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Duterte rules out nationwide martial law by RALPH

VILLANUEVA ManilaTimes.net

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, June 7, said he would not declare martial law nationwide since doing so would only divide the nation. “No, martial law is not feasible. You know, it will not work. First of all, it’s going to be a divided nation,” Duterte told reporters after inaugurating the Mactan Cebu International Airport Terminal 2. He issued the statement days after saying that having emergency powers was not different from declaring martial law nationwide.

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department released two images of murder suspect Matthew Martin Capiendo Luzon, one depicting him if his head were shaved.

In September 2016, Duterte issued Proclamation 55 which placed the Philippines under a state of national emergency after the Davao City bombing. On May 23, 2017, the President signed Proclamation 216, declaring martial law and suspending the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao for 60 days after the Maute terrorist group occupied some areas in Marawi City. Congress extended the military rule in Mindanao until the end of 2018. Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. confirmed that there had been no discussions to NEW VILLAGE OFFICIALS. President Rodrigo Duterte strikes his signature pose with Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, Presidential Adviser put the entire Philippines under martial law. for Political Affairs Francis Tolentino, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año, DILG Undersecretary Martin Diño, “No, martial law is [only in]Mindanao,” Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino and Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President during the oath-taking ceremony of the

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newly-elected barangay officials from Central Visayas at the Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on Thursday, June 7.

Robust PH growth seen to continue by BEN

O. DE VERA Inquirer.net

THE Philippines is expected to sustain robust economic growth in the near term although the economy remains at risk of overheating, the World Bank said. The gross domestic product is projected to grow by 6.7 percent in 2018 and 2019, before slightly slowing to 6.6 percent in 2020, the Washington-based multilateral lender said in its June 2018 Global Economic Prospects report titled “The Turning of the Tide?”

The GDP growth forecasts for the next three years were nonetheless below the government’s 7-8 percent yearly target starting this year until 2022. The economy grew 6.7 percent in 2017. The World Bank said economic growth in the Philippines as well as in Vietnam “remains robust.” However, “capacity constraints (such as high capacity utilization rates) limit further acceleration, especially in the Philippines,” the World Bank said. In April, the World Bank said the Philip-

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by AUDREY

MORALLO Philstar.com

MANILA — The Philippines will file a protest against the reported taking by Chinese coast guard of the catch of Filipino fishermen on Scarborough Shoal if the incident is “established,” a spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday, June 8. In a report by GMA News, Chinese coast guard speedboat approached the boats of Filipino The Philippines will protest China’s reported taking of Filipinos’ catch on the fishermen where its news team Scarborough Shoal “if established,” according to presidential spokesperson was also aboard. Harry Roque Jr.

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Philstar.com file photo by Val Rodriguez

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‘Boracay can be both agrarian reform, tourism area’ China warns US against provocations following B-52 flyby by RITCHEL

MENDIOLA AJPress

THE United States is being accused of militarizing the South China Sea after two American B-52 bombers flew close to a disputed Chinese-held shoal in a show of force. The bomber flew this week over Scarborough Shoal, which China took from the Philippines in 2012, came days after U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis accused Beijing of “intimidation and coercion” in the South China Sea. China claims the sea as their territory,

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Fil-Am congressional candidates advance to general election Roque: Philippines to protest Chinese California Newsom, Cox face off for governor in

Fil-Am wanted taking of Filipinos’ catch ‘if established’ in connection to Azusa murder A YOUNG Filipino-American man connected with the robbery, kidnapping, and murder of a 20 year-old in Azusa, California last month is still on the loose, said officials on Wednesday, June 6. Matthew Luzon Martin-Capiendo, a 21 year-old Fil-Am, remains wanted following the brutal beating and murder of Julian Hamori-Andrade, 20, on May 28. Martin-Capiendo’s wanted poster describes him as Filipino, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 220 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Authorities say he may have also shaved his head.

Malacañang photo by Ace Morandante

According to Agrarian Reform Secretary John Catriciones, limiting tourism to certain areas would prevent conversion of agricultural lands as these will now be covered by the government’s agrarian reform program. Philstarcom photo

BORACAY can be a land reform area without sacrificing tourism. Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary John Castriciones on Wednesday, June 6, said they would still maintain Boracay as a “tourist destination.” However, they would have to limit it in the beach areas since “these are where the tourists spend time and linger. These are areas wherein they are more interested.”

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November and other primary results by KLARIZE

MEDENILLA AJPress

AFTER the 2016 election of President Donald Trump, many sought to become more involved in politics around the country. With heightened attention on immigration, the gun debate and the shifting of the partisan discourse, the urge for improving on the historically low voter turnout of midterm elections soared this year. On Tuesday, June 5, all eyes were on California, whose electorate voted on a number of government positions and districts with key races that have the potential to flip parties in the general election. In California’s primaries, the two candidates with the most votes advance to the November election regardless of party, so many of the races have candidates of the same party running against each other in November. All votes have not yet been counted as of press time, but it was a successful election for Filipino-American government hopefuls who advanced to the general election. Democratic assemblymember Rob Bonta of the 18th congressional district won 80 percent of the vote in his district, propelling him to November. Bonta, who is

originally from Quezon City, became the first Filipino-American member of the California Legislature when he was first elected to the state assembly in 2012. Twenty-six-year-old Fil-Am Kenneth Mejia, a certified public accountant, of the Green Party advanced to the general election in the race for California’s 34th congressional district, an historic win for both Fil-Ams in politics and the Green Party. Mejia faces incumbent Rep. Jimmy Gomez, a Democrat, in the general election. Mejia, who is running in the district that comprises the eastern region of Los Angeles, is running a campaign inspired by Bernie Sanders progressivism. In 2016, he quit his six-figuresa-year job in accounting and finance to run for office. Inspired by his mother’s battle with cancer, he has made quality health care, college affordability and steering clear from corporate interests cornerstones of his progressive campaign. He chose to run under the Green Party, rather than the Democratic Party, because he was inspired by the party’s 2016 presidential candidate, Jill Stein, for creating a space for jaded Sanders supporters who weren’t willing to vote for Hillary Clinton

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Duterte rules out nationwide... PAGE A1 t Roque told reporters. Duterte said martial law in Davao City will not mirror the martial law implemented by former president Ferdinand Marcos. “What made [Marcos] martial law unpopular were the abuses committed, unbridled, unfet-

tered. That cannot happen. I will simply not allow it,” the President said. “I will not allow anyone oppressing… but I will allow free speech to the fullest,” he added. On Tuesday, Duterte said he will use his “meager” emergency powers “to the hilt” to put things in order.

“I thank God that He gave me the opportunity to serve my country, so that there will be changes in the coming days including public order and security. There are simply too many crimes,” he said. “I am warning the criminals, all of you. In the government, outside. I will make radical changes in the days to come,” Duterte added. Roque said Duterte’s statement meant that the government would intensify its fight against criminality and illegal drugs. “I think the President just wants to emphasize that there will really be serious efforts to deal with the recent spate of criminality,” Roque said. n

CHEERS TO SWEDEN. Swedish Ambassador to the Philippines Harald Fries (center) toasts with Elizabeth Teh (left), executive director of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ European Affairs Office and Tuot Panha (right), Cambodia’s ambassador and representative of the diplomatic corps, during the celebration of the National Day of Sweden on Wednesday, June 6 at the Grand Hyatt Ballroom in Taguig City. ManilaTimes.net photo by Andrea De La Cruz

Roque: Philippines to protest Chinese... PAGE A1 t The Chinese coast guard personnel could be seen asking for fish from Filipinos and went aboard their vessel and opened containers of their catch. In the video released by the TV station, the Chinese were seen taking away the catch of fishermen from Scarborough. A Filipino fisherman said that the Chinese would take whatever they wanted, usually the best ones. When asked if the Philippines

planned to protest these actions, presidential spokesman Harry Roque told Philstar.com in a text message, “If established.” Roque added that he had already asked GMA to authenticate the video and to provide him the statements of the fishermen. This confirms what Rep. Gary Alejano (Magdalo) said last month during a congressional hearing that China was still harassing Filipino fishermen and was taking their best catch.

their catch are being inspected and the best fish are being taken away from them there. If you are This development also runs a fisherman, your time is wasted, counter to a statement by For- your effort is wasted,” Alejano eign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano said. during the same hearing that Cayetano said that taking over Filipino fishermen are now sail- the Scarborough Shoal was one ing freely. of the red lines identified by the Cayetano even bragged that Philippines which when breached it was a gain for the Duterte ad- would possibly read to an armed ministration that Filipinos were conflict. now allowed to fish in the disThe shoal is a traditional fishing puted waters. ground, and China, the Philippines Alejano countered that despite or any other country had the right the supposed freedom their ac- to access the area, a view suptivities were limited. ported by the ruling by a United “In fact, when they fish there, Nations-backed tribunal. n

Robust PH growth seen... PAGE A1 t pine economy was at risk of overheating, but it could be remedied by attracting more productive investments in manufacturing as well as skills development. It said there were several domestic risks facing the Philippines, including increasing inflation and an overheating of the economy as well as high fiscal deficits. “External risks consist of greater policy uncertainty related to growing trade protectionism and increasingly inwardlooking sentiments in several advanced and emerging economies, and potential market volatility from faster-than-expected U.S. Federal Reserve rate normalization,” Birgit Hansl,

World Bank lead economist and program leader for equitable growth, finance and institutions for Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand, said. In its April 2018 Philippines Economic Update: Investing in the Future report, the World Bank noted that “the economy is currently growing at its potential rate, and the average capacity utilization in the manufacturing industry remains high, with all major industries operating at near full capacity.” “Moreover, unemployment reached record lows in recent years, signaling less spare labor capacity, although underemployment remains high,” the World Bank had said. “In an environment of increas-

The World Bank said that the Philippines is expected to sustain robust economic growth in the near term although the economy remains at risk of overheating. Inquirer.net photo

ing fiscal spending and continued high credit growth, the risk of the economy overheating is increasing,” it said. As such, “investment in both

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Fil-Am wanted in connection to... PAGE A1 t Also known to have gone by the names Matthew Martin, Matt Martin, and Matt Luzon, authorities said Martin-Capiendo is aware he is wanted is considered armed and dangerous. Already charged for the murder are 19 year-olds Hercules Balaskas, Jacob Elmendorf, and Francisco Amigon. The three appeared in court and were charged along with Martin-Capiendo, with first-degree murder, first degree residential robbery, and kidnapping. Arraignment is slated to continue to June 28. If convicted, they face the death penalty or life in prison without parole. A “large amount of blood” was found at a home on the 6100 block of Goodwin Drive in unin-

corporated Azusa where investigators believe Hamori-Andrade was beaten. San Dimas Station deputies responded to a disturbance call at the house at around 10:15 p.m. the night Hamori-Andrade was killed. Investigators believe HamoriAndrade was still alive when he was left in a brush 30 feet down a hill off the San Gabriel Canyon Road in Azusa Canyon. Investigators say he was dumped there after being beaten and dragged onto the bed of one of the suspects’ truck. His body was found two days later at the location. A GoFundMe page created for Hamori-Andrade said that he leaves behind a 9-month-old son and has another child on the way.

“Julian was an amazing brother, son, father and friend and will be missed beyond words,” reads the GoFundMe campaign. “It’s just brutal, brutal, and I can’t believe that these kids that young are capable of doing such a horrific thing to my son,” the victim’s mother Desiree Andrade told CBS2 News. “Do us all a favor, give me that closure, please,” she added while asking Martin-Capiendo to turn himself in. Those with information on Matthew Luzon Martin-Capiendo’s whereabouts are encouraged to contact detective Q. Rodriguez or Sgt. Maurizi at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tips can be sent to LACrimeStoppers.org or (800) 222-8477. (Rae Ann Varona / AJPress)

China warns US against provocations... PAGE A1 t almost entirely despite overlapping claims from neighbors including the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying warned the U.S. against “hyping up militarization and stirring up trouble” on Wednesday, June 6, and promised that China will take all necessary measures to defend its sovereignty. The U.S. “doing whatever they

want is risky and China will not be threatened by any military warships,” Hua told reporters at a daily briefing in Beijing. China announced last month that it had dispatched warships to drive away two U.S. Navy vessels sailing close to Chinese holdings in the Paracel Island chain, where China recently announced it had landed strategic bombers on an airstrip for the first time. The naval confrontation came shortly after the Pentagon un-

invited China to participate in multinational naval exercises near Hawaii due to China’s militarization in the South China Sea. Despite the rising tensions, Mattis is still expected to o visit Beijing at an unannounced date. According to him, he will travel soon at China’s invitation. China’s Defense Ministry, for their part, said it would welcome Mattis and hoped for continued exchanges with the U.S. military. (Ritchel Mendiola/AJPress)

or Trump. “Because of [Stein] I realized the Democratic Party never represented me,” Mejia told Huffington Post in April, saying that she fought for legal status for all immigrants, cancelling student debt and universal health care. “When I saw Jill Stein actively fighting for these things that most Americans want, I knew that the Green Party was the right place for me.” The Central Valley also saw a Fil-Am advance to November in Democrat Selma businessman and engineer TJ Cox, who won 37 percent of the vote for the 21st congressional district and will face off against incumbent Rep. David Valadao, a Republican, who won 63 percent of the vote, according to 23ABC Bakersfield. TJ Cox, who is half-Filipino, got into the race late, replacing Ba-

kersfield attorney Emilio Huerta as the sole Democrat on the ballot. By mid-May he had raised $500,000 and has the support of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) “Red to Blue” program, an initiative that provides additional resources to candidates in swing districts. Filipina-American Cristina Osmeña also advanced to the general election in the race for California’s 14th congressional district, pitting her against veteran Democrat incumbent Rep. Jackie Speier. Osmeña, who belongs to the Osmeña political family in Cebu, is running on a Republican ticket and has made immigration a key issue of her platform. She understands that looking to unseat Speier will be an uphill battle, but she also knows that she represents the changing American demographic.

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‘Boracay can be both agrarian reform... PAGE A1 t

The DAR has found that there are agricultural lands that have been developed for commercial purposes, Castriciones revealed. According to him, limiting tourism to certain areas would prevent conversion of agricultural lands as these will now be covered by the government’s agrarian reform program. DAR Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and Research David Erro, for his part, said that a “I want voters to think that the map is being developed by the odds are against me. I have the element of surprise on my side. I want to be underestimated. confirmed whether he’s related This type of situation appeals to to the Philippine president) tried me,” Osmeña said as quoted by to unseat seasoned Democrat the Inquirer. “I am an immigrant Rep. Maxine Waters in the 43rd and a political refugee. It is front District, but failed to advance to and center in how I am describ- the general, only garnering 4.3 ing myself, which is absolutely percent of the vote. Governor’s race results true. Republicans adore the In the closely watched govFounding Fathers and the flag and freedom. These ideas don’t ernor’s race, frontrunner CA Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat have a skin color.” Christina Laskowski, another and former San Francisco mayFilipina American Republican, or, nabbed the top spot with 33 won 25 percent of the vote in the percent of the vote and will face race for District 22 of the Califor- Republican businessman John Cox, an Illinois transplant, in nia Assembly In San Joaquin County, Fil- November in a hot race defined Am Reno Ursal, a supervising by Newsom’s stalwart rebuke of appraiser in Alameda County the Trump administration and Assessor’s Office, got 20 percent Cox’s allegiance to Trump conof the vote for Assessor-Record- servatism. “Our values, as you know, are er-County clerk, failing to beat under assault,” Newsom told incumbent Steve Bestolarides. Republican Edwin Duterte (un- supporters in San Francisco on

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FLAG MAKER. Luningning Tan-Gatue, 86, puts finishing touches on the Philippine flag. Tan-Gatue has made thousands of flags in her lifetime.

department. This map serves as their guide where tourism sites in Boracay would be maintained and which areas could be placed under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). A team from DAR already verified that 845 hectares of land in Boracay can be subjected to CARP. “Out of this figure, 25 hectares can be immediately covered by the land reform program and distributed to around 80 Aetas as beneficiaries within three months, or even less. This

will just be phase 1 of the land distribution,” Erro said. Phase 2 will entail distribution of 220 hectares of agricultural lands while phase 3 will consist of 600 hectares to be distributed to farmer-beneficiaries, he added. Phases 2 and 3, however, will involve lands where structures, including commercial establishments, have been built, so removal of these structures will have to be done first. “It will take a while before they can be distributed,” Erro said. ■

Tuesday night. “We’re engaged in an epic battle and it looks like voters will have a real choice this November between a governor who’s gonna stand up to Donald Trump and a foot soldier in his war on California.” He added: “In politics today, there’s too much anger. Instead, we offered answers. Resistance with results.” John Cox, who soared to second place after Trump endorsed him, has touted his business acumen and experience in “delivering results” as a way to promote his campaign while criticizing Establishment politicians for creating legislative gridlock. “We can continue the status quo, which is what Gavin Newsom represents — with high taxes, homeless on the streets, bad roads, mismanaged schools,

mismanaged water supplies, mismanaged forests, or we can go to a businessman who’s had a 40-year career of delivering results,” John Cox told supporters in the Gaslamp district of San Diego. The official count of votes usually take a few days to a few weeks to tally up, but a printing error on the voter roster in Los Angeles County on Tuesday caused confusion and could delay the official vote for even longer. The LA County Registrar-Recorder announced that 118,522 voters were omitted from the roster that voters check into at their polling locations. It is unsure which areas of the county were affected, but about 1,530 precincts of the 4,357 LA County

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Filipino Advocates for Justice chosen as Nonprofit of the Year FILIPINO Advocates for Justice has been selected as a 2018 California Nonprofit of the Year by Assemblymember Rob Bonta. The nonprofit headed by its Executive Director Geraldine Alcid and other staff members joined 100 other nonprofit leaders at the State Capitol in Sacramento. The organizations were honored by state senators and assemblymembers during a celebration luncheon as part of Nonprofits Day on Wednesday, June 6. FAJ is committed to representing the most marginalized voices in the East Bay’s Filipino community. For 45 years this commitment included organizing workers, creating programs for youth, and providing services to recently arrived immigrants among others. Filipino Advocates for Justice has recently expanded to civic engagement

regionally, working to engage Filipinos in local and regional politics. “Filipino Advocates for Justice’s mission for the last 45 years is to help Filipinos and others feel welcome and supported in the East Bay. To be recognized by Asm. Bonta, someone who came from our community and who intimately knows our work, is an amazing honor,” said Alcid. “Nonprofits make California communities stronger, yet we’re often so busy that we don’t toot our own horns about the work we’re doing,” explains Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). “California Nonprofits Day is an opportunity for our elected officials to recognize the good work they see nonprofits doing in their districts, and it also demonstrates the larger collective impact of nonprofits throughout

California.” California Nonprofits Day, now in its third year, was formally recognized by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 191, authored by the chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector, Assemblywoman Monique Limón (Santa Barbara), who spoke at the celebration luncheon. The day was organized by Assemblymember Limón and CalNonprofits. According to “Causes Count,” a 2016 report commissioned by CalNonprofits, the nonprofit sector is the 4th largest industry in the state, employing nearly one million people. Each year, California nonprofits generate over $200 billion in revenue and bring in $40 billion in revenue from outside of California. The unpaid labor contributed by volunteers at nonprofits is equivalent to 450,000 fulltime jobs every year. ■

BBL DISCUSSION. Speaking at the Kapihan sa Senado on Thursday, June 7, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri tells reporters that the Senate amended 150 provisions of the House of Representatives’ version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. “I have to do what is right. I don’t want any more of our men and women in the Armed Forces or the PNP to lose their lives or the civilians in their areas to have their house burned or areas burned up. Tama na, we have to look at the long term solutions for this peaceful outcome. I believe the Senate version is the version that will be able to carry this forward,” Zubiri said. Senate photo by Joseph Vidal

Garcetti announces LA to go carbon-neutral by 2050

BOSTON — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today at the International Mayors Climate Summit at Boston University that LA has committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. This new target — a major step forward from the City’s previous commitment of an 80 percent reduction by 2050 — is the most ambitious effort by Los Angeles to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. “Los Angeles is a city that plans for the future,” said Garcetti. “Our City is pursuing the most aggressive emissions targets in the world because the future of our planet should not be jeopardized by inaction in Washington. I strongly believe that we each have an obligation to fight climate change by any means at our disposal.” “While President Trump denies, delays, and defers on climate change, America’s cities drive ahead decisively. A year after Trump announced he wanted out of the Paris Agreement, America’s cities are allin,” said former Secretary of State John Kerry. “Whether it’s improving the carbon footprint of their buildings and vehicles, expanding public transportation, or setting ambitious emissions-reduction goals from coast to coast, the message is Members of the Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ) are shown with Assemblymember Rob Bonta (2nd from left) at the State Assembly in unmistakable. Mayor Garcetti’s Sacramento. FAJ, along with other nonprofits, were honored by state senators and assembly members during a celebration luncheon as part decision to put Los Angeles on a of Nonprofits Day on Wednesday, June 6. Photo provided by FAJ/Jerome Parra path toward zero carbon emissions is another important step in the right direction. We need leadership across all sectors and at all levels of government was with a group of teenagers that accepts the magnitude of to hunt for ghosts at the reportedly haunted park when a brawl took place with another group of youths. The second group opened PAGE A3 t fire, and Dela Cruz was hit three times, according to accounts by voting locations were impacted, police and family members. He according to a spokesperson was taken to Harborview Medi- from the county registrar. cal Center where he expired. Late on Election Day as NewDela Cruz, the youngest of som and John Cox were the clear four children, arrived in Seattle candidates to advance to the from the Philippines when he general, Democratic gubernatoRyan Dela Cruz was graduating from high school and planning to join the U.S. Marines. was only a year old. rial candidate Antonio VillaraiPhoto from Facebook/@Ryan DeLa Cruz Dela Cruz got his first job as gosa, former mayor of LA who Ryan Dela Cruz was a senior a dishwasher at the Bayview re- was counting on his home turf to SEATTLE—A 17-year-old Filipino American student, who at Franklin High School just tirement home in Queen Anne, propel him to November, called was planning to join the U.S. weeks away from graduation, where his father, Henry Taca- for the country registrar to keep Marines, was shot and killed by was fatally shot shortly after zon, works as a supervisor, ac- the polls open longer. an unknown assailant at Martha midnight on Saturday morning. cording to the Seattle Times. Nevertheless, Villaraigosa Police believe that Dela Cruz (Inquirer.net) Washington Park on June 2. conceded at the end of the night

