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JUNE 22-28, 2018

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FROM THE AJPRESS NEWS TEAM ACROSS AMERICA

Elderly woman goes on racist rant against Bay Area Fil-Am and family Video of elderly woman harassing a Filipino and Mexican-American family goes viral, Daly City mayor responds AN elderly white woman last week harassed a Filipino- and Mexican-American family, going on a racist, xenophobic rant while waiting behind the family in the line of a Daly City, California grocery store. Last week Filipina-American Jenny Vela posted a video on Instagram in which an older white woman mockingly addresses the multicultural family saying, “Look at all the groceries they’re buying. Steal our food, steal our money, steal our jobs.” A man not seen in the video, presumably Vela’s husband, Alfred — who is MexicanAmerican — defends the family by saying, “I’ve got a family to feed,” to which the woman replied, “So what? Go back to your country.” The husband replied, “This is our country.” “You’re lying, you’re lying, you’re lying, just like how you got here,” the woman retorted. Vela’s Instagram post, which was published before she made her account private, was captioned: “I’ve never felt so angry and sad overall because I had my 5-year-old

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Trump signs executive order to keep migrant families together

Aquino faces trial over DAP funds by VINCE

F. NONATO Inquirer.net

IN an eleventh-hour reversal, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered the indictment of former President Benigno Aquino III for usurping Congress’ budgetary powers when he approved the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). Morales, in a June 14 resolution Militants condemn the Disbursement Acceleration Program approved by then made public on Wednesday, June President Benigno Aquino III and and carried out by his budget secretary, 20, partially granted the appeal of Florencio Abad, during a 2014 rally on Taft Avenue in Manila. Inquirer.net photo by Richard Reyes activists led by Bayan Muna Rep.

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MENDIOLA AJPress

IN an interview with London-based newspaper Financial Times, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. expressed his desire to run for presidency and return to Malacañang after President Rodrigo Duterte’s term ends. “My career is politics, and, in fact, you aspire to as excessive a stature inside your chosen area as you can possibly obtain—and that might be president in my case,” Marcos said. Although according to him, presidency is “ not something that I wake up in the morning and plan on.” He does, however, want to build a “more egalitarian system of government,” as he told FT.

get Secretary Florencio Abad showed a “joint purpose and design to encroach on the powers of Congress by expanding the meaning of savings to fund programs, activities and projects under the DAP.” Six years in prison If convicted by the Sandiganbayan, Aquino and Abad could face six months to six years imprisonment. Sought for comment, Abigail

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by AUDREY

MORALLO Philstar.com

MANILA — The country’s so-called independent foreign policy amounts to a hedging strategy where the Philippines maximizes returns from different world powers while minimizing long-term risks, an international security analyst said on Wednesday, June 20. Writing for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, international security analyst Peter Chalf said that the country’s independent foreign policy is in pursuit of a “geopolitical sweet spot,” where the Philippines can maximize its returns from many different powers while offsetting long-term risks. “He (Duterte) has pursued two parallel courses of action: First, to resolve oustanding disputes with Beijing in the South China Sea in an effort to remove what was a key source of international distraction under the Aquino administration; Second, to pragmatically manage the country’s bilateral partnerships to maximize potential sources of aid and assistance with the minimum CAYETANO IN WASHINGTON, D.C. PH Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano met with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in

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Washington, D.C. on Thursday, June 21.

Photo courtesy of the Philippine Embassy

PH embassy defends Independence Day party at Trump hotel by RITCHEL

MENDIOLA AJPress

THE decision to hold the 120th Philippine Independence Day celebration at the Trump International Hotel was defended by the Philippine embassy in Washington on Tuesday, June 19. In a statement, the embassy said, “Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez deemed it fitting to hold the Phil- Former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno ippine Embassy’s 120th Philippine Independence Day celebration at the Trump International Hotel, an elegant Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose Manuel and historic venue in Washington, D.C.” Romualdez

Photo by Boyet Loverita

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Bongbong considers returning to Malacañang as president by RITCHEL

Carlos Isagani Zarate who questioned her March 3, 2017, decision that cleared Aquino of criminal liability in connection with the economic stimulus program that had been stricken down by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional. The Ombudsman said it found Aquino liable for usurpation of legislative powers under Article 239 of the Revised Penal Code after a “reevaluation of the case.” She said Aquino and Bud-

PH seeking ‘sweet spot’ in its foreign policy, expert says

Trump reverses highly criticized practice in his ‘zero-tolerance policy’ AFTER weeks of heart-rendering coverage of children being separated from their parents at the border, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday, June 20 to remove that practice from standard border protection procedure. Trump previously argued that he had no authority to stop the separations, but after receiving intense rebuke from Americans across the political spectrum --- as well as international religious and political figures -- he officially reversed the practice which his own administration implemented earlier this year as a part of a “zero-tolerance” immigration policy.

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“In my father’s administration, I kept hearing ‘nation-building,’ and I do not hear that phrase anymore,” he said. He added that the Philippines must “come to some kind of modus vivendi” with China, as well. “With the Philippines being such a strategic place and with your traditional strong relationship with the U.S. and China as an emerging superpower, it puts us in a very difficult spot,” he explained. Marcos also divulged that supporting civil servants and teachers, and making appointments based on merit instead of political loyalty might be included in his platform — the latter being a slight swipe at Duterte who has a strict policy of not appointing or hiring people he doesn’t know.

Former Sen. Bongbong Marcos

“Because he’s now in the national area, he must take advantage of the talent that’s available out there,” he said.

PH Supreme Court rules with finality: Sereno is out by JOMAR

CANLAS ManilaTimes.net

THE Supreme Court (SC) has ruled with finality to remove Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno from her post via quo warranto, according to its spokesman. In a short press briefing on Tuesday, June 19, Theodore Te read the high tribunal ruling that voted 8-6 in denying Sereno’s motion for reconsideration against the quo warranto petition that was the basis for her ouster. In an en banc session, the high court said that the arguments Sereno raised were “rehashed” and “discussed exhaustively” and therefore “saw no reason” why it should reverse its ruling Philstar.com photo by Miguel De Guzman on May 11. The eight justices who voted to Marcos lost the vice presidency in 2016 to Leni Robredo with nar- oust Sereno were Noel Tijam, who row margin. This had prompted drafted the resolution; Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, Diosdado

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Philstar.com photo

Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, Samuel Martires, Andres Reyes and Alexander Gesmundo. “Wherefore, respondent’s Ad Cautelam Motion for Reconsideration is Denied with Finality for lack of merit. No further pleadings shall be entertained. Let entry of judgment be made immediately,” a source told the Times, quoting the draft resolution. The dissenters were Justices Antonio Carpio, Presbitero Velasco Jr. , Mariano Del Castillo, Marvic Leonen, Estela PerlasBernabe, and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa. In its May 11 decision, the high tribunal said Sereno, an impeachable official under the 1987 Constitution, could be removed from office through quo warrant proceedings, which Solicitor General Jose Calida initiated

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Aquino faces trial over... PAGE A1 Valte, Aquino’s spokesperson, said the former President’s camp had not yet received a copy of the Ombudsman’s resolution. “We’re quite curious to study how the [Ombudsman] arrived at a reversal of its previous decision finding no liability on the part of former President Aquino,� Valte said. The Liberal Party (LP) said Aquino would respect the legal process and defend his actions. “The DAP was crafted with the intention to deliver the services and infrastructure needed by the people and guided by the laws available to the executive. This is why former President Aquino gave his nod to the program,� the LP said in a statement. It said Aquino would show that he did not do anything illegal, before all the courts and up to the very end of the process. Abad said: “We respect the decision of the Ombudsman and will make preparations accordingly.� Commenting on the Ombudsman’s resolution, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said: “Let justice be done.� Abad’s appeal denied Last year, the Ombudsman found probable cause to order the filing of charges against Abad over the DAP. In the June 14 resolution, Morales denied Abad’s motion for reconsideration. Morales resolved the case barely a month before retiring on July 25, seven years after Aquino appointed her as Ombudsman, or graft buster. The Ombudsman said Abad could not be solely held liable for the DAP because National Budget Circular (NBC) No. 541 “would not have been issued� without Aquino’s approval. The resolution cited Aquino’s marginal notes that “specified his unqualified approval� of Abad’s June 25, 2012, requests for authority to consolidate and realign unused funds, and withdraw the

balances of slow-moving expenditures. Reliance on subordinate The Ombudsman rejected Aquino’s claim that he was merely relying on his subordinate’s technical expertise. “Such marginal notes show meaningful discussion between respondents and not mere reliance of a superior on a subordinate,� the resolution said. It stressed that Aquino had the authority and the duty to look into each item in Abad’s memorandum before approving it. “His approval prompted the issuance of NBC 541, which directed the withdrawal of unobligated allotments and unreleased appropriations and their declaration as savings, which is contrary to law,� it said. The criminal complaint was filed by activists including Zarate, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan secretary general Renato Reyes, Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption chair Dante Jimenez, social activist Mae Paner and six others on July 8, 2016, a week after Aquino completed his term and lost his presidential immunity. In fighting the complaint, Aquino argued that the Supreme Court decision to strike down the DAP could not be used against him because it held the “authors, proponents and implementers� in good faith. He also denied encroaching on Congress’ powers and argued that Article VI, Section 25(5) of the Constitution empowered the President to augment insufficient budgetary items. Not graft, malversation Although the usurpation case would push through, the Ombudsman did not find enough basis to order Aquino and Abad’s indictment for the complaint of graft and technical malversation. Those charges did not prosper because Aquino and Abad were deemed to have been in good faith when they started the program to accelerate government spending and spur economic growth.

They were also not deemed the “accountable officers� who had actual custody of the funds, an element required for them to be charged with technical malversation—defined as the use of funds for purposes other than those they were appropriated for. Sought for comment, Zarate and Reyes expressed mixed feelings because their appeal — filed through the National Union of People’s Lawyers — was not fully granted by the Ombudsman. Zarate said he welcomed the Ombudsman’s resolution, but insisted: “They should be indicted as well for technical malversation and graft charges as both author and architect of the multibillion presidential pork barrel called DAP.� Reyes said: “We would have preferred that our motion for reconsideration be granted in full, with malversation included in the charges.� “We welcome the new findings just the same. We hope that there will truly be accountability in this issue,� he added. “We intend to see it through to its logical conclusion so that justice may be served.� Aquino can still appeal Aquino can still appeal Morales’ order. But if his appeal fails, the DAP charges would be his second criminal case to reach the court. On June 13, 2017, Morales found probable cause against Aquino for usurpation of authority and graft in connection with the Jan. 25, 2015, Mamasapano massacre because he tasked Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima to head the operations to capture an international terrorist despite being under suspension at the time. The Mamasapano case reached the Sandiganbayan on Nov. 9, 2017. But the Supreme Court, on Feb. 7, suspended the proceedings, after the Duterte administration questioned the Ombudsman’s decision to prosecute Aquino for a less serious offense instead of reckless imprudence. n

PH-JAPAN PARTNERSHIP. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez shakes hands with Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar during the Philippine Economic Briefing in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday, June 19. PCOO gives the infrastructure cluster of both governments an update of the digital terrestrial television broadcasting and early warning broadcast system project for People’s Television Network (PTV-4), which is an undertaking dependent on the loan provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). PNA photo

PH Supreme Court rules with finality... PAGE A1 in a petition he filed before the court where he questioned the validity of Sereno’s appointment in 2012. Calida cited Sereno’s “lack of integrity� and failure to complete the submission of her Statements of Assets and Liabilities (SALN), a requirement for applicants for the position of chief magistrate. The justice committee of the

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Bongbong considers returning to MalacaĂąang...

Madaba,Mt Nebo,Petra,Aqaba,Jordan

(Tiberias, Ceasarea, Haifa, Meggido,Magdala, Nazareth, Cana, Mt Carmel, Capernaum, Mt Beatitude, Jericho, Bethany, Mt.Tabor, Mount Zion, Mt. of Olives, Old & New Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Qumran, Masada Dead Sea,Allenby Bridge, Madaba, Mt Nebo Petra, Aqaba Jordan)

Oct 19, 2018 (Fri) Day 2 – Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv/ Tiberias Ćž"/ 4" )"/ **&$/1&,+ +! 201,*0Çž 4" 4&)) *""1 ,2/ ), ) $2&!"Çž4%,4&))"4&1%20!2/&+$,2/016&+ ,)6+!Ç˝"+',61%" -+,/*& 3&"4,#1%""!&1"//+"+Ç˝"4&))0-"+!,2/Ćœ/01+&$%1 in Tiberias. Dinner and overnight (D). Beach Holy Eucharist Oct 20, 2018 (Sat) Day 3 – Tiberias/ Meggido/ Nazareth/ Cana/ Mt Tabor We will have short stop in Meggido and the Plains of We will have short stop in Meggido and the Plains of Armageddon, known in Hebrew as Meggido, a giant fortress and City built by King Solomon.

