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Duterte: Sorry, God by IAN


MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, July 10, apologized to God, whom he called “stupid” that triggered public anger in Asia’s biggest Catholic nation. The president issued the apology during his meeting with Jesus is Lord Church Worldwide founder Eddie Villanueva, who was among the religious leaders who criticized him for his comments. “If it’s the same God, then I’m sorry. That’s how it is. That’s what



President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles (left), president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). Duterte agreed to a ‘moratorium’ on statements against the Catholic Church in his meeting with Valles, which took place after the CBCP’s biannual plenary meeting on Monday, July 9. Malacañang photo



Trump announces nominee for Supreme Court justice The president nominates DC Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh after Justice Anthony Kennedy announces retirement WITH the retirement of Supreme Court (SCOTUS) Justice Anthony Kennedy, Trump has nominated a conservative circuit court judge to fill the vacant seat, signalling the first steps in potentially affirming


Court rules in favor of California’s sanctuary state policy State survives first round of Trump administration’s suit against the sanctuary law

A FEDERAL judge in California this week ruled in favor of the state’s sanctuary state policies, denying the Trump administration’s request to impose a halt on the law


Pres. Duterte wants to elect a federal transitional president The president will reject the possibility for a term extension, acknowledging the possibility of a truncated three-year presidential term to end in 2019 by KLARIZE


AMID considering a possible presidential term extension, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wants the leader of the federal transition government to be an elected official, Malacañang confirmed on Monday, July 9. The Consultative Committee (ConCom) is currently reviewing the 1987 Constitution and possible revisions and proposals. Among the provisions included in the new Constitution is one that will make the leader of the federal transition government to be an elected official. According to Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, Duterte requested this measure, which would cut the latter’s term to be co-terminus when the transition period starts. That means Duterte’s reign may be cut to three years. According to Malacañang, Duterte previously expressed willingness to serve as the transitional period leader if the new


MSME SUMMIT. President Rodrigo Duterte chats with some of the exhibitors during the National Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Summit 2018 held at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Convention Center (ACC) in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga on Tuesday, July 10. Accompanying the President are Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion. Malacañang photo by Alfred Frias

Palace gives Duterte 8.5 out of 10 for his war on drugs by RITCHEL


PRESIDENTIAL spokesperson Harry Roque on Tuesday, July 10, gave President Rodrigo Duterte a high grade on his war on illegal drugs. “I would give him about 8.5. A lot more has to be done,” Roque told reporters in Cavite when he was asked to give his rating regarding the government’s war on drugs. According to him, the anti-drug war, which has left more than 4,000 people dead, gave Filipinos a sense of security. “But what is important is even the surveys will indicate that majority of our people, 80 plus (percent) of our people feel safer, they feel more secure in their homes because of the drive against criminality and the war against drugs,” he added. In Pulse Asia’s September 2017 poll, 88 percent of Filipinos back the anti-drug crackdown. But while the drug war has been receiving plenty of feedback, it also has its fair share of criticisms. The political opposition as well as a number of human rights groups have pointed out again and again how the crackdown is encouraging abusive practices and extralegal killings. They also noted that Duterte made a promise to provide legal protection to policemen and soldiers who would face charges in relation to the campaign. Meanwhile, officials claim that Duterte is against un-

MOA VS. ILLEGAL DRUGS. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino (left) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Deputy Commandant for Operations Rear Admiral Rolando Legaspi (right) sign the memorandum of agreement to stop the smuggling of illegal drugs using the country’s vast coastlines, during the ceremony held at the PDEA headquarters in Quezon City on Wednesday, July 11. PNA photo by Joey O. Razon

lawful killings and other illegal acts. Authorities also insist that that most of the slain suspects fought violently with the arresting officers. According to a recent study by researchers from Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University declared that the poor are the most vulnerable in the


Horrific crash kills father, four daughters; mother survives Southeast Asia tourism grew larger by MOMAR



A FILIPINO-AMERICAN family from Teaneck, NJ was on their way back from their July 4th vacation in Ocean City, MD when a tragic accident happened along Route 1 in Delaware. A pickup truck crossed over the median and hit the family’s minivan head on, leaving five members of the family dead. The crash killed the father, Audie Trinidad, 61 years old, and their daughters 20year-old Kaitlyn, 17-year-old Danna and the 14-year-old twins, Melissa and Allison. Mary Rose Ballocanag Trinidad, the mother, is the sole survivor and was brought to Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware. The accident happened on the afternoon of Friday, July 6. More than a thousand people came out on Saturday evening, July 7, to attend a prayer vigil at Votee Park in Teaneck. Friends, family and classmates came in droves, bringing candles, flowers and More than a thousand friends, schoolmates, neighbors and relatives trooped to Votee Park in Teaneck, NJ on Saturday, July prayers for the Trinidad family. Lydia Agas, Mary Rose’s aunt, said that 7, 2018 to remember the five members of the Trinidad family killed in a horrific crash in Delaware Friday afternoon. The father, Audie Trinidad, 61, and their four daughters Kaitlyn, 20, Danna, 17, and twins Allison and Melissa, 13 died in the crash. the latter was asleep when the accident The mother, Mary Rose Ballocanag, is the lone survivor in the crash and is currently in a hospital in Delaware. AJPress photo by Momar G. Visaya; inset photo courtesy of the Trinidad family


than any other region during year’s first quarter, despite closures PH tourism to focus more on opportunities for women by RAE


THE Southeast Asian region saw a 10 percent increase in the number of tourists during the first quarter of 2018, according to a recent report by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

The increase topped the six percent international average, giving the tropical and subtropical region the largest increase of any region in the world within the four month period. Seeing the largest increase in arrival numbers was Vietnam,



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Duterte: Sorry... PAGE A1 t I said. Sorry, God. As in sorry, God. If God is taken in a generic term by everybody listening then that should be good,” Duterte said. Duterte’s supporters have variously claimed that the president’s comments were against leaders of the Catholic Church or against “wrong” beliefs held by Catholics. But concepts like the temptation of Adam and Eve and hell are not exclusive to Catholics or even to Christians. “But my concept of God, when it is put at stake with the other people using the name of God in vain, remember there is a division between church and state,” he added, repeating a statement made last week. The separation of church and state, which is enshrined in the constitution, prohibits the establishment of a national religion and state interference in the free exercise of the religious beliefs of

its citizens. Some Catholic priests and lawyers have said the Church has the obligation to speak against social ills because governance has moral dimensions. ‘Never use God’s name to attack government’ The president then reminded religious workers to “never use the name of God as a front to attack government,” apparently referring to an Australian missionary he wants deported for allegedly engaging in “political activities.” “That is not the proper way to do it... I’m sure this is not what God wants,” he said. “I owe it to all pero I only apologize to God, nobody else. If I wronged God then he would be happy to listen to my apology. Why? Because my God is all forgiving. Why? Because he does not remember past hurt. Why? Because God created me to be good and not to do bad,” he added. • (650) 689-5160

From the Front Page Duterte has sparked public outrage in the predominantly Catholic Philippines after he called the Christian God a “stupid son of a bitch” for creating Adam and Eve only to allow temptation to destroy the purity of His work. In a recent speech, Duterte vowed to immediately resign if Christians can prove that their God exists through a selfie. As with adherents of other religions, Christians are presumed to believe in the existence of God as a matter of faith. The hugely popular Duterte has repeatedly locked horns with the Church, which has a significant political and social clout in the Philippines, amid mounting deaths in the government’s bloody war on drugs. To ease the tensions sparked by his controversial remarks about God, Duterte met with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president and Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles on Monday at Malacañang. He promised he would refrain from making comments against the Church. n

BRAND OF CHANGE, EMPATHY AND UNITY. Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr.,Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones, DSWD Acting Secretary Virginia Orogo, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Manahan Año, Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, and other government officials do the clenched fist during “Tatak ng Pagbabago: A Pre-SONA 2018 Forum” held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on Wednesday, July 11. PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan

Pres. Duterte wants to elect a federal... PAGE A1 t Constitution is ratified earlier than expected, but as of press time, he wants someone else to fill the position. “I understand that the transitory role they have for the President will be for within his term of 2022. So ‘yun walang problema (there won’t be a problem),” Roque said in a Palace press briefing on Monday. “He has made a personal decision. It’s only until 2022, earlier if possible.” Changes made to the Constitution are to be ratified after a majority vote by the public, a vote which must be held between 60 to 90 days after the approval from the Constituent assembly. Palace officials have said that if the final draft of the Constitution is approved by the people, the transition president will serve immediately, which could occur as early as 2019. “It’s to remove all suspicions and I am tired. Ready to give it to somebody else,” Duterte said,


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according to Roque. According to members of his Cabinet, Duterte reportedly said that the provision would make way for a “younger leader” to take over. When reporters asked whether or not Duterte wanted former senator and 2016 vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. — with whom the president has close ties — to photo

be the “transition president,” Roque said that “wala naman siyang sinabing napupusuan (he didn’t name anyone in particular).” A Cabinet official added that a provision will be added that will prevent the president from running or seeking re-election, a mandate requested by Duterte. n

Palace gives Duterte 8.5 out of 10...

drug war. The common occupations among those who died in the anti-drug crackdown tricycle drivers, construction workers, carpenters, vendors, farmers, jeepney drivers and dispatchers, and garbage collectors.

The government still claims that it is winning the war against narcotics despite critics pointing out that the campaign only focuses on small-time drug peddlers. Roque in a recent statement, cited police data that claimed a total of 91,704 anti-drug operations were conducted from July

2016 to March 20, 2018. The operations led to the arrest of 123,648 drug suspects. A total of 189 drug dens and clandestine laboratories were dismantled and P13.46 billion-worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu were seized during the period. n

Southeast Asia tourism grew larger than... PAGE A1 t which experienced a 25.2 percent tourism growth during the time period. Countries like Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines also saw doubledigit increases. The growth came despite the fact that countries like Thailand and the Philippines closed off popular tourist sites due to environmental concerns. Thailand’s Maya Bay, made popular by the Leonardo DiCaprio-starring film “The Beach,” remains closed through September. The Philippines’ Boracay — which Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said had turned into a “cesspool” — was ordered to remain closed for six months after tourists were banned late April. From its own tourism data, the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) also saw an increase.

DOT spokesperson Bong Bengzon told hotel owners and marketers last week that the Philippines saw a 10.24 percent increase in foreign arrivals from January to May despite the Boracay closure. “Despite the closure of Boracay in late April, foreign visitor arrivals in May still grew monthon-month. Total arrivals in May 2018 reached 537,743, representing a growth rate of 0.94 percent,” said Bengzon, as quoted by Rappler. Much of the growth was due to arrivals from China, which grew 43.81 percent. From January to May 2018, China provided 559,289 visitors. During the same period in 2017, the country provided 388,896 Chinese national visitors. Aside from China, South Korea and U.S. nationals continuously make up most of the Philippines’ foreign tourist arrivals — South Korea being the top source.

The increases seen add to the continuing trend of booming tourism in the region. According to the Economist, tourism in Southeast Asia jumped 49 percent between 2010 and 2015. Last year, the region took in over $131.1 billion in tourist receipts. Comparing overall growth from 2016 to 2017, the Philippines reported a growth of 10.96 percent. Its 6.6 million tourists last year was regarded a “milestone” high. Women-empowering tourism in PH Philippine DOT undersecretary Alma Rita Jimenez recently told the Philippine government’s news service that the department has been working on providing more opportunities for women in its tourism driving efforts. She said the department has already rolled out different training and capacity building programs.


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Horrific crash kills father... PAGE A1 t happened. “When she woke up, her husband was on her chest, leaning and she wondered what happened. She had fractures all over her body,” Agas said. Agas also delivered the family’s response to the outpouring of support. “We would like to thank everyone who came out tonight. We appreciate all the support. Let’s continue praying for them,” she said. The husband and wife were properly restrained in the vehicle, according to police, but their four daughters were not. “To lose four children in a crash ... it’s just unheard of,” Delaware State Police Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe told ABC News. “I feel so bad for this family. I cannot imagine what they are going through,” said Jaffe. Police told local media that a Ford F-350 pickup truck traveling south crossed the median and hit a northbound vehicle which caused the car to spin out. The pickup truck, which was still moving southbound in the northbound lane, collided head on with the white Toyota Sienna minivan Audie Trinidad was driving. “I don’t understand why these things happen. The whole family wiped out in the blink of an eye,” Trinidad’s brother Daniel told reporters. “I don’t know how my sister-in-law will take this. She’s the only one who survived.” Audie was a postal worker while Mary Rose worked as a nurse at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. The eldest daughter Kaitlyn was a nursing student at the College of Mount St. Vincent in the Bronx. Her roommate and friend Frances Verdeflor found out about the accident after numerous texts and phone calls from their friends. She went to the prayer vigil with her entire family. “We had so many plans for the coming school year. When I found out at 2:00 this morning, I thought it was a joke. I still couldn’t believe that it happened,” she said. “I can’t help but feel for her mom because she is now by herself and her family is gone. It just hurts so much.” Verdeflor, along with other friends from Mount St. Vincent were among those who spoke at the emotional vigil. Teaneck Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin also spoke and expressed his condolences. “As we grieve tonight and honor their memories, the question comes down to it is okay to grieve. It is okay to look and ask questions where there are no answers,” he said. “As I was

looking through everybody that I knew who went to high school or middle school with them, I could see that they have touched our lives in many ways.” One by one, friends, neighbors, classmates, teachers and community leaders spoke. The girls’ classmates and the Filipino American Society of Teaneck organized the vigil. A GoFundMe page was set up for funeral costs and to support Mary Rose Trinidad. It was set up by Linda Douglas for Teaneck Families and Friends and Douglas wrote that it’s not clear what amount of support will be needed and the goal amount initially set at $10,000, and has been exceeded many times over. In 24 hours, the site raised more than $100,000. As of writing, the goal amount has been raised to $250,000 and has received over $230,000. Agas said that the family is overwhelmed by the support of the community, including online where people who do not know the family have been sending prayers and donations. She added that funeral arrangements for the five family members have not been made yet. n

Possible free trade agreement discussions not needed to be ‘fast-tracked’ THe Trump administration imposed its first wave of tariffs against China less than a week ago after confirming that the U.S. would start collecting tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods. Another $16 billion worth of tariffs are expected to follow. Describing the U.S.’ move as “typical trade bullying,” China hit back by imposing $34 billion in retaliatory tariffs on American products like soybeans and cars. In the Philippines, Malacañang said on Monday, July 9, that it expects the trade war between the U.S. and China to effect the country to some extent, but did not provide specifics. “I know that both DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) and DOF (Department of Finance) are studying the matter very thoroughly, identifying where we are vulnerable given the kind of export products that we have, assessing if some of our biggest exports to both the U.S. and China will be affected. Take note that the tariff will be for goods originating from China and the

United States,” said Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque. “Now, there are some products that we export to China which in turn are further re-exported to China. So in that sense there will be some effect on us but we are of course studying and preparing for eventualities,” he added. Both China and the U.S. are among the Philippines’ top trading partners, with the Philippines being a big contributor in the Chinese supply chain. Roque spoke more on discussions between the U.S. and the Philippines regarding a possible free trade agreement (FTA). He said continuing discussions would not be “fast tracked” as a result of the trade war. “I don’t think it’s really a directive of fast-track. It’s just that its something that has always been there. It’s something that we demanded,” said Roque. “In fact, early on, if the U.S. was offering it to countries like Vietnam which at some point was their enemy, why wouldn’t they offer the same to us given

that we have always been their friend,” he added. “It’s not a knee-jerk reaction to the trade war.” U.S. officials met with officials in the Philippines last May to discuss further bilateral economic cooperation between the two countries, including the possibility of pursuing an FTA. Of future meetings, Roque said the Philippines further hopes to be in a “position of equality”, and not “just a be a market for U.S. goods.” He said the Philippines hopes to also be able to export its goods to the U.S. Roque further reminded that the discussions were not yet explicitly of a free trade deal, but of its possibility. “I know that there’s a possibility that there will be a free trade agreement, but I don’t know the details yet,” said Roque. The Philippines has previously acknowledged opportunities under the existing Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), and the Generalized Sys-

Southeast Asia tourism grew larger than...

