go for weight loss, healthy eating, exercise, and monitoring health conditions like diabetes or high cholesterol. Others take a dif ferent path. In the case of monitoring heal th condi tions, heal th professionals like dieticians can help you plan your meals according to your health status. If you are serious about making a change to your diet, make sure you are eating only healthy food. I know a professional who can help you with meal planning especially if you are an active individual. Contact Melissa at mjnero@live.com for meal/diet advice. Meanwhile, here’s a question I’m always asked: “If I follow a meal plan, is this

going to help me lose weight or my belly fat?” Here is a simple answer/equation for you: Total amount of food you eat (total calories) - Exercise (calories used) = Healthy Lifestyle Eating heal thy is crucial for overall well-being but another aspect of having healthy lifestyle is to stay active and exercise regularly. For exercise ideas, visit our YouTube channel at: ht tp://w w w.youtube.com/channel/UCqcwepiztpO0RXS9Z73crXQ and check out InsahyuGymless Fitness. Melanie Talastas-Soriano CAT(C), CFT Cer tified Athletic Therapist, Cer tified Fitness Trainer Visit our website: www.insahyu.com Find us on facebook: w w w.facebook. com/insahyutraining&therapy Follow us on twit ter: www.twit ter. com/insahyu


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Pinoy food at Jeepney Restaurant A

VISIT to Manila is never complete if you have not set foot on its bustling streets where the only viable means to get around the city is by taking the ubiquitous Jeepney. PUV, these machines are symbols of Philippine culture and ar t. Riding on jeepneys can be quite an adventur e. They don’t have seatbelts and passengers literally rub elbows and shoulders with one another while seated. Think of it like a tin can where people are packed like sardines; those who’ve seen or ridden in one will know what I mean. It doesn’t really look that bad and, truth is, jeepneys are actually fun to ride! Make sure to tap on the ceiling or the handle bar as loud as you can as most jeepneys in the Philippines today are equipped with stereos and drivers get carried away with the

music they could barely hear anyone wanting to disembark.

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Whoever thought of conver ting this five-man World War 2 military machine into a 10-, 15, or even 20seater public utility vehicle was an absolute genius. For our feature today, I’ll drive you around (pun intended) this great food destination that, in my opinion, is run by equally genius food masters you won’t normally find in the province. Jeepneys are the most popular means of public transpor t in the Philippines. They’re the king of the road! They are known for their open-air design, crowded seating and kitsch decorations. Of ficially referred to as


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Opinion

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Protecting Canada’s electoral system

Editorial

Canada’s election laws must be strengthened, not weakened

Why is the election legislation so bad? First and foremost, when a Government changes an election law, there should be an overall consensus from the many stake holders that it is good legislation. laws are changing and people need to know that the proposed changes are NOT good. Com-

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Will the killings ever stop?

HE murder of Zamboanga Judge Reynerio Estacio Sr. of the Zamboanga Regional Trial Court last Friday by two motorcycle-riding men brought to focus once more the culture of impunity that has pervaded Philippine society for decades. The ambush also brought to fore the worsening peace and order condition in the country and the incompetence of the country’s law enforcement agencies. The latest killing came in the wake of a report by the US State Department that extrajudicial killings remained a concern in 2013 and a report by the International News Safety Institute (INSI) that ranked the Philippines second only to war-torn Syria as the “World’s Most Dangerous Country for Journalists.” The INSI report said that 12 journalists and one media worker were killed last year in the country, tied with India and second to Syria’s 19 media murders. The deaths, however, included four media men who

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pared to other countries around the world, our system of democracy ranks well but that does not mean we should just assume that our electoral system is perfect. We should recognize that any Government can either accept the status quo or improve our democratic institutions including our election laws, or sadly, diminish them. Democracy should never ever be taken for granted and there is outrage today in Ottawa about how the Conservative Party wants to change our election laws. Despite the concerns expressed by Election Canada, other political parties including the Liberals, NDP and the Green Party, all have expressed that the Conservatives are trying to fix the 2015 election. Earlier this month, the Government refused to allow hearings outside of Ottawa. Now, they have indicated that through closure they intend to pass the legislation before July despite all of the opposition to it.

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On Distant Shore The criminal lords and corrupt politicians have grown even bolder. They have not only gone out to kill the media men who expose crimes and corruption, they are now going after the adjudicators of their crimes, the judges. died while covering typhoon Yolanda in Leyte. So far, 27 journalists have been killed since 2010 when

Aquino assumed power, according to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines. While the media killings have sent shivers to crusading journalists all over the country, these crusaders have long accepted the fact that their noble profession comes with such risks. Hundreds of journalists have either been killed, maimed, or simply disappeared in the Philippines for years, but the deaths, the tortures, the imprisonment, and the disappearance of these journalists have not stopped other media men to carry on the crusade to fight corruption, crimes, and other evils of our society. The criminal lords and corrupt politicians have grown even bolder. They have not only gone out to kill the media men who expose crimes and corruption, they are now going after the adjudicators of their crimes, the judges. And they kill lawyers and judges in broad daylight, usually near or ABELGAS, 30

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HEN you think about elections in the Philippines, what type of thoughts do you have? Based on the comments I often receive, I believe it is safe to say that in many ways, elections have gotten better overall but there are still concerns about issues like vote counts, election spending and more. The Philippines is not alone in this regard as there are many countries around the world that want to strengthen their democratic institutions. Individual freedom, Rule of Law and the ability to protest and vote are all important principles to people around the world. Look at what is happening in Ukraine today as those fundamental rights are being challenged and how the people are responding. Remember the 1986 “People Power Revolution” in the Philippines that led to the departure of President Ferdinand Marcos. In Canada today our election

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Joblessness

N a year that saw the country achieve investment grade for the first time, the Philippine economy registered the second highest growth rate in Asia after China. The growth achieved in 2013 may be tempered slightly this year, but the trajectory is expected to be sustained. The challenge for the government, as pointed out by many sectors and acknowledged by economic managers themselves, is how to translate the growth into meaningful jobs. Underemployment remains high, and the latest Labor Force Survey released the other day by the Philippine Statistics Authority showed the unemployment rate rising to 7.5 percent last January from 7.1 percent in January 2013. That’s an estimated 2.9 million jobless Filipinos – up from 2.7 million in the same period last year. This is in addition to the estimated 7.1 million underemployed. The figures do not include massive unemployment in the Visayas due to the catastrophic earthquake and Super Typhoon Yolanda last year. Analysts have pointed out that the figures are inconsistent with the country’s strong economic performance. It’s not surprising, however, when one considers that growth is heavily dependent on remittances from the nation’s overseas workers as well as a few sectors such as business process outsourcing and electronics production. Economic experts have often stressed that if the nation wants something better than what critics describe as jobless growth, the government will have to attract more investments in manufacturing as well as potential growth areas such as tourism and agribusiness. This will also ease the continuing exodus of Filipinos for better employment opportunities abroad. Promoting inclusive growth by creating more jobs will require a more business-friendly environment. This is a challenge that the nation has only slowly addressed in the past three decades, even as the country’s neighbors sprinted ahead with reforms that raised their competitiveness and drew job-generating investments. Numerous measures have been proposed to improve the job situation. The latest survey should give more urgency to the task at hand.

