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‘The needs of the Asian American community in the time of Trump’

Community leaders issue call to action: Be more engaged

NeW YorK — more than 250 Asian American community leaders, students, advocates and activists gathered at the san Damiano hall of the Church of st. francis of Assisi in manhattan to talk about the community’s needs and how the trump administration policies will impact social services in the Asian community. According to the Asian American federation, a New York-based nonprofit organization, the Asian American community, like many immigrant communities, is faced with an uncertain and potentially threatened future under the trump administration, which has pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act, deport undocumented immigrants, and create a muslim registry, to name a few. the Associated Press reported last week that President trump is “mulling fate of young immigrants protected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)”. trump and republican leaders are said to be working on a plan that will address the status of the 750,000 immigrants currently protected by the DACA program. AAf gathered a panel made up of commu-

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A feDerAL appeals court ruled on thursday, february 9, that President Donald trump’s travel ban will remain blocked. this means that citizens of

seven majority-muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, somalia, sudan, syria and Yemen) will continue to be able to travel to the United states. the unanimous ruling from the three-judge panel from the san francisco-based 9th U.s. Circuit Court of Appeals has created a significant po-

litical setback for trump’s new administration. the judges wrote that although “the public has a powerful interest in national security and in the ability of an elected president to enact policies,” it also has an interest in the freedom to travel, the separation of families and

by MoMar

DUMP TRUMP’S BAN. Activists burn a U.S. flag during a rally in front of the US embassy in Manila ON FRIDAY, FEB. 10 to protest the immigration ban imposed by President Donald Trump. photo by Rene Dilan

‘I’ll only make mistakes if I’m as stupid as you’

Gaviria advises PH president not to use force to fight drug problem by dana

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PhILIPPINe President rodrigo Duterte lashed out once again at former Colombian President Cesar Gaviria, who earlier cautioned him to not make the mistake of using force when dealing with illegal drugs. During a speech at a business forum in Davao City on friday, february 10, Duterte told the audience that he would never commit the same errors. “Itong tontong Presidente ng (This foolish President of) — he must be stupid. Itong (This) ex-president ng Colombia, sabi niya (he said), ‘Duterte is committing the same mistake.’ We cannot never be in the same mistake because I am not stupid, you are,”



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PhILIPPINe environment secretary Gina Lopez on thursday, february 9, revealed that a mining company has offered her a P6 million monthly bribe. “A friend went to me and then she said, ‘Gina if you sign this paper, the person [who] owns the



New executive order seeks ‘intensified fight’ against illegal gambling in PH by dana

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environment secretary claimed. she said, “I’m cleaning up the workforce. I mean, the reason why all this has happened is because they have been compliant with the rate. If mGB (mines and Geosciences Bureau) and my DeNr (Department of environment and Natural resources) people were really honest, this

PhILIPPINe President rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order directing government authorities to strengthen its fight against illegal gambling. “the state condemns the existence of illegal gambling as a widespread social menace and source of corruption, as President Rodrigo Duterte it has become an influential factor in an individual’s disregard for the value of dignified work, perseverance and thrift,” the presidential order, which was signed back on february 2, read. the eo No. 13, or the “strengthening the fight Against Illegal Gambling and Clarifying the Jurisdiction and Authority of Concerned Agencies in the regulation



Former Colombian President Cesar Gaviria

DENR chief Gina Lopez says she refused P6-M monthly bribe of mining firm by dana

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NeW YorK — “the Philippine embassy has issued instruction to the consulates across the United states that they will extend assistance to filipino nationals who need help. We’re not going to abandon those without proper documentation here in the U.s.,” said sen. Alan Peter Cayetano at a press briefing with local media on Wednesday, feb. 8. Cayetano issued the clarification in response to criticisms of some overseas filipino workers (ofWs) against President rodrigo Duterte’s recent statement that he would “not lift a finger” to help undocumented filipinos if they got caught or deported. “there has been a lot of misunderstanding regarding the president’s statement. he is the president of all filipinos. the framing of the question when he was asked

Philippines to ask US for help to counter piracy in southern seas Duterte slams former Colombian president anew:

Philippine Environment Secretary Gina Lopez


Cayetano: PH gov’t will not abandon undocumented Filipinos in the US


mANILA is planning to ask for Washington’s help in countering militants off the waters in the southern Philippines, the Department of Defense (DND) said on tuesday, february 7. In an interview with Agence france-Presse (AfP), Philippine Defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the country will ask the United states to conduct joint naval exercises across the sibutu Passage to guard it against pirate attacks. Located between northern malaysia and the southern Philippines, about 13,000 shipping vessels reportedly use the sibutu passage annually. According to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), the said maritime channel offers the fastest shipping routes between Australia and other manufacturing countries like China, Japan, and south Korea. Last month, the International maritime Bureau (ImB) said in its report that the waters off the southern Philippines have become ‘increasingly dangerous’ as the number of maritime kidnappings in the region hit a 10-year

freedom from discrimination. “We need not characterize the public interest more definitely than this... the emergency motion for a stay pending appeal is denied.” the court also rejected the administration’s claim that it did not have

mine’—he didn’t tell me—’will give me six million a month,’” she told reporters during a press briefing in malacañang. Lopez, however, said she refused the bribe, adding that she was resolute in having a “clean” agency. “some of them [DeNr officials] ay (are) corrupt eh. I mean, unfortunately, yeah,” the

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the authority to review the president’s executive order. “There is no precedent to support this claimed unreviewability, which runs contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy,” the court said. The president once again took to Twitter to express his discontent with the court’s ruling,

tweeting in all caps, “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” Legal groups, which have been vehemently against the president’s immigration policies, celebrated the appeals court’s decision, applauding it for upholding the Constitution. “The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today acted, as the courts are supposed to, as a necessary

check to the blatant Constitutional overreach emblazoned by President Trump’s unlawful and un-American executive order,” Esther Sung, staff attorney of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), said in a statement. “This decision means that, for now, people seeking refuge from horrific conditions will not be turned away, that families separated by this discriminatory policy can reunite. This is a reminder to everyone: our Constitution protects us all, and no one – not even the President – is above it.” Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice - LA) also applauded the court’s decision, saying in a statement that the court’s ruling “affirms the important checks and balances in our constitutional system. Courts have the right and responsibility to review the lawfulness of the executive order, and we demand and expect courts to enforce the Constitution and protect all individuals from unconstitutional actions.” The legal experts at Advancing Justice - LA suggests that all undocumented immigrants fearing deportation be well aware of their legal rights and recommend they seek legal counsel. “Arming yourself with the right information and knowing your options is the best defense against feelings of panic and anxiety in our community,” Aman Thind, Immigration Project Director at Advancing Justice, said in a statement. “We vow to continue to fight for the rights of immigrant communities.” Trump issued the travel ban last January 27, causing a complete disorder at airports as immigration officials and airlines try to adjust to the new immigration policies. Seattle-based U.S. District Court Judge James Robart on Friday, February 3 issued a temporary restraining order that blocked President Donald Trump’s travel ban nationwide. A federal appeals court on Sunday, February 5 maintained the temporary stop to the controversial travel ban. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson also filed a motion for the restraining order for a nationwide block on Trump’s executive order, contending that parts of the execu-

HARVEST TIME. A jubilant Senator Cynthia Villar poses with the drug surrenderees during their graduation after undergoing a successful community-based drug rehabilitation training program conducted by Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation & Governance). The event coincided with the Harvest festival wherein the drug surrenderees harvested vegetables they planted as part of the program. Senate photo

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about the illegals, all countries around the world have to respect the laws of the host country. It was but normal for the president to say we have to respect whatever policy the Trump administration gives,” he explained. The senator also assured OFWs that the Philippine government is currently holding discussions with its U.S. counterparts to ensure due process for them. Last month, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order that temporarily bans people from seven countries, which include Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, as part of his administration’s stricter immigration policy. Following Trump’s order, Duterte called on illegal Filipino immigrants in the U.S. anew to come back to the Philippines. “To Filipinos there (the U.S.), you better be on the right track. If you are not allowed to stay there where you are staying, get out because if you are caught and deported, I will not lift a finger. You know that it is a violation of the law,” Duterte said in a press briefing on January 30. “The president cannot dictate u PAGE A3 to the United States. At kaya nga

tinawag na illegals, because there are some legal requirements that were not complied with,” Cayetano said. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), seeking to clarify Duterte’s pronouncements, said the president only wants Filipinos in the United States to obey the foreign country’s laws. In a statement issued on February 2, the DFA also said that the Philippine Embassy and six Philippine Consulates are always

ready to provide assistance to Filipinos who might encounter problems with the U.S. government. “Most of our kababayan (countrymen) in the U.S. have no encounters with the law. But for those who regrettably do, the Philippine Embassy and the six Philippine Consulates in the U.S. are always able and ready to provide guidance and assistance to ensure that the rights of our kababayan under U.S. law are


Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano addressing the Fil-Am community in New York during a town hall meeting at the Philippine Center. AJPress photo by Momar G. Visaya

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he said. Duterte continued, “Nagyayabang naman itong former President (He is boasting) that I have committed the same mistake. That is only possible Mr. Ex-President if I am as stupid as you, I said. But unfortunately, I am not.” In an opinion piece published by the New York Times on Tuesday, February 7, Gaviria urged Duterte to not commit the same mistakes his administration made by using the same heavy-handed measures to handle the narcotics problem. “Illegal drugs are a matter of national security, but the war against them cannot be won by armed forces and law enforcement agencies alone,” Gaviria wrote. “Trust me, I learned the hard way.” Gaviria acknowledged that

“tough penalties” are “necessary to deter organized crime.” However, he stressed that “extrajudicial killings and vigilantism” are the “wrong ways to go.” He admitted that by using an iron-fist approach, his administration did not only fail to stop drug production but, worse, also created new problems. “Not only did we fail to eradicate drug production, trafficking and consumption in Colombia, but we also pushed drugs and crime into neighboring countries. And we created new problems. Tens of thousands of people were slaughtered in our antidrug crusade,” Gaviria said. He went on to write, “Many of our brightest politicians, judges, police officers and journalists were assassinated. At the same time, the vast funds earned by drug cartels were spent to corrupt our executive, judicial and

legislative branches of government.” He then recommended Duterte to designate illegal drugs as a “social problem” and not a military one. He suggested that the Philippine government should instead focus on improving public health and safety, strengthening anticorruption measures, and investing in sustainable development. Gaviria, who was the president of Columbia from 1990 to 1994, was also famous for battling drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. He is also a founding member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy. “I hope Mr. Duterte does not fall into the same trap,” Gaviria said in his ending statement. Duterte, in response, earlier called Gaviria an “idiot” for “lecturing” him about the Philippine government’s war on drugs.


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protected and the appropriate services are extended to them,” the foreign department added. Cayetano, Duterte’s running mate and vice presidential bet in the previous national election, is reportedly set to succeed current Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. as the head of the DFA. Cayetano, however, cannot assume the role until the middle of 2017 as the law forbids appointing losing candidates for any Cabinet posts one year after election. “I don’t want to be presumptuous. The president has stated about the possibility of me being the foreign (affairs) secretary but I’ll wait till April when I go to see him to check what assignment (I’d get),” he said. The senator then called on FilAms to help and cited ways that the community can assist. “Whether you are pro- or antiDuterte, in the end, we are all Filipinos. Imagine there are 3.4 million Filipino Americans in the US. If everyone gave a dollar, that’s $3.4 million that you can use for immigration lawyers and things like that,” he said, referring to the need for a possible combination of assistance from the embassy or consulate, non-government organizations (NGOs) and Fil-Am organizations. “Fil-Ams can continue to lobby with their congressmen, senators for a path towards citizenship or path towards permanent residency for our people in the same way as the Latinos or Mexicans

have been doing in states where they have a great majority, and that will benefit us,” Cayetano added. Open for Business The senator also reported that he had a “quick meet and greet” with Secretary Rex Tillerson of the State Department before the National Prayer Breakfast and communicated the message from the Philippines: that the country is open for business, the economy is doing well and the Philippine government “likes to build, build and build”. Describing the meeting as “very friendly”, Cayetano said he just relayed the message of the Philippine government and reiterated the invitation for President Donald Trump to come to the Philippines for ASEAN and his personal gratitude that the phone call between President Duterte and President Trump was

“very productive and maganda ang napag-usapan”. “Our long relationship with the United States is very important to the Philippines,” Cayetano said. “The friendship is there. There are some problems government to government but this new administration also brings some new opportunities and I’m here to help push that relationship forward.” It was also an opportunity for him to know some members of the Congress through various lunches, breakfasts and dinners from January 31 to February 2 where he also met through the Philippine Embassy some American businessmen doing business in the Philippines. “We would like them to see the Philippines with their own two eyes rather than reports from certain groups who see things from their eyes,” he said. n

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano with Consul Felipe Carino and Consul Khrys Corpuz Popov at the press briefing for Fil-Am media. AJPress Photo by Momar G. Visaya

IT’S ON. New People’s Army rebels parade in their camp in Sierra Madre mountain. The military has vowed to hunt down communist rebels as the government once again wages an all-out war against the communist rebels. photo Rene Dilan

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tive order violate the Constitution. “We are a country based on the rule of law and in a courtroom, it is not the loudest voice that prevails, it’s the Constitution,” Ferguson said at a press conference. “At the end of the day, either you’re abiding by the Constitution or you are not. And in our view, the president is not adhering to the Constitution when it comes to this executive action. Previously, the states of Washington and Minnesota sued President Donald Trump, some high-ranking officials in the administration and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Since then, hundreds of affected travelers — many of whom are refugees fleeing from wartorn countries — over the weekend had their visas restored and were able to return to the United States, reuniting with friends and family. Prior to Robart’s restraining order, officials from the State and Justice departments revealed that about 60,000 — and possibly as many as 100,000 — have been revoked as a result of Trump’s executive order. Trump has previously indicated that he would take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary, and the decision would be put in

the hands of a divided court that has a vacancy. The president’s nominee, Neil Gorsuch, could not be confirmed in time to take part in any consideration of the ban. Protesters hit the streets of DTLA Amid the hysteria going on in the immigration sphere, people are still protesting the current administration’s commitment to imposing its controversial plans for undocumented immigrants. The latest round of protests happened in downtown Los Angeles with hundreds gathering on the evening of Thursday, February 9 at the downtown offices of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the federal agency responsible for detecting threats to the nation’s security. The rally then moved to the corners of Aliso and Los Angeles streets and blocked the 101 southbound freeway entrance. “Say it loud, say it clear: immigrants are welcome here!” the crowd chanted. Protesters also held up pro-immigrant signs that read “No Ban No Wall”, “Immigrants In Racists Out” and “Stop Separating Families.” “People are scared of us protesting, well we’re scared of futures and the futures of the children. This administration is a poison to all Americans, espe-

cially undocumented people,” Carlos Navarro, a half-Filipino, half-Mexican son of immigrants, told the Asian Journal. To all those fearing deportation, Navarro — who is a school teacher in South LA — told them that “they should know their rights. Talk to an immigration attorney or do some research. Just know your rights if [ICE] tries to do something. They can’t detain you if you don’t have a criminal record.” Cecilia Medina, a Filipina nursing student at Cal State University, Northridge, joined the rally to defend the city of LA, which is home to about 3 million undocumented immigrants, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “This is Los Angeles, we’re a sanctuary city, and these unwarranted raids do not represent the welcoming community here,” Medina told the Asian Journal. “We know this is all because of the executive orders, and we all need to fight and defend our immigrant brothers and sisters.” The protest was peaceful, and police were present and only told protesters to move to the sidewalks or they will be arrested. This rally was a response to the ICE’s mass detainment in Southern California, which immigration advocates say took more than 100 men, women, and



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wouldn’t have happened.� Lopez then disclosed that there was once an incident when a DENR official asked for a P30 million bribe from a miner. “Like, for example, I asked one of my staff to go there and please check up on this mine, because I want to make sure that the... that the mine is working well ‘no because we weren’t able to see it in the flyover. And then the miner came back to me the next day, and then, he said, he was asked for a bribe of 30 million,� she recalled.

According to Lopez, the illegal mining in the Philippines has “flourishedâ€? because of the connection between politicians and mining firms. “That’s how it is‌ the governor, the mayor‌ All over the country, politicians have mining links that’s why mining has been allowed to flourish,â€? she explained. Earlier this month, Lopez ordered the closure of 23 mining firms that are operating in or near functional watersheds. “You cannot, you must not, and


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you should not have any mining which endangers the water supply of the Filipino. No amount of money warrants the quality of life of the Filipino,� Lopez previously said. The environment secretary, however, clarified on Thursday that the 23 mining firms could still continue their operations pending their appeal. “[The closure] only takes effect when it’s rendered final by the President [Rodrigo Duterte]. For example, they can appeal. When the President says to close it, then it’s final,� Lopez explained. “When they appeal to the president, the mines still continue their operations while it’s on appeal. Then when the president sees the appeal, then it’s final then they can go to court.� Among the mining firms which operations were ordered closed include the following: Benguet Corporation, Ore Asia Mining and Development Corporation, BenguetCorp Nickel Mines Incorporated, Eramen Minerals Incorporated, LNL Archipelago Minerals Incorporated, Zambales Diversified Metals Corporation, Mt Sinai Mining Exploration and Development Corporation, Emir Minerals Corporation, TechIron Mineral Resources Incorporated, and AAMPHIL Natural Resources Exploration. Also included were: Oriental Synergy Mining Corporation, SinoSteel Philippines HY Mining Corporation, Kromico Incorporated, Oriental Vision Mining Philippines Corporation, Wellex Mining Corporation, Libjo Mining Corporation, ADNAMA Mining Resources Corporation, Claver Mineral Development Corporation, Hinatuan Mining Corporation, CTP Construction and Mining Corporation, Carrascal Nickel Corporation, Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation, and Platinum Group Metals Corporation. n

RONDA IN CALLE CRISOLOGO. Riders of the Ronda Pilipinas 2017 pass the famous Calle Crisologo St. in Vigan City during the Stage 2 of the race on Sunday, Feb. 5. The stage was won by John Paul Morales of the Philippine Navy. photo by Romy Homillada

Duterte slams former Colombian president‌


“Sabi nila yung (They said that) Colombia has been lecturing about me, that idiot,� Duterte said in a speech at the 115th anniversary of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) on Wednesday, February 8. Duterte argued that Colombia and the Philippines were dealing with different kinds of drugs. He remarked that Colombia was dealing with less potent drugs like cocaine and marijuana—unlike the Philippines where drugs trafficked include shabu or methamphetamines, which he claimed have worse effects on a drug user’s mind. The Philippine president then reiterated that he would take “take full legal responsibility� for the actions of his men who were following his orders. “These extrajudicial killings and issues, just put it aside. For

those really done in the performance of duty, ‘wag yung iba (not other cases), I take full legal responsibility. And if there’s somebody who should go to prison, it’s not the policemen; it is not the military; it is not the Customs; the PDEA (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency); ako (me). Me. I will answer for anything that I ordered and I am obeyed, following the law,â€? he stressed. Commenting on Gaviria’s opinion piece, Philippine Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that MalacaĂąang respects the former Colombian president’s advice. “We respect the opinion of former President Cesar Gaviria that Colombia’s experience of ‘war against drugs’ cannot be won by the armed forces and law enforcement agencies alone,â€? Abella said.