+1%""4"01*"+1,,(,#"3")1&,+Çž&1&0/"#"//"!01%"0&1"0 ,#1%"ČŠĆœ+)11)"Č‹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 Joseph’s Work0%,-+!%"+4"4&))*,3",+1,+,# )&)""Çž4%"/"2/,/! -"/#,/*"! &0Ćœ/01*&/ )"Çż %+$&+$41"/&+1,4&+"11%"4"!Č’ ding feast. We will invite couples to Bless their marriage vows,Con1&+2"1,,2+1,/Çž0&1",# "020/+0Ćœ$2/1&,+ǽƞ"/4/!Çž4" will head to Tiberias. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias. (B/D). Oct 21, 2018 (Sun) Day 4 – Tiberias/Mount Beatitude/ Multiplication / Primacy/ Capernum/Boat Ride “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heavenâ€? Early AM departures to Mt. Beatitude Drive up to Mount Beatitudes, visit the site of the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus preached to the people., Eucharistic Celebration . "+',60 "+& ,1/&!" /,001%"",# )&)""1,-"/+2*Çž %,*",#2/,/!!2/&+$%&0*&+&01/6ǽƞ"/3&0&1&+$1%"6+$,$2" where he taught, proceed to Tabgha, the site of the miracle of the ),3"0+!Ćœ0%"0Ç˝%"+1,1%"%2/ %/&* 6,#1"1"/0Ç˝Č›ÇžČœ Oct 22, 2018 (Mon) Day 5 – Magdala 2))!6/"1/"1Çž , 204&)) + )2!"-/,$/*00"!,+1%"%&01,/&Č’ )+!")&$&,203)2",#1%"$!)0&1"0 More info coming up as we get closer to the dates  Çž 0/")ȔǗǕǕǞ&0 ,3"/&"0#/,*+"4/ %",),$& )!&$ are creating excitement in the area where Jesus began his ministry. The village is called Magdala (Migdal in Hebrew), and it’s the %,*",#/6$!)"+"ǽȋ%")&3"!%"/"+!0%"*"1 "020%"/" and she continued with Him. Yes, it’s that place The most important discovery in Magdala has been a synagogue dating back to the 1&*",# "020Ç˝ ,/!&+$1,/ %",),$&010Çž&1ȉ01%"Ćœ/01,+"!&0 ,3Č’ "/"!&+1%" )&)""Ç˝ Oct 23, 2018 (Tues) Day 6 – Jordan Valley/ Jericho/ Bethany/ Jerusalem Mass at the Church in Bethany Ćž"/ /"(#01Çž 4" %"! 1, "/& %,Çž 1%" ,)!"01 &+%&1"! &16 &+ 1%"4,/)!Ç˝&"41%",2+1,#"*-11&,+Çž4%"/" "0200-"+1ǙǕ 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’ 1&0*)0&1"&+&3"/ ,/!+Ç˝-,+//&3)&+,2+1 ,-20*"+&+$ Mount of the Watchmen/Sentinels, is a mountain in northeast Je/20)"*Ç˝+',61%"Ćœ/013&"4,# "/20)"*ǽƞ"/1%"!6ȉ01,2/Çž4" will check in at our hotel in Jerusalem (B/D) Oct 24, 2018 (Wed) Day 7 – Jerusalem (Old City)/ Via Dolorosa/ Mount Zion Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher “And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place ,#0(2))Çž4%& %&0 ))"!&+1%" "/"4 ,)$,1%ǽȋČ› ,%+Ç–ÇžÇżÇ–ÇœČœ We will enter the Old City of Jerusalem and will follow the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross) and say the Station of the Cross to the holiest shrine in Christendom, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, 3&0&1 ,)$,1%+!1%",*,#2/,/!ǽƞ"/*00Çž4"/"12/+1, the hotel for breakfast. Ćž"/ /"(#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›4%"/" 1%" 0,)!&"/0 -)6"!1%" *",#&+$0Čœ+!1%"/ %,#1%"ČŠ " ,*,Č‹Ç˝ Dinner/Overnight

Oct 25, 2018 (Thurs) Day 8 – Jerusalem Mass at the Holy Eucharist Church of St Peter in Gallicantu ČŠ%",/!" *"Ć?"0%+!!4")1*,+$20ǽǽǽȋČ› ,%+Ç–ÇżÇ–Ç™Čœ "4&))4)(1,3&"41%",*",#1%", (#/,*1%",210&!"Çž+! visit the Western Wall,( Wailing Wall ) the only part of the Herodian Temple still standing and the most sacred place in the world for "40Ç˝%"+Çž4"4&))!/&3"1,1Ç˝&,+Çž1,3&0&11%"--"/,,*Çž/"Č’ 3"/"!01%"0&1",#1%"012--"/Çž1%"+02/3"61%" ,/*&1&,+"6Çž+!1%"%2/ %,#1Ç˝"1"/&+ ))& +12Çž %"0&1"4%"/""1"/!"+&"! "0201%/""1&*"0ǽƞ"/1%"!6ȉ01,2/Çž we will return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Jerusalem (B, D) Oct 26, 2018 (Fri) Day 9 – Mount of Olives/ Gethsemane/ Bethlehem/ Jerusalem (New City)/ Ein Karem Mass at the Church of Nativity ČŠ*,2+1&+,# ,!Çž/" "&3"*"Çž*,1%"/Çž4&1%*6 %&)!ǽȋČ›/,1,Č’ "3+$")&2*,# *"0Ç—Ç—ÇżÇ˜Čœ "4&))//&3"11%",2+1,#)&3"0Çž1,"+',6+,1%"/3&"4,# "/2Č’ salem, visit the Chapel of Ascension, Pater Noster Church and the ,*&+20 )"3&1țȊ ,!4"-1Č‹Čœ0+ 12/6Ç˝"51Çž4"ȉ))4)(1%")* 2+!6,!1,1%" /!"+,# "1%0"*+"Çž+!3&0&11%", (,# $,+6+!1%"%2/ %,#))1&,+0Ç˝ +1%"Ćž"/+,,+Çž4"ȉ))!/&3" to Bethlehem, a city whose name is recognized around the world. Ćž"/ ")"/1&+$ 00 1 1%" %2/ % ,# 1&3&16Çž 4" 4&)) 0"" 1%" +$"/Č€3&0&11%"%2/ %,#1Ç˝1%"/&+"Çž1%" /,11,,#1Ç˝ "/,*" +!1%"%"-%"/!0ȉ &")!0Ç˝ Then we will return to Jerusalem (New City), to view the Temple Model to see how it looked during the time of Jesus. Here, we will gain a better understanding between the old and new cities of "/20)"*Ç˝-+"51&01/&-1,&+/"*Çž&/1%-) ",#1Ç˝ ,%+ the Baptist, to see the Visitation Church, where Mary proclaimed %"/#*,20ČŠ$+&Ćœ 1Č‹Ç˝"4&))"+!,2/!66/"12/+&+$1,,2/ Hotel. (B/D) Oct 27, 2018 (Sat) Day 10 – Jerusalem/ Dead Sea/ Qumran/ Masada Mass at the Church of all Nations Ćž"//"(#01Çž4"4&)) ")"/1"*0011%"%2/ %,#))1&,+0 and then we will drive to Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth. Visit Qumran; see the caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered. Continue to Masada, visit Herod’s fortress and the Jew’s last 01/,+$%,)! $&+01 1%" ,*+Ç˝ "12/+ 1, "/20)"* #,/ !&++"/ and Overnight (B, D) Oct 28, 2018,(Sun) Day 11 – Jerusalem/ Allenby Bridge/ Madaba /Jordan/ Mt. Nebo/ Aqaba Mass at Mount Nebo On this day, we head to Allenby Bridge and cross into Jordan. We 4&))$,1,1%"-1&0*)&1"1"1%+6Çž4%& %,-" ,%+2)

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includes detailed billing information. “As you know, President Trump has refused to completely divest from his business interests or place them in a blind trust, which creates the potential for conflicts of interest that may lead him to put his own financial interests above those of the U.S. government and the American people,� he said. “Our founding fathers had this concern in mind when they wrote Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution, which prohibits federal officeholders from accepting emoluments from foreign states without first obtaining the af-

firmative consent of Congress,� he added. Several Filipino demonstrators also criticized the event. “It’s a very extravagant celebration, to try to curry favor with President Trump,� Malaya Movement’s Eric Lachica said. Romualdez, for his part, responded to the backlash and insisted that the event was not extravagant. “Extravagance is a matter of interpretation. For us this is not extravagant,� he said. “First of all, the Philippine government is not spending for this affair. This is donated by my friends, my personal friends.�(Ritchel Mendiola/AJPress)

Pilgrimage to Some of ITALY’s Highlights and Miracles of the Eucharist Nov 12, 2018 to Nov 22,2018 Spiritual Director REV.JOEL BUGAS

OCTOBER 18 to Nov 1, 2018 SPIRITUAL CHAPLAIN: REV. ANTONIO FLORES Oct 18, 2018 (Thur) Day 1 – Lax to Tel Aviv, Israel /+0Č’1)+1& Ć?&$%1#/,*1,"+ 2/&,+ +1"/+1&,+)&/-,/1Çž ")3&3Çž 0/")ǽț")00"/3"!&+Č’Ć?&$%1Čœ

vote, Calida’s quo warranto petition had overtaken the House proceedings. Sereno, the first lady chief justice, is also now the first chief justice to be removed from office via quo warranto. With its final ruling, the Supreme Court called the attention anew of the Judicial and Bar Council to speed up the nominations for Sereno’s replacement. n

PH embassy defends Independence Day party...

The event, according to the embassy, provided an opportunity to celebrate both this milestone year for the Philippines and its close friendship with the United States. “The Philippine Embassy will continue to deepen its ties with the U.S. As a foreign mission, the Philippine Embassy does not get involved in the domestic issues of the host country,� it said. PAGE A1 U.S. Senator Robert “Bob� Marcos family if the recount were second district of Ilocos Norte. him to challenge the contested to go Marcos’ way; after all, he has According to Amnesty Interna- Menendez, however, questioned poll, leading to a recount that been in politics since 2010, his tional’s estimates, 70,000 people this and wrote a letter to Amstarted in April. sister Imee has been the governor were imprisoned, 34,000 were bassador Jose Manuel “Babe� Many critics vocalized their of Ilocos Norte since 2016, and tortured and 3,240 were killed Romualdez, requesting inforconcerns, however, over the pos- his mother Imelda has been serv- during the martial law that Mar- mation for its transaction with the Trump Organization that sibility of the rehabilitation of the ing as the representative of the cos’ father implemented. n

FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS

House of Representatives was conducting impeachment proceedings against Sereno for culpable violation of the Constitution, graft and betrayal of public trust, which were contained in a complaint filed by lawyer Larry Gadon. The committee had voted that there was probable cause to impeach Sereno and had elevated the case to the plenary but before it could be put into a

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FIGHTING FOR LGBT RIGHTS. LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) group members light candles in front of the Supreme Court in Padre Faura in Ermita, Manila during a rally in support of the LGBT community on Tuesday, June 19. PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan

Trump signs executive order to keep migrant... PAGE A1 Per the executive order, the Trump administration orders border patrol agents to “maintain family unity, including by detaining [immigrant] families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources.” The executive order also blames “Congress’s failure to act” on guaranteeing funding for Trump’s massive border wall for families being separated, according to the executive order. The sharp increase of children being separated from their parents was due to a new Trump administration policy that refers all adult border crossers — even those seeking asylum — to criminal prosecution (even if they have few or no previous offenses) on top of the standard immigration proceedings. Since children cannot be prosecuted, they would be sent to separate detention centers from their parents. Trump’s reversal of the family separation policy doesn’t affect the policy that immediately levies criminal charges on all adults illegally crossing the border. The executive order directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to keep families together in its custody until the criminal case against the adult and immigration case against the family are completed, a process that can take several weeks or months. The DHS is to prioritize the immigration cases of detained families, which would result in other immigration cases being pushed back in the heavily backlogged immigration court system. Trump said that he was pressured by First Lady Melania Trump and his daughter and White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump to end the practice that

separated immigrant children from their parents as they await adjudication. “We’re signing an executive order I consider to be a very important executive order,” Trump said in his remarks in the Oval Office on Wednesday. “We are keeping families together, and this will solve that problem. At the same time, we are keeping a very powerful border and it continues to be zero-tolerance. We have zero tolerance for people that enter our country illegally.” The president also claimed that family separation at the border is “a problem that’s gone on for many years, as you know, through many administration,” which has been debunked by various sources. As previously reported by the Asian Journal, the practice of separating children from their parents — as well as husbands from wives — was a feature in Trump’s “zero-tolerance policy” which automatically prosecutes all immigrants crossing the border illegally. The policy was first announced in May by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who described family separation as deterrence to discourage people from seeking refuge in the U.S. As more Central American families try to escape gang violence and abuse in their native countries and try to seek asylum in the United States, a new Trump administration stipulation that automatically criminally charges border crossers has resulted in separating parents from their children. Articles and photographs depict young children crying themselves to sleep because they don’t know where their parents are. The glaring warehouse lights are reportedly kept on all the time, even during sleeping hours. On

In this Nov. 13, 2017 photo, President Rodrigo Duterte joins the leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states and dialogue partners during the opening of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City. The dialogue partners include New Zealand, Timor-Leste, Republic of Korea, U.S., Australia, India, China, and Japan. Malacañang photo by albert Alcain

PH seeking ‘sweet spot in its... PAGE A1 risk,” he said. Despite Duterte’s preference to recalibrate the country’s relationship with the US, his rhetoric remains just that as Manila’s ties to the U.S. remain deep, broad and enduring, according to Chalf. “Indeed, in many ways this is integral to the goal of hedging should his drives to Moscow and Beijing fail to deliver the expected dividends,” he said. Continuity in U.S.-Philippine relations Chalf said that two years into Duterte’s presidency there have been considerable continuity in US-Philippine relations as the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty, the 1998 Visiting Forces Agreement, the 2011 Manila Declaration and the 2014 Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement were all intact. He added that regular joint training exercises and drills were still continuous. “In many ways, rather than adopting an independent foreign policy, Manila appears to be moving more towards an ‘interdependent’ stance in its external relations, maintaining traditional partnerships (the U.S.) while seeking to diversify ties with new powers (China and Russia),” Chalf said. He also urged the Australian

government to remain firm in condemning rights violations especially drug-related killings attending the country’s so-called war on drugs. He however stressed that this renunciation should be conveyed through a “controlled line of diplomacy” that’s firm in tone but avoided the use of invective language. Australian support for the Philippines Chalf also called on Australia to support the “non-kinetic aspects” of the government’s counter-narcotics campaign epsecially in instituting innovative demand-reduction programs. He said that Australian police should tell their local counterparts that conducting “off-thebook” operations could imperil the legitimacy and professionalism of the Philippine law enforcement community and the wider fabric of civil society. He also underscored the need for Australia to support the Mindanao peace process to help the Philippines counter the spread of Islamic militantism. Australian police and military should also continue their engagements with the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to improve their capacity in dealing with terrorism, he said. n