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IFE is filled with peaks and valleys. A peak is something excellent that happens in your life, something great, something to celebrate and remember. The birth of your child – that is a highpoint in your life. The day you get married – that is a peak. During those moments, it’s easy to be a Christian. “God is good,” you think to yourself. There’s no doubt in your mind that God is blessing you. But life isn’t one peak after another. There are the valleys too. The troubles of life. Those difficult moments. When you have been diagnosed with cancer – that’s a valley. When a loved one dies – that’s a valley. During those moments, it’s more difficult to be a Christian sometimes. When you’re in the valley, it’s hard to say, “God is good.” Sometimes your faith is shaken. Peaks and valleys – where are you right now? Are you on top of a peak? Or are you in a valley? Maybe you’re somewhere in between – maybe there’s a peak or a valley for you right around the corner, and you don’t even know it. The disciples of Jesus Christ had no idea that they were about to enter a valley – they were about to go through a low-point with Christ. Things with Jesus seemed to be going so well – he had performed miracles – walking on the water, feeding the 5000. He had been surrounded by crowds of people, listening to his teachings. It was easy to be a disciple of Jesus at that time. There was no doubt that this was the Son of God, the Savior

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Some quarters say that Escudero isn’t taking any chances. He is also reportedly hitching his “presidentiability” to someone related to a star, Grace Poe. Poe admits, quite candidly, that she won mainly because of the magic of her late father’s name – which confirms the theory that hitching your candidacy to a star pays off.

Street Talk he was the only candidate with an official clearance from the National Mental Hospital. And while we’re on the subject, wasn’t it Cayetano, as a senatorial candidate in Manny Villar’s slate, who made an issue of Noynoy Aquino’s mental equilibrium? “Topak” was how Cayetano described Aquino. For those not familiar with Tagalog idiom, it means mentally unhinged or someone who doesn’t have all his marbles. Cayetano also used Topak as an acronym for “Trapos, Oportunistas and Kamaganaks” (traditional politicians, opportunists and relatives) to belittle Aquino’s lineup of candidates. Come to think of it, having reportedly received P100 million in DAP funds from Aquino, on top of his P300 million-plus PDAP funds (reported as unaccounted and deficient in the 2013 report of the Commission on Audit), wouldn’t Cayetano qualify as “trapo” and “oportunista,” too? This brings us to the subject of how to prepare to run for

president. First, you must rebuild your bridges to everyone you think can help your candidacy, even if you privately believe that the other guy doesn’t have all his marbles. In this regard, Cayetano should hope and pray that the legendary vindictiveness of the Aquinos does not strike him like lightning from out of the blue. How else does one prepare for a presidential run? One formula that some folks swear by is hitching one’s candidacy to a star. According to them, that was how Kiko Pangilinan and Ralph Recto won their Senate seats. In this connection, can showbiz starlet Heart Evangelista do for Chiz Escudero what Sharon Cuneta and Vilma Santos did for Pangilinan and Recto, respectively? Some quarters say that Escudero isn’t taking any chances. He is also reportedly hitching his “presidentiability” to someone related to a star, Grace Poe. Poe admits, quite candidly, that she won mainly because of the magic of her late father’s name – which confirms the theory that hitching your candidacy to a star pays off. Political observers say, that

Escudero is grooming Poe as his vice-presidential team mate, in case he decides to run for president. Of course, other quarters are saying that Escudero is also sending broad signals about his willingness to run for vice-president of any viable presidential candidate, in case he doesn’t find it advisable to run for the top post himself. That’s called hedging his bets. In the case of Ping Lacson, his supporters are hoping that being appointed Rehabilitation Czar will do the trick. Of course, they are practical enough to know that it can only happen if Lacson succeeds in his assigned task, which is to get the provinces pummeled by Yolanda back on their feet. “Not if Mar Roxas can help it,” Roxas detractors aver. They think that PNoy may be keeping Lacson as a dark horse, in case Roxas is unable to rebuild his image and credibility, which sank below zero because of his mishandling of the Zamboanga and Yolanda crisis. According to the pundits, if Lacson succeeds in his mission of rehabilitation, he would become a viable “presidentiable.” Will it surprise anyone if Roxas will see to it that Lacson does

not succeed? As DILG secretary, Roxas is in a great position to scuttle Lacson at the local government level. Talking about local government, there is one local official who has begun to make some coy noises about running for president, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of Davao. Hey, if New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Makati Mayor Jojo Binay dared to do it, why not Duterte? Like Lacson, Duterete may be banking on his reputation as Dirty Harry to merit the position of commander in chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Of course, you can imagine what a public official, suspected of converting his police force into a death squad, can do if he has the whole military and national police under his command. Time to flee to safer climes. Like Afghanistan, perhaps? Of course, campaign funds are a major consideration in a presidential candidacy. In this regard, no one is taking Bongbong Marcos for granted. The son of the late unlamented dictator is said to have enough money in the kitty to fund the presidential campaigns of four generations of Marcoses, without hitting bottom. A sure sign that Marcos is serious about running is the way his social media machinery has been stage managing the “positive feedback” on him. The last social media report that someone leaked to me showed Marcos enjoying social media ratings of 91.25% “positive” and 8.75% “negative.” In 

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HIS early, it looks like the coming presidential contest will have as many contenders as the one in 2010. This makes the race more interesting. To use a clever slogan of a popular fast food chain, “The more, the many-ier.” It’s no longer news that Mar Roxas and Jojo Binay are running for president in 2016. So, is it news that Alan Peter Cayetano is also planning to run for the highest post in the land? Not at all. From the flood of press releases the Cayetano camp has been sending out week after week after week, and from the way he has been attacking reported front-runner, Binay, Cayetano couldn’t be preparing for a reelection to his Senate post. What about Chiz Escudero? And Ping Lacson. And newlyminted Sen. Grace Poe? And Manny Villar? Well, what about Bongbong Marcos? And, lest we forget, what about Davao City’s Mayor Rodrigo Duterte? The fact is, everyone and his uncle want to run for president. If Pascual Racuyal were still around, you can bet he would have been ahead of Binay, Roxas and Cayetano in announcing his intention to capture the post he first coveted when Manuel Quezon occupied Malacañang. For those too young to remember the days when there was a two-party system in Philippine politics, Racuyal was a perennial independent candidate for president. But, according to him, what made him different from the official Liberal Party and Nacionalista Party standard bearers was that