“We train them for tour guiding and doing the gastronomy tourism. Some women who have their own home facilities, we train them in terms of front office management and managing small business,” Jimenez told the Philippine News Agency, which published the interview Tuesday, July 10. Describing tourism in the coun-

Lydia Agas, aunt of Mary Rose Trinidad AJPress photos by Momar G. Visaya


Malacañang says US-China trade war to have ‘some effect’ on Philippines


Frances Verdeflor, Kaitlyn’s roommate and friend


try as being “very dependent” on micro enterprises, she added that most of the training was focused on community-based empowerment where players are usually women. Providing opportunities for women, she said, was not about giving them privileges, but about laying out an equal platform on which they can succeed. “If the women are equally

competent, they should have all the chances of being able to play in whatever field they would want and become successful in it,” said Jimenez. She added, “We want to focus on those with lower economic status. Sometimes they think they are helpless, [since they are] expected and got used to staying at home and taking care of the children. If you would think

tem of Preferences (GSP). As previously reported, under the GSP, the country currently benefits preferential duty-free entry to the U.S. In 2017, GSP exports accounted for 17 percent of Philippine exports to the U.S., which valued at $1.492 billion. Tires, electronics, sugar, and fruit and vegetable juices, were among the lead exports. The latest GSP renewal was also made to be effective three years in place of an annual review. It also extended dutyfree treatment to travel goods including suitcases, handbags, backpacks, attaché cases, and similar cases and bags. DTI also said it hoped to add footwear to the list. U.S. President Donald Trump first proposed tariffs against China last March as a fix to what he said were unfair trading practices. Tariffs were also imposed against Canada, the european Union, and Mexico in June. The countries have also issued their own retaliatory tariffs. (Rae Ann Varona / AJPress) about it, they’re more than capable of contributing beyond taking care of the children.” The efforts are part of the departments’ bid to make the tourism industry gender and community empowered. “Sustainable tourism development that is gender and development empowered, accessible, and barrier-free is the way to go if we want the industry to remain robust and inclusive,” said Jimenez. n


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PH Embassy and FYLPRO now accepting applications for 2018 Immersion Program

NO JOY RIDE. Residents cross a flooded road near the overflowing Las PiĂąas-Molina dam on board a makeshift cart as typhoon ‘Gardo’ lashed some areas in Luzon with strong rains. photo by Andrea De La Cruz

WASHINGTON, D.C.– The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), a joint initiative of the Philippine Embassy and Consulates General in the United States, the Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI), and the FYLPRO non-profit organization, is pleased to launch the 2018 Immersion Program, which will be held on November 18–23 in the Philippines. FYLPRO is now accepting applications for young Filipinos/ Filipino-Americans in the United States who are interested in working with various stakeholders in their communities for the strengthening of PhilippinesUS ties and the advancement of Philippine interests and advocacies in the United States. Selected delegates will be provided with the opportunity to interact with Philippine Government officials and leaders in the fields of business, arts and culture, and civil society. In 2012, the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., under the leadership of former Ambassador to the US Jose L. Cuisia, Jr, founded FYLPRO after recognizing the need for the younger generation to be more involved in the development of

the Filipino community in the US. Since then and with continued competitive, carefully reviewed, and vetted application process, sixty (60) outstanding leaders have graduated from the program, creating a robust network of talent, abilities, and ideals. Leaders between the ages of 25 and 40 are encouraged to apply. Applicants must demonstrate leadership skills within their school, community, workplace, or other areas of involvement. He/She must have potential or demonstrate active involvement in the Filipino community, or in issues or activities that align with the Filipino-American community or the Philippines. Interested applicants are urged to learn more about the program and apply online at no later than August 18, 2018. “FYLPRO has built an impressive roster of alumni with a network of distinguished research and achievements in political advocacy initiatives, cultural and tourism programs, social entrepreneurship activities, innovations in governance and education, heritage projects and voter awareness

drives,� Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez said in a statement. “We remain committed to encouraging more diverse and dynamic engagements with the next generation of FilipinoAmericans in the United States to further strengthen Philippines-US ties, advance mutual interests, and attain common goals,� the Ambassador added. FYLPRO President Dondi Leonidas Quintans shares Ambassador Romualdez’s sentiments and aims to help further equip young Filipino-Americans with a useful network and tools. “The opportunities and lessons the FYLPRO network can provide will help leaders create a positive and lasting impact in the Philippines and the United States,� Quintans stated. “FYLPRO and its partners are designing the blueprint for a stronger bridge between our two countries. I encourage all Filipino-American leaders to join us—so we can help amplify the impact of your work and passion projects and inspire a wave of collaboration and growth in our community.� n

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the court’s conservative lean for years to come. On Monday, July 9, Trump nominated United States Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Brett Michael Kavanaugh as Kennedy’s replacement, calling Kavanaugh “one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time� who would apply the U.S. Constitution “as written.� Upon his nomination, Kavanaugh, 53, promised that he would “keep an open mind in every case� and reiterated that the job of the Supreme Court justice is to “interpret the law, not make the law.� Kavanaugh, who once clerked for Kennedy, has deep ties with conservatives and GOP legal organizations that have lobbied for the appointments of conservative justices. As soon as Kennedy announced his retirement in late June, top congressional leaders have vowed to oppose any Trump nominee deemed too extreme on certain issues. Kennedy was also a conservative, but he often held the swing vote in many socially divisive cases like abortion and reproductive health, affirmative action, workers rights, LGBT rights and the death penalty. Replacing Kennedy with a more stalwart conservative would definitively solidify the conservative slant and put at risk many




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long-standing social justice cases. Notably, Kennedy’s retirement signalled the possible overturning of the landmark SCOTUS case Roe v. Wade, which granted a person’s right to have an abortion before the third trimester of pregnancy. But one of Kavanaugh’s case history finds him voting against his party. In 2011, he ruled against a challenge to the Affordable Care Act because he felt that the DC court lacked the jurisdiction to consider the case in question, an opinion that was ill-received by Republicans. In 2015, he riled up social conservatives by rulings in favor of abortion. In the case Priests for Life v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, he ruled in favor of a contraception mandate that would require employers to offer health insurance plans that included contraception and sterilization. He also ruled in favor in a Jane Doe case wherein an undocumented immigrant teenager requested an abortion while in federal custody. Because of these cases, the pro-life movement have also criticized Kavanaugh’s nomination, saying that the circuit court judge isn’t ardent enough in the anti-abortion movement. March for Life, for example, argued that Kavanaugh lacked the “backbone� to overturn Roe v.

Wade. The American Family Association, a socially conservative pro-life organization, for example, denounced the nomination for not being more steadfast on behalf of the pro-life movement. “Judge Kavanaugh’s reasoning on religious liberty, Obamacare and issues concerning life have proven to be of major concern,� The AFA said in a statement calling for citizens to contact their senators to oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination. In order to be confirmed as a justice, Kavanaugh will need to garner 51 votes from the Senate. Senate Democrat Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York vowed that “I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have.� Schumer added, “Enormously important issues hang in the balance. The right of workers to organize, the pernicious influence of dark money in our policy, the right of Americans to marry whom they love, the right to vote.� Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who blocked former President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016, expressed approval of Kavanaugh’s nomination but worries that the road to confirmation will be a tough one. (Klarize Medenilla/AJPress)

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that prohibits state officials from helping federal agents enforce certain immigration practices. U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez of the Eastern District of California on Wednesday, July 4 declined to block SB 54, the state’s sanctuary state bill, in a 60-page ruling in which he said, “[The] Plaintiff’s (the Trump administration) argument that SB 54 makes immigration enforcement far more burdensome begs the question: more burdensome than what?� Mendez ruled that the state may prohibit its law enforcement from aiding federal agents, saying that the “laws make enforcement more burdensome

than it would be if state and local law enforcement provided immigration officers with their assistance. But refusing to help is not the same as impeding.� SB 54, which was authored by state Senate President pro Tempore and senatorial candidate Kevin de Leon, was signed into law in October by Gov. Jerry Brown. The law also protects unauthorized immigrants who live in cities that have established their own sanctuary policies like Los Angeles and San Francisco. Earlier this year, the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against the state in which it was seeking an injunction to halt the state from enacting SB

54; many jurisdictions within the state, including Huntington Beach and other Orange County cities, sided with the Trump administration and joined the lawsuit. After Mendez’s ruling, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra celebrated the court’s decision in “ruling against federal government overreach.� “The Constitution gives the people of California, not the Trump Administration, the power to decide how we will provide for our public safety and general welfare,� Becerra said in a statement. “California’s laws work in concert — not in conflict — with federal law.� (Klarize Medenilla/AJPress)

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Poe, Cayetano top Senate bets; Sara Duterte ranks 4th by HELEN


MANILA — Four women topped the latest senatorial survey conducted by Pulse Asia, with Sen. Grace Poe leading the probable winners for the 2019 midterm elections. Pulse Asia said 13 of 58 individuals included in the poll had a statistical chance of winning, based on the survey taken from June 15 to 21. Poe took the solo lead, garnering 67.4 percent of votes of 1,800 registered voters nationwide. Taguig City Rep. Pia Cayetano came in second with a voter preference of 55.7 percent. Sen. Cynthia Villar garnered 50.1 percent voter preference that translates to a statistical ranking of 3rd to 4th. She was followed by presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio with 46.2 percent level of support, obtaining a statistical ranking of 3rd to 5th. Sen. Sonny Angara was ranked 4th to 8th with 41.9 percent voter preference. Other probable winners were former senator Jinggoy Estrada (37.9 percent), Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Ronald dela Rosa (37.7 percent) and Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III (37.7 percent), all of whom were ranked 5th to 12th. Sen. Nancy Binay obtained 37.1 percent with a statistical ranking of

Pulse Asia said 13 of 58 individuals included in the poll had a statistical chance of winning, based on the survey taken from June 15 to 21.

6th to 12th places. Binay was followed by former senator Sergio Osmeña (36.6 percent), former senator Lito Lapid (36.2 percent) and Sen. JV Ejercito (35.6 percent), who all have a statistical ranking of 6th to 13th places. Sen. Paolo Benigno Aquino IV garnered 32.1 percent of votes, obtaining a ranking of 10th to 16th places. Meanwhile, with about 11 months to go before the midterm elections, a small majority of Filipinos or 55 percent already have a complete slate for the senatorial race, Pulse Asia said. Majority figures were recorded in virtually all geographic areas and socio-economic groupings (55

to 63 percent and 54 to 59 percent, respectively), with the rest of Luzon being the only exception at 47 percent, the pollster said. The non-commissioned survey has sampling error margin of plus or minus two percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level. The filing of certificates of candidacy for the May 2019 midterm elections starts on the first week of October. Poe said she was grateful for the trust of Filipinos. “The survey is about trust and approval for public service that ought to be felt, especially by the poor. It is also the people’s affirmation for the work of the women in politics,” Poe said. ■

Demolition of structures on Boracay wetlands starts by RHODINA


MANILA — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has started the demolition of structures sitting on wetlands in Boracay, an environment official said. Jonas Leones, DENR undersecretary for policy, planning and international affairs, said a team began its demolition work with a workers’ dormitory that has been vacated. More structures, he added, would be destroyed as soon as the government finds decent relocation sites where affected residents and workers could be transferred.

The DENR earlier issued notices to several establishments occupying a wetland area. Aside from the demolitions, Leones said the DENR is also engaging companies for a project to adopt the wetlands in Boracay. These groups are reportedly interested in helping restore the wetlands, or the land areas that could serve as catch basin and may prevent flooding, to its former condition. “The companies, as part of their corporate social responsibility, will engage in efforts to clean up, rehabilitate and secure the wetlands,” Leones added. The DENR lamented that Boracay is rich in biodiversity but is

now threatened by unsustainable tourism practices. This prompted the agency to declare a 750-hectare portion of the island as a critical habitat to protect and conserve the habitats of threatened flying foxes, insect bats, marine turtles and other species found on the island. President Duterte ordered Boracay closed to the public for six months starting April 26 to give way to rehabilitation activities. When the island reopens for tourism and commercial activities, a group of hotels in Boracay will also incorporate sustainable measures in their day-to-day operations.

KIDS BEING KIDS. Children at the Baseco Compound, one of the most populated areas in the metropolis, enjoy playing on top of large concrete drainage pipes in Tondo, Manila on Tuesday, July 10. PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan

Senators seek probe of Chinese plane stops, TV shows by ALEXIS


MANILA — The Senate minority bloc wants an inquiry launched immediately to determine if the successive “technical stops” of Chinese military aircraft in Davao City’s airport violated the constitutional prohibition on the presence of foreign troops in the country. Led by Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, opposition senators filed Senate Resolution 779 to find out from the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) whether landings of Chinese military aircraft were covered by a treaty or any legally binding agreement between Manila and Beijing. “The successive occurrence of Chinese military planes making technical stops in Davao City raises the question of whether the Constitution’s proscription against the presence of foreign troops in the country is being violated by the Duterte administration,” the opposition senators said. Other members of the bloc are Sens. Leila de Lima, Risa Hontiveros, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, Francis Pangilinan and Antonio Trillanes IV. In their five-page resolution, the senators said the Philippines has

no existing treaty with China on the use of the country’s military and civilian facilities by Chinese military aircraft. “The circumstances of the Chinese military aircraft landing in Davao are giving rise to speculations that the use by the Chinese military of Davao City’s airport facilities is a personal favor granted by the President to China,” they said. Last June 8, a Chinese military plane landed at the Davao City International Airport purportedly to “refuel” after it was, according to Special Assistant Christopher Go, “received, processed and cleared” by concerned Philippine government agencies. On June 24, another Chinese aircraft was allowed to land and refuel in Davao City, prompting Duterte’s spokesman Harry Roque to assure the public the necessary protocols were followed in the latest “technical stop” of the foreign plane. However, Trillanes cited information from sources that it was not the first time a Chinese plane landed in Davao City, raising questions whether protocols were followed or if there was an attempt to hide the incident from the public. The minority senators stressed the Senate should conduct an in-

vestigation in view of China’s aggressive island-building and militarization in the West Philippine Sea as well as its taking control over Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal. “There is a need to clarify the role of the DND and the AFP in approving, monitoring and overseeing the transit, passage, presence and use of the Philippine facilities by foreign military aircraft,” they said. They also wanted to find out whether the approval or acquiescence of the President alone to the presence of foreign military aircraft, troops or naval vessels within the Philippine territory is enough to permit or allow their presence. The bloc also sought an immediate investigation into the propriety of the Duterte administration’s plan to air Filipino-dubbed Chinese shows and movies on the state-run People’s Television Network (PTV4) starting this August. In filing Senate Resolution 780, they urged the appropriate committees in the Senate to look into the government’s plan to air Chinese shows which they believe may be “an insidious agenda” to advance the propaganda of the Chinese Communist Party. They said the airing of Chinese PAGE A9


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Killings don’t justify martial law – senators by Jefferson


SENATORS in the majority bloc on Monday, July 9, dismissed speculation that the spate of killings of local government officials could be part of a plan to create an environment of lawlessness to justify the declaration of martial law nationwide. Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd said incidents of killings of local officials were not new given intense local politics in some areas of the country. “It (killings) has been happening even during and after the martial law era, that is how intense local politics in our country is,” Sotto told reporters. Malacañang also said the killings could be attributed to the forthcoming 2019 midterm elections. Critics of the Duterte administration, such as the Liberal Party president, Sen. Francis Pangilinan, have warned about the possibility of nationwide martial law amid the series of assassinations of local chief executives and Catholic priests. Three local government officials were killed last week, the latest of which was Vice Mayor Alex Lubigan of Trece Martires, Cavite. Police are still investigating the killings of Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili, who was shot while attending the city’s flag raising ceremony, and Mayor Ferdinand Bote of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija. Sotto said it was unlikely for President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law based on recent incidents.