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the climate threat and demonstrates the commitment to fight it.” “Tackling climate change and unleashing the economic, social and health potential of a low carbon future requires radical and urgent action,” said Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40 Cities. “By committing to the bold target of making Los Angeles carbon neutral by 2050, Mayor Eric Garcetti is putting Los Angeles on track to deliver on the highest ambition of the Paris Climate Agreement. The Los Angeles region is already rolling out the largest electric bus fleet in America and cities across the United States and around the world will be inspired and watching closely how a city the size of Los Angeles can deliver such transformational climate leadership.” Since Mayor Garcetti was elected to office in 2013, Los Angeles has pursued one of the most aggressive sustainability agendas in the world. Two years later, Mayor Garcetti released his Sustainable City pLAn, a comprehensive overview and roadmap for a more sustainable, prosperous, and equitable Los Angeles. The pLAn provides additional information and steps Los Angeles is taking to achieve a carbonfree future. The final analysis of L.A.’s carbon neutral pathway will be included in the next pLAn refresh, which is set for release in early 2019. Here’s a glimpse at some of the other measures and accomplishments that have set Los Angeles on a path to carbon-neutrality by 2050:

• Developed comprehensive solar incentive programs for residents and businesses, which helped make Los Angeles the #1 Solar City in America. • Named the #1 ENERGY STAR City by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for having the most energy-efficient buildings in the U.S. • Launched an unprecedented feasibility analysis with LADWP to study an equitable transition from fossil fuels to 100 percent renewable energy. • Passed Measure M in 2016 — the largest local infrastructure measure in U.S. history — which will fund new public transportation projects and improvements over a 40-year period. • Signed the Fossil Fuel Free Streets Declaration alongside 11 other C40 Mayors — which pledges to procure only zeroemission buses by 2025 and ensures that a major area of Los Angeles will be zero-emission by 2030. • Adopted one of the most aggressive EV procurement policies in the country, requiring all new vehicle procurement be at least 50 percent battery electric. • Installed 1,500 publicly available electric vehicle charging stations — the most of any U.S. city — with a plan for another 10,000 in the next five years. • Led the release of an EV RFI with 30 Climate Mayors cities to demonstrate potential demand for over 114,000 electric vehicles of all types — including trash trucks, street sweepers, semis, shuttles, and buses — representing $10 billion in investment. ■

Fil-Am congressional candidates... and asked his supporters to back Newsom through to November. “I’m asking you to get behind Gavin Newsom,” Villaraigosa said. “I’m asking you to stand up and pressure every one of us — Democrat and Republican alike — pressure every one of us to stand up for you, to fight for you, not just for ourselves, but for all of us for an America and a California where everyone of us are growing together. Facing off for the senatorial race are Democrats Sen. Dianne Feinstein and CA Senate President Kevin de Leon. Early party

backlash against Feinstein didn’t phase her campaign as she handily won the first place spot with de Leon a distant second. The contest will likely be a battle between Feinstein’s decades of political fortitude against underdog de Leon’s progressive, fiercely anti-Trump platform. “Once you get to the top two, then I think it changes the dynamic completely, and then you have a real race,” de Leon said at a campaign event on Sunday. The general midterm elections will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6. ■

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Alumni elect first Fil-Am member of Harvard board of overseers others, the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA), announced. She is the first Filipina to be a member of the Board of Overseers The board is the university’s second-highest governing body, which advises Harvard’s top administrators and its primary function “is to encourage the University to maintain the highest attainable standards as a place of learning. [It] exerts broad influence over the University’s strategic direction, provides essential counsel to the University’s leadership on priorities and plans,” according to Harvard’s website. Acuña-Sunshine, ’92 cum laude and President of Sunshine Care Foundation for Neurological Care and Research, an interGeraldine Acuña-Sunshine is the first Filipina national NGO that searches for to be on Harvard’s Board of Overseers. Photo from Harvard.Edu innovative ways of delivering SAN FRANCISCO — Geraldine Acuña-Sunshine has been elected to Harvard University’s Board of Overseers, along with five

health care to impoverished rural areas in the Philippines, and encouraging international collaboration in the fields of medicine, public health, and science to find the cure for rare neurodegenerative diseases. Acuña-Sunshine earned a bachelor’s degree in government studies at Harvard College and her master’s at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. The other elected members were Retired United States (US) Navy Vice Admiral Philip Hart Cullom, Md.; Boston Ballet Executive Director Meredith “Max” Hodges; Holland & Knight LLP Partner Marilyn Holifield; Intuit Inc. Executive Vice President Diego Rodriguez; and National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center Director Yvette Roubideaux. n

NEW INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY. President Rodrigo Duterte takes a tour inside the Mactan-Cebu-International Airport (MCIA) Terminal 2 during its inauguration in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on Thursday, June 7. Joining the President are Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino, Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) President Manuel Ferrer, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Puyat, Transportation Secretary and GMCAC Board Chairman Srinivas Bommidala. Malacañang photo by Simeon Celi

Could California shape the fate of the affordable care act in November? by Chad

Terhune, Pauline BarTolone,ana B. iBarra and alex leeds MaTThews Californiahealthline.org

IN the state that’s leading the opposition to many of President Donald Trump’s health policies, California voters will face a stark choice on the November ballot: keep up the resistance or fall in line. The results of Tuesday, June 5’s primary have set up generalelection contests between candidates — for governor, attorney general, insurance commissioner and some congressional seats — with sharply differing views on government’s role in health care. The outcome in the Golden State could help shape the fate of the Affordable Care Act and influence whether Republicans in Washington take another shot at dismantling the landmark law. “For the Affordable Care Act, California is a bellwether state,” said David Blumenthal, president of the Commonwealth Fund, a New York-based health policy research organization. If California voters don’t elect more Democrats to Congress, it will be harder for the party to gain legislative control and “the Affordable Care Act will continue, as it has been, to be under attack from an empowered Republican majority,” he said. Despite being targeted for voting last year to repeal the ACA and cut Medicaid funding, several Republican incumbents performed well at the polls in California. “California was supposed to lead the blue wave, but that’s not what we saw” in the primary, said Ivy Cargile, an assistant professor of political science at California State University-Bakersfield. In the California governor’s race, Democratic front-runner Gavin Newsom quickly sought to cast the November contest as a referendum on Trump and his effort to undo much of President Barack Obama’s legacy, particularly on health care. A series of Trump tweets endorsing Republican candidate John Cox, a multimillionaire real estate investor, helped propel the political outsider to the general election. “It looks like voters will have a

real choice — between a governor who will stand up to Donald Trump and a foot soldier in his war on California,” Newsom said Tuesday night to supporters in San Francisco. California has embraced the federal health law enthusiastically and stands to lose more than any other state if the ACA is gutted. About 1.5 million Californians buy coverage through the state’s Obamacare exchange, Covered California, and nearly 4 million have joined Medicaid as a result of the program’s expansion under the law. Newsom, a former San Francisco mayor and the current lieutenant governor, has pledged to defend the coverage gains made under the ACA. He has vowed to go even further by pursuing a state-run, single-payer system for all Californians. Newsom won the primary with 33 percent of the vote and Cox placed second with 26 percent. Some mail-in votes and provisional ballots continue to be counted. Cox has slammed Newsom and fellow Democrats for imposing government controls on health care that he says make coverage too expensive for families. He said he isn’t interested in defending the Affordable Care Act and that, if the law is scrapped, millions of Californians can go into high-risk insurance pools — an idea that predates the health law. Andrew Busch, a government professor at Claremont McKenna College, said the political divide over health care has grown even wider this year as single-payer has gained support from mainstream Democrats in California. “I’d say the Republican candidates are pretty much where the Republicans have been, but the Democratic candidates have shifted to the left, so the choice is starker than it has been,” Busch said. Heading into Tuesday’s primary, it wasn’t clear that California voters would face such drastically different choices on the November ballot. Under the state’s primary system, the top two vote-getters, regardless of

France challenges China’s dominance in South China Sea by PaTriCia lourdes Philstar.com

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STAYING true to its commitment to uphold freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea, France might be leading other European nations to stand up against China’s aggression in the region. China, however, continues to guard international ships passing through the South China Sea, which they claim as their own. A Chinese warship recently challenged a French military vessel conducting an operation near Beijing’s outposts in the contested waterway, according to Hudson Institute senior fellow Jonas Parello-Plesner. In an article published in The Wall Street Journal, Plesner narrated how the Chinese frigates and corvettes followed the French ship passing through the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. “’This is China warship calling,’ a voice bellowed out over the radio. “’The Nansha islands are under Chinese sovereignty. What are your intentions?’” Plesner wrote in his article. “The reply from the French military vessel, where I was on the command bridge as an observer last week, was polite but curt. The French said their ships were operating in international waters,” he added. Plesner added that the Chinese ships “closely tailed” the French ship while they passed around

Fiery Cross, Mischief and Rubi Reefs. A helicopter detachment from the United Kingdom and European observers, including Germany, were also with the French warship when this incident happened last week. In the article, Plesner noted that France has been conducting freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea since 2014. “President Emmanuel Macron is building stronger defense relationships with India and Australia, and he seems to be realistically assessing the growing Chinese challenge. This is a welcome change from his predecessors, who were enthralled by the business and investment opportunities in China,” Plesner said. “France is rallying other Europeans to put action behind the declarations of free navigation,” he added. During the recently concluded Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly stressed that France would continue to conduct missions in the disputed waters, along with the United Kingdom and Germany. At least five French ships sailed through the South China Sea last year, according to the French defense minister. “Meanwhile, we should be very clear that the fait accompli is not a fait accepted,” Parly said in the security and defense summit. n

party affiliation, advance to the general election. That left many experts predicting single-party matchups across the state. But that scenario also didn’t pan out in the race for attorney general, a position that has played a key role in California’s resistance politics since Trump was elected. Democratic incumbent Xavier Becerra, who has become a national leader against Trump’s agenda, will face off against Republican Steven Bailey

in the fall. Becerra has filed more than 30 lawsuits on health care and other issues since taking office in January 2017. Bailey, a criminal attorney and former judge, has blamed the Affordable Care Act for driving up health care costs, and he favors less industry regulation. He also has criticized Becerra for fixating too much on Trump. “Just because a tweet comes out of Washington, it doesn’t require a lawsuit to be filed the next day,” Bailey said. Health care could also play

a role in several of California’s congressional races. Democrats are trying to win back control of the House, in part to better block Republican efforts to roll back the ACA. “The actions of the Trump administration, the elimination of the individual mandate and its impact on markets will become more of an issue,” said Chris Jennings, a former health care adviser in the Obama administration. “The conservative caucus has been forcefully advocating for another aggressive return to the repeal effort.”

One of the most-watched races nationally is in a district of California’s San Joaquin Valley where Republican incumbent Jeff Denham drew several Democratic opponents after voting to repeal the health law last year — as did all of California’s Republican House members. Denham led a crowded primary field with 38 percent of the vote Tuesday. Democrat Josh Harder is holding on to second place with nearly 16 percent, just ahead of a Republican challenger. The results are

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PH assured of justice for OFW slain in Slovakia by Pia Lee-Brago Philstar.com

THE PRIME  minister  of  Slovakia has assured the Philippine  government that justice would be  served  for  an  overseas  Filipino   worker who was beaten to death  by  a  Slovakian,  the  Department  of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. Henry John Acorda, 36, financial  analyst  for  a  multinational  company  in  Bratislava,  died  on  May 31 from injuries he suffered  at the hands of the suspect. Acorda reportedly tried to prevent the suspect from harassing  a Filipina companion. The DFA welcomed the assurance  given  by  Prime  Minister  Peter  Pellegrini,  who  said  the  suspect, identified as Hiraj Hossu, 28, would be brought before  the bar of justice. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan  Peter Cayetano thanked Pellegrini for the assurance. Pellegrini  joined  Slovaks  in 

expressing outrage over the incident.  “These  are  very  bad  signals  for our society. Justice must be  immediately  delivered,”  Pellegrini  was  quoted  as  saying  shortly after Acorda succumbed  to  his  injuries,  according  to  a  report  from  the  Philippine  embassy in Vienna. Ambassador  Ma.  Cleofe  Natividad  went  to  Bratislava  on  Wednesday  to  condole  with  Acorda’s  mother  and  two  siblings. Natividad hailed Acorda, calling him a hero. She  assured  the  family  that  the embassy will extend all possible assistance to them, including  the  repatriation  of  Acorda’s  remains and in hiring lawyers to  pursue  the  case  against  the  assailant. Acorda, who moved to Slovakia  from  Malaysia  more  than  a  year  ago,  was  with  two  female 

companions from  the  Philippines and Poland when the incident happened.  She said Acorda was attacked  by  Hossu,  whom  he  tried  to  prevent from harassing the Filipina. The incident, which happened  at  around  4:30  a.m.  along  Obchodna Street, was caught on a  closed  circuit  television  camera  installed in the area. Reports said Hossu went after  Acorda, knocked him down and  kicked him in the head, leaving  the Filipino unconscious. Footage  showed  Hossu  punching  and  kicking  Acorda  even  as  he  laid  motionless  on  the ground. Natividad  said  Hossu  has  been taken in and charged with  manslaughter. She said the embassy is coordinating  with  the  family  for  the  final arrangements for the repatriation of Acorda’s remains. n

UN labor body to draft sexual harassment treaty THE UN’s labor body agreed  Friday, June 8, to draft an international treaty to protect workers  from  sexual  harassment  and  violence,  as  the  #Metoo  movement  continues  to  reverberate and shame perpetrators  around the world. Wrapping  up  their  annual  meeting  in  Geneva,  members  of  the  International  Labor  Organization agreed on the need  to “adopt standards on violence  and harassment in the world of  work.” “These standards should take  the form of a Convention,” said  a text adopted Friday. The  ILO,  which  groups  187  member states along with labor  unions  and  representatives  for  leading  employers,  agreed  the 

treaty would  be  debated  and  voted  on  at  their  2019  annual  conference. The  decision  comes  as  the  #MeToo  movement  continues to make waves around the  world,  with  victims  coming  forward  to  report  sexual  harassment,  sometimes  by  leading figures in industry and the  arts. While final agreement on the  new  ILO  convention  is  not  expected  until  next  June,  members  agreed  Friday  that  the  treaty should aim to prevent “a  range  of  unacceptable  behaviors  and  practices,  or  threats  thereof.” They  said  it  would  target  behaviors  “likely  to  result  in  physical, psychological, sexual 

or economic harm.” Each  state  ratifying  the  text  will need to recognize “the right  to a world of work free from violence and harassment.” They will have to ensure that  national  legislation  bans  all  forms  of  violence  and  harassment at work, to establish and  strengthen  enforcement  and  monitoring  mechanisms,  provide sanctions and ensure remedies  and  support  for  victims,  among other measures. High-profile  allegations  of  sexual  abuse  and  harassment  began  surfacing  last  year,  notably against US film producer  Harvey Weinstein and then ballooned as the #Metoo movement  went  global. (ManilaTimes.net with reports from AFP)

Could California shape the fate... PAGE A5 t pending until  late-arriving  ballots are counted. Harder  said  the  Republicans’  repeal-and-replace  effort  on  health  care  was  a  major  reason  he  decided  to  run.  He  made  it  a  centerpiece  of  his  campaign  and  ran  ads  criticizing  Denham  for voting to take away coverage  from  thousands  of  his  constituents.  About  40  percent  of  residents  in  this  Modesto-area  district are enrolled in Medicaid, the  government  insurance  program 

for the poor and disabled. Denham has defended his repeal  vote,  saying  that  patients’  access  to  doctors  has  only  gotten  worse  since  coverage  was  expanded  under  the  ACA.  In  a  statement  last  year,  Denham  said, “coverage does not necessarily  equal  care  and  families  must resort to overflowing emergency rooms to be seen.” But Dan Schnur, a Republican  political  strategist  who  teaches  at  the  University  of  Southern  California  and  the  University  of 

California-Berkeley, said  health  care  has  gone  from  a  negative  to  a  positive  for  Democratic  candidates,  who  have  spent  the  past several elections defending  Obamacare. “As  a  result,  they’re  doing  everything  they  can  to  emphasize the health care debate  rather  than  run  away  from  it,”  he said.  This story was produced by Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation. n

ONLINE SELLING OF MARIJUANA. Director Ismael Fajardo Jr. (left) and acting director Joseph Theodore Atila, of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Capital Region office, present on Wednesday drug suspect Arden Kenneth Ledesma, 26 (standing). Seized from him, along with two minors, during a buy-bust operation on Dimasalang Road in Sampaloc, Manila were P120,000 worth of marijuana, which they allegedly sold online. ManilaTimes.net photo by Ruy Martinez

PH remains among worst countries for workers, int’l trade union says by gaea

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THE Philippines  has  been  listed  again  as  one  of  the  worst  countries  for  workers  in  the  world by the International Trade  Union  Confederation’s  2018  Global Rights Index. The world’s largest trade union  federation  stressed  that  despite  collective  efforts  to  achieve  better  wages  and  working  conditions, workers in the Philippines  still struggle to assert their basic  right to associate freely and face  violent opposition of employers. “In  a  context  of  extreme  state  violence  and  suppression  of  civil  liberties, workers and trade unionists in the Philippines faced threats  and intimidation,” ICUP said. It  cited  the arrest  of  transport  leader  George  San  Mateo in  December  2017  just  as  he  was 

about to post bail for a standing  warrant  for  leading  a  transport  strike  in  February  of  the  same  year. ICUP said that employers use  “intimidation  tactics  and  dismissals to prevent workers from  establishing  unions,”  citing  the  cases  of  intimidation  and  dismissal  against  the  workers  of  Amertron  Incorporated  Philippines,  Shin  Sun  Tropical  Corp.  and Sumitomo Fruit Company. The  trade  union  federation,  moreover,  slammed  the  country’s “repressive laws.” President  Rodrigo  Duterte  on  Labor  Day  signed  an executive  order prohibiting illegal contractualization.  Workers,  however,  derided the EO as a mere reiteration of provisions already in existing  laws  to  promote  security  of  tenure  and  prevent  unlawful  dismissal.

The other  worst  countries  for  workers  according  to  ICUP  are  Algeria, Bangladesh, Cambodia,  Colombia,  Egypt,  Guatamela,  Kazakhstan,  Saudi  Arabia  and  Turkey. Last year, the Philippines was  also included in the 10 worst nations for working people. ICUP  also  identified  Asia-Pacific as the second worst region  in the world for workers’ rights. It  noted  that  the  increase  in  violence,  criminalization  of  the  right  to  strike,  arrest,  detention  and  imprisonment  of  workers  and  violations  of  their  rights  contributed  to  the  deterioration  of the region. The  index  ranked  142  countries  against  97  internationally  recognized  indicators  to  assess  where  workers’  rights  are  best  protected in law and in practice,  ICUP said. n

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Court back to normal after Sereno ouster De Lima’s appeal denied with Supreme Sereno’s name, photo removed from SC website ‘finality’ by Supreme Court by edu

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Dissenters say constitutional right violated

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The Philippine Supreme Court on Wednesday, June 6, said that detained Senator Leila de Lima’s appeal to reconsider an arrest warrant against her has been denied with finality, upholding that her arrest based on drug charges were valid. Through a 9-5 vote, the high court resolved “to deny with finality the said motion for reconsideration as the basic issues raised therein have been passed upon by this Court and no substantial arguments were presented to warrant the reversal of the questioned Decision,” said the en banc in a decision dated April 17, but released to media on Wednesday. “No further pleadings or motions will be entertained. Let entry of judgement be made immediately,” it added. The appeal dismissal was the second for De Lima who has been detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crane since February of last year, following allegations that she had been involved in illegal drug trades inside the national penitentiary. The latest vote was similar to the first with the exception of former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, who was on leave last April and was unable to cast her vote. She had voted the first time in favor of De Lima’s petition. Of the nine who voted to deny De Lima’s appeals were associate justices Lucas Bersamin, Mariano del Castillo, Teresita Leonardo de Castro, Alexander Gesmundo, Samuel Martires, Diosdado Peralta, Andres Reyes, Noel Tijam, and Presbitero Velasco Jr. The five who voted in favor of granting De Lima’s appeals were associate justices Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, estela Perlas Bernabe, Francis Jardeleza, Marvic Leonen, and Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio. Caguioa, also dissenting for the second time, said De Lima’s constitutional right had been violated. “The inescapable conclusion is that the constitutional right of De

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Lima to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation against her has been wantonly violated, and continues to be violated,” said Caguioa in his dissenting opinion. De Lima was arrested on February 24, 2017 on allegations that she was getting drug payoffs from prisoners at the New Bilibid Prison while serving as justice secretary between 2010 to 2015. She has repeatedly denied any involvement, describing her detention as “political persecution.” Being among the most toughest critics of President Rodrigo Duterte and his controversial war on drugs, supporters of De Lima think the same and have often pointed to double-standards as proof of the president’s acrimony towards her. Though undergoing a new investigation, alleged drug suspects Peter Lim and Kerwin espinosa had their drug cases dismissed by the DOJ in March due to lack of concrete evidence — the same basis that justices for De Lima have been pushing for her dismissal. Three separate counts of drug charges have been filed against De Lima for which she has yet to be arraigned. Just this month, De Lima was denied furlough by the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court to attend her son Vincent Joshua De Lima Bohol’s law school graduation at San Beda College in Alabang. Many of her supporters have seen the move again as exemplifying double standards as many government detainees have been allowed furlough to attend to family affairs.