Monday, June 18, ProPublica released audio from one such center in which children can be heard sobbing, wailing and calling out for their parents. Over the crying, a Border Patrol agent can be heard joking, “Well we have an orchestra here. What’s missing is a conductor.” From Oct. 2017 to June 2018, some 2,000 children — more than a hundred of them being younger than 4 years old — have been separated from their parents upon arriving at the border. According to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, 650 children were separated in a two-week period in May alone. (Klarize Medenilla/AJPress)

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TWO Filipino fugitives have been re-arrested for killing a U.S. Marine in the Philippines five years ago, announced the Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. embassy in the Philippines on Monday, June 18. Another was arrested for obstruction of justice. “The U.S. embassy in the Philippines welcomes the arrests of Galicano Datu III on June 12 in Mandaluyong City and Crispin dela Paz on June 14 in Marikina City by the National Bureau of Investigation for the violent death of George Anikow on November 24, 2012, bringing some measure of justice to this senseless crime,” said the U.S. embassy in a statement. “We appreciate the cooperation of Philippine law enforcement authorities in locating and apprehending the perpetrators,” it added. U.S. Marine Major George Anikow, 41, had moved to the Philippines with his wife who was an American Embassy employee, after serving in Afghanistan. Galicano Datu III and half-Korean Crispin dela Paz stabbed the father of three during a street brawl by his Makati Bel-Air home in November 2012. Arrested separately on June 12 and 14 in Mandaluyong and Marikina City, Datu and dela Paz were “charged and convicted for brutally killing U.S. Marine Major

Galicano Datu and Crispin de la Paz

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George Anikow in Bel-Air subdivision near Rockwell Center, Makati City, on November 24, 2012,” said NBI Director Dante Gierran. A third person, Jimmy Boy David, who is the uncle of Datu, was also reported to have been arrested for obstruction of justice. According to the NBI, dela Paz was “arrested after a car chase from San Pedro, Laguna, to Marikina City, where he was halted.” Datu, learning about his arrest warrant issued April 18, “went into hiding in a prominent condominium in Mandaluyong City” that was owned by his girlfriend. “The subjects were deliberately hiding to evade arrest,” said Gierran. The two murder suspects were first arraigned with two others in

December 2012, but were able to avoid prison time after former Makati City Regional Trial Court Judge Winlove Dumayas downgraded the case from a murder charge to homicide. Though convicted, the two were only given probation. U.S. Ambassador at the time, Philip Goldberg, expressed disappointment and said no one “served a day for that brutal crime.” He said it was difficult explaining to Anikow’s family as to “why this happened in a case of a very brutal murder.” Dumayas was dismissed last month by the Philippine Supreme Court and had his retirement benefits removed for his “oppressive disregard” of evidence and ignorance of the law. Datu and dela Paz were given new warrants. n


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american association, Inc., the event aimed to spotlight cuisine from the northern part of the Inabrao, pinapaitan, tupig. Philippines along with its rich Dinardaraan, igado, dinakdakan. and diverse culture. These are just a few of the disThe Ilocano-american assotinctly Ilocano dishes that guests ciation, Inc. is a new York-based sampled and devoured at the Ilo- association of Filipino-americano Food Tasting event held last cans of Ilocano descent. It aims week at the Philippine Center. to promote and preserve the rich Sponsored by the Ilocano culture, beautiful customs and AJPress

Also a part of the program was a mini fashion show that highlighted designer Edgar Madamba’s creations using the traditional woven cloth from northern Philippines called inabel.

Inabel creations by Edgar Madamba

cano Cultural association, whose members went on to incorporate IaaI as a nonprofit corporation in Delaware in 1982. “We are very happy with the turnout and we realized the great interest of our kababayans in our Taste of Ilocano Food and Culture event. dishes when our event page got filled up faster than expected,” said IaaI president Dulce barangan. In terms of rSVPs, the event got sold out in less than a week and a waiting list had to be made. Consul arman Talbo, an Ilocano himself, delivered a speech that explained to guests the Ilocano way of life and how the region’s terrain and weather helped shape the cuisine. Ilocano cuisine is among the underrated and mostly undiscovered cuisines in the Philippines. Through this event, IaaI hopes that other Filipinos would learn about various Ilocano dishes. Designer Edgar Madamba made a surprise appearance, along with about a dozen of his creations made of inabel cloth (woven in the northern Philippine regions) showcased through Designer Edgar Madamba received a bouquet of flowers from IAAI led by Atty. Dulce Barangan. Photo shows Madamba with Consul Arman a mini-fashion show. Talbo, Atty. Barangan and members of IAAI. AJPress photos by Momar G. Visaya Guests and the organization’s traditions, and strong work ethic and family values of Filipinos, in general, and Ilocanos, in particular, among Filipino-americans, particularly the youth. IaaI traces its early beginOfficers and steering committee members of IAAI, the men and women behind the inaugural nings in the seventies to the Ilo-

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members had a fun time eating and hanging out with old and new friends and province-mates. In an informal survey, those who come from Ilocos norte had the best attendance, followed by Ilocos Sur, La Union, baguio City (benguet), abra, Pangasinan,

and Tarlac. Given the success of this first venture, organizers are hoping that it would become an annual tradition for the organization. “We’ll definitely do this again and it will be bigger next time,” atty. barangan said. n

PH expresses hopes for denuclearization following US-North Korea summit by rae

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THE Philippines has commended the historic meeting of President Donald Trump and north Korean leader Kim Jong Un while affirming support for peace, stability, security, and denuclearization in the region. acknowledging the remaining challenges, Foreign affairs Secretary alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday, June 12 said the meeting between Trump and Kim underscored the “importance and value of dialogue and diplomacy in seeking resolution to outstanding issues among all concerned parties.” “We strongly commend all parties for their unremitting efforts and commitment that led to the realization of this historic meeting,” said Cayetano. “The Philippines hopes that the precedent set today will provide impetus to further concrete actions towards the goals of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the establishment of lasting peace, stability and security in the region.” He added, “The Philippines stands ready to contribute to the realization of these goals.” Trump’s meeting with Kim during which a “firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula” was signed, has had the international community watching closely at likely outcomes. Former Philippine ambassador to South Korea Luis Cruz told rappler a day before the meeting that Filipinos needed to keep a close eye on the Korean Peninsula situation while hinting at possible effects.

United States President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong-un participate in their expanded bilateral meeting Tuesday, June 12 at the Capella Hotel in Singapore. Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

“Filipinos should follow very closely the development sa Korean peninsula because we will be affected in all aspects, whether social, cultural, military, people-topeople contact, malaki ang magiging effect sa atin nito (the effects on us will be huge),” he said. being that the Philippines is still a United nations Command member, Cruz said that puts the country in the position of having to send out troops if a situation called for it. “So supposing that the outcome of these talks, the summit, is not too favorable, and if worse comes to worst, we go to war, or the U.S. goes to war, the coalition forces will be us who send troops again, and the Philippines is included there,” Cruz told rappler. The Un Command sent troops out to fight the Korean War that lasted from 1950 to 1953, signing the Korean armistice agreement with the Chinese-north Korean Command. Cruz said the Philippines was sometimes included in the panel during north Korean and UnC negotiations. another outcome could call for the Philippines to be an aid in the rehabilitation of north Korea

which was the case in 1953, said Cruz. “So ang daming pwedeng gawin ng 16 countries (There are a lot of things for the 16 countries to do), like one is be observer of the peacekeeping force and the other one is they can help in the rehabilitation of say, north Korea, which happened actually after the Korean War, in 1953,” he said. “We stayed there for two more years to help in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of South Korea.” In September 2017, the Philippines suspended trade relations with north Korea in compliance with a U.n. Security Council resolution made over north Korea’s string of missile tests at the time. The Philippines was the country’ fifth-largest trade partner. Previously referring to Kim as a “fool” and having many times criticized his nuclear ambitions, Philippine President rodrigo Duterte called Kim a “hero of everybody” in april after the north Korean leader met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and vowed to work towards complete denuclearization. n

Elderly woman goes on racist rant against... PAGE A1 with me.” The Vela family told abS-Cbn that they were shocked by the encounter. Jenny Vela said that she was especially taken aback because she had grown up in Daly City, an ethnically diverse city. a majority of the comments posted under the video mirrored that shock and many expressed outrage at the white woman’s comments. “We’re thankful that everyone is able to see this, and we have a community that supports us and loves us,” Jenny Vela said of the

video, which has more than half a million views on various social media platforms, as of this writing. alfred Vela said, “It’s not right that we have to put up with this type of bigotry, racism, prejudice behavior, especially coming from an elderly woman.” after the video went viral on social media, Daly City Mayor Juslyn Manalo, who is Fil-am, said she was appalled by the act of racism and “anti-immigrant” rhetoric occurring in her city. “Hearing the racial slurs and also the anti-immigrant senti-

ment was something I would have never expected at a local grocery store we all go to,” Manolo said. “People in our community need to know that this is something Daly City, or myself as mayor, do not condone.” The video was also posted by a friend of the family, Danika aquino, who said that she “was told by one of the cashiers that they had took the woman in the back [of the store] and talked to her, but no one knows further information about what happened after.” n


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DOJ lets Sister Fox keep missionary visa to withdraw a visa already granted to a foreigner,” he pointed out. The DOJ chief made the ruling MANILA — She gets to stay in the Philippines after all… for as he differentiated visa forfeiture from visa cancellation, the now. Australian nun Patricia Fox, latter being the more appropriate whose condemnation of human proceeding for the nun’s case. “There are specific grounds rights abuses had angered President Duterte and led to her day- for visa cancellation, such as long detention two months ago, may continue her missionary work in the country, based on an order issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ). In a resolution, the DOJ o n Monday, June 18, voided the order of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) in April revoking the 71year-old nun’s missionary visa and ordering her to leave the country within 30 days. But the aging missionary would still have to deal with a separate deportation case against her in the BI. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra granted the petition for review filed by Fox earlier this month questioning the BI order that became final on May 17. Informed of the development, Fox said she felt “surprised” but “very happy” about being allowed to continue her missionary work in the country. The DOJ chief held that BI’s forfeiture of the nun’s visa for supposed violation of the terms and conditions by her joining protest rallies was “without legal basis” simply because the bureau does not have any power to do so. “Our existing immigration laws outline what the BI can do to foreigners and their papers – including visas – when they commit certain acts within Philippine territory. What the BI did in this case is beyond what the law provides, that is why it has to be struck down,” read the ruling. “This Office cannot sanction BI’s resort to a visa forfeiture procedure, and Orders against (Fox) which result therefore. To hold otherwise will legitimize (BI’s) assertion of a power that does not exist in our laws,” it stressed. Guevarra explained that while the BI was correct in saying that a visa is a privilege, it does not mean it could be forfeited without legal basis. “The BI cannot simply create new procedures or new grounds by edu

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BORACAY REHAB UPDATE. Two months after the closure of Boracay Island, Sen. Cynthia Villar, chair of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, asks for updates on the rehabilitation efforts in the island. Department of Interior and Local Government Asec. Epimaco Densing III told the committee that given the milestones achieved in the rehabilitation, they are looking at a September ‘soft opening’ of the Island. Also during the hearing, Villar expressed concern over the still unresolved issue of the delineation of the two water concessionaires in the area with regards to proper waste water disposal. Senate photo

Advocates hail passage of landmark Mental Health Law by Kristine Joy

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MANILA — “Finally, help is here.” Mental health advocates hailed the passage of Republic Act 11036, the Philippine Mental Health Law. Youth for Mental Health Coalition, a group of youth organizations pushing for the increased awareness of mental health issues, celebrated the passage of the landmark law. “After a decades-long battle in the legislative arena, the Philippines finally passed R.A. 11036... the first legislation that protects rights and welfare of people with mental health conditions, shifts focus of care to the community, improves access to services and integrates mental health in the schools and workplaces,” Y4MH said. Sen. Risa Hontiveros, the primary author of the bill at the Senate, said on her Facebook page, that the passage is the “victory of advocates” who have lent their voices to craft the law. Hontiveros filed Senate Bill 1190 in October 2016. The proposed measure hurdled the Senate with a vote of 19-0 on May 2017. It was a consolidation of bills filed by Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Sens. Loren Legarda, Antonio Trillanes IV, Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Sonny Angara and Joel Villanueva.