“The atmosphere does not call for it (declaration of martial law)” Sotto said. “We can’t help but have people think that, because they have their own views on the what’s happening.” Sen. Aquilino Pimentel 3rd said that while declaring martial law was in the realm of possibilities, it was improbable that Duterte had allowed the killings just to justify it. “No way that lives will be sacrificed just so the President can impose martial law nationwide. Hindi po tayo ganyan at hindi rin ganyan ang presidente po natin (We are not like that and the President is not like that),” Pimentel said. Pimentel said the spate of killings was a matter that should be addressed by the Philippine National Police (PNP). “This is a police matter. Maybe we have failed in selecting police leadership or maybe the new chief PNP should prove his worth,” he said, referring to Director General Oscar Albayalde. Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said the killings could be attributed to the “political season” in the run-up to next year’s elections. It cannot be concluded that the local officials were killed because they were in the “narco-list” of government officials allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade. “What we are saying is, there is no system, no pattern (to the killings),” he told reporters. “The more plausible explanation behind this is, it’s really political season in the Philippines,” Roque said. Roque said the Commission on Elections was looking into impos-

ing the gun ban for a longer period, instead of during the campaign period only. He reiterated that there was no reason for Duterte to declare a martial law following the killings “Senator Pangilinan is a lawyer himself. He should know that even if there is lawlessness there cannot be a nationwide imposition of martial law. I think that’s what he was driving at,” Roque said. “Martial law is only for rebellion or invasion…No matter how many are killed, if there is no rebellion or invasion, we do not have any reason to declare martial law nationwide,” he added. PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde said investigators were pursuing a “good lead” on the death Bote, but clarified that there was no political angle. “The good lead is not referring to [politics]but we are not discounting that possibility since we all know the political atmosphere of Nueva Ecija,” he said. In previous elections, towns in Nueva Ecija were listed among election hotspots because of election-related violence. Chief Supt. Amador Corpus, police regional director of Central Luzon, previously said they are looking at business and political issues as possible motives behind the killing. Albayalde also said Bote was not on the narco-list. Rep. Luis Ferrer of Cavite has offered a P200,000 reward to whoever can identify those responsible for the killing of Lubigan and his driver Romulo Guillemer. This was confirmed by the Cavite provincial police director, Senior Supt. Willie Segun, in a

MARKER UNVEILING. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino (right) and Joint Inter-agency Task Force West (JIATF WEST) Liaison Mark Everson lead the ceremonial unveiling of the building marker of PDEA ARMM Office at the PDEA headquarters in Quezon City on Tuesday, July 10. JIATF West, through the US Drug Enforcement Agency, has been helping PDEA in planning and executing counterdrug and advanced law enforcement trainings. PNA photo by Joey O. Razon

news conference on Monday. Segun said three persons of interest had been identified. Police will file multiple cases for murder, frustrated murder and attempted murder against the suspects, he said. The mayor of Trece Martires, Melandres de Sagun, is not among the persons of interest, he said. Investigators are eyeing politics as motive but are not discounting other angles such as business and personal motives. The vehicle of the suspects, a black Toyota pick-up without a plate number, was last seen in Barangay Malainen, Indang, Cavite based on security footage.

‘China testing electronic warfare’ by pAolo


MANILA — China has been conducting electronic warfare tests using hardware installed in its military outposts in the disputed South China Sea. Quoting sources who have seen U.S. intelligence data, CNBC News reported that the testing was the first known use of the electronic warfare assets since the deployment of the equipment earlier this year in its fortified outposts, including Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) and Panganiban (Mischief) Reefs, both claimed by the Philippines. “The move (testing) allows Beijing to further project its power in the hotly disputed waters. The placement of electronic warfare assets, which are designed to confuse or disable communications and radar systems, comes on the heels of China’s installation of anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three outposts in the South China Sea,” CNBC reported. While the Philippines won its case before the arbitral tribunal in 2016 contesting China’s ninedash claim over the South China Sea, the Duterte administration is treating Beijing “with kid gloves over the dispute.” President Duterte said the country cannot afford to go to war with China over the dispute, explaining that a lot could be gained economically with a peaceful resolution. Earlier, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International

Studies warned it would only be a matter of time before China deploys fighter jets to its artificial islands built over Philippineclaimed territories. The AMTI said the deployment of fighter aircraft in Philippineclaimed territories is expected to expand Beijing’s capability to project power. The AMTI said recent developments at the Kagitingan Reef, Zamora (Subi) Reef and Panganiban (Mischief) Reef or the “Big Three” followed similar military deployments in the China-occupied portions of the disputed Paracel Islands. From harbor dredging and runway improvements to hangar and radar construction, upgrades at Woody Island in the Paracels “have served as a blueprint for things to come on China’s Spratly holdings in the south,” the AMTI said. It said China has repeatedly deployed J-10 and J-11 fighter jets to Woody Island, and in late October 2017, the Chinese military released images and video of J-11Bs on Woody for exercises. It also noted that just like in Woody Island, Chinese anti-ship cruise missiles, military transport aircraft, surface-to-air missile systems and jamming equipment on Kagitingan, Zamora and Panganiban Reefs are present in the South China Sea. “With similar platforms now seen on the Big Three, it is reasonable to look at other recent Woody Island deployments as signs of things to come at Fiery Cross, Mischief and Subi Reefs,” the AMTI said.

SC junks case vs House over ‘Ilocos 6’ detention MANILA — The Supreme Court on Tuesday, July 10, junked Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos’ petition over the case of the six provincial government employees, dubbed as the “Ilocos Six,” who were earlier detained at the House of Representatives, for being moot and academic. SC spokesperson Theodore Te said in a statement that the court “dismissed the omnibus petition for habeas corpus, prohibition, injunctive relief, and Amparo as against the show cause order issued by respondent Committee of the House of the Representatives.” In July last year, Marcos elevated the case of the then-detained employees known as the “Ilocos Six” to the high court. The daughter of the late dictator asked for a protection order from the high tribunal as, she said, the House has ignored the order from the Court of Appeals to temporary release the provincial government employees. The “Ilocos Six”—a tag reminiscent of labels for political prisoners—were held in detention after they were cited in contempt for refusing to answer questions on the inquiry into the local government’s alleged misuse of the tobacco excise taxes.

Named as respondents are House Majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas, House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability Chair Johnny Pimentel and Sergeant-at-Arms of the House Roland Detabali. The SC, in ruling on the case, junked the plea for habeas corpus as the government employees were already released. Te also said that the SC did not find that there was grave abuse of discretion committed by the respondents in the case. “The writ of Amparo will not lie as there is no legal or factual justification therefore in the absence of an extralegal killing or an enforced disappearance of threats thereof,” Te added. A writ of amparo as defined by the SC “is a remedy available to any person whose right to life, liberty and security is violated or threatened with violation by an unlawful act or omission of a public official or employee, or of a private individual or entity. It covers extralegal killings and enforced disappearances or threats thereof.” The release of the six employees was ordered on July 25 last year after they responded to the lawmakers’ questions involving the tobacco excise tax issue. (Kristine Joy Patag/

MAYOR MOURNED Gina Halili, the widow of Mayor Antonio Halili, is consoled by her relatives during mass at the Saint John the Evangelist Parish Church in Tanauan City, Batangas. The mayor, who was gunned down on July 2, was buried on Sunday, July 8. photo by Andrea De La Cruz

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Incentive benefit for OFW’s bigger in 2017 by MAYVELIN


DISBURSEMENTS under a voluntary provident program for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) saw double-digit growth last year, the Social Security System (SSS) said on Sunday, July 8. In a statement, the state-run pension fund said it paid out P17.38 million in Annual Incentive Benefits (AIB) under the Flexi Fund program to more than 47,000 OFW members in 2017, up 12.13 percent from a year earlier. SSS President and CEO Emmanuel Dooc said the number of qualified OFWs with active Flexi Fund accounts also grew by 9.87 percent to 47,284. Flexi Fund is a voluntary program that allows OFWs to save a portion of their incomes and maximize returns of their investment. It is offered exclusively to OFWs in addition to regular SSS benefits. Under the program, savings are sourced from payments not lower than P200 that are on top of required maximum SSS contributions. The money is invested in fixed income securities and interest rates are based on the average rates of the SSS’ photo

short-term placements or the 91-day Treasury bill, whichever is higher, and re-priced quarterly. “It is worth noting that our OFWs are making use of the Flexi Fund program wherein they can invest their savings, which will yield higher returns compared from saving it in the bank for a period of time,” Dooc said. The SSS chief also noted that members’ equity in 2017 amounted to P732.05 million while actual investment income reached P32.07 million, of which

P12.75 million was credited to members’ accounts as guaranteed earnings. Dooc said the AIB received by each qualified member depends on the Flexi Fund’s year-end net investment income and is distributed based on individual equity shares. It is granted to members with no full Flexi Fund withdrawals or benefit claims within the applicable year. The maximum AIB credited to a member’s account in 2017 reached P131,475 while the average AIB per individual was P368, the SSS said.

Philippines secures $2.43 million funding to build smart greenhouses by LOUISE


A memorandum of agreement was recently signed between the Department of Agriculture and the Korea Agency for Education, Promotion and Information Service in Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (EPIS) for the $2.43 million grant. photo


THE Philippines has secured $2.43 million in funding from South Korea to develop smart greenhouses which allow farmers to control temperature, humidity and soil moisture for optimal growth. A memorandum of agreement was recently signed between the Department of Agriculture and the Korea Agency for Education, Promotion and Information Service in Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (EPIS) for the $2.43 million grant. The project is aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of small and mid-sized farmers by establishing greenhouse technology for high-value added agro-product. It also aims to boost farmers’ in-

In the bank’s Global Focus Q3 2018 report, Stanchart economist for Asia Chidu Narayanan said the implementation of various infrastructure projects puts upside risks on its gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast of 6.7 percent for the Philippines this year. photo

Infrastructure seen to push GDP growth to 7% by LAWRENCE


THE Philippines is set to achieve a faster economic growth of close to seven percent due to the government’s massive infrastructure build up under the Build Build Build program, Standard Chartered Bank said. In the bank’s Global Focus Q3 2018 report, Stanchart economist for Asia Chidu Narayanan said the implementation of various infrastructure projects puts upside risks on its gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast of 6.7 percent for the Philippines this year.

He said “fuller implementation of planned projects could push growth close to seven percent.” “Infrastructure activity was much higher in Q1-2018 than in the same period last year, but slowed mildly from Q4-2017; we expect the pace to pick up. Operational issues at the district level and bureaucratic red tape persist,” Narayanan added. According to the economist, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) forecasts infrastructure spending to hit 6.3 percent of GDP in 2018 from an average of 2.7 percent from 2011 to 2015. Latest data showed infrastruc-

ture spending grew to four percent of GDP in the first quarter. The Duterte administration has committed to spend at least P8.4 trillion to ramp up infrastructure spending until 2022. The Philippines has booked 77 quarters of uninterrupted growth as the GDP growth accelerated to 6.8 percent in the first quarter from the revised 6.5 percent in the fourth quarter of last year. Economic managers through the Cabinet-level Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) have forecast a GDP growth of between seven and eight percent this year from 6.7 percent last year.

come by strengthening the distribution channel through co-branding activities and shipping their produce across the Philippines. The first 18 K-Smart greenhouses will be established in Benguet province to produce high value vegetables, especially tomatoes. “We have also committed that as soon as high value vegetable farmers confirm the effectiveness of the smart greenhouses in increasing their productivity, we will propose the inclusion of the program for more greenhouses in the 2020 budget of the DA,” Agriculture undersecretary Em-

manuel Pinol said. The agreement also covers the dispatch of Korean experts and farm consultants and the training and education of Filipinos in Korea, as well as exchange of research materials. The financial assistance followed the agriculture cooperation pact signed by the Philippines and South Korea during President Duterte’s recent visit. The deal aims to promote sustainable development that will help raise living standards in the farm sector. Other projects between the two countries include the P28 billion fruit supply with Korea’s biggest

supermarket chain, EMart for a period of three years. South Korean manufacturing firms are also interested in putting up an assembly plant in the country to help improve farm mechanization. The Korean Agricultural Machinery Industry Cooperative (KAMICO) needs a 50-hectare area for the assembly plant which will produce tractors and other farm machinery. The Bases Conversion Development Authority has already committed an area in Clark while the trade department is set to provide incentives to KAMICO.