He added: “The Philippine president rightly understood the same insight when he began to address not just crime and illegal drugs but also broadened government efforts into a public health issue.� Vice President Leni Robredo, meanwhile, expressed her support of Gaviria’s advice. In a press briefing on Thursday, February 9, Robredo said she hoped that the Philippine government would learn from other nations’ mistake of using force to fight illegal drugs. “Sana ‘yung pamahalaan pakinggan ‘yung kwento at karanasan ng mga dumaan na diyan para hindi natin nauulit ‘yung mga mali (I hope that our government would listen to the stories and experiences who went through the same drug war so that we won’t repeat their mistakes),� Robredo told reporters. n

Philippines to ask US for help to counter piracy in southern‌





high in 2016. IMB said 62 people were kidnapped for ransom in waters between Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, a lot higher compared to only 19 in 2015 and nine in 2014. Indonesia also previously warned that the area could become the â&#x20AC;&#x153;next Somalia,â&#x20AC;? referring to a country in Africa where ship hijackings have been a crisis for the past decades.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;If shipowners will skirt that area just to avoid kidnap at sea activities by these terrorists, for sure, it will have an additional cost,â&#x20AC;? Philippine Coast Guard Chief Commodore Joel Garcia told AFP. Last year, the governments of

Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines agreed to conduct trilateral maritime and aerial patrol cooperation to address the increasing criminal activities in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;maritime areas of common concern.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just the concern of the

Philippines or Indonesia and Malaysia, but of the international shipping community,â&#x20AC;? Garcia added. Recently, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he asked China to help patrol across the


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children into custody, according to the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. The ICE defended their operations and affirmed that the arrests were â&#x20AC;&#x153;routineâ&#x20AC;? and were not connected to any crackdown due to the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive orders. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our operations are targeted and lead driven prioritizing individuals who pose a risk to our communities,â&#x20AC;? ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice said in a statement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Examples would include known street gang members,

child sex offenders, and deportable foreign nationals with significant drug trafficking convictions. To that end, ICEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s routine immigration enforcement actions are ongoing and we make arrests every day.â&#x20AC;? California Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon (DLos Angeles) criticized ICE for not releasing the list of those that were detained, calling the raids â&#x20AC;&#x153;un-Americanâ&#x20AC;? and requesting that ICE officials to disclose how many people were detained, the reasoning behind the detentions

and confirm that those detained be offered access to attorneys. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will continue to work aggressively to protect law-abiding immigrants because you and your families are a great value to our society,â&#x20AC;? de Leon wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is now clear the Trump Administration is not concerned with public safety, they are only focused on ripping hard-working men, women, and children from their families and communities. Mass deportations will not make us safer, instead they will simply undermine our stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy.â&#x20AC;? n

(NBI), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). The presidential order also mandates the regulatory bodies to submit a consolidated report to the Office of the President every six months that details their fight against illegal gambling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The same law enforcement agencies are further directed to coordinate and promptly act on requests of gambling regulatory authorities to investigate and put a stop to illegal gambling activities in their respective jurisdictions,â&#x20AC;? the order further read. The order also recognized the authority of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation

(PAGCOR) to regulate â&#x20AC;&#x153;all games of chance authorized by existing franchise or permitted by law,â&#x20AC;? as mandated by Presidential Decree 1869 series of 1983. It also recognized the following freeport zonesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; authority to operate gambling facilities or give license to operators: Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (APECO), Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA), and Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB). In its Section 3, the EO states that licensed online gambling operators are not allowed to let persons physically located outside its territorial jurisdiction to participate in online gambling, however, with exception of players â&#x20AC;&#x153;physically located outside Philippine territory.â&#x20AC;? n

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and Licensing of Gambling and Online Gaming Facilities, and for Other Purposes,â&#x20AC;? started to take effect on Friday, February 10. According to the order, illegal gambling is characterized by any operation not authorized or licensed by the government. It also said that â&#x20AC;&#x153;all gambling activities and activities and services directly or indirectly related to or in support of such gambling activities, conducted beyond the territorial jurisdiction of the government authority which issued the license therefor, shall be dealt with as illegal gambling.â&#x20AC;? Among the government agencies mandated to curb illegal gambling include the Philippine National Police (PNP), the National Bureau of Investigation

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Obama endorses LA Mayor Eric Garcetti for re-election

FORMER President Barack Obama announced his endorsement for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s re-election bid on Tuesday, February 7. This is the first major endorsement Obama has made since he left office. In a statement released by the mayor’s re-election campaign, the former president called Garcetti a “loyal ally and a great and visionary mayor of Los Angeles.” “As mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti has delivered by raising the minimum wage, creating jobs and expanding economic opportunity. This past November, Eric YODA FLIES. A balloon that resembles Yoda, one of the beloved characters of the film series ‘Star Wars,’ soars at the former Clark air led the campaign to pass the base in Pampanga. Dozens of colorful balloons took flight on Thursday, Feb. 9 during the annual Hot Air Balloon Festival. largest transportation photo ture measure in our nation’s history,” Obama said. “I strongly endorse Eric Garcetti for a second term as Mayor of Los Angeles,” his statement tries included in the order for dePAGE A1 t Before the ACA was impleadded. mented, 1 out of 8 Asian Amerinity leaders from various fields tainment and deportation.” According to the release, Father Julian Jagudilla, direc- cans did not have health insuraddressed topics that will impact Obama and Garcetti have known the community and discussed tor of The Migrant Center at the ance. These were individuals and worked with each other ways in which social work stu- Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, who owned small businesses, since 2007, when Garcetti bedents, activists, and community a resource and referral center for folks who were working in induscame an early endorser of his members can protect the needs newly arrived immigrants, wel- tries such as domestic workers, presidential bid. of the most vulnerable members comed the audience to the cen- cab drivers, restaurant workers, Garcetti said he was “honored of our community. The panel was ter and explained why they are where insurance was not offered. ACA helped these individuals to united in asking the community involved, even as clergymen. “We get involved in the conver- get health insurance. to elevate their level of civic enAs the panel concluded, noted gagement and go beyond partici- sation around immigration when human rights are compromised community leader Suki Terada- PAGE A4 t pating in protests. “We know that there will be and because we believe that Ports stood up and challenged international waters to combat White House policies that will immigration is a human right,” everyone in the room. the rising incidents of maritime “This is just the start. I am so kidnappings and piracy. directly impact our community Fr. Jagudilla said. “When a Filiand we need to be prepared. It pino-American second grader happy to see so many young ones “We would be glad if they is going to be a prolonged battle was bullied by a classmate who here tonight. You are the new have their presence there. Hindi so we need all of you to engage, yelled ‘Go back to your country!’ generation of activists and we naman kailangan (It doesn’t necact thoughtfully and I am sure we as a Filipino-American, I find that should all turn it up way more,” essarily have to be) gray ships will prevail,” said Marjorie Hsu, disturbing. We have a lot of work she said. (Momar G. Visaya / AJ- eh. Sabi ko, basta iyong Coast to do in the community and we Press) AAF’s board chair. Guard cutter, just to patrol (I On January 25, President can do it together in solidarity.” “Asian Americans comprise Trump signed an executive order that stripped federal funding almost 17% of the city’s entire from sanctuary cities. Two days population, yet despite our numlater, on January 27, he signed bers, we are still invisible to many another executive order that ef- and I think that is one of our bigfectively blocked immigration gest challenges as a community. from a number of Muslim-major- I see all those New York Times or ity countries as well as refugee CNN polls that say white, Latino, resettlement in the U.S. Under black and I always wait for them his latest order, the U.S. will to say Asian, but there’s never no longer issue visas to people any Asian,” lamented Jo-Ann traveling from Muslim-majority Yoo, AAF’s executive director. Beyond invisibility, Yoo also countries or allow the admission of any refugees until further no- shared other challenges that the Asian American community factice. These measures have un- es, including language diversity, leashed harsh criticism from a the model minority myth, some number of leaders, including of the poorest New Yorkers come Governor Andrew Cuomo and from the Asian community, fastMayor Bill de Blasio. The Mayor est-growing yet poorest senior has vowed to protect all New population and the community Yorkers, regardless of their im- receiving only 1.4% of the city migration status, promising that contract dollars despite the risNew York City will pursue legal ing population. Among the panelists were action if the executive orders are enforced in a way that violates Noilyn Abesamis-Mendoza, dithe civil liberties of New York- rector of policy at Coalition for ers. Similarly, the Governor has Asian American Children & Fampledged to commit state resourc- ilies (CACF) and Glenn Magpanes to help and protect anyone de- tay, executive director of National Queer Asian Pacific Islander tained at New York airports. “President Trump’s latest mea- Alliance (NQAPIA). During the campaign period, sures are extreme and perpetuate a false, disproven narrative that Trump said that among his first tie undocumented immigrants, acts as president would be to reMuslims, and refugees to higher peal the Affordable Care Act. “If this were to move forward, crime rates and terrorism,” AAF said in an earlier statement is- it is going to impact a lot of sued to the media. “Like all im- people in our community. If the migrant communities, pan-Asian Affordable Care Act is repealed, New Yorkers will be impacted by 2.7 million New Yorkers stand to these measures, which give wide lose their health care coverage latitude to immigration officials and there will be a tremendous to target all undocumented im- financial impact where there’s migrants and individuals from $3.7 billion that could be lost,” the seven Muslim-majority coun- Abesamis-Mendoza said.

‘The needs of the Asian American community…

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

and humbled” to get the former president’s backing. Garcetti had worked with the Obama administration to secure billions of dollars in funding for Los Angeles infrastructure, anti-poverty Promise Zones and aerospace manufacturing. “President Obama led us from the Great Recession, extended healthcare to millions of people and brought millions more closer

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to equality. Our work together helped create jobs, build infrastructure and lift people from poverty all across our city. I am so proud to have President Obama on my side as I run for re-election so I can keep getting things done for Los Angeles,” Garcetti said. Garcetti, who has been mayor of LA since 2013, faces 10 other challengers during the March 7 primary. n

Philippines to ask US for help to counter…

Noilyn Abesamis-Mendoza (Third from right), director of policy at Coalition for Asian American Children & Families (CACF) explains a point during the panel discussion on the needs of the Asian American community in the time of Trump, held at The Migrant Center in Manhattan. Also part of the panel were (from left), Glenn Magpantay of National Queer API Alliance; Murad Awawdeh of New York Immigration Coalition; Isabel Ching of Hamilton-Madison House; Harjot Kaur of Sikh Coalition and Jo-Ann Yoo of the Asian American Federation. AJPress photo by Momar G. Visaya

said, even with just letting the Coast Guard cutter patrol), like what they did in Somalia, tumulong sila (they helped). Somalia has toned down. Pero dito sa (But here in) Malacca Strait, pati dito sa (And also here in) Sulu Sea, it remains to be a big problem,” Duterte said during a speech on January 31.

According to Garcia, the Philippine and Chinese coast guards would likely discuss the details of the eyed sea patrol cooperation next week. Lorenzana said the Philippines plans to “talk to the ministry of defense of China on how to operationalise this joint patrol.” (Dana M. Sioson/AJPress)


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Threat of losing Obamacare turns some formerly apolitical Californians into protesters by ana

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ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Until recently, Paul Smith didn’t consider himself much of an activist. But he woke up hours before sunrise on Saturday to attend his first town hall meeting. That meeting near Sacramento, organized by his district’s Congressman Tom McClintock (R-Roseville), sparked a peaceful — if large and raucous — protest over Obamacare, the travel ban and other issues. And it drew national headlines. “I have noticed many of my friends who never speak [about] politics are getting political,” said Smith, a 46-year-old Rocklin, Calif., resident and registered Democrat who works in marketing. He said he did not vote for McClintock. Once on the political sidelines, Smith now finds himself one of the leading members of a group called Indivisible California-04 — named for McClintock’s 4th Congressional district. It is one of hundreds of groups forming across the country to “resist” the Trump Administration’s agenda, which includes repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

Use Our Content Alongside veteran protesters, recently galvanized Californians like Smith are demonstrating, calling lawmakers and taking other measures to make their voices heard. For many, the issues are not partisan. They are personal. Placer County resident Veronica Blake said her mother went without health insurance for nearly 10 years before she died in 2012 from heart disease. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer in her early 30s, and although she beat it after a mastectomy, the preexisting condition made her a high-risk patient whom insurers didn’t want to take on, Blake said. Blake wonders how much longer her mother would have lived if she’d had health insurance all those years. Could her heart problems have been detected and treated earlier? Blake joined hundreds of others at Saturday’s rally, she said, because she has other family members with illnesses that would be considered preexisting conditions and fears that their coverage could be taken away. Laurel Ward, who is a nurse in Placer County, said she made her

way to McClintock’s town hall event because of what she sees daily in her crowded emergency room. She also has a younger sister who was able to obtain coverage as a result of the Medi-Cal expansion made possible by the Affordable Care Act. “It’s difficult for young people to afford health insurance,” Ward said. “I know, because I went without insurance when I was a student.” “Without the ACA,” she said. “It’s only going to get worse.” ‘People Are Angry’ For Indivisible California04, the goal is to look ahead to the 2018 election. “We want to change politics in our district,” Smith said. A website for the Indivisible movement offers groups a guide said to have been created by former congressional staffers and inspired by the rise of the Tea Party. It allows people to search and sign up for a local activist group, and as of Tuesday, there were 33 groups registered within 25 miles of Sacramento. Jamie Beutler, chair of the rural caucus for the California Democratic Party and a founding member of another group, Indivisible Sierra Nevada, said

Land security to boost PH economy – US envoy by Michael Joe

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UNITED States Ambassador to Manila Sung Kim highlighted the importance of land tenure security and promised to continuously support the Philippines in unlocking the potential of land to stimulate investment. “Land tenure is a key issue in managing urban growth and reducing poverty in both rural and urban areas,” he said in his keynote speech during the Conference on Sustainable Land Governance in Manila on Wednesday. The event was organized by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). “Stronger property rights regimes are closely associated with higher incomes, more investment and a rise in overall economic growth,” the ambassador added. Attended by leaders from the national and local government, business, civil society and other sectors, the conference focused on multi-disciplinary discussions on practical solutions to challenges in land governance and promoted efficient and sustainable approaches to urban land administration and reform. The coalition called for the adoption of a sustainable land governance to address the country’s land sector development concerns, saying that woes in land registration is setting back the Philippine economy. “We need to enhance land market to attract investment and benefits for development,” Susan Brems, mission director of USAID Philippines, said. “Secured land rights is important to investment,” Heath Cos-

LAND GOVERNANCE US Ambassador Sung Kim (center) talks to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd (left) and Susan Brems of the US Agency for International Development (right) during a conference on sustainable land governance in Manila on Wednesday. Photo by Roger Rañada

grove, director of USAID’s Land Tenure and Resource Management Office, added. “Insecure land rights are costly to investors.” Nearly half of the Philippines’ land parcels remain untitled, according to Calixto Chikiamco, president of Foundation for Economic Freedom. Experts proposed several reforms, including mass land-titling program, placing women at the center of urban development, use of geo-spatial technologies to help urban poor communities and the adoption of innovative land-based financing tools for sustainability, among others. “The impact of the land reform on the economy is huge,” Chikiamco said. “Land security is a matter of both economic and political liberty.” Kim noted that several studies have found that countries like the US with more secure property rights have higher average

incomes. “Security of tenure is a powerful investment incentive that leads to more rapid economic growth and, ultimately, higher incomes,” he said. As such, the envoy noted that the USAID and several partners in development have made notable strides toward promoting land rights, such as giving assistance to the Philippine judiciary to improve efficiency in the adjudication of cases, including land disputes; supporting lending institutions to build their capacity to assist small and medium enterprises in securing titles to their lands; and working with secondary and tertiary cities to improve their land tenure security and land management systems. Kim said the Duterte government has given priority to land tenure security and efficient land management and administration in its zero plus ten-point socioeconomic agenda. n

Vicki Hall, 70, is professor of gender studies at Sacramento State. She was able to afford her total hip replacement surgery because of Medicare. “If the ACA goes away, people on Medicare will be worse off,” she says.

she thinks these organizations are gaining popularity because people are desperate. “People are angry, they are frustrated and want to do something. This gives them a place to go,” said the Placerville, Calif., resident. Beutler, who is on Medicare and Social Security, worries that cuts to her benefits means she’ll have to sell her home. “I hope this event was a wakeup call [for McClintock],” Beutler said. “His constituents are not happy.” Although McClintock later characterized the gathering as having “an anarchist element,” other attendees and a reporter outside the packed auditorium saw an intense but peaceful demonstration, with many senior citizens among the crowd. McClintock was escorted from the town hall meeting by police, but no arrests or citations were made, according to Roseville police. McClintock’s staff did not return a request for comment from California Healthline. But in an interview with with Sacramento television station KCRA 3 after the meeting, McClintock was critical of some demonstrators. “It made a big impression on me that there is an intolerance in the political left that is running very deep, and the fact that police had to intervene is a serious indication of the growing violence streak within the left,” he said. “This is very disturbing, but I will also say that most of the people there were decent concerned citizens.” Regarding the GOP’s plan to replace the ACA, McClintock told KCRA 3 he expects to see a plan “reported out within the next few weeks.” “We’ll follow the plan that has been proposed by [Republican Congressman and Health and Human Services Secretary nominee] Tom Price over many years … which is restore to individuals the financial means and the wide range of choices to put their families back in charge of their own

Helen Cheng is an internist in El Dorado County. Some of her patients are worried about what might happen to their Covered California plans. “I’m here because of my patients. Getting insurance is a nightmare for some of these people.”

Veronica Blake, left, 48, of Placer County, said she was interested in learning what Rep. McClintock had to say about the ACA replacement plan, but wasn’t able to get into event. Photos by Ana B. Ibarra/California Healthline

health care,” McClintock said. Demonstrators also have been active in other largely Republican districts, in California and around the country. About 300 miles south of Roseville, hundreds gathered on Jan. 27 in front of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s Bakersfield office to advocate for preserving the Affordable Care Act. McCarthy supports replacing it, but advocates point out that the area he represents is highly dependent on Medicaid and Medicare. McCarthy represents most of Kern and Tulare counties, where approximately 150,000 people are enrolled in expanded Medicaid as a result of the ACA, and about another 29,000 have enrolled in a Covered California plan. In an op-ed published in the Sacramento Bee last month, McCarthy wrote that the Medicaid program is in need of reform. “It is true that millions of Californians receive health insurance coverage through Obamacare and in particular through the Medicaid expansion. But the number of insured matters little when the quality of the insurance is so dismal.” Dennis Revell, chair of the Placer County Republican Party, said that the demonstration outside McClintock’s town hall meeting was one of the most or-

ganized he’s seen. But he said it was not a true organic, local movement. People were invited by organizers from across county and state lines, he said, although he offered no evidence of that. The Democratic Party is not as active or organized in Placer County as it is in other counties, which is why Saturday’s event stood out, Revell said. “I think it would be fair to say that the speed at which the Trump administration is moving to deliver on its promises has galvanized the progressive and left to organize to a point that they’ve never had to before,” Revell said. Mark Rosen, a member of Indivisible Auburn, Calif., said organizers are now focused on spreading the word about citizen activism. In his last recruitment meeting, more than 80 local residents showed up wanting to learn more about how to become involved. “It shows that there is an army of people who are profoundly upset,” Rosen said, “and particularly concerned about destroying the progress we’ve made with the ACA.” This story was produced by Kaiser Health News, which publishes California Healthline, an editorially independent service of the California Health Care Foundation. n

American sentenced to 50 yrs in prison for exploiting Filipina minor by eD


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A MAN from Tuttle, North Dakota has been sentenced to 50 years in prison on Monday, February 6, after being convicted for exploiting a Filipino child, Valley News Live reported. Calvin Bernhardt, 54, was found guilty of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, attempted receipt of materials depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, counterfeit currency, tampering with witness or evidence and attempted travel with intent to engage in sexual acts with a minor. The report said that Bernhardt induced and enticed a 14-yearold Filipina to engage in and produce images of sexually explicit conduct via Internet. He has also made the minor send him sexually explicit or sadistic and masochistic images. After the suspect became

aware that the police were conducting an investigation against him, he contacted the victim’s mother in the Philippines and instructed her to delete all photos of himself and the minor on the victim’s phone. According to the report, communications between Bernhardt and the victim revealed that he was trying to arrange a meeting with the minor in a hotel in the Philippines with the intent of engaging in sexual acts with her. In May 2016, authorities in the Philippines launched an operation resulting in the arrest of the victim’s mother for pimping her daughter to the suspect. The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security-Homeland Security Investigations in Bismarck, together with Homeland Security Investigations-Manila, Philippines and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation. n

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PH has highest breast cancer prevalence

with cancer centers designated by the Health department. Apart from early detection, IN 2016, the Philippines one’s lifestyle is also crucial in topped 197 countries with the cancer prevention, however. Vices like smoking should be most number of cases of breast cancer, data released by Philip- avoided while proper diet must pine Obstetrical and Gynecolog- be observed. “If you eat less of fiber and ical Society have shown. It is also one of the countries vegetables and more of food worldwide with the highest with high fat content, then prevalence rates of cancer. Mortality rates are also ballooning. To help combat the dreaded disease, local health advocates are promoting the National Screening Program especially among high-risk groups, including immediate family members and relatives of cancer patients. “Studies have shown that certain screening procedures are needed to contribute in reducing mortality,” Dennis Sacdalan, an oncologist at ManilaMed, said on Thursday, February 9. An average of 12 Filipinos die of cervical cancer daily. The Department of Health (DOH) has ranked colon cancer as the fourth overall in incidence and mortality while lung cancer remains to be the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and third in women. Screenings can be conducted in hospitals that specialize in cancer treatment, including government medical institutions by MicAh

BETTER SERVICE. Dr. James Dy (left), president and chief executive officer of the Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center, shows to Minister Qui Yuan Ping of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office and Dr. Benito Goyokpin (right), the newly renovated computed tomography scan, ultrasound and diagnostic radiology unit of the hospital which was launched recently. photo by Bob Dungo Jr.

