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60 dead in Sabah; KL rejects truce By M. Jegathesan

A Facebook page that carried the name of Nur Misuari, the leader of the Moro National Liberation Front that waged a secessionist war against the Philippine government during the time of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the 70s, posted this photo apparently comprising of former MNLF soldiers being portrayed as on their way to Sabah “to help their fellow Muslims” the Tausugs. A note on the page says: “This page is approved but not directly manage by Prof. Misuari – Professor Dr. Nur P. Misuari, MNLF founding leader & Central Committee chairman; UN Peace Awardee; Nobel Peace Laureate Nominee.” The standoff in Sabah has killed at least 60 people, according to reports.

Felda Sahabat, Malaysia, March 8, 2013 (AFP) – Malaysian police said on Friday they had arrested more than 50 people in a remote state for suspected links to a nearly month-long incursion by armed Filipino Islamists. Clashes between the gunmen and its security forces have left 60 people dead, and Malaysia has rejected a call by the fighters’ leader for a ceasefire in a farming region where the militants are being pursued. In announcing the arrests, federal police chief Ismail Omar said they had all occurred in other areas of the state of Sabah, outside the battle zone where the militants and armed forces were facing off. “Outside the operation area, police already arrested certain

suspects who we believe have links to the invaders,” Ismail said. He said more than 50 had been arrested, including men and women. He declined to give any further details such as whether they were foreigners or Malaysians. Scores of followers of a selfproclaimed Philippine sultan landed in the state on Borneo island last month to assert a longdormant territorial claim in what has become Malaysia’s worst security crisis in years. The main group of militants was holed up in a sleepy farming village for three weeks until two deadly shootouts with security forces last weekend triggered a military assault that scattered them amid vast oil palm plantaSee 60 DEAD, page 16 tions.

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MANILA, March 7, 2013 (AFP) - Asia’s best hope for the papacy, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of the Philippines, is a young, electric orator who has been outspoken about the need for Catholic Church leaders to be more open and humble. Born to a working-class couple in a then-rural town two hours’ drive south of the Philippine capital, Tagle rose to become Archbishop of Manila in 2011 at the age of just 54.

He was named a cardinal in November last year, becoming the official chief spiritual leader to the Philippines’ more than 80 million Catholics. This came shortly after Tagle was summoned to Rome for a synod to map out the way forward for the Church, which has been rocked by scandals over sexual abuse by pedophile priests going back decades. “The Church must learn humility See CARDINAL TAGLE, page 16

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‘Linsanity’ and the Rockets to play Indiana Pacers in Manila NBA exec vows ‘memorable experience’ for fans MANILA, Mar 6 (Mabuhay) – Filipino fans will be treated to an “incredibly memorable” experience when they watch the Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers play in the first ever NBA pre-season game to be held in the See LINSANITY, page 16

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patrolling the sensitive armistice line between Israel and Syria. The refusal by the Syrian rebels to compromise had dampened hopes of a swift release and forced Manila to step up its negotiation efforts, Philippine foreign affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said. The 21 Filipinos, members of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) monitoring the armistice between Syria and IsSee RELEASE, page 16

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Gov’t to start testing veggie oil on vehicles MANILA, Mar 5 (Mabuhay) – A partnership between government and private sector will kick off a project that will test the viability of using esterified waste vegetable oil on diesel-run vehicles. The Department of Energy, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, USAid, Jollibee, Seaoil and E-way54 have agreed to test four vehicles using diesel with 4% esterified waste vegetable oil within 6 months. DENR and Seaoil will provide the vehicle and pumping station while Jollibee will supply the used oil coming from their various stores in Metro Manila. Engineers involved in the project say in case its found out to be feasible, even used oil from households can be used as biodiesel blend for fossil diesel. But Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla says before embarking on a national policy to encourage all

households to save and collect their used oil, the study must first establish the viability and safety of the new source of biodiesel so that car owners will not be afraid to use it. Petilla also refuses to discuss the impact on pricing until the study is finished. Used vegetable oil may be less expensive than that of coco methyl esther or CME currently being used in retail diesel. Jollibee vice president and corporate franchising head John Victor Tence says this is the fast food chain’s way of giving back to the community. But Tence admits Jollibee alone cannot do the job if it goes into commercial operation. Seaoil president and CEO Glenn Yu says for every 1% of pure diesel displaced by biodiesel, 70 million liters of diesel is saved.