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Cesspool no more

THE White Beach is clean and white again, and the cesspool is almost completely cleaned up. Boracay Island is on track to reopen to tourists as scheduled on Oct. 26, according to environment officials, with some reports saying the date could even be moved up. An earlier opening would naturally be welcomed by those who have lost jobs, livelihoods and profits as a result of the unprecedented shutdown of an entire island. The six-month shutdown, which began on April 26, displaced approximately 35,000 workers and is estimated to cost about P1.9 billion in economic losses. After the cleanup period is over, however, the challenge is to sustain it. The island is expected to continue drawing an increasing number of both local and foreign visitors, and the temptation to overdevelop the island will persist. It will require honest and competent management to prevent the abuse of the island’s environment. It will also require the full cooperation of local residents and those doing business on the island. Under new rules, all establishments with at least 50 rooms are now required to have their own

sewage treatment plants. Smaller establishments can pool their resources for clustered STPs. Establishments without STPs can be shut down. The water contamination around the island is no longer critical, according to environment officials. But several of the individuals who allowed Boracay to reach a state of calamity, as declared by President Duterte, still have supervision over various aspects of life on the island. The national government may have to set up a special body to oversee environmental protection and sustainable tourism in Boracay. With the cleanup winding down, authorities can also focus on other tourist destinations that are threatened by indiscriminate development, with little regard for the environment. There are several other such sites around the country, and they are also in a state of calamity or rapidly getting there. (


The Fil-Am Perspective GEL SANTOS-RELOS PRESIDENT Donald Trump has just appointed a second Supreme Court Nominee on the second year of his presidency after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement in June. Less than three months before the consequential midterm elections that may swing the balance of power in Congress, Trump immediately nominated conservative Brett Kavanaugh, 53, on Monday, July 9, in true Trump reality TV show fanfare. Kavanaugh is a judge on the D.C. Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, who worked with Special Prosecutor Ken Starr on the Monica Lewinsky investigation during the 1990s, during which, according to a Newsweek report, President Bill Clinton was almost impeached. As the New York Times reported, Justice Kennedy held the swing vote in many contentious cases on issues like abortion, affirmative action, gay rights and the death penalty. The Times said

Trump’s new SC justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh advocated for sitting president to be immune from criminal investigation “replacing him with a committed conservative, who could potentially serve for decades, will fundamentally alter the balance of the court and put dozens of precedents at risk.” Senate Majority Leader Republican Mitch McConnell hailed Kavanaugh’s appointment as a “superb choice” made by Trump, calling the judge a “superb nominee” In a statement, McConnell said, “Judge Kavanaugh has sterling academic credentials. He is widely admired for his intellect, experience, and exemplary judicial temperament. He has won the respect of his peers and is highly regarded throughout the legal community. And his judicial record demonstrates a firm understanding of the role of a judge in our Republic: Setting aside personal views and political preferences in order to interpret our laws as they are written.” With Republicans occupying 51 Senate seats and Democrats 49 seats, the GOP expects Kavanaugh to be confirmed by the Senate, unless some Republican


ANTONIO P. CONTRERAS THIS is not about an alliance between President Rodrigo Duterte, an incumbent, and former senator Bongbong Marcos, one who by all indications was denied his rightful place to become an incumbent. This refers to the emerging alliance between Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, one that this early may already be sending some people either into throes of ecstasy or suffering sleepless nights. Actually, an alliance between a Duterte and a Marcos is already naturally proven to be formidable, and it has a constituency that is real and not just imagined. There is reason to believe that it was the Marcos votes that provided President Duterte the necessary firewall to thwart any attempt to cheat him of victory in the May 2016 elections. An analysis of the election results reveals that the margin between the votes of President Duterte and his running mate Alan Peter Cayetano was so huge, even as the same is true with the margin between the votes of Bongbong Marcos and his presidential team mate Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. This would suggest that there were millions of Duterte-Marcos voters, or many Marcos voters, who photo

senators like Susan Collins of Maine, go against Trump’s nominee because of the threat of repealing Roe v. Wade, which gives women the right over their own body and reproductive system. BUT Kavanaugh will face fierce opposition among Democrats. “I will oppose Kavanaugh ‘with everything I’ve got,’” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed. In a statement, Schumer said, “In selecting Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, President Trump has put reproductive rights and freedoms and health care protections for millions of Americans on the judicial chopping block.” “His own writings make clear that he would rule against reproductive rights and freedoms, and that he would welcome challenges to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act” (Obamacare). Meanwhile, Vermont Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said, “The coming Senate debate over the replacement of retiring Supreme

Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is about the future of Roe v. Wade, campaign finance reform, voting rights, workers’ rights, health care, climate change, environmental protection and gun safety.” While we expected Trump to pick a conservative nominee as he promised during the presidential campaign, Democrats warn that Trump’s decision to nominate Kavanaugh from among 25 names on Trump’s list could be self-serving, especially in light of the Mueller investigation of the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections to discredit his opponent Hillary Clinton and help Trump win. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who heads the Russia probe, has already indicted several people, which includes Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. Mueller wants to question Trump, and the long negotiations are still ongoing, with the Trump team hoping to delay the president’s “participation”

despite his previous statement saying he would cooperate in the investigation because he is innocent and has nothing to hide. Democrats opine that Trump chose Kavanaugh primarily because of his advocacy that a sitting president should be immune from criminal investigation. Newsweek reported: “Writing for the Minnesota Law Review in 2012, in an article titled “Separation of Powers During the FortyFourth Presidency and Beyond,” Kavanaugh said his experience working for the Bush White House made him realize being president is “far more difficult than any other civilian position in government.” “It frankly makes being a member of Congress or the judiciary look rather easy by comparison,” Kavanaugh wrote. “The decisions a President must make are hard and often life-or-death, the pressure is relentless, the problems arise from all directions, the criticism is unremitting and personal, and at the end of the day only one person is responsible.” The Newsweek article further

stated “Kavanaugh acknowledges this is not the view he held in the 1990s when he was working towards President Clinton’s impeachment over the affair with Lewinsky, a White House intern. But he now believes, after working for over five years in the Bush White House, that Congress should pass a law giving presidents immunity from civil suits and criminal investigations and prosecutions until they leave office.” Sanders denounced Kavanaugh’s positions on the power of the presidency. “He believes a president can only be indicted after he leaves office and should not be subjected to civil suits while in office. I do not believe a person with those views should be given a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court.” *** 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, https://www.

A Marcos-Duterte alliance that rocks

did not carry Miriam and instead voted for Duterte. It can likewise be said that millions of Duterte supporters junked Cayetano and instead opted for Bongbong Marcos. Unfortunately for Bongbong, and unlike that of the President, this was not enough to make his lead beyond the reach of a massive electronically mediated cheating operation that came like a thief in the night. Nevertheless, there are also Duterte supporters who still abhor the Marcos brand, even as there is a much fewer number of Marcos supporters who do not support the President. But certainly, what is more exciting in the upcoming 2019 elections is the brewing alliance between Governor Imee and Mayor Sara, two strong women with powerful and compelling narratives, and both daughters of strong Presidents who generate highly polarized depictions of being either idolized or demonized, depending on which side one sits in the political divide. The narratives of Ferdinand Marcos and Rodrigo Duterte will definitely loom big over an alliance between Imee and Sara. There is no doubt that supporters will deploy the image of the strong and effective leadership of Presidents Marcos and Duterte, even as it is almost a certainty that critics will harp on the authoritarian streaks of both men. Genetics and inherited traits, from the good to the bad, will be given much focus by supporters and detractors alike.

However, it will be most unfair to imprison the narratives of Imee and Sara in the images of their fathers and their surnames. These two women have proven their mettle in public service and have carried their own brands of leadership that may not necessarily mirror those of their fathers. Imee as governor of Ilocos Norte and Sara as mayor of Davao City are intelligent women leaders who have shown records of good governance. Imee runs her office with the typical affability of what many describe as a “babaeng bakla” that endears her to her constituents. She has a charming sense of humor and a down-to-earth personality that easily disarms. Sara runs Davao with a different kind of charm, and a little bit of pleasant aggressiveness, clearly manifested for example when she once smacked the face of a sheriff. She also has the ability to put her father in his place, like when she recently advised people not to take the President seriously on matters of religion since he is not a priest, pastor or imam. Sara Duterte-Carpio formed a new political party, the Hugpong ng Pagbabago, and has recently confirmed the alliance between her party with Imee Marcos. This alliance is further reinforced by the fact that Sara’s Hugpong will begin its nationwide recruitment of members in Ilocos Norte, Imee’s bailiwick. The political optics of an Imee Marcos-Sara Duterte-Carpio alli-

ance creates a compelling narrative of a north-south partnership that will cultivate the already well-grounded constituency composed of the millions of DuterteMarcos voters and supporters. The geopolitical basis for the partnership resonates nationally even if the main actors are local officials. What is interesting about this alliance is that Imee and Sara appear to be at odds with the two leaders of the House of Representatives. It is not a secret that Imee Marcos had a spat with Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas, while Sara Duterte-Carpio has a history of conflict with Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. It will be interesting to watch how the Marcos-Duterte alliance will engage Fariñas and Alvarez, who are both members of the PDP-Laban, and their allies both locally in Ilocos Norte and in Davao, respectively, as well as in the national political realignments. It is also going to be interesting to watch how PDPLaban will be affected by this alliance, further complicated by the fact that the President himself is reported to be forming his own party separate from Sara’s Hugpong. What is equally exciting to watch out for is how the alliance of these two women will impact those who accuse President Duterte of misogyny. From using the hashtag #Everywoman to the now globally recognized and award-winning, at least by Time magazine standards, hashtag

President Rodrigo Duterte greets former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. on the sidelines of his attendance at the Sangyaw Festival of Lights held in Tacloban City, Leyte on last June 29. Malacañang photo by Ace Morandante

#BabaeAko, anti-Duterte women campaigners, who happen to be also strongly anti-Marcos, have painted an inclusive discourse of standing up for women. With the emergence of an Imee MarcosSara Duterte-Carpio alliance, the women behind #BabaeAko will be forced to lay down their cards in relation to how they will position their politics in the face of two strong women asserting themselves in a male-dominated world of Philippine politics, considering that these are daughters of men they hate and demonize. It is on the manner how #BabaeAko will react to Imee and Sara that they will be tested if they are indeed pro-women, or that they are mere-

ly partisan feminists, and that it is not the gender of Imee and Sara that matters to them but their fathers’. In the end, an Imee MarcosSara Duterte-Carpio alliance is an exciting political development. A Marcos-Duterte alliance in 2019 may just plant the seed of a Marcos-Duterte tandem in 2022. If it does develop into such a thing, and regardless of who ends up on top of the ticket, this will certainly be a challenge both to the male-dominated Philippine politics and to the feminist movement in the country. It will also challenge those who support President Duterte but hate the Marcos brand. (

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Diokno: Peso weakness a ‘net win’

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THE weakening of the Philippine peso, one of Asia’s worst performing currencies so far this year, is a “net win” for the country, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said Tuesday, July 10, amid concerns over the local currency’s slump. According to Diokno, the depreciation of the peso is expected to benefit overseas Filipino workers, the business process outsourcing industry and the country’s exports. “A weak peso does not mean a weak economy,” Diokno told ANC’s “Headstart.” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to keep his country’s growth engine humming by spending more than P8 trillion on infrastructure has been fueling demand for imports of construction-related goods. The heightened purchase of capital goods overseas due to the infrastructure boom has reversed the country’s current account surplus to a deficit, pressuring the peso. The Philippines’ trade deficit in May rose to a five-month photo

high of $3.70 billion driven by double-digit growth in imports. However, exports fell for a fifth consecutive month in May. Meanwhile, remittances in the first four months of 2018 hit $9.353 billion, 3.5 percent more than the $9.036-billion inflows received in the same period in 2017 but below the central bank’s 4 percent growth projection for this year. Export revenues in BPO services grew 7.5 percent to $5.5 billion in the first three months of

2018 from 9.9 percent in the first quarter last year. The peso on Tuesday closed P53.46 against the greenback, weaker than its P53.4-per-dollar finish last Monday. Year-to-date, the local unit has depreciated by more than 7 percent against the U.S. dollar. Some economists believe rising inflation, which jumped 5.2 percent in June, cancels out any gains from a weaker peso by eroding consumers’ purchasing power.

BSP evaluating banks’ compliance with EMV technology by lawrence


THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has started assessing the full compliance of banks with the mandated shift to the Europay, Mastercard, visa (EMv) technology after the June 30 deadline. BSP Deputy Governor Chuchi Fonacier said the central bank would sanction banks that failed to fully comply with the transition to the EMv technology as the June 30 deadline was not extended. “There are banks that are almost compliant, but there are also banks that were left behind,” she said. EMv is the global security standard for payment transactions that is more secure than a magneticstripe card wherein stored information is static and can be copied with relative ease and cloned by fraudsters. Full compliance constitutes completion of all EMv-related activities from upgrading or enhancement of back-end processes and systems, ATM and point of sales (POS) terminals to the replacement of magnetic stripe credit as well as debit or prepaid cards, including distribution of

EMv-compliant cards. According to Fonacier, the BSP has given banks enough time to comply with the mandated shift to the EMv technology. As early as 2013, the BSP had ordered banks to shift to the EMv technology through the enhanced information technology risk management. All BSP-supervised financial institutions were given until January last year to migrate to EMv technology to drastically reduce, if not totally eliminate, fraud due to card skimming and counterfeiting as the new technology provides cardholders better protection from unauthorized access to their accounts. However, issues hounded the shift to the EMv technology, prompting the BSP to issue Memorandum 2017 – 019 to accelerate full migration of the entire payment systems network to EMv technology and setting the deadline to June 30. Fonacier said the review would be based on the level of compliance of banks. Aside from banks, BSP Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr. had said clients should cooperate to fully

BSP Deputy Governor Chuchi Fonacier said the central bank would sanction banks that failed to fully comply with the transition to the EMV technology as the June 30 deadline was not extended. photo

complete the migration to the safer and more secure EMv technology. “As far as we are concerned, if a bank has completed and has made ready all of the cards, given due notice to its customers, but on June 30 some customers have not claimed yet, to us we can look at that as substantial compliance already because they have done what they are supposed to do,” Espenilla said. The BSP chief explained customers have to physically go to their branches, update their information and change their personal identification number (PIN).

“I am still very optimistic,” PEZA director general Charito Plaza said when asked if there would be growth in investments registered with the photo by Michael Varcas agency this year.

PEZA remains optimistic on investment growth by louella


INvESTMENT promotion agency Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) remains upbeat that investments in economic zones this year will grow, even as investors have adopted a wait-and-see attitude given the proposed second tax package that would rationalize incentives being offered by government. “I am still very optimistic,” PEZA director general Charito Plaza said when asked if there would be growth in investments registered with the agency this year. She said while investors are on a wait-and-see given uncertainties on the outcome of the second package of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), the PEZA continues to assure investors it would push for the re-

tention of incentives. “We are urging our current investors to give us their trust and confidence because PEZA, for one, is really fighting that we will retain the incentives they have been enjoying and even increase and add more incentives because we want industries to be spread in the countryside,” she said. The proposed second package of the government’s tax reform seeks to reduce the corporate income tax rates in the country, while rationalizing the fiscal incentives system. Plaza said PEZA is also encouraged by the support provided by the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) which groups all leagues of local government units and locally elected government officials. “They (ULAP) passed a resolution which says they’re appealing

to the president and to Congress to exempt PEZA from the TRAIN Law, TRAIN 2, to let it continue with its promotion of investments to the countryside, to the LGUs (local government units),” she said. She said ULAP has provided copies of the resolution to members of Congress. “I know Congress, both the Senate and the House, will also give some considerations to let us not be too drastic in removing the incentives and imposing new taxes,” she said. Latest data available showed investment pledges registered with the PEZA fell 58.6 percent to P39.09 billion in the January to April period from P94.39 billion in the same period last year. Investment pledges with the PEZA reached P237.57 billion last year, 8.89 percent higher than the P218.18 billion in 2016.