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In a message written to her son on his graduation, De Lima described the day as “one of the saddest days” of her “most unjust detention.” “In my 465 days here, I have done my best not to ask for special favors. even for all this, all I asked was to be accorded the same humanitarian consideration that was shown to other high-profile detainees, who were allowed to attend their children’s graduation, their father’s birthday celebration, etc.,” wrote De Lima. n

MANILA — The Supreme Court (SC) is back to functioning well despite the ouster of chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Acting Chief Justice and Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio on Friday, June 8 assured reporters that the SC continues to perform its constitutional duties even after Sereno’s removal from the top judicial post as ordered by a majority of the justices. “The (SC) is an institution; we are functioning normally. We’ve been deciding cases normally and we’ll be holding oral arguments normally, so we are doing our work normally,” he told reporters in a chance interview during the 117th founding anniversary celebration at the high Court. Carpio explained that the ouster of Sereno did not impede the functions of the SC – especially in decision making – “because we’re still 14 in the SC so we have a quorum in all our cases.” he said the SC will decide with finality on the quo warranto ruling and Sereno’s appeal “hopefully this month.” Asked about the widespread criticisms of the Court over the Sereno ruling, Carpio believes

these are not new. “We are used to that because every big case in the SC is controversial. Both sides go to the media to project their position so we’re used to that already,” he explained. But Carpio stressed that the

decision of the Court must be respected. “The (SC) decides and we just must follow. I belong to the minority. I lost but that’s it. I mean you win, you lose, but we are governed by the rule of the majority,” he

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Making growth work for the poor

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AND now for some good news: according to the World Bank, Philippine poverty incidence has gone down from 26.6 percent in 2006 to 21.6 percent in 2015, thanks to robust economic growth. That five percent drop, however, still means 22 million Filipinos – about a fifth of the entire population – living below the poverty line, even with the government’s WB-backed conditional cash transfer or Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. With strong economic growth, the WB stressed in its poverty assessment report, the Philippines is in a good position to break the cycle of uneven opportunities that trap people in poverty. Robust growth should also pave the way for greater job creation and improved delivery of basic services, according to the report. The challenge has always been making growth work for the poor – as stressed by the title itself of the WB report released late last month. Natural disasters as well as armed conflict in several areas aggravate poverty and complicate job creation. Education offers the best hope for lifting people from poverty, but the country’s investments in human resources are not enough. With rapid advances in technology, Filipinos need constant skills upgrading. In recent years, business process outsourcing has created more jobs outside agriculture. But

there are other areas that can still be developed to promote inclusive growth, among them tourism and the creative industries. Manufacturing can be revived and boosted. Agriculture itself has a wide room for expansion in terms of increasing production and shifting to higher value crops. Various types of agribusinesses can create meaningful livelihood opportunities in underdeveloped areas particularly in Mindanao. Peace initiatives with Islamic separatists and communist rebels open opportunities for greater development efforts in the conflict areas of Mindanao. It is no coincidence that those conflict areas are also the most impoverished in the country. As the WB report noted, the country is currently in a good position to make a dent against poverty. The country must seize this opportunity and make growth work for the impoverished. (Philstar.com)

Editorial

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The clever capture of millennial moments in ‘As We Babble On’

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PROSY ABARQUEZDELACRUZ, J.D. [Disclosure: This writer is not related to the play’s director.] “A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” – Mahatma Gandhi “Congratulations to my sistah Alison Delacruz, who directed the world premiere of AS WE BABBLE ON. Trying not to sound too much like a proud sibling, but the show was absolutely wonderful. The writing was incredible— fast-paced, funny, touching, poignant. Writer [Playwright] Nathan Ramos really has captured a “moment” in our culture. The staging was inventive and fun and capitalizes on our obsession with social media. Loved seeing characters of mixed race and the duality we feel. All of this executed with pure aplomb by a great cast. If we were only all that good looking! Well art does imitate life, right?” - Jim Herr posted on his timeline on Facebook. Some may presume this is Alison De La Cruz’s first directorial debut, but I remember her onewoman show, which she took to different community venues: “My solo show ‘SUNGKA’ included the Spam song [which] premiered at California State University in October 1999. It was presented by JACCC’s Fresh Tracks in 2000 at

Director Alison De La Cruz and playwright Nathan Ramos of “AS WE BABBLE ON” Photo by Prosy Abarquez-Delacruz

the David Henry Hwang Theatre. I then toured it to Bindlestiff Studio in SF in 2000 and around the country, mostly West Coast, through 2004.” In “SUNGKA,” a one-woman show, she was the playwright, the actor and the director. I recently saw “Bloodletting” (Kirk Douglas Theatre) and “Soft Power,” a Musical (Ahmanson Theatre). Both plays were awesome in all aspects of direction, playwrights’ works, cast, sets, and dialogues. This standard of quality is of course expected in larger houses, supported by an adequate production crew. Would it be unfair to compare

EWP’s “AS WE BABBLE ON,” which partnered with the LGBT Center and seen by 240 folks, on opening night? Perhaps not, particularly when with the audience, you hear laughter at key parts of the play, few times with no volume restraint, and all were babbling about “how good it was,” after. Broadway World’s Gil Kaan wrote on June 7: “the top-notch production values from East West Players shows always match, if not surpass the production expertise of larger houses.” He was complimentary of Tesshi Nakagawa’s set design, which is “a utilitarian double

Economic managers

Demand and Supply BOO CHANCO THE top economic managers of the Duterte administration are still the bright spots of this government. But they are also feeling the heat and losing their cool. Ben Diokno and Ernie Pernia have sounded insensitive lately. Sonny Dominguez has been testy. That’s understandable. Inflation is up and beyond the central bank’s target range. People are blaming the first package of tax reform for aggravating a bad situation created by rising oil prices. And the opposition to TRAIN package two is rising even among traditional allies of the economic managers. They are warning that TRAIN 2 may dampen enthusiasm for investments in an important industry like the BPOs, a big dollar earner. The three economic managers found it necessary to issue a joint statement asking the people not to falter in their support. An increasing number of doubters are

urging them to consider alternative paths, a Plan B. But Diokno emphasized, there is no Plan B. They are committed to their program despite the change in the economic environment here and abroad. They are sure their reforms and programs are good for the long term. “The administration is steadfast in the conviction that we can build a prosperous, high-income economy with a predominantly middle-class society by 2040,” the joint statement insists. “Staying the course will not always be easy, but we owe it to our people, our children, and future generations. We know that we are going through a challenging period.” The problem they are facing is all too familiar. Economic policy makers offer long term gains. But the politics that will enable them to make those policy changes are dependent on the severity of short term pains, not on visions of sugar plums 10 or more years from now. This reminds me of the Stanford marshmallow experiment. In a series of studies, a child was offered a choice between a marshmallow,

a cookie or a pretzel or two such rewards if they wait for a short period, approximately 15 minutes, during which the tester left the room and then returned. In follow-up studies, the researchers found that children who were able to wait longer for the preferred rewards tend to have better life outcomes, as measured by SAT scores, educational attainment, body mass index (BMI), and other life measures. Dominguez, Diokno, and Pernia are telling us to bear the pains we are feeling now for a future that’s brighter than if we insist on getting a marshmallow now. Unfortunately, people have been feeling the pain for decades and understandably, few can really see beyond today’s dinner table. Worse, some of the policy prescriptions are controversial even among policy wonks in the government and private sectors. The Conditional Cash Transfer program is now being attacked by no less than the agriculture secretary. The poverty alleviating objectives of the program is not clear even to members of the Cabinet.

decker set connected by spiral staircase with the basic furniture pieces of tables and chairs,” including the timely synchronization of projected images of “brick walls, framed artwork, phone screens, comic book sayings of superheroes” on stacked panels by Sheiva Khalily, projection designer. A similar stage design was done for “Cabaret,” staged at Pomona College and directed by Giovanni Ortega. It made for an easy flow from one scene to the next, to simply look up or down or sideways. The scenes moved quickly, with minimized interruptions that you sense a seamless flow; the director, the playwright, and production crew achieved their obra maestra, an oeuvre, and deemed a valuable addition to the body of work staged by East West Players for their 52nd season. Particularly effective was the exchanges between Laura (played by Jaime Schwarz) and Benji (played by Will Choi) and the intense identity dialogues between Benji and his ex-boyfriend, Vish (played by Sachin Bhatt). It was not just a delivery of lines, but were expressive and evoked feelings from us, the audience. De La Cruz described her artistic process in fleshing out the five characters: “I utilized my various experiences in devised

or ensemble theatre and Shakespearian adaptation to help us navigate through this play with a very specific ‘Gaysian & Millennial’ dialect. We spent time building as an ensemble exploring who these people really are, what do they want, where are they going, where do they think they are going - and what kind of journey each of their characters is on in this play. “I realized early on that this was a piece that had technology and comic book implications but had to be grounded in the comedy of life that comes out of complex people dealing with situations. I certainly looked for a cast that had comedic experience, timing and sensibilities, but I was also looking for actors who could be real people. Once we started rehearsal, I was clear with the actors that we needed to not try and play the funny, but find the humanity and arc of these characters and let Nathan’s words and the situations they are in to be what they are - funny.” I had a quick moment before the play to ask Ramos, the playwright about his intentions, to which he said, ”I wanted to write something about how young people talk, how they go on dates, how they live lives joyfully as millennials, how they deal with frustrations, where race is a negative factor, but also how they triumphed over those ob-

stacles.” This is his first work as a playwright and won the EWP’s 2042: See Change Playwrighting Competition. “He is currently working on Disney’s Club Mickey Mouse and whose works have amassed millions of views on Tosh.O., Buzzfeed, RyanSeacrest.com, Reddit and other platforms,“ according to his bio. Ted I. Benito, producer of “The Romance of Magno Rubio” at the Ford Amphitheater, “Dogeaters” at Kirk Douglas Theatre was equally complimentary, but with unfulfilled expectation: “Playwright Nathan Ramos’ AS WE BABBLE ON has some very snappy repartee, some very memorable characters and reflects (if not magnifies) some of this generation’s most pertinent issues (like technological advancement over personal growth, social media as a revenge catalyst, money/class/ power vs. the have nots/wanna be’s, self-identity and self-empowerment and the intricacies of love (and in this, love-making). I think I would have enjoyed the production more so if there was a cohesiveness amongst the terrific ensemble in terms of energy and if there was just a tad bit more direction to heighten the tension in a few scenes. But the staging was brilliant and made use of today’s technology as part of the storylines. What a way

The economic managers are urging Congress to quickly pass the rice tariffication bill into law to bring down the price of rice. That will bring down the cost of goods and services in the consumer basket and reduce the pain of rising inflation. But the corrupt and rent seekers seem more powerful than the President in influencing Congress to change the current system. The economic managers are also not budging from their original strategy of using ODA and GAA to finance the Build Build Build program. The stubbornness continues even with the reality that TRAIN 1 cannot deliver the increased tax revenues for financing BBB. And ODA seems all talk still, specially for projects that China is supposed to finance. Indeed, it seems the aversion to partnering with the private sector is strong, specially within the NEDA bureaucracy. It is frustrating to see ready to go projects totally at private sector risk taking time to get final government approval. Many voted for Duterte because of his dislike of red tape, but it seems the reform measures being proposed by his

economic managers expand government’s control over private business. TRAIN 2 is a good example of presumably good intentions translating to a worse environment to do business. Calixto Chikiamco, president of the Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) and a natural supporter of the economic managers, has strongly protested some aspects of TRAIN 2. “From paying a simple to follow five percent of gross income tax, TRAIN 2 would want BPOs to pay 25 percent of net income, which would be a financial shock and subject the industry to harassment from the Bureau of Internal Revenue.” Furthermore, TRAIN 2 “would centralize approval of all incentives in a superbody called the Fiscal Incentives Review Board (FIRB), dominated by the Department of Finance (DoF). This means that all companies seeking incentives must do a song and dance before the FIRB and, like a Roman emperor, the FIRB will give the applicant a thumbs up or down, based allegedly on whether the applicant has ‘new’ technology, is big enough, or its projects are in accordance with the government’s plan… “History shows that the Phil-

ippine government is incompetent in picking winners, and even creates losers… the Board of Investments then under the Department of Trade and Industry was creating oligopolies by prescribing ‘measured capacities’… I do believe in industrial policy, but not the kind where government throws money at ‘winners.’ “To my mind, effective industrial policy is determining the constraints of each industry and doing something about them. “For example, the real constraints to the tourism industry are lack of infrastructure and peace and order. Tax incentives to hotel operators and multimillion-peso promotional projects like Ms. Universe and Buhay Carinderia are a waste of the people’s money.” It is good that the economic managers are feeling the heat. Hopefully that will lead to a better appreciation of policy prescriptions as implemented at ground level. That’s the only way we can look up to them for leadership and forgo the marshmallows for the meantime. Boo Chanco’s e-mail address is bchanco@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @boochanco

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to end East West Players’ 52nd year!” In an email exchange with De La Cruz, I asked about her artistic process and how she managed to flesh out the complexities of her characters, two strong female characters (Sheila – played by Jiavani Linayao), (Laura – played by Jaime Schwarz) and three males (Benji –Will Choi), (Vish – played by Sachin Bhatt) and (Orson – played by Bobby Foley). “I’m glad that it translated - I prepped everyone that this play had some steamy scenes and that it was all going to come from them. We built a lot of trust in the rehearsal process and I approach working with actors from a very collaborative and organic way. I trust that they are smart human beings who have a set of life experiences that can inform the work. And once we get in the room, we explore their work of creating and filling out the parts of these characters that they haven’t experienced. (Haha, like the sexiness with books). “We also paced ourselves and layered in the more intimate moments with physical contact after we have had some time in the rehearsal room and on stage. Of course, as soon as I got the script, I saw that we had this layered scene, which I named ‘Trisexta’ and helped everyone understand that that was going to be one of our huge ensemble moments with so many things happening at once. We also talked about the fact that ‘Trisexta’ is a great scene because audiences can choose to focus on whichever part of the scene that they are most into, fascinated or turned on by, so it meant each of the tandem scenes needed to have its own authentic arc and pace that blended in with the others. All of this work then informed the other intimate moments between characters’ relationships which then manifested in all these physical ways on stage.” In one scene, Sheila, played so adeptly by Jiavani Linayao, whose limber body made for such hilarious scenes when she made love to the bread dough, using yoga techniques. It was a clever portrayal, but also was quite credible to the audience that kept on laughing with suggestive manipulations. As any good play with fine artistic sensibilities, the message inherent in it is what we aspire to: an understanding of why folks

Snehal Desai, Alison De La Cruz, Sachin Bhatt, Will Choi, Jiavani Linayao, Jamie Schwarz, Bobby Foley, and Nathan Ramos at the premiere of “AS WE BABBLE ON” at the East West Players’ David Henry Hwang Theater in Los Angeles. Photo by Prosy Abarquez-Delacruz

feel marginalized, how difficult it must be for a person with brown skin Indian features who is unfairly profiled as a “would-be terrorist,” when he is the most handsome and well-contoured actor in the cast, with a loving and supportive disposition or how difficult it is for an ultra-rich person to have real, true friends and the real-life struggles of survival of a writer and an entrepreneur. De La Cruz had this to say: “Yes, a lot of the scenes involved people in Benji’s life (the comic writer) and the people he is closest too. Benji is struggling to figure out what his next life step is now that he has quit his job at Dynamic Comics. Laura, his sister, says to Vish that she was sorry that “Benji was doing the struggle Olympics with him.” I wanted to highlight how Nathan’s play helps us to unpack the ways people of different identities might deal with different and challenging experiences while still “rowing in the same boat” as Sheila says to Benji. Laura also calls him out on parsing things out in a genetic vacuum when he compares his experiences as a Korean American gay man vs. her as his Korean half white sister. Vish also challenges Benji to consider how his pouting about being called a doctor may not be as bad as Vish’s experience of being targeted as a South Asian man and the constant 9/11 references and racial slurs that he endures. I think that I was especially mindful of Sheila as a Pinay/Black entrepreneur who is sex positive and making choices about herself and her business when facing

a racist Cookie Bakery. There are so many times when mixed, queer, immigrant or people of intersection are asked to simplify ourselves down to 1 thing. We are never 1 thing, and as a mixed queer Pinay with multiple pronouns, I have spent a lifetime of creating my own vocabulary and space to help define myself for myself, while pushing back on others telling me what they think I am. I was so excited to direct a play where it wasn’t about naming an identity but articulating the tensions, humor and hopes of those of us who are intersectional and living lives of multiplicity.” Is multiplicity equivalent to living complex lives and allowing different textures to surface in our lifetimes or is multiplicity, a function of a soul untethered? Or simply, an evolution of a nation’s culture and its people? That, my readers, you will have to answer as you watch this play, now playing until June 24 at East West Players’ David Henry Hwang Theater. *** Prosy Abarquez-Delacruz, J.D. writes a weekly column for Asian Journal, called “Rhizomes.” She has been writing for AJ Press for 10 years. She also contributes to Balikbayan Magazine. Her training and experiences are in science, food technology, law and community volunteerism for 4 decades. She holds a B.S. degree from the University of the Philippines, a law degree from Whittier College School of Law in California and a certificate on 21st Century Leadership from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She has been a participant in NVM Writing Workshops taught by Prof. Peter Bacho for 4 years and Prof. Russell Leong. She has travelled to France, Holland, Belgium, Japan, Costa Rica, Mexico and over 22 national parks in the US, in her pursuit of love for nature and the arts.

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Mary Jane Veloso cannot testify vs. her recruiters from her jail cell — CA by TeTch

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The Court of Appeals affirmed its earlier decision prohibiting Mary Jane Veloso from issuing a testimony against her alleged recruiters from her jail cell in Indonesia through a deposition. In an eight page resolution dated June 5, 2018, the appeals court’s former 11th division

through Associate Justice Ramon Bato Jr. dismissed the motion for reconsideration filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida. Calida was seeking a reversal of the appeals court’s decision that granted the petition filed by Veloso’s alleged recruiters, Ma. Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao, to reverse and set aside the ruling of the Nueva eci-

ja Regional Trial Court (RTC). Nueva ecija RTC Branch 88 Judge Anarica Castillo-Reyes ordered the Philippine consulate in Indonesia to secure Veloso’s deposition from her cell in Wirongunan Penitentiary in Indonesia. however, Veloso’s alleged recruiters argued that her deposition would violate their right to confront the witnesses against them face to face guaranteed under Section 14, paragraph 1 of the 1987 Constitution. The CA agreed with the petitioners that Veloso should be present before a trial if she were to testify. however, Calida argued that Veloso could fall under the exception instead of the general rule in instances where a prosecution witness cannot personally appear in court. “her personal appearance before the trial court for the presentation of her testimony cannot be reasonably expected owing to her detention in an Indonesian jail. Undeniably, the resort to deposition in the present criminal case is not expressly prohibited by law nor jurisprudence,” Calida said. Calida added that allowing the taking of Veloso’s deposition would still be lawful under Rule 23 of the Rules of Criminal Procedure and would not violate the constitutional rights of Sergio and Lacanilao. In its recent ruling, the appeals court pointed out that Sergio and Lacanilao have the right to face their accusers and confront the witnesses against them. “By insisting that we should reconsider our decision dated 13 December 2017 and allow the taking of the testimony of Mary Jane Veloso by deposition upon written interrogatories in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in effect, the OSG would want us to disregard Section 14 (2), Article III of the 1987 Constitution,” the appeals court said. Veloso was sentenced to death in October 2010 in Indonesia for bringing in 2.6 kilograms of heroin at Yogyakarta airport. She was given reprieve after the Philippine government informed the Indonesian government of the pending case against her supposed recruiters. n

SO LONG, DEMOCRACY. Supporters of ousted Supreme Court (SC) chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno led by Fr. Robert Reyes on Tuesday, June 5, rally outside the SC by carrying a casket that symbolizes the ‘death of democracy’. ManilaTimes.net photo by DJ Diosina

Duterte said he’ll resign if enough women protest his kiss, argued it was just his ‘style’ Spokesman said kiss was ‘accepted in culture of Filipinos’ by Rae

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ShORTLY after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte publicly kissed a married overseas foreign worker (OFW) in Seoul, South Korea, consequently drawing both cheers and disgust — he returned to the Philippines to defend his kiss and said he’d resign as president if enough women wanted him to. “If there are enough women to… Well I think if all women here would sign a petition for me to resign, I will resign,” said the president at a media briefing on Tuesday, June 7, upon returning from South Korea. Duterte, somewhat of a political rockstar to supporters in the Philippines and abroad, further defended himself by saying kissing women was his “style” that had been apparent even during his 22 years as Davao mayor. The problem, he said, was that people didn’t know him. “That is my style. Find your own style. There is nothing wrong in a simple kiss — you cause an uproar,” he said, adding that critics were “just jealous.” “During my campaign in my mayorship days, I kiss every woman there, lips to lips,” he said. “The problem is you don’t know me.” he also said, “You women, it’s better if you just help me explain to them that it was just natural.” On Monday, June 4, presidential spokesman harry Roque defended Duterte by deflecting attention to the woman who he said enjoyed the kiss. “The lady who was kissed has clearly expressed that she was honored with the kiss,” said Roque. “It was not an issue to the woman, so it was not an issue to the President.” On the issue of morality, he said, “I don’t think there is anything immoral. After all, the President has reiterated he is single.”

When a reporter pointed out that Bea Kim — the woman kissed — was married, Roque countered by again saying she did not retract. “But the woman volunteered and the woman said she was very proud of that experience,” said Roque. Kim is married to a South Korean national. Roque also said the kiss was accepted in Filipino culture, while describing it as “playful” and a “light moment.” “I believe that an overwhelming majority of Filipinos continue to support the President and found the kiss a light moment that is very accepted in the culture of Filipinos,” Roque said. Duterte’s approval ratings in the country continues to be high. his administration received a satisfaction rating of +70 from the Social Weather Stations last December — up to “excellent” from his September level of “very good.” Like Roque’s remarks, many have justified the kiss by saying the kiss was consensual. In the video, Kim appears to be excited in meeting Duterte who after handing a book to Kim and another woman, points to his lips while talking Kim into kissing him and asking her if she was single. Kim later told state-run Philippine media that there was “no malice” in the kiss. “For me, for him, it didn’t mean anything,” said Kim. Whether consensual or through pressure, critics of Duterte say the act exemplified male chauvinism and abuse of power. Senator Risa hontiveros described the stunt as a “despicable display of sexism and grave abuse of authority.” “even if the act was consensual, it was the president, possessed of awesome, even intimidating, power, who initiated it,” said hontiveros. “Uneven power relations were

clearly at play. And President Duterte took advantage of that severe power disparity,” she added. Senator Panfilo Lacson questioned Duterte’s appropriateness at the event and said, “Obviously, they accomplished the purpose, based on the laughter and giggle from the women in the audience.” “Question is — does that make it right and appropriate?” he asked. “I don’t think so, if we consider the status of both parties. The woman is married to a Korean, the man is a president of the Philippines who is on a state visit to Korea. If it was a movie comedian onstage, people won’t mind at all.” ‘#BabaeAko’ Duterte’s controversial kiss and following comments come as the #BabaeAko (I am a woman) campaign grows online in response to his string of ill remarks — many of which have been quoted within the last month. earlier in May, he said of International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde: “Alam mo ‘yan si Lagarde, makita ko ‘yan si… Just pull her into a corner, halikan mo lang, putang ina, mag-iba ang isip niyan.” (“You know,  that  Lagarde,  I  once  saw  her… Just pull her into a corner,  kiss  her,  son  of  a  b***h,  she  will  change her mind.”) A couple weeks after, he was quoted comparing his wives from his first and second marriage to spare tires. In Visayan, he said, “I have a second wife. I have one child with her. So I have two wives. If a vehicle, which is made of metal, would need a spare tire, how much more for us human beings?” During a speech at Malacañang Palace a week before the South Korea incident, Duterte dismissed comments of him being anti-women by saying, “I am not rude. Don’t believe those female critics of mine.” n

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pointed out. “That’s how democracy works. Whether it’s correct or wrong, we just have to accept it because that’s how we can move on,” the most senior magistrate added. The SC has removed Sereno from the official list of incumbent justices in its website, www. sc.judiciary.gov. Saying she is a “lost cause,” President Duterte turned the tables on Sereno for criticizing him over his anti-corruption campaign. Duterte accused Sereno of engaging in political gimmickry to get to him. “Yes and including hers, it’s gimmickry. You ask people who are in the state of playing gimmicks with government,” the President said after the inauguration of Mactan Cebu International Airport 2 in Lapu Lapu City in Cebu last Thursday. Asked if he is keen on transferring some officials he earlier sacked over corruption and other controversies, Duterte took a swipe at Sereno. “But if you are thinking of recycling Sereno, it’s – you must be joking,” he said. Duterte said he puts people in particular positions depending on their capability. “What recycle? I place people (according) to their appropriate capacity. Now it doesn’t mean that I transfer you from one – it might be a revamp. It does not mean to say you are at fault,” he said. “If you are a lawyer, and you have a certain style, then I place you there. If you are a combative type, if you always fight with your superior…” the President said. “Now that she is out, she is full of adjectives and gimmickry. The justices, they have brains. They are lawyers like you,” he said.