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Peaks and Valleys But right around the corner loomed the valley of the shadow of death. The crowds would soon turn against Jesus. He’d be betrayed, and arrested, and tortured, and publicly condemned, and executed in the most shameful way known to man at that time. The valley was right around the corner. The disciples would be filled with fear and doubt that Jesus was the Son of God. Soon, it would be very difficult to be a follower of Christ. A deep, dark valley was right around the corner, and the disciples had no idea. of the world. The disciples were experiencing one high-point after another with Jesus. But right around the corner loomed the valley of the shadow of death. The crowds would soon turn against Jesus. He’d be betrayed, and arrested, and tortured, and publicly condemned, and executed in the most shameful way known to man at that time. The valley was right around the corner. The disciples would be filled with fear and doubt that Jesus was the Son of God. Soon, it would be very difficult to be a follower of Christ. A deep, dark valley was right around the corner, and the disciples had no idea. And so, Jesus takes them to the top of a mountain. He lets them experience something amazing – with their own eyes, they catch a glimpse of his glory. Right before the valley, Jesus takes them to a mountain, to a high point, and he does this to strengthen them for the difficult

road ahead. Today, it is good for us to go on this journey with those disciples too, and experience with them this high point, for two reasons. First of all, it prepares us for Lent. Up until this time, you have heard about Christ, how powerful he is, what a great teacher he is, how he is, without a doubt, the Son of God and Savior of the World. But now it is Lent, that time in the church year when Jesus descends into the valley of the shadow of death. You’re going to hear about how he was rejected. How he was weak. How he suffered and died for the sins of the world. These next six weeks, we are going to walk with Jesus, into that valley, and see those difficult moments. This mountain-top experience we hear about today prepares us for the valley ahead. It also prepares us for something else – our own personal valleys. As we see Jesus glorified here today, it prepares us when we go through our own

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Living Hope difficult moments. May God bless you this day, as you stand with those disciples and see Jesus reveal his glory – may your faith be strengthened, for the days ahead, as you prepare for all the different peaks and valleys in your life. Mark 9 verse 2: “After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them.” The word “transfigure” means that Jesus’ appearance completely changed. At that moment, Jesus revealed his deity. He was the holy, almighty God, and the brightness of his appearance revealed that to his disciples. This was good, because soon the disciples would see Jesus dirty and bloody and weak and dying. But here it is clear, as he shines brighter than the sun – he is God – holy, almighty, and powerful. We have entered the Lenten season on Ash Wednesday two

weeks ago. As we continue on reflecting on the life of Jesus Christ, we will watch Jesus battle with Satan, and we will see him eventually become weak and die. Here today we are reminded that Jesus is the Son of God, the holy one spoken of by the prophets. Although he will be suffering and dying, he is still God and Savior, doing these things to win for us our salvation. This also helps us as we go through our own personal peaks and valleys in life. I do not know where you are right now – if you are experiencing a high moment, or a low moment. And I don’t know where you will be two years from now – what high moments or low moments you will be going through. In reality, neither do you. For us today, right now, it is good for us to be here, because here we are reminded of our Savior’s glory, who he really is. The disciples needed to climb a mountain to see this. Today, God’s Word is your mountain to climb. Every time you come to church, and you hear the Word of God, you have climbed the mountain. Here, you see Christ, who has taken your sins away on the cross and who has risen from the dead. Here you catch a glimpse of his glory, even if it’s just for a moment. Sunday morning worship – the Word of God – this is your mountain top. It is good for you to be at church, because this is where 

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Meg Imperial:

From a passerby role to lead star MANILA, Philippines- Af ter almost eleven years in showbiz, Meg Imperial finally gets a big break in the industry: a lead role in a teleserye. Af ter moving to ABS-CBN last year, the network slowly honed Meg and gave her a kontrabida role in “Galema.” Now she’s already leading in the network’s upcoming teleserye “Moon of Desire.” “I star ted as talent po, e,” the 21-year-old actress recalled in an inter view on Wednesday af ternoon. “So hindi ako basta na lang nagiging bida. Nag-umpisa po ako from scratch muna na passerby, nasa likod ng malalaking ar tista, doon po ako nag-umpisa.” “Talagang pinagdaanan ko po ‘yong hirap. So ito ‘yong desire ko na maging lead, magkaroon

ng break sa showbiz po. So ito na po, natupad na po.” Sexier One of the considered launching projects of Meg was the sexy film “Menor de Edad.” She even became a FHM magazine cover girl before working on the film to prep her for the role and build her “sexy” confidence. But af ter seeing the teaser of her upcoming af ternoon show, observers said the young actress has taken her sex y image a notch higher. “Siguro po kasi dahil first ko po ‘yong Menor de Edad, hindi pa po ako gano’n ka-prepared na gawin ‘yong mga ganoong bagay,”

she explained when asked how she was convinced to do the sexy scenes in the TV series. Meanwhile, she is confident that she won’t become “bastusin” in the new television series because the sexy scenes are more refined as there is an existing censorship in T V shows. She added that she’s confident that the director was able to do the scenes “ar tistically.” “Hindi k o rin naman po magagawa ang proyek to na ‘to na hindi ako nagtitiwala sa prod naming na aalagaan nila ako nang maayos. At hindi naman din po nila hahayaan na maging bastusin ako sa harap ng maraming tao,” she said. Since her kontrabida in the show is another budding sex y star Ellen Adarna, many believe that the TV series would become a venue for a showdown of sex iness bet ween the t wo actresses.


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New classrooms, boats for Yolanda

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Now, to our main feature -- the Jeepney Restaurant. The place opened on February 10, 2014. It is located at 714 Sargent Avenue, in between Toronto St and Beverly St. The restaurant is owned and managed by an experienced trio: Alber t Lalu, Nelson Varias and Nelson Olegario. I can fairly say that they resemble the three Filipino friars (Gomez, Burgos, and Zamora) who played a major role in the Philippine revolution during the Spanish era. In the culinary contex t these three chefs have unique experiences in hotel, cruise ship and banquets and they have what it takes to satisfy all kinds of food cravings. Indulge yourself in a great Pinoy food revolution brought to you by these three food exper ts. I was pleasantly surprised when I opened their menu. It gave me the feeling like I’ve never lef t home. The Jeepney Restaurant of fers a fine array of great Filipino food that are appropriately named af ter or in reference to the iconic jeepney. For instance, they offer appetizers called “Sexy Lang sa Unahan”, and entrees interestingly labeled as “Biyaheng Langit”. They also have rice and noodles called “Pull String to Stop”, and a