Chavit Singson on Miss U hosting: ‘It became political’ by AJPress

them that I was not interested in the money. I told them I will not file any damage but they have to LCS Group of Companies chief reconsider,” he said. and former Ilocos Sur Governor Singson said he also got a help Luis “Chavit” Singson recalled from some of his Jewish contacts how politics affected the Philipin appeasing Emmanuel, adding pines’ hosting of the 65th Miss that Duterte, at the same time, Universe beauty pageant. has issued an apology to the During the Meet Inquirer MulJewish community regarding his timedia forum on Wednesday, Hitler remarks. February 8, Singson said PhilipMUO later changed its mind pine President Rodrigo Duterte’s and agreed to push through with continuous and strong hate senthe Philippines as the host countiments against the United States try of the pageant. and its former president, Barack Overall, Singson disclosed that Obama, nearly caused the total Luis “Chavit” Singson he has spent at least $15 million cancellation of the event. “Miss Universe became politi- payment [for the franchise] and on the competition as one of its cal,” Singson said. we signed the contract,” Singson sponsors. “As long as tourists will start The Miss Universe Organiza- said. tion (MUO) is owned by WilHe revealed that he could get arriving in the country, it’s a liam Morris Entertainment/In- back the initial $12 million fran- win for all of us. I’m very positernational Marketing Group chise fee he donated, and also, tive that it will be easy to recover (WME) CEO, Ariel Zev “Ari” an additional $10 million from the amount as long as there will Emanuel, who is also the brother the MUO for damages it caused be many tourists because I have transportation, an airline and a of Obama’s former chief staff, by breaching the contract. Rahm. ButSingson said he refused to hotel,” he said, insisting that the In October last year, Emanu- sue the MUO and tried to con- amount he spent was not a loss el, who is Jewish, canceled the vince the organization to recon- but rather, an ‘investment.’ The events surrounding the event after Duterte paralleled Ad- sider its decision instead. olf Hitler and the Holocaust with “My lawyers were happy be- 65th Miss Universe pageant behis own administration’s bloody cause I was to get no less than gan on January 15, culminating campaign against illegal drugs. $10 million and I would also get to coronation night on January “I told them [MUO] that the the $12 million I paid for the fran- 30 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena Philippines already made the full chise without effort. But I showed in Pasay City. n

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you’re more at risk to develop colon and heart cancer,” Sacdalan said. Obesity exposes a person to several cancers. Meanwhile, smoking, often mistaken to just cause lung cancer, can also lead to other forms of cancer, like head and neck cancers, stomach cancer and colorectal cancer. n

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Safety concerns

SECURITY has long been among the concerns raised by foreign investors in this country. Offices, facilities and equipment are raided, bombed or torched. Such threats along with the possibility of being kidnapped for ransom have turned away investors from impoverished areas in Mindanao that could benefit from the jobs and commercial activities generated by FDI. The kidnapping for ransom and gruesome murder of South Korean business executive Jee Ick-joo by police anti-drug operatives intensified the concerns. Over the weekend the Joint Foreign Chambers expressed support for the concerns raised by one of its members, the Korean Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, over the safety of both foreign and local investors and the general public. Despite sustained economic growth, and despite getting its first ever investment grade from all the major international credit rating agencies, the Philippines continues to lag behind most of its neighbors in terms of FDI. With investors looking for other sites for their businesses as costs rise in China, the Philippines is also losing out to countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia. Problems about personal security for foreigners can only further drive away FDI. The Joint

Foreign Chambers of the Philippines includes all the major foreign investment groups in the country. Together, their businesses account for millions of jobs all over the Philippines. While expressing appreciation for the measures undertaken so far by President Duterte, the investors are clearly waiting for more solid reassurances about their personal safety. It helps that the President quickly dismantled the Philippine National Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Group, whose members have been directly implicated in Jee’s murder. Both the PNP and National Bureau of Investigation have also been barred from anti-drug operations. What is needed is the speedy prosecution of those involved, from the direct participants to the mastermind. There are enough witnesses to ensure that the prosecution of this case will not

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move at the usual snail’s pace. Authorities must also show that measures are being implemented to prevent more kidnappings and murder. In fighting criminality, prevention is as critical as solving crimes.

Yesterday, relatives, friends and compatriots of Jee Ick-joo attended a memorial event for him at Camp Crame where he was murdered. They are not alone in praying that no one else suffers the same grisly fate. (

Appeals Court blocks travel ban

No one’s above the law, not even the president

TWO defeats out of two court battles, The Fil-Am and Donald Trump is learning the hard Perspective way that in the United States, no one is above the law. No one is above the law and the Con- Gel santos-relos stitution — even if you were a celebrity who could grope a woman’s genitals and do anything because of your celebrity status; not even if you were a political candidate who said you could shoot somebody and still have your diehard fans voting for you; not even when you are the president catapulted to the highest office in the land because you won the Elec-

toral College contest, despite the fact that nearly three million more Americans voted for your political opponent. In a unanimous vote 3-0 vote by three judges picked by past presidents from both the Republican and Democratic parties, the Ninth Circuit Appeals Court refused to reinstate President Trump’s travel ban. “The government has pointed to no evidence that any alien from any of the countries named in the order has perpetrated a terrorist attack in the United States,” the decision stipulated. This decision affirmed the vote of

the federal judge in Washington state — appointed by Republican President George Bush — who blocked President Trump’s controversial travel ban. The appeals court’s decision brought forth one important lesson in civics that even the president, who has the duty to protect the nation, is subject to judicial and even congressional review — the very system of checks and balances stipulated and mandated by the Constitution so that not one of the three co-equal branches of government will abuse its respective powers. “Rather than present evidence to explain the need for the Executive Order, the government has taken the position that we must not review its decision at all,” the judges wrote. According to the appeals court,

The challenge for citizens to be guardians of democracy “KNOWLEDGE has, in our time, triumphed, and is tri- Rhizomes umphing, over distance, over difference of language, over diversity of habits, over prejudice, and over bigotry. The civilized and Christian world is fast learning the great lesson, Prosy aBarquezthat difference of nation does Delacruz, J.D. not imply necessary hostility, and that all contact need not be war. Let our age be the age of improvement. In a day of peace, let us advance the arts of peace and the works of peace. Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth its powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great interests, and see whether we also, in our day and generation, may not perform something worthy to be remembered.” – Daniel Webster, 1825. I wrote a piece about News of the World Corporation’s hacking of key political figures and celebrities in England on July 30, 2011. It traced how it started with an audacious bid of News of the World, from Rupert Murdoch in 1981. Emily Bell of The Guardian reported how he smashed the unions. He then launched Sky-TV in 1989. It had grown in size and unparalleled power that political candidates sought the newspaper’s support. The paper became kingmakers and queenmakers in politics. But its operational practices were less than pristine. In January 2007, News of the World Reporter’s Clive Goodman was jailed for hacking mobile phones of three royal staff, an offense under the Regulatory of Investigatory Powers Act, Guardian reported. Headlines read: “Rebekah Brooks arrested by British police for hacking allegations on July 17, 2011.” She resigned on July 15, 2011 from News World Corporation and agreed to give evidence. Operation Elveden (bribing of police officers) was acknowledged in progress. Another private investigator, Glenn Mulcaire, was jailed when he admitted to hacking phones of five other targets. In 2009, a million pounds was paid to gag the victims. From Mulcaire’s arrest, 31 journalists were implicated. The rest was history and Rupert Murdoch had to issue public apologies for hacking and his bid to fully Sky Cable was abandoned. Fast forward to 2017, and The Guardian’s Jasper Jackson reported, “Senior executives from Rupert

Murdoch-owned companies met the prime minister or chancellor 10 times in a year – more than any other media organization, according to a new analysis. There were 10 meetings with either David Cameron or George Osborne, and later Theresa May or the chancellor, Phillip Hammond, compared with seven with named executives for the BBC and four with Evgeny Lebedev, the owner of the Evening Standard and Independent, over the 12 months to September 2016.” It is reported that Rupert Murdoch has reached an agreement “to take full control of the satellite broadcaster, Sky, five years after he was forced to abandon a similar deal amid public revulsion over the phone-hacking scandal.” Notice that public revulsion caused a halt in hacking practices, which involved several journalists, but also bribing police officers. Scandals were facilitated by tapping the phones of celebrities and royal staff and it took the public, as guardians of democracy, to say, enough! But what about in the United States? Who will act as guardians of our American democracy? Five million in post-45th presidential inauguration rallies A day after the inauguration on January 20, The Nation reported that 5,000,000 worldwide and over 1,000,000 in Washington, DC rallied. They came to declare that they are the guardians of democracy, equality, inclusion and “women’s rights are human rights.” Why? The Russian hackers reported to have intervened during the elections remain a statement of fact, but without anyone and their cohorts brought to justice. Also, a president was installed, while not elected by a majority of popular votes, but simply the Electoral College votes, a hold-over from the colonial period of slavery-owned states. Of late, the hashtag #weaccept gained support after Pres. Trump signed an executive order on January 27, 2017, banning immigrants and refugees entering from the Muslim-dominated countries of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. The executive order was entitled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” When Judge James L. Robart asked how many arrests have there been of foreign na-


Trump’s travel ban failed to prove that there is an imminent and real threat to national security that cannot otherwise be thwarted by the more stringent vetting process already put in place by the Obama administration to screen immigrants and visitors coming from the seven Muslim-dominated countries included in the travel ban for 90 days, as well as the refugees banned from entering the U.S. for 120 days, with Syrian refugees indefinitely banned. The Ninth Circuit Court judges pointed out in its decision that while “the public has a powerful interest in national security and in the ability of an elected president to enact policies…the public also has an interest in free flow of travel, in avoiding separation of families, and in

freedom from discrimination.” In defiant response to the ruling, Trump tweeted “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” Trump also said that he will either write a new executive order or rewrite the one already reviewed and blocked by both the federal court and the Ninth Circuit Court. The issue may even be brought all the way up to the Supreme Court. What must Trump do now moving forward? *** Gel Santos Relos is the anchor of TFC’s “Balitang America.” Views and opinions expressed by the author in this column are are solely those of the author and not of Asian Journal and ABS-CBN-TFC. For comments, go to,

The epiphany of Duterte “EPIPHANY — A moment when you suddenly feel that you Street understand, or suddenly become conscious of, something that is Talk very important to you.” In other words, an awakening. This definition of “epiphany” certainly applies to President Rodrigo Duterte’s change of attitude GreG B. MacaBenta towards his certain promises and policies, including those concerning the Philippine National Police and the New People’s Army. During the presidential campaign, then-candidate Duterte boasted: “If elected president, give me about three to six months, I will get rid of corruption, drugs and criminality. If I fail in three months, better leave the country or I will step down and give the presidency to Bongbong,” Duterte said this while campaigning in Batac, bailiwick of vice-presidential hopeful, Bongbong Marcos. This prompted me to comment that Duterte would have mentioned his own VP teammate, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, had he been speaking in Taguig. In December last year, six months into his presidency, Duterte began to sing a different tune. He admitted in an interview with CNN that “it was a miscalculation” on his part when he promised to end the drug scourge in three to six months. However, still full of bluster, he asked for “an extension of six months.” Duterte also remained adamant in his support of the berdugos in his bloody anti-drug campaign, the Philippine National Police. Reacting to official NBI findings that the death of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa inside a jail cell was a premeditated liquidation by officers of the PNP, Duterte declared: “I will not allow these guys to go to prison. Maski na sabihin ng NBI [na] murder. Eh tutal ano naman ang NBI, under ko rin yan eh, Department of Justice (Even if the NBI says it’s murder. Anyway, the NBI is under me through the Department of Justice.)” That attitude would change in the wake of the murder-for-ransom of a Korean businessman by PNP mobsters right inside Camp Crame, and subsequent revelations of criminal activities by rogue policemen, apparently exploiting Duterte’s anti-drug campaign. In a recent speech in Malacañang, Duterte announced: “I have ordered the police to stop all anti-drug operations, No policeman in this country anywhere is allowed to enforce laws related to the drug campaign.” Following that announcement, PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa told the media:

“We have to focus our efforts towards internal cleansing. And by the time na ma-cleanse natin ang PNP, the President will determine that and he will instruct us to go back on the war on drugs. But right now, no more drug operations.” Dela Rosa also issued the warning: “Wala itong ibang mission kundi habulin, run after scalawags in the PNP. Kaya kayong mga sindikatong pulis, tingnan niyo ito ngayon, lumaban kayo para kayo’y mamatay. Papatayin kayo nitong counter-intelligence task force (There is no other mission but to go after scalawags in the PNP. So, you police syndicates, watch out, you fight back and you’ll die. You will be killed by the counter-intelligence task force.)” Duterte’s epiphany concerning the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) took much longer to happen. Throughout his incumbency as mayor of Davao City, Duterte tolerated and even rationalized the extortion racket of the NPA, using the euphemism, “revolutionary tax.” When he assumed the presidency, one of his first high-profile acts was a rapprochement with the Left and a virtual romance with Communist Party Chairman Jose Ma. Sison. Negotiations in the Netherlands and a ceasefire between government forces and the NPA followed. But, expectedly, the romance would not last. Following recent skirmishes and the death of several government troopers, Duterte has ended the ceasefire with the NPA and has given the armed forces the green light to go after the rebels with deadly force. In a speech in North Cotabato, Duterte announced, “There will be no peace with the communists for this generation. I’m lifting the ceasefire tonight, there will be no more ceasefire.” On another front, Duterte is still hoping to reach an accord with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) of Nur Misuari, although not with the Abu Sayyaf and any elements of the ISIS, said to be creeping into the Mindanao front. “I will never talk to the terrorists but I am ready to concede federalism to Nur Misuari and to the MILF,” Duterte has announced. Will he be in for another epiphany? Those are just domestic issues that Duterte has to confront – issues that he may have already begun to realize cannot be resolved within the six


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tionals from these seven countries, the president’s attorney, Michelle Bennett responded, “I don’t have that information.” NPR reported: “He questioned Department of Justice lawyer Michelle Bennett, who was representing the Trump administration, asking, ‘How many arrests have there been of foreign nationals from those seven countries since 9/11?’ The Sept. 11 attack was one of the rationales behind the executive order, according to the Trump administration. ‘I don’t know the specific details of attacks or planned attacks,’ said Bennett, who is from the DOJ’s Civil Division.” “The answer to that is none, as best I can tell,” said the judge. The judge ruled that “blocking the ban was in the public’s interest.” NPR continued, “Congress gives the president wide latitude in foreign affairs, which includes granting visas. ‘The court doesn’t get to look behind those determinations,’ she added. But the judge answered: ‘I’m also asked to look and determine if the executive order is rationally based. And rationally based, to some extent, means I have to find it grounded in fact instead of fiction.’” How else can we become guardians of democracy? Resistance came in many forms. Several states filed suits against the President’s orders: Washington, Massachusetts, New York, Minnesota and Virginia. ACLU filed the first lawsuit blocking the president’s executive order. Rallies were mobilized in major cities and airports. Lolit Lledo, a Filipino-American leader and Pilipino Workers’ Center’s Associate Director, explained that most of the undocumented are mothers who want to provide for their families. Most of the time they sacrifice so much in lifting patients,

giving care to them, while they struggle through their loneliness, getting paid $1,000 a month, with $800 sent to support families in the Philippines, leaving them with a paltry sum of $200 for living expenses. “They are not criminals,” she emphasized. Nor are they terrorists! When folks in the high echelon of government lie and under the so-called “free speech rights,” we, the citizens, through our silence and lack of resistance, give a green light for evil to corrupt us all, until we have a culture of apathy, allowing more wrongs to grow. Notice how sexual abuse of young ones was enabled by a culture of not seeing these behaviors as “criminal conduct” in the Catholic Church, until it blew up in its face with news stories and lawsuits. The Catholic Church was financially drained resolving these lawsuits. Not too long ago, “Spotlight,” an Oscar-winning film was made based on this harrowing problem, which was fully investigated by the Boston Globe. That culture of abuse continue to haunt us and slowly, it is being replaced by appropriate behaviors of priests, bishops and a very inspiring example of a morally aligned and spiritually wise Pope Francis. In the United Kingdom, the police were bribed to look the other way, to not enforce the laws, while hacking was in progress and gag monies provided to those who complained. This dark culture of wrongdoings took years to be stopped and perpetrators brought to justice. Free speech has boundaries; that is, speech must not do any harm. We cannot allow a president to make policies and executive orders based on zero evidence. With no evidence that terrorists came from these 7 countries that he identified, his ex-

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years of his presidency. But there are other more pressing problems that he has to face on the international front. The simmering conflict over the South China Sea that could bring the United States and China to the brink of war, will leave Duterte wondering about how to handle our country’s foreign policy and how to maintain his precarious balancing act. In this regard, his epiphany will be the realization that foreign relations are much more complicated than running the mayor’s office in Davao. Unfortunately, his Secretary of Foreign Affairs Perfect Yasay may not be of much help. Hopefully, Duterte’s awakening will come sooner, rather than later. One other conflict that Duterte has to resolve is that with the Catholic Church. Someone should remind him that not even the Roman emperors and the lions in the Colosseum could vanquish it. In this regard, it may also serve a good purpose to remind our bishops that acting as juvenile as Duterte over one’s number of wives is not in line with the lessons of the beatitudes. The fact, however, that Duterte has acknowledged his “miscalculations” and has shown a willingness to change course is a good sign. He just needs to display less arrogance, particularly when he takes the name of the Lord God in vain. There is a Waray-Waray phrase that I’m sure Duterte understands. Gagabaan ka.