Senators seek probe of Chinese plane stops, TV... PAGE A5 t government propaganda in the state-run media organization signifies what they described as a “clear and present danger of Chinese domination” in the Philippines. Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jinhua announced the planned airing of Chinese programs on PTv-4 last June 14. The senators said the airing of these Chinese shows may subtly inculcate among Filipinos the authoritarian, one-party state, anti-democratic and atheist ideology and principles of the Chinese

Communist Party. They said the government’s plan might ultimately destroy the Filipino’s democratic, pro-people and religious culture and identity due to the continued tolerance and leniency of the government to Chinese intervention in the public’s political and economic lives. The senators said the state should guarantee at all times a proper balance of information and news dissemination in the country, especially using the governmentowned media network. PTv-4 is mandated to give due priority to television programs that

foster patriotism and nationalism in every Filipino and not to “pollute” the airwaves with propaganda of a foreign government like China, they said. Under Republic Act 7306, also known as the “Charter of the People’s Television Network, Incorporated,” PTv-4 is mandated to “develop the broadcasting industry as a medium for development, promotion and advancement of Filipino nationalism, culture and values that serve as an instrument in the struggle for Filipino sovereignty, identity, national unity and integration.” n

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Joel de la Fuente onstage as Gordon Hirabayashi in ‘Hold These Truths’ With the current trend and issues about immigration in the United States today, it is essential that the message of holding on to one’s Constitutional rights as an American citizen — regardless of race or color — be defended. this is clearly what “hold these truths” is about. Written by Jeanne Sakata, “hold these truths” is an inspiring true story following Gordon hirabayashi, a Japanese-American student who fought internment to a relocation camp during World War ii. it chronicles hirabayashi’s journey from college in Seattle all the way to the Supreme Court. Directed by Lisa Rothe, “hold these truths” shares

the story of a young man who passionately defends his Constitutional rights against an unexpected adversary: his own country. “hold these truths” will be making its Northern California debut via theatreWorks Silicon Valley with Filipino-American actor Joel de la Fuente starring as hirabayashi, who also starred in the solo play’s world premiere in 2007 at East West Players in Los Angeles. in 2012, the play made its Off Broadway premiere at Epic theatre Company, in which de la Fuente received a 2013 Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance. this is not de la Fuente’s first foray in acting, though this makes his theatreWorks debut as hirabayashi. he has been seen in movies and on many tV shows such as “Madam Secretary,” “hemlock Grove,” “Nurse Jackie” “hawaii 5-O,” “ER,” “Red Sparrow,” and “the Adjustment Bureau” to name a few. he has also performed throughout the U.S. at theatres including the New York Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, the Public theater and others. The Asian Journal was fortunate enough to do an email interview with de la Fuente to share his life as an actor and

views about relevant “hold these truths” today: AJ: How did you get started into acting? What made you decide to pursue it as a career/profession? i’ve always thought that the theater is a magical place. And i love the idea of portraying other people, of trying to transform myself into someone else. But part of wanting to be a professional actor is also related to being Asian American. i wanted to try and be someone who could help expand the idea of who we were and what we could be within the media. People should see themselves represented onstage, on film, on tV. We’re a part of this culture and we should be included as an essential part of it. that is absolutely a motivation in what i do. AJ: Why did you accept the role of Gordon Hirabayashi and how relevant is his story and the play in our present time? When Lisa presented me with Jeanne’s script to read in 2009, i was shocked that i had never heard of Gordon. As someone who prided myself on my Asian American heritage, how could i have no knowledge of this man, an American

hero? it felt that his story was one that was essential to share. Every American should know who Gordon is. today, almost ten years later, his story is more relevant than ever. AJ: Having talked to a number of Asian Pacific Islanders — mostly FilipinoAmericans — artists, they shared their struggles about starting in an industry that has limited opportunities for minorities and people of color. Can you share your experience/s and challenges especially when you were just starting in acting? it’s hard to identify all the things that made me feel unwelcome as an actor of color. it’s institutional. it’s cultural. Growing up, it was the absence of faces that looked like mine, and in the few instances where i did see people who looked like me, they were often represented in ways that were reductive, stereotypical, alien to the dominant culture. in my life growing up, i was constantly coming up against this feeling that i was not being seen or accepted as an American. if you’re not being accepted for who you feel you are in your actual experience, how would you ever be believed to be

Joel de la Fuente stars in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s 2018/2019 season opener, the regional premiere of Jeanne Sakata’s “Hold These Truths.” Inspired by the life of Gordon Hirabayashi, “Hold These Truths,” directed by Lisa Rothe, plays July 11-Aug. 5 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto. Photos by Kevin Berne

other characters you desired to portray? it creates an insidious layer of self-apology. And that makes it hard to do good work. it makes it hard to own the difficult choice to follow the path of an artist. AJ: Your roles in TV, film and stage is diverse. What are the differences of each area, and which do you feel most connected to the audience? For me, the only time i really feel connected to an audience is in the theater. Without them, there is nothing. the entire intention is to actively share with the community that has come together. in film and television, i find that i try to be much more private in what i am doing. i am telling my character’s own, private story and trusting the camera to come in and convey that to people who will watch it later, in my absence. they often involve the same tools and skills, but the focus is a little different. they can each be tremendously gratifying in

their own specific ways, but the sharing aspect of the theater is special. AJ: What would be your advice to Filipino-American artists who are still trying to build a career in acting, whether on TV, film or onstage? So much is out of your control so do your best to attend to the things you can control. Be ferocious about cultivating the reasons (and skills) you “love” about acting. Build and maintain a community of supportive, likeminded artists. Learn how to create your own work. treat your career choice like a marathon, not a sprint: have patience, work hard, and try your best to enjoy the process. “hold these truths” will be presented July 11 to August 5, 2018 at the Lucie Stern theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto. For tickets ($40-$100) and more information, please visit or call (650) 463-1960. (AJPress)

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is compatible with their visa or whether the person is inadmissible for some reason, such as a criminal history or for having an intent incompatible with their visa. Non-immigrants who are denied admission to the Atty. Devin M. Connolly United States, as well as those MANY people have been who are caught trying to the saddened over the last few enter the United States withweeks when they saw the out authorization, do have the way that immigrants were option of requesting asylum. treated upon their arrival in A person makes a request for the United States. Children asylum when they are afraid have been separated from that they will be harmed if their parents, people have they are forced to return to struggled to present their their native country. Applicases for asylum with limited cants with this subjective fear time and resources, and there of returning to their home been have general feelings of country should clearly express fear and chaos surrounding their fear and should then be issues at the border. paroled into the U.S for an inThere have been protests terview to determine whether throughout the U.S. over the they have a viable claim. Trump administration’s “zero The applicant should tolerance” policy, but there notify CBP of their fear of are still so many things we return at the port-of-entry, do not know, such as what is or at the time they are apactually happening to chilprehended if they have atdren after their parents are tempted to enter the United deported. It is important to States at a location other try and become familiar with than an official port-of-enthe process in general when try. The result will likely be a foreign national is trying to a period of civil immigration enter the United States. detention before an interview Foreign nationals will be by an asylum officer. While inspected upon their arin custody the person will be rival at a legal place of entry, able to contact family and officially referred to as a representatives. Of course, port-of-entry. It is during the prospect of detention is this inspection that an ofnot anyone’s idea of fun. It is ficer from U.S. Customs and essential that only those with Border Protection (CBP) will credible and actual fear of make the decision whether return to their home country to admit the foreign national raise such a claim. Frivolous to the United States. Many or non-meritorious claims will people are shocked to learn result in detention followed that travelers with valid visas by deportation and will not are sometimes denied entry benefit in any way. to the United States after The rights of returning long journeys. It is important lawful permanent residents to remember that a visa is are far more robust than not a guarantee of admission those of nonimmigrants and to the United States. Rather, those who do not have a visa every traveler seeking entry at all. The returning permais subject to inspection at the nent resident always retains port-of-entry. It is CBP’s func- the right to request to see tion to determine whether an immigration judge. This the traveler’s purpose in request to see an immigracoming to the United States tion judge will result in the

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returning resident being allowed to enter the United States so that a judge will be able to decide their case. It is important for the returning resident to remember it is their right to see a judge and to assert this right when necessary. It is generally not advisable for a foreign national to agree to return to their native country with the belief that they will be able to lawfully return in the near future. Unfortunately, returning to the United States after deportation, or perhaps even after a person requests to withdraw their application for admission and leave “voluntarily,” may not ever be possible. It is true that immigrants attempting to enter the United States do generally have less rights and protections than people who are already living in the United States. However, that does not necessarily mean that deportation is automatic because certain rights and options do still exist, even for those people who have attempted to enter the United States without authorization. If you or a loved one is concerned you might be refused admission (or have been refused admission), it is recommended that you speak with a reputable and experienced immigration attorney to determine the best options for your case. *** Reeves Miller Zhang & Diza is one of the oldest, largest and most experienced immigration firms in the United States with offices in Pasadena, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Manila and China. Telephone: (800) 795-8009 E-mail: website:

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Summer is here! everybody’s heading to the beach and we all know the ‘scenery’ during beach season, don’t we? Now, don’t you go bailing on some summer fun just because you don’t feel confident wearing a swimsuit. Besides, after your hashtag #balikalindog project failed (for the nth time this year), this is the best moment to get your groove back again and achieve your ultimate ‘summer bod’ goals! I’ve rounded up six ‘realistically-achievable’ ways to help you start: • If you don’t have time to work out, make time I know this is easier said than

done but you have to start if you want to have a bikini body this summer. my tip is to try working out in the morning to get your metabolism revved up for the rest of the day. Commit to a workout routine that you’re comfortable with and stick to it! Once you’ve built the habit, perform exercises that use more than one muscle group such as squats, pushups,

rows, and lunges in a circuit to make your workouts most efficient. Again: make time for exercise, no excuses! • Manage your appetite for unhealthy foods by using an app This is one of the many benefits of modern technology, and I am not just talking about diosa (goddess)transforming filters that you Continued on Page SF4


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Ellen Adarna’s lawyer confirms birth of her child with John Lloyd Cruz

By Ferdie Villar There had been a lot of speculations whether or not actress ellen Adarna has given birth to her first child with John Lloyd Cruz. After all, the recent report about the said birth was called out by the actor as “fake news.” however, Atty. rebo Saguisag, the actress’ lawyer has confirmed that ellen already gave birth in Cebu last June 27. Atty. Saguisag told reporters about the actress’ continued non-appearance in court hearings for child abuse and cyber crime cases filed against her by Myra Abo Santos, the mother of the 17-year-old girl, who was accused by ellen as a paparazzi on social media. “Mahirap ibiyahe eh,” the lawyer said in an interview with the media. “It’s a matter of days pa lang, mahirap ibiyahe ‘yung sanggol.” Atty. Saguisag went to the Pasig Prosecutor’s Office last Monday, July 9, to submit a counter-affidavit against the cases filed at his client. he

Actor Ricky Davao has returned to GMA 7/Pinoy TV in the well-liked primetime series, “Inday Will Always Love You.

vehemently denied any delaying tactics in the proceedings, except that for her client to be able to have a safe delivery. he also said that ellen is willing to face all charges in court. “Gusto nga niyang humarap, eh. It will give time for us to file a rejoinder. ‘Yun po ang sagot sa reply kung sakali,” he said. The next hearing is scheduled for July 16, but according to Atty. Saguisag, his client will still be unable to attend as she is still in Cebu resting. however, if the case is moved to the regional Trial Court, ellen has no choice but to appear in court. *** Queen of All Media Kris Aquino recently posted a message on Instagram for ex-husband James Yap, 13 years after their civil wedding on Tuesday, July 10. The two were married in 2005 in civil rites at the home of Kris’ former business manager and friend, Boy Abunda.

Actress Maricel Soriano has returned to the silver screen via the movie, “My Two Mommies,” with Paolo Ballesteros.

Handsome actor Wendell Ramos was the lead actor for the TV show “Stories for the Soul,” which is hosted by boxing champion Manny Pacquiao.

On her social media, the TV host-actress reminisced their union that didn’t last. She wrote, “13 years ago today we made a commitment. BUT fate took us in different directions. Yet together we produced 1 of my 2 greatest achievements aka BIMB...” At the end of the message, gracious as she is, Kris sent a heartwarming message for James and his new family. “I sincerely wish you & your growing family peace & lasting happiness,” she added. Based on her tags, it seemed like Kris humbled herself for her son with James, Bimby. her hashtags included “#anythingandeverythingformybunso” and “#peaceinmyheart”. Although James’ name did not appear anywhere in her message, it was clear it was him that she was talking about. Along with the message,

Actor John Lloyd Cruz previously denied reports that girlfriend Ellen Adarna has given birth. However, the actress’ lawyer recently confirmed that she has given birth in a private hospital in Cebu.

Ellen Adarna’s lawyer Atty. Rebo Saguisag recently confirmed that the actress has given birth to her first child last June 29.

Queen of All Media Kris Aquino posted a message on Instagram last Tuesday, July 10, for ex-husband James Yap regarding their civil wedding 13 years Photo from ABS-CBN ago.

Former actor and now Quezon City Councilor (4th District) Hero Bautista is now back in office and says he has learned his lesson after using drugs. It was in 2016 when Hero voluntarily admitted himself in a rehab facility after he was tested positive for drugs. Photo from

Kris posted quote cards that says: “She is at a place in her

life where peace is her priority and negativity cannot exist.”

Immigrant Living: 101 and Beyond Monette AdevA MAglAyA [Select a handful of those things on 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.] ThINGS break. Once broken, a thing loses its value. If it is worth fixing, it can be fixed and in the hands of a whiz, can be as good as new. In our throw-away consumerdriven, impatient society where quality has taken a back seat to quantity in the name of profit and the bottom line, we are encouraged to simply toss away the broken item in the trash heap and replace it with a new one. For those of us who grew up and were trained by mothers, fathers, teachers and even great nuns (in my book) who taught us the meaning and value of pre-

The bucket list Fix the broken (Seventh of a series)

”Broken hearts? Broken relationships? The solution is always the same. FORGIVE. Forgive as you have been forgiven. And while you’re at it, FORGET.” serving items, we tend to find the fix for the broken item. We look at the rip in the hemline of a nice dress and figure out carefully how a stitch here and there can make it good as new. That is probably why I can never get on with the supposedly “fashionable” items of ripped jeans. It is, to me, a nod toward rottenness and ugliness. Why pay good money for something so unattractive? Oy Vey! We look at holes in the wall and buy spackle and paint to patch it up and smooth out the flaws. We crazy glue crockery to weld things back. We solder metals so that the thingamajig,

Six ways to get your body... From Page SF3 use when posting your selfies or Snapshot that make you look cuter when you’re a bunny or a fairy. You can now make use of your brand new iphone7 to download a mobile app that keeps your diet on track. A recent study in the journal Obesity found that dieters who track their progress using mobile apps drop more pounds than those who keep paper logs. The Weight Watchers mobile app (free with membership) also lets you download recipes, including faves from spokeswoman Jennifer Hudson. • Replace unlimited-rice with more green and leafy food options I know “rice is life” but you’re going to have to make the compromise if you want to rock that tank top. Start by cutting back on processed, starchy carbohydrates such as bagels, cookies, breads, pastas, and crackers. Most of these foods are loaded with extra sodium and preservatives that can contribute to water retention and bloating. Instead, opt for more fresh fruits and veggies, as well as lean protein to keep you satisfied. • Lay low on the alcohol It’s always a good idea to

and “PeACe in our hearts, in our home, in our world.”

reduce your alcohol intake, especially during summer. Not only is it advisable (for a better and sober you), you will also reduce your total calorie intake and set yourself up for a better night’s sleep to energize you for your workout the next day (note: read tip no. 1 repeatedly). If you’re used to having a glass of wine or pint of beer every night, try cutting back to two or three nights a week. When you do indulge, always sandwich your drink with a glass of water before and after to avoid alcohol’s dehydrating effects. • Keep yourself hydrated – with H2O Since we are on the subject of drinking, I might as well remind you that while drinking too much alcohol is a no-no, drinking more water is a yes-yes-yes! The best way to rid yourself of excess water weight is to flush your body with water. Skimping on water can reduce the effectiveness of your workouts because even mild dehydration can affect your performance and fat-burning potential. You should drink at least half your body weight in ounces each day (e.g., a 150-pound woman should drink 75 oz. or the

whatever it is, functions once again. We replace batteries so watches and clocks go tick tocking again. We repair broken items. That is our default setting when we see things that are broken. But how about when the breakdown is with affairs of the human heart? how do you fix a broken heart? There are no easy answers. In the physical realm, if something is broken, you can fix it. And if you can’t, you relegate it to the trash heap. But not so with the human heart … Though broken to a thouContinued on Page SF7

equivalent of about four and a half 16.9 oz. bottled waters a day). • Get more snooze time. Research says that sleep deprivation is one of the major causes of obesity. That in mind, you should reconsider the time you put into putting yourself to sleep – the longer the better. Getting a good night’s sleep is an important part of shedding those extra pounds, so be sure you are getting 7-9 hours of sleep. Summer is such an exciting season. And with such a highenergy season, comes (an even) higher demand to make sure our bodies are summer-ready and in tip-top shape. I hope these six steps would help flaunt your body confidently in front of your friends and family. It’s never too late to get fit and fab! *** Monet Lu is a Marikina-born, award-winning celebrity beauty stylist with his own chain of Monet Salon salons across Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada. Ultimately, Monet is known as an all-around artiste who produces sold-out fashion and awards shows as well as unforgettable marketing campaigns. Monet is also the founder of the revolutionary allnatural beauty products such as Enlighten, your solution to discoloration . To contact Monet, please visit or email him at

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Immigration Corner Atty. MichAel Gurfinkel, eSQ

THE UPS AND DOWNS, AND THE BITTERSWEET ENDING OF A SPECIAL CASE ABOUT A SPECIAL SON WHO HAD AUTISM ON THIS SUNDAY’S “CITIZEN PINOY!” When Norma immigrated to the U.S., she had to leave behind their autistic son, Michael because he aged out. The separation broke her heart. Norma and husband Joy (left) went to three other attorneys who were unable to deliver results, until they decided to retain leading U.S. immigration attorney Michael J. Gurfinkel, who was finally able to bring Michael to the U.S., to be reunited with his parents. Watch the heartfelt journey of Michael and his family that led to a pleasant reunion, but with a painful ending, on an encore episode of “Citizen Pinoy” – on Sunday at 6:15 p.m. (PST) on TFC.