breakfast special a.k.a “Barya lang sa Umaga,” which mostly consists of the conventional “SI-LOG” (fried rice and egg combo) like tapsilog (thinly sliced beef marinated in soy sauce and vinegar), tocilog (homemade Pinoy st yle ham), longsilog (homemade Pinoy style sausage), grilled bangus (Pinoys’ national fish-milk fish) which is one of their main dishes, with less traditional mash-ups like lechon kawali (deep fried pork belly), pritong manok (fried chicken) embutido (Pinoy-style meatloaf) and their very own Asian back bacon. And the best par t about their si-logs? They’re all evenly priced at around $6 only! Other great entrees to try are their best-sellers and favorites: • Ox tail Kare-Kare (tender ox tail braised in per fection with peanut sauce/ Asian vegetables/peanuts/fermented shrimp paste) • Beef Ribs Red Sinigang (fork tender beef ribs simmered for hours in sour broth, made from tamarind and lots or roma tomatoes/Asian vegetables/chili finger) • Pork Adobo (tender pork belly, braised in soy sauce, vinegar and garlic concoction/ bokchoi/ fried garlic) • Sisig (grilled pork cheeks, soy sauce/citrus/onions/green chili/ pork liver/mayo/chicharon) We greatly recommend their

Sago’t gulaman (tapioca filled caramel drink) as beverage and their Leche Flan Turon (another popular Pinoy desser t formed into one, topped with chocnut and preserved jackfruit) as desser t which can only be found at Jeepney Restaurant. From ser vice to decor to presentation of food and the food itself, everything about Jeepney Restaurant is top- notch. The restaurant personnel are kind and friendly, and their service fast. Their serving is big enough to satisfy your hunger and cravings and they have different kinds of sauces to suit your appetite. I like the restaurant’s ambience and concept. With all these, I give them 8.5 Spoons! Meantime, please take note that they are only accepting cash. They also accept reservations; phone orders for pick up and dine-in. Business hours: Mondays- Closed Tue to Thu- 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; 4:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Fri to Sun- 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Check them out on Facebook, Instagram and Urbanspoon.

STUDENTS in some areas devastated by typhoon Yolanda will go back to school this June with new classrooms, as ABS-CBN’s Sagip Kapamilya has begun building seven new classrooms in Dulag National High School in Dulag, Leyte, and three classrooms in Basiao Elementary School in Basey, Samar. Through the combined efforts of the local communities, barangay officers, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Philippine Navy along with Sagip Kapamilya, the classrooms are expected to be finished by the end of May, or before the new school year starts. The classrooms were designed by Energy Development Corporation to be typhoon-resistant and will be furnished with arm chairs, electric fans, and toilet facilities. Sagip Kapamilya also continues to rebuild the livelihood of the typhoon victims. Following the distribution of fishing nets and more than 100 boats to some families in Basey and Dulag, Sagip Kapamilya will also put fish processing facilities in Dulag

so that fishermen can further support their children’s education. There are 4,000 boats more to be distributed to the residents of Dulag, Basey, and to Sta. Rita in Leyte and Marabut in Samar. Sagip Kapamilya also eyes other livelihood projects for different barangays of Basey and Dulag, including crab cultivation, agriculture, weaving, and ecotourism. As mandated by President Noynoy Aquino through his appointed Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) Panfilo Lacson, ABS-CBN will implement long-term rebuilding projects in the towns of Dulag and Basey. Sagip Kapamilya has also widened its efforts by sending help to neighboring towns Sta. Rita and Marabut. Other typhoon-hit towns or areas were also assigned to various development partners of the government. For updates on ABS-CBN’s Sagip Kapamilya rehabilitation projects for the typhoon Yolanda survivors and donation details, log-on to www.abs-cbnnews.com/tulongph.


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Julia Barretto and Enrique Gil team up in 2014’s Official Summer Teleserye

“Mira Bella”

KAPAMILYA stars Julia Barretto and Enrique Gil are set to capture the hearts of primetime TV viewers as they team up for the first time in ABS-CBN’s upcoming fantasy series “Mira Bella,” which premieres this March. “All artists, especially newcomers like me, dream to have our own teleserye. And with this opportunity given to me by ABS-CBN, I promise to do my best for our show,” said Julia. Like Julia, Enrique admitted that he is also excited for the premiere of “Mira Bella.” “This is my first ever fantaserye and I can’t wait to share it with the viewers. It’s a new experience that has taught me new things and has given me the chance to work with other great actors for the first time. It is very refreshing,” he said. Meanwhile, Julia and Enrique shared that they believe that the primetime audience will enjoy the narrative of their program. “‘Mira Bella’ is perfect for the whole family this upcoming summer season. It is a story about family, love, and acceptance. TV viewers, especially the younger generation, will surely learn a lot from our story,” Julia shared. Julia will portray the character of a young girl cursed to have a wood-like skin named Mira, who is secretly admired by her blind best friend Jeremy, who will be played by Enrique. Despite her extraordinary characteristic, Mira grows up as an obedient and kind-hearted child because of her stepparents Osang (Pokwang) and Paeng (John ‘Sweet’ Lapus). Also joining Julia, Enrique, Sweet, and Pokwang in “Mira Bella” are Sam Concepcion, Mylene Dizon, James Blanco, Mika dela Cruz, and Gloria Diaz. It is directed by Erick Salud, Jojo Saguin, and Jerome Pobocan. “Mira Bella” is the newest masterpiece of Dreamscape Entertainment Television, the group that created the phenomenal drama series “Walang Hanggan,” toprating superhero teleserye “Juan dela Cruz,” and the timely series “Honesto,” which is already nearing its finale. Don’t miss the beginning of a beautiful love story in “Mira Bella” this March on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida. For more information about “Mira Bella,” visit the show’s official social media accounts at Facebook.com/MiraBellaOnline and Twitter.com/MiraBellaOnline.

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contrast, poor Mar Roxas is struggling with 98.63% “negative” and 1.37% “positive.” Insiders say that the technique being used by the Marcos camp is similar to “Google bombing”- a process of literally bombing the Internet with mentions (positive or negative) about an individual to the point that his name comes up on top in the search engines.

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One actual case was that of former US President George W. Bush. Apparently, some dedicated and determinend Bush haters did a Google-bombing campaign that associated Bush with “incompetence.” The result? Whenever you keyed in the word “incompetent” in a Google search, the name George W. Bush came up.