Duterte said he has lost respect for the former chief justice. “I don’t believe her and I don’t respect her also. She is full of gimmick when we are doing our jobs… they keep on criticizing us,” he said. Duterte also lashed out at his other critics. “What significant contribution do they have…? What? Tell me. What significant decision or Sereno or anybody to say that this just pure gimmick?” Duterte said. “What have they contributed to the betterment of the country except indulging in politics?” Meanwhile, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) questioned the SC decision last month ousting Sereno through a quo warranto petition filed by the solicitor general. In a statement, IBP national president Abdiel Dan elijah Fajardo alleged that the SC ruling was “narrowly drawn.” “It shows the use of the law to pursue a desired result, that is, the ouster of the chief justice. This erodes, if not demolishes, the rule of law by which all members of the bar have sworn as a condition to admission,” he stressed. The head of the IBP reiterated their position that the chief justice could only be removed by impeachment in Congress as provided in the 1987 Constitution. Fajardo revealed that they would file a motion before the SC on Monday to seek reconsideration of the ruling even after their earlier bid to intervene in the case was not granted by the high court. Sereno has appealed the ruling and the SC has ordered Solicitor General Jose Calida to submit his comment before it rules on the case with finality. Sereno’s camp has claimed that

there was nothing illegal with the P17-million attorney’s fee she received from the arbitration case against Philippine International Air Terminals Co. Inc. (PIATCO). Lawyer Jojo Lacanilao, one of Sereno’s spokespersons, said this as he questioned reports linking the ousted SC chief to the recent Court of Appeals (CA) decision that declared as illegal the $6-million payment to the legal team that handled the case against PIATCO before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)-International Court of Arbitration over the expropriation of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. “CJ Sereno is not a party to the case, which is between the government and PIATCO,” he stressed in a text message. The lawyer argued that the ousted chief justice received the payment for her legal services “in good faith.” “She was hired by government as lawyer and she accepted the engagement in good faith. She was one of the lawyers that helped the government win the case against PIATCO,” he pointed out. Lacanilao issued the statement following the decision of the CA’s 11th Division that denied the government’s bid for enforcement of $6 million for the cost of arbitration proceedings before the ICC International Court of Arbitration. The $6 million constituted 25 percent of government’s total arbitration cost of $24 million, which the ICC International Court of Arbitration ordered PIATCO to pay. Of the total payment of $6,009,351.66, Sereno got $324,674.37 or about P17 million, court records showed. The government deducted 15 percent, leaving Sereno with $275,973.21 or about P14.5 million. n


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ANTHONY Bourdain’s death has struck a chord among fans, particularly those who are fond of food and travel who follow his shows and sojourns religiously. He left an indelible mark in the food industry as he championed the cuisines and dishes he found delicious. Who would ever forget watching Bourdain eat Jollibee’s Aloha Burger, halo-halo and the Spam pan de sal breakfast sandwich? In a 2017 visit to Manila for the World Street Food Congress, he went to a Jollibee and ordered spaghetti and ChickenJoy. Watching him describe the dishes as “wacky,” “deranged” and “slightly alluring” endeared him more to his Filipino fans, eager to see him explore the Philippines further. The first time Bourdain entered the consciousness of mainstream Filipino fans was back in 2009 in his No Reservations show where a Chicago-born Filipino-American Augusto Elefano invited him to go to the Philippines and try Filipino food. Let’s just say that most fans who watched the episode were underwhelmed by what Bourdain experienced then that there was a widespread campaign for him to go back to the Philippines to see the sites he didn’t get to experience and eat the dishes he didn’t get to taste. His next trip — this time for “Parts Unknown” — was more well-planned and executed. This was done because of his own personal connection to the Philippines, through a woman named Vangie. In his CNN essay and Tumblr post to promote the show, Bourdain asked, “Why are Filipino workers so kind and giving?” and talked about Vangie, the Filipino nurse who took care of his daughter Ariane from the moment she was born. His daughter, Bourdain said, grew up practically with two

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Anthony Bourdain tried Filipino dessert halo-halo during the Manila episode of ‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.’ Photo courtesy of CNN

families — theirs and Vangie’s. “Vangie was with her from the very beginning of her life, and in time, my daughter came to know her son, her daughter-in law, their kid — and in time, an extended family and friends — in New Jersey, Southern California and the Bay Area,” Bourdain wrote. “If I go back through old photos today, at least half will be of the two of them together.” As families, they celebrated the holidays together, from Christmas to New Year to Thanksgiving and all those times, he noticed some things, “some features of Filipino daily life that I thought worth investigating”. “There’s always singing, for instance. Everybody seems to sing — an affinity passed on to my daughter,” Bourdain wrote. “Family — and church, of course, loom large (even in my otherwise atheistic household). And food.” Yes, food. “My daughter is no stranger to sisig and sinigang and adobo and holds me in disregard for being unable to procure her the delicious Filipino pastries and breads she finds at her other family’s home. She knows a few phrases in Tagalog and looks at me pityingly when I don’t know what she’s talking about,” he shared.

LOS ANGELES—A recent opportunity to sit down with Darren Criss for a podcast interview gave me a chance to ask many questions I have always wanted to ask him. In our extensive conversation, Darren and I got to discuss some of the highlights of his young life and career so far. I know that Darren is articulate based on our previous interviews but after conversing with him for almost an hour, I was struck by his intelligence, knowledge and eloquence. No “Ah,” “Uh,” “Um”

and “You know…” from this actor-singer-songwriter, who looked sharp in a slim gray suit and black shirt. He gave answers that were insightful, fresh and candid. In a room at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, Darren reflected on his Andrew Cunanan role in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” for which he won raves from critics and viewers; childhood in San Francisco, including his professional stage debut at 10 years old; school days, including Darren Criss at a podcast interview with the his chuckling reminiscence about columnist. PAGE B2 Inquirer.net photo by Ruben V. Nepales

Back in 2009, Bourdain wrote a blog entry titled “The Hierarchy of Pork” and talked about their experience of shooting in the Philippines and how he felt nervous about the episode because how could they talk about a country’s culinary offerings when they only visited Manila, Pampanga and Cebu. “I’m very aware of how many Filipino fans we have — and how enthusiastic they are about us (finally) covering their country. I wanted very badly to do a good job on this one. But I fear there’s no way we got it “right”,” he wrote. He went on and took pride saying that “the amazing, porky delights of “sisig” got plenty of camera time.” “If you’ve never had this divine mosaic of pig parts, chopped and served sizzling and crisp on one side on a screaming hot platter, then you’ve yet to have one of the world’s best beer drinking dishes,” Bourdain proclaimed. “And speaking of pig? It can now be said that of all the whole roasted pigs I’ve had all over the world, the slow roasted lechon I had on Cebu was the best. This puts the standings in the Hierarchy of Pork as follows: #1. Philippines PAGE B2

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BARELY a month after announcing that she and husband Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero are finally expecting their first child together, actress Heart Evangelista revealed on Wednesday, June 6, that she suffered a miscarriage. “There are not enough words to express how heavy my heart feels but I know it’s important to share this because it’s part of my motherhood journey,” she started her lengthy post on her Instagram account, @iamhearte. “At this week’s doctor appointment, just as we hit the 3-month mark, we found out that her heart stopped beating,” the 33-year-old continued, revealing her current ordeal. “For some it might be early on but for us, we were so ready to meet you, little one. Carrying you made me feel like a completely new person. Just the thought of you taught me what unconditional love feels like,” Evangelista further wrote. Proof of their readiness to be parents and Evangelista’s excitement has been chronicled in her Instagram Highlight, which she titled, “Mommyhood.” She kept her 2.3-million followers updated on her journey to becoming a mother—from receiving baby clothes and nursing bottles from

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friends to the ongoing construction of their nursery. The visual artist then divulged that her doctor reassured her the miscarriage was no one’s fault and that she had been forewarned by other mothers of this possibility. “The doctor told me that there really wasn’t anything we could’ve done, that this happens to a higher percentage of first time moms. I know this is true because so many of you have been open with sharing your experiences. Your kindness and positivity in sharing about your own miscarriages remind me to be strong. I am so grateful for all your love throughout this entire journey.” Neverth eless, Evangelista said her faith remained strong during this trying time. “I take comfort knowing that you’re up there with your twin. I don’t question God about this sad time, I trust in His timing and plan. It’s not the end, just another chapter,” she wrote before asking for some time off as she continued to look for peace. Evangelista finally addressed Mira, the name they gave to their baby, saying, “For what it’s worth, I already had a name for you. My Mira, funnily enough, I already loved your smile. I know you’ll find your way back to me.” It was on the eve of Mother’s Day in May when the celebrity couple happily posted an

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Instagram photo with Escudero holding a white Dior baby onesie to announce his wife’s pregnancy. Five days later, Evangelista admitted they were originally expecting twins but unfortunately, one of the embryos was smaller and behind in development. Hence, they lost one of the babies even then. The actress and her senator husband tied the knot in a private ceremony in Balesin Island in February 2015. In August 2017, Evangelista declared her plans to take a break from show business to try and get pregnant.

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#2. Bali #3. Puerto Rico.” There you go. During his short food trip in the Philippines, Bourdain also enjoyed several “porky” treats including sisig and barbecue. He tried many Filipino favorites including bulalo, kare-kare, fishballs, pansit palabok, sisig, sinigang, and even gamely popped a goat eye into his mouth with a smile. “If nothing else, I hope that homesick Filipinos living abroad get a glimpse of some of the food and scenery they’ve no doubt been missing. And for viewers who weren’t previously familiar with the wide and tasty spectrum of flavors available over there, I hope the sight of me shoving a lot of very tasty stuff into my maw provides — if nothing else — inspiration to look further,” he added. Back to his question about why

Filipinos are caring. For this episode of CNN’s “Parts Unknown”, Bourdain was able to talk about the plight of some overseas Filipino workers he knows personally and some he met through his numerous travels. “This episode is an attempt to address the question of why so many Filipinos are so damn caring. Why they care so much — for each other — for strangers. Because my experience is far from unusual,” he wrote. “Hundreds of thousands — maybe millions — of children have been raised by Filipino nannies. Usually mothers of their own children who they were forced to leave behind in the Philippines.” He also promised that this was not going to be the last. “I hope the overseas Filipinos and our fans in the Philippines like this episode more than they liked the last one on our other

show. I imagine this time around there will be tears. At least I hope so. We tried to do right by people who’ve been very, very good to us,” Bourdain said. “This is certainly not the definitive show on the Philippines — and it will not be our last show there.” Today, there are copious tears being shed for Bourdain’s death. Mr. Bourdain, Tony, that may have been the last show you shot in the Philippines but Filipinos across the globe are thankful and grateful, because you went back a couple of times and offered an inspiring look at a country and cuisine that are oftentimes both overlooked and highlighted not just the flavors of the dishes you ate but also the work ethic and family values of Filipinos like Vangie whom you’ve known for a long time now and those you have met in your travels around the world.

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Exploring the US East Coast and Canada with Super Vacation THE EAST Coast is charming with its many historical attractions, bustling city life, stylish residents, numerous museums, and movie locations — all of which also make it a great summer destination. In New York, there’s the towering Empire State Building where visitors can get an unobstructed view of the city’s impressive skyline. There’s also the famous Statue of Liberty which though shorter, still gives those who conquer its 354 steps to the top, a full view of New York City along the Hudson River. And of course, there are the Metropolitan Museum, One World Trade Center, the United Nations building, Fifth Avenue, and the Rockefeller Center among many, many others. Finding nature amidst the buildings can be done through a stroll through beautiful Central Park, or a visit to the majestic Niagara Falls. A short travel across Upstate New York brings you to Boston, where many of the U.S.’ top universities can be found including the country’s oldest university, Harvard University. Don’t forget to get a photo with its founder’s statue. Also don’t forget to taste the state’s famous delicacies like Boston Cream Pie and its Boston lobster. And no visit to the East Coast is truly complete without a visit to the nation’s capitol, Washington D.C where visitors can visit the United States Capitol and the iconic White House. Also make your way around the grassy National Mall, making stops at iconic monuments like the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the Smithsonian museums. Visit the Corning Museum

of glass which has a collection of over 45,000 glass objects — some dating back 3,500 years. As always, Super Vacation makes traveling easier through their carefully curated travel packages. If you’re short on time, Super Vacation makes it possible to explore famous east coast destinations in just five days — covering over eight must-visit spots! If you’re looking for a more relaxed option, opt for their most popular East Coast 7 Days Deluxe Tour (EC7) package which lasts a whole week which means more museums, more fun, and more time to kick back. Super Vacation also has an

option that brings travelers to Canada in its East Coast & Canada 8 Days Deluxe Tour (ECA8) package. In addition to visiting the East Coast landmarks, you’ll further get to visit the paradiselike Thousand Islands that borders New York and Canada, and make your way through Toronto, Ottawa, and Mo ntreal! Established in 1981, Super Vacation specializes in travel packages throughout the U.S. and Canada. To book, or get more information on their tours and rates, call them at (626) 571 - 2988, or visit them online at www.americaasia.com. (Advertising Supplement)

What happens when Darren Criss sits down... PAGE B1 being voted most likely to win a Grammy in high school; playing Harry Potter for StarKid Productions which he cofounded after college; landing the Blaine Anderson role in “Glee”; ongoing tour with “Glee” costar Lea Michele; engagement to Mia Swier and the piano bar they just opened; being a mixed-race actor and his stance on whitewashing and diversity in Hollywood, goals and dreams. I had several more questions to ask but we had to stick to the podcast’s 45-minute format. Let me stress that the following are just excerpts. I only included his answers pertaining to his FilipinoAmerican heritage. Make sure you subscribe to catch new conversations every week. I look forward to conducting more interviews in this series in the future. Ryan Murphy said that one of the reasons why he cast you in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” is that you are halfFilipino as Andrew Cunanan was. Can you talk about the irony that in your most important role so far in your career, you played a Filipino-American who was on America’s 10 most wanted list? The only thing that I can hope I’m doing is trying to create some kind of light from so much darkness… So yeah, the irony is not beyond me that here I am, almost custom-built, just by sheer providence for this role. How do we bring justice to something that is so devoid of justice? The only answer to that is trying to bring a conversation that can help us understand how these things can happen, how we can avoid it, how we can process a tragedy in terms of how did we get there and how we can avoid it in the future. It is a strange, cruel irony, isn’t it? Yes. But again, it’s the first time I’ve ever played anybody who was close to my (heritage). It’s the first time ever anyone’s really asked

about my ethnicity. So that’s something we celebrate, and we like to talk about. And so, if that sheds any positivity toward people who maybe feel more represented, especially when you talk about people like Jon Jon Briones who’s from the Philippines and who has a wonderful role and does an excellent job. This is a show that is depicting, probably for the first time in my memory, a really complex Filipino character who was a real person and peers into a real Filipino family’s life. To be able to shed light on that is very exciting. I’m very proud to be part of that. What were you like as a kid growing up in San Francisco? Were you the boy who loved to perform for family and friends? No, I hated performing for my family and friends … my Filipino aunts would always make me perform and I hated it. If it was on my own volition to do a song and dance number, then I’d be happy to. I always wanted to because I enjoyed it, but if you told me to do something, I was like, “No way.” I never had this need to perform. I have the luxury of saying that because I’ve been very lucky with being given opportunities to do that. I like bringing people that I like together. More recently, I opened a bar with my fiancée. It’s more about, if I’m going to be really holistic and New Age about is, I’d like offering group community and catharsis and making people feel good about themselves and about life. Did your musical inclinations come from both sides of your family? Your mom (Cerina Criss) is from Cebu, which is known for its very good singers and musicians. It’s funny. I was watching something the other day that the number one export of the Philippines is people. A huge percentage of that labor is actually musicians.

My mom’s a very charismatic, fun lady who is a natural performer in her own right. She’s very musical and raised us with music everywhere. My dad (Charles William Criss) is a bit more of the sneak attack musician. I have this whole theory about people who have musical ability but don’t play music. I think my dad has one of those things. We grew up in a household where a lot of singing and music was around. So, I’m definitely the combination of both my parents—my mom’s drive and my dad’s enjoyment. In these times when there’s a clamor for more diversity in Hollywood and everywhere, where do you, as a mixed-race actor, stand on this issue? I’m such a bleeding heart idealist … but I truly believe that everybody really does have the best intentions. I have met a lot of these casting directors and people who want to create colorful storytelling, literally and figuratively. I think they really do their best. At the end of the day, they’re trying to figure out what can tell the story the best and it comes down to good storytelling, regardless of race, ethnicity and sexuality. But I’m proud to be mixedrace. It’s cool to be representing that in some small way and in the media. But we have a long way to go. I think that starts with us not representing the actors necessarily, but the storytellers. There are so many great narratives from all walks of life that have yet to be told. That’s where it needs to start focusing more on … And then from there, making sure we cast accordingly. But I think a good actor is a good actor, a good writer is a good writer and a good musician is a good musician. Hopefully, there’s no color to that. There’s just a quality. I think that should supersede color.


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What keeps Iya and Drew together by Honey

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An EncorE EpisodE About A “spEciAl child” on citizEn pinoy! When Mommy conchita (center) immigrated to the u.s. in 2007, she had to make a difficult decision of leaving her special needs daughter, nina (left) behind in the philippines. it was a difficult time, because mother and daughter had never been separated before. nina was left behind with her older sister ruth, who was later about to migrate to Australia in May 2016. With Mommy conchita and ruth gone, who will take care of nina? Find out how leading u.s. immigration attorney Michael J. Gurfinkel was able to bring nina to the u.s. through humanitarian parole, on an encore episode of citizen pinoy on sunday 6:15pm pst on tFc.

Kris Aquino hints at running for Senate in 2019 polls by JanVic

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FOLLOWiNG her feud with Communications Assistant secretary Mocha Uson, media personality Kris Aquino has hinted at the possibility of running for senator next year. in a live video on Wednesday, June 6, Aquino responded to Uson’s refusal to apologize for dragging her father, the late former senator Benigno Aquino Jr. into the controversy involving the kiss of president Duterte with a married woman in south Korea. “i have a voice, that’s true. Now, this is sincere, i am thinking how i can use that voice because you listen to me... i have contracts that prevent me from running, contracts that i just signed. But maybe you need a voice. i will pray. i will pray about what is best for me to do,” she told her viewers in Filipino. “Maybe it is better that i did not ask for a position, for me not to be an elected official. Maybe if i become part of the senate, you will say that i have become like them. Right now, we are equals,” she added. On tuesday, June 5, Aquino lashed out at Uson for using a video showing a supporter kissing the late senator to compare it with Duterte kissing the woman in seoul. in her message to Aquino, Uson was non-apologetic. she said the issue is not about the former presidential daughter and sister but on how malice was given to the kiss of Duterte. Responding to this, Aquino said simply: “Who kissed?” in her video, she called on special Assistant to the president Christopher “Bong” Go to consider what she asked from him.

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it was unclear if the request was an apology from Uson, which Go initially told the media would happen. “it was clear, there was no sorry at all,” said Aquino, responding to Uson’s statement. “the person closest to the president was able to say sorry. But Ms. Uson was even angry about it.” Addressing Uson, Aquino said the palace official already won because she was able to hurt her by attacking her parents. “it is tiring that every time, i have to deal with disrespect from followers. Did i steal from you? Did i do anything wrong to you? Did Ninoy and Cory Aquino do anything wrong with president Duterte?” she said. Duterte still trusts Uson despite her tiff with Aquino. Duterte, through his longtime aide Bong Go, has apologized to Kris over the incident. Uson, however, stood by her online post, saying she would not apologize “for the truth.” Asked in a press briefing yesterday if Duterte still trusts Uson,

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presidential spokesman Harry Roque replied: “she hasn’t been fired. For as long as she hasn’t been fired, she enjoys the trust and confidence.” “All presidential appointees serve at the pleasure of the president,” he added. Roque, however, declined to answer other questions about the issue, saying he would just let go talk about the matter. Duterte has said that critics who were making an issue out of the kissing episode were just envious and maintained that there was no malice in his act. He also claimed that kissing women has been his style since he was mayor of Davao City. Kris, for her part, also distanced herself from her brother, former president Benigno Aquino iii, and the Liberal party, saying she and her parents are not the socalled “yellowtards” that Duterte supporters like to criticize. “When it is about my mother and when it is about my father, it will always be about me… Whatever our colors are, we love our parents,” she said.

Jay-R happy that millennials are into R&B by Gil

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tHe country’s acknowl edged R&B King Jay-R has something to be proud of as far as today’s music is concerned. Modesty aside, it is the type of sound he and his contemporaries helped propagate in the local music scene. “the sound now is all R&B and i can’t help but feel that i have something to do with that,” said the renowned performer who many years ago came into the picture christened R&B prince and largely on the strength of a Vehnee saturno piece “Bakit pa Ba”. By virtue of being able to keep himself relevant unto the second decade of the new millennium, the prince has become a king in his own right; without a doubt, a certified R&B royalty. He explained, referring to his immersion on the genre, “15 years ago when we started, we were doing this sound already. Now 15 years after, the people and artists are catching on to it. i can say in my own little way i have influenced the millennial sound.” sure, Jay-R is feeling fulfilled hearing the fruits of his labor embedded through the catalogue of the younger acts. But nothing can equal the accomplishment of releasing a new album himself. Besides, he is one of those artists who have kept on producing albums by themselves. His latest is already his seventh. Born Gaudencio sillona iii in Glendale, California, Jay-R recently launched his fresh-fromthe-oven album Kamusta Ka at eastwood Central park plaza in Libis, QC. singing heartthrobs Billy Crawford and Kris Lawrence were on board performing with him live his new saturno song called Habang Buhay. Connectedly, the title track is a collaboration among saturno, ace

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tunesmith thyro Alfaro and JayR himself. the music talent house Homeworkz main man mused, “i’m a little bit older than the kids pero  hindi  tayo  paiiwan  sa  bagong  tunog. My updated rhythm is a fusion of traditional urban sound and what’s new.” As if to emphasize he’s in right step with the new blood, Jay-R’s album is packaged in Mp3 player format. it is a loaded pack with earphones, UsB cable to access exclusive files, the title track’s music and lyric videos, album and Homeworkz stickers, photoshoot files and a video greeting from the man himself. the two-gig Mp3 player can save other songs, thus, it is in a valuable way a personalized item. “UsB album is just a flash drive. Fans can get more out of this Mp3 player format and it offers more,” he pointed out.