Health@Heart PhiliP S. chuA, MD, fAcS, fPcS What are the primary generations in our society? Our society today is composed of five primary generations. Each generation appears to have its own philosophy, goals, values, lifestyle, behavior, work ethics, expectation, and outlook. Some share same characteristics of generations before and after their own. Here are the five generations: • Gen Z, iGen, or Centennials: Born 1996 and later • Millennials or Gen Y: Born 1977 to 1995 • Generation X: Born 1965 to 1976 • Baby Boomers: Born 1946 to 1964 • Traditionalists or Silent Generation: Born 1945 and before. Based on this classification, I belong to the Silent, Traditional, Generation. But like countless people around the world, I consider myself to be hardly silent, mostly traditional, but not totally, and conservative in many ways, with a tinge of reasoned liberalism. This stratification of our society

Cancer, flu, PPI is very interesting, accurate, and makes a lot of sense. The world today is what it is because of this mix, a recipe of a variety of ingredients providing a menu of high-calorie diversity in a mosaic of some clashing cultures, traditions, and politics. Hopefully, the 6th generation would be Generation LUC — Generation of Love, Understanding, and Compassion — to achieve world peace and prevent annihilation of our planet. Is the alcohol consumption limit too high? The current guidelines in the United States for the recommended reasonable upper limit alcohol consumption may not be low enough to be safe, according to a study published in Lancet. Review of data from 83 prospective studies on 600,000 drinkers who did not have any baseline cardiovascular disease, followed up for a median of 7.5 years, showed roughly 7 percent died and 7 percent had their first cardiovascular event. The report says: “For both men and women, consuming 100 grams of alcohol (or about 7 servings) or less per week was associated with lowest all-cause mortality. In the U.S., this is about half the recommended upper limit for men and equivalent to the recommended limit for women.

Men and women who exceeded the U.S. recommended limits had shorter life expectancies of 2.7 years and 1.3 years, respectively, at age 40. Higher intake was associated with elevated risk for most cardiovascular outcomes except myocardial infarction (heart attack).” Does healthy lifestyle still help cancer patients? The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Oncology study reported that “patients who adhere to a healthy lifestyle after colorectal cancer diagnosis, as recommended by the American Cancer Society (ACS), may have improved survival. ACS guidelines for cancer survivors call for a healthy body weight, regular physical activity, and high intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.” The study involves 1000 patients undergoing chemotherapy for stage III colon cancer. Patients whose lifestyle were most concordant with ACS guidelines had 42 percent lower mortality risk compared to the non-compliant ones. Added recommendations include “5-6 servings per day of fruits and vegetables and about 150 minutes per week of exercise.” So, never give up, and beat that cancer. Is there a blood test to Continued on Page SF6

On July 5, 2018, the USCIS issued a Policy Memorandum (PM), providing guidance to officers or adjudicators on when to issue notices to appear (nTA), which is the document placing a person in removal/deportation. This new PM should raise concerns for anyone applying for any immigration benefit (such as a petition, application, extension, etc.), because if USCIS denies that benefit, the person could be placed in removal/deportation. Please note that this PM provides guidance to the USCIS, which is supposed to be the agency within the Department of Homeland Security that deals with providing immigration benefits. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were the agencies created for enforcement. Under this PM, USCIS is putting aside its function of providing benefits, and is getting heavily into enforcement. That is why if you are applying for any immigration benefit, you should seek the advice of an attorney, who can evaluate your eligibility, and perhaps even accompany you to any interviews, because the stakes are now so high if USCIS denies your case, which could include deportation/ removal. The PM lists a number of aliens now considered “prioritized for removal,” including those who: 1. Have been convicted of any criminal offense. But what does “any” criminal offense mean? Technically, jaywalking, shoplifting, and other minor infractions could be considered a “crime.” While it is understandable that a person could be removable if they committed an aggravated felony or other serious crime, this PM says a person could be subject to removal for “any” criminal offense. 2. Have been charged with


USCIS to start deporting people for being out of status, fraud, or denial of adjustment of status or naturalization any criminal offense that has not been resolved. Ordinarily, under our justice system, a person is considered innocent until proven guilty. There have also been many instances where a person has been “charged” with a crime, but the charges were later dropped or, after trial, they were declared innocent. Does this now mean that if a person is merely charged with a crime, they could face removal, and possibly be removed before having their day in court? 3. Have committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense. It is unclear how a person can be removed from the U.S. based on having committed acts that constitute a chargeable offense. Does this mean they did an unlawful act but were never charged with it? Maybe the person had a domestic dispute or argument with his or her spouse, the police were called, but no charges were ever pressed. I suppose that could have been considered “domestic violence,” and thus, the person could be placed in removal even though no charges were ever filed? 4. Have engaged in fraud or willful misrepresentation in connection with any official matter or application before a governmental agency. Some people committed fraud in connection with immigration benefits, such as entering the U.S. under an assumed name, etc. What ordinarily happens is when they apply for a particular benefit, such as adjustment of status, they include a fraud waiver, seeking forgiveness based on the extreme hardship a U.S. citizen or immigrant spouse or parent would suffer. If the fraud waiver is granted, their case is approved. Does this PM now instruct officers to place the person in removal proceedings even though they are applying for a fraud waiver? 5. Have abused any program related to receipt of

public benefits. Many aliens give birth in the U.S. and their child is automatically a U.S. citizen. The alien then applies for as many government benefits as are available, such as having U.S. taxpayers pay for the birth of the child, food stamps, welfare, housing, etc. These could be considered “public benefits,” and the person might find themselves subject to removal if they applied for and/or obtain these benefits. 6. Are now out of status because of USCIS’s denial of any petition or application. If a person is applying for adjustment of status, or even an extension of non-immigrant status, and the application is denied, that could result in the person being considered out of status or “not lawfully present in the U.S.” In such cases, USCIS could place the person in removal proceedings. 7. Had their naturalization application (N-400) denied based on a lack of good moral character. In addition, if a person obtained their green card through fraud, and their naturalization is denied on that ground, it could also trigger removal/deportation. *** 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 re-enactments) is of a general nature, and is not intended to apply to any particular case, and does not constitute a prediction, warranty, guarantee or legal advice regarding the outcome of your legal matter. No attorney-client relationship is, or shall be, established with any reader. WEBSITE: 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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Senior Care Home business 101 Lani Misalucha joins search to

by 2018 as reported by the Freedonia Group. Senior Care The growth of this marBusiness Talk ket has resulted in the strong demand for elderly care services which includes the Senior Care Home business. Ami Low GAn If you’re interested in operating a senior care home facility, A SENIOR Care Home is also the first step is to get an RCFE known as board and care, resiOrientation One Certificate dential care facility for the elderly acquired online with the De(RCFE) and assisted living facility. partment of Social Services at It is a place where non-medical the Attending care is provided to residents 60 the 40 hour RCFE Administrayears old and over, assisting them tor class is also recommended. with their activities of daily living This class covers the state (ADL). regulatory requirements for As a consultant, the most operating a facility. Once you frequent question asked is the have the location of the facility, profitability of a senior care home the next step is to apply for business. Many are interested licensure with the Department to venture into this growing of Social Services Community industry, and understanding the Licensing Department. The market is key to your success in license application comprises of this business. Section A, which involves filing The United States has proout licensing forms provided by jected a significant growth in the the State, and Section B which 65 & older population between will be your program design 2012 and 2050. The estimated similar to your business plan. 43.1 million is projected to be For more information, you may doubled to 83.7 million by 2050 contact Gan Consulting at (707) according to the US Census. The 853-6691. increase was largely attributed Here is the number of lito baby boomers who started censed Residential Care Facilities to enter 65 years old age group for the Elderly in major cities in in 2011. Baby Boomers are curNorthern California: rently the second largest living There are 60 facilities in generation in the United States. Vallejo, 35 facilities in Fairfield, In the U.S. alone, elder care is 22 facilities in Vacaville, 6 projected to be worth an apfacilities in Benicia, 5 facilities in proximately $400 billion industry American Canyon, 26 facilities in

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From Page SF5 detect early cancer? CBC (Complete Blood Count), Blood protein testing (electrophoresis for immunoglobulins) and Tumor Marker tests are indirect tests to aid in diagnosing the presence of cancer. So, we are yet to have a blood test that can detect early stage cancer directly. Here’s a great prospect: Illumina, famous for gene sequencing announced that “it’s launching a new company to develop a blood test that will detect earlystage cancers in asymptomatic


(no symptoms) patients. Called Grail, the company will use DNA sequencing to look for genetic mutations that occurs when cancer is first developing, thus enabling earlier treatment…the goal being the development of a ‘pan-cancer’ test, a universal test.” This potentially life-saving test is expected to be in the market in 2019 at about $500. Among the investors of Grail are Microsoft founder Bill Gates (net worth 92.1 billion) and Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon (net worth is $139.4 billion).

Napa, 66 facilities in San Francisco, 20 facilities in Daly City, 39 facilities in South San Francisco, 34 facilities in San Bruno, 13 facilities in Millbrae, 74 facilities in San Mateo, 87 facilities in Concord, 25 facilities in Pleasant Hill, 79 facilities in Walnut Creek, 22 facilities in Alamo, 14 facilities in Danville, 21 facilities in San Ramon, 8 facilities in Dublin, 19 facilities in Pleasanton, 34 facilities in Livermore, 36 facilities in Fremont, 19 facilities in San Leandro, 30 facilities in Union City, 33 facilities in Oakland, 10 facilities in San Pablo, 6 in Milpitas, 8 facilities in Mountain View, 4 facilities in Saratoga, 8 facilities in Morgan Hill, 14 facilities in Santa Clara, 3 facilities in Cupertino, 10 facilities in Palo Alto, 26 facilities in Sunnyvale, and 166 facilities in San Jose. ***

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Lani Misalucha takes a break from the U.S. to judge TV’s newest singing competition

Regine Velasquez hosts ‘The Clash’ and is reunited with Asia’s Nightingale, her good friend and fellow diva

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ASIA’S Nightingale Lani Misalucha will be in the Philippines all through September to fulfill her duties as one of the judges on GMA Network’s newest singing competition, “The Clash,” which premiered last week. Based in Las Vegas for some time now, Lani is grateful to be part of the original concept, especially since she is reunited with fellow “SOP” diva when it was still the network’s Sunday variety show, Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid. Regine, however, is The Clash’s main host, while Asia’s Romantic Balladeer Christian Bautista and Comedy Concert Queen Ai Ai de las Alas complete the trio of judges with Lani. “I think this program is a refresher for me because makakatrabaho ko si Regine—pati na rin si Ai Ai and Christian—na years ago ko na rin nakasama. This time, it’s different kasi we’ll be working as a team to choose kung sino ba talaga ang deserving to be the first ‘The Clash’ champion kaya nakaka-excite.” Asked what advice she has for the show’s contestants, the Nightingale replied, “They

should sing from the heart. It is also important they choose the right song and sing it well. The choice of song is crucial in a contest like this.” Zooming in on “The Clash’s” mechanics, the program will introduce in today’s pilot the “Top 62 Clashers” who will compete in intense one-on-one battles in a bid to become the country’s next singing sensation. Regine will therefore oversee what the network describes as “the toughest, fiercest and most talented hopefuls” in a head-to-head showdown every week. A product of singing com-

petitions herself, the Songbird said she can’t wait to witness the unique talent and star power of the clashers. “Since the auditions started, na-excite ako kasi ang dami nilang nakapasok. Mag-i–start na yung main elimination round and mas makikita natin yung talent nilang lahat. Excited ako na magsimula yung pagkaclash ng bawat isa sa kanila,” said the OPM icon. Under the helm of director Louie Ignacio, “The Clash” airs Saturday and Sunday nights with Andre Paras and host Joyce Pring in charge of giving updates on the aspirants’ quest for musical stardom.

Do acid-reflux pills harm the kidneys? Popular and widely used PPIs (Proton-pump Inhibitors) for acid reflux, to reduce the acid production in the stomach and heartburns, is associated with 20 to 50 percent increased risk for developing chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to an observational study in the JAMA Internal Medicine. The study followed over 10,000 individuals originally free of any kidney disease, who subsequently took PPIs for acid reflux for 14 years, showed 14.2 percent developed CKD versus 10.7 percent among PPI non-users. Users also had higher rates of acute renal injury.