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The same social media manipulation tactic is now being used by demolition squads of certain well-funded presidential contenders, this time, to erode the rankings of their rivals. The trouble though is that the majority of voters are not Internet savvy, which means that these digital dirty tricks may have no

impact on the masses at all. Will Manny Villar run for president again? Why not? He certainly isn’t lacking in funds. In spite of the humongous budget that he is said to have thrown into his 2010 presidential run, the Villars are still in the money and will have no problem outspending most of the presidential pretenders. Which brings up the topic of why one presidential wannabes has decided to signal, this early, that he may run for president. According to battle-scarred political operators, it’s a way of attracting the interest of the moneybags. At the moment, Cayetano’s name may just a blip in the SWS readings on “presidentiables,” but, who knows, maybe picking a fight with other contenders will gain for him better top-ofmind. And if that happens, he could be perceived as “winnable” enough for the perennial funders to bet on. And even if he eventually loses, he would still be ahead. Indeed, to paraphrase the tourism slogan, “It’s more funds announcing a presidential run.” (mms13@gmail.com)


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$250-million investment Manitoba’s largest ever in Winnipeg roads THE Manitoba government is investing a quarter of a billion dollars to repair and rebuild Winnipeg streets and sidewalks over the next five years, Premier Greg Selinger announced on March 5, 2014 with Mayor Sam Katz at the Manitoba Legislative Building. “I want Winnipeggers to have a safe, smooth ride wherever their day takes them. Working with the city, we will do everything from patching potholes to completing street and intersection rebuilds,” said Premier Selinger. “We know the roads we are building today will benefit us and the next generation because building firstrate infrastructure attracts first-rate industry and jobs.” The premier noted the funding agreement will add a total of $66 million in all new funding over the next five years to existing road improvement programs in Winnipeg, making it the largest-ever Winnipeg street renewal investment. “Winnipeggers have been clear that it’s time to rebuild our roads and we are listening,” said Katz. “Like us, the province is making infrastructure a priority. This additional fund-

ing allows us to make the most of Winnipeg’s short construction season and to expand our capacity to get the job done.” The additional funding will allow major new road reconstruction projects to proceed this year, the premier said. When new funding is combined with extended and continuing financial support from the Province of Manitoba, this partnership with the City of Winnipeg will fund more than 100 individual road, back lane and sidewalk repair projects this year. “The funding being announced today shows what the province and city can do to keep Winnipeg competitive when we work together,” said Children and Youth Opportunities Minister Kevin Chief, minister responsible for the City of Winnipeg. “This agreement allows the City of Winnipeg to plan ahead, starting more road repair projects all over the city that will have an immediate impact in Winnipeg neighbourhoods.” Examples of road repair projects now scheduled for 2014 include: • King Edward Street from Logan Avenue to Legion Avenue;

• Berrydale Avenue from St. George Road to Ste. Anne’s Road; and • Kildare Avenue from Brewster Street to Day Street. Examples of road repair projects now scheduled for 2015 include: • Berry Street from Wellington Avenue to Sargent Avenue; and • Intersection reconstruction at Sturgeon Road in the Murray Industrial Park. “This agreement with the city is part of a $5.5-billion, five-year plan for the whole province announced earlier today with investments in strategic trade routes, flood protection and other core infrastructure that will grow our economy and create good jobs,” the premier said. “The last generation of roads and bridges served us well over the last 50 years and now we must restore that infrastructure to ensure its reliability and safety, at the same time as we expand it for our growing population and economy.” A complete project list of street and sidewalk renewal projects is available at: www.gov.mb.ca/ia/index.html.

MASSIVE REBUILDING. Premier Greg Selinger, joined by Kevin Chief, minister responsible for the City of Winnipeg and Mayor Sam Katz announce the provincial funding of $250 million over the next five years to repair and rebuild more than 100 Winnipeg road, back lane and sidewalk projects this year.

Filipino Neophyte Film-Maker Shines at Winnipeg Film Festival by Gemma Dalayoan FERNANDO Dalayoan, an aspiring video and film-maker, won third prize for his film “Manila Road” at the Winnipeg Film Festival held on February 18, 2014 at the North Kildonan Mennonite Church on Gateway St. from 1:00-8:00 p.m. Manila Road, a short documentary, vied against seven other documentary films. Other films belonging to different categories were also shown simultaneously with his film in a multi-theatre format or setting as found at the Mennonite Church. Other films which Fernando has produced under his own production company called the Blue Water Buffalo Production are the following: Just in Time, Young Ligaw (Courtship), Tutulungan Kita (I’ll Help You), and The Greeting Card. They were also screened at

other places in the United States and Canada. Most of his films revolve on the concepts of multiculturalism and Filipinos’ integration to Canadian society. Manila Road traces the Dalayoan family’s immigration to Canada as well as the experiences of the earlier immigrants and also the newly-arrived ones. It also features how different associations help Filipinos adapt to their new environment, a friendly place called Manitoba. Fernando graduated with a Commerce Degree (Hons) and Bachelor of Education degree respectively at the University of

Manitoba. He is currently a Grade 6 teacher at Lord Nelson School. Free limited viewing of the film Manila Road can be found at: https://vimeo.com/72208489


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comebacks at PBA JACKIE Anderson’s Anishinabe Pride will face Red and Sandra Ducharme’s Winnipeg Spirit Gold Team on Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Tykes Division. The matchup will be followed by a Championship game between Winnipeg Spirit Grey Team vs Blizzards under the leadership of Coaches Ruel Maranan and John Aaron. In the Junior Bantam Division, Blizzards vs Fury will battle for 3rd place. Blizzards lost a very close game against Legacy Team, who will face Junior Alliance in the Finals.

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After a huge upset from the hands of the Magic Girls, the undefeated Loralee will now have to fight for a 3rd place position against The Perfect Smile. The Manitoba Magic’s awesome performance will now be tested against the powerful Groove Theory.

Final Four for 39 and over - Men’s Open and Juvenile Division

After finishing the Regular Season on a 3-way tie, Munoz Silk Screen Printing ended on top by way of points system. Equally matched up, Ginno’s Auto Care came in at second and defending champion Anthony James Home Selling Team fin-

ished up 3rd while The Hungry Loralee is comfortable on the 4th spot. It will be Munoz vs Loralee and Ginno’s vs Anthony James. This will be a very exciting game.

Men’s Open Division

Number one ranked Flight/ Ray Duque is all excited to play after having a bye on the first round. The team will be tested against the quicker and young shooters of Maples Chiropractic. In another game, Number 2 ranked Redstar will have their hands full against The Blackjack/RBC Team. These young and talented players promise to upset the defending Champion. Mark your calendar for March 23: Sarte Heating and Cooling is promising a Championship, but they have to beat the very strong team of Peg City Flight. March 30 would be the last of the Divisions; 32 and over Loralee’s leading the way and 48 and Over Loralee as well is undefeated but they have to go past the SQ/Homer Lacap Team, or Tri M, Aldo Team, Red Eagles and surging Bilao Restaurant Team. Witness great basketball at Garden city this Sunday at 10 a.m.