Advocates hailed the law as “the first legislation that protects rights and welfare of people with mental health conditions.” Photo from Youth For Mental Health Coalition Facebook page

The House of Representatives passed its own version of the bill last November. Mental Health Law Hontiveros said that the passage of the law will champion the rights of mental health needs and professionals. It will also help provide mental health services to barangays and “integrate psychiatric and psychosocial and neurologic services in regional, provincial and tertiary hospitals, improve our mental healthcare facilities and promote mental health education in our schools and workplace.” Last week, Hontiveros urged Duterte to enact the bill. She cited World Health Organization data that said: “In 2013 alone, it was found that as many as seven Filipinos committed suicide daily. The Global School-

Bases Student Health Survey of 2015 reported that 17 percent of high school students in the Philippines aged 12 to 15 said they had attempted suicide at least once.” Hontiveros also pointed out that the Philippines sorely lacks the capacity to tend to persons with mental health needs: The country has only 60 psychiatric health care facilities, and has a ratio of one health worker for every 50,000 people. The National Center for Mental Health, she added, only has a bed capacity of 4,200. With the passage of the law, Hontiveros said: “No longer shall Filipinos suffer silently in the dark. Mental health issues will now cease to be seen as an invisible sickness spoken only in whispers.” n

Philippines won’t pull out of UN Human Rights Council announced it was leaving the rights body, with Ambassador Nikki Haley calling it “an organization that is not worthy of its MANILA — President Rodrigo name.” Duterte might have hurled profanTrump’s envoy to the UN also ity laced tirades against the United lambasted the council for “its Nations and threatened to pull chronic bias against Israel.” out of the organization in the past Roque, moreover, said that but the Philippines will not follow the decision of President Donald the United States’ move to withTrump’s administration reflects draw from the UN Human Rights Duterte’s own views. Council, Malacañang said. “I guess the latest decision of the United States reflects a sentiment that the president himself has articulated and apparently we’re not alone in this perception that there is bias among human rights group,” the president’s mouthpiece said. UN and its officials have often been on the receiving end of the acid-tongue Duterte’s ire for their criticisms of the country’s human rights situation, particularly the administration’s bloody war on drugs. (With reports from the AsOn Tuesday, June 19, the U.S. announced it was leaving the rights body, with Ambassador Nikki Haley sociated Press) calling it “an organization that is not worthy of its name.” Photo courtesy of United Nations by

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In a press briefing Thursday, June 21, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said Malacañang respects the decision of the U.S. “We’re not following suit if that’s the question. The president has no reaction on what the Americans have decided to do,” he said. The Philippines is a member of the 47-member body. On Tuesday, June 19, the U.S.

Palace: ‘Anti-tambay’ order won’t lead to martial law declaration by ritChel

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PReSIDeNT Rodrigo Duterte’s “anti-tambay” order will not lead to a declaration of nationwide martial law, Malacañang assured on Tuesday, June 19. At a press briefing in Cotabato City, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said, “the president’s statement [was] very clear that ‘martial law in the entire Philippines [would] become very complicated.’” Roque also added that “He has absolutely no intentions

right now unless there would be reasons to do so.” The assurance was made due to concerns about the president’s directive to round up loiterers and potential troublemakers in the streets being a prelude to martial law. earlier, National Capital Region Police Office director Chief Superintendent Guillermo eleazar reported that a total of 5,575 “tambays” were arrested from 5 a.m. of Wednesday, June 13 to 5 a.m. of Friday, June 18 — most of them by the eastern Police District with 1,805.

These individuals, according to eleazar, violated local ordinances such as curfew, drinking in public places or streets, being half-naked in the streets, and smoking in public. The directive against “tambays” was issued by Duterte on Wednesday evening last week. It was met with criticism, however, pointing out that it might be used to justify illegal detention and arrests. Akbayan party-list Representative Tom Villarin said that it was “martial law redux.” n

According to the PNP, individuals who were arrested violated local ordinances such as curfew, drinking in public places or streets, being half-naked in the streets, and smoking in public. Philstar.com photo

fraud or misrepresentation. The BI adopted a procedure styled as forfeiture that did not address any of these grounds at all,” he explained in a text message. He said the bureau, which is under the administrative supervision of the DOJ, erred in revoking the nun’s visa and sepaPAGE A7


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O PINION Loitering THERE are many reasons why people loiter in the streets. One is that they intend to foment mischief or commit a crime, especially petty offenses such as vandalism. A number of them look for pockets to pick and purses or mobile phones to snatch. Some are part of the flesh trade. Others amuse themselves by making wolf-whistles and catcalls at passing women. People welcome any effort to rid the streets of such individuals, including the latest campaign that has seen hundreds of loiterers or istambay rounded up by police in the city of Manila alone. The campaign, however, needs careful implementation, because there are many other reasons for spending idle time in the streets. One is that the loiterer has nothing else to do; jobless individuals and out-of-school youth usually spend their idle time outside their homes. This raises another reason for loitering on the street, which is that the idler’s home is too cramped and poorly ventilated so the person prefers to while the time outdoors. This is why police are rounding up the largest number of istambays in the slums, where there is hardly room to move in the shanties. Still another reason for loitering is the lack of parks

and other public recreational areas where residents especially the youth can gather and pass the time. In Metro Manila and other urban centers, residents have set up makeshift basketball courts right on the street, further slowing down traffic flow. Children also play hopscotch and other games on the streets and sidewalks. Crime prevention measures are always welcome especially in a country with Asia’s highest homicide rate and a serious drug problem. The roundup of loiterers, however, must be done with caution as it could violate certain basic rights guaranteed by the Constitution. If the government wants to discourage loitering, it should take away the reasons for it, by providing meaningful employment and public venues for community recreational activities. (Philstar. com)

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Trump has the power to reverse his policy that separates families but uses kids as pawns for his wall helpless kids? Would IF you are a parent you not do anything like I am, would you do The Fil-Am and just coldly and everything humanely defiantly say “They possible to bring your Perspective are illegal. They dechildren out of danger, serve to be there. famine, threats, oppresBlame their parents. sion — just like what Blame the Demothe Europeans did when GEL SANTOS-RELOS crats.” Would that they sought refuge and be how you would asylum and settled in the land of the American Indians that we respond if your own child is being traumatized? now call the United States of America? This is exactly what is going on now This was exactly what the parents of some 2000 young children, includ- since the Trump administration aning babies, did when they took the risk nounced its “zero tolerance policy” and crossed (or attempted to cross) the to punish undocumented immigrants crossing or attempting to cross the borsouthern border of America. Most of these parents did not know der. Young children had been separated that in taking this risk to give a safer from their parents and would never better life for their children, their young know when they could ever see them kids would be ripped from them and be again. Amid the backlash and criticisms of detained in metal cages away from their this inhumane policy, President Donald own detention centers. For a moment, put yourself in the po- Trump said, “I hate children being taksition of these parents. What would you en away. The Democrats have to change feel knowing your children have been their law. That’s their law!” NO, Mr. Trump. That is your policy. wailing and crying, looking for you, amid strangers and other children lost While we have to protect our borders and wondering where their parent could and impose immigration laws and fix our broken immigration system by passing be? Would that not break your heart? What would you say and what would a comprehensive reform, you are lying you do if your child is among those poor to the American people by saying this is

the Democrats’ law. No, Mr. President. You caused this problem. You traumatized those detained children in cages. You separated them from their parents. You scarred them for life. “While it is true that at the height of the 2014 migrant crisis, when there was a surge in unaccompanied minors crossing the border, the Obama administration placed a large number of families in detention centers. But these families—many of them fleeing violence in Central America—were allowed to remain together while their claims were being processed. “Under Trump’s ‘zero-tolerance’ policy, however, all adults caught crossing the border are criminally prosecuted, with no exceptions. As a result, thousands of children have been taken away from their parents and treated as if they had tried to cross the border alone. In some cases, undocumented adults are being deported without their children, who remain detained in federal immigration facilities with no way to contact their parents. Immigration experts worry that some families may be permanently separated.” (Vanity Fair, June 18, 2018) YES, Mr. President. You are using these small helpless children as pawns,

as leverage with Democrats to agree to fund your border wall, just as you used the young undocumented immigrants brought into the United States illegally with no fault of their own. And you even tweeted, “Democrats are the problem. They don’t care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13. They can’t win on their terrible policies, so they view them as potential voters.” “INFEST”? Do you regard immigrants as pests? I know you wrote “undocumented” but your other policies and rhetoric sure reveal what is in your heart and soul: Make America WHITE again. Did you not hear the outrage among both the Democrats and Republicans, and among people all over the world, Mr. President? Sure you did. You pulled the United States out of the United Nations Human Rights Council a day after the UN’s top human rights official criticized the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. Did you hear that a bipartisan group of more than 70 former U.S. attorneys are calling on your Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reverse the Trump administration’s policy of prosecuting all people who cross the border illegally, saying it

is “dangerous, expensive, and inconsistent” with the values of the Justice Department? Did you know that a big majority of Americans, 66 percent, oppose the separation of immigrant families at the border, according to the latest Quinnipiac Poll? The truth of the matter is, if indeed you feel bad about these children being traumatized by being separated from their parents, YOU HAVE THE POWER TO STOP THIS in the interim! Do what President Barack Obama did and detain these kids together with their parents as their cases are being heard. Fix the broken immigration system and stop that fixation in building your wall that you promised Mexico will pay. What is happening now is so very much against the soul of America and the values that we stand for. Use your power to do what is humane and just, President Trump. MAKE AMERICA HUMANE AGAIN! *** Gel Santos Relos is the anchor of TFC’s “Balitang America.” Views and opinions expressed by the author in this column are solely those of the author and not of Asian Journal and ABS-CBN-TFC. For comments, go to www.TheFil-AmPerspective.com, https://www.facebook. com/Gel.Santos.Relos

Yes, Senate must investigate how Aquino, Trillanes and Del Rosario lost Panatag

neither Aquino, del SEN. Loren Legarda, Rosario, nor Trillanes the chairman of the Commentary have disputed them Senate’s committee on after I pointed this foreign relations, said out in several colthe other day that she umns in 2015 and welcomed a probe into 2016. These are the the country’s handling same facts reported of its territorial dispute RIGOBERTO TIGLAO in other accounts with China in the South of the episode, for China Sea. That would be great, not only so we instance, in Richard Javad Heydarian’s would learn invaluable lessons on how to book, Asia’s New Battlefield (pages 164 handle the territorial dispute. But just as to 165), although the intellectually timid important, such an investigation will finally or pro-Aquino author, even as the facts inform the nation—and it will be written stared him in the face, couldn’t get himin our history books—how President self to state that we lost Panatag because Aquino, his foreign secretary Albert del of Aquino’s bungling. Some background: Although China Rosario, and Sen. Antonio Trillanes lost Panatag Shoal (Scarborough) to the and the Philippines had each been layChinese in 2012 because of their bungling. ing claim to Scarborough Shoal, there We lost Panatag also partly because of was never been an attempt from either Aquino and del Rosario’s colossal error the Chinese or Philippine forces to perof trusting the U.S. too much, as the manently station troops there. Fishermen from both countries acted as though following account will show. Trillanes of course strived to put the there were no dispute, fished around and blame on del Rosario, whom he even in the area, and routinely used its lagoon accused of treason in an interview in a as a refuge from storms. Aquino broke the “peaceful coexisGMA News segment on the Panatag incident, which he claimed was part of the tence” of sorts in April 2012. April 10, 2012: Sailors from a Philipforeign secretary’s strategy to create a rift between China and the Philippines. pine Navy surveillance ship board eight Trillanes also claimed that in the end, Chinese fishing vessels anchored in the Aquino had blamed del Rosario for the shoal’s lagoon. They try to arrest the Chinese fishermen allegedly for illegal fishfiasco. Such an investigation will teach us ing. However, two vessels from the China valuable lessons on how to handle our Maritime Surveillance (CMS) come to the territorial disputes with China. For in- rescue of the Chinese and prevent the arstance, Acting Chief Justice Antonio Car- rests in circumstances that are unclear. Aquino immediately orders the Navy’s pio was either so misinformed on how we lost Panatag or was simply trying to push biggest warship BRP Gregorio del Pilar President Duterte in making the same (a refurbished cutter from the U.S. Coast colossal mistake as Aquino did in 2012 Guard) to confront the Chinese at Panawhen he urged him to send the Navy to tag Shoal. “What is important is we take care of our sovereignty. We cannot give the area to enforce our sovereignty. That kind of move was precisely what [Panatag] away and we cannot depend Aquino stupidly did in 2012 that triggered on others but ourselves,” Aquino blusthe events that with his ineptness led to tered. April 12, 2012: Three CMS ships enour loss of Panatag to the Chinese. ter the shoal, bringing with them a floIndisputable facts Here are the indisputable facts, and tilla of 31 Chinese fishing boats and 50

dinghies. Aquino suddenly orders BRP Gregorio del Pilar to leave and return to its La Union base. Aquino had apparently been told by Washington that sending a naval warship was a stupid move, as it made the Philippines appear as the aggressor. The CMS vessels were civilian vessels of China’s State Oceanic Administration, which in 2013 merged with the Chinese Coast Guard. Aquino played into China’s hands. Beijing claimed to the whole world that the Philippines had militarized the dispute by sending a “warship,” even though the vessel was a hand-me-down from the U.S. Coast Guard that the President like a kid with a new toy had been itching to deploy. China, therefore, felt it had the right to retaliate and occupy the shoal. Sea-borne People Power Cleverly, though, instead of deploying any number of its 400 warships that has made China the second biggest navy in the world—as it did in its battle with the Vietnamese in the Paracels in 1974—China launched a seaborne People Power of sorts. Escorted of course by three CMS vessels, 90 small Chinese fishing boats occupied the shoal’s lagoon, which is actually the most strategic or useful area of Panatag as it provides a sanctuary for vessels during rough seas. When the BRP Gregorio del Pilar left, Aquino could deploy only one vessel of our Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and two Coast Guard vessels to remain near the entrance to the shoal’s lagoon. A stand-off ensued that lasted for a month and a half, with neither side of course unwilling to fire the first shot. China even managed to take advantage of another of Aquino’s blunders, which was to appoint Trillanes as his secret envoy to resolve the stand-off peacefully. Trillanes only confused the situation. April 12 to June 2: The Chinese CMS vessels and 90 fishing boats occupy the lagoon, while about seven Philippine BFAR and Coast guard vessels position