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Jay-R’s “Kamusta Ka” collaborators include Jungee Marcelo, paolo Onesa, Gloc-9, Loonie and Ogie Alcasid. Other tracks in the album are “Binibini,” “siya,” “Heto Ka,” “Limitasyon,” “Mahahanap Din Kita,” the engaging “eksklusibo” (featuring his partner Mica Javier) and “Kabilang Dako,” which already won R&B song of the Year honors from FM radio stations. His past albums include “Gameface” (2003), “JayR” (2005), “Christmas Away from Home” (2006), “soul in Love” (2008), the 2011 Awit Award Album of the “Year Jay-R sings OpM Love Classics” (2010) and “elevated” (2014). Jay-R deservingly received R&B Artist of the Year citations from the philippine Hip-Hop Music Awards, Urban Music Awards and Awit Awards.

Despite their busy schedules, Drew Arellano and seven months pregnant wife iya Villania always find time for each other and for their first-born primo. Drew hosts the Kapuso travel show Byahe ni Drew and AHA!, while iya delivers showbiz news on “24 Oras Chika Minute” and co-hosts “Lip sync Battle philippines 2”. Cooking and learning new recipes are among the couple’s bonding moments. said iya, “We both love to eat and to cook so we really enjoy our time together in the kitchen. Ultimong kahit just making a toast masaya na kami.” Drew shared, “i think our relationship just keeps on getting better, especially now that we have primo.” Drew is always shooting for Byahe ni Drew. iya was quick to add, “But he does still have time for the family. it just looks like he’s always away. Actually, we still get a lot of time. Ang galing lang din  kasi ng ‘Byahe ni Drew’ because they really pack so much activities into the show that he really seems like he’s away for long but actually he’s not. He still gets to come home and does his family duties — be a dad and playmate to primo, also being a chef and cook for me when i’m hungry.” iya and Drew are perfect as hosts of “Home Foodie” on its fourth season. they continue to showcase their confidence in the kitchen after having hosted the cooking show since its second season. it was only Drew who hosted the first season. On “Home Foodie’s” new season, Drew and iya help the chefs prepare the featured dishes. they also provide tips and offer “Madalicious” (madali  na, delicious pa) meal solutions — to both televiewers and netizens — which are inspired by trending dishes from restaurants and new twists to classic favorites. “Home Foodie” also features a wide array of san Miguel purefoods products. What’s also new in “Home Foodie’s” latest season is, it promises more consumer engagement, new chefs, more delectable dishes and the couple’s leveled-up cooking skills. Joining Chef Llena tan-Arcenas in guiding Drew and iya create Madalicious meals are Chefs Martin Narisma and John Valley.

iya said she feels really flattered and “nakakakilig because there are so many other couples that they could choose from. so sobra akong natutuwa that they’ve put their faith in Drew and me.” Asked how being a married couple helps them as hosts of the show, iya replied, “Well, syempre natural yung chemistry and natural yung kulitan. i think ‘yun yung  nakatulong sa amin.”

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Amazing South California road trip destinations to try this summer

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I AM pretty sure everybody’s got their summer trip planned (some even saved up the whole year for an awesome vacation), and some prefer to hit the road to enjoy the view on the way. To welcome the summer season, I rounded up a few road trip destinations you should definitely check out. Orange County Known for its well-heeled residents and high prices but is a favorite summer spot, is Orange County. If you want to take a break from the busy Santa Monica pier, stroll down the string of less crowded beaches in Orange County and get some serious R&R. The beaches (and the waves) are definitely the main draw. The Pelican Hill is a great place if you are planning a family trip, but if you are thinking more of a romantic sunset by the beach, the Montage Laguna Beach is a great choice. It offers an excellent spa, impeccable grounds, and beautiful rooms with breathtaking views. Just a quick tip: if you take the Santa Ana Freeway you would likely get there faster but if you’ve got some time to spare, Cabrillo Highway is the most scenic. Along the way you’ll see gorgeous beaches and rolling hills. Encinitas Summer is here, and the waves are calling! Voted as the no. 3 surf spot town in the U.S. by Surfer Magazine, Encinitas is looking so darn good this time of the year. There’s a good spot to drop your surfboard called, Cardiff Reef. But it’s not all water sports. Bikers can cycle through the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation while golfers can hit Encinitas Ranch, and gamblers (or horse-lovers) can spend the day at Del Mar racetrack — just a short 10-minute drive away. Santa Barbara Want to escape the fast life but don’t want to fly? Drive about two hours from LA and be transported to “Mediterranean-

esque” town with Mission-style buildings, pretty storefronts, art galleries, and quaint restaurants along the tree-lined streets. One of the most popular activities is shopping along State Street and at Paseo Nuevo, which boasts some of the best stores in the region. San Diego Balboa Park, Salk Institute, the old footbridges – these are just a few of the spots you can check out when you drive to San Diego this summer. I love that San Diego is not that far from LA and also not as different (in a good way). It’s like a more conservative version of Los Angeles. There’s a wide range of things to do and places to go — from beaches to restaurants and bars San Diego has all of them. You can watch the hang gliders over the La Jolla cliffs, check out some old ships, or eat Mexican food. You can also visit one of America’s most haunted houses. Big Bear When it’s one hundred degrees in LA, head out – rather, drive – two hours out of LA and find yourself cooling down at Big Bear. It’s known for snow, But in

the summer, outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, or hanging out under a pine tree with a picnic basket will make your trip up worthwhile. They say the food’s good too. Try their chicken pot pie and brown sugar glazed bacon, and wash it down at Nottingham’s Tavern afterwards. This is life! While L.A. has so much to offer when it comes to top-notch restaurants, museums, wonderful beaches and a lively nightlife scene, it’s nice to pack your bags and try a drive-to-town adventure sometimes. So for those who are in town visiting or just want to get away from the business – that is LA – try these amazing road trip destinations that are just a short drive away. *** Monet Lu is a Marikina-born, awardwinning celebrity beauty stylist with his own chain of Monet Salon salons across Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada. Ultimately, Monet is known as an all-around artiste who produces sold-out fashion and awards shows as well as unforgettable marketing campaigns. Monet is also the founder of the revolutionary all-natural beauty products such as Enlighten, your solution to discoloration . To contact Monet, please visit www.monetsalon.com or email him at monetsalon@aol.com

WHAT are generic drugs? Generic drugs are medications which have been evaluated and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States as a genuine copy of brand-name (proprietary) drugs, in dosage, effects, safety, strength, how it is taken, quality, performance, intended use, and side-effects and complications. Are generic drugs as safe? Generic drugs use the same active ingredients and dosage, and have the same efficacy. They pose the same risks and provide the same benefits as their brandname counterparts. Do they take longer to work? No, since generic drugs have the exact same composition as brand name drugs, they work as fast. Are generic drugs as effective? It is a requirement by the FDA for generic drugs to have the same quality, strength, purity, and stability as brand-name drugs, so they are as effective. Are generic drugs inferior in quality? No, generic drugs are not inferior to proprietary (branded) medications. The FDA makes sure the two versions of the drugs are equally effective and safe. Most healthcare providers themselves use generic medications for themselves and their family. Why are generic drugs cheaper? Generic drugs are less expensive because their manufacturers do not have to spend for research, development, marketing and promotions, which are very costly. This large investment is made by the original, “new drug inventor and developer,” who patented the drug to have the exclusive and sole right to distribute and sell it. When the patent expires, usually after 20 years, generic drug manufacturers apply to the FDA to manufacture and sell the generic version. When the generic version is approved, a greater competition comes into the market and this lowers the cost even more. Presently, almost 50 percent of the prescription in the U.S. are filled with generic drugs. As always, the integrity and reputation of the manufacturer of generic drugs, anywhere in the world, will reflect the quality of the medications they produce. How much cheaper are generic drugs? Generic medications are typi-

Are generic drugs safe? cally lesser expensive than their branded counterparts, many about 85 percent less. Between 2007 to 2016, the United States health care system has saved $1.67 trillion. The more pharmaceutical companies come up with more generic versions, the greater the competition and the lower the cost of the generics drugs will be. Do brand name companies make generic drugs? Yes, about half of the proprietary (brand name) companies also produce generic drugs and sell them at the competitive price of generic drugs in the market. They can reduce the price at this time because they already made the profits with their exclusive rights during the patent period. Why do generic drugs look different? Trademark laws in the United States prohibit generic drugs to look exactly like their brand name counterparts. But the laws require the generic drugs to duplicate exactly the active ingredient and dosage in brand-name drugs. The flavor, color and some inactive ingredients may be different. Do generic drugs expire sooner? No, generic drugs do not expire sooner or have shorter shelf life. Basically, generic drugs are the same as proprietary medications. Are generic drugs good for children? Most of the generics drugs were tested among adults. There are generic drugs used for children, but more studies are being done to make sure generic drugs are as efficacious and safe for children, including infants. For any concern, the prudent option is to discuss the issue with your children’s pediatrician. Do all brand name drugs have generic version? No, not all proprietary drugs have generic equivalent. Many come only in the brand-name version. Part of the reason is the duration of the patent of these other brand-name drugs. As long as the patent is in effect, FDA will not allow any generic manufacturer to produce the generic version. But even after the patent has expired, the generic equivalent must also pass through the stringent testing, evaluation, and approval by the FDA to protect the consumers. Why can’t all drugs start as generics? The very prohibitive cost of research and development, marketing and promotion, makes it financially impossible for drug manufacturers to produce the original medications and sell them at the “generic price.” This is unrealistic to expect and eco-

nomically not feasible. How are generic drugs approved? According to FDA rules: “Drug companies must submit an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) for approval to market a generic product. The Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act of 1984, more commonly known as the HatchWaxman Act, made ANDAs possible by creating a compromise in the drug industry. Generic drug companies gained greater access to the market for prescription drugs, and innovator companies gained restoration of patent life of their products lost during FDA’s approval process.” How does the FDA monitor generic drugs? Here is the verbatim policy of the U.S.-FDA: “The FDA Generic Drugs Program conducts a rigorous review to make sure generic medicines meet these requirements. In addition, FDA conducts 3,500 inspections of manufacturing plants a year, ensuring compliance with the agency’s regulations on good manufacturing practices. FDA staff also continually monitor drug products to make certain the medicines at all levels of the supply chain, from active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) to products being sold to consumers, are safe, effective, and high quality. In the event of reports of negative patient side effects or other reactions, the FDA investigates and, when appropriate, may require changes in how a medicine (both brandnname and generic versions) is used or manufactured.” Are generic drugs outside of the U.S. as good? Each country’s version of the FDA would have their own rules, criteria and requirements, but basically I suspect they will be similar to those of the U.S. FDA’s. However, I am unable to ascertain this, and therefore cannot verify that generic drugs manufactured outside of the United States are as good. The Philippine Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD), in my opinion, is a credible institution that safeguards and protects the health and well-being of the people in our country. *** Philip S. Chua, MD, FACS, FPCS, Cardiac Surgeon Emeritus in Northwest Indiana and chairman of cardiac surgery from 1997 to 2010 at Cebu Doctors University Hospital, where he holds the title of Physician Emeritus in Surgery, is based in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Philippine College of Surgeons, and the Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society. He is the chairman of the Filipino United Network – USA, a 501(c)(3) humanitarian foundation in the United States. Email: scalpelpen@gmail.com

‘Heavyweight’ Rosanna Roces cameos in advocacy film by ARLO

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AFTER almost two years away from the cameras, the ‘90’s most controversial sexy actress Rosanna Roces features in a cameo role for the advocacy movie, “Men in Uniform,” which aims to uplift the morale of the Philippine National Police. Portraying a negligent mother, Roces shocked audiences at the film premiere when they saw how much bigger she is today as a literal heavyweight. Known as the “TF Queen” of the “Titillating Film” era in local movies, many asked whatever happened to her once svelte figure. “It’s just out of our friendship that Osang [Roces’ nickname] agreed to do the role. Hindi naman basta-basta papayag yan considering that it was just a token talent fee for her role and with that heavy look onscreen,” director Neal “Buboy” Tan told The Manila Times at the sidelines of Men in

Uniform’s opening night at the Camp Crame Multi-Purpose Hall in Quezon City on May 30. In the story, Roces is the subject of a child abuse complaint against her own son. When police officer Melinda Mallari (Empress Schuck) confronts her about the boy’s death, Roces shows how her acting chops remain sharp, effective as a heartless and disturbed mother. Despite her weight gain, however, it seems Roces is eager to return to the spotlight as she shared on her Instagram account that she is part of the 2018 ToFarm Film Festival entry, “Sol Searching.” Rise and fall It was during the height of the TF trend in the ‘90s that saw the emergence of many sexy stars in Philippine movies. Among them was a returning Filipina entertainer from Brunei [referred to in the slang Brunei-yuki back then]by the name of Jennifer Adriano, who boldly admitted she became

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a mother at a very young age and worked as a receptionist at a girly bar along Quezon Avenue. Initially introduced as Ana Maceda, Adriano’s new name and career did not take off until Seiko Films producer Robbie Tan signed her for an exclusive contract as Rosanna Roces. Gifted with a beautiful face and a knock out body, Roces starred in many movies, mostly in pitopito films (titles completed in just seven days), but gained the respect of critics nonetheless as a talented actress. She was most noted for her portrayal of a prostitute who mended her ways in the sexy drama, “Ligaya Ang Itawag Mo Sa Akin (They Call Me Joy).” Roces then went on to do more challenging roles in the movies “Ang Lalaki Sa Buhay Ni Selya,” “Curacha: Ang Babaeng Walang Pahinga” and “La Vida Rosa” where she won her first Best Actress Award from Gawad Urian in 2001. She likewise starred in movies with the biggest names in showbiz like Bong Revilla, Vic Sotto, Cesar Montano and the late Rudy Fernandez. Meanwhile, her unbridled mouth became her ticket to TV stardom as she co-hosted GMA Network’s weekend talk show “Startalk” for many years. She eventually left the program when she fell out with her then manager, showbiz veteran Lolit Solis. Her last major outing on television was with Nora Aunor in the TV5 miniseries “Sa Ngalan Ng Ina” (2011). In December 2016, Roces married her lesbian partner Blessy Arias, who turned out to be her teenage girlfriend just before she got pregnant and married Tito Molina. She now has two grandchildren from her two children, Grace and Onyok. Men in Uniform is a production of Active Media Production Company and will make the rounds of cinematic release in police headquarters nationwide, premieres in Italy, Qatar and the U.S. for OFWs and possible commercial showing in September. It stars Alfred Vargas, Jeric Raval, Rommel Padilla, Rayver Cruz and Empress Schuck.


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Life Coaching in a Different Perspective Stargazer (Part one)

Have you ever felt burned out, really exhausted and stressoed with work or simply fed up with everyday routines? Or have you ever felt bored and life seems to be going around in circles or you must have taken a path that went on endlessly with no goals reached? Were you ever trapped in destructive cycles or entangled in toxic relationships and situations? I know everyone has, for at least once or twice in their lives, felt a certain slump or dead end. Most of us have experienced asking ourselves, “What the heck is happening to me?” or “Why is my life so slow and unlucky?” What then do most people do to alleviate the stress or even find meaning in a seemingly (according to their perspective) senseless world? They take a break or take time out. They either book a trip and take a vacation somewhere where there is sand and sea. Others take refuge in the mountains and breathe some fresh air. Some

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Resetting your life Piolo abstaining from food, sleep or simply rest while others take the time to do chores in the house. a few exercise in the gym or go hiking. each person have their own way of dealing with stress. But there are some who stay in limbo, not being able to identify effective measures to cope with stress. Some bask in self pity, recalling failures in the past and associate it with the present condition they are in. Many endlessly find fault in other people or situations, refusing to look deeply and find answers within. There are also some people who don’t know what else to do when they’ve tried taking all the breaks. What then should one do? FIRST, simply BReaTHe. Try to get in more oxygen into your body. Slow breathing will certainly calm down frayed nerves and palpitations. Nothing to rush, nothing to run after. Simply take things slow and easy. The name of the game is to relax and just breathe. I took the opportunity of taking a break this past Lenten season. amid the contemplation, I let go of worries even for a while and enjoyed the simple things in life. Family, good food, quiet moments

and prayer. I walked under the coconut and mango trees, sat under the cool shade and gazed at the blue skies. I stared at nowhere, without thinking much about anything in particular and listened to the birds chirping. I simply lazed off, taking the precious moments grounding with nature. Having the perks of a natural pool, I lay there cooling off the hot summer day. I sipped buko juice and thanked God for the chance to unwind. My heart overflowed with joy and I cannot ask for more. I am grateful. and...we are not done yet. My next column will tackle techniques in resetting your life. *** Stargazer is a life coach, aura reader, psychic/clairvoyant, and lecturer on the paranormal. She uses the aura, energies & vibrations as focal points of her psychic readings. Using several techniques involving the psychological, spiritual, paranormal and her own experience of the intricacies of life, Stargazer makes one get in touch with his inner and understand life in a positive manner. Faith in God and belief in self is what Stargazer emphasizes on. Currently, Stargazer is a radio anchor of DZMM Teleradyo, the radio arm of ABS-CBN. Her show “Pinoy Vibes” has been airing every Sunday morning since Sept. 2007. For more information, please visit http://stargazer.ph/.

Liza Soberano hits the gym for Darna role by Clarizel

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KapaMILya beauty Liza Soberano finally revealed how she shed pounds and toned up for her starring role as the next Darna. In her Instagram posts on Wednesday, June 6, she showed herself doing stretches, boxing, and lifting weights. Contrary to her usual glamorous poses, she showed herself in simple gym clothes. She said, “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” It’s been over a year since Soberano took on the role. as the project dragged on, some thought it would be scrapped. It has been a little over a year since it was confirmed that Soberano will be playing Darna. Since then, the actress has been hard at work to get into shape for the part. In a previous interview with aBS-CBN News, Soberano said she will undergo intensive physical training, as well as acting and

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dialogue workshops, in preparation for the movie. “I want to look physically strong,” she said, adding that she would like to do her own stunts. a release date for the “Darna” movie, which will be produced by

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Star Cinema and directed by erik Matti, has yet to be released. at present, Soberano topbills the Kapamilya fantaseries “Bagani” with on-screen love team enrique Gil. (With reports from ABS-CBN News)

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NO food and water. No sex, too. actor piolo pascual admitted to have been abstaining from these things since Ramadan, the Islamic tradition that began this year on May 15. as for sexual abstinence, however, “this has been going on for years now,” the actor told reporters during a recent media gathering. “It’s not surprising because I have no love life,” explained the actor, who used to date actress Shaina Magdayao. “I stay away from temptations by surrounding myself with productive people. To keep a clean conscience and not think of impure thoughts, I simply focus on work.” But, how does he react whenever he meets someone he finds physically attractive? “I don’t party anymore. I don’t go out of the house much. at 41, I still live with my mom,” he pointed out. “I really don’t have time for dating right now.” piolo decided to abstain from food and liquids “in order to pay respects” to the Muslims he is working with on a movie he’s cowriting with filmmaker Joyce Bernal. Fasting officially ends during eid al-Fitr (on June 15). “Joyce and I are doing this to understand how they feel while we’re writing the script,” piolo explained. “It’s a struggle not to drink water, especially while I’m taping for my Tv series. I can’t rehydrate. I can’t spit or swallow. This is why I don’t exercise during the day—I do it at night.” The actor, however, felt he didn’t need to consult his doctor or dietician “because I’m used to fasting, anyway.” He said he once tried the 21-day Daniel Fast and the 40-day fast, which are traditionally done by Catholics during Lent. a Born again Christian, piolo clarified that fasting has nothing to do with religion this time. “It’s all about understanding the human spirit. While it’s important that we know our faith, we should also recognize other people’s beliefs and practices,” he noted. aside from the primetime series “Since I Found you,” piolo is a regular of the Sunday variety show “aSap” and the sitcom “Home Sweetie Home.” His film, “ang panahon ng Halimaw” by Lav Diaz, is currently being shown in local

cinemas. Three movies, which he is cofinancing via Spring Films, are currently in production. The movie on Muslims and the Marawi siege will be Spring Films’ first export. “We want it to be appreciated not only by local moviegoers, but also by foreign audiences. It’s budget is relatively higher than our other films because we plan to cater to a bigger market.” Piolo Pascual

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decision. This extraordinary power was very rarely utilized, until recently. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has already rewritten several important decisions, and has taken several others under review, indicating an intention to broadly reform the immigration courts. In March, he reversed a Board decision that had required immigration judges to give asylum-seekers a full court hearing, allowing judges instead to reject asylum claims without setting a hearing. He took another case under review to consider whether a domestic violence survivor from Latin America is eligible for asylum, a decision that could also impact victims of gang vio-

“AG Jeff Sessions is trying to make immigration courts meaner, faster and harder.� lence. In that referral, he framed the question as whether a victim of “private violence� should be eligible for asylum. AG Sessions has also taken aim at how judges prioritize cases and decide when cases should proceed to trial. In May, AG Sessions issued a decision (Matter of Castro-Tum) that eliminated a judge’s authority to “administratively close� a case. Administrative closure is an exercise of prosecutorial discretion that, until this decision, allowed a judge to take a case off the active calendar and close the file, sometimes while awaiting ancillary relief, and sometimes simply because the alien is not a removal priority (the vast majority of cases that were administratively closed were done so with the consent and approval of ICE). In Matter of Castro-Tum, AG Sessions found that judges no longer have this ability, and indicated that cases previously closed should be placed back on the active calendar. AG Sessions has taken other cases under review that indicate an intention to severely restrict a judge’s authority to even continue a case, including

continuances to allow a person to hire a lawyer. The good news is that there is one legal document that AG Sessions cannot rewrite: the U.S. Constitution. Due process and equal protection apply in immigration court, and they require that judges treat respondents in removal proceedings fairly, and consider any applications for relief or defense to removal put forth by the respondent. In this new high-pressure, enforcementfocused environment, judges will be less forgiving and more demanding, but they cannot deny an alien her right to a full and fair hearing. AG Jeff Sessions is trying to make immigration courts meaner, faster, and harder. Now more than ever, any person facing removal must appear in court fully aware of their rights, their eligibility for relief from removal, and the ability to properly file and win that relief. In other words, a person in removal proceedings needs a good lawyer. There are many forms of relief available under the Immigration & Nationality Act, from adjustment of status, to cancellation of removal, to asylum, and beyond. A person in removal needs to be extremely well prepared and thorough in any relief, and an experienced immigration attorney can make all the difference in the world. Tough times call for tough lawyers, and there is no doubt that these are tough times. *** Reeves Miller Zhang & Diza is one of the oldest, largest and most experienced immigration firms in the United States with offices in Pasadena, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Manila and China. Telephone: (800) 795-8009 E-mail: immigration@rreeves.com website: www.rreeves.com *** The analysis and suggestions offered in this column do not create a lawyer-client relationship and are not a substitute for the personalized representation that is essential to every case.