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at Wild Card, batters sparmates MANILA (March 13) – Manny Pacquiao resumed his training at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles on Wednesday for his April 12 rematch with Timothy Bradley, sparring for six rounds with two fighters. One of Pacquiao’s sparmates wasn’t lucky though, as he left the ring with bloody nose after duking it out with the Filipino. According to a report by Steve Angeles of ABS-CBN’s North America News Bureau, it was a Pacquiao right straight that bloodied the sparmate’s nose. Pacquiao, for his part, was just happy to be back at the Wild Card Gym for his first workout on US soil this year. “I like it. I love it. It’s very private for me to train here and no other boxer except me and my sparring partners,” said Pacquiao, who for his last fight against Brandon Rios in Macau spent his entire training camp in the Philippines.

For the Bradley bout, the fighting congressman kicked off training in General Santos City. He along with chief trainer Freddie Roach arrived in Los Angeles Sunday but had to sit out a day due to jet lag. On Wednesday, Pacquiao felt better, spelling bad news for his sparmates. “Ganda naman. Ayos naman ‘yung first day dito sa America. Jet lag pa so adjust pa konti pero I’m getting there and the condition… And speed. So no problem,” he added. Pacquiao had reunited with strength and conditioning guru Justine Fortune, and the Australian likewise buckled down on Wednesday. “Justin Fortune is back to work and he gave me a hard time for a first day,” Pacquiao said. Pacquiao challenges Bradley for the WBO welterweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (philstar)

Kuwentong Gilas: A Story about our Basketball Heroes KUWENTONG Gilas continues to share the real drama behind the lives of the Gilas Pilipinas players. The sports documentary, which premiered exclusively on Aksyon TV5 International on February 21 and airs every Friday, has been receiving positive feedback from viewers and netizens alike. The 30-minute weekly episode is narrated by basketball legend Freddie Webb. “This is the real life story of each player who became part of Gilas Pilipinas – their journey, struggle and triumph that led to the success of the team. We want to teach our kids, and

even adults, the value of effort, resilience, sacrifice and generosity,” said Chot Reyes, Head of Sports5 and head coach of Gilas Pilipinas Last Friday, February 28, viewers were glued to the heartwarming journey of Gilas Pilipinas guard Gary David who struggled with his shooting in the FIBA Asia tournament. His humble beginnings in Dinalupihan, Bataan gave us a glimpse of how “El Granada” dealt with hunger and frustration to rise above the challenges that came his way. In the coming episode on March 7, Kuwentong Gilas gives a look at the player who was once teased as the

“Kano ng Pozzorubio”. Considered the heart and soul of Gilas Pilipinas forward, Jean Marc Pingris will tell his story of how he overcame poverty to become one of the most beloved basketball players today. Kuwentong Gilas is a must-follow series as Gilas Pilipinas prepares for the FIBA World Cup in Spain and the Asian Games in South Korea. Timeslot are as follows: PST 11pm, EST 2am (Saturday) with replays every Saturday at PST 6pm, EST 9pm. Sports5 is the production division of TV5 that continues to blaze the trail in Philippine sports television.

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“Stars on 45” kicks off semi-finals round

Madlang People warmly welcome Vhong back on “It’s Showtime” VHONG Navarro made an emotional return to ABS-CBN’s “It’s Showtime” last Saturday (Mar 8), thanking the noontime program’s loyal ‘madlang people’ for their prayers and support, over a month after his brutal mauling incident in January. Many viewers nationwide tuned in to his return that “It’s Showtime” recorded a national TV rating of 20.3%, compared to rival program “Eat Bulaga” (12.6%), according to data from Kantar Media. Netizens also warmly welcomed Vhong back as they posted their thoughts

on social networking sites. On Twitter, the hashtag #WelcomeBackVhongNavarro landed on the list of worldwide trending topics. “I want to personally thank all of you for defending me, believing in me, and praying for me,” a tearful Vhong said. “You are the reason why I remain strong, why I’m here in front of you now, and why I love working. I love making people happy,” he added. This week in “It’s Showtime,” the Twitter-trending “Stars on 45” has begun

trimming down its 27 middle-aged semifinalists who will compete by crooning classic and contemporary hit tracks. They have proven that it is not too late for them to shine, but who among them will prove to be the hottest and the brightest? Stay tuned to “It’s Showtime,” 12:30 PM on weekdays and on Saturdays at 12NN on ABS-CBN. For updates on the program, follow @ItsShowtimena on Twitter, @ItsShowtimeOfficial_IG on Instagram, or like www.facebook. com/itsShowtimena.


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By Grayson Besser

HELLO, welcome to our second installment of Road to the Playoffs. For this issue, we’ll feature one of the youngest players on the team. His name is Mark Scheifele. At only 20 years old, Scheifele is already earning $925,000 salary as centre. Born March 15, 1993 in Kitchener, Ontario he played with the Barrie Colts in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for one season before being selected 7th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft in Minnesota by the Winnipeg Jets. Scheifele became the first rookie to sign an entry level contract with the new Jets era organization. In his first ever NHL pre-season game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Scheifele scored 2 goals and 2 assists earning him the game’s 1st star and his team’s respect. His first official NHL goal was scored a few games into the regular season against Manitoba’s own James Reimer of the Toronto Maple Leafs. With somewhat of a good start to his NHL

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ROAD TO THE career Scheifele was sent back down to his old OHL team the Barrie Colts for further development. Fast forward to the current 20132014 NHL season Schiefele has played in 60 regular season games making him eligible for the Calder Trophy (Rookie of the Year) with 40 points. For the playoffs, we now find Schiefele watching the games at home due to an MCL injury he sustained in a game against the New York Islanders on March 4. There has been no

news as of yet on the extent of the injury but reports have it that he should be out 6-8 weeks. This is not something the Winnipeg Jets need as they have somehow found a way to go on and lose 4 of 5 games so far in the first half of their March schedule. Last month we touched on a few things the Jets needed to do to win and so far we have seen nothing when it comes to players trusting the system and our key player stepping up to the plate. When asked what the problem is in a post game interview Mark Stuart said that “the team is playing tight” which, in hockey terms, means they are not allowing themselves scoring opportunities from making those key passes to hitting the net on each shot attempt. The Jets simply look...tight. With only 15 games left until the playoffs the Jets can be seen up against a wall trying to fight for that last wild card spot in the west. For the sake of paying $150 a ticket per game, let’s pray they can start producing and become a playoff-caliber team. Thank you again for reading and we will see you next month for the regular season recap.


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MLA Mohinder Saran:

Man on a Mission not been so easy over the years. New restrictions on international travel had to be imposed due to the rising cases of overstaying and illegal aliens, not to mention the recent terror threats that have all the more forced governments to tighten their immigration laws. Although these developments have somehow been discouraging to overseas workers - for instance Filipinos who are among the thousands that have settled in Canada aside from their Asian counterparts – there’s a different story unfolding in the beautiful province of Manitoba. It seems like for the first time in as many years, this great destination i s

opening all its doors to all people of the world.Unsurprisingly, we have learned that one of the persons who have helped change the immigration landscape – and made Manitoba home to other foreign nationals -- is no other than Mohinder Saran.