At any rate, Duterte’s epiphany is more than one can say about former President Benigno Aquino III. Aquino tended to rationalize, wash his hands and pass the buck on sticky issues, even when the facts indicated his accountability. The Mamasapano massacre of Special Action Force troopers was only one among several examples of his character flaw – and the ghosts of the Fallen 44 may have begun to haunt him. Meanwhile, although Duterte continues to rate favorably among the 16 million who voted him into office mainly because of the illusion of gains against crime and the speedier, more efficient services being rendered by some government agencies the gut issues of poverty, jobs, food, health and education, and corruption, as well as the promised economic inclusiveness, may soon begin to rankle. Dissatisfaction with the Duterte administration will follow, as surely as night follows day. After many disappointments, particularly the ones that followed EDSA One and EDSA Two, it should already begin to dawn on the Filipino people that it takes more than the bluster of a populist President to solve our country’s problems and set the Philippines on the road to meaningful progress. It takes a realization that every citizen’s active involvement is required to address the challenges of national development. It takes patriotism, self-sacrifice, and discipline. It takes an epiphany. (gregmacabenta@gmail. com)

Duterte: Let’s continue peace talks by Karlos


DAVAO CITY—Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chair Jose Maria Sison extended an olive branch to President Rodrigo Duterte and offered a solution to the standoff in the peace negotiations. Sison, who is now the chief political consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), said in a statement that both parties must not lose sight of the gains of the negotiations and must consciously defend it from spoilers. He noted that there was a “fair exchange of views and agreements on efforts to comply with the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) concerning the release of all political prisoners, justice for and indemnification of victims of human right violations under the Marcos regime, allegations of human rights violations under Oplans Bayanihan, Tokhang and Kapayapaan.” During the third round of talks last month, both parties also signed the supplementary guidelines of the Joint Monitoring Committee, which would facilitate the processing of human rights complaints. Giving clarity to the confusing situation, Sison explained that while the communist movement decided to withdraw its indefinite unilateral ceasefire, both parties are keen on inking a bilateral ceasefire agreement. “There was also an initial discussion of the bilateral ceasefire agreement to replace the unilateral ceasefire declarations,” Sison said. The New People’s Army (NPA) announced on February 2 that its ceasefire is terminated effective February 10 citing the nonrelease of political prisoners and the alleged continued presence of military forces in the communities as its two major reasons. Sison added that the biggest achievements in the talks between the NDFP and the Duterte administration were the exchange of complete drafts for the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER) and the Comprehensive Agreement on Political and Constitutional Reforms (CAPCR).

Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison and President Rodrigo Duterte. File photos

These two agreements, if signed and implemented, are expected to address the root causes of the 48-year-old conflict. Sison optimistically said that the drafts can be unified within this year and reaffirmed the commitment of the NDFP in helping Duterte forge a federal republic. “I estimate that it is possible to unify these drafts within 2017. The NDFP has formally offered to GRP (government of the Republic of the Philippines) to cofound the Federal Republic of the Philippines on the basis of the CAPCR,” Sison said. Sison said that the Comprehensive Agreement on End of Hostilities and Disposition of Forces (CAEHDF), the last substantive agenda before the final peace agreement, can be signed in 2020-21.

A bilateral ceasefire can be signed this year especially if CASER and CAPCR will be inked and implemented, Sison said. “Before then, a bilateral ceasefire agreement is possible, especially after the signing of the CASER and the CAPCR by the negotiating panels in 2017,” Sison expressed. And with the present exchange of bitter words and the move to suspend the talks, Sison said he understands Duterte’s reaction but he asserted that the talks must be preserved. “I can understand the role of President Duterte in reacting as GRP president and Commanderin-Chief. It is his duty to speak and act in the interest of the GRP and express concern for his troops. But there should have

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FVR to Rody: Consult Cabinet first on policies by Paolo


MAnilA, philippines — Former president Fidel Ramos urged president Duterte on Friday, February 10, to consult his Cabinet and the citizens before making major decisions and policies, particularly on security matters. in an interview, the former leader noted that Duterte appears to make off-the-cuff decisions or policies that he suddenly announces in speeches, which is not good for the country. He cited his decisions on tapping the military to join the war on drugs, reviving the philippine Constabulary (pC) and moving to disengage from the US. “The way it is, there is a lack of consultation, as i said in the beginning, not just with his active commanders. Maybe not even with the Cabinet members concerned, but also with the rest of the citizenry,” Ramos said. “With all due respect to those concerned, it’s not Facebook stuff. it’s the real McCoy because i’ve been through it and i’ve done it,” he said. He suggested that the president’s pronouncements in his speeches not be considered policy statements unless they have gone through proper consultations and study. He said Duterte’s pronouncements on the military and the pC, which the former president used to lead during the Marcos regime, have to be discussed and formulated “and put out in the proper form because the people concerned, the military and police personnel, are starting to be confused.”

Former president Fidel Ramos

“There is a need for a thorough study for those kinds of setup. These things are now being served in the daily headlines because of the snap pronouncements of the president, to me they’re not yet policy because it’s just coming out as someone who just said that,” Ramos said. He did not directly comment on the spate of extrajudicial killings but said the country’s law enforcement situation, as well as human rights and criminal justice system, has changed under the Duterte presidency. “perhaps the most important component is the thumb which puts all of these fingers together and this is the community, the public, that must be served. now, i’m not seeing the proper coordination of the five pillars (of justice) this time, unlike before. There seems to be too much unilateralism or one way kind of decision-making in law enforcement these days, which should not be,” he said. He also urged Duterte to maxi-

mize the use of coordination and consultation mechanisms like legislative-executive Development Advisory Council and the national peace and order Councils, before making crucial decisions. Ramos also advised Duterte to build bridges and partnerships in the international community. The president has been hitting the country’s traditional ally the US and the european Union for criticizing him and his war on drugs. He said the administration must adopt an interdependent foreign policy. “Meaning, let’s go and look for new allies and new friends but let us not discard our traditional, our loyal and long-standing friends, allies and partners, who have proven themselves to be helpful to the philippines in war and peace.” ‘Be at peace’ Ramos asked Duterte not to use fear as his main tool of governance. “This is the kind of environment in which he grew up. But a lot of these fears being generated by him is because he’s afraid of fear. or he is insecure,” he said. He urged Duterte to be at peace with himself and stop talking about himself being a target of assassination or being ready to be killed anytime. “(Stop) talking about dying soon or being killed or not caring about your life. you must preserve your life. you have a lot of things to do and people will support you. We don’t want the president to be just disposed of like that. you have been elected for six years,” Ramos said. n

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been a measure of restraint in his reaction in order to preserve the gRp-nDFp peace process,” Sison said. He added that while he understands Duterte, his reactions “should not have gone this far.”To move the process forward, Sison suggested that the government consult its own peace panel and to provide a space for back channeling to resolve the present issues. “i propose to him to consult thoroughly with his negotiating panel and the peace advocates in his own cabinet and others outside of his government, and encourage and allow back-channeling efforts to clarify misunder-

standings and solve immediately the current problems,” Sison said. “The third party facilitator deserves a briefing from each negotiating party and may also help to enable the continuance of the peace process,” he added. Sison said that the recent incidents should be a reminder to both sides on the importance of pursuing and forging the needed agreements. “even if the armed conflict between the armed forces of the two parties has resumed, peace negotiations can and must continue precisely to continue with the forging of the CASeR, CApCR and the bilateral ceasefire agreement and effecting the amnesty

and release of all political prisoners within 2017,” Sison said. He noted that at least 10 major agreements were made during the administration of former president Fidel Ramos even if fightings were happening on the ground. “The Cpp, npA and nDFp remain committed to the peace process in accordance with The Hague Joint Declaration and further agreements. They wish to pursue with the gRp the bright prospects that started with the first round of formal talks in August 2016 and overcome the peace spoilers that run counter to the progress that has been achieved in the third round of formal talks,” Sison said. n

FIRE IN PAROLA. Some 3,000 residents take refuge at the Delpan Gymnasium after a 10-hour fire that hit the Parola area of Manila’s Tondo district on Tuesday night, Feb. 7. Authorities said 1,200 homes were burned in 10 villages. Firemen had difficulty containing the fire because of narrow streets. photo by Russell Palma

PNP: Duterte sending rogue cops to Mindanao not a punishment by Dana

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Deploying alleged erring cops to conflicted areas in Mindanao is not a form of punishment, the philippine national police (pnp) said in a statement on Tuesday, February 7. According to pnp Spokesperson Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos, it is a ‘regular thing’ for officers to be transferred or reassigned in another area. “Hindi po ito parusa (It is not a punishment). it’s an ongoing activity or program in the philippine national police,” Carlos said. The pnp made the statement following president Rodrigo Duterte’s order to send over 200 supposed rogue cops to Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi. “We are members of the pnp and not just a local police force, unlike in the U.S. na may sheriff, federal police. Tayo po ay maaring ma-reassign saan mang lugar sa ibang pilipinas (We can be assigned anywhere in the Philippines),” Carlos explained. earlier on Tuesday, pnp Chief Director Ronald Dela Rosa brought over 200 police officers allegedly involved in various offenses — including minor offenses and other cases of extortion, robbery, and drug-related offenses — at the Malacañang palace grounds to supposedly clean the pasig River. Duterte, however, did not order the cops to clean the river. Standing in a podium while facing the police officers lined up before him, the president ordered them instead to prepare for deployment in two weeks. “Kailangan ko ng pulis sa south. Kulang ang pulis sa Basilan kasi maya’t maya, pinapaputok mga estasyon doon; nauubos. Kayong lahat nandito,

ERRING COPS. President Rodrigo Duterte (lower right corner) addresses 264 policemen who have allegedly committed offenses while in uniform. Director General Ronald Dela Rosa escorted the policemen to Malacañang Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 7 purportedly to clean up the Pasig River. photo by Noy Morcoso

kasali kayo sa Task Force South. padala ko kayo sa Basilan. Tumira kayo doon ng mga dalawang taon (I need police in the south. Basilan lacks policemen because their stations are always being bombed. All of you here, you are part of Task Force South. I will send you to Basilan. Live there for two years),” Duterte said in a speech full of expletives. “Kung lumusot kayo buhay, balik kayo dito. Kung doon kayo mamatay, sabihin ko sa pulis, huwag na magastos na para dalhin pa kayo dito, doon na kayo ilibing (If you survive, you come back here. If you die there, I will not spend to bring you back here. You will be buried there),” he added. The Chief executive, however, gave unwilling cops an option of resigning. He also warned that he would “create a battalion to keep track” of dismissed officers. “Karamihan ng mga pulis, ‘yung nadismiss, ‘yun ang mga

sindikato kasi may alam kayo. Kayo ang pinakadelikadong kriminal pag-alis sa pulis. Alam ninyo ang pasikot-sikot eh. p***, papatayin ko talaga kayo sa harap ng pilipinas (Most policemen, particularly those who were dismissed, were part of syndicates because they know many things. You are the most dangerous among criminals after leaving the police. You know your way around. I will really kill you in front of the Philippines),” Duterte remarked. The president also shot down Dela Rosa’s previous recommendation to retrain the supposed erring cops. “Hindi ako mag-retraining. Ano ang i-retraining ko sa inyo? Tapos na ang training n’yo araw-araw. Ang i-retraining ko ang utak ninyo (I would not order a retraining. What would be your retraining? Your training is done everyday. What I need to retain are your brains),” Duterte said. n

Alvarez sacks Arroyo, Andaya for opposing death penalty bill by llaneSca

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HoUSe Speaker pantaleon Alvarez on Wednesday, February 8 kicked out deputy speakers who are opposed to the death penalty bill, including former president gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Alvarez said his decision was final. Another deputy speaker who is against the death penalty is Rep. Rolando Andaya of Camarines Sur. “it is the policy of the leadership, and that is not arm-twisting. i am not threatening anybody. When i say something, i’d do it. She (Arroyo) will have to be replaced as Deputy Speaker. i haven’t talked to her, but i already asked the Majority leader to attend to it,” Alvarez said. “i am not forcing the members of the House leadership [to vote in favor of death penalty bill]. if there are really four deputy speakers against it, then i will have to ask for their replacement from their respective parties,” he added. Alvarez shrugged the warning of Rep. Jose Atienza of Buhay party-list that the House leader will eventually lose the support of his allies if he continues to kick out deputy speakers who are against the death penalty. “i am not forcing anybody. if i lose support, i’m okay with it. i am not forcing anyone to go with me,” Alvarez said. The Speaker made the stance after a caucus with pDp-laban members on Wednesday morning, with discussions on the death penalty bill stymied in the last two weeks because of lack of quorum. “The party stand of pDp-laban is the restoration of death penalty. i think we have around 100 members. if you don’t agree with the party stand, then you

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might as well quit from your party membership,” Alvarez told reporters. “They are free to resign from the party. i will not force them, of course,” he added. Alvarez also warned “Super Majority” coalition members from other political parties to toe the line or lose their positions in the House leadership. The Super Majority coalition is led by pDp-laban. The ruling coalition includes members of the liberal party, nacionalista party, nationalist people’s Coalition, party-list Coalition, national Unity party and lakas-CMD. “i already asked their cooperation since they belong to the majority [coalition]. if you were a deputy speaker or committee chairman, it would look bad if you are not supporting the administration bill. We could replace them [in the House leadership if they don’t agree with death penalty],” Alvarez said. “But it will be up to them to leave the Super Majority,” he added. The death penalty law was abolished during the Arroyo presidency in 2006. on Wednesday, lawmakers amended the death penalty bill by providing life sentence as an option to punish those convicted of heinous crime. “We agreed that the death

penalty won’t be mandatory (anymore). instead, the punishment will be ranging from reclusion perpetua (lifetime imprisonment) to death. This means it will be the judge’s call when to mete death penalty [to a convict],” Alvarez told reporters. “The punishment will depend on attending circumstances. The judge will be the one to decide what is appropriate between the two,” he added. The initial version of the death penalty covers heinous crimes and drug-related offenses. House Majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas on Tuesday cautioned anti-death penalty lawmakers against repeatedly questioning the lack of required majority attendance on the session floor, warning that the House leadership could bar some 50 lawmakers from questioning the death penalty bill. Under the rules, the House cannot discuss measures in the plenary without a quorum. “if the gentleman [from Manila]will insist on having a quorum, then we will not have enough time to accommodate the 50 interpellators for the death penalty debates. if there are three [lawmakers]in favor [of death penalty]and three against, we can move to close the period of debates,” Fariñas said. Fariñas was referring to Rep. Jose Atienza of Buhay party-list, who has been questioning the quorum. Atienza conceded and instead proposed to suspend Tuesday’s session until a quorum is reached. in 25 minutes, a quorum was reached and the sponsorship on the death penalty bill proceeded. The death penalty bill covers heinous crimes and drug-related offenses, and deems the possession of at least 10 grams of illegal drugs as drug trafficking punishable by death. n

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THE Sandiganbayan antigraft court on Thursday, Feb. 9 postponed to Feb. 23 the start of exSen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.’s plunder trial pending resolution of his eleventh-hour motion to quash the charge sheet for being inadequately detailed. Instead, oral arguments were heard in open court, with Office of the Special Prosecutor Director Joefferson Toribio going toeto-toe against legal heavyweight Estelito Mendoza. Mendoza said allegations against his client only constituted a criminal case for direct bribery, with a penalty not as hefty as that for plunder. He maintained that Revilla’s alleged endorsement of fake founLIFE GOES ON. Men search for materials that they can use to build their shanties a day after a huge fire razed a community of squatters dations linked to Janet Lim-Nain Tonsuya and Catmon in Malabon City. photo by Rene Dilan poles was not in itself an “overt or criminal act” through which ill-gotten wealth was acquired under the plunder law. “If the prosecutors want, they has been flawless from the start, but that we have can file another case that’s not PAGE A9 t ecutive order is highly prejudicial, capricious and shown the capacity to change and make life better plunder, but simple bribery,” unsound. As such, the judge reasonably blocked for those who follow. Yes, our progress has been Mendoza told the court. uneven. The work of democracy has always been Mendoza said Revilla’s right this order. In turn, we, the citizens of this republic, must hard. It’s always been contentious. Sometimes it’s take a stand that we believe in our norms. As Ben- been bloody. For every two steps forward, it often jamin Wittes, a Brookings Institution expert on feels we take one step back. But the long sweep legal affairs, told The Atlantic’s Jonathan Rauch, of America has been defined by forward motion, “The first thing you’re going to blow through a constant widening of our founding creed to emis not the laws, it’s the norms.” By “norms,” he brace all and not just some.” It is simply un-American to proceed with a ban means such political and social customs as respecting the law, accepting the legitimacy of of seven countries, with mostly Muslim citizens, your political opponents, tolerating speech you when there is no data since 9/11 to support that disagree with, performing civic duties like voting terrorists come from these countries. As Judge Robart said, “I’m also asked to look and staying informed, treating public office with dignity, and not lying. Fervently and frequently, and determine if the executive order is rationalthe Founders warned that the Constitution would ly based. And rationally based, to some extent, stand or fall on the public’s commitment to high means I have to find it grounded in fact instead standards of behavior—what they called repub- of fiction.” Executive orders cannot be based on suspicion, lican virtue. James Madison said “parchment barriers” could not withstand the corruption of conjecture, assumptions, or fiction. America’s Executive Order 9066 signed by Pres. democratic norms.” I am reminded by Pres. Barack Obama’s fare- Theodore Roosevelt in 1942, which incarcerated well speech, his prescient reminders, “A great 150,000 American citizens of Japanese descent, gift that our Founders gave to us: The freedom was implemented based on a lie that was ento chase our individual dreams through our shrined in a military memo. We must not repeat that historical injustice and sweat and toil and imagination, and the imperative to strive together, as well, to achieve a com- must be worthy guardians of democracy, what mon good, a greater good. For 240 years, our Daniel Webster had exhorted us to do in 1825. *** nation’s call to citizenship has given work and purpose to each new generation. It’s what led Prosy Abarquez-Delacruz, J.D. writes a weekly column for Asian patriots to choose republic over tyranny, pioneers Journal, called “Rhizomes.” She has been writing for AJ Press to trek west, slaves to brave that makeshift rail- for 9 years now. She contributes to Balikbayan Magazine. Her road to freedom. It’s what pulled immigrants and training and experiences are in science, food technology, law and refugees across oceans and the Rio Grande. It’s community volunteerism for 4 decades. She holds a B.S. degree what pushed women to reach for the ballot. It’s from the University of the Philippines, a law degree from Whittier what powered workers to organize. It’s why GIs College School of Law in California and a certificate on 21st Century gave their lives at Omaha Beach and Iwo Jima, Leadership from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She has Iraq and Afghanistan. And why men and women been a participant in NVM Writing Workshops taught by Prof. Peter from Selma to Stonewall were prepared to give Bacho for 4 years and Prof. Russell Leong. She has travelled to France, theirs, as well. So that’s what we mean when we Holland, Belgium, Japan, Mexico and 22 national parks in the US, in say America is exceptional—not that our nation pursuit of her love for arts.