themselves just outside the entrance to it in a stand-off. June 2: After his trip to China to talk with his “contacts” — “of Politburo rank,” he told me — Trillanes told Aquino that the Chinese agreed on a simultaneous withdrawal of the Chinese ships and the Philippine vessels. “PNoy directed me to work on the sequential withdrawal of government ships inside the shoal,” Trillanes wrote in his aide-memoire on the crisis, which was made available to me. June 3: Aquino orders the remaining two Coast Guard vessels to leave the area.The Chinese didn’t.They haven’t left the area to this day. That’s how we lost Panatag. “PNoy called me to inform me that our two BFAR vessels already left the shoal but China reneged on the agreement of simultaneous withdrawal of their ships, so two of them [were] still inside the shoal,” Trillanes wrote. In his aide memoire on his “Backchannel Talks” made available to me, Trillanes put the blame squarely on del Rosario: “I asked him who agreed with what, since I was just hammering out the details of the sequential withdrawal because the mouth of the shoal was too narrow for a simultaneous withdrawal. The president told me that Sec. del Rosario told him about the agreement reached in Washington,” Trillanes wrote. “This time I asked PNoy: ‘If the agreement was simultaneous withdrawal, why did we leave first?’ PNoy responded to this effect: “Kaya nga sinabihan ko si Albert kung bakit niya pinalabas yung BFAR na hindi ko nalalaman.” (“That’s why I asked Albert [del Rosario]why he ordered the BFAR vessels to leave without my permission.”) Since that time no Filipino ship or fishing vessel has been able to enter the shoal, now occupied by CMS vessels and Chinese fishing boats. China has imposed a 15-nautical mile restriction perimeter around the shoal, and prevents any ves-

sel from going into the shoal’s lagoon. Laughing at Aquino Chinese strategists must have rolling on the ground laughing at Aquino. They cleverly manipulated Trillanes, del Rosario and their U.S. contacts to fool Aquino that they would withdraw their ships from Scarborough if we did. They didn’t. Even American generals closely monitoring the Spratly territorial disputes must have been pulling their hair out in utter frustration at how their puppet Aquino dropped the ball. A November 2014 report of the Center for Naval Analyses (CAN) — a thinktank for the U.S. military — entitled “The South China Sea: Assessing U.S. Policy and Options for the Future” pointed out matter-of-factly that in the past 40 years, China has been able to take other nations’ territory only in two instances. The first was in 1974 when Chinese troops and vessels fought South Vietnamese forces on the Paracel islands, resulting in 53 Vietnamese soldiers being killed and dozens wounded. Chinese forces have since occupied the area. The second territory acquired by China, the CAN reported, was Scarborough Shoal, though in this case, because of a bungling President, no single shot was fired: “From its perspective, China resolved the sovereignty dispute with the Philippines over Scarborough Shoal in 2012 when it established control over the shoal. Again, it is unlikely to relinquish it. The government of the Philippines is in no position to even begin to contemplate the use of force to recover Scarborough, and the United States is not going to become involved in any attempt to expel the Chinese.” (Emphasis mine.) Aquino filed the arbitration case against China in January 2013 to cover up for our loss of Panatag because of his ineptness, which was successful in terms of public perception because of his control over media during his administration. (ManilaTimes.net)

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Duterte insists peace talks should be in PH Court junks PCGG’s P51-B claim vs Marcoses by Ritchel

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President rodrigo duterte, on tuesday, June 19, insisted that peace talks should be in the Philippines despite exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria “Joma” sison saying that talks would be doomed if they would be held in Manila. “Why should i talk outside? i’m talking about our country, my country, their country and they want to take over, overthrow government. And why do we have to talk [about] the f***ing thing outside?” duterte said at the 81st anniversary of the Government

service insurance system (Gsis) in Pasay City. According to sison, the peace negotiations would collapse if the president would dictate the venue of the resumption of the peace negotiations. talks were usually held in norway, the third-party facilitator in the peace negotiations between the government and the communist rebels. Criticizing the president’s choice of venue, sison said that it would be easy for the government to conduct “surveillance and control” among communist rebels joining the talks. duterte, for his part, assured sison that he would guarantee the

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tHe supreme Court (sC) on tuesday, June 19, dismissed the petition of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) to collect P51 billion in damages against the estate of the late President Ferdinand Marcos and his “cronies.” the court’s First division affirmed the decision of the sandiganbayan on August 5, 2010 dismissing the complaint for reconveyance, reversion, restitution and damages filed by the PCGG for lack of evidence. the complaint was filed in connection with the alleged ill-gotten wealth of the late strongman which were allegedly accumulated through behest loans. the sC decision was penned by Associate Justice noel tijam. Associate Justices teresita Leonardo de Castro and Mariano del Castillo concurred. the court gave credence to the findings of the anti-graft court that the PCGG failed to present documentary evidence and testimonies from witnesses to prove its allegations in the complaint. “Juxtaposing the specific allegations in the complaint with the republic’s documentary and testimonial evidence and as against Australian nun Patricia Fox comes out of her home in Quezon City after the Department of the respondents’ documentary and Justice reversed a directive of the Bureau of Immigration that downgraded her missionary testimonial evidence… the Court visa to a tourist visa. Philstar.com photo by Michael Varcas agrees with the sandiganbayan affects the deportation case also that the weight of evidence fails Luisita in tarlac. because that is separate from the to preponderate in the republic’s Mass for slain priests favor,” the high tribunal said. Hours after the release of the visa issue.” the sC stressed that the PCGG Fox’s lawyer sol taule said dOJ resolution, Fox joined the solidarity mass at the Quiapo they are “hoping that the deci- failed to prove that it exerted efChurch for priests killed by gun- sion of the dOJ would affect the forts to produce the original copies men recently. the mass came deportation proceedings at the of documentary evidences. “When the sandiganbayan inon the ninth day after the death Bi since clearly it was said that of Fr. richmond nilo in nueva there is no legal basis” in cancelling her visa. ecija. the bureau, she pointed out, she said that she joined the inby nestoR coRRales dignation rally to appeal to “stop used “the same ground in the Inquirer.net the killing of priests because cancellation of sister Pat’s visa these killings degrade the dignity and in the deportation case. so President rodrigo duterte we are hopeful that the Bi would said on tuesday, June 19, that there and the value of life.” she also vowed to continue resolve the deportation case in would be no more second chances her missionary work, saying she our favor.” for corrupt government officials as she added that in the dOJ he revealed that “there would be is not violating the law. the provincial superior of the resolution, there were no restric- more dismissals to come.” notre dame de sion admitted tions imposed on Fox. “it pains me deeply to do it. Pero taule said the dOJ ruling sinabi ko na, sinabi ko sa inyo: Hushe is still worried about a separate deportation case against her could have an effect on the other wag. Huwag na huwag. And that foreign missionaries in the Phil- promise, i’m doing until today. at the Bi. Fox has served as a missionary ippines. “the Bi could no longer there will be more dismissals to in the Philippines for 27 years. just cancel the visa of a foreign- come,” he said in a speech during Her missionary visa will expire in er,” she said, citing they are en- the 81st anniversary of the Govtitled to due process. september. ernment service insurance sysFox’s camp expressed grati- tem (Gsis) in Pasay City. “We do not know what will happen there,” she said, refer- tude to Guevarra as well as to He said he did not care if his ring to the deportation case. others who openly defended her term “would be characterized by a “We will just have to wait and innocence and her right to stay in firing and dismissal of people from see what happens, whether that the country. n government.”

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PAGE A5 rately process a deportation case against her. “the Bi treated this as a case for visa forfeiture instead of one for visa cancellation. As a result, the bureau has yet to decide whether the supposed actions of Fox do indeed justify the cancellation of her visa,” he said. With this, Guevarra said the Bi should instead resolve the deportation case against Fox and decide whether or not to cancel her visa. the dOJ chief directed the Bi to now hear the visa cancellation and deportation case against Fox. He said that until the Bi rules on the pending case or until her visa expires, Fox may continue to perform her duties as a missionary in the country. this means the victory in the nun’s bid to stay in the country is still temporary because of the possibility that the Bi could order her deportation to Australia. Bi agents arrested Fox, an advocate of land reform, last April 16 for allegedly joining protest rallies against the government. she was released the following day for further investigation. the government cited a photo taken last April 9 showing Fox speaking at a rally organized by the Kilusang Mayo Uno and Gabriela party-list outside the local Coca-Cola factory in davao City, duterte’s hometown where he served as mayor for more than two decades. it was not the first time that Fox was taken into custody for political activities in the country. in 2013, she was detained for speaking at a rally in Hacienda

safety of the exiled leader while he is in the Philippines. “Bakit ako pupunta doon sa ibang lugar? Dito tayo. i guaranteed him safety and security for the duration of the talks. i gave him a small window. so let’s talk for 60 days,” he said. “And in that period, you come home. i will pay for your expenses,” duterte added. if the talks fail however, duterte said he would let sison leave the Philippines but warned him to never come back to the country. “if after the two-month period wala, i will see to it that you walk out of the Philippines safely. Pero sabihin ko sa ‘yo, do not ever, ever come back, ever,” he said. n

Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos (left) sits with his mother, former First Lady Imelda Marcos (right), and sister Gov. Imee Marcos as they attend mass during the birthday celebration of the former first lady at a church in Laoag City, Ilocos Sur province.

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quired as to whether the republic will present the original or certified true copy of its documentary exhibits, the republic answered that it will do so if necessary, as the originals are kept in the Central Bank vault. despite knowledge of the existence and whereabouts of the documents’ originals, the republic failed to present the same and contented itself with the presentation of mere photocopies,” it added. the case stemmed from the PCGG’s complaint 31 years ago alleging that the Marcoses and their so-called “cronies” engaged in “schemes, devices or stratagems” to acquire ill-gotten assets. named respondents were former First Lady imelda Marcos, representative of the Marcos estate, former construction magnate rodolfo Cuenca, his son roberto Cuenca, former Philippine national Bank president Panfilo O. domingo, former trade Minister roberto Ongpin, former development Bank of the Philippines officer don Ferry, and 11 others. in its complaint, the PCGG said

Cuenca and the Marcoses connived to create the Construction and development Corporation of the Philippines (CdCP), the predecessor of the Philippine national Construction Corp. (PnCC), in order to obtain ill-gotten wealth. it alleged that the CdCP obtained public works contracts amounting to billions of pesos from the department of Public Works, which later became the department of Public Works and Highways (dPWH), and from the national irrigation Administration, such as the construction of sugar centrals, the Philippine Associated smelting and refining Corporation (PAsAr), the Philippine Phosphate Fertilizer Corporation (PHiLPHOs), and the Light railway transit Project (Lrt), among others, under terms and conditions “manifestly disadvantageous to the government.” it also alleged that CdCP secured loans and financial assistance from government financial institutions without sufficient collateral, contrary to banking laws and sound banking practices. n

Duterte: No more second chances, more dismissals to come “Kapag nagkamali ka, i won’t give you a second chance. no f*cking second chance,” he said. “Ayaw ko talaga ‘yan. And give us, give the Filipino a respite of corruption.” the president has repeatedly said he would fire government officials even with just a “whiff of corruption.” But contrary to his remarks of giving no second chance to fired government officials, the president reappointed some of those he had already sacked. Among them was Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña whose term as social security system commissioner was terminated by the President but was later named tourism undersecretary and tran-

ferred as agriculture undersecretary. He also reappointed former Bureau of Customs chief nicanor Faeldon as deputy administrator iii at the Office of Civil defense after the former military man was embroiled in the P6.4-billion shabu smuggling mess. the president also put back in government Melissa Aradanas, who was among the five officilas of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) that he had fired. Aradanas, who is a cousin of duterte’s partner, Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña, is now a deputy commissioner for the Housing and Urban development Coordinating Council (HUdCC). n


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Ariel Layug: A chef fulfills his potential with dream job at Cirque du Soleil by MoMar

When he was a young boy growing up in the Philippines, Ariel Layug would look at his school’s atlas and collection of encyclopedias and wonder in general about life in other parts of the globe.“I never really thought back then that I would leave the Philippines, that I would travel the world. And now, to be able to work in a well-known company and have the Philippine flag out there, it is a great experience,” Layug told the Asian Journal. Working for Cirque du Soleil has brought him to many parts of the world including Australia, europe, Mexico, USA and Canada. he is now on his tenth year with the company and Volta is his fourth touring show, after Dralion, Totem and Kurios. Volta is currently in the tri-state area and will be in Uniondale, nY until July 1. Launched in April 2017 in Montreal, Volta is the newest Big Top production from Cirque du Soleil. After visiting three cities in Canada, it played engagements in Miami and Tampa and just recently, east Rutherford in new Jersey. As the head chef and kitchen manager of the touring company, Layug is in charge of feeding more than a hundred people





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every day. This includes the artists, technicians, admin staff, and sometimes with visiting family members and local staff. “I get inspired by a lot of things and I use that [inspiration] when we prepare our food,” he shared. “I try to open up people’s minds, I love it when I get people to try different dishes.”