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Meet the soft-spoken public servant, a politician in Manitoba, Canada who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba (for the electoral division of The Maples) in the provincial polls in May 2007. Saran is a native of India. He moved to Canada in 1970. If there’s one thing that Saran is very noted for, it is the desire in helping many people immigrate to Manitoba. Saran knows immigration like the palm of his hand. He knows its intricacies and nuances, like how the Provincial Nominee Program requires nurses to secure an employment certificate; how truck drivers had to wait for job offers from companies; and how teachers

IN case you haven’t noticed it yet, there’s been a major transformation in the way Canada accepts foreigners to live in this beautiful country. Look around you, in your neighborhood, downtown or even in other cities and provinces in Canada, many nurses, professionals in the medical and academic field, and even truck drivers and other hardworking individuals who once had to go through the hassle of applying for immigration are now living the good life here in Manitoba. Canada, like the United States and other highly-developed countries in Europe, is a nation that holds great promise especially to people from the Philippines, India, Africa and other parts of Asia and Europe who wish to immigrate to the country to seek greener pastures. Unfortunately, immigrating to these countries has

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must show their credentials to get a job.

Doing what’s best

Saran, who is very sensitive to the aspirations of those seeking for better opportunities in Manitoba, knows that part of his social responsibility is to help people in need and, in this case, those who must pass through the strict screening process in Manitoba’s immigration policies. In order for him to do this,

he arranged in January 2008 a meeting with Gary Doer, Canada’s then Premier of Manitoba. The agenda: to remove the requirement list for aspiring immigrants. People who know Saran, and his genuine concern for those who want to visit or live in Manitoba for good, will agree that he only means well when it comes to sharing his knowledge on how to make Canadian immigration better and more accessible to all. Saran’s meeting with the Deputy Minister and Assistant

Deputy Minister of Manitoba for Immigration and Labour, under the marching orders of Doer, was a success. They know that Saran was only doing what’s best for Manitoba and the people who want to change their lives for the better thus the consideration and eventual approval of his initiatives.

Kris recalls James’ sweet gestures MANILA - Proving that she and her exhusband are on good terms, host-actress Kris Aquino recalled some of the sweet gestures of basketball player James Yap on Thursday’s episode of her morning show, “Kris TV.” Aquino said Yap made an effort to make her smile during the saddest moments of her life by giving her special gifts. “Last wedding anniversary namin na dying na ang mom ko at alam talaga ni James na malungkot na malungkot ako. Kahit ano talaga, kuripot siya, pero gastos siya talaga at binilhan niya ako ng Birkin,” she said. “I mean that was near the end pero parang sinabi ko, parang ang naalala ko sinabi niya, ‘I know kung gaano ka ka-sad. Para at least may konting happiness naman dito.’ That was my first [Birkin]. Hindi ako bumibili talaga kasi parang feeling ko kasalanan. I know it’s a material thing but it was the thought behind the material thing,” she added. Referring to the expensive handbag, Aquino said: “Yeah, I didn’t have that kasi bawal sa mom ko. Ayaw ng mom ko, naku that orange box pinagbabawal ng mom ko. After na lang ako nagkaroon kasi sabi ng mom ko hindi raw talaga makatarungan to spend that amount on a bag. So that was the first, doon nanggaling, that was July 10, 2009.”

Substance, not sizzle

The scrapping of the requirements that would have made life more difficult for those working on their immigration papers was a major breakthrough in Manitoba’s ongoing immigration law.Everyone is now eligible to apply for a PNP program without any hindrances. And that’s all because of Saran. According to Saran, “I feel very satisfied being able to help nurses, teachers, and other professionals from around the world to immigrate and experience a better life in Manitoba.” As what his friends in government would say, “Mohinder believes in substance – not sizzle.” There couldn’t be any better way to put it, especially for someone on a mission… *** (Attached is the list showing the requirements before August 2008. MLA Mohinder Saran was the reason why this was taken out, and thus allowed foreign professionals to enjoy the opportunities that living and working in Manitoba provide.)

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Sometimes there are things that happen in our lives which changes our paths. It may be diseases, accidents, sudden death or even such a thing as addiction which we never even knew we had. At the end of the day, we should be able to man up and answer for the wrongs that we did. Only this way can we release ourselves from the resentments of what we have done. If you want to be free, this is the only way to do it. Reminder po! Clients call me complaining about debt companies using call centers in Manila. The company did not disclose that they are talking to someone in Manila. They have to let you opt-out if you do not want to talk to them. Ingatan po lagi ang ating personal information. If you have been a victim, report this to the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada. Ben Lou at your service! I have 30 years of real financial experience. If you would like sound financial advice, call me at Debt Aid Consulting. We are incorporated in the US and Canada. Tawag na po sa 1-888-3415234 at tutulungan po namin kayo. Itama po natin ang mali!


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The debate is hot as numerous MPs are getting upset and cannot believe what is happening. Over the next weeks you will be hearing a lot more about the issue. I now co-chair The Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs and back on March 6 we heard from Marc Mayrand who is the Chief Electoral Officer for Elections Canada. Our independent chief electoral officer made stunning comments to the committee -- how bad the legislation really is and he pointed out serious flaws and short comings. The detailed transcript from that committee meeting will be released later this month. For people who are interested in the details from that meeting, please contact my office or go to the House of Commons web-site. Why is the election legislation so bad? First and foremost, when a Government changes an election law, there should be an overall consensus from the many stake holders that it is good legislation. Our election laws should

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you are strengthened for the days ahead, for all the peaks and valleys that are around the corner for you. Let me take this opportunity to invite you to come to church that preaches the Good News that Jesus Christ died for your sins, rose again on the third day, ascended to heaven and will be coming back soon for His children. Or better still, come

Do you remember the inand-out scandal or the robo-call scandal? There were a number of candidates that spent more than they were allowed to and there were serious allegations of voter fraud. In the last election, tens of thousands of people called to file complaints with Elections Canada. An example of cheating occurred when thousands of voters were phoned at two in the morning in an attempt to get voters mad at one particular political party only days before the election day itself. The Chief Electoral Officer was virtually begging for more authority to protect the integrity of Canada’s electoral system but the bottom line is that the exact opposite has occurred. It will become easier to get away with breaking our election laws. Over the weeks ahead the Government must make changes or come July 1 Canada’s election laws overall will have been weakened. (www.mpkevin.ca) to the church I am serving this Sunday and let us talk about Jesus Christ! (Pastor Fred Sebastian serves the Church of the Living Hope meeting at 235 Enniskillen Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Pastor Fred invites you to their services on Sundays, beginning at 10:30 AM. We also have strong ministries for children, Youth and Young Adults. For more information: 204.633.22 30/204.952.4460)