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to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation was violated. “He has been detained for the past two years… but up to this point, he does not understand his offense and for what reason he was detained,” he stressed. Toribio, meanwhile, said Revilla’s motion to quash the case was filed too late. He also expressed concern that “it will cause a delay in the resolution of this case.” He added that Revilla’s legal tactics negated the claim that his right to due process was violated. He said that Revilla petitioned for bail and his lawyers cross-examined the witnesses in a failed at- file photo / Grig C. Montegrande

tempt to show the evidence was not enough to cause his detention. “It is crystal clear to us that he understood the charges… to the point of assembling his defense,” Toribio told the court. “They filed a petition for bail which categorically stated that the information is weak. How could they have said that it was weak if he doesn’t understand?” Toribio said that the endorsement of the Napoles-linked organizations fell under the plunder law’s prohibition on receiving commissions from a government contract. n

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A mIllennIAl Filipino American has won this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;StandUp nBC,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; a national search for standup comedians of diverse backgrounds. JR De Guzman was selected from over 600 stand-up comedians who auditioned at open calls last year in new York City, San Diego, nashville and Austin. As part of his win, he has been awarded a one-year talent holding deal with nBCUniversal and a headlining spot later this month at the national Association for Campus Activities (nACA) annual convention where he will perform before talent bookers from across the country. He will also headline the regional semi-finalist showcases for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;StandUp nBC.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; De Guzman â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a musician and music teacher who was born in the Philippines and raised in California â&#x20AC;&#x201D; said that he is â&#x20AC;&#x153;thankful and blessedâ&#x20AC;? to have this opportunity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really hope this is a win for the Filipino community and people of all diverse backgrounds,â&#x20AC;? he said in an interview with the Asian

Journal on Thursday, February 9. The Fil-Am, who mixes music into his comedy performances, shared how he would write jokes during class, which eventually inspired him to take a course on stand-up while at UC Davis. He first auditioned for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;StandUp nBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; back in 2013 early on in his stand-up career but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel as prepared. He eventually returned to the competition in 2016 with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;really good feeling about doing this,â&#x20AC;? he said. De Guzman detailed the process that entailed three early rounds of doing stand-up for a few minutes. nine finalists were then chosen for the finale showcase hosted by comedian and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;StandUp nBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; alumnus Orlando leyba at The Improv in Hollywood. He and the other finalists performed their sets in front of an audience of television executives, casting directors, agents, managers and industry tastemakers, a release from nBCUniversal Talent Infusion Programs said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;JR is a unique comic talent who impressed us with his presence and genuine optimism,â&#x20AC;? said

Grace Wu, executive vice president of casting at nBC entertainment, in a statement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am grateful that our pipeline programs like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;StandUp nBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; continue to introduce us to fresh new voices who will widen the breadth of talent for our shows.â&#x20AC;? During his routines, De Guzman integrates a lot of â&#x20AC;&#x153;jokes about [his] family and culture.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Filipinos are just so funny naturally thatâ&#x20AC;Śitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too easy to get material from my family or coming back from the Philippines, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get a bunch of new material,â&#x20AC;? he said, adding that his father is another key source of humor. JR De Guzman Recently, De Guzman appeared on Huluâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coming to the Stage,â&#x20AC;? Comedy Centralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the Cityâ&#x20AC;? and mTVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Acting Out.â&#x20AC;? He has also traveled around the world to perform, including for Stand-Up Tokyo and ROR Comedy in Japan, the Jokers Ball in Indonesia, the Badaboom Comedy Series in Amsterdam and the edmonton Comedy Festival. In addition to auditioning for PAGE B3

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From Bea Alonzo to Bela Padilla: Is Zanjoe Marudo ready to love again? by Deni

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;HInDI naman! may sarili sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;yang identity!â&#x20AC;? Zanjoe marudo quickly dismissed a comment from the press that his ex-girlfriend, Bea Alonzo, looks like his new onscreen partner, Bela Padilla. Zanjoeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character in the ABSCBn prime time soap, â&#x20AC;&#x153;my Dear Heart,â&#x20AC;? is destined to fall in love with his best friend, played by Bela. For now, Bela says she and Zanjoe are just â&#x20AC;&#x153;barkada.â&#x20AC;? But will their fate be like the roles they play in the show? Will they also cross the line from â&#x20AC;&#x153;friend zoneâ&#x20AC;? to â&#x20AC;&#x153;bae (not

Bea) zoneâ&#x20AC;?? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zanjoe, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always ready when he arrives at the set,â&#x20AC;? Bela gushed about what she loves most about her new reel-life love interest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re comfortable in the set from the start,â&#x20AC;? she confessed. Besides Bela, another co-star in the series, Ria Atayde, is also linked to Zanjoe as Ria reportedly has a crush on the actor, which Ria denied. Zanjoe, meanwhile, is not only ready to love again. In fact, he is ready to become a father when the right time comes. PAGE B2







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Filipino cuisine to be featured during month-long food festival in LA The Los Angeles Times brings ‘Food Bowl’ to the city in May FooDIeS in los Angeles have yet another reason to rejoice: this May, the Los Angeles Times is launching a 31-day food festival at various locations throughout the city. Dubbed the ‘Food Bowl,’ the culinary fair — which is slated to be annually — will celebrate the city’s “dynamic and influential food scene” by featuring the best international chefs. expect food tastings, panel discussions, popup dinners, cooking classes, and more. So far, Massimo Bottura, chefowner of osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, and founder of Food for Soul; Fergus henderson, chef and founder of St. John in london; rosio Sánchez, chef-owner of hija de Sánchez in Copenhagen; and Magnus Nilsson, chef at Fäviken in Sweden, have been confirmed. More chef appearances will be announced closer to May. A Night Market patterned after the global street food scene will be held at Grand Park in downtown

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from May 10-14, where over 50 restaurants and food trucks are expected to be present, as well as different live entertainment each night. Signature events during the month will be hosted by LA Times food staff, including Pulitzer Prizewinning critic Jonathan Gold, editor Amy Scattergood, deputy editor Jenn harris and Test Kitchen director Noelle Carter. The festival will also discuss food waste, hunger and sustainability issues. “I talk about los Angeles as being this fabulous mosaic a lot,” Gold told the guests at the festival’s launch event on Tuesday, February 7 at Spring in downtown lA. “What we’re trying to do with this festival, I guess, is cast the mosaic into an enormous, all-encompassing bowl — lots of things in the bowl, lots of flavors of los Angeles, lots of the creativity of the chefs and the purveyors and foreigners and everybody who make los Angeles the most exciting city in the nation.” For the local Filipino-American

community and those with adventurous palates, this month-long occasion is not be missed, especially since Filipino cuisine will have its own spotlight during the month. Fil-Am chef Alvin Cailan (of eggslut, Unit 120 and Amboy) is among those leading the curation of the Filipino program during the Food Bowl. “We were among the first people approached, which is an honor, because of what we’ve done in the past year,” Cailan told the Asian Journal on Tuesday. “Being that we have a high caliber and talent of chefs, we are actually one of the cultures and cuisines that really make an impact in the bowl, so to speak.” he will be working with other Fil-Ams in the culinary industry for this, including pastry chef Isa Fabro, Chase and Chad Valencia of lASA, and Charles olalia of rice Bar. Some ideas floating around include showcasing street food and pastries, a food symposium, a night of lechon, and a multi-course

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dinner featuring five or so Fil-Am chefs. “We’ve got to represent Filipino food and our culture and the bounty of the Philippines here,” Cailan added. “It’s our time.” he urged all Fil-Ams, whether first, second or third generation, to come out and attend the festival to see how Filipino cuisine is taking off and being adapted for a global audience. “My biggest campaign for the ‘I love Filipino Food’ movement is to get the community involved,” he said. “We have all the talent in the world, we have the best chefs in the city. Now we just ask our brothers and sisters, our kababayan, to show support for what we do. The price point is not a factor because there will be street food, not just fancier dinners.” Gold, whose 101 ‘Best res-

taurant’ list includes Far east Plaza — where Unit 120 is located — and rice Bar, said he’s looking forward to having Filipino cuisine and chefs be a part of the Food Bowl. (last year, he delivered a glowing review of lASA, calling it “more or less the center of PinoyCalifornia cooking in los Angeles at the moment.”) “I’m hoping we’ll have a lot of Filipino food at the festival. It’s the cuisine that everyone’s really excited about right now,” Gold told the Asian Journal. “The Filipino

Guests enjoyed several food offerings at the Spring in downtown during the launch event for the LA Times ‘Food Bowl’ on Tuesday, February 7.

Monique Lhuillier creates gown for ‘Fifty Shades’ lead actress INTerNATIoNAlly-recognized Filipino fashion designer, Monique lhuiller, once again made it to hollywood her designed gown was worn by one of the lead characters of “Fifty Shades Darker.” In one of the notable scenes in the second chapter of the film based on the worldwide bestselling “Fifty Shades” trilogy novel, Dakota Johnson, who plays Anastasia Steele, dons a custom-made gown and capelet by lhuillier. The liquid satin sheath gown

with a draped neckline and a crisscross back in a silver hue exuded femininity and sophistication, while the handmade ostrich feather capelet added exquisite glamour for Anastasia’s grand entrance in the film’s exclusive masquerade ball. lhuillier, known for her bridal couture, ready-to-wear line, and accessories, was even mentioned by Mia Grey, portrayed by rita ora, in the film. In keeping with the essence of her brand, lhuillier’s design evoked

Anastasia Steele, played by Dakota Johnson, made a grand entrance wearing a Monique Lhuiller gown in the “Fifty Shades Darker” masquerade ball scene.

an enchanting, yet sophisticated, vision by weaving together sensuous and modern elements for the character of Anastasia. “I am so delighted to partner with Universal Pictures’ ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ to design for the character of Anastasia Steele,” lhuillier said. “like the Monique lhuillier woman, Ana radiates confidence and femininity, and so the gown I imagined for this iconic scene encapsulates that modern sophistication,” she added. The film’s costume designer, Shay Cunliff, said she always imagined Johnson in lhuillier’s stunning gown as a “beautiful siren of simplicity.” “We sent Monique ideas and images that evoke old hollywood, and she and her team took the inspiration from there—crafting this stunning confection. Ana’s cape itself was a challenge—each feather was sewn by hand—but I felt it would magnify Ana’s show-stopping entrance at the ball, harking back to the 1930’s screen sirens. Monique also beautifully resolved our need to create a gown which can effortlessly slip to the ground…another feat of engineering,” Cunliff said. For “Fifty Shades Darker,” Jamie Dornan and Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. “Fifty Shades” fans may anticipate the last part of the trilogy, “Fifty Shades Freed,” on Valentine’s Day of 2018. (Rosette Adel/Philstar. com)

food scene, say 25 years ago, was always like bread and pancit, adobo that was sitting out for too long and dinuguan that was sort of clumpy. But this new generation of young Pinoy chefs in los Angeles is using all the great ingredients here in order to do versions of Filipino food, where the flavors are crisp.” he added, “They’re not afraid to bring the funkiness out, but in refined ways.” For more information and updates on lA Times Food Bowl, visit

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The apple that fell far from the tree is one I could only dream of. A perfect newshen. God’s little pencil. I would have taught her to begin each work by having a real and passionate curiosity about how people behave in the infinitely various situations they find themselves in. To be aware that no art can be reduced to principles or rules — because at the center, there is mystery no one has explained or could explain. This gives great authors work their literary force, their particular charm, their vitality. I will encourage unobtrusiveness…inculcate she is just an observer, a consummate one. And as a reporter, to be the reporter’s reporter, as objective, free of prejudices and preconceptions, as neutral, as fair minded as it is possible to be. A newshen that is faithful to the facts. Who does not invent; but uses her determination where to look for the telling detail to reinforce her understanding of her subject…till she finds the happiest form in which to cast her piece. The one

The favorite daughter that chooses to inform, convey precisely what people did and said in certain circumstances in their life’s journey. She doesn’t interpret, She doesn’t analyze, she doesn’t pass judgment. What she does is to get at the truth. She does that with clarity, accuracy, simplicity — a simplicity grounded in her knowledge of just how complex every human being, every human event is. I want her to look at the world with affection, enormous humor and sanity. To be a watchful newshen who listens and brings back reports that cast light and give lasting pleasure. To be able to do this in a manner of reporting that is neither new or old journalism, but categorized in the timeless journalism. She of that the highest tradition yet utterly original: I imagine her reporting in a style that should be transparent and never calls attention to itself. To be ever present when people are going through actual experiences in their lives (beyond being interviewed, as they interact with one another. She reports in a style without ornament and without devices. It is natural and crystalline, as pure spring water. Nor does she in her work without calling attention to herself, but places her considerable skills in the service of the subject at hand — by having a real and pas-

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sionate curiosity about how people behave in the infinitely various situations they find themselves. Above all, I want her to surge across the boundary separating women into formerly bastions of the editorial, where men previously controlled as chief opinion giver and defined what was newsworthy. And whether she is writing factual or fictional writing, I imagine she will get the things she feel are right and will for those things wherever she finds herself. She will learn to savor the breathtaking way she can walk into people’s lives to ask them anything she wants in that moment available to her, the whole universe of a person’s life. The pain and suffering, the joy and the struggle — and learn from it, as she takes it with her, and walks away. The newshen who thinks for us, listens for us, asking the questions we might ask, if we were on the spot. She is the adorable newshen who asks a decent question, broad enough to allow people to take off in many directions. The newshen who knows how to turn on the tap, eloquently and colorfully and achieves celebrity status, with power that staggers the mind. This daughter I could not have because, I would have died in labor.

about fatherhood as he has been playing father roles since 2012. he is also not afraid of being typecast PAGE B1 my dad. When I’m with my dad, as a father since all the shows “I love kids because I have I’m like a kid,” he shared. where he played as such are reportnephews and nieces. I’m close to he said, he has learned a lot edly blockbusters.


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Leelin Bakery and CafĂŠ Announces VIP Sweepstakes Draw Winners leelIn bakery and cafe is pleased to announce the winners of its VIP Rewards Sweepstakes draw held last January 27, 2017 at the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flagship store at 11489 South Street, cerritos, california 90703. The winning ticket for the grand prize was drawn by Philippine Department of Tourism-los angeles Director Richmond Jimenez while tickets for other prizes were drawn by Tourism Department Operations Officer Fay castro, Madame catherine cruz (wife of consul

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A HUSBANDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S 30-YEAR OLD â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;SECRETâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ALMOST DERAILED THE FAMILYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GREEN CARDS ON AN ENCORE EPISODE OF â&#x20AC;&#x153;CITIZEN PINOY!â&#x20AC;? Leading U.S. immigration attorney Michael J. Gurfinkel was able to revive Aliceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s petition by her U.S. citizen father, after it was terminated due to the petitionerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death. The family was then eligible to get their visas years ahead of schedule by using the priority date of Aliceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lebanese husband, Andre. But Andre refused to come to the US because of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;secretâ&#x20AC;? he had kept for 30 years, preventing him from going back to the U.S. Atty. Gurfinkel worked â&#x20AC;&#x153;miraclesâ&#x20AC;? to resolve the mystery behind this fascinating success story, on an encore episode of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Citizen Pinoyâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; on Sunday, February 12 at 6:15 p.m. (PST) on TFC.

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Fil-Am wins â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;StandUp... PAGE B1 pilot season and participating in the other events associated with his win, he is looking forward to releasing his debut comedy album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dual citizen,â&#x20AC;? on February 24. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very fitting â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it talks about growing up Filipino in america,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;ŚI think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for other Filipinos interested in [comedy] to see someone else doing it and see that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an option,â&#x20AC;? he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being Filipino on the comedy side of it motivated me to hopefully one day be a role model for other Filipinos, like [those] striving to be comedians, entertainers or performers in some ways.â&#x20AC;? now in its 13th year, previous â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;StandUp nBcâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; winners and alumni include Deon cole (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black-ishâ&#x20AC;?, â&#x20AC;&#x153;angie Tribecaâ&#x20AC;?), Ron Funches (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Powerlessâ&#x20AC;?), Tone Bell (netflixâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upcoming comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Disjointed,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Truth Be Toldâ&#x20AC;?), W. Kamau Bell (cnnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;United Shades of americaâ&#x20AC;?), lil Rel Howery (â&#x20AC;&#x153;The carmichael Showâ&#x20AC;?) and Brandon T. Jackson (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deadbeat,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tropic Thunderâ&#x20AC;?).

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Creating a memorable experience on your wedding day

Programming for Kababayan Today, February 13-17, 2017 abuse. Mia McLeod shares her The Global expertise on real estate. Thursday, February 16 Kababayan Singer and reality TV star Ranella Ferrer shares her battle with her weight on her new show with Khloe Kardashian. Her mom joins her on the G. TönGi program. Monday, February 13 - RoFriday, February 17 - Meet meo Garcia of Romeo Chocolates the first Filipina American shares his products with our w i n n e r o f Fo o d N e t w o r k ’s kababayans. He also talks about “Chopped” as she shares her his collaboration with Philippine recipe for barbeque on the Rum Brand Tanduay USA. program. Tuesday, February 14 - One *** Billion Rising is a global camGiselle “G” Töngi is the host and paign to end violence against producer of Kababayan Today, a daily talk women and girls. Gabriela los show that features relevant topics for Angeles’ Terrie Cervas speaks Filipino’s living in America. Her aim is to about the event that is happen- bridge not only the cultural gap between ing around the world. America & the Philippines but to help with Wednesday, February 15 the generational gap between our own - Annie Nepomuceno joins us people. She is married with two children as the Asian Journal shares and is based in Southern California and latest the headlines relevant to makes frequent trips in the Pacific Rim the Fil-Am community. Center to Hawaii and Manila to feature fellow for Asian and Pacific Islander kababayans who are empowering the FilAm Families talk about teen dating community. • (818) 502-0651 • (213) 250-9797

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ONe of the biggest milestones in a woman’s life is her wedding day. even at a young age, many girls dream of their “perfect wedding.” They dream of that pivotal moment of seeing themselves walking down the aisle and seeing their groom at the end. They can only imagine the joy and excitement that they will experience until it is actually their wedding day. Whether it is a royal wedding, a celebrity wedding, or a simple wedding, every bride has one thing in common: that indescribable and overwhelming feeling of bliss. In all my years in the beauty industry, I can say that nothing is more beautiful than seeing a woman transform into a radiant bride. Sharing my God given ability and being given the chance to be a part of a grand

journey — such as that of FilAm celebrity Joyce Jimenez and Paul egbalic, Donita Rose and eric Villlarama and a number of others — gives me inner joy and satisfaction. Love is a very splendorous thing — it “makes the world go round.” The tradition of two people engaging in marriage, a symbol of unity and love, is a tradition that has lasted for many years. Today we combine the rituals of the past with the trends of the present to create a memorable experience. each couple has a different idea of what characterizes a “perfect wedding,” but often times we run into a number of similarities. The veil and white wedding dress are symbols of the bride’s purity, innocence, and modesty. The bouquet and flower décor represent happiness, growth, fertility, and the preparation for starting a new life together. Wedding rings are the love and bond between husband and wife, to be worn on the ring finger because of the “vein of love” that leads directly to the heart. The wedding candle symbolizes unity as the two flames merge into one, unable to be separated. A bride-to-be also has her respective ideal look. I have encountered a number of different brides whose uniqueness brings out their beauty. One bride may prefer a trendy look that is sharp and smart with an edgy vibe. Another may prefer the glamorous and dramatic red-carpet fashion that is sexy, yet mysterious. There is also the

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natural bride, with minimal makeup and a radiant smile that says it all. The preppy bride is calm, cool, and collected, remaining prim and proper with her polished look. My personal favorite is the classic bride, whose simplistic and sophisticated look is timeless, drawing out her elegance and beauty. Whichever look is decided upon, the bride and groom usually choose to honor their heritage. Attire differs by culture, whether it is the Indian sari, Japanese kimono, or the Indonesian kebaya and batik. As part of Filipino culture, brides may wear a variation of the baro’t saya, such

as the Maria Clara, while grooms wear the Barong Tagalog. Regardless of what anyone’s wedding day consists of, this fantasy coming to life is definitely a day to remember. *** 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

The Americana at Brand ushers in Year of the Fire Rooster by AJPress

THe Year of the Fire Rooster began on January 28, but the celebrations across Southern California haven’t waned down. Last weekend on Saturday, February 4, The Americana at Brand in Glendale, CA hosted an afternoon of elaborate festivities, complete with cultural performances and an array of Asian food vendors. The high-end mall has been hosting a Lunar New Year event for the past eight years to recognize the Asian community and clientele. each year, it seems that the event keeps getting grander and more prominent. “We have a large Asian community in Glendale and the surrounding Foothill cities,” Julie Jauregui, senior general manager of The Americana at Brand, told the Asian Journal. “With this celebration, we want to show our thanks for their support. It really is a great place to bring out families of all cultures.” This year, the decor — conceptualized by Venue Arts’ Stephen Stefanou — included an oversized God of Prosperity statue in the property’s lobby, red lanterns and bright horticulture. The afternoon kicked-off with a parade around the property, which was witnessed by the hundreds of visitors. The lions and other dancers then made their way to the stage, where other entertainers, which ranged from Chinese and Korean dances to a Taekwondo display, wowed the audience. In addition to the free giveaways, a portion of the property’s green space was dedicated to various Asian food vendors, including Mainland Poke, Tsujita, Duke

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Bakery, The ensaymada Project, Belly Bombz, Nitro-pop, Cloud Food Creations and Coco Fresh Tea & Juice. “They were chosen based on popularity. We tried to get the most authentic within the Asian community,” Jauregui said of how the participants were chosen. Kids also participated in face painting, arts and crafts and balloon making activities. During the

program, lucky red envelopes with surprise gifts were given to select guests. Throughout the year, the property embraces tourism programs and offers savings passes, gifts with purchases, hotel package delivery, personal shopper appointments and concierge services in different languages and has a Mandarin-speaking Concierge to assist guests.