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MANILA, Mar 7 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III cited the role of the telecommunications sector in facilitating the free flow of information to our countrymen. “Knowledge empowers our people and sustains the momentum of our nation’s ongoing revitalization. As part of the telecommunications sector, you act as conduits that facilitate the free flow of information to our countrymen,” the Chief Executive said in his message to the Federation of International Cable TV and Telecommunications Association of the Philippines (FICTAP) on Thursday. The FICTAP opened its 14th International Cable Congress and Exhibit on Thursday at the Manila Hotel. The event would end on Friday. “It is necessary that we remain attentive to the advances in technology in your industry, that we may

keep our countrymen informed and educated, bringing us closer to our goal of equitable progress,” the President said. President Aquino also lauded the FICTAP for undertaking initiatives that will promote healthy competition in the telecommunications sector. The President said the initiatives likewise aim to improve the sector’s service levels, thereby contributing to an aware and engaged populace. “The nation is one with you in welcoming a new chapter in your history, with your organization’s recent change of name to encompass the new possibilities emerging in your field,” he stressed. “This move is both apt and timely, as it recognizes the potential of cable television not only in bringing news, current events, and entertainment, but also in transmitting communications and elevating the level of public discourse,” the President said. (MNS)

SC junks supplier’s plea in ‘overpriced’ lampposts case MANILA, Mar 7 (Mabuhay) – A Supreme Court division has junked a petition seeking to dismiss the graft charges against the supplier of the allegedly overpriced lampposts used in preparation for the 12th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in 2007. In an 18-page decision penned by Associate Justice Jose Catral Mendoza, the high court’s Third Division denied a petition for certiorari filed by Isabelo Braza, president of FABMIK Construction and Equipment Supply Company, Inc. (FABMIK), which supplied the controversial streetlights. In his petition, Braza accused the Sandiganbayan of grave abuse of discretion in handling the case, saying the charges leveled against him for violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act violate his rights against double jeopardy and to a speedy disposition of the case. “All told, this Court finds that the Sandiganbayan did not commit grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction, much less did it gravely err, in denying Braza’s motion to quash the information/dismiss the case [against him],” the SC division said. Braza was originally recommended by the regional Office of the Ombudsman in Visayas to be charged with violation of Section 3(g) of RA 3019, after it was found that the lampposts and other lighting facilities it supplied were highly overpriced after a comparison of the costs of the materials indicated in the Program of Works and Estimates (POWE) with those in the Bureau of Customs (BOC) documents. He was accused of conspiring with public officials and employees in committing the crime. He pleaded not guilty before the San-

diganbayan on June 6, 2008. FABMIK supplied and installed 89 allegedly overpriced lampposts along Mandaue City’s WO Seno, CD Seno, Plaridel and J. Briones Streets in 2006. The purchase and installation cost P19,980,000 but the Commission on Audit (COA) later found that the 89 lampposts were only worth P13,934,547, based on the price of similar park lamps. Upon orders from the Sandiganbayan, the regional office of the Ombudsman later conducted a re-investigation of the case and while upholding its earlier finding of probable cause, it modified the charges from violation of Sec. 3(g) of RA 3019 to Sec. 3(e) of the same law. Section 3 (g) refers to “entering, on behalf of the Government, into any contract or transaction manifestly and grossly disadvantageous to the same, whether or not the public officer profited or will profit thereby.” Section 3 (e) meanwhile involves, “causing any undue injury to any party, including the Government, or giving any private party any unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of his official administrative or judicial functions through manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence.” The Office of the Ombudsman submitted an amended information to the Sandiganbayan, including the modified charge, which the anti-graft court accepted. At this point, Braza said he could not be arraigned anew for the modified charges because it would place him under double jeopardy. In response, the Sandiganbayan disagreed with him, saying the modified charge was different from the first one, to which he pleaded not guilty.