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in their homes, sometimes in front of their family, as in the case of Judge Estacio, who was shot seven times while revving his car in front of his house. His wife, who was with him, survived the attack. The list of murdered lawyers and judges under the Aquino administration has been growing, as listed by the Inquirer: Aug. 4, 2010, prosecutor Macadatar Marsangca, Iligan City; Oct. 4, 2010, Judge Reynaldo Lacasandile, Tagudin, Ilocos Sur; Jan. 19, 2011, Judge Fredelito Pingao, Currimao, Ilocos Norte; Aug. 5, 2011, lawyer Archer Baldwin Martinez, Dumaguete City; Aug. 3, 2012, lawyer Manolo Zerna, Tanjay City, Negros Oriental; Aug. 18, 2012, lawyer Xerxes Balios Camacho, former president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Northern Samar chapter; Sept. 20, 2012, lawyer Nicomedes Romagos, in Cataingan, Masbate; Oct. 29, 2012, lawyer Lazaro Gayo in Agoo, La Union; Nov. 14, 2012, lawyer Sulpicio Landicho, Tanauan City, Batangas. IBP president Roan Libarios said that in the last 10 years, at least 200 lawyers and judges have been shot in cold blood. He said most of these murders remain unsolved, with police authorities using the perennial line “lack of evidence and witnesses” to justify their failure,

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Will you feel like chatting today? You bet you will -- and it’s a given that the topic of your choice will be love or romance. In fact, expect one of your new admirers to bridge the gap boldly between friend and lover during what starts out as a casual chat. If you’re interested, get busy. This opportunity won’t last forever. Fortunately, at the speed you move, this won’t be a problem.

thereby generating a feeling of helplessness among the general public. The murders have exposed the criminals’ lack of respect and fear of the country’s law enforcers. These criminals are not even considering laying low despite the high-profile coverage of the assassinations, and the people’s angry reaction. They don’t seem to fear a police crackdown, or are they so confident that the police won’t go after them for reasons known only to them and their police collaborators? The government cannot allow the perpetrators of these dastardly crimes to continually get away with their treacherous acts. For one, the government’s failure to solve the murders would send the wrong signal to other crime lords and corrupt politicians that they can get away with murdering people in the same way that they have gotten away with illegal gambling, kidnappings, robberies, drug dealing, smuggling, bribery and many other crimes for years. Secondly, it would confirm doubts of local businessmen and foreign investors that this government is inutile against lawlessness, and that this government cannot protect their investments, much less their lives and those of their family. How can a country combat crime and corruption when the government cannot even

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Still longing for a few hours of time alone with your sweetheart, without the intrusion of a phone or computer? Well, then, take it. Turn off anything that beeps, rings or buzzes, and have an honest-to-goodness conversation. Give yourselves the gift of uninterrupted privacy tonight. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You’re ready for a whole new level of intimacy with your current partner. Don’t cut corners. Say it all. Every word. The worst that can happen is that you’ll make it absolutely painful for the two of you to be later on. But then, there’s always tomorrow night -- and the chance to make up for all that lost time. CANCER (June 21-July 22): The urge to take off for some serious shopping will be tough to resist -- and why should you? Shopping is perfectly justified now. Just try not to go over your limit -- not too far, anyway. The seasons are changing and your wardrobe needs a serious update. If you can afford it, a few quality staples is just what your look needs. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): It’s all about you today -- and your lover will no doubt prove it to you from the moment you open your eyes. Since you’ve been planning an equally wonderful surprise for them, of course, there’s no reason to feel guilty about being so spoiled. Besides, who in their right mind wouldn’t make a fuss over you? VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): That secret you’ve been lugging around? You just can’t keep quiet about it, not for one more second. If it’s going to be a private surprise, though, be discreet, and don’t tell anyone anything. Disclosing your secret, even to your best friend, could result in a leak of vast proportions -you don’t have to wait much longer now. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): A friend has recently come to you with a super offer, and you’re tempted to take it. Unfortunately, they’re not waiting for an answer, and you’ve got more important things to attend to. They want to introduce you to a whole new peer group -- to some people they’re sure you’ll fit in with just perfectly. If you can talk them into waiting just two days, it could be a blessing. SCORPIO (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): If anyone is notoriously not fond of attention, it’s you. In fact, you tend to avoid anything that even remotely resembles the spotlight. At the moment, that may be tough to do, however, since someone who loves you may be planning a huge surprise. Oh, well. Relax. You may end up liking it. SAGITTARIUS (Nov.22-Dec.21): You were wondering when someone new and interesting might cross your path -- especially if you’re single. Alas, the universe has seen fit to arrange an encounter for you: A surprising, coincidental encounter. Listen closely, no matter where you are, for one of those accents you so dearly love -- the kind that lets you know someone is not from your neck of the woods. Then be brave and introduce yourself. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Calm, cool and calculated -- that’s you, right? Well, that may be what you’re used to being referred to as, but those may not be the adjectives used to describe you today. In fact, you may end up being called fiery, spontaneous and startling. Why hold back? Just go for it and let everyone see what you’re all about. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): This could be quite the romantic day for you. Oh, and then there’s the fact that the heavens have arranged a full buffet of sweet, tender energies to assist you in creating not just perfect ambiance, but also the right words to express your emotions. So! Ready to let go and be totally emotional? Ready or not, here comes your chance. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): All that hard work you’ve been doing lately hasn’t gone unnoticed in the eyes of the powers that be. You could be due for a raise, promotion or bonus -- so even if you have plans immediately afterward, dress in your best businesslike outfit for work today. You’re about to have your 15 minutes, and you know you’ve earned it. Feel free to strut your stuff. And don’t forget to celebrate.

protect the people who expose and prosecute these corrupt officials and criminals? How can police not find the killers and masterminds when the assassinations were executed in broad daylight and in very public places? How can they not pinpoint the masterminds when the motives can easily be established by looking into the recent writings or broadcasts of the slain journalists, and the high-profile cases handled by the murdered judges? The slain media men and judges had one thing in common -- they were at the time of their murders, exposing corruption by local officials, and/or their collusion with criminal syndicates, or in the case of the lawyers and judges, were handling serious criminal cases. By murdering the media men and the judges, the criminals are obviously sending warnings to other journalists and judges to keep off their activities. If President Aquino is really serious about curbing crime and corruption, he should place all necessary manpower and resources to arrest and put to jail, and immediately to the gas chambers, the perpetrators of these crimes. The government itself must instill fear on the criminals, in the same manner that the murderers are instilling fear on journalists and judges. (valabelgas@aol.com)

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