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+1%""4"01*"+1,,(,#"3")1&,+Çž&1&0/"#"//"!01%"0&1"0 ,#1%"Č&#x160;Ć&#x153;+)11)"Č&#x2039;Ç˝ /,*1%"/"Çž4"4&)) ,+1&+2",2/!/&3"&+1, Nazareth, where we will have Mass in the Church of the Annunciation ,the Cave of the Annunciation and and visit Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Work0%,-+!%"+4"4&))*,3",+1,+,# )&)""Çž4%"/"2/,/! -"/#,/*"! &0Ć&#x153;/01*&/ )"Çż %+$&+$41"/&+1,4&+"11%"4"!Č&#x2019; ding feast. We will invite couples to Bless their marriage vows,Con1&+2"1,,2+1,/Çž0&1",# "020/+0Ć&#x153;$2/1&,+Ç˝Ć&#x17E;"/4/!Çž4" will head to Tiberias. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias. (B/D). Oct 21, 2018 (Sun) Day 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tiberias/Mount Beatitude/ Multiplication / Primacy/ Capernum/Boat Ride â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heavenâ&#x20AC;? Early AM departures to Mt. Beatitude Drive up to Mount Beatitudes, visit the site of the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus preached to the people., Eucharistic Celebration . "+',60 "+& ,1/&!" /,001%"",# )&)""1,-"/+2*Çž %,*",#2/,/!!2/&+$%&0*&+&01/6Ç˝Ć&#x17E;"/3&0&1&+$1%"6+$,$2" where he taught, proceed to Tabgha, the site of the miracle of the ),3"0+!Ć&#x153;0%"0Ç˝%"+1,1%"%2/ %/&* 6,#1"1"/0Ç˝Č&#x203A;ÇžČ&#x153; Oct 22, 2018 (Mon) Day 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Magdala 2))!6/"1/"1Çž , 204&)) + )2!"-/,$/*00"!,+1%"%&01,/&Č&#x2019; )+!")&$&,203)2",#1%"$!)0&1"0 More info coming up as we get closer to the dates  Çž 0/")Č&#x201D;Ç&#x2014;Ç&#x2022;Ç&#x2022;Ç&#x17E;&0 ,3"/&"0#/,*+"4/ %",),$& )!&$ are creating excitement in the area where Jesus began his ministry. The village is called Magdala (Migdal in Hebrew), and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the %,*",#/6$!)"+"Ç˝Č&#x2039;%")&3"!%"/"+!0%"*"1 "020%"/" and she continued with Him. Yes, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that place The most important discovery in Magdala has been a synagogue dating back to the 1&*",# "020Ç˝ ,/!&+$1,/ %",),$&010Çž&1Č&#x2030;01%"Ć&#x153;/01,+"!&0 ,3Č&#x2019; "/"!&+1%" )&)""Ç˝ Oct 23, 2018 (Tues) Day 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jordan Valley/ Jericho/ Bethany/ Jerusalem Mass at the Church in Bethany Ć&#x17E;"/ /"(#01Çž 4" %"! 1, "/& %,Çž 1%" ,)!"01 &+%&1"! &16 &+ 1%"4,/)!Ç˝&"41%",2+1,#"*-11&,+Çž4%"/" "0200-"+1Ç&#x2122;Ç&#x2022; days fasting in the desert. We will visit the ancient ruins of the wall. We will continue to Bethany and will have mass to celebrate Holy 2 %/&0111%"%2/ %,#1Ç˝7/20Ç˝%"+4"4&))3&0&11%"-Č&#x2019; 1&0*)0&1"&+&3"/ ,/!+Ç˝-,+//&3)&+,2+1 ,-20*"+&+$ Mount of the Watchmen/Sentinels, is a mountain in northeast Je/20)"*Ç˝+',61%"Ć&#x153;/013&"4,# "/20)"*Ç˝Ć&#x17E;"/1%"!6Č&#x2030;01,2/Çž4" will check in at our hotel in Jerusalem (B/D) Oct 24, 2018 (Wed) Day 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jerusalem (Old City)/ Via Dolorosa/ Mount Zion Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher â&#x20AC;&#x153;And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place ,#0(2))Çž4%& %&0 ))"!&+1%" "/"4 ,)$,1%Ç˝Č&#x2039;Č&#x203A; ,%+Ç&#x2013;Ç&#x17E;ÇżÇ&#x2013;Ç&#x153;Č&#x153; We will enter the Old City of Jerusalem and will follow the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross) and say the Station of the Cross to the holiest shrine in Christendom, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, 3&0&1 ,)$,1%+!1%",*,#2/,/!Ç˝Ć&#x17E;"/*00Çž4"/"12/+1, the hotel for breakfast. Ć&#x17E;"/ /"(#01Çž 4" 4&)) "+1"/ 1%" )! &16Çž 0&+$  %6*+ &+ 1%" Church of St. Anne and view the Pool of Bethesda. Then we will 3&0&1 1%" %-") ,# )$"))1&,+Çž &1%,01/1,0 Č&#x203A;4%"/" 1%" 0,)!&"/0 -)6"!1%" *",#&+$0Č&#x153;+!1%"/ %,#1%"Č&#x160; " ,*,Č&#x2039;Ç˝ Dinner/Overnight

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Oct 25, 2018 (Thurs) Day 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jerusalem Mass at the Holy Eucharist Church of St Peter in Gallicantu Č&#x160;%",/!" *"Ć?"0%+!!4")1*,+$20ǽǽǽČ&#x2039;Č&#x203A; ,%+Ç&#x2013;ÇżÇ&#x2013;Ç&#x2122;Č&#x153; "4&))4)(1,3&"41%",*",#1%", (#/,*1%",210&!"Çž+! visit the Western Wall,( Wailing Wall ) the only part of the Herodian Temple still standing and the most sacred place in the world for "40Ç˝%"+Çž4"4&))!/&3"1,1Ç˝&,+Çž1,3&0&11%"--"/,,*Çž/"Č&#x2019; 3"/"!01%"0&1",#1%"012--"/Çž1%"+02/3"61%" ,/*&1&,+"6Çž+!1%"%2/ %,#1Ç˝"1"/&+ ))& +12Çž %"0&1"4%"/""1"/!"+&"! "0201%/""1&*"0Ç˝Ć&#x17E;"/1%"!6Č&#x2030;01,2/Çž we will return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Jerusalem (B, D) Oct 26, 2018 (Fri) Day 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mount of Olives/ Gethsemane/ Bethlehem/ Jerusalem (New City)/ Ein Karem Mass at the Church of Nativity Č&#x160;*,2+1&+,# ,!Çž/" "&3"*"Çž*,1%"/Çž4&1%*6 %&)!Ç˝Č&#x2039;Č&#x203A;/,1,Č&#x2019; "3+$")&2*,# *"0Ç&#x2014;Ç&#x2014;ÇżÇ&#x2DC;Č&#x153; "4&))//&3"11%",2+1,#)&3"0Çž1,"+',6+,1%"/3&"4,# "/2Č&#x2019; salem, visit the Chapel of Ascension, Pater Noster Church and the ,*&+20 )"3&1Č&#x203A;Č&#x160; ,!4"-1Č&#x2039;Č&#x153;0+ 12/6Ç˝"51Çž4"Č&#x2030;))4)(1%")* 2+!6,!1,1%" /!"+,# "1%0"*+"Çž+!3&0&11%", (,# $,+6+!1%"%2/ %,#))1&,+0Ç˝ +1%"Ć&#x17E;"/+,,+Çž4"Č&#x2030;))!/&3" to Bethlehem, a city whose name is recognized around the world. Ć&#x17E;"/ ")"/1&+$ 00 1 1%" %2/ % ,# 1&3&16Çž 4" 4&)) 0"" 1%" +$"/Č&#x20AC;3&0&11%"%2/ %,#1Ç˝1%"/&+"Çž1%" /,11,,#1Ç˝ "/,*" +!1%"%"-%"/!0Č&#x2030; &")!0Ç˝ Then we will return to Jerusalem (New City), to view the Temple Model to see how it looked during the time of Jesus. Here, we will gain a better understanding between the old and new cities of "/20)"*Ç˝-+"51&01/&-1,&+/"*Çž&/1%-) ",#1Ç˝ ,%+ the Baptist, to see the Visitation Church, where Mary proclaimed %"/#*,20Č&#x160;$+&Ć&#x153; 1Č&#x2039;Ç˝"4&))"+!,2/!66/"12/+&+$1,,2/ Hotel. (B/D) Oct 27, 2018 (Sat) Day 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jerusalem/ Dead Sea/ Qumran/ Masada Mass at the Church of all Nations Ć&#x17E;"//"(#01Çž4"4&)) ")"/1"*0011%"%2/ %,#))1&,+0 and then we will drive to Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth. Visit Qumran; see the caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered. Continue to Masada, visit Herodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fortress and the Jewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last 01/,+$%,)! $&+01 1%" ,*+Ç˝ "12/+ 1, "/20)"* #,/ !&++"/ and Overnight (B, D) Oct 28, 2018,(Sun) Day 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jerusalem/ Allenby Bridge/ Madaba /Jordan/ Mt. Nebo/ Aqaba Mass at Mount Nebo On this day, we head to Allenby Bridge and cross into Jordan. We 4&))$,1,1%"-1&0*)&1"1"1%+6Çž4%& %,-" ,%+2)

 3&0&1"!&+Ç&#x2014;Ç&#x2022;Ç&#x2022;Ç&#x2022;Ç˝%"+Çž&1Č&#x2030;0,+1,,2+1",Çž4%"/",0"03&"4"! 1%"/,*&0"!+!Ç˝2/+"5101,-4&))"1%"%2/ %,#1Ç˝ ",/$" &+!Çž4%& %%,0101%"#*,20*,0& *-,#1%" ,)6+!Ç˝ Then we will drive down to Aqaba. Overnight in Aqaba (B/D). Mov"+-& ("0,/1Ç&#x201D;"0&!"+ "Ç˝ Oct 29, 2018 (Mon) Day 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Aqaba/Petra Mass at Stella Maris Church â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Aqaba Ć&#x17E;"//"(#01Çž4"4&))',2/+"61%/,2$%1%"&.Çž2+1&)4"$"1,2/ Ć&#x153;/01$)&*-0",#1%"%7+"%Č&#x203A;/"02/6Č&#x153;Ç˝%"+4&))4"4)(!,4+1, visit the Temple and view the many caves all around the Theater. At the end of the tour, we will drive back to Aqaba for overnight and !&++"/Č&#x203A;ČĄČ&#x153;Ç˝,3"+-& ("0,/1Ç&#x201D;"0&!"+ " Oct 30, 2018 (Tues) Day 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Aqaba/ Jerusalem We Cross the Jordanian Border to return to Jerusalem. Dinner/ Overnight Oct 31, 2018 (Wed) Day 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jerusalem /Yad Vashem Museum/ TLV/ LAX Ć&#x17E;"/ /"(#01Çž 4" 4&)) 3&0&1 1%" ! 0%"* 20"2*Çž&0 0/")Č&#x2030;0 ,Ć&#x203A; & &)*"*,/&)1,1%"3& 1&*0,#1%" ,), 201Ç˝ 1&0!"!& 1"! to preserving the memory of the dead; honoring Jews who fought $&+01 1%"&/ 7& ,--/"00,/0 +! "+1&)"0 4%, 0")Ć?"00)6 &!"! Jews in need; and researching the phenomenon of the Holocaust in particular and genocide in general, with the aim of avoiding 02 %"3"+10&+1%"#212/"Ç˝Ć&#x17E;"/1%""01"/+))Çž!0%"*&0 1%"0" ,+!Č&#x2019;*,01Č&#x2019;3&0&1"! 0/")&1,2/&010&1"Ç˝"12/+1,1%"%,1")#,/ )2+ % +! /")51&,+ &+ -/"-/1&,+ #,/ ,2/ /"12/+ Ć?&$%1  ( 1, 1%"Ć&#x17E;"/!&++"/4&))"1/+0#"//"!1,1%"&/-,/1#,/Ç&#x2013;ÇżÇ&#x2022;Ç&#x2022;* )&$%1,3Ç&#x2013;ÇžÇ&#x2014;Ç&#x2022;Ç&#x2013;Ç?Č&#x203A;%2/0!6Č&#x153;

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- USA - ROME - Rome -,+,2///&3)&+,*"Çž our Tour Escort will wel,*"201, 1)6Ç˝,*"&0 the heart, home and the spiritual capital of over one billion Catholics all ,3"/ 1%" 4,/)!Ç˝  Ć&#x17E;"/  short panoramic orienta1&,+,#1%&01"/+)&161,20,*+1%,)& 0Çž4"4&)) have our dinner and overnight rest at this great ancient City.  

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This morning before we continue with our tour, we will %3"  -) 2!&"+ "Ç˝ %"+ Ć&#x17E;"/Çž 4" 4&)) 3&0&1 1%" #Č&#x2019; *,20,)&0"2*+!0""1%" ,/2*Çž1%"/"3& ,2+1&+ and the Pantheon, one of the best preserved ancient monuments in the world. Celebrate the Holy Eucharist at St Peter Basilica St Joseph Chapel .Short stop in Trevi ,2+1&+Çž"#,/"%"!&+$1,,2/ ,1")  

 Č&#x203A;ÇžČ&#x153; Day 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 15 Nov 2018 (Thurs) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rome / Basilicas We will visit the Vatican Museum this morning and the Sistine Chapel to admire the awesome masterpieces of Michaelangelo, +! "3"+ + &"+1 /""( +! ,Č&#x2019; man artists. the largest church &+,*+1%,)& &0*Çž1Ç˝"1"/Č&#x2030;0 Basilica. Holy Eucharist at ST Mary ',/Çž ,)),4"!63&0&1,#1%"Č&#x2019; silica. We continue to visit the rest ,# 1%" *',/ 0&)& 0 4&1%&+ 1%" 4))0,#,*"Çž+!1Ç˝ ,%+1"/Č&#x2019; an, St Paul Outside the Wall. We will also pray at the Scala Santa or the Holy Stairs. St. Helena transported the steps from Jerusalem; the same 01"-01%1%/&010 "+!"!1,/" "&3"&)1"Č&#x2030;02+'201 ,+Č&#x2019; demnation.  

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   + &,3++& ,1,+!, (BB,D) Day 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 17 Nov 2018 (Sat) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO This Morning we visit the new and Modern Basilica of St Padre Pio, See his uncorrupt body .Celebrate Holy Eucharist Spend some time meditating in this awesomeBasilica.

 

 

  Č&#x203A; ,1") /+/!&0,Č&#x153; Day 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;18 Nov2018 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; (Sun) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; San Giovanni Rotondo / Lanciano /Loreto    Ç˝ " //&3" 1 + &+,Çž #*,20 #,/ 1%" &/ )" ,# the Eucharist. Near the Piazza Plebiscito, the Miracle is inside the Sanctuary of the Eucharistic Miracle. The mira)" 1,,( -) " !2/&+$ 1%" Ç?1% "+12/6 when a Basiline monk doubted the ")/"0"+ ",#,2/,/!&+1%"2 %/&01Ç˝ "#,2+!%&*Č&#x2019; 0")#%,)!&+$1%"%,011%1%! %+$"!&+1,") )"0% +!1%"&+",+1%")1/%! %+$"!&+1,")),,!Ç˝ We continue our pilgrimage to the great Marian shrine ,# ,/"1, 1, 0"" 1%" #*,20 0 /"! %,*" ,# 1%" *,01 ,)6 *&)6Çž "020Çž /6Çž +! ,0"-%Ç˝  &+ " Ç&#x2013;Ç&#x2014;Ç&#x17E;Ç&#x2122; 1%" %,)6%,*"%0""+), 1"!&+0&!"1%"0&)& ,#,/"1,Ç˝ ")"/1" ,)62 %/&01&++ &+, DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN Assisi Day 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C;19 Nov 2018 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ( Mon) Loreto/ Assisi ,!64""5-),/"1%"%&))1,-&/1%-) ",#1 /+ &0,# 00&0&Ç˝ +1%"/6-1,#1 /+ &00&)& )&"01%"1,*,# one of the most humble and beloved Saints of all times, 1Ç˝ /+ &0,#00&0&Çž ,)62 %/&0111%"/6-1,# /+ &0 "" 1%" 0&)&  ,# 1 )/"Çž 4&1% %"/ &+ ,//2-1 body, and the little Church of St. Damiano and its Cru&Ć&#x153;5#/,*4%& % "0200-,("1, /+ &0,21%&0*&0Č&#x2019; 0&,+&+Ç&#x2013;Ç&#x2014;Ç&#x2022;Ç&#x203A;ÇżČ&#x160; ,Çž /+ &0Çž+!/"2&)!*6%,20"Çž4%& % 06,20""&0#))&+$&+1,/2&+Ç˝Č&#x2039;"3&0&11%"0&)& ,#1Ç˝ Mary of the Angels, located in the lower plains of Assisi, and the place where the miracle of the Eucharist of Assisi 1,,(-) "&+Ç&#x2013;Ç&#x2014;Ç&#x2122;Ç&#x2022;Ç˝%"0*))%2/ %,#1%",/7&2+ ,Č&#x2019; )&0&+0&!"1%"0&)& &10")#Ç˝,-" ,+,/&20

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a plenary indulgence for those entering this humble %2/ %,+2$201Ç&#x2013;01+!Ç&#x2014;+!"3"/66"/Çž4&1%,+#"0Č&#x2019; sion, reception of the Eucharist and no attachment to venial sins. (BB,D) Day 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 20 Nov 2018 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; (Tues) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Assisi / Siena / Florence We will spend half day in Siena. Begin in the old town center with a visit to the Basilica of San Domenico. Built &+1%"Ç&#x2013;Ç&#x2DC;1% "+12/6Çž&1&01/"02/" %"01,#1%""+&0Č&#x2019; sance art and dedicated to St Catherine of Siena. You will learn about the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history while admiring itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cathedrals, Museum, and libraries .Also you will admire the famous piazza del Campo, one of Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great *"!&"3)0.2/"0Ç˝,+1&+2"1, ),/"+ "Ç˝Č&#x203A;ÇžČ&#x153; "01/14&1%$2&!"!4)(&+$1,2/,# ),/"+ "Çž1%&0#0Č&#x2019; cinating city with its Piazza, the Cathedral of Santa Maria !") &,/"Çž &,11,Č&#x2030;0")),4"/Çž1%"-1&01"/6,#1Ç˝ ,%+ the Baptist. "01,#1%"!6#/""Č&#x203A;ÇžČ&#x153; Day 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 21 Nov 2018 (Wed) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Florence / Rome "3" ),/"+ "/,2+!Ç&#x2014;//&3"!,*")*,01!&++"/ time (BB.D) Day 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 22 Nov 2018 (Thurs) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rome / USA End of our wonderful Pilgrimage .

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On our dream for new Jerusalem(s) As we all know, this still hasn’t happened. The city continues to undergo unrest and tensions with both Israelis and Palestinians claiming it as their land. It’s a home to three major religious groups: Jews, Christians, and Moslems, who live side by side but not claiming to be one. When shall peace come to Jerusalem? This is a question that every religious group and members of the international community ask. For sure there are remarkable signs of economic progress with the continuous influx of pilgrims and tourists visiting the city and with the development of trade, new buildings, homes, roads, and means of transportation. But ask a tourist or a pilgrim, and he or she would tell you about the feeling of tension as one travels around and outside the city. Actually, what happens in Jerusalem is not unique. In many cities and countries around the

world one also discovers tensions and conflicts happening among their people and leaders. Be it Bangladesh, Manila, Bejing, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Honduras, Washington D.C., London, North Korea, or Dubai, one encounters corruption, human rights violation, poverty, dictatorship, division, racism, and inequality that beset societies and the rest of the world. Jesus’ lament for Jerusalem is also his lament for the situation of other nations and the whole world. He desires that the citizens around the globe live in peace, harmony, and progress. What can each of us do to realize the dream of a united world, and safe cities and neighborhoods? Is it really impossible to achieve and should just wait for the Second Coming of our Lord, when Jesus’ righteousness will reign and will destroy all evil forces from inside and outside ourselves?

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Bankruptcy relief can help provide a better financial future for you and your family SLEEPLESS nights… Stressed out… Worried about the future… Always broke no matter how hard they work…Feeling hopeless about their situation. This is what most people are going through when they are considering bankruptcy in order to get out of debt. The word “bankruptcy” often produces negative feelings because some people equate it with failure. They think that filing bankruptcy means they have failed and that they are admitting defeat. But nothing can be further from the truth. Listen to me! Bankruptcy is not about failing; it’s about starting again and putting the past behind you so that you can move on to bigger and better things. A lot of creditors will lie to you when you’re in debt and tell you that bankruptcy is the ‘worst mistake’ you can ever make because your credit will be ‘ruined forever’ and that you will never be able to buy a car or house again. Wrong again. The truth is that bankruptcy is a fact of life. At one time or another, everyone experiences financial difficulties. When you’re in a situation where you have done everything you can to pay your creditors but nothing has worked, bankruptcy may be your only option so you can start a new life. And this is exactly what Congress intended when they passed bankruptcy laws. So with bankruptcy, you get another chance. You wipe the slate clean and move on with your life, free from the burdens of debt.