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Aquino signs Common Carriers Tax Act into law DAVAO CITY, Mar 6 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III signed on Thursday Republic Act No. 10374, otherwise known as the Common Carriers Tax Act, which rationalizes the taxes paid by international carriers in the country. In ceremonies held at the SMX Convention Center of the SM Lanang Premiere shopping mall here, President Aquino signed the consolidated versions of House Bill No. 6022 and Senate Bill No. 3343 now known as An Act Recognizing the Principle of Reciprocity as Basis for the Grant of Income Tax Exemptions to International Carriers and Rationalizing Other Taxes Imposed Thereon by Amending Sections 28(A)(3)(a), 109, 11 and 236 of the National Internal Revenue Code, as Amended, and For Other Purposes. Under the new legislation, foreign carriers – both air and shipping – are exempted from paying the three percent Common Carriers Tax (CCT) imposed on passenger traffic only. Carriers will also be VAT (value added tax) exempt for the transport of passengers. The removal of CCT takes away the primary constraint on foreign carriers’ capacity growth and places the Philippines on an almost level playing field with that of other countries. In his speech, the President said that the passage of this law “will only bring in more traffic, and facilitate connectivity among our countries.” “Today, you also witnessed the signing into law of Senate Bill No. 3343 or House Bill No. 6022. Once it takes effect, this law will exempt all international and shipping carriers from paying the three percent common carriers tax on receipts and income derived from transporting passengers. The carriers are also exempted from paying tax on the gross revenue derived from the carriage of passengers, cargo, or mail – provided that the same exemption is granted by the carrier’s home country to the Philippines,” the President said. “With this bill, everybody wins from our aviation industries, to our tourism industries, to the millions of our peoples who will have greater freedom in planning their trips,” he added. (MNS)


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FVR to Aquino: Meet with Sultan Kiram to address Sabah conflict MANILA, Mar 6 (Mabuhay) -- Former President Fidel V. Ramos on Wednesday advised President Benigno Aquino III to personally meet with Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III to help end the ongoing conflict in Sabah. In a television interview, Ramos said Aquino should have a one-on-one talk with Kiram to hear out the sultan’s grievances. “Kung may imbitasyon si Pangulong Aquino [from Kiram], e mag-usap na kayong dalawa nang masinsinan,” Ramos said. Ramos, as president from 1992 to 1998, had pushed for a financial settlement between Malaysia and the sultan’s heirs that would include development funds for communities in Sulu, according to a timeline constructed by Palace official Manuel Quezon. Malaysia was eager for the arrangement, but no agreement was ever finalized, partly because of a failure to unite among the heirs, according to Amina Rasul, a descendant of an early sultan. It is still not clear what the Aquino position is on the Sabah claim, with Palace spokespersons saying the Justice Department is still studying the matter. Kiram’s followers are currently engaged in a battle with Malaysian forces in Sabah,

supposedly to assert the sultanate’s claim on Sabah and its proprietary rights. Nearly 30 people have already been reported killed due to the fighting. The Sulu sultanate once controlled parts of Borneo, including the site of the standoff. The sultanate’s heirs have been receiving a nominal yearly compensation package from Malaysia under a long-standing agreement for possession of Sabah. In a televised statement last week before the eruption of violence on Friday, Aquino warned Kiram and his followers they could be committing crimes in Sabah with their actions. Ramos, however, said the Aquino government should not label Kiram’s group criminals to encourage them to return to the Philippines. Ramos also appealed to Kiram’s followers to heed the Philippine government’s appeal for them to go back to Sulu. (MNS)