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IntroducIng the finest optometry conveniently located in the city of Lakewood. deans Eyewear is the place to visit if you are looking for quality products, service, and style at an affordable price. At deans Eyewear, you will find many variety of frames ranging from the most luxurious brands to the comfortable Korean brands with 80% discount on prices that start as low as just $20. Also, each and every lens that fits into the frame is hand-crafted with care and effort in order to insure quality by the top-tier opticians. You might be wondering… Hand crafted? Quality? $20 frames? the lens must be the expensive part of the deal. But they’re not. deans Eyewear offers their quality lens that start as low as $60 for single vision and $90 for progressive lens. Each lens for each customer is crafted with cutting edge technology in the uSA, and is delivered directly to deans Eyewear. then, the lens is hand-crafted into the frame and finalized with a skillful touch.

Also, deans Eyewear offers a promotion in which a 50% discount is applied to the price of the lens on the second glasses purchased on the same day as the first glasses. this makes it a perfect opportunity for friends and family that need multiple pairs of glasses done while saving money. Many customers return with their family

and friends because it offers the best service and the price that beats anywhere else. don’t miss out on style, visual clarity, or service just because of high prices! Keep it all at deans Eyewear! Prescription deans Eyewear provides eye exam at the fraction of the usual cost: get your eye-glass prescription at just $20 with your new pair of glasses. thus, you can have your brand new stylish frame ($20), quality lens ($60), and the doctor’s prescription ($20) at the total cost of just $100! two for the price of one! Service for the customers! dedication to be the best! deans Eyewear Factory is located at 21053 Bloomfield Ave, Lakewood, cA 90715. For more information, please call (562) 282-5716. (Advertising Supplement)

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Celebrate LOVE! No one does it better than Café Sierra at the Hilton Universal to sweeten this month of love, café Sierra Hilton goes out of its way by offering the community a $5.00 coupon that you can use. See the ad for details in this edition of Asian Journal, clip the coupon and enjoy! this February, spend special moments with your loved ones as café Sierra offers special treats this Valentine’s season. on February 10 and 11, you can enjoy café Sierra’s champagne cocktail, with Prime rib, Seafood, and Lobster dinner Buffet and relish this special weekend dinner for only $65 for adults and $30 for children from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. But café Sierra has more to add to its list of pre-Valentine’s treats. From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, you can delight in café Sierra’s Jazzy champagne Brunch for only $58 for adults and $30 for children. on the same day, you can also enjoy café Sierra’s Prime rib, Seafood and Lobster dinner Buffet at the price of $65 for adults and $30 for children. And of course, February 14, you can create sweet memories and have an exceptional romantic date with your sweetheart at café Sierra for only $45 for adults and $20 for children from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Located inside the Hilton Los Angeles/universal city, Yahoo travel has rated café Sierra as california’s number one buffet. In its raw bar, expect the famed buffet offers oysters, cocktail shrimp, snow crabs, and the soughtafter Alaskan king crab legs. You’ll also find a tray of cheesy stuffed

PICTURE THE CAFÉ SIERRA BUFFET —so luxurious, it is fit for royalty. Imagine yourself dining on Dungeness Opilio & King Crab Legs, Shrimp, Oysters, Mussels on ice, Hand-carved Prime Rib & Leg of Lamb, Chinese Specialties, Made-to-Order Sushi, Tapas and Tacos Action Stations, Festive Holiday Desserts, Chocolate Fountain and so much more.

lobster, which does not have a sign that limits you to how many you can get. the buffet ensures its highquality seafood, where the dishes’ freshness keeps customers feel the closeness of the ocean. Apart from seafood, you’ll find slabs of prime rib or a rack of lamb the carving station, which is a cornerstone of the café Sierra experience. café Sierra also offers soups and trays of cooked food, including Mandarin, thai or Italian, among other global cuisines represented. You can have one of the chefs prepare beef or chicken tacos or a Mongolian stir fry right in front of you. there’s also a sushi bar, which has slices of tender sashimi and different types of cut rolls. A sushi chef is positioned behind the counter to take any hand roll orders as well. Adding to the list of traditional

With its high vaulted ceilings and luxurious appointments that create a classy atmosphere, no one this side of the Pacific Ocean comes close with what Café Sierra at the Hilton has to offer.

favorites, café Sierra now offers Mongolian barbecues, noodle and wonton, ice cream sundaes, and more, at its new Action Stations. For reservations, you can call café Sierra at 818.509.2030 or visit for more information. (Advertising Supplement)

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Your Immigration Solution Devin Connolly THE Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to reinstate President Trump’s ban on refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. Therefore, refugees and citizens of these countries will continue to be admitted to the U.S. for now. This is not a final decision on whether President Trump’s Executive Order was lawful, but rather simply a decision that prohibits President Trump’s administration from enforcing the travel ban until after the courts have ruled on whether the Executive Order itself is lawful. The government has multiple options they may pursue as a result of the Ninth Circuit’s decision. One such option is filing an appeal with the Supreme Court of the U.S. Since the Supreme Court currently only has 8 justices, if they were to issue a 4-4 decision, the Ninth Circuit’s decision halting the temporary ban would remain in effect. A second potential option would be for the Trump administration to issue a new Executive Order. President Trump can rewrite the Executive Order in an attempt to have it comply with existing law. This decision was clearly a setback for President Trump. However, he is continuing to move forward with his desire for undocumented immigrants to be quickly deported back to their native countries. There are reports of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers conducting coordinated attacks on homes and business in southern California in a search for undocumented immigrants. This has understandably caused many people to be in great fear. The affected families and businesses will include far more than simply undocumented immigrants; it will also affect U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, children and the elderly, mother and fathers, etc. With potential travel bans, raids, and possible more Executive Orders on the way, this is not

There may be a solution for immigrants despite travel bans and raids an easy time for immigrants and their families. There is substantial fear about what will happen in the coming days and months. Will they or a loved one be deported? If they are apprehended, will they have an opportunity to see a judge or will they immediately be deported? For undocumented immigrants, now is the time to speak with an immigration attorney and do everything you can to resolve your immigration status. There may very well be a solution for you about which you are unaware. You may be eligible for a green card based on a family relationship, based on a petition from an employer, or based on your fear of returning to your native country. There are also many other ways of possibly obtaining lawful immigration status in the U.S. that are less common and about which many people are unaware. These include obtaining a green card after being the victim of a crime, assisting law enforcement in investigating a crime, etc. For people who are already permanent residents, now is the time to consider becoming a U.S. citizen. Having a green card is a wonderful thing, but it does not carry with it the rights of U.S. citizenship. In addition to things like not being able to vote, permanent residents can lose their lawful status and be deported. While it is true that permanent residents are most commonly deported for criminal offenses, that is not always the case. It is also possible to lose your green card for

spending too much time outside of the U.S., etc. In addition, as we have seen over the last several days, returning to the U.S. from a trip abroad could be significantly more challenging for permanent residents. There are reports that green card holders were pressured to abandon their permanent resident status upon their arrivals at U.S. airports last week, simply because of their country of birth. It is a very uncertain time right now for undocumented immigrants and their beloved family members. There are Executive Orders being issued, raids being conducted, and court decision being issued discussing the legality of travel bans, with many more court decision still likely to come. Try and remove as much uncertainty from your life as possible by resolving your immigrant status today – consult an experienced and knowledgeable immigration attorney about applying for a green card of becoming a U.S. citizen. ***

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Minding Your Finances Atty. RAymond BulAon ARE you feeling stuck and unable to move because of lingering debt problems in your life? Considering bankruptcy but not sure if it’s the right solution for you? For those who are struggling with debt problems, the decision to file for bankruptcy is never an easy one. So they put it off and hope that they never have to do it. Unfortunately, to some people who are at the end of their financial rope, it is simply inevitable. Is filing bankruptcy really that horrible? Isn’t that the worst thing you can do your credit? These are the common questions that people ask. Yes, there’s a certain feeling of shame or stigma associated with bankruptcy. After all, financial problems are a very personal matter and a lot of people won’t discuss their situation even with their closest friends or family members. This often creates isolation and people try to deal with their problems on their own- until one day they realize they cannot do it anymore. Do you know anyone who may be in this situa-

Barrister’s Corner Atty. Kenneth uRSuA ReyeS PRESIDENT Trump appears to be executing on his “America First” agenda by executing executive orders in record pace with the intent of securing American interest. However, these executive orders has affected certain rights of legal permanent residents and aliens residing in the United States. As a green card holder, you are still considered an Alien despite having many rights and privileges similar to US Citizens. You are not safe and may still be removed if you violate certain provisions of the immigration and nationality law. You should seriously consider applying for Naturalization or US Citizenship if you qualify. Generally, you have to have the following in order to qualify to apply for Naturalization:. Be at least 18 years old at the

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Feeling paralyzed by debt problems? tion- perhaps you? Every day I see a lot of people who have suffered needlessly, sometimes for years, and have done nothing about their situation until one day they get sued by a creditor or their employer tells them that they just received an order to garnish the person’s wages. So they panic and decide to see a bankruptcy lawyer right away. At this point, they are so broke that they can barely put food on the table and keep the lights on. Why wait until you get to this point? In a lot of cases that I see, people could have done something much sooner to spare themselves from unnecessary debt suffering. In other words, if bankruptcy is in fact your only way out of debt, postponing the decision to implement a very much needed solution will only mean prolonging your agony and is not the smartest thing to do. Sooner or later, you will need to face your financial problems. Your problems will not magically disappear and solve themselves unless you do something about them. That’s a fact. A long time ago, our own U.S.

Congress decided that there has to be a way to help people in debt when they can no longer help themselves. So they passed bankruptcy laws to give people a chance for a fresh financial start. So the honest debtor, freed from the burden of heavy indebtedness, can now start a new life and become productive again. Thank God we have bankruptcy laws in this country that allow people to do that! Where would most people be today without having been given a second chance at one point in their lives? The simple point I am making in this article is that you are never beyond help no matter how difficult your financial situation may seem to be at the moment. Don’t let your fears paralyze you. If you don’t take action now to find out what your legal options are, your life will never change and someday, you will have no one but yourself to blame. Find an experienced and knowledgeable bankruptcy attorney who will take the time to listen and understand your situation. Once you get over your fears


Applying for US citizenship in these turbulent times

time of filing for Naturalization. Be a permanent resident/ greencard holder for at least 5 years. Show that you have lived for at least 3 months in the state or USCIS district where you apply. Demonstrate continuous residence in the United States for at least 5 years immediately preceding the date of filing. Show that you have been physically present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the 5 years immediately preceding the date of filing. – Be able to read, write, and speak basic English. – Have a basic understanding of U.S. history and government (civics). – Be a person of good moral character. – Demonstrate an attachment to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution. If there are no major issues in your case, your naturalization process should take approxi- • (818) 502-0651 • (213) 250-9797

Tax Tips VictoR Sy, cPA, mBA

DID you ever wonder how the IRS selects tax returns to be audited? Here’s a three-part series on how tax returns are received, stored, and chosen for audit: • How e-filed and paper-filed tax returns are verified, validated, and reviewed for accuracy. • How tax returns are stored into master files. • How IRS scores your tax returns for audit. Let’s explore the first part in this series – verification, validation, and review for accuracy. Upon receiving your income tax return, the IRS can: • Question any entry on your return, • Request an explanation of income that does not match Form W-2, 1099 and other data from 3rd parties, • Audit your return, or • Collect tax due on the return. How E-Filed Returns are Verified, Validated, and Accepted: • Electronic tax return data are transmitted to a designated Submission Processing Center. • Coding and correcting errors are sharply reduced with the elimination of manual chores.

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mately 5 months. If you pass the naturalization interview and your case is approved, the USCIS will schedule you for your Oath taking ceremony shortly thereafter. Atty. BriAn Lerner ***

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QUESTION: What is a ‘revocable’ Living Trust? Answer: A ‘revocable living trust’ for a single person (including a typical “survivor’s trust” that is revocable by the surviving settlor as described in) will provide for distributions to the settlor during the settlor’s lifetime. When a single settlor holds the revocation power and is also entitled to receive all of the trust property on revocation, it is not terribly difficult to draft the revocable trust. In other words, the term ‘revocable’ is when you can basically terminate and end the Living Trust. The Living Trust can be prepared so that it is revocable and so that you are able to change it, alter it, terminate it or

How IRS verifies your income tax returns for audit • Tax softwares assign a unique 14-digit Declaration Control Number to each return. • A unique Filing Location Code shown as the first two digits distinguishes returns as e-filed. • An electronic Management System provides data verification, data translation, and delivery. • Federal return is validated and accepted. • Any attached state return is transferred to a State Retrieval Subsystem. • State returns are then made available for retrieval by participating state revenue agencies. • This explains how state tax agencies learn of your IRS audit. • This also explains how the State Board of Equalization learns of undeclared sales tax. How Paper-Filed Returns are Sorted, Numbered, and Reviewed for Accuracy: • Tax returns are sorted upon arrival at a Service Center. • Payments included with the returns are removed and deposited. • Return and checks are assigned Document Locator Numbers for identification. • Different numbers may be assigned to the same taxpayer (all tied together by your social security number). • Business returns are tied by

employer identification numbers. • Each return is reviewed for completeness and mathematical accuracy. • Service Center personnel look for gross or obvious errors and fill in incomplete items • A computerized version is forwarded to the computing center in Martinsburg, WV. • Martinsburg generates refunds and notices. • It also notifies Service Centers if any other action is required to settle your account. Statistics: • Computers choose about 10% of all tax returns for audit consideration. • IRS classifiers manually screen and choose about 10% from this initial bunch. *** Victor Santos Sy graduated Cum Laude from UE with a BBA and from Indiana State University with an MBA. Vic worked with SyCip, Gorres, Velayo (SGV - Andersen Consulting) and Ernst & Young before establishing Sy Accountancy Corporation in Pasadena, California. *** He has 50 years of experience in defending taxpayers audited by the IRS, FTB, EDD, BOE and other governmental agencies. He is publishing a book on his expertise - “HOW TO AVOID OR SURVIVE IRS AUDITS.” Our readers may inquire about the book or email tax questions at (Advertising Supplement)

What is meant by a ‘revocable living trust?

end it. It is very flexible. Question: Are there any issues of concern with the revocable Living Trust? Answer: Of course there are issues. When a joint trust is used for spouses or registered domestic partners, the issues and solutions may become more complicated—particularly if either settlor has substantial separate property. Clearly, the initial worksheet to list all property that you own and your spouse or domestic partner and the characterization and nature of the property. With a joint trust there is a substantial possibility that the day will come when both settlors are living but only one of them is competent. A settlor with substantial separate property and children from a prior marriage or partnership who becomes incompetent may be unwilling to allow the compe-

tent settlor to make unrestricted withdrawals of the incompetent settlor’s separate property—particularly when community property is available for the competent settlor’s support. Naturally, there should be provisions to explain and pursue this possibility. Question: What about community property. Answer: Similar issues can arise even with community property, but at least for community property withdrawn from a trust, the withdrawing settlor has fiduciary obligations to use the property for the benefit of the community. Community’ means you and your spouse. It should not be for separate property. Because the typical joint trust permits either settlor to revoke the trust with respect to community property, joint trust distribution provisions


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Protecting employees from E-2 treaty investor visa allows sexual harassment at work for stay in us along with family

Protecting Employee & Consumer Rights Atty. C. Joe SAyAS, Jr. SEXUAL misconduct in the workplace is more common than most people think. In many instances, victims do not complain for fear of retaliation, of being disbelieved, or for sheer embarrassment. However, it is only by filing a complaint can a victim of sexual misconduct at work obtain justice. Consider the following story from an actual court case: For nearly two years, Joan A. worked as an accounts receivable staff for Top Industrial, Inc., which is owned by Shahram Shoushani. In February 2014, Shoushani invited her and 3 other female co-workers to a restaurant saying it was a company function and they were required to go. Shoushani had been drinking alcohol and continued to drink at the restaurant. During dinner, Shoushani sat beside Joan, and began to forcibly touch her against her will, on her buttocks, legs, and private parts. Shoushani told Joan to “loosen up.” Joan told Shoushani to stop. Shoushani also allegedly made several sexually offensive and vulgar remarks. Two days after the incident, Joan filed a criminal complaint with the police. One week after the incident, she resigned from work. She went to see her

doctor and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. When a police detective called the office a few days later, he was falsely told that the witnesses to the incident were not there. Shoushani then immediately drove the 3 witnesses to his criminal attorney’s office. Two of the witnesses were provided attorneys by Shoushani but the third witness refused to cooperate and resigned. Joan sued the company and Shoushani personally for battery, sexual battery, sexual harassment, and failure to prevent sexual harassment. Shoushani claimed that Joan consented to all of Shoushani’s actions towards her. Shoushani claimed that Joan was attracted to him and commented on his looks, clothing, cologne, and his personal possessions. Witnesses denied they saw Shoushani make any forcible action to Joan. After a trial, the jury found in favor of Joan. As reported by the Daily Journal, Joan was awarded a total of $1,314,058 in damages. Curiously, in Joan’s negligence claims, the jury found Top Industrial 30 percent at fault, Shoushani 50 percent at fault, and Joan 20 percent at fault. Sexual harassment could arise where unwelcome sexual conduct unreasonably interferes with an employee’s job performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working

environment. There is sexual harassment even if it does not lead to tangible or economic job consequences. Sexual battery, on the other hand, is not simple verbal harassment but crosses over to actions. A person has committed sexual battery when the person’s action are intended to cause a harmful or offensive contact with an intimate part of another, and a sexually offensive contact with that person directly or indirectly results. Sexual battery is wrong. It causes serious and lasting harm to the victim. This conduct should have no place at work or anywhere else. Employees found to have been sexually battered are entitled to various civil remedies, such as lost wages, past and future medical expenses, damages for emotional distress, and punitive damages.