Physicians usually prescribe ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors or ARBs (angiotensin receptor blockers) for PPI users to protect the kidneys. Painkillers (like ibuprofen, naproxen, which are nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) used daily can damage the kidneys. PPI users are advised to have renal function (blood and urine tests) monitoring and serum magnesium level testing. If needed, the physician might switch the patient to H2 receptor antagonist pills to treat the acid reflux. What is this new drug that kills flu virus? Good news: Possibly avail-

able before the end of 2018, a new drug marketed by Roche that kills the flu virus within 24 hours and end infectious transmission also within that period, Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil), is waiting for final FDA approval. This could be the first anti-flu approved from a new class in two decades. This drug has already been approved in Japan. Its novel mechanism, unique efficacy, and ability to end transmission within a day are most impressive and beneficial to the whole world in its fight against influenza. According to the study “Xofluza is given only once, instead of five days at twice-

daily dosing required by Roche’s own flu stalwart Tamiflu. And, with just that one pill, the drug managed to relieve symptoms and bring down fever in time on par with Tamiflu, a 1,436-subject phase 3 showed. What’s more important, the drug can suppress the flu virus level in just 24 hours, while it takes Tamiflu 72 hours to do the same. Besides, it could treat some Tamiflu-resistant strains from avian flu viruses H5N1 and H7N9. Furthermore, its quick virus-killing action could stop the virus from spreading to others sooner, and packing such power in a one-time regimen could also mean convenience Continued on Page SF7

Ami Low is a senior care home consultant for Gan Consulting and assists with State licensing applications. She is also a Senior Care Home Realtor specializing in the buying and selling of senior care home facilities. She took Marketing Management in De La Salle University and executive MBA in University of California Los Angeles. For more information, you may reach her at (707) 853-6691 and (925) 964-7700 or

*** The information provided in this column are opinions and data information were taken from the US Census, CCLD website and Freedonia Group. Readers are advised to do their own research on the accuracy of data provided. Further, the information provided



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California divorce frequently asked questions must be followed to ensure that the other party has notice of the The CTV action (that is, that s/he is being Files brought to court for an action of divorce) and that s/he is given time to respond. However, there is no requirement for the other party to respond. There is no Atty. LiLLi B. BAcuLi requirement that s/he sign any document at all. All that needs I juST moved to California to happen is that s/he is properly last month, and I’d like to file served with process according for divorce. Can I file now? to the rules. Note that “proper To file for divorce in the State service” is defined in the Family of California, the person filing Code and must be followed, (called the “Petitioner”) must and the validity of any Judgment first meet the jurisdictional for Divorce rests on the proper requirements: (i) residence in the service of the Respondent. state of California from the past “What? I have to share my 6 months; and (ii) residence in retirement earnings? This is the county where that person is mine, I worked hard for it!” filing (e.g., San Diego County) California is a community propfor the past 3 months. Residence erty state and so once you get – put simply, where the Petimarried, all property acquired tioner lives – also determines during marriage is community which courthouse the Petition for property. Separate property are Divorce should be filed. “all property acquired before “What if my husband/wife marriage; all gifts, bequests, does not want to sign the devise, or descents. All property divorce?” or “My husband/wife acquired or exchanged with does not want to sign the traceable separate property; and divorce papers, what can I do?” all property acquired after sepaCalifornia is a no-fault divorce ration.” However, if anything out state. A party filing for divorce of the community property is does not need the consent of the used towards separate propother in order to file a Petition for erty, the community might have Dissolution (Divorce) or, in some a claim on part(s) of separate instances, to get a judgment of property. divorce. “I don’t want to pay spouWhat is “Service of Prosal support.” Whether you like cess?” Can I just mail the diit or not, spousal support will be vorce papers to my ex-spouse? ordered if the other party makes Service of Process is a crucial a request, and the court deems procedural step in the divorce that the circumstances call for proceedings, because the law it. Some of the factors that the reserves for the ex-spouse (called Court will look at to determine the “Respondent”) the right to whether there is basis for suprespond and appear in court, if port, and if so, in what amount, s/he wants to. are – length of marriage, age In proceeding in an action for of parties, if there are minor divorce, there are procedural re- children in the marriage, income quirements dictated by law that of both parties.

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From Page SF6 for patients.” Should soft drinks be banned? All kinds of soft drinks, cola or uncola, diet or regular, caffeinated or decaf, have been found to be unhealthy, for both adults and children. They increase the risk for metabolic syndrome. Should they be banned? We want to get your personal feedback. Please e-mail us what you and be conscious of for health maintenance and preservation. ***

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“Why do I need an attorney?” You don’t need an attorney. There is no requirement that you must have an attorney. However, in cases involving issues such as domestic violence, custody disputes, child support, spousal support, and division of community property assets it would be wise to seek advice from a licensed and experienced attorney so as not to waste your time and money, not to mention the court’s time and resources, especially when you have to keep going back to court because of incomplete or missing documents that could have been addressed from the very beginning by a competent and knowledgeable attorney. Not all divorce cases are the same. It is important to be properly informed about your rights and responsibilities under California law in divorce proceedings. The wrong advice or information can and will hurt you, and waste your time and money. Consult a licensed and experienced family law attorney to help you navigate through your divorce. *** Atty. Lilli Berbano Baculi is an associate attorney with Chua Tinsay & Vega, A Professional Legal Corporation (CTV) - a full service law firm with offices in San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento and Philippines. The information presented in this article is for general information only and is not, nor intended to be, formal legal advice nor the formation of an attorney-client relationship. Call or e-mail CTV for an in-person or phone consultation to discuss your particular situation and/or how their services may be retained at (619) 955-6277; (415) 495-8088; (916) 449-3923; For general information visit (Advertising Supplement)

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From showbiz to politics, Boy Abunda tackles them all by Ronnie


“BARCO” is not what you think it is—that which floats on water. At least in this case, it’s an acronym for the Philippine King of Talk’s “Boy Abunda Roundtable Conversations.” One might ask, isn’t Boy tired of getting in all forms of discourse? From showbiz to politics, he tackles them all. But as the “King” explained, he formed Barco to primarily discuss relevant issues confronting the LGBTQIA (Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Allied) community. After all, he’s the frontrunner of the Ladlad party list. Says Boy, “The last symposium that we held was about disseminating HIV awareness where we invited experts.” The TV host was impressed with the audience turnout, which was double the number of those they invited to participate to this free-wheeling yet intelligent exchange of ideas and opinions. And by the way, they were mostly millennials. “God has been good to me. He accorded me this opportunity to share my insights on important gay issues—and that’s why I’m doing this,” Boy

The bucket list From Page SF4 sand pieces, the heart can live through the dark days until time brings its healing effects. The pain becomes dull and as life goes on, the sunlight breaks through the darkness and the heart is made whole. Resiliency of the human heart is based on the deep and enduring understanding in the wisdom of the words: “This too, shall pass.” But when the pains and the hurt are forged into the deep recesses of the memory and the wounds are encouraged to

fester, the brokenness can be as deep as the Grand Canyon. These are the very sad cases, when the heart never heals. It is true what they say about dying of a broken heart. There is that thing called pride and in extreme cases, hubris, the kind that damned the fallen angels. This is the one that makes it hard to fix brokenness. We become so big for our britches that forgiveness is beyond us. We equate forgiveness with weakness and our supreme pride won’ t let us do it. Broken hearts? Broken rela-

FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS 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)

OCTOBER 18 to Nov 1, 2018 SPIRITUAL CHAPLAIN: REV. ANTONIO FLORES Oct 18, 2018 (Thur) Day 1 – Lax to Tel Aviv, Israel Trans-Atlantic flight from L AX to Ben Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel. (Meals served in-flight) Oct 19, 2018 (Fri) Day 2 – Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv/Tiberias After we clear Immigration and Customs, we will meet our local guide, who will be with us during our stay in Holy Land. enjoy the panoramic view of the Mediterranean. We will spend our first night 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. In the New Testament book of Revelation, it is referred as the sites of the “final battle”. From there, we will continue our drive into Nazareth, where we will have Mass in the Church of the Annunciation ,the Cave of the Annunciation and and visit Joseph’s Workshop and Then we will move on to Cana of Galilee, where Our Lord performed His first miracle: changing water into wine at the wedding feast. We will invite couples to Bless their marriage vows,Continue to Mount Tabor ,site of Jesus Transfiguration. Afterward, we 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 heaven” 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 enjoy a scenic boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum, home of Our Lord during his ministry. After visiting the Synagogue where he taught, proceed to Tabgha, the site of the miracle of the loaves and fishes. Then to the Church Primacy of St Peters. ( BB, D) Oct 22, 2018 (Mon) Day 5 – Magdala Full day retreat, Focus will Include programs based on the historical and Religious value of the Magdala sites . More info coming up as we get closer to the dates. MAGDALA, Israel – 2009 Discoveries from a new archaeological dig are creating excitement in the area where Jesus began his ministry. The village is called Magdala (Migdal in Hebrew), and it’s the home of Mary Magdalene.”She lived here and she met Jesus here and she continued with Him. Yes, it’s that place The most important discovery in Magdala has been a synagogue dating back to the time of Jesus. According to archaeologists, it’s the first one discovered in the Galilee. Oct 23, 2018 (Tues) Day 6 – Jordan Valley/ Jericho/ Bethany/Jerusalem Mass at the Church in Bethany After breakfast, we head to Jericho, the oldest inhabited city in the world. View the Mount of Temptation, where Jesus spent 40 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 Eucharist at the Church of St. Lazarus. Then we will visit the Baptismal site in River Jordan. Upon arrival in Mount Scopus meaning Mount of the Watchmen/Sentinels, is a mountain in northeast Jerusalem. Enjoy the first view of Jerusalem. After the day’s tour, we 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 of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha.” (John 19:17) 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, visit Golgotha and the Tomb of Our Lord. After mass, we return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, we will enter the Old City, sing a hymn in the Church of St. Anne and view the Pool of Bethesda. Then we will visit the Chapel of Flagellation, Lithostratos (where the soldiers played the Game of Kings) and the Arch of the “Ecce Homo”. Dinner/Overnight Oct 25, 2018 (Thurs) Day 8 – Jerusalem Mass at the Holy Eucharist Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us...” (John 1:14) We will walk to view the Dome of the Rock from the outside, and visit the Western Wall,( Wailing Wall ) the only part of the Herodian Temple still standing and the most sacred place in the world for Jews. Then, we will drive to Mt. Zion, to visit the Upper Room, revered as the site of the Last Supper, then survey the Dormition Abbey, and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, The site where Peter denied Jesus three times. After the day’s tour, 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 “O mountain of God, receive me, a mother, with my child.” (Protoevangelium of James 22:3) We will arrive at the Mount of Olives, to enjoy another view of Jerusalem, visit the Chapel of Ascension, Pater Noster Church and the Dominus Flevit (“God wept”) sanctuary. Next, we’ll walk the Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane, and visit the Rock of Agony and the Church of all Nations. In the afternoon, we’ll drive to Bethlehem, a

city whose name is recognized around the world. After celebrating Mass at the Church of Nativity, we will see the Manger; visit the Church of St. Catherine, the Grotto of St. Jerome and the Shepherds’ Fields. 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 Jerusalem. Up next is a trip to Ein Karem, birthplace of St. John the Baptist, to see the Visitation Church, where Mary proclaimed her famous “Magnificat”. We will end our day by returning to our Hotel. (B/D) Oct 27, 2018 (Sat) Day 10 – Jerusalem/ Dead Sea/ Qumran/ Masada Mass at the Church of all Nations After breakfast, we will celebrate mass at the Church of all Nations 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 stronghold against the Roman. Return to Jerusalem for dinner 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 will go to the Baptismal Site at Bethany, which Pope John Paul II visited in 2000. Then, it’s on to Mount Nebo, where Moses viewed the Promised Land. Our next stop will be the Church of St. George in Madaba, which hosts the famous mosaic map of the Holy Land. Then we will drive down to Aqaba. Overnight in Aqaba (B/D). Movenpick Resort & Residence. Oct 29, 2018 (Mon) Day 12 – Aqaba/Petra Mass at Stella Maris Church – Aqaba After breakfast, we will journey through the Siq, until we get our first glimpse of the Khazneh (Treasury). Then will we walk down to visit the Temple and view the many caves all around the Theater. At the end of the tour, we will drive back to Aqaba for overnight and dinner (B/D). Movenpick Resort & Residence (CALL FOR COMPLETE COPY OF THE ITINERARY)

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furthers. His ultimate goal in holding these talks is to achieve gender equality eventually. “I’d like to see the day when no one will come forward and say, ‘I’m gay’ or ‘I’m a lesbian’ or ‘I’m a man,’ ‘I’m a woman,’” he states matter-offactly. Do we take his advocacy as a springboard for his muchvaunted political entry in 2019? His immediate kin are no political greenhorns, so it really won’t be surprising if he finally takes the plunge. The incumbent Borongan

mayor (his native town in Eastern Samar) is Boy’s elder sister whom he calls “Mana Fe.” His mother Nanay Lising, a retired public school teacher, had also served as vice mayor in the past. While the King of Talk is constantly egged on by different quarters to give politics a try, he still believes, “The right time will come.” In the meantime, the one and only Boy Abunda—sans politics in mind—simply wants to welcome as many members of the LGBTQIA aboard on his Barco.

tionships? The solution is always the same. FORGIVE. Forgive as you have been forgiven. And while you’re at it, FORGET. You do yourself no favors by letting the pains and hurts fester. Not that it’s easy to forgive and forget. Nothing worthwhile is ever easy. But that’s the whole story of our redemption. God forgives and forgets our iniquities. Who are we not to try and do likewise during our short time here on earth? The full benefits of forgiveness accrue first to the aggrieved party, the one who forgives and forgets. Why? Because then the heart is allowed

to mend and heal with time, it becomes whole once again. There is a play on words about time and healing that one wit wrote. It is said that. “Time heals all wounds.” And if you believe in karma, “Time wounds all heels.” Let that sink in for a moment. God makes the prayerful heart resilient. In time, the human heart can love again as though it was never broken. 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@

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

Day 1 – 12 Nov 2018 – (Mon) Day 2 – 13Nov 2018 – (Tues)

- USA - ROME - Rome Upon our arrival in Rome, our Tour Escort will welcome us to Italy. Rome is the heart, home and the spiritual capital of over one billion Catholics all over the world. After a short panoramic orientation of this Eternal City to us Roman Catholics, we will have our dinner and overnight rest at this great ancient City. DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN ROME (BB,D) Day 3 – 14 Nov 2018 (Wed) – Rome / Papal Audience/ Rome

This morning before we continue with our tour, we will have a Papal Audience. Then after, we will visit the famous Coliseum and see the Forum, the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, one of the best preserved ancient monuments in the world. Celebrate the Holy Eucharist at St Peter Basilica St Joseph Chapel .Short stop in Trevi Fountain, before heading to our Hotel DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN ROME (BB,D) Day 4 – 15 Nov 2018 (Thurs) – Rome / Basilicas We will visit the Vatican Museum this morning and the Sistine Chapel to admire the awesome masterpieces of Michaelangelo, and even ancient Greek and Roman artists. the largest church in Roman Catholicism, St. Peter’s Basilica. Holy Eucharist at ST Mary Major, Followed by visit of the Basilica. We continue to visit the rest of the major Basilicas within the walls of Rome, and St. John Lateran, St Paul Outside the Wall. We will also pray at the Scala Santa or the Holy Stairs. St. Helena transported the steps from Jerusalem; the same steps that Christ ascended to receive Pilate’s unjust condemnation. DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN ROME (BB,D) Day 5 – 16 Nov 2018 (Fri)–Rome /San Giovanni Rotondo 2018 is the 100th Anniversary of the stigmatization of St Pio. Church Will have Monthly Pastoral Program of Activities for the whole year . San Giovanni Rotondo, the home of St Padre Pio of Pietrelcina from 28 July, 1916 until his death on 23 September, 1968. Enjoy the drive going to San Giovanni, after we check in our Hotel. We visit the Shrines of St Padre Pio of Pietralcina as well as the places associated with him , such as the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace that contains his tomb. Here, we spend some time meditating, see his room, his confessional box and the crucifix that gave him his supernatural Crucifying stigmata, Celebrate Holy Eucharist (Hotel Gran Paradiso ) DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN San Giovanni Ro-

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tondo (BB,D) Day 6 – 17 Nov 2018 (Sat) – SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO This Morning we visit the new and Modern Basilica of St Padre Pio, See his uncorrupt body .Celebrate Holy Eucharist Spend some time meditating in this awesomeBasilica. DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO (Hotel Gran Paradiso) Day 7–18 Nov2018 – (Sun) – San Giovanni Rotondo / Lanciano /Loreto MASS AND BREAKFAST. We arrive at Lanciano, famous for the Miracle of the Eucharist. Near the Piazza Plebiscito, the Miracle is inside the Sanctuary of the Eucharistic Miracle. The miracle took place during the 8th century when a Basiline monk doubted the Real Presence of our Lord in the Eucharist. He found himself holding the host that had changed into Real Flesh and the Wine on the altar had changed into Real Blood. We continue our pilgrimage to the great Marian shrine of Loreto to see the famous sacred home of the most Holy Family, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Since 1294 the holy home has been located inside the Basilica of Loreto. Celebrate Holy Eucharist in Lanciano DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN Assisi Day 8 –19 Nov 2018 – ( Mon) Loreto/ Assisi Today we explore the hilltop birthplace of St Francis of Assisi. In the Crypt of St Francis Basilica lies the tomb of one of the most humble and beloved Saints of all times, St. Francis of Assisi, Holy Eucharist at the Crypt of ST Francis See the Basilica of St Clare, with her incorrupt body, and the little Church of St. Damiano and its Crucifix from which Jesus spoke to Francis about his mission in 1206: “Go, Francis, and rebuild my house, which as you see is falling into ruin.” We visit the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, located in the lower plains of Assisi, and the place where the miracle of the Eucharist of Assisi took place in 1240. The small Church of the Porziuncola is inside the Basilica itself. Pope Honorius III granted a plenary indulgence for those entering this humble Church on August 1st and 2nd every year, with Confession, reception of the Eucharist and no attachment to venial sins. (BB,D) Day 9 – 20 Nov 2018 – (Tues) – Assisi / Siena / Florence We will spend half day in Siena. Begin in the old town center with a visit to the Basilica of San Domenico. Built in the 13th century, it is a treasure chest of the Renaissance art and dedicated to St Catherine of Siena. You will learn about the city’s history while admiring it’s cathedrals, Museum, and libraries .Also you will admire the famous piazza del Campo, one of Europe’s great medieval squares. Continue to Florence. (BB,D) We start with a guided walking tour of Florence, this fascinating city with its Piazza, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery of St. John the Baptist. Rest of the day free (BB,D) Day 10 – 21 Nov 2018 (Wed) – Florence / Rome Leave Florence around 2PM Arrived Rome almost dinner time (BB.D) Day 11 – 22 Nov 2018 (Thurs) – Rome / USA End of our wonderful Pilgrimage .