Minding Your Finances Atty. RAymond BulAon Can you just imagine what would happen if we had no bankruptcy laws that can help people get out of debt when they can no longer help themselves? Filing for bankruptcy means that you are filing a petition for relief from the bankruptcy court. The court reviews your application and determines whether on not you are entitled to the relief you are seeking. It is not for dishonest people who are trying to cheat the system. Contrary to what others think, most people who file for bankruptcy are honest, hard-working people who have gotten themselves in a big financial mess. In some cases, it is caused by factors beyond their control. In other cases, it is a result of making bad financial decisions. But who hasn’t made a bad decision in their life at least once? Life is not perfect. Neither are you. Filing bankruptcy can help you regain your footing if you have lost control of your finances. If you are living your life without a financial plan for the future, you will never achieve financial security. So you can say that bankruptcy is a tool that allows you to reorganize your finances so you can plan a better future for your-

self and your family. It is neither good nor bad in and of itself. You can use a tool for the wrong or right reasons. Using it for the wrong reasons is NOT the intent of our bankruptcy laws. Is it for you? Maybe yes. Maybe no. It certainly is not for everyone. But when appropriate for your situation, it could be the best thing that ever happened to you- and it could be a big turning point in your life if you are drowning in debt. This is what you need, isn’t it? If you need some straight talk about bankruptcy and get all your questions answered, I will give you a free initial consultation so we can talk about your situation. Just call 866-477-7772 and schedule an appointment. I have offices in Glendale, Cerritos and Valencia. (None of the information herein is intended to give legal advice for any specific situation. Atty. Ray Bulaon has successfully helped over 5,000 clients in getting out of debt. For a free attorney evaluation of your situation, please call RJB Law Offices at TOLL-FREE 1-866477-7772). *** None of the information herein is intended to give legal advice for any specific situation. Atty. Ray Bulaon has successfully helped thousands of clients in getting out of debt. For a free attorney evaluation of your situation, please call Ray Bulaon Law Offices at TOLL FREE 1 (866) 477-7772. (Advertising Supplement)

Does the creation of a revocable living trust, during the marriage, transmute separate property to community property?

DIVORCING couples may have established revocable living trust for estate planning pusposes during their marriage which was funded primarily with assets acquired by one spouse prior to the marriage. The issue is what is the characterization of those property when the couple gets the divorce. Transmutation is the changing of the characterization of a property from community to separate u PAGE C3 or vice versa. Family Code Section 852, subdivision (a) states the requirement for a valid transmutation to occur which provides: “A transmutation of real or personal property is not valid unless made in writing by an express declaration that is made, joined in, consented to, or accepted by the spouse whose interest in the property is adversely affected.” Our Supreme Court has interpreted “an express declaration” as language expressly stating that a change in the characterization or ownership of the property is being made. Estate of MacDonald, supra, 51 Cal.3d 262, 272, 272 Cal.Rptr. 153, 794 P.2d 911. “[A] writing signed by the adversely affected spouse is not an ‘express declaration’ for the purposes of [Civil Code] section 5110.730(a) [now Family Code § 852, subd. (a)] unless it contains language which expressly states that the characterization or own-

Barrister’s Corner Atty. Kenneth uRsuA Reyes ership of the property is being changed.” ( Ibid.) An “express declaration” does not require use of the terms “transmutation,” “community property,” “separate property,” or a particular locution. Estate of MacDonald, supra, 51 Cal.3d 262, 273, 272 Cal.Rptr. 153, 794 P.2d 911. For example, the language “I give to the account holder any interest I have in the funds deposited in this account,” is sufficient to establish transmutation. ( Ibid.) The express declaration must unambiguously indicate a change in character or ownership of property. In re Marriage of Koester (1999) 73 Cal.App.4th 1032, 1037, fn. 5, 87 Cal.Rptr.2d 76.) A party does not “slip into a transmutation by accident.” ( Ibid.) Does one spouse’s separate property become transmuted into community property by virtue of being funded into the revocable trust established during the marriage? One has to examine the trust

document itself. A general provision in the parties’ trust agreement establishing a revocable trust for estate planning purposes and stating that property transferred to the trust is community property, unless either spouse as transferor identifies it as separate property, is not itself effective to transmute separate property transferred to the trust to community property. Marriage of Starkman (2005) 129 CA4th 659, 661, 28 CR3d 639, 640 . In addition Family Code § 852(a) writing requirement in Starkman is not by a General Assignment (conveying all of the parties’ assets to the trust) or stock brokerage transfer forms transferring husband’s securities into the trust (but not describing them as separate or community). However, a trust transfer agreement, even if executed only for estate planning purposes, effects a present transmutation when it includes language expressly stating the characterization or ownership of the subject property is being changed. Marriage of Holtemann (2008) 166 CA4th 1166, 1172–1173, 83 CR3d 385, 390–391. In Hotermann, the trust transfer agreement unambiguously stated assets listed in incorporated exhibit are “hereby transmuted” from husbands separate property to

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Client needs Chapter 13 relief for $36K taxes and $80K unsecured THE client is 50 and single but has a cousin who lives with him. The cousin has been employed on and off and has lived with him for 10 years. The cousin is also 50. The client does not own a house so he rents an apartment for $1,600. Unfortunately, the cousin is unable to help him with any portion of the rent. Let’s just say that the cousin is the client’s dependent for all intents and purposes even though the client does not claim him as a dependent on his tax returns. The cousin has certainly depended on the client for a place for food, shelter, and clothing for the last 10 years. The client has a good heart. Without the client, the cousin would be homeless. I would say that the client has a household of two for bankruptcy purposes because the cousin is, for all purposes, his dependent. A dependent would be beneficial for the client in bankruptcy because a family of two has a higher median income than a single person in the calculation of the eligibility to qualify for Chapter 7 or 13 under the means test. For instance, a single person earning $50,000 a year may have a presumption of abuse flag in Chapter 7, but would easily qualify without a presumption of abuse if this same debtor had a two-person household. But can the client qualify for

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Chapter 7 even if he wants to? Why does he want Chapter 7 relief? Let’s look at his financial background. He says his gross income is $72,000 a year. He shows me his pay stub. It looks more like $79,000 a year because he gets paid bi-monthly.

taxes owed, most of them would be discharged because the general rule is that taxes owed for at least three years pre-filing are discharged. Taxes that came due starting 2015 would not be discharged in Chapter 7 because they are not more than three years old. The client pays the IRS $500 a month on an installment plan to pay back the $36,000 of principal owed. Unfortunately, even if the IRS agrees to an installment plan, interest & penalties on the unpaid portion are applicable. So, this is like a high interest loan from Uncle Sam. The client further owes $80,000 in credit cards and payday loans! That’s a significant debt; particularly payday loans that can have 100 percent of interest a year. They’re disguised like Good Samaritan loans but they are actually usurious loans that are designed to keep you in debt forever. His credit card debts are hitting about 25 percent in interest. The client cannot get out of this heavy debt burden without some kind of bankruptcy relief. The client has had some family emergencies, which required him to borrow more from credit cards recently, including funeral expenses. The client has also recently been served with a lawsuit for collection on a credit card debt. He is also getting a lot of collection calls from rude creditors

“So the pressure on the client due to debt burden has been steadily ramping up and taking it’s deadly toll on client’s well being.” This means that in bankruptcy, to arrive at his effective yearly gross, the pay stub he gets every two weeks is multiplied by 26 then divided by 12 months. This would yield a $79,000 yearly gross instead of $72,000 as he thought he was making. Indeed, if his yearly gross were $72,000, with a two-person household, he would be close to Chapter 7 than Chapter 13. He owes $36,000 to the IRS for back taxes. More than half of these taxes are for tax years before 2012. This means that if there was no fraud involved with these

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Money Smart for Small Business course in El Monte, CA Join this introductory two-day business course designed for new business owners, selfemployed individuals, and aspiring entrepreneurs on Saturday, June 2 and 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be held at Cathay Bank 9650 Flair Dr., El Monte, CA 91731. The fee is $20 (payable to API SBP). Course topics include startup planning, organizational types, risk management, credit reporting, business insurance, record keeping and more. Breakfast, lunch, and course materials will be provided by Cathay Bank. Limited seating so advance registration is required. To register, please contact Colleen Seto at smallbiz@apisbp.org or call (213) 4731605. Please provide following info: full name, business name (if applicable), phone number, and email address.

Asian Foster Family Initiative information session in Los Angeles To learn more about how to possibly become a foster parent for Filipino children in the LA foster care system, join the informational orientation session on Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This will be conducted in English. It will be held at the Korean American Family Services (3727 W. 6th St. #320, Los Angeles, CA 90020). Parking lot available behind the building. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP as soon as possible to alicelee@kfamla.org to reserve your place.

City of Carson’s 120th Philippine Independence Day Celebration The City of Carson’s Annual Philippine Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, June 9 is the biggest event in the City of Carson with thousands of people from all over Southern California in attendance. It begins with a flag raising ceremony, followed by an ecumenical service, and a holy mass. The parade/cultural street dance participated in by different Filipino-American, City-affiliated, and school-based organizations officially open the program. This year’s featured indigenous group is the “Igorot”. Igorot dancers will thus be leading the parade. Non-stop entertainment follows with headliners from ABS-CBN-The Filipino Channel. Interactive booths, exhibits, food and non-food vendors, and a children’s area make the event ideal for families and people of all ages. For parade participation/event information/ volunteer sign up, please call (310) 952-1743; booths (310) 569-7500; sponsorship (310) 819-5108. It will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Veterans Park (22400 Moneta Avenue - Carson, CA).

Kalayaan Incorporated presents Philippine Independence gala in Los Kalayaan Incorporated, Southern California’s foremost celebrant of Philippine Independence will host the celebration of the 120th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine Independence on June 9, at the Universal Hilton Hotel, Universal City, California. For more information, contact Erlinda Granada-Sabah at (562) 682-9576; or Malou Perez at mperez0813@ aol.com.

Los Angeles County Filipino-American Employees Association celebrates Philippine Independence in Glendale, CA Come celebrate with the Los Angeles County Filipino-American Employees Association (LACFAEA) & the Filipino community for the Philippines’ 120th year of independence as a nation, on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Hilton Glendale (100 W Glenoaks Blvd, Glendale, CA 91202) from 6:00 pm to midnight. Guests and performers include Purple & Hearts band, cultural dancers, guest speaker Senator Nancy Binay, Ivy Violan, and other surprise guests and performers. For more information, please call Marge Ordiales at (818) 476-0082 or Tony Mendoza at (323) 618-5401.

PH Time Is Now event in New York Come to New York City on Saturday, June 9 from 1 to 7 p.m. for a day of inspiring sessions to connect with fellow innovators and forward-thinkers, ignite new ideas and learn from today’s Global Filipino leaders! Set in the prestigious Harvard Club of New York, every minute and every session will teach and challenge you to create meaningful paths for personal and professional success. Speakers include restauranteur Nicole Ponseca of Maharlika/Jeepney and actor Vincent Rodriguez III of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.phtimeisnow.com/.

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Columban missionaries’ Dancing for the World celebration in Glendale, CA Join the celebration of the centennial year of Columban missionaries with Dancing for the World (DFTW) on Saturday, June 16 in Glendale, CA. Since Columban missionaries have received so many blessings during this past century for which we wish to give thanks to God, this year’s DFTW celebration with a Mass of Thanksgiving. It will be a multi-cultural Mass, reflecting the variety of traditions and languages in the countries where Columban missionaries serve, as well as the cultural diversity of our supporters in California. This Mass, which will be the Vigil Mass for Sunday, will be celebrated at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at the Glendale Civic Auditorium located at 1401 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale, CA 91208. Afterwards, there will be a social, followed by dinner and dancing, so please bring your dancing shoes! There will also be a raffle with several tantalizing prizes. As you can imagine, it’s going to be a faithfilled and a fun-filled evening! First prize is a trip for two (2) to Hawaii; Second Prize is a cruise for two (2) to Alaska; Third prize is $500 cash; Fourth prize is a trip for two (2) to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. For $2.00 ticket you can win these amazing prizes. The dinner and dance is also available for forty dollars ($40.00). You can contact Ariel Presbitero (323-691-5262) or Carmencita Enriquez (213-880-5075) for tickets and other information.

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Asian Foster Family Initiative information session in Los Angeles To learn more about how to possibly become a foster parent for Filipino children in the LA foster care system, join the informational orientation session on Tuesday, June 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This will be conducted in Taglish. It will be held at the Korean American Family Services (3727 W. 6th St. #320, Los Angeles, CA 90020). Parking lot available behind the building. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP as soon as possible to alicelee@kfamla. org to reserve your place.

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SIPA presents Filipino Summer Program (Session 1) in LA Join SIPA’s Filipino Summer Program that showcases LA youth the beauty of Filipino culture and history. Every single day students will learn and gain a better understanding of different aspects of the Filipino culture and community, such as Filipino food, Pilipinx cultural dances, Filipino Martial Arts, etc. The last day of the program will be a SIPA Summer Party where the families can come join SIPA as we celebrate the end of the program with food, music, and fun! Youth ages 6-15 are eligible for the program. Those over the age of 16 can volunteer. Participants do not need to be Filipino. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are served for all students! Session 1 is from June 21-30 (excluding Sundays). Registration ends on Thursday, June 14 at 11:59 p.m. Drop-Off of children begins at 8 a.m., and pick-up ends by 6 p.m. at SIPA Office (3200 W Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026). The application and more information is at bit.ly/sipasummer18.

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Can your employer legally ask you to work during your meal break? PHARMACISTS employed by Albertson’s LLC in California sued their employer for missed meal and rest periods. The employees alleged that the employer did not provide them off-duty meal breaks and off-duty rest breaks. The employer argued that it did not have to provide offduty meal breaks to the pharmacists because each of them signed an on-duty meal agreement. This meant that the employees can eat their lunch while continuing to be on-duty and ready to respond work demands. The only responsibility the employer claimed to have is to pay the employees for the 30-minute period as hours worked, which it did. Under California law employers must provide their nonexempt employees meal periods and rest periods during the workday. This obligation is met if the employer “relieves its employees of all duty, relinquishes control over their activities and permits them a reasonable opportunity to take an uninterrupted 30-minute break, and does not impede or discourage them from doing so.” Employers who violate these requirements must pay premium wages of one additional hour at the employee’s regular rate. An on-duty meal period in which an employee is not relieved of all duty is permitted when the “nature of the work” prevents such relief and the employee agrees to on-duty meal periods in a written agreement. This on-duty meal period shall count toward hours worked and must

Protecting Employee & Consumer Rights ATTY. C. JOE SAYAS, JR. be paid. When is an on-duty meal period agreement legal? The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) has provided the following factors to be considered in deciding whether a “nature of the work” exception applies: The type of work; The availability of other employees to provide relief to an employee during a meal period; the potential consequences to the employer if the employee is relieved of all duty; the ability of the employer to lessen negative consequences such as by scheduling the work to allow the employee to take an off-duty meal period; and whether the work product will be destroyed or damaged by relieving the employee of all duty. Courts, in applying the DLSE factors, have concluded that onduty meal period agreements are valid only “where the work has some particular, external force that requires the employee to be on duty at all times,” or “where the employee is the sole employee of a particular employer.” The employer has the burden to establish facts that would justify an on-duty meal period. As to rest breaks, an employer must authorize and permit all employees to take at least 10minute rest breaks, for work of every our (4) hours or major

fraction thereof. The ten minutes must be consecutive, and the rest period must be “dutyfree.” There is no nature of the work exception for an on-duty rest period. In the foregoing case, the pharmacists argue that even though they signed an on-duty meal agreement, this agreement is invalid because the nature of the work they performed does not justify on-duty meal breaks. The nature of the work exception does not apply because there is no external force that prevents the employer from allowing off-duty meal breaks. The employees also argued that the employer could provide additional pharmacists to allow for off-duty meal breaks. Rather than continue with litigation, the parties agreed to settle the case. The employer will pay the employees $1.6 million in damages. *** The Law Offices of C. Joe Sayas, Jr. welcomes inquiries about this topic. All inquiries are confidential and at nocost. You can contact the office at (818) 291-0088 or visit www.joesayaslaw.com or our Facebook page Joe Sayas Law. [C. Joe Sayas, Jr., Esq. is an experienced trial attorney who has successfully recovered wages and other monetary damages for thousands of employees and consumers. He was named Top Labor & Employment Attorney in California by the Daily Journal, consistently selected as Super Lawyer by the Los Angeles Magazine, and is the recipient of PABA’s Community Champion Award for 2016.] (Advertising Supplement)

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In his homily at the Dominus Flevit Church, Fr. Leslie J. Hoppe, our biblical scholar and guide in the retreat and pilgrimage, encouraged us to keep on believing in the value of our respective vocations and missions, however insignificant at times we may feel they are. We have to overcome the temptation is to stop doing anything that benefits the betterment of society and the lives of others, particularly

the oppressed and the poor. We cannot merely be preoccupied with our pursuits of happiness pleasures and forget the needs of others. God calls us all for the higher purpose of restoring and renewing the “Jerusalems” of our communities and world. However ordinary and seemingly small our roles are in bringing peace and hope to others, we must see them as part of a dream of a New Jerusalem for all! ***

From a Filipino immigrant family, Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas was ordained to the priesthood from St. John’s Seminary in 1991. He served as Associate Pastor at St. Augustine, Culver City (1991-1993); St. Martha, Valinda (1993-1999); and St. Joseph the Worker, Canoga Park (19912001). In 2001, he served as Administrator Pro Tem of St. John Neumann in Santa Maria, CA, until his appointment as pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary, Los Angeles, in 2002, which lasted 12 years. His term as Associate Director of Pastoral Field Education at St. John’s Seminary began in July 2014.


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AC 21: Changing the employer of your employment-based green card application DEAR Attorney Tan, I have an approved I-140 immigrant petition which was filed by Company A on my behalf. Company A would like to employ me as a bookkeeper. Based on that approved I-140 petition, I filed an application for green card (I-485 adjustment of status) in August 2014. Since that time, my green card application has been pending, as USCIS has requested additional documents in support of my application. Recently, another company, Company B, has expressed interest in hiring me for a payroll clerk position. Company B is a more established company based in the Midwest and pays $10,000.00 less but offers much better benefits. Is there a way I can substitute Company B as the employer in my green card application? --P.T. Dear P.T. Under INA Section 204(j), commonly referred to as AC 21, an approved I-140 employment-based immigrant petition filed by one employer can be used by or “ported” to another employer providing certain requirements are met. First, a green card (I-485 adjustment of status) application must have been filed and must be pending for at least 180 days. Second, the “new” job offered by the second employer must be in the same or similar occupational classification as the job for which the first employer filed the I-140 petition. In your situation, you meet the first requirement in that

Legal Advice Atty. DArrick tAn your application for green card (I-485) was filed in August 2014. Your application has been pending for over 1 year, which is more than the required 180 days under AC 21. In depth analysis in your case is needed as to whether Company B’s job of “payroll clerk” is considered a “similar occupational classification” to Company A’s job of “bookkeeper,” for which Company A petitioned you. In determining whether one job is similar enough to another job for AC 21 purposes, the USCIS takes into account the totality of the circumstances, including the job duties of both positions, the Standard Occupational Code (SOC) from the approved I-140 and the SOC code for the job offered by the new prospective employer, as well as the offered wages for each position. In your case, analysis would begin with the job duties of each position. The more similarity in job duties between bookkeeper and payroll clerk, the greater the likelihood that USCIS would consider them similar. Also, the SOC code for the 2 jobs would be taken into account. In addition, the wages offered by each employer would be considered. The existence of a big disparity

in wages offered by each employer is not by itself a reason to conclude that the jobs are not similar. In your case, the fact that Company B is offering $10,000 less than Company A has to take into account the fact that the Midwest has a lower cost of living, as well as the fact that better benefits are being offered by Company B. If it is considered a “similar occupational classification,” Company B may be substituted in as the employer in your pending green card application, and Company B will not have to start the process from the beginning by filing a labor certification application and by obtaining an approved I-140 petition. The analysis of whether you can use or “port” your approved I-140 requires additional analysis, and consulting with an experienced attorney is recommended. *** Darrick V. Tan, Esq. is admitted to practice law in California and Nevada. Mr. Tan is a graduate of UCLA and Southwestern University School of Law. He is a member of the Consumers Attorney Association of Los Angeles and is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Philipp ine American Bar Association. *** LAW OFFICES OF DARRICK V. TAN, 3580 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA 90010. Tel: (323) 6390277. Email: info@dtanlaw.com. (Advertising Supplement)

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representatives who have threatened to call him at his place of work which by the way is illegal being a violation of the Fair Debt Collections Act. So the pressure on the client due to debt burden has been steadily ramping up and taking it’s deadly toll on client’s well being. Let’s just say that he looks like and feels like an elephant is sitting on his chest. No doubt, the client needs immediate and permanent relief from accumulated debt. What’s the use of making a good income of $80K a year when most of the

net income has to be given to satisfy your creditors every month? Each creditor has to be given the client’s pound of flesh every month for minimum payments. So what happens when you have to give your pound of flesh every month? Eventually, you will be skin and bones, a skeleton of your former self! Although the client prefers a Chapter 7 wipe-out of accumulated debt, including the $36,000 owed to the IRS, his case is actually a Chapter 13. In Chapter 13, the IRS debt of $36,000 would have in full as a priority debt, as

a minimum. In other words, in Chapter 13, his minimum plan payment would be $550 a month for five years to fully pay off the IRS. During the Chapter 13 period, he will be paying off 100 percent of the $36,000 principal owed to the IRS because remember, in Chapter 13, interest and penalties do not apply. Further, he may be able to qualify for a zero percent plan. This means that as long as he is paying the $550, he doesn’t have to pay anything for his $80,000 of credit cards and payday loans!