*** The Law Offices of C. Joe Sayas, Jr. welcomes inquiries about this topic. All inquiries are confidential and at no-cost. You can contact the office at (818) 291-0088 or visit www. *** C. Joe Sayas, Jr., Esq. is an experienced trial attorney who has successfully obtained significant recoveries for thousands of employees and consumers. He is named Top Labor & Employment Attorney in California by the Daily Journal, consistently Aselected as Super Lawyer by the Los Angeles Magazine, and is a member of the Million Dollar-Advocates Forum. (Advertising Supplement)

DEAR Attorney Tan, I would like to know if there is any way for my family and I to stay in the US if I invest in a US business. While I do have some money to invest, I do not have the $500k-$1m that I read was necessary to get a green card through investment. Do I have any other options? - S.K. Dear S.K., You should consider the E-2 Treaty Investor visa, which is a nonimmigrant visa that allows a person to be admitted to the US with investment of a “substantial” amount of capital in either a new or existing US business. A main objective of the E-2 Treaty Investor classification is to promote and encourage investment in the US. Accordingly, the Treaty Investor must demonstrate that he/she is actually investing a substantial amount of capital in the US enterprise. The Treaty Investor must show that he/she is placing capital at risk with the objective of generating a profit; the capital must be subject to loss if the investment fails. There is no specific amount of money that is required to be invested to be considered “substantial.” Whether an investment is considered “substantial” is determined on a case-by-case basis. The benefits of an E-2 Treaty Investor visa include an indefinite period of stay in the US with extensions of the E-2 visa. An E-2 Treaty Investor is allowed a maximum initial stay of 2 years, and requests for extension can be obtained in increments of 2 years. There is no limitation to the number of extensions an E-2 Treaty Investor may request. The E-2 Treaty Investor visa is a non-immigrant visa, and accordingly, the Treaty Investor must maintain an intent to depart the US whenever the E-2 status expires. Another important benefit for an E-2 Treaty Investor is the ability to be accompanied to the US by his/her spouse and unmarried children who are under 21 years of age. An E-2 Treaty Investor’s spouse may apply for work authorization in the US, and no restriction is placed as to where the E-2 spouse can work. The spouse can work for another employer. Further, children who are under 21 years of age may enroll in US schools. The immediate family come to the US under the E-2 classification as dependents of the Treaty Investor. The family members will have the same duration of stay as the Treaty Investor. In addition, an employee of a Treaty Investor may come to the US under the E-2 classification providing that he/she is the same nationality of the Treaty Investor, and either has duties of an executive or supervisory character or has other special qualifications. What are the general requirements to obtain an E-2 Treaty Investor Visa? To obtain E-2 Treaty Investor status, a person: 1) must be a national of a country with which the US maintains a treaty of commerce or navigation, 2) either has invested or is in the process of investing a substantial amount of capital in a US enterprise, and 3) seeks to come to the US to develop and direct the enterprise in which he/she is investing or is going to invest. Consideration of the E-2 Treaty Investor visa is made on a case-by-case basis. The assistance of an experienced attorney who can assess the proposed type of business in which investment is contemplated as well as the amount of investment is therefore recommended. *** Darrick V. Tan, Esq. is admitted to practice law in California and Nevada. Mr. Tan is a graduate of UCLA and Southwestern University School of Law. He is a member of the Consumers Attorney Association of Los Angeles and is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Philipp ine American Bar Association. LAW OFFICES OF DARRICK V. TAN, 3580 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA 90010. Tel: (323) 639-0277. Email: info@dtanlaw. com. (Advertising Supplement)

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Fil-Am lawyer calls for support of immigrant workers in this new political era Los Angeles-based employment lawyer calls community to help educate employees of their rights in an anti-immigrant political era

LOS ANGELES — As part of its commitment to the Filipino American community, the Law Offices of C. Joe Sayas, Jr. has donated $10,000 to the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC). The donation will assist PWC’s Employment, Education and Outreach program (“EMPLEO”), which offers a hotline available to any Fil-Am worker who seeks information on their rights as a worker. Any worker of Filipino descent can contact the confidential hotline at 1- 877-TULONG1, and their questions can be answered in Tagalog, Visayan, or Ilocano. Today’s politics convey antiimmigrant messages, all of which created a wave of concern among immigrant workers, especially the undocumented, most of whom are not fully aware of their rights. Today, more than ever, this vulnerable population needs to

be informed of their rights in the workplace. Attorney C. Joe Sayas, Jr., the firm’s founder, has been fighting for the rights of Filipino American workers, and those from other immigrant communities. “Immigrant workers’ rights are important civil rights!” Atty. Sayas said at an event at PWC attended by lawyers from the Department of Labor, the Equal Opportunity Commission and the Philippine Consulate. Sayas emphasized the importance of “protecting workers’ rights because when you help workers, you also help their families and their children who depend on them.” By supporting education and policy-focused nonprofits such as PWC, while continuing his legal practice, the firm hopes to further protect the rights of the most vulnerable employees in the workplace and help educate

them of their rights. About The Law Offices of C. Joe Sayas, Jr. For more than 25 years, Joe Sayas and his firm have fought for thousands of employees on issues involving wages, discrimination, sexual harassment and unlawful termination. He has helped caregivers, nurses, drivers, and domestic workers, those working in offices, groceries, warehouses and health care facilities, including technicians and parking attendants. He has prosecuted civil cases for the disabled, the undocumented, victims of human trafficking and other constitutional rights violations. His dedication and passion to serve have resulted in recoveries of over $100 million for clients and their families. For more information, please visit (Advertising Supplement)

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Valentine’s dinner & show in Waipahu, HI

NEED Valentine’s Day plans? Come to the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu, Hawaii on Tuesday, February 14 for “Hugs and Kisses,” a dinner and show. Tickets for the dinner and full

show are $47 per person. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. The show will be hosted by Lil Guy with an opening act by Shawn

Garnett (aka Cousin Flippa on “Hawaii Five-O”). For reservations, please call (808) 680-0451. The FilCom Center is located at 94-428 Mokuola St. #302, Waipahu, HI 96797. n

Talk and book signing with Susan Quimpo, author of “Subversive Lives” in New York COME see Susan Quimpo, one of the authors of “Subversive Lives” on Thursday, March 9 at the 67th Street New York Public Library from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. “Subversive Lives” is a mem-

oir by eight siblings (plus one by marriage) who dedicated themselves to the anti-Marcos resistance in the Philippines. Quimpo will talk about her personal experience during the

Marcos years. A book signing will follow after the talk. The New York Public Library is located at 328 E 67th St. (between 1st and 2nd Ave.), New York, NY 10065. n

FALW to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Seal Beach, CA THE Filipino Association of Golden Rain Road, Seal Beach, For other related questions, Leisure World will celebrate Val- CA on February 11. please call the president of the entine’s Day with a dinner-dance Music will be provided by The association, Ren Villanueva at at the Clubhouse #2 at 1232 Midnight Motion Band. (323) 854-6209. n

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and begin to understand that the law is on your side (not against you), this could be a big turning point in your life. If you are in debt and need to find the best solution for your sit-

uation, I would like to help you. Please call toll-free 1-866-4777772 to schedule a free consultation. We have offices in Glendale, Cerritos and Valencia.. ***

tended to give legal advice for any specific situation. Atty. Ray Bulaon has successfully helped thousands of clients in getting out of debt. For a free attorney evaluation of your situation, please call Ray Bulaon Law Offices at TOLL FREE 1 (866) 477-7772.

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typically permit either settlor to withdraw community property. Question: I assume having separate property also creates issues. Answer: Yes, if there is substantial separate property, custom drafting may be needed for the separate property. For example, there are several issues that must be addressed: It is permissible to use separate property for support when community property is avail-

able? Whether the separate property of a settlor is available to support himself or herself if the settlor becomes incompetent. If you chooses to use a revocable trust to transfer property, the trust will usually become the primary device for managing your property if you becomes incapacitated. The bottom line is to make sure the drafting of the revocable Living Trust is done properly and with all the proper designations of the classifications

of the property. *** Atty. Brian D. Lerner has been an Immigration Attorney for nearly a quarter of a century. He is married to a Filipina and has helped thousands of Filipino families all over the country. In addition to his offices in Southern California in Long Beach and Carson, he has an office in Quezon City. He is a certified specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Legal Board of Specialization, California State Bar. The initial consultation is free. Call (562) 495-0554 and/or send an e-mail to (Advertising Supplement)


Debt Relief Atty. LAwrence yAng CLIENT is 61. Her husband is 60. In my book, they are young seniors. They bought their house in 2006 just before the crash of the housing market. They used a zero down 10 years interest only mortgage for the first 10 years. Thereafter, they have to start paying interest and principal. They paid $2,400 a month for the purchase date up to early last year, which is interest only. As you well know, interest rates have been very low for the last 10 years. The Feds have been keeping rates at rock bottom so as not to derail the slow but steady improvement in the performance of our economy. With the expiration of the 10 years, mortgage payments doubled to $4,400. It appears that they have $250K of equity in the house. Since they could not pay $4,400, they asked the bank for a loan modification last year. Bank placed them on a 3-month trial period that they complied with. However, nothing happened after the trial period. Bank started to send them statements demanding $4,400 after the trial period ended. Clients received the recorded notice of default last October. Foreclosure sale is now scheduled for February 15, which is next week. Their arrears on the mortgage is $60K. A third party continues helping them to get the loan modification but they have now decided to try to sell the house. But one week is not enough time to sell the house. If the house is foreclosed next week, the auction sale may wipe out more than half or all of their equity of there are no serious buyers that show up for the auction sale. If no serious buyers show up, then bank will bid the balance of the loan for the house and that will wipe out the entire $250K of equity. The house is worth $800K while the balance of the mortgage owed to bank is $550K leaving equity of $250K. But if there are no buyers at auction, bank will bid $550K, the balance of the mortgage then debtors get nothing. If a serious buyer shows up and bids $700K, then bank gets paid $550K, and clients realize an amount over the balance owed to bank or equity of $150K. The higher the purchase price, the higher the equity realized by clients. It is certainly to their advantage to prevent the

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Seniors face end of interest only mortgage payments need Chapter 13 to stop foreclosure Senior needs Chapter 13 to stop sale of $1.0M house by judgment lien of $30K foreclosure next week, so they can have enough time to get a serious buyer for the right price. Clients decide to get Chapter 13 relief. What will Chapter 13 do for them? First, it will immediately stop the foreclosure next week, so it creates time for them to sell the house for the right price. Second, if they can find the right buyer, a motion seeking court permission to sell the house can be filed in the Chapter 13 case. The court protects the house by preventing the foreclosure while the court gives them permission to sell the house. Third, it makes their loan modification request stronger because the filing of the bankruptcy proves financial hardship, which is a sine quo non-element of a loan modification request. If they decide not to sell the house if the LM is approved, or for some reason, they are now able to afford to pay interest and principal as well as the plan payment, then they can just stay on the 13 for five years. But of course, a serious buyer for $800K would do the trick because clients walk away with at least $200K of equity. They can use the cash to buy a more affordable house with a smaller mortgage payment. Next client is 66. He owns a house with a small mortgage balance of $140K. His house is now worth $1.0M. So he has over $850K of equity. The problem is that his divorce 15 years ago “wiped him out”. I don’t really know what that exactly means. I surmise that the divorce judgment required him to pay alimony and to buy out his ex wife’s 50% share in the house. As some famous actor said, two divorces wiped him out. Each divorce felt like his heart was being ripped through his wallet. I can’t remember his name right now but the description of the financial agony that client went through with his divorce is appropriate. Oh, yeah, it was Robin Williams who said this. His first divorce wiped out half his assets and the second divorce wiped out the other half of his assets. Client has social security of $1,400 and makes $2,600 driving UBER full time. A judgment creditor had a judgment lien of $15K on the house 15 years ago.

That lien has now ballooned to $34K. And judgment creditor has just filed a motion to sell client’s house to pay the lien. Is this even possible that the enforcement of a judgment lien can result in the involuntary sale of the debtor’s house? Sadly, it is true. The CA code of civil procedure allows the judgment creditor, by motion, to request court permission to force the sale of the house to satisfy the lien! Surprised? As POTUS Trump will tweet “NOT NICE AND NOT FAIR!!” “ THAT JUDGMENT LIEN CREDITOR IS A TERRORIST AND MUST NOT BE GIVEN A VISA!” Well, the only way to stop the forced sale of the house is to file a Chapter 13. Even a missile from Iran will not stop a foreclosure but a Chapter 13 stops it dead on its track. Yes, a Chapter 13 is more powerful than a missile from Iran. In a Chapter 13, client will be allowed to pay the $34,000 over 60 months without interest, that’s about $570 a month. I am wondering why client waited until the last minute to take care of this problem that it should come down to this. After all, he had 15 years to take care of it. Court judgments accrue interest at 10% p.a. until they are paid in full based on diminishing balance. Client said he wasn’t able to think right after the divorce. I guess it’s a traumatic event that has devastating financial implications. Don’t wait until the last minute. Credit card debt must be wiped out now by Chapter 7 or 13. Otherwise, these debts will become lawsuits that become judgment liens that will put your house at risk. If you wipe them out now, they are wiped out, nipped at the bud. Peace of mind and security is what you get by getting rid of your debts now. “You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will receive me to glory.” — Psalm 73:24 *** Lawrence Bautista Yang specializes in bankruptcy, business, real estate and civil litigation and has successfully represented more than five thousand clients in California. Please call Angie, Barbara or Jess at (626) 284-1142 for an appointment at 1000 S. Fremont Ave, Mailstop 58, Building A-1 Suite 1125, Alhambra, CA 91803. (Advertising Supplement) • (818) 502-0651 • (213) 250-9797

To Live With Faith reverend rodeL g. BALAgtAs WE have a saying in theology that Jesus Christ is the Sacrament par excellence. This statement does not only mean that Jesus is the Word made flesh or the Living Bread that came down from heaven, but it also means that Jesus embodies the whole Law of God. It’s why He says in the Gospel of Matthew this Sunday that he came not to abolish the Law but to fulfill it. During His life on earth, Jesus embodied the Law of God by his total obedience to His Father and by his selfless service to God’s people grounded in perfect love, mercy, and justice. His life, death, and resurrection fulfilled God’s Law. And so, Jesus is the ultimate criterion of who we should be as a human race and as children of God. We have to look up to him and follow His path of love and mercy to fulfill God’s command-

On following the path of Jesus ments. We have to shadow his life if we want to live meaningfully and joyfully and if we want to receive eternal life. The reading from the Book of Sirach (15:15-20) this Sunday also reminds us: “If you choose you can keep the commandments, they will save you; if you trust in God, you too shall live.” For us Christians, this means that we need to believe in Jesus Christ who showed us the Way of Life and to trust in His words. Only then can we truly live! Jesus Christ is “God’s wisdom, mysterious, hidden, which God predetermined before the ages for our glory, and which no one of the rulers of this age knew…as it is written: What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him, this God has revealed to us through the Spirit.” (1 Cor 1:6-10) Jesus is the lamp that cannot be hidden under a bushel basket (Mt 5:15) and the

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light that must shine to all men and women. Those who live, proclaim, and fight for the Law of God, embodied in Jesus Christ, would be blessed and will not live in darkness. We will shine like the stars of heaven. And so, we must persevere in faith, despite any opposition to God’s commandments and personal struggles. Certainly, it is not easy to follow the path of Christ because it entails a radical living out of His Gospel such as forgiving one’s enemy, not looking someone with lust, being faithful in marriage, and making a full commitment to serve others. But with Jesus on our side, the grace of the Sacraments of Church and the support of fellow Christians, we can overcome our difficulties and endure our sufferings. In the Beatitudes, which we heard last Sunday, Jesus affirms our fidelity to God’s law by saying: “Blessed are you when




ART AND SOUL (The Healing Power of Art) exhibit in Washington, D.C. In celebration of National Arts Month, the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. is pleased to invite you to an exhibit entitled, ART AND SOUL (The Healing Power of Art), featuring the works of Artist and Curator Julian Oteyza and Sony Florendo at the Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy from February 10-16, 2017. The exhibit will be open for viewing from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Saturday and Sunday. For more information, please contact The embassy is located on Bataan street corner 1600 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC, 20036.

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FALW to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Seal Beach, CA The Filipino Association of Leisure World will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a dinnerdance at the Clubhouse #2 at 1232 Golden Rain Road, Seal Beach, CA on February 11. Music will be provided by The Midnight Motion Band. For other related questions, please call the president of the association, Ren Villanueva at (323) 854-6209.

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Valentine’s dinner & show in Waipahu, HI Need Valentine’s Day plans? Come to the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu, Hawaii on Tuesday, February 14 for “Hugs and Kisses,” a dinner and show. Tickets for the dinner and full show are $47 per person. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. The show will be hosted by Lil Guy with an opening act by Shawn Garnett (aka Cousin Flippa on “Hawaii Five-O”). For reservations, please call (808) 680-0451. The FilCom Center is located at 94-428 Mokuola St. #302, Waipahu, HI 96797.

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Free parenting class in Eagle Rock, CA

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Come to a free parenting class in Eagle Rock on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. It will be held at the Eagle Rock Lutheran Church at 5032 Maywood Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90041. To RSVP, please call (323) 304-9898.


Talk and book signing with Susan Quimpo, author of “Subversive Lives” in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey Come see Susan Quimpo, one of the authors of “Subversive Lives” on Monday, March 6 at the Free Public Library of Hasbrouck Heights from 6 to 8 p.m. “Subversive Lives” is a memoir by eight siblings (plus one by marriage) who dedicated themselves to the anti-Marcos resistance in the Philippines. Quimpo will talk about her personal experience during the Marcos years. Books will be available for sale. A book signing will follow after the talk. The Free Public Library of Hasbrouck Heights is located at 320 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604.


Talk and book signing with Susan Quimpo, author of “Subversive Lives” in New York Come see Susan Quimpo, one of the authors of “Subversive Lives” on Thursday, March 9 at the 67th Street New York Public Library from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. “Subversive Lives” is a memoir by eight siblings (plus one by marriage) who dedicated themselves to the anti-Marcos resistance in the Philippines. Quimpo will talk about her personal experience during the Marcos years. A book signing will follow after the talk. The New York Public Library is located at 328 E 67th St. (between 1st and 2nd Ave.), New York, NY 10065.


CSFLU to hold dinner-dance in Brea, CA The City of San Fernando La Union Association (CSFLU) will hold its annual dinnerdance at the Embassy Suites in Brea, CA on March 11. Music will be provided by Willie Manacsa & The Midnight Motion Band. For more information, please call Vangie So, president of the association at (626) 485-3110.

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Golf tournament for a cause in Escondido, CA St. Joseph College (Olongapo City)’s High School Class of 1987 will be holding a golf tournament for a cause at the Vineyard at Escondido Golf Club on Saturday, March 25. It is $109/person to register, which includes rounds of golf and a BBQ buffet. Registration is at 11:30 a.m., with shotgun at 1 p.m. and dinner and prizes at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Gemma Gutierrez Hornilla at (949) 861-1732 or Miguel Uson at (760) 715-8216. The Vineyard at Escondido Golf Club is located at 925 San Pasqual


CAUSE’s annual gala in Los Angeles Join Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) for its annual gala on Thursday, April 20. It will be held at LA Hotel’s California Ballroom at 333 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071. The event begins at 5 p.m. with a VIP reception. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact or visit

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Holy Family Glendale holds its 7th annual winter dinner dance Couple Denny and Jenny Cagampan win Mr. & Mrs. Holy Family title

HOLY Family Catholic Community celebrated its 7th Annual Winter Dinner Dance on January 28, 2017 at 400 South Louise Street, Glendale, CA. Over 240 graced the formal event to include Reverend James Bevacqua and Holy Family clergy, Council member and former mayor Vartan Gharpetian, Mary Hovagimian (representative from Congressman Adam Schiff) and Vice Consul Dyan Miranda Pastrana of the Philippine Consulate. Certificates of Recognition were awarded to Deacon Ron Baker and Denny and Jenny Cagampan for their outstanding and invaluable service to the community.

The highlight of the evening was the crowning of Denny and Jenny Cagampan as Mr. and Mrs. Holy Family, Tim and Tess Travis as Mr. and Mrs. Faith and Manual and Susana Morena as Mr. and Mrs. Hope. Dancing all night was kept lively by DJ Diamond (William Ormes). Chairwoman, Arleen Penaflor assembled a vibrant group of Committee leaders and volunteers to help make this glamourous event a successful one and to create a terrific opportunity to bring everyone together as a community and raise funds for the Parish Master Plan. The Master Plan has been in

formulation for over a number of years now and will address all of the community facilities needs to include one central Parish Center building; Beautiful wrought iron fencing; Enhanced security and landscape lighting; Continuing renovations of the Grade School and High School; and much needed Roofing replenishments of all the buildings. Generous donations were made through advertisement, sponsorships and dinner tickets. If you are interested to learn more about the Parish Master plan or wish to donate or participate, please contact Holy Family at (818) 247-2222 or email to Mr. & Mrs. Faith Tim and Tess Travis (L), Mr. and Mrs. Holy Family Denny & Jenny Cagampan (C), Mr. & Mrs. Hope Susana and Manuel Moreno (R) n

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they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.â&#x20AC;? (Mt 5:12) Indeed, may we never lose our zeal for the Gospel. May our

lives and our words continue to embody the ministry of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. *** From a Filipino immigrant family, Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas was ordained to the priesthood from St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seminary in 1991. He served as Associate Pastor at St. Augustine, Culver City (1991-1993); St.