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Solo exhibit of Fil-Am Artist Lynda A. N. Reyes in Burbank The Betsy Lueke Creative Arts Center, the municipal gallery of Burbank, is proud to present the Solo Exhibit of artist Lynda A. N. Reyes from July 6 to the 26,2018. The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, July 6 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. The gallery is located at 1100 West Clarke Avenue, Burbank, California 91506. The exhibit will highlight her watercolor and oil paintings that have been featured in museum exhibits in California, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Montana and in national juried shows in Berkeley, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Tarzana, Sta. Monica, Glendale, Brea in Orange County and in international shows in Kentucky, Canada, Maryland, Wisconsin, Colorado and New York. Paintings that have given her recognition, as well as new works will all in one big venue. For more information about the artist, visit or contact her at For information about the gallery, call 818-238-5397 or visit www. The gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and closed on Sundays.

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LA Veterans Resource Expo in Pomona, CA On Friday, July 13, LA County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis presents the LA Veterans Resource Expo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pomona Fairplex Bldg. 4 (1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768). The day will feature information on jobs, health & resources. FREE admission and parking at Gate 17 entrance. Participant registration also available the day of the event. For more information about the event, please visit

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COFACC to host SoCal Family Picnic in San Dimas, CA The SoCal Family Picnic organized by the Coalition of Filipino American Chambers of Commerce (COFACC) will be held at 4 p.m. at J. Bonelli Park, San Dimas, CA. Friends and family are invited to join in some fellowship and camaraderie to strengthen bonds with the five Filipino-American Chamber chapter members from Greater LA (FACCCGLA), Orange County (FACCOC), San Bernardino, LA and Riverside (FACC-Tri-County), San Diego (FACC San Diego) and Hollywood (FACCHollywood).

7 Mile House presents: 2nd Annual Adobo Cook Off For A Cause in Brisbane, CA 7 Mile House’s famous pork adobo will be challenged by other adobo recipes nominated by customers for the second annual “7 Mile House Adobo Cook Off”! The event will be held on Saturday, July 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 7 Mile House Sports Bar & Grill (2800 Bayshore Boulevard. Brisbane, CA 94005). The ticket price ($25) includes all you can drink San Miguel beer, all you can eat jasmine rice, tastings of each adobo entry, including 7 Mile’s, and one vote for your favorite adobo. Last year, all proceeds from the event benefited Salupongan International (SI), and helped provide educational tools and supplies to Salupongan’s READ (Right to Education, Autonomy and Dignity) Program. This year the Adobo Cook-off 2018 will benefit St. Paul of the Shipwreck Church. To purchase tickets, please visit: For more information, please visit or contact Vanessa Garcia at (415) 467-2343.

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FACC Tri-County to hold presentation in Ontario, CA The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Tri-County (Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties) will host a ‘Land Banking Presentation,’ a free workshop on July 18, 6 p.m., at the Inland Valley Church of Christ Conference Room (1550 N. Palmetto Avenue, Ontario, CA 91762). “Southern California’s next major land boom is underway!” says speaker Tony Taverrite, Director of Sales & Marketing-Professional Land Corp. “Don’t you owe it to yourself to learn more?” added another speaker, Femie Cupit, Land Banking Sales Agent, a member of FACC Tri-County. For more information, contact Femie (858) 220-5487 or FACC Pres. Merwynn Montenegro (909) 319-3145.

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FACCGLA hosts import and export seminar in Sherman Oaks, CA Join the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Los Angeles (FACCGLA) on Thursday, July 19 for the e-commerce, logistics, and compliance seminar. Learn how to import and export to and from the Philippines! This will be a prelude to the Trade, Trade & Consumer Roadshow on Aug. 4-5 at the SouthBay Pavilion. It will be held from 6:30 to 8:20 p.m. at 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403. To join and register, please go to or call (888) 670-7717 or visit / call (562) 422-6492.

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UPAAGLA Boodle Feast Fiesta in North Hills, CA University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Greater Los Angeles (UPAAGLA) welcomes alumni of the University of the Philippines and their friends and family to meet, mix, mingle at this fun afternoon at 4 p.m. at 15255 Knapp St, North Hills, CA. Register on or call President-Elect Ethel Rubio (818) 640-2946 or (800) 611-5705. Connect with UPAAGLA on Facebook or visit

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Valentine in July concert in Los Angeles This two-and-a-half hour concert on Sunday, July 22 will feature two of the music industry’s best Singer-Songwriters then and today, David Pomeranz and Rey Valera. Their timeless and classic love songs became the movie/tele-serye themesongs in the Philippines. The event will be held at the Aratani Theater (244 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012) at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available via or by calling (424)232-6781.

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LA Builder Lions Club to hold installation of new officers The Los Angeles Builder Lions Club will hold their 28th Installation on new officers on Saturday, July 28 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Oxford Palace Hotel (745 S. Oxford Ave, Los Angeles, CA). Music will be provided by Lion Willie Manacsa. Please RSVP to any of the following officers: Lion President Ken Marchand (818)749-1076; Lion Tita James (818)203-2325 or PZC Lion Yoli Ramo at (213)305-1332.

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Who’s Sharon’s next leading man? Robin or Richard? by ALFRED


of flowers. Cuneta noted in the caption, “This boy will always SHARON Cuneta teased be my hands-down favorite a possible movie reunion with leading man.” She and Padilla one of her old love team partrecently worked together in ners for an upcoming project; the 2017 film “Unexpectedly will it be Robin Padilla or RichYours.” ard Gomez? Word of this new project The megastar uploaded with Star Cinema came out a collage on her Instagram to late May when Cuneta had a tease an upcoming movie projmeeting with the company. ect with Star Cinema. She also Prior to this meeting, fans had hinted at a possible reunion with hoped for a Sharon-Gabby either Padilla or Gomez. “Star movie after their brief reunion Cinema Presents Sharon Cuneta for a fast-food chain comAND…??? (Who do you think mercial. Unfortunately, Cuneta it’s gonna be? One of these two confirmed such a project would Rs? Let’s all wait and see! Sabi not happen any time soon. ng [said] Star Cinema…),” wrote While the Sharon-Gabby Cuneta in the caption. may not push through, fans now However, on July 8 she have something new to look shared a clip from the movie forward to as they wait for con“Maging Sino Ka Man” wherein firmation on whether it will be a Padilla gave malunggay (morSharon-Goma or Sharon-Robin inga) leaves to Cuneta instead movie for 2018.

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‘Crazy Rich Asian’ in Manila by MJ


FANS of Kevin Kwan’s bestselling novel “Crazy Rich Asians” who can’t wait for the movie adaptation to come out, this one’s for you! While waiting, you may want to know that the tall, dark and handsome Chris Pang is currently in Manila to work on a film. Chris plays Colin in “Crazy Rich Asians”, best friend to main man Nick (Henry Golding). So yes, Chris is the topless guy in the trailer who’s about to marry a supermodel and every bit an Asian Prince Charming. The Times got to bond with Chris after his Philippine movie project got a green light for production by Cignal TV late last week. The Aussie-Taiwanese actor will therefore remain in Manila for a month to star in “Edge By Design” with Jasmine Curtis-Smith as his leading lady. “Similar to how we are in real life, the movie is about Asians growing up in foreign countries and wanting to go back [home] and learn about their roots.” Chris will be working with Filipina director Andrea Walter and “Supernatural’s” Osric Chau.

The author (third from left) with (from left) Chris Pang of ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ director Andrea Walter and Osric Chau of ‘Supernatural’ photo

Going back to “Crazy Rich Asians”, though, Chris revved up our excitement even more when he said, “The [movie] set was really opulent. Warner Brothers really stretched the budget as far as it could go. We created a new city in Singapore from scratch. The outfits and luxury items were over the top.” When the movie comes out in August, it will be the first-all Asian cast film to show in Hollywood again since “Joy Luck Club” in 1993. With the

world’s movie capital pushing for diversity these days, the movie is definitely something to anticipate. As Chris put it, “Imagine seeing someone who looks like you at the forefront of a major film and story. That should be the norm. That should be [done]as often as possible, for all of us to star in a Hollywood film. That’s why it’s such a big deal for me to be part of this casting and this movie which will propel Hollywood to a better direction.”

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have errands or appointments you would rather do without your kids? If so, Discovery Cove is the drop-in childcare

you need! Discovery Cove offers dropin, hourly childcare up to 12 hours per week at $7 per hour. You can relax and enjoy your outing knowing that your children are safe and supervised. Children ages 2 to 10 years old will experience a wonderful time filled with structured activities. Discovery Cove is located at the Family Resource Center, 39155 Liberty St., Suite H850, in Fremont, and operates Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For parents attending an FRC appointment, childcare is free during that time only (for children ages 2 months to 12 years). For more information, call (510) 574-2010 or (510) 4944381.

Parangal Represents Philippines in SF Ethnic Dance Festival THE Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco is pleased to announce that the Parangal Dance company will be representing the Philippines in this weekend’s performances for the 2018 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival at the War Memorial opera House. With its mission to promote and give tribute to Philippine indigenous cultures through dance, music and costumes, Parangal will showcase its new production in this much awaited dance festival. Entitled Kiyaprawa a ko Arkat

Lawanen (The Abduction of Princess Lawanen), the dance is based on the Maranao epic poem Darangen. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Eric Solano, Parangal partnered with culture bearers Salika Samad and Abdul Jabar D. Dimalna, and drew inspiration for theatrical aesthetics from Philippine National Artist Lucrecia Reyes-Urtula, in order to bring forth this special production. Audiences will surely experience a taste of the Philippines’ cultural history with the colorful costumes, unique music and traditional

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HBO announces call for entries for 2019 Asian Pacific American Visionaries Short Film Competition NEW YoRK, NY — HBo, home to the shows that everyone is talking about, announced today the call for entries for its third annual Asian Pacific American Visionaries, the leading short film competition showcasing cinematic storytellers of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. The top three winners will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to premiere their works on HBo (and/or its on-demand, digital and/or social platforms). For complete rules and guidelines, visit All submissions are due by Wednesday, November 14 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Follow the conversation on social media using #hbovisionaries. Established in 2016, HBo Visionaries provides an unprecedented platform for emerging filmmakers to share their unique and diverse perspectives of the community. For this year’s competition, HBo is seeking innovative storytellers whose works reflect the modern Asian Pacific American experience. Serving as the ambassador and spokesperson for the 2019 HBo Visionaries program is Indian American actress Sujata Day. Previous ambassadors have included Westworld’s Leonardo Nam and Silicon Valley’s Jimmy o. Yang. Submission criteria for HBo Visionaries includes: • Running time: 10-15 minutes, inclusive of credits • Films must have been directed by a person of Asian or Pacific Islander descent • Director must be a resident of one of the 50 United States or Washington, D.C. • Films must be in the English language or contain English subtitles (common phrases acceptable) • Films must be a major

festival premiere • Films must have commenced principal photography on or after october 1, 2017 • Films must not have had any previous exhibition on broadcast or cable • Employees of HBo and other WarnerMedia entity and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate Judges for the competition include HBo executives and representatives from leading Asian American media organizations including the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) and Visual Communications. “HBo Visionaries is a terrific example of a proactive approach towards addressing Asian American representation,” said Sujata Day, who has also produced, written and directed a number of short films. “Although we’re seeing more APA faces in mainstream films and television these days, it’s also important that our stories are being told authentically and that’s where this competition comes in.” “It’s been a watershed year for Asian Americans in Hollywood and we plan to continue building on that momentum through HBo Visionaries,” said Jackie Gagne, VP Multicultural Marketing at HBo. “HBo is proud to present a competition that is not only contributing to the conversation but also discovering some incredible talent along the way.” “Competitions like HBo Visionaries offer our community the chance to share our stories with a mass audience,” said Stephen Gong, Executive Director of CAAM. “We’re thrilled to be working with HBo to help seek out a new generation of APA directors.”

dance moves of the Maranao people. For more information about the Parangal Dance Company, please visit their Facebook page For more information about the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, please click on the link asp.

The company of Bay Area Musicals’ production of Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at San Francisco’s Victoria Theatre. “The Photo by Ben Krantz Hunchback of Notre Dame” will run thru August 5.

Jehovah’s Witnesses welcome all to 2018 ‘Be Courageous!’ Annual Convention FAIRFIELD, CA—Jehovah’s Witnesses are set to launch their annual convention series on July 20 to 22, 2018. The theme of this year’s series is “Be Courageous!” Prior to the event, Witnesses around the world will also participate in a global campaign to invite the general public to attend the program free of charge. The conventions will be held at venues in 180 different lands. The three-day program

consists of 54 presentations that will include talks, audio dramas, interviews, and short videos. Additionally, a feature film entitled The Story of Jonah—A Lesson in Courage and Mercy will be shown on the final day of the convention program. Each day, the morning and afternoon sessions will be introduced by music videos prepared specifically for the convention. David A. Semonian, a spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses,

states: “When you look at the news today, you can clearly see that people of all ages are dealing with more anxieties and fears than ever before. It takes courage to face these pressures. We welcome everyone to this year’s convention to benefit from the practical advice that’s contained in the Bible.” Conventions in other languages and locations can be found on the Witnesses’ official website,


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