As part of introducing global cuisine to the company, he has prepared Filipino dishes, including “adobo madalas, lechon kawali, pancit, longganisa, tortang talong for the vegetarians, kare kare.” “They go crazy for the lumpiang sariwa because it’s fresh and we make our own crepes. I try to do something different every time I do Filipino cuisine,” he added. Journey to Cirque Layug moved to Australia when he was a young boy and spent almost 12 years there. he didn’t know what he wanted to do then so he stopped university (“I wasn’t enjoying it as much and at the time I was working in a restaurant”). There was a college near their home that offered short courses on bartending so he did that, and when he finished, his parents told him to study more. he gave culinary school a try PhotosbyMichaelKass and he enjoyed it. Layug became a chef in Sydney and had a chance encounter with some people on tour who encouraged him to join Cirque. he said he’d give it a try. It was supposed to be a temporary job for a year. he was first hired as a sous chef and became chef de cuisine. he was promoted as a kitchen manager last year. he credits his grandmother Consolacion Layug for the inspiration he didn’t even realize was already in him. Growing up in the province, PhotobyBenoitLeroux he saw his Lola foraging for



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food, not just in their backyard but in the forest even and their neighbors then thought that it was weird. “She was a very good cook and quite picky with the ingredients when we went to the markets. She was also very particular with how the dishes taste,” he said. “Feeding people and watching them enjoy was something she did on a regular basis.” Which is exactly what he is doing now. his team feeds 124 people from 25 different countries and most of them are well-travelled. They don’t repeat dishes for the entire two months, the length of time that they stay in a particular city. Challenges Layug says being here in the

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tri state area is amazing because of the proximity to new York and the diversity of the ingredients available, compared in other cities where there is a severe shortage of ingredients and there are few Asian and Latino stores. Touring life follows a routine, something that he has grown to master and love. “We have a routine, we take the city bus to get our bearings right, we find our barber, coffee shop, grocery store. We travel with a few items, which we put in our rooms, apartments just so it feels like home,” Layug shared. Their operation is like a pop up restaurant that is in a particular city for two months. And one by one, the pieces come together – the barbecue and picnic tables, then the tent, then the main kitchen is built and they move in and set it up. For their final meal in each tour, the kitchen team prepares only one thing: spaghetti Bolognese. “It has never been broken in the entire history of the Cirque touring shows. It’s a very simple meal but after two months in a city, everyone craves for it,” he said. But sometimes the biggest challenge comes not in the feeding of more than a hundred people. “It’s not always necessarily the volume because it is not that

hard to scale up the operations. Sometimes a bigger challenge is being able to guess what people would want to eat,” he said. “When we plan our menus, it is not just about writing stuff. I check the weather and see what’s available. I also eavesdrop sometimes, and I also ask them what they want to eat. Then put all of that together and make sure that it doesn’t feel repetitive. It is challenging but it is definitely fun.” In a sense, chef Ariel Layug’s journey mirrors the story of Volta since the show is about transformation and how one becomes his true self through self-acceptance and freedom, the same process he had to go through himself. With the Philippine flag waving outside the big tents along with the flags of more than 20 other countries, Layug is bursting with pride, which he shares with his husband edonn erwin who is part of Volta’s VIP services. “By having the Filipino flag out there, you know, ‘I am Filipino’ and I am proud of what I am doing. This is who I am, I can even cook Filipino dishes for other and they enjoy it,” he said. (Cirque du Soleil’s Volta will be at the Under the Big Top, NYCB Live - Home of The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York until July 1.)

Joshua, Julia agree: The more you hate, the more you love by Nathalie toMada

tama naman, the more you hate, the more you love. It’s the only JoShUA Garcia apologized to kind of hate that you can tolerate when you love a person.” Julia Barretto for a past mistake, They were also made to promising his perennial love team answer the question, “Last person partner one thing. you hated but you still love?” “I’m sorry for my mistake, but Joshua: “Sarili ko. Yung sarili I promise to be a better man for ko recently. May mga nagawang you and for us,” the young actor decision na mali. Pero siempre, told Julia during the presscon on Monday night for their upcoming sarili mo pa rin yun, kailangan mong mahalin.” Star Cinema film “I Love You, Julia: “(After pointing at hater”. The movie will premiere on Joshua) Last person I hated and July 11. love at the same time. Because Joshua made no mention there are some decisions that the of details, but it was assumed person you love makes, made or that he was referring to the viral will make, but at the end of the screenshot of a private message he sent to a netizen, which caused day, nangunguna talaga yung love mo for the person. So, you a conflict with his rumored may hate what he’s doing but it girlfriend and nearly threw a can never overcome the love that monkey wrench on their hit you have for the person.” onscreen pairing. Asked to officially confirm if The movie title also prompted questions such as, if one can really they are a couple (again?), Joshua said, “Hindi ko pa masabi… sa hate a person he/she loves. tamang panahon.” Joshua cited a cliché, “The nevertheless, seemingly more you hate, the more you love.” Julia added, “I think that’s true, dispelling doubts that all is not well with the two young stars, when you love a person, the little Joshua readily admitted his things they do that upset you, it will affect you. Then you think you affection for Julia, and the latter hate it but you really do love it. So did the same: “I feel like he takes Philstar.com

good care of me. Really, really well. he’s very, very protective. I think all that he is, is enough for me. I think there’s nothing more I could ask for.” As for their working relationship, Joshua believes it’s getting better with each new film. “Nag-i-improve siya kada gawa namin ng pelikula. We are able to learn new characters, do a new film, meet new crew and staff. We become mature as a person.” Through its trailer, the film appears to be light and fun, with Joshua’s character Joko pretending to be gay as he battles with Julia’s character Zoey over a coveted job opportunity as executive assistant. Sparks fly, naturally. Josh described his experience fleshing out his role as a rollercoaster of emotions. “Struggle lahat. Sabi ko nga kay direk (Giselle Andres), ang hirap nung nagpapanggap ka. Lalaki ka pero nagpapanggap ka na gay, sobrang hirap! Tapos yung emotion pa, tataas, bababa, tataas, bababa naman.”

he mused that he had a lot of guidance from the make-up artists on the set in how to deliver his role more accurately. Asked to identify their favorite scenes, Josh said, “For me, my favorite is yung nag‘around the world’ kami. Basta marami kaming pinuntahan na bansa.” Julia, on the other hand, said, “My favorite scene would have to be when Joko confesses to Zoey that he’s not gay.” “Ang galing niya doon,” Josh was quick to add. There is another scene that Julia thinks women can very well relate to. “Ladies will be able to relate to that scene because… of course, as ladies, we have that factor, yung pride natin na ang taas-taas agad. Yung parang right away, we have to be strong, to be brave and everything. That’s important — to be strong and brave — but sometimes, we learn to forgive. More than anything, it’s for you — forgiving other people’s mistakes.” Julia also feels that she has shed off her inhibitions in the film.

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“I feel like in this film, I am most free yet. I let go of so much strings, my inhibitions, my worries and my fears I could just be free. I can’t explain eh but I feel that with my character, my space is so big.” She continued, “These are characters that are totally out of our comfort zones. This is really a different experience of kilig, love and pain because you always see the fun side (with the trailer) but

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there’s so much more to the film. It has heart and that’s what I love about it.” This is their fourth film together, after the 2017 blockbusters “Love You to the Stars and Back” and “Unexpectedly Yours”, plus the film that discovered their tandem Vince and Kath and James. Regarding the pressure of making their new project perform Continued on Page 4


Immigration Corner Atty. MichAel Gurfinkel, eSQ In a recent ruling, Attorney General Jeff Sessions ruled that women who were victims of domestic violence, and people fleeing gang violence in their home country, are not eligible for asylum in the U.S. This ruling is now binding on both immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). This decision could also have profound effects on Filipinos who filed for asylum based on their fear the nPA was after them. By way of background, the BIA determined in 2014 that a woman who had fled her home country because her husband repeatedly raped her was entitled to asylum because she was a “member of a social group” – women abused by their husbands in a country with a macho culture. Many other women relied on this case and poured into America, claiming asylum, because they were also being abused by their husbands. Other people claimed that they had been victims of gang violence in their home country, and their government was unable or unwilling to stop or control that violence. Atty. Gen. Sessions determined that asylum is available only for those people who fear persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or

Immigrant Living: 101 and Beyond Monette AdevA MAGlAyA [Select a handful of those things in your bucket list that have the highest chance of coming to fruition given your time frame. In tech speak, this means before your life’s energy goes into ‘low batt mode’ and life has run out of sockets to plug into.] AS you begin considering to pare down the stuff you have accumulated unwittingly over a lifetime, you begin to realize that perhaps going through

Attorney General Sessions getting tougher on asylum applicants membership in a particular social group. (It could also include other abuses where the home government is unwilling or unable to control those abuses). However, according to Atty. Gen. Sessions, there are no legal grounds for asylum claims based on domestic violence or gang abuse. According to Atty. Gen. Sessions, “the asylum statute does not provide redress for all misfortune…. The mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes – such as domestic violence or gang violence – or that certain populations are more likely to be victims of crimes, cannot itself establish an asylum claim.” Moreover, the failure of local police to respond to a report of an individual crime victim, “does not necessarily mean that the government is unwilling or unable to control crime, any more than it would in the United States.” With this decision, Atty. Gen. Sessions has restricted those people who may be eligible for asylum, and it shows the U.S. government is getting very tough with granting asylum. In the past, many Filipinos applied for asylum, claiming persecution based on fabricated stories that the nPA was coming after them, or demanding money. They may have been able to obtain work authorization, and so were happy for the time being. But these asylum applicants

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will eventually be called in for interview, and they will not be able to prove eligibility for asylum. In that situation, their asylum claim would be denied, and they would be placed in removal proceedings. If you ever applied for political asylum in the past, and you are now seeking other benefits, or if you already have a deportation order based on a denied asylum claim, you should definitely consult with an attorney, who can evaluate your situation, and determine your eligibility for any other benefits and whether it’s safe to apply. *** Michael J. Gurfinkel 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 reenactments) 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 attorneyclient relationship is, or shall be, established with any reader. WEBSITE: www.gurfinkel.com 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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ABANDONED BY HER BIRTH PARENTS, WILL NIKKA BE LEFT BEHIND AGAIN WHEN USCIS CHALLENGED HER ADOPTIVE PARENT’S ELIGIBILITY TO PETITION HER? Lilia (right) and her husband Peter filed a petition to adopt Nikka (left) when the child was 12 years old. The adoption decree was issued six (6) days before Nikka turned 16 years old, and the certificate of finality came out two (2) months after Nikka’s 16th birthday. When Lilia and Peter filed an Immediate Relative Petition for Nikka, the USCIS served a Request for Evidence (RFE), challenging their eligibility to adopt Nikka. Lilia and Peter were devastated, depressed, and in despair. Would this mean losing the chance to be reunited with their adopted child - whom they loved and considered their own? Watch how leading U.S. immigration attorney Michael J. Gurfinkel came to the rescue and secured approval of their petition in a mere two months, on an encore episode of “Citizen Pinoy” – on Sunday at 6:15 pm (PST) on TFC.

quotas would probably love for their employers to give them vouchers to have a weekly or monthly massage as part of their benefits package. Their (Fourth of a series) nerves and muscles tied up in knots could be loosened up and made to relax with a massage. If you haven’t had a massage in your life, indulge in one. It can be pretty pricey though since they go by hourly rates. But if you do so only once in a great while, the experience to choose from in many spas experiences might be a more of a full body massage can be that are becoming big business. exhilarating. There are kiosks worthwhile pursuit. Some salons are offering these Getting a massage is one in the mall that offer this. It is as part of their services because usually the men who patronize of those supreme indulgences there is a real need for it. many people can’t seem to get this since the public exposure People who are part of a enough of. Head massage, facial may be a turn-off for ladies who work-a-day world doing stressful may prefer the privacy of spas massage, whole boy massage, jobs that have deadlines and foot massage – there’s plenty instead.

Pamper yourself with a massage

“I have a massage when I want to relax. I love being pampered. I love island massages when you’re outside in the fresh air. —Angie Stone

In a vacation at Boracay many years ago, on the spur of the moment, I had a massage by the beach done by a blind, elderly woman, licensed by the Philippine Department of Tourism. She was good. It was as though all the knotted areas in my neck and back disappeared. Foot massages are wonderful as well. In the hands of an expert masseuse, a foot massage can feel like all the tired bones and muscles in the feet are given attention and care on a cellular level. Your feet, and by extension, the entire body, would become rejuvenated with the human touch. If you walk, jog or run

regularly as part of your fitness routine, try getting a foot massage sometime. Leg cramps may be a way of telling us that we need to treat our legs and feet with the same tender loving care we give our faces. After all, the feet that carries our weight all day deserve some pampering. If you have happy feet, your day and even nights will be restful. You are likely to wake up energized ready to take on the next day. Next week: Another idea to consider for The Bucket List … *** Nota Bene: Monette Adeva Maglaya is SVP of Asian Journal Publications, Inc. To send comments, e-mail monette.maglaya@asianjournalinc. com


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Depression and its alarming consequences

People, Events, Places BoBBy T. yalong THE persistent feeling of wretchedness, despondency, and loss of interest in regular activities are indubitably alarming signs of depressive mood and unusual behavioral pattern that are unquestionably signs of depression. “Major Depressive Disorder” or “Major Depression” is characterized by a combination of both symptoms that interfere with a person’s ability to work, Constant headache sleep, study, eat, and enjoy once pleasurable activities. advised that concerned friends Depression is oftentimes or family members should pay referred to as “a permanent solution attention to people who are quiet to a temporary problem.” It is in part and loners and never verbalize an illness with biological basis that what they feel or what’s going on often times results to suicide, the their minds. One could directly ask: second leading cause of death in “Are you considering committing young people ages 15 to 44. suicide?” And that could be an Many lives had been cut short effective wake-up call for them not only among those in the lower to realize their awareness about bracket of society but especially depression. in the upper echelon where high Suicide doesn’t happen profile suicides are common. abruptly. Those attempting Statistics show that 12.5 million suicide have already some sort of people had committed suicide out pre-meditated plans. But those of a variety of reasons. verbalizing openly oftentimes In a recently concluded study are the ones scared to commit observing human behavior, it was it. Mostly women are the usual victims of suicidal attempts. A potential suicidal individual is not verbal or will not openly discuss his plans but those that openly express what they plan to do are far from actually doing it. But psychologists say: “Death