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Does the creation... PAGE C2 t community property. Another example is in Marriage of Lund (2009) 174 CA4th 40, 51–54, 94 CR3d 84, 94–96 where the trust transfer documents unambiguously stated all of husband’s property was “hereby converted” to spouses’ community property and each had a “present, existing and equal interest therein” The management and control of community property held in a revocable trust is subject to Family Code § 761 and Family Code § 1100(a). The trustee may “convey and otherwise manage and control” the trust property without either spouse’s joinder or consent unless the trust instrument expressly provides otherwise. In addition, except where the trust instrument expressly provides otherwise, either spouse acting alone may exercise the power of revocation. However, any power to modify rights and interests in the trust property during marriage may only be exercised with both spouses’ joinder or consent. Family Code § 761(a),(b) & (c)Marriage of Lund (2009) 174 CA4th 40, 54, 94 CR3d 84, 96. For divorcing couple that have a revocable trust during their marriage, it is important to analyze the wording of the

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Yes, you read that right. Zero payment to $80,000 in credit cards and payday loans. If client completes his $550 plan payment for 60 months, the IRS is paid in full and he gets a discharge of the $80,000 credit cards and payday loans. Well, this is better than Trump’s tax deal anytime. Note that client has been paying $500 a month on his IRS installment plan. In Chapter 13, he only pays $550, with zero payments to credit cards and payday loans. Without Chapter 13, he pays $500 a month to the IRS with interest and penalties still accruing, and he still has to pay a minimum of $2,500 to keep his $80,000 of credit cards and payday loans current every month. If he completes the plan payments, he won’t owe the IRS anything, and he won’t owe anything to credit cards and payday loans. In effect, he gets a fresh start in life even on Chapter 13. Wife with $30K in credit card debt needs Chapter 7 relief In the next case, the client is 45 and married with an 8-year-old son. She owes $30,000 of credit cards, while her husband owes $5,000 of credit cards. Off the bat, this will be a single filing by the wife only. The husband does not have to file since he owes only $5,000. Their household income is $5,000 a month. So, definitely, for a household of three, the client can qualify for Chapter 7 wipeout of her $30,000 credit cards. They don’t own a house but pay for three cars. I don’t know why they have three new

*** Lawrence Bautista Yang specializes in bankruptcy, business, real estate and civil litigation and has successfully represented more than five thousand clients in California. Please call Angie, Barbara or Jess at (626) 284-1142 for an appointment at 1000 S. Fremont Ave, Mailstop 58, Building A-1 Suite 1125, Alhambra, CA 91803.

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the Watt Family Foundation and United Way of Greater Los Angeles, with administration from the Home For Good Funders Collaborative. Now in its sixth year, the Funders Collaborative has coordinated investments from leading private and public funders to spark ideas, concepts, and systems that have gone on to become local and national standards. The competition aims to deliver a pipeline of service delivery solutions that can easily expand with more support. Two awards of $200,000 will be provided. “These Challenges come at a critical juncture in the Countywide movement to combat and prevent homelessness,” said Phil Ansell, Director, Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative. “While the first decrease in the Homeless Count numbers in four years is encouraging, there is a great deal of work ahead. The Housing Innovation Challenge is a unique opportunity to solicit new approaches and continue to advance our efforts to help people move from homelessness to housing.” “We’re lucky to have a strong set of existing plans and solutions, and we’re thrilled to welcome the brightest thinkers and practitioners to push us even further,” said Chris Ko, Director of

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Homeless Initiatives, United Way of Greater Los Angeles. “Innovation comes in many forms, and just as much as new ideas, this is a call for models and approaches to deliver what’s working more efficiently and effectively.” “By funding awards through the L.A. Homelessness Challenge, we are optimistic that we will be able to find groundbreaking and scalable solutions that will provide tremendous relief to the thousands of homeless people in our County, and ultimately, ease us out of this crisis once and for all,” said Nadine Watt, President of Watt Companies. For more information and to apply: Housing Innovation Challenge

• Applicants must register on the website by September 5, 2018. Eligible organizations must submit their proposals by October 2, 2018. • To learn more or to register for the Housing Innovation Challenge, please visit: housinginnovationchallenge.com L.A. Homelessness Challenge • To participate, applicants must first register on the website by August 21, 2018. Then they must complete a substantive online application, detailing the solution and budget by September 5, 2018. • To learn more or to register to apply to the L.A. Homelessness Challenge, please visit: lahomelessnesschallenge.org


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Immigration Corner ATTY. MICHAEL GURFINKEL, ESQ IF a person is ever caught in a fixed marriage (married solely to obtain immigration benefits), the consequences (or punishment) could be severe. A fixed marriage finding by the USCIS could result in a lifetime ban from ever having any other petition approved. For example, if a person was caught in a fixed marriage, but later divorced that American and married a different U.S. citizen for love, the second U.S. citizen spouse would not be able to petition the person. Similarly, if a person was caught in a fixed marriage, and years later, their U.S.born child turns 21, the child also could not petition them. However, there have been many cases where the marriage was real, but for one reason or another (perhaps miscommunication, misunderstanding, confusion, lack of documents), the USCIS concludes the marriage was fixed. If you are in a real marriage, but your case was denied because USCIS incorrectly concluded your marriage was fixed, you should fight that decision. (Of course, if the marriage WAS fixed, then there really would be nothing to fight for.) The laws concerning fixed marriages could be very helpful to people finding themselves being wrongly accused of entering into a fixed marriage. The key to the “viability of the marriage” (or whether it was real) is whether the marriage was valid at its inception, even if the couple is now separated and the marriage is no longer viable. This means if you walked down the aisle on your wedding day with “love in

your heart,” then your marriage would be valid even if it soon deteriorates. Think about the 72–day marriage between Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries. That marriage, although short in length, was valid at its inception and if Kim was an alien being petitioned by Kris, it would still have been considered a valid or viable marriage. As long as the marriage was valid at its inception, and they intended to have a life together, it should not be considered “fixed.” Even if the couple is already separated (but not yet divorced), and the marriage is no longer viable at the time of the adjustment interview, the case could still be approved. So long as the marriage was viable at its inception (and can be proven and documented as such), a person still could pursue their green card. Courts have recognized that “marriages for green cards [may be] genuine. An intent to obtain something other than or in addition to love and companionship from that life does not make a marriage a sham. Rather, the sham arises from the intent not “to establish a life together.” Therefore, even if one of the reasons you got married is to obtain a green card, it does not necessarily mean the marriage is fixed, as long as on your wedding day, you intended to have a life together with your spouse. In another case, involving an elderly couple, they never consummated their marriage. The U.S. citizen married because he needed a housekeeper and was sick, and his wife took care of him. He paid for the food, and she paid for everything else. The BIA ruled that “The reasons for the marriage appear to be far sounder than exist for most marriages.”

I know so much confusion can take place at an interview because the person is extremely nervous and the couple may give conflicting answers, or the questions are confusing Also, if you are called back for several marital interviews, or if DHS visits your home early in the morning or interviews your neighbors, that shows your case is in trouble, and you’re likely under suspicion and investigation. As you can see, it’s sometimes like walking through a minefield in connection with marriages, especially if they were viable at the inception but then fell apart. If this situation applies to you, or you’re being called back for a “second” interview, you may want to seek the advice of an attorney who can hopefully salvage your case, by proving the marriage was not fixed – only broken. *** Michael J. Gurfinkel has been an attorney for over 35 years and is licensed, and an active member of the State Bar of California and New York. All immigration services are provided by, or under the supervision of, an active member of the State Bar of California. Each case is different. The information contained herein including testimonials, “Success Stories,” endorsements and re-enactments) is of a general nature, and is not intended to apply to any particular case, and does not constitute a prediction, warranty, guarantee or legal advice regarding the outcome of your legal matter. No attorney-client relationship is, or shall be, established with any reader. WEBSITE: www.gurfinkel.com Follow us on Facebook.com/GurfinkelLaw and Twitter @GurfinkelLaw Call Toll free to schedule a consultation for anywhere in the US: (866)—GURFINKEL Four offices to serve you: LOS ANGELES · SAN FRANCISCO · NEW YORK · PHILIPPINES (Advertising Supplement)

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Philippines remains at bottom of FDI inflows in ASEAN by rIchmond

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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines still lags behind most of its peers in Southeast Asia in attracting foreign direct investments (FDI) despite attaining record high inflows in 2017. Data provided by the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines showed the country nonetheless improved as the fourth largest recipient of FDIs among ASEAN 6, or the six largest economies in Southeast Asia, last year with $10 billion. Philippine FDI inflows exceeded Thailand’s $9.10 billion and Malaysia’s $9.06 billion in 2017. From 2010 to 2013 and in 2015, the Philippines posted the lowest FDI inflows among the six economies. It recorded the second lowest FDI level in 2014 and 2016, the AmCham data revealed. Despite the improvement last year, the amount of FDI the country received still paled in comparison with the top three recipients namely, Singapore ($63.57 billion), Indonesia ($22.17 billion) and Vietnam ($14.10 billion). “After years of low FDI, inflows began rising in 2013, reaching $10 billion in 2017, comparable to inflows of Malaysia and Thailand. However, in 2017, Indonesia reached $22 billion and Vietnam $14 billion. Although the Philippines has 16 percent of ASEAN’s population, it receives less than eight percent of the total ASEAN FDI,” AmCham Philippines said in its report. AmCham said there are “troubling indicators” that significant potential foreign investments, especially in information technology and manufacturing at economic zones, are being

President Rodrigo Duterte and European Council President Donald Tusk join the traditional Association of Southeast Asia Nations handshake prior to the start of the ASEAN-European Union 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center on Nov. 14, 2017. Presidential photo

Data provided by the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines showed the country nonetheless improved as the fourth largest recipient of FDIs among ASEAN 6, or the six largest economies in Southeast Asia, last year with $10 billion. Photo by Edd Gumban

postponed and even going to competing countries. “While the country’s net FDI inflow reached record volumes in recent years, reflecting the high growth and high potential of the country, a large majority of inflows comprised ‘intercompany borrowings’ involving existing locators who probably do not receive incentives. The BOI and PEZA approval data for new projects reflect a declining level of new foreign investor interest,” the group said. This has led the group to question as to whether the Philippines is capable of receiving as much FDI as Vietnam, which has emerged as a major FDI destination in ASEAN in recent years. AmCham said the Philippines and Vietnam are nearly compatible in most aspects, with the

sizes of their workforces almost similar. It said the Philippines, however, has an important advantage as an English-speaking nation, but also has downsides such as major manufacturing cost factors like electricity, minimum wages, and number of non-working holidays are considerably higher. “Experts agree the Philippines has the potential to compete with Vietnam in manufacturing. However, Philippines success will depend on how well the Philippines can reduce the gap in costs of production. Also critical is to preserve the value of PEZA and other economic zones and to manage carefully any transition from current fiscal incentives to the new regime under TRAIN 2,” AmCham said.

EU tells Philippines: Respect for human rights matters to businesses by Ian

nIcolas cIgaral Philstar.com

MANILA, Philippines — Respect for both labor and human rights is important to investors, the European Union reminded the Philippines. “Yes, rights they do matter. It also matters to companies when they invest,” EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen said in a press conference on the sidelines of a forum on labor standards and trade. “They want to make sure that when they do invest in countries, they invest in countries where human rights are respected because they don’t want to be seen as exploiting labor [and] taking short-term advantages of the weak labor market conditions in a certain country,” Jessen

added. In 2014, the Philippines was granted beneficiary country status under the General System of Preference (GSP+) — a preferential trade deal that allows 6,200 of its products to enter the EU market duty free. The country’s beneficiary status under the GSP+ necessitates the implementation of 27 international treaties and conventions on human rights, labor rights, environment and governance. Last January, the second biennial GSP report—which reviewed the compliance of beneficiary countries with its obligations— was released by the European Commission and the European External Action Service. EU concluded in its report that the Philippines had made

progress on labor rights, environmental protection, gender equality, people trafficking, health, education, social-economic rights and fight against corruption. However, the bloc said “extrajudicial killings, in particular in the fights against illegal drugs, and related impunity continue to be a serious concern, as well as the possible reintroduction of the death penalty and the lowering of the age of criminal responsibility.” According to Jessen, Europe’s economy grew rapidly when “labor rights started to be respected.” “If you look at consumers in Europe, they are more comfortable when products are being produced in decent conditions,” Jessen said.

‘Half of PH provinces to have free Wi-Fi by yearend’ to at least half of the Philippines’ provinces by the end of 2018. In a phone interview, Eric THE Department of Information and Communications Toledo, project manager of the Technology (DICT) is optimistic nearly year-old project, said the that it can provide free Wi-Fi department had aimed to reach internet access in public places all the country’s 81 provinces, through its Pipol Konek project but doing so was unlikely this by ma. lIsbet

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year, as it depended on the bidding process for the procurement of a provincial Wi-Fi infrastructure network. DICT opened this process in January to local and foreign ICT contractors, telecommunication providers, service integrators, and value-added and internet

service providers. In March, the process encountered problems on some of the bidders’ minor documentary deficiencies, the department said in April. The names and number of those that bid were not disclosed.

DICT expects to award more bidders by July and September to hasten the rollout of Pipol Konek in public places across the country, Tolledo said. Pipol Konek is currently available in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Pampanga, and Tarlac.

The free Wi-Fi has an average speed of 512 kilobits per second (Kbps) to 50 megabits per second (Mbps), depending on the location, the number of people connected, and other factors. T h e p r o j e c t h a s 1, 3 4 7 hotspots nationwide.


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$4.8-B deals signed with Government to ‘partially Korean firms privatize’ OFW bank in the future by Roy

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THE Philippine business delegation signed with its South Korean counterpart a total of $4.8 billion worth of deals capable of creating tens of thousands of jobs, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said. DTI said that 22 agreements were signed during a luncheon and business forum in South Korea on Tuesday, June 5 but clarified that 16 of these were still letters of intent (LOIs) and six were memoranda of understanding (MOUs). In total, DTI said that these agreements could generate 50,800 employment opportunities in the Philippines. These cover intentions to expand operations in power infrastructure development, engineering and construction, electric automobile, wind power plant, dredging and port rehabilitation, and real estate development, among others. “Our next goal now is to ensure that these investment pledges and job opportunities will materialize and allow us

to share the economic gains of the country, especially to those at the bottom of the pyramid,” said Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez. Hyundai Motor Co. (HMC) expressed its intention to participate in the PUV modernization program by providing environment-friendly automobile technologies, DTI said. DTI said that HMC proposed a mid- and long-term investment plan to construct an assembly plant in the country for passenger vehicles. Meanwhile, SK Energy and Services is keen on investing in LNG and power infrastructure development and operation as well as LNG trading. The company is also looking to expand its business activity on city-gas distribution in the country. POSCO Engineering and Construction Co. Ltd. intends to expand its operations in the Philippines, wanting to invest $200 million and generate over 2,000 jobs. Taeseong Kimchi Co. expressed its plan to expand its kimchi food production in the country, which will open 20,000 employment opportunities. The

company also seeks to engage local farmers from Benguet for its operations. Other expansion intentions came from various South Korean companies, including BKS Energy Industry Ltd., Phillips Holdings Co. Ltd., SY ENC Co. Ltd., Jungheung Construction Co. Ltd., JS Development Co. Ltd., PNK Aquaculture and Trading, and Andamiro Corp. During the bilateral meeting between the two governments, discussions on the establishment of the Joint Commission for Trade and Economic Cooperation (JCTEC) were opened as well as the possibility of a Preferential Trade Agreement for the lowering of South Korean tariffs on Philippine agricultural products. Four LOIs between South Korean companies and the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (Ceza) were signed, indicating collaborative efforts in rehabilitating and modernizing the economic zone through reclamation and initiatives related to fintech, blockchain technology education, tourism, gaming and other related business activities.

HSBC: China investments will help drive PH growth by Mayvelin

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CHINA’S bid to forge greater intra-regional ties will benefit the Philippines and help drive economic growth, the head of investment strategy for Asia of HSBC said. Under a “new world order” where China is promoting its Belt and Road Initiative, HSBC’s Fan Cheuk Wan said Beiing would “become even more engaged in the regional economy … and enhance its cooperation with Asian trade partners including Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations).” Chinese infrastructure investments in the Philippines, in particular, are expected to “be sustained.” “This collaboration is going to underpin a relatively strong growth outlook in infrastructure

investment in the Philippines, which has been one of the key growth engine of the local economy,” she pointed out in a press briefing. “If you look at the data in 2017, Chinese direct investments sustained its strong growth and this would likely be the trend in 2018,” the HSBC official said. “More and more Chinese are seeking growth opportunities … with the robust domestic growth in the Philippines this also offers opportunities for Chinese companies.” The Belt and Road Initiative, a development strategy unveiled in 2013, calls for the creation of land corridors and a maritime “silk road” that will link around 60 countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe at a cost of around $4-8 trillion.

HSBC expects the Philippines to post 6.7 percent growth this year on the back of higher consumption and government expenditures. It said that private construction would bounce back as the government pushes through with its infrastructure plans, which should spur greater private sector engagement. A decline in net exports remain a drag on the Philippine economy, it noted, but this remains largely due to of high imports of capital goods and raw materials for the government’s planned infrastructure projects. The most immediate risk to the economy is inflation, HSBC said in March, which has continually breached the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ 2.0-4.0 percent target since the beginning of the year.

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MANILA, Philippines — The Dep ar tment o f Finance on Thursday, June 7 said it is preparing a digital banking system for the Overseas Filipino Bank (OFB) to pave the way for the partial privatization of the institution soon. In a statement, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said a digital banking system for the OFB could later lead to “less state interference” by reducing Land Bank of the Philippines’ control over the OFB in the future by more than 50 percent. The OFB is a subsidiary of LandBank. “We just need funds for all these, and we’re looking for assistance in this leapfrogging operation,” Dominguez said. “This will allow us to partially privatize it in the future. Even bring down the share of LandBank to below 50 percent. These are things we’re looking at,” he added. I n S e p t e m b e r l a s t y e a r, President Rodrigo Duterte issued Executive Order No. 44 directing the creation of a special bank for Filipino migrant workers. In the EO, Duterte ordered LandBank to infuse capital to the OFW bank to provide the financial and banking needs of

President Rodrigo Duterte poses for a selfie through a glass wall for overseas Filipino workers that arrived in Manila from Kuwait at Manila International Airport on February 13, 2018. The president said Sunday that the ban on OFW deployment to Kuwait is now permanent. Photo by Noel Celis / Philstar.com

Filipinos abroad. According to the finance c h i e f, t h e g o v e r n m e n t h a s asked the assistance of the

International Finance Corp.—a sister organization of the World Bank—in establishing a digital banking system for the OFB.

Max’s merges Teriyaki Boy, Yellow Cab brands by angeliCa

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MAX’S Group, Inc. has secured the approval of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to merge wholly-owned subsidiaries Teriyaki Boy Group, Inc. and Yellow Cab Food Corp. In a disclosure on Thursday, June 7 Max’s said Teriyaki Boy would be the surviving entity in the merger. “The resulting transaction is part of continuing corporate reorganization activities to derive operational efficiencies,” Max’s said, adding that the merger will

not cause any adverse impact to existing shareholders. Max’s Group said last month it would refocus on its franchising strategy to take advantage of growth opportunities. Max’s President Roberto Trota earlier said the group planned to reverse the percentage ratio of franchised versus companyowned stores. To date, 65 percent of its store network is companyowned while 35 percent is franchised. For this year, Max’s is targeting to open as many as 90 new outlets under different brands, most of them to be located in the

Philippines. The company aims to grow its network to 1,000 stores by 2020 from 679 currently, 57 of which are in various cities in North America, the Middle East and Asia. In the first quarter of this year, Max’s opened 11 stores, including two Yellow Pizza outlets in Brunei and Vietnam. Other than Yellow Cab and Teriyaki Boy, brands operated by Max’s include its flagship Max’s Restaurant, Pancake House, Krispy Kreme, Jamba Juice, Max’s Corner Bakery, Dencio’s, Meranti, Sizzlin’ Steak, Maple, Kabisera, Le Coeur De France and Singkit.


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SCE’s CARE and FERA programs assist qualified customers in lowering their energy bills. by SuSan Cox Edison International

More Southern California Edison customers may qualify for financial assistance to help pay their utility bills through an assortment of income-qualified programs that offer bill discounts and free energy-efficiency products and services. Effective June 1, income guidelines for 2018-19 incomequalified programs — California Alternate Rates for Energy, Family Electric Rate Assistance and Energy Savings Assistance — have been updated and may increase the number of SCE customers eligible for financial support. That’s good news for low-income customers facing economic hardships or who need help paying their utility bill. “We’re here to support our customers and help those eligible for CARE and FERA income-

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qualified programs lower their monthly bill and electricity usage,” said Jill Anderson, SCE vice president, Customer Programs & Services. “The recent income guideline changes will help SCE serve even more eligible customers who qualify for these and other programs.” The CARE program provides SCE’s income-qualified customers a discount of about 30 percent on monthly electric bills. The FERA program gives a 12 percent discount on monthly electric bills to qualified households of three or more. Both CARE and FERA help eligible customers stretch their dollars to more effectively manage their utility costs with discount rates, particularly those on limited incomes or who participate in at least one of 10 government public assistance programs. Under the Energy Savings Assistance program, customers may qualify for a free, new energy-ef-

ficient replacement refrigerator, lightbulbs or other energy-saving appliances or energy conservation services that can help them save money on their SCE electric bill. Among the energy-saving products and services the program provides are: • An energy-efficient replacement refrigerator • Wall air conditioner • Evaporative cooler • Pool pump replacement • Free weatherization services • Energy-efficient lighting, such as fluorescent lightbulbs • Other energy-saving products and services. To learn more about SCE’s income-qualified programs, visit sce.com/billhelp or call 1-800736-4777. CARE and ESA programs’ income limits (see charts) are effective June 1, 2018, to May 31, 2019.

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Results of the central bank’s latest Consumer Expectations Survey of 5,517 households from April 2 to 14 showed the overall confidence index, or CI, increased to 3.8 percent from 1.7 percent posted in the second quarter. Philstar.com photo

Filipino consumers ‘more upbeat’ for Q2 — poll by Ian

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MANILA, Philippines — Amid rising commodity prices, Filipino consumers were more optimistic for the second quarter of the year driven by their expectations of improved peace and order situation and higher income, among others, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas reported Friday, June 8. Results of the BSP’s latest Consumer Expectations Survey of 5,517 households from April 2 to 14 showed the overall confidence index, or CI, increased to 3.8 percent from 1.7 percent posted in the first quarter. That means optimists increased and continued to outnumber pessimists, the central bank explained. According to the BSP, pros-

pects of better peace and order situation, additional income, availability of more jobs, effective government policies and increase in family savings helped cheer respondents. For the next three months and the year ahead, consumers’ positive outlook “remained generally steady,” the BSP added, as the CIs showed a fractional decline from previous quarter’s survey at 8.7 percent from 8.8 percent and at 23.1 percent from 24 percent, respectively. “The relatively steady outlook for the next quarter and the year ahead stemmed from the counterbalancing of the number of respondents that reported more positive views on the economy, in anticipation of more jobs and additional income, versus those with negative views due to expectations of higher prices of

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goods,” the central bank said. The Philippine economy grew 6.8 percent in the first quarter, faster than the 6.5 percent in the preceding three months and the 6.4 percent recorded in the comparable period last year. The latest growth pace matched market estimates, but settled near the low-end of the government’s 7-8 percent target range for 2018. Household spending was up 5.6 percent during the first three months of 2018, slightly lower than the 5.9 percent recorded in the first quarter of 2017. Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia had said the country’s economy would have grown within target in the first three months of 2018 were it not for “spoiler” inflation, which hit a new five-year high of 4.6 percent in May.


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