Martha, Valinda (1993-1999); and St. Joseph the Worker, Canoga Park (1999-2001). In 2001, he served as Administrator Pro Tem of St. John Neumann in Santa Maria, CA, until his appointment as pastor of ImmAaculate Heart of Mary, Los Angeles, in 2002, which lasted 12 years. His term as Associate Director of Pastoral Field Education at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seminary began in July 2014.

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The earnings of the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector as well as cash remittances from Filipinos abroad serve as a major source of foreign exchange for the Philippines.

PH vulnerable to shift in US outsourcing policy by Lawrence


MANILA – A shift in US policy under the Trump administration may hit the Philippines’ outsourcing industry, Moody’s Investors Service said on Wednesday, Feb. 8. In a report titled “Challenging Global Environment to Test Asia’s Robust Credit Fundamentals,” Moody’s said significantly reduced US engagement in global trade under the Trump administration could pose downside risks to the major trade and investment partners of the US. “Such a policy shift, if implemented, could pose greater risks to high-value manufacturing exporters in the region, particularly Korea, Malaysia and Taiwan. India and the Philippines would be the most vulnerable if the US were to tighten rules on service outsourcing,” it said. Moody’s said Trump promised to renegotiate trade relationships with its largest trade partners including China and to increase

trade barriers to protect US industries and labor markets from foreign competition. The report said the decision of the US to withdraw from the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) represents a lost opportunity for Asia especially for countries that would have substantially expanded their export access to major markets. In addition, the end of TPP could slow the reform momentum the deal had fuelled. In particular, the lost export and growth opportunities are material for Vietnam and Malaysia, which would have benefited from the opening up of trade with the US, and relatively large foreign direct investment inflows over the long-term. The earnings of the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector as well as cash remittances from Filipinos abroad serve as a major source of foreign exchange for the Philippines. Moody’s expect global credit condition to remain uneven this year amid existing and emerging risks that could place downward PAGE D2

US firms will not abandon PH by richmond


MANILA – The Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) believes American companies will not abandon great opportunities present in the Philippines because of US president Donald Trump. Trump made a call to American companies to bring manufacturing back to the US. Such pronouncements, along

with his “America first”, “buy American, and hire American” proclamations, have caused uncertainty among US firms operating in the Philippines. “I don’t think the US business interest will hurt themselves. The investment here is just too much to forego. They have been here for many years and the capital invested here is just too much to make it fade,” MAP chairman of national issues committee Perry Pe said.

PH banks earn record P154-B by Lawrence


MANILA - Philippine banks booked a double-digit earnings growth of 14 percent to hit a record P154.12 billion last year amid the volatile global financial markets due to the rate hike by the US Federal Reserve and the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. Preliminary data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed the net income of banks last year was P18.78 billion higher than the P135.34 recorded in 2015. The interest income of Philippine banks grew 9.8 percent to P496.98 billion last year from P452.51 billion in the period last year, while interest expense rose 9.7 percent to P111.99 billion from P103.02 billion. This translated to a 10.2 percent rise in net interest income to P384.71 billion from P349.15 billion, while non-interest income grew 13.7 percent to P148.41 billion from P130.52 billion. The trading income of Philippine banks fell 23.5 percent to P54.23 billion last year from P70.87 billion in 2015 as institutions continued to reduce their exposure in stocks. Amid the continued weakening of the peso, gains of banks from foreign exchange transactions zoomed 25.1 percent to P11.51 billion from P9.2 billion, while foreign exchange profit declined 6.6 percent to P6.88 billion from P7.37 billion. Non-interest expenses went up by 9.5 percent to P339.89 billion from P310.38 billion. The profits of universal and commercial banks increased 13.8 percent to P136.95 billion last year from P120.27 bil-

BSP Governor Amando Tetangco Jr.

lion in 2015, while that of thrift or mid-sized banks rose 17.9 percent to P13.89 billion from P11.78 billion. BSP Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. earlier said the Philippine banking industry continued to play a significant role in helping sustain the pace of the country’s economic growth. Latest data from the central bank showed bank lending rose 17.4 percent to P6.3 trillion at end December last year from P5.29 trillion at end December 2015. Total assets of the banking industry reached P13.2 trillion, posting a 12.4 percent growth from the November 2015 level, while deposits increased by 13.5 percent to an all-time high of P10.1 trillion. “Significantly, asset quality improved further with non-performing loans at two percent, while capitalization remained comfortably above the minimum required under national and international standards. And the banks continued to report profits,” Tetangco said. On the other hand, Fitch Ratings expects credit growth in the mid- to high-teens against this backdrop amid the current administration’s plans to accelerate infrastructure spending which could provide an added boost to domestic activity, and the authorities retain adequate policy flexibility to offset a weakening in economic conditions or greater financial market volatility.

SINCE becoming president, Donald Trump has issued over 20 executive orders (EO) on a wide variety of topics and issues, including immigration. So far, there has not yet been an Executive Order concerning the future of Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA). However, there have been several draft or leaked memos, which eventually became executive orders. There is one such leaked\draft memo that deals with ending DACA. I emphasize this is only a draft, and may still be revised or changed, and it is not yet in force or official. However, I wanted to give you advanced warning, just in case. This draft Executive Order states that the two programs established by President Obama, the June 15, 2012 DACA and the November 20, 2014 DAPA programs, “unlawfully provide illegal aliens with affirmative benefits such as lawful presence, work authorization,” etc. Therefore, both the DACA and DAPA programs are rescinded

or canceled. As for work authorizations (EAD) issued under the June 15, 2012 DACA program, they “shall remain valid until the date of expiration and not be extended except where required by law.” In other words, while President Trump will be ending the DACA program, applicants who already have work authorization can use them until they expire, but will not be able to renew them. It remains unclear if USCIS will continue to process DACA extensions and issue work authorizations for those cases\extensions already filed, but are still pending adjudication. This leaked EO states that the various departments and agencies “shall promptly rescind any orders, rules, regulations, guidelines, or policies implementing or enforcing the DACA or DAPA programs”. As for what will happen to the approximate 750,000 DACA applicants, or whether they will now be subject to deportation, the memo concludes that nothing in the EO should impair or otherwise affect DHS’s authority “to set enforcement priorities or to exercise prosecutorial discretion on a case-by-case basis, in connection with aliens

who received an EAD pursuant to the June 15 memorandum.” I hope this means DHS will conclude that DACA recipients are NOT an enforcement priority (which they should not be, because they have already been fingerprinted and obtained cleared police clearance), and will leave them alone, or will exercise “prosecutorial discretion” to not go after them, and instead DHS should focus on terrorists and felons. Once again, this is only a draft of an Executive Order. It is not yet official, but this may be what will happen to DACA recipients. When any memo becomes “official,” I will keep my readers informed. ***


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WASHINGTON – Beginning on Thursday, Feb. 9 through April 18, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its TaxAide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 49th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, offering free tax preparation help to anyone, especially those who are

50 and older, who cannot afford a tax preparation service. Some locations offer assistance in additional languages, including Chinese, Tagalog, Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese. For more information or to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site, visit or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888227-7669). An appointment may

Tax-Aide volunteer Elaine Tran speaks three Asian languages—Vietnamese, Mandarin and Cantonese—in addition to English.

be required. “Our bilingual volunteers generously give their time to help taxpayers who don’t speak English or speak English as a second language prepare their returns,” said Daphne Kwok, AARP Vice President of Multicultural Leadership, Asian American and Pacific Islander Audience Strategy. “We need more bilingual volunteers so if you can help translate, please join our Tax-Aide volunteer team so that we can expand our services to Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.” Tax-Aide, which is offered free of charge, is available to AARP members and non-members and includes more than 5,000 locations in neighborhood libraries, malls, banks, community centers and senior centers nationwide. Since 1968, Tax-Aide has helped nearly 50 million low- to moderate-income taxpayers. In 2016, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped 2.7 million people navigate complicated tax codes, ensure proper credits and deductions and file their federal and state tax returns. Taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.41 billion in income tax refunds and more than $240 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs). AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS. • (818) 502-0651 • (213) 250-9797

Health@Heart PhiliP S. Chua, MD, FaCS, FPCS COUNTLESS lives around the world have been saved by CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation). Accounts by locals on this remote Alubihod beach resort in Guimaras Island (across Iloilo), where we were as of this writing, revealed they have witnessed CPR performed on a drowning victim a couple of times in the past several years. Actually, you can even save your own with self-CPR. Yes, you can actually perform CPR on yourself, when your heart falters (giving you a most uncomfortable panicky feeling, irregular rhythm, with or without chest pains, and a sensation of impending doom), anywhere you are, especially when you are alone or driving, and save a life (your own) and prevent a crash that might kill other people too. The physiologic mechanics: The heart is in between the left and right lungs, framed by the vertebrae (spine) behind and the sternum (breastbone) in front. When the lungs expand, like when you take a real deep breath, the distended lungs will not only provide oxygen to your blood but also squeeze on your heart. This helps in the faster flow of blood out of the heart, easing the workload of your ticker. In standard CPR performed by any trained person, mouth to mouth resuscitation is done, precisely to fill the lungs with air (oxygen), which also squeezes the heart. At the same time, cardiac massage

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(pumping down on the sternum (chest) aimed at squeezing the heart) is performed. Self-CardioPulmonary Resuscitation (SCPR) is a vital option when one is alone, as an instant first-aid measure, when faced with a situation that calls for it. The technique: The first thing to do immediately, when the symptoms start, is to take repeated deep breaths, and coughing real hard between each breath. If the heart irregularity and uncomfortable feeling continue after 10 series of deep breaths and hard coughing, hitting the chest moderately hard with a clenched fist might help. The coughing and deep breaths must continue as the person drives to the nearest hospital emergency room or physician’s office. The disappearance of the symptoms as a response to the SCPR still requires the need for immediate medical consultation. Clinical observation shows that when one is alone doing chest compression during a standard CPR on a person who had cardiac arrest, the chest compression alone appears to be effective enough even without the mouth-to-mouth component. This is a relatively recent finding. But if mouth to mouth could also be performed, it should be done. Our entire school system, starting from the elementary school to colleges and universities, would do humanity a great service if a course in CPR and SCPR is made mandatory at every level of its curricula every couple of years. *** If the ambient air is too dry, whether you are in a desert, in a room with a heater during winter, or on board an airplane (where the air is very dry), you can devise your personal “humidifier” by soaking a face towel and putting it against your nose. This will provide moisture to the air you breathe in. The same improvisation and/or wet towels in strategic areas will help humidify any dry room. Running the shower will also do it but that is terribly wasteful and expensive and is not eco-friendly. *** Large paper clips will serve well as collar stays when one forgets to bring them on a trip. Or, making collar stays with a piece of hard plastic or cardboard. A small safety pin or large needle could be used (instead of the special gadget) in extracting your cellphone sim card. *** Sticking a bright colored emblem of any kind (mine is a red heart) on your credit card is a way of identifying your card at a distance, when you hand it over to a sales clerk at any store, and makes it a lot easier for you to “detect” when you are given back another card, by mistake or intentionally, which has happened. ***

One of the best ways to prevent viruses from attacking your computer (on top of your anti-virus software) is by not opening any emails you receive from someone you do not know and trashing them immediately. If needed, you could retrieve them from the trash bin, which holds them for 30 days prior to final deletion. Even if the email comes from a person you know, its attachment, if any, must be tagged or designated “virus free.” The spam mail eliminator is not enough. Common sense and vigilance do a lot more in protecting your computer and all valuable data on it. Disciplining yourself to adhere to this practice religiously will severely minimize, if not avoid, virus infestation and computer crashes, loss of priceless data, inconvenience, and avoidable expenses. *** Handling money, touching stair or escalator hand rails and door knobs in public places, or even handshakes (especially with one with a cold) expose one to a lot of viruses and or bacteria, and potential illnesses. Imagine that thousands of people of various personal habits have touched those paper bills, coins, handrails, and door knobs, conceivably many of them with poor hygiene. Washing your hands at least eight times a day is more of a rule than an exception if one has to prevent bug contamination and upper respiratory or gastrointestinal infections. The use of alcohol “wipes” or gel also helps. Antibacterial (antibiotic) hand wash preparations are discouraged for fear of inducing a bacterial resistance to the antibiotic. *** Interested in antioxidants for better health? Vegetables and fresh fruits, in general, are the best natural sources, compared to the very expensive pills, potion and lotion in the market, advertised as antioxidants. The pill version is processed and sometimes contains chemicals with adverse side-effects. Antioxidant score: ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) measures the antioxidant units available to reduce harmful oxygen free radicals. As far as fruits are concerned, according to the United States Department of Agriculture and Brunswick Laboratories, the following are the ORAC score (per 100 Grams) of the following fruits: Bananas - 879; Plums – 7291; Oranges – 1814; Blueberries – 9019; Apples – 3253; Cranberries – 9456; and, Cherries – 3361. Sunsweet, a company popular for its preserved fruits in the United States, came out with what it calls Antioxidant Blend, a dried fruit variety combo, which includes blueberries, cherries, cranberries and plums. One fourth cup serving (40 Grams) contain 90 calories. In PAGE D3

Ayala invests in e-pharmacy startup by Kristyn

niKa Lazo

AYALA Healthcare Holdings Inc. (AC Health), a subsidiary of listed conglomerate Ayala Corp. (AC), said on Thursday it has invested in an e-pharmacy startup as part of a strategy to make healthcare more accessible and affordable. In a disclosure to the stock exchange, AC Health said it recently acquired a minority stake in Wellbridge Health Inc., owner and operator of e-pharmacy MedGrocer. “AC Health seeks to seed disruptive healthcare solutions that improve efficiency and integration,” the company said. An FDA-licensed online pharmacy and medicine benefits management service, MedGrocer enables customers to order medicines digitally and have these medicines delivered directly to their homes, AC Health said. “The investment of AC Health into MedGrocer fits well with both our pharmacy and health tech aspirations. On the pharmacy side, we are exploring new ways to reach the consumer and deliver affordable medicine; on the health tech side, we are looking to build a portfolio of innovative technology

solutions across the continuum of care,” AC Health Chief Executive Officer Paolo F. Borromeo said in a statement. MedGrocer adds to the company’s healthcare portfolio, which includes retail pharmacy chain Generika, community clinics FamilyDOC, and mall-based clinics Qualimed. The online platform allows patients to compare prices and obtain essential information for their medications prior to purchase. All medicines are FDA-certified, and transactions are verified by a licensed pharmacist. It also provides medicines for the clinics of their corporate clients. “We share the mission of providing quality medicines conveniently and affordably to consumers by using technology to eliminate the inefficiencies and assumptions that hinder pharma retail,” MedGrocer CEO and founder Jerome Uy said. With programmed capital spending of $100 million to $200 million over the next three to five years, AC Health is aiming to expand Generika to 1,000 stores from 670 currently, and to have 100 FamilyDOC clinics from the current six toward 2020.

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pressure on Asian growth prospects and creditworthiness over the next 12 to 18 months. Aside from the potential changes to US trade policy and rising protectionism globally, other risks include China’s trilemma, disorderly response to the tightening of the US Federal Reserve policy, political developments in Europe, and elevated leverage in many Asian economies. Meanwhile, the Philippines is one of the 10 countries in Asia given a stable outlook on the banking system by Moody’s. However, only the Philippines and India got stable ratings on operating environment, asset qual-

ity, capital, funding and liquidity, profitability and efficiency as well as government support. “This result mainly reflects our expectation that a more challenging operating environment for banks in the region could lead to a deterioration in their asset quality and profitability,” Moody’s said. Moody’s rates the country’s sovereign debt at Baa2 while S&P Global Ratings gave the country a rating of BBB, both a notch above investment grade on a stable outlook. On the other hand, Fitch Ratings gave the Philippines a BBB- rating that is equivalent to a minimum investment grade on a positive outlook.


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Gokongwei, large taxpayers support tax campaign by iris


MANILA – The big boys in the country’s business community are throwing their support to the Duterte administration’s tax campaign as the President himself joked about killing them, if they don’t pay up. Speaking on behalf of the country’s large taxpayers late Monday, Feb. 6, JG Summit Holdings Inc. president and chief operating officer Lance Gokongwei said conglomerates like JG Summit are partners of government in its effort to raise revenues. “We express our support and compliance in the arena of paying taxes. We take our obligation to pay taxes very seriously. We feel that it is only fair to pay rightful taxes to a country that is host to our presence, growth and success,” said Gokongwei who earlier vowed to help the Duterte administration after he reportedly declined the post of finance secretary. Gokongwei spoke during the

Bureau of Internal Revenue’s tax campaign on Monday, representing the biggest businesses in the country. He said the country’s large taxpayers’ group must set an example to other taxpayers. “I’m all too aware of the influence of large taxpayers in setting the right tone. It is not an exaggeration to say that large taxpayers are barometers of tax compliance in this country…After all, as we often hear, if the big boys can get away with it, any talk of change is useless. We acknowledge the critical role we play in ensuring the Duterte administration’s platform of change,” Gokongwei said. At the same time, he said the government’s tax administration program has room for improvement such as being simple and not too burdensome. He also said conglomerates appreciate the efforts of tax authorities to consider businessmen as partners for change. “To be considered as a partner for change rather than be treated with suspicion, to be consulted

JG Summit Holdings Inc. president and chief operating officer Lance Gokongwei

rather than be threatened, to be given a seat on the table in coming up with just resolutions on differences rather than be shut out, this humbles and inspires us to do well. We’re only too happy to be your partner in ensuring better compliance with our tax rules,” Gokongwei said. “Count on me, on all of us,” he added.

Tetangco declines reappointment by Mayvelin

U. Caraballo

GoveRNoR Amando Tetangco Jr. “begged off” to be let go and retire at the end of his second term in July, prompting the Department of Finance to start searching a replacement. “I already started the search. I said as far as I am concerned I thought Governor Tetangco’s term should be extended. But he has begged off saying that he has health issues, and quit,” Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III told reporters during the economic Journalists Association of the Philippines’s induction of officers for 2017. “Frankly, after 43 years even I would get tired of doing the same job for 43 years,” Dominguez

noted. Tetangco is set to retire in July. First appointed in 2005 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and reappointed in 2011 by President Benigno Aquino III, he has spent 12 years as BSP governor. The law mandates a single reappointment for the central bank governor. As far as President Rodrigo Duterte is concerned, the administration has not yet seriously discussed Tetangco’s replacement, Dominguez noted. There must be a process to arrive at a wise decision, because the Duterte administration is not just replacing one person but actually four positions in the central bank, Dominguez noted. The terms of office of three Monetary Board members are also

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Asia, the popular “licorice” flavor fruit preserve “Dikyam” is made from plums. *** To those who love water sports, carrying an intact plastic garbage bag, might be life-saving, even for a good swimmer. experts have reported cases of leg cramps among

some who did not bother to wear a life vest, who were saved by a plastic bag they inflated, aiding in their buoyancy and ability to stay afloat longer, giving them the critical time for recovery from the debilitating cramps. obviously, wearing an appropriate life vest is a must for the “seafarers” amongst us, especially for the occasional beachcombers.

expiring at same time. Dominguez pointed out that the administration would have to choose among the candidates who is most qualified for the particular positions that are open, a decision that has to go through not just one, two or three meetings. “I think it really has to be seriously considered and I believe the President has to meet with and finally evaluate the qualifications of each and every potential candidate for each of those four positions open,” he said, adding that choosing the next BSP governor is “like the Game of Thrones.” Asked when President would announce the next BSP chief, Dominguez said it will certainly happen before July 2 or after Tetangco steps down. *** Philip S. Chua, MD, FACS, FPCS, Cardiac Surgeon Emeritus in Northwest Indiana and chairman of cardiac surgery from 1997 to 2010 at Cebu Doctors University Hospital, where he holds the title of Physician Emeritus in Surgery, is based in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Philippine College of Surgeons, and the Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society. He is the chairman of the Filipino United Network – USA, a 501(c)(3) humanitarian foundation in the United States. Email:


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