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should not be an outcome of mental illness or psychological predicaments.” Depression can be normal and is only an indicator of underlying disease when feelings become excessive, all consuming, and interfere with daily routine. One of the main causes of depression is stress which is the pressure or tension that results from a demanding situation. Stress can be physical, emotional, psychological, or a combination of all these. Being free from stress is far from possibility since living and its complicated surroundings inevitably contribute to having one. Types of Depression Depression, just like any emotion, is characterized by different levels according to the intensity and strength of its attack and effect on the victim. Depression can be classified as follows: 1. Clinical Depression – a mental health disorder characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities causing significant impairment in daily life. Symptoms may include excessive sadness and crying with poor appetite. 2. Persistent Depressive Disorder – (PDD) a mild but long term form of depression that could last for at least 2 years. Symptoms include low self-esteem and undecisiveness. 3. Seasonal Affective Disorder – (SAD) a mood disorder characterized by depression that occurs at the same time every year. Symptoms include appetite change

and loss of interest in regular activities. 4. Post Partum Depression – a kind of depression that usually occurs after childbirth. Symptoms are: repeatedly going over thoughts, hopelessness, feeling insecure and unattractive due to the undesirable physical changes following giving birth. 5. Bipolar Disorders – a different form of depression characterized by extremely low moods and sometimes high or euphoric and irritable moods called “mania” or “manic.” The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) says that even the most severe cases of depression can be treated with medications, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. But if these two treatments don’t work at all, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) or brain stimulation therapy may be an option. Other practical activities could be optional measures to remedy depression: a) Be active and do physical activities or indulge in sports b) Set realistic goals for yourself c) Spend time with people you trust d) Don’t be alone or isolate yourself e) Postpone significant decisions such as getting married, getting a divorce, changing jobs, repairing or building a house, etc. f) Continue to educate yourself about depression. Celebrity deaths due to depression Deaths due to depression

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FOrMEr senator and action star ramon “Bong” revilla Jr. saw himself behind bars in 2014 after he turned himself in to the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. revilla, popular among his fans as the man behind well-loved Pinoy superheroes “Panday” and “Captain Barbell”, surrendered to authorities after charges against him were made concerning his alleged involvement in the P10-billion pork barrel fund scam. revilla took to his Facebook page on Wednesday, June 20, to mark his fourth year in jail, writing from the confines of the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City where he has been detained since 2014. “Today is exactly my 4th year in prison,” lamented revilla. “This is 4 years away from my family; missing out on the milestones to my children’s lives; 4 long years that I can no longer get back.” revilla has six children with wife Bacoor City mayor Lani Mercado. His second son, Cavite vice governor ramon “Jolo” revilla III, recently graduated from Lyceum of the Philippines University with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies. Jolo’s graduation apparently was one of the milestones that, per revilla’s words, he missed out on, as he never got to see his son march on stage. However, revilla was granted permission last April to visit his ailing father ramon revilla Sr., thus allowing him to reunite with his family. “May mga panahon na dumating sa akin na talagang gusto ko na sumuko,” revilla continued. “Pagod na rin po ako. Pagod na pagod na…” (There are times I already want to give up. I’m already tired, too. I’m so tired.) But revilla remains hopeful

Former senato Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. shared this photo as he marked his 4th year being behind bars. Photo from Facebook/Ramon Bong Revilla Jr.

and stated that he gets his strength from his faith. He added that he fervently prays for the truth to come out and for him to attain justice. “Dasal ko pa rin na mangibabaw na ang katotohanan (I’m still praying for truth to prevail),” said revilla. “Hang ad ko na sana, sa wakas, makamit ko ang hustisya (I hope to finally get justice). Let us all continue to pray together! God is good!“ Just this week, Inquirer. net reported that the Sandiganbayan rejected revilla’s motion to defer his plunder trial. In a resolution, the antigraft court said revilla’s motion was “purposeless” to require the prosecution to identify the evidence proving the allegations of his ill-gotten wealth. Moreover, the Sandiganbayan found revilla’s motion “incredulous.” The court said, “He still stands ignorant and oblivious of the incriminatory evidence against him to need an extra phase in the proceedings, unsupported by the rules of Court at that, in order to obviate an imagined burden.”

Ai-Ai delas Alas on how organic diet got rid of her illnesses—and kept her sexy figure by Niña V. GuNo Inquirer.net

AT 53, Ai-Ai delas Alas is enjoying a newlywed’s life, besides continuing to be a mainstay on television and keeping her humor fresh—and, on top of these, maintaining a fit figure. The comedian showed off her slim physique in pictures taken eight years apart, one in 2010 and a recent one this year. In both pictures, Delas Alas confidently posed in a black lingerie. “Inferness naman napakadaming dulot na ganda ang pagkain ng organic (In fairness, eating organic has brought a lot of good),” she noted. “Salamat sa organic no meat no dairies no carb kong diet (Thank you to my organic, no-meat, no-dairies, no-carb diet),” she said, adding that television director Louie Ignacio would tease her for her “wala kong ka kwenta kwentang pagkain (worthless food).” However, she admitted that she would still have junk food if it weren’t for her illnesses, which include psoriasis, vertigo and asthma. “Dun pa din ako sa normal na food ang sarap kaya ng halo halo, pizza pie, spaghetti, fried chicken, coke, tsitsirya (cheese curls + chippy).” (I would still have eaten delicious normal food—halo-halo, pizza pie, spaghetti, fried chicken, Coke, chips.) It seems to be for the best that she has given these tasty but unhealthy foods: Thanks to her strict diet, she doesn’t suffer from her sicknesses anymore. She also left words of wisdom: “Life is short… you can make it shorter.”

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Celebrities and fans were awed with Delas Alas’ discipline. In the comments section, she went into detail about how her restrictive diet worked and how it has benefited her. She explained that she only eats chicken twice a month, continues to eat fish, has no fried food or sugar, and eats gluten-free. She mentioned that she no longer takes medication for her conditions and that her psoriasis cleared up on its own. When actor Jay Gonzaga marveled at how expensive it must be to eat organic, Delas Alas said, “Pareho lang pag naoospital ako hehe (It’s the same cost if I get hospitalized).” One Instagram user, @ artknack said she also suffered from psoriasis and that Delas Alas served as her inspiration. “Kaya mo yan basta isipin mo na lang kakabathing suit ka hehehe (You can do it, just imagine that you’ll be able to wear a bathing

suit),” the actress encouraged. In February 2017, Delas Alas revealed that psoriasis had been a lifelong battle since she was 15. Her flare-ups would prevent her from wearing sleeveless outfits and she constantly had to take medication. When the medicine stopped being effective, she researched about changing her diet. Back then, she proudly declared losing 27 pounds, thanks to her healthier lifestyle.

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well anew in the box-office, Julia said, “I think, there will always be pressure. As what they say, never compete with anyone but yourself so, of course, you’re going to compete with your past work, past project, because you’d like to exceed the last time, di ba? I

mean, with this one, we’re really just praying and hoping for the best. We worked hard on this one.” After I Love You, Hater, JoshLia, or as the fans call their loveteam, is set to star for the first time together in a TV series titled Nostalgia airing “very, very soon” and will next topbill a

zombie film in August. Julia said that they are “so, so humbled and so, so grateful because of the opportunities handed to us. Nakaka-inspire siya to do better, to keep going, to be better than the last one. We’re so thankful for all these chances to prove ourselves.”


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PAfcom parade and festival to showcase diversity and filipino culture, featuring Tfc super star Kim chiu

Asia Society survey probes barriers in the US workplace facing Asian Americans

NEW YORK— Asian and Asian Pacific American (APA) employees in the United States are less likely to attain senior leadership positions, according to Asia Society’s 2018 Asian Corporate Survey. The survey suggests this is partly because APA participants self-reported being less assertive and less likely to speak up and share their perspectives compared to their non-APA counterparts. Indeed, among the five most frequently cited barriers to workplace advancement by APA survey participants are “cultural background” and “communication skills”. “There is a cultural mismatch that many U.S. employers may be unaware of, with many APA employees stating they believe they are less likely than their non-APA counterparts to be considered for senior roles at their companies due to cultural differences. This is a great opportunity to make sure that both direct and indirect communication channels are available between employees and managers to accommodate and address such differences,” said

David Whitelaw Reid, Executive Director, Corporate Programs and Talent Initiatives at Asia Society. To explore the nature, severity, and possible ways to address this gap, for the first time the 2018 survey included 400 non-APA employees in addition to 2,800 APA employees across the United States working in various industries. “Bamboo Ceiling” The 2018 survey also found that APA employees were more likely to report a shortage of role models, executives and board

directors representing their cultural backgrounds. Over a third of respondents reported no APA presence in the leadership. “We are seeing a vicious cycle in the workplace. APA employees often do not get considered for senior positions. In turn, this means aspiring Asian employees do not have role models to look up to,” noted Reid. In comparison to their non-Asian counterparts, Asian employees had a much lower favorability on a set of measures: • Asian respondents felt

Council President Lavarro to lead parade in its 28th year in Jersey City

JERSEY CITY, NJ – The 28th Annual Philippine-American Friendship Day Parade and Festival is set to take place in Jersey City, NJ on Sunday, June 24. The celebration is organized by the non-profit organization, Philippine American Friendship Committee (PAFCOM), to celebrate culture and diversity, and the historical friendship between the United States and the Philippines. This year’s big draw for Filipino crowds is the “Princess of Philippine Movies and TV,” and star of blockbuster movie “GHOST BRIDE”, none other than Kim Chiu, who first gained prominence when she won the “Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition”. Ardent fans will surely line up the streets of Jersey City to cheer and get a glimpse of Kim Chiu. Grand Marshal and Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro, and PAFCOM President Lito Pernia, will lead the parade, which will officially kick off at noon at the street level of the West Side Light that their companies did not comprehensively implement initiatives as stated in their company’s mission statement, programs, policies and procedures. • Asian respondents also indicated lower favorability on how their managers support the professional growth of employees of Asian background. • Due to this dissatisfaction, Asian respondents were less likely to care about their company’s overall success and less likely to stay if offered a comparable position somewhere else. The Asian Corporate Survey is developed in consultation with Asia Society’s Global Talent and Diversity Council, which is comprised of more than 20 diversity leaders from Fortune 500 companies. It includes direct responses from APA employees as well as Diversity & Inclusion/HR departments.

Rail Station. The parade will feature marching bands, floats, performers, and community members dressed in colorful and unique traditional Filipino costumes. There will be awards in several categories such as Best Performing Group and Best Costume. “PAFCOM and the Filipino community has a rich history in Jersey City,” said Lavarro. “This year’s parade will celebrate Jersey City’s diversity and reaffirm our city as a home for equity, progress, and opportunities for all communities. I look forward to another amazing parade and festival and invite everyone to join the festivities on Sunday, June 24. And we warmly welcome Ms. Kim Chiu to Jersey City to the delight of her many fans in the U.S.” The parade ends at Lincoln Park where a daylong festival will take place from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Booths will be open starting at 10 a.m. and entertainment stage starts at 1 p.m. Local talents will warm up the stage and delight festivalgoers. The festival program will culminate with Kim Chiu’s highly anticipated performance. The festival area will offer a variety of Filipino foods, flea market, community services, health fair, and activities for kids through the Jersey City Cultural Affairs. A special contest for the “Bboom-Bboom” dance craze will be sure to engage and energize the crowd. Pushing for greater inclusion and community participation, PAFCOM garnered support from diverse leaders who are serving as Honorary Grand Marshals: • Pete Busacca – President of Hudson County Central Labor Council • Eleanor De Leon – Businesswoman and wife of former Consul General Mario De Leon • Buddy Deauna, Fil-Am Councilman from Bergenfield • Father Tom Iwanowski and Ato Tuazon – Leaders of Jersey City Together, Our Lady of Mercy chapter

• Roger Gupta – Owner of Jersey City-based Diamond Hut jewelers • Carol Mori, Executive Director, Garden State Episcopal Community Development Center; • Frank Molina, Sr. – Chairman of the Board of the Puertorriquenos Asociados for Community Development (PACO) • Sam Pesin – President of the Friends of Liberty State Park • Ahmed Shedeed – Board Member, Jersey City Immigrant Affairs Commission The parade will feature this year’s PAFCOM beauties: • Julia Celeste Medina Ash – Little Miss PAFCOM • Mariela Dimalaluan – Miss Liberty PAFCOM • Chelsey Grace Lopez – Binibining Pilipinas PAFCOM • Jennica Santos – Miss Teen PAFCOM • Roxanne Racquel Cajigas – Miss LGBTQ PAFCOM • Cecille Cuevas Erana – Mrs. PAFCOM • Shirley Escalada Capaldo – Miss PAFCOM “It’s an honor to lead a pioneering community organization that unites and elevates the Filipino community in New Jersey and across the Northeast,” said Pernia. “This year’s parade and festival will reach across the Filipino diaspora and America’s diversity.” Lavarro is the first Filipino and Asian American councilperson of Jersey City’s Municipal Council. Pernia is the Controller for America’s premier civil rights organization – the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. for close to 30 years and the Executive Director of GC Rivera Foundation, a non-profit in New Jersey providing medical care to under-served Filipinos. To participate in the parade, secure booth space or sponsorship, or for details of the Bboom-Bboom dance contest, please go on the PAFCOM website – www.pafcomnj. org.


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American soprano and Broadway star Alyson Cambridge (center) with some of her VIP guests (from lef) Maria Factora, Dr. Thelma Reyes, Menchie Portillo Peralta and Dr. Lourdes Felarca. Cambridge is one of the stars of Rocktopia, a multimedia musical extravaganza that features the works of musical innovators including Mozart, Queen, Beethoven, US, The Who and more.

New Yorker Menchie Portillo Peralta hosted a luncheon at Ichi Umi Japanese Restaurant for visiting long lost cousin from Los Angeles, Roger Oriel, publisher of Asian Journal and his daughter Carina Oriel.

nEW yOrK – a loyal and devotional group of Filipinoamericans in the lower East side of Manhattan celebrate their 26th annual “Fiesta!” in observance of the feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Saturday, June 30, 2018. The celebration starts at 5:30 p.m. with the novena to our Mother of Perpetual Help followed by Mass, which is then followed by an inside-the-church procession with the recitation of the Holy rosary after which there will be a salu-salo (fellowship) at the church’s parish hall, the Monsignor Farricker Hall where they will conduct a full program replete with a raffle drawing for

valuable prizes. The celebration will take place at the Church of the Epiphany on Second avenue at 22nd Street, organized by the Church of the Epiphany Filipino Committee, a group of Filipinoamerican parishioners of the Epiphany Parish who started this annual devotion back in 1992. The devotion is anchored on a weekly novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help prayed every Wednesday at the Church after the 12:10 p.m. Holy Mass. at the Church of the Epiphany, there is a miniature shrine installed for the framed icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

The principal celebrant of the “Fiesta” Mass will be rev. Fr. anthony Gonzales, who is currently the Parochial Vicar of the Church of Our lady of lourdes, in Queens Village, Queens, new york. The concelebrant will be rev. Fr. Erno diaz. The music ministers (organists) are Carole Borlaza for the novena and rey lauron for the Mass. The novena reader will be norrie Cornelio. The Epiphany Filipino Committee is headed by community leader Jose ramos, as chairman; with another community leader, lolita Compas, as vice chairwoman; the secretary is Salve Stamatelaky and the

treasurer is nieva Cruz. EFC counts with a membership of more than 40 individuals among who are Filipino and Filipino-american community leaders, professionals, like doctors, nurses, engineers, and others. Some of these members are: luella ramos, Elvy Barroso, Phd; Gabriel and dr. Herminia rotor, nieva Cruz, agnes Gratil, nenita Go, Evelyn Barroso, Honey Guy reyes, dr. Concepcion Jaleco, Emma Tabile, Ben and narcy Vasquez, Frank and norma Caponong, norma Ortiona, rose yassa, Gloria Cabrera, Salve Stamatelaky, Tambi Wycoco and many others. (Tambi Wycoco)

UPaaa invites UP alumni in north america to its 20th Grand reunion and Convention San FranCISCO, Ca - The University of the Philippines alumni association in america (UPaaa) is set to hold its 20th Biennial Grand reunion and Convention at the Crowne Plaza located in the San Francisco airport in Burlingame, California on august 30 - September 2, 2019. This will be co-hosted by the UPaa San Francisco Chapter, led by its president Sonia delen. This celebration will be centered on this year’s theme, lEaP: lead, Elevate, advance and Participate, which aims to engage the UP alumni in the USa on upholding the values of honor and excellence whether it may be for their personal or professional growth as well as leading by example in their

respective communities. UPaaa President nelsie Tabudlong Parrado, a successful financial advisor and community leader in new york and new Jersey, welcomes all UP alumni in the USa and abroad to join this prestigious event. “I invite fellow UP alumni to join us at the 20th Grand reunion and Convention and hear how and why we are called Iskolar ng Bayan. It will be worth spending the long holiday weekend on august 30 –September 2, 2019. Tayo na!” The program includes a Fellowship night honoring Jubilarians on Saturday, a Gala night honoring the Outstanding alumni in various fields on Sunday and symposium and

workshops during the 2-day event. Elected members of the UPaaa Board of directors and Officers for the next two-year term (2020-2021) will be sworn in during the Gala as well. “We highly encourage all UP alumni residing in north america to support UPaa in america through this biennial gathering. It’s a fun way to build camaraderie with fellow alumni, give back to our alma mater by supporting our ongoing projects which benefit the UP community as a whole.” racquel lalo-Sabas, UPaaa-PrO and 2019 convention chair. The proceeds from this event will be used towards UPaaa’s numerous projects. In keeping with its mission,

UPaaa has been undertaking the following projects which are being implemented together with the University of the Philippines’ administration in various campuses: • Stipend Scholarship grant to deserving students in 7 UP campuses • adopt-a-dorm • alleviate Food Insecurity among students The online registration is now open. For more information, visit www.UPaaaGrandreunion. com, or e-mail kelliesabas@ gmail.com or soniadelen@gmail. com. you may also contact nelsie Parrado at upaaa.2017@ gmail.com or visit UPaaa website at www.upaainamerica. org

UnIFFIEd’s 5th summit goes global Maryland - Best Western Hotel Capital Beltway in lanham, Maryland was filled to capacity with 300 teachers and more guests to witness and join the 5th Summit of the organization UnIFFIEd, and its first Global one. Teachers came from places outside of the United States of america such as dubai, Macau and the Philippines. Chapter presidents and their officers arrived from arizona, Texas, los angeles’ Orange County, Sacramento and its vicinity, from the West Coast and from the East Coast, new york, new Jersey, Maryland and the host chapter, Washington, dC. The day started with a meet and greet of the teachers and the speakers: dr. rommel Sergio, a Canadian University professor from dubai, UaE; dr. Evelyn aguirre of leyte normal University from the Philippines; aris Pangilinan from Washington, dC, a finalist in the Global Teacher

Prize; Maria Feliza aguilar from Sacramento; ronaldo Panganiban from Harvard University in Massachusetts and Begonia Jensen of laC of new york. The speakers presented their prepared topics to about 100 teachers and guests. The evening was reserved for the Gala and awarding of Teachers and others. There were about 295 teachers, nurses, doctors, government officials, who were recognized, honored and awarded with plaques or trophies. The night was devoted solely for the awarding, the inspirational speeches from the office of the mayor of lanham, Maryland and the office of the ambassador of the Philippines to the United States, ambassador Jose Manuel romualdez who was represented by Minister of Economics, JV Gonzaga who gave a stirring and inspiring speech. rosemarie Parreno of Fil-am

nEEdS, Inc. in the Bronx did not forget the founding chair of UnIFFIEd, lumen Castaneda and its national President, ronie Mataquel, by awarding them plaques of appreciation for what they do for the organization. It was a fitting climax to a lovely and hectic day in lanham, Maryland where all the teacher attendees went home happily

Renowned Fil-Am Artist Nilo Santiago exhibits recent works on PH historic churches, women’s fashion WaSHInGTOn, d.C. – Sentro rizal Washington dC and the Philippine arts, letters and Media Council, Inc. (PalM) collaborated to mount an exhibition of the recent works of renowned Filipino-american artist nilo M. Santiago at the Philippine Chancery Building, in commemoration of the 157thBirth anniversary of dr. Jose rizal. The exhibit was inaugurated on Wednesday, June 20. a graduate of UST Fine arts School in Manila, nilo M. Santiago has been working for the past twenty years as an artist in the metropolitan Washington area – as a creative designer, a commercial printer, and a painter in various media. He is a winner of numerous awards in national competitions in the United States and served as the official illustrator of the U.S. air Force for many years. For this exhibition, he is showcasing his works on Philippine Historic Churches and Women’s Fashion at the Turn of the Century. “I wanted to preserve the look of those old churches in my mind and in my paintings which led to my Series on Historic Churches,” Mr. Santiago explained during his presentation. “I am also glad to show the progression of women’s fashion through the ages in the Philippines. I am amazed by the materials like piña cloth and the incredible weaving and embroideries which took hours, days, or even weeks to accomplish,” he further said. The experience of appreciating nilo Santiago’s drawings of Women’s Fashion

at the Turn of the Century, is enhanced by the Hibla ng lahing Filipino (Textiles of the Filipino People) exhibition featuring piña-seda cloths, which debuted in the United States on 10 June 2018. The launch of nilo Santiago’s exhibition is a result of the tireless efforts of PalM’s Steering Committee, which is composed of history professor and culture enthusiast dr. Bernardita Churchill; Ms. lyta Sese; Ms. arabella Harmon Horwitz, who turned over books to the Sentro rizal library; and Ms. rosalinda yangas, who introduced the artist at the exhibit launch. In her remarks, Ms. darell artates, Public diplomacy Officer of the Philippine Embassy and the administrator of Sentro rizal Washington dC, outlined the upcoming activities of the center, including a possible film-showing in august, and the launch of the book, The new Filipino Kitchen: Stories

carrying their plaques and trophies. The following day, reserved for Tours of Washington, dC was equally exciting. different groups went to bring the Philippine teachers to see the beauty of the landmarks in dC. The 2019 summit will be held in General Santos City in the Philippines. (Lumen Castaneda)

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are common occurrences but sadly only those in the limelight are the ones highlighted while ordinary victims remain unheard of. Celebrity deaths due to depression have been currently hitting the headlines following the deaths of popular fashion designer Kate Spade (55) who ended her own life by hanging and celebrity chef and roving TV food connoisseur anthony Bourdain (61). Their untimely deaths motivated other celebrities to share their own personal battles with depression while simultaneously recalling big named stars who ended their own lives due to unbearable depressive moods. Here are few of famous celebrities and international figures that hogged the headlines and recipes from around the not because of their spectacular Globeon September 27 at accomplishments but due to their Kramerbooks and afterwords in unforeseen and startling demise Washington, d.C. that left their followers and fans in a On behalf of Philippine state of shock: ambassador to the United States 1. ambrose Olsen (24) inJose Manuel G. romualdez, she demand celebrity endorser of armani, Burberry, lois Vuitton, ySl, also thanked the individuals and Hugo Boss died by hanging and groups who continue to 2. Chris Benoit (40) WWE support Sentro rizal Washington superstar who hung himself after dC. Ms. artates cited Manilamurdering his wife and strangled to based painter Celeste lecaroz death his 7-year-old son. and the youth-led advocacy 3. Ernest Hemingway (62) an group Project Saysay whose american journalist and poet who contributions of a portrait shot himself to death, the same way of dr. Jose rizal and ten (10) his father did portraits of great Filipinos, 4. George reeves (45) american actor and popular TV Superman respectively, have considerably who died of gunshot wounds. enriched the cultural resources 5. Margaux Hemingway of the center. (42) a granddaughter of Ernest The exhibition of nilo Hemingway and Hollywood actress M. Santiago’s recent works who died of barbiturate overdose. and the Hibla ng lahing 6. Marilyn Monroe (36) Filipino piña-seda displays Hollywood’s top sex symbol who are open for viewing at the perished from pills overdose. Philippine Embassy Chancery 7. robin Williams (63) ace annex until July 16, from 10am comedian and serious actor took to 4pm, except on weekends and his own life by hanging following issues on depression, dementia, holidays.

and Parkinson’s disease. 8. Kurt Cobain (27) took a gun and put an end to his life after battling depression and drug addiction 9. Jonathan Brandis (27) star of “never Ending Story II” committed suicide by hanging 10. Sawyer Sweeten (19) famous for his role as Geoffrey Barone (son to ray romano of “Everybody loves raymond”) put a gunshot to his head after battling financial problems. 11. alexander McQueen (40) the famous fashion designer took deadly cocktails of sleeping pills and cocaine then hung himself following an extreme depression after the death of his mother. 12. Vince Van Gogh (37) an exponent of Impressionism style who suffered from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, epilepsy, and depression and put an end to all these with a gunshot. 13. Sylvia Plath (30) dynamic and most admired poet of the 19th century who committed suicide by placing her head in a gas oven. 14. Virginia Woolf (59) Popular novelist and author who drowned herself in a river with pockets full of stones after suffering from severe anxiety and mental health illness. 15. Tony Scott (68) The director of top grosser hits “Top Gun” and “True romance” jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge into the los angeles Harbor after losing his battle with cancer. 16. James Whale (67) The founder of Frankenstein having acted and directed the very first Frankenstein movie drowned himself in his swimming pool after a series of strokes and severe pains. Having anxiety and depression is likely being scared and tired at the same time. It’s the fear of failure but no urge to be productive. It’s wanting for friends but not to actually socialize. What people never

understand is that depression isn’t about the outside but the inside. When you’re depressed you don’t control your thoughts but it controls you. Just as someone who suffered from depression evidently puts it: “My moods don’t just swing… they bounce, pivot, recoil, rebound, oscillate, fluctuate, and occasionally, pirouette.” That’s exactly how depression affects an individual. People think depression is sadness, that depression is crying or dressing up in black. They just don’t know that depression is the constant feeling of being numb, numb of emotions, being numb to life. It’s like a bruise that never goes away, a bruise that’s so tender and swollen that keeps you in constant pain. depression exists without you knowing it. you don’t even know you’re in it…and it takes a while before you realize you are already a victim. Be stress-free. Stay away from being down in the dumps and downhearted. When depression attacks and the aggressive effect is too much to bear, waste no time and seek help. death isn’t the ultimate solution to any depressing problem. Come to think of this: even a padlock was manufactured with a matching key (and oftentimes with 1 or 2 spares) to unlock it and so are our predicaments. always remember that there is a perfect solution to every problem and there’s always an opportunity for us to be optimistic, for every door that closes behind awaits a breathing space for us to recover and rebuild. Photo credit: Thanks to promising model Jordan Baker for posing and internalizing various ranges of depressive moods. For comments and suggestions, please email to: gemini0646@yahoo.com


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