De Lima: NBI chief gave no orders to survey Kiram’s house MANILA, Mar 7 (Mabuhay) – The head of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) did not give instructions to his agents to visit the residence of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III in Taguig City on Wednesday. This was according to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, who told reporters in Manila that she immediately checked with NBI director Nonnatus Rojas after seeing in the news that three men posing as NBI agents went inside and surveyed Kiram’s Taguig home. “Director Rojas denied issuing any instruction [or] any order to that effect... He has not given authority to go there,” said De Lima. The NBI is an attached agency of the Department of Justice (DOJ). De Lima said they are still checking whether the three unidentified men were indeed NBI agents. Several reports quoted TV5 reporter Carla Lim, who is covering Kiram’s press briefings regarding the armed conflict in Sabah, as saying that three men contacted her and identified themselves as members of the NBI’s Technical Investigation Division. The men allegedly asked Lim if they could go with her inside Kiram’s residence and pose as TV5 crewmen. Lim reportedly refused. Lim said the men showed up at the residence just the same and still identified themselves as part of the network’s crew. The men reportedly stayed inside the house between 10 and 30 minutes before leaving. Kiram’s followers are engaged in an armed conflict with Malaysian security forces in Sabah, which they claim is their homeland. Some 40 people have already died in the skirmishes. Kiram on Thursday declared a unilateral ceasefire. (MNS)

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Malaysia cuts off food, supplies for royal army MANILA, Mar 7 (Mabuhay) – The Malaysian government has cordoned off all possible sea and land routes for the members of the Sulu sultanate royal army who have been holed up in Sabah for three weeks now, Malaysian news agency Bernama reported. Malaysian forces said the move was to prevent the passage of food and weapons supplies to the Filipino fighters, who went to the town of Lahad Datu in Sabah last February 12 to assert their ownership of the resource-rich territory. The Bernama report also said that due to the tightened security, several suspected intruders were arrested after attempting to leave or enter Kampung Tanduo and Kampung Tanjung Batu to get food supplies. “We have created a tight cordon around the area, with the help of the Navy at sea and Armed Forces on land,” Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib said in an interview with TV3’s Malaysia Hari Ini (MHI). “Their food supplies are cut off because we have caught many of the intruders during their attempts to get food.” Hamza said over 30 Filipino fighters and 8 Malaysian policemen have been killed since firefights between the two forces began last Friday. The police official is also not discounting the possibility that the followers of the sultanate are now blending in with the civilians to avoid being caught.


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Comelec: 22 Senate bets get illegal posters notice MANILA, Mar 6 (Mabuhay) – Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesman James Jimenez revealed on Wednesday that 22 of the 33 candidates for senator have been served notices to remove illegal campaign posters. Jimenez explains these are for illegal sizes and illegal placements. Based on their latest list, Team PNoy candidate Risa Hontiveros stayed as top poster violator where she is now joined by Sonny Angara and Bam Aquino. They were all served 3 notices each for this list. Jimenez said one notice means one violation. He also said the candidates have complied with some notices already. There is also a 3-way tie for 2nd place with Team PNoy’s Sonny Trillanes, Senator Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero and Makabayan’s Teddy Casino. Escudero in particular still has product endorsements on some taxis. Jimenez said the owners of PUVs with ads must remove them immediately. Those who served notices included Risa Hontiveros (3); Juan Edgardo Angara (3); Bam Aquino (3); Teddy Casiño (2); Antonio ‘Sonny’ Trillanes (2); Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero (2); Edward Hagedorn; Juan Ponce ‘Jack’ Enrile Jr; Juan Miguel ‘Migz’ Zubiri; Nancy Binay; Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel III; Jamby Madrigal; Alan Peter Cayetano; Cynthia Villar; Ramon Magsaysay Jr.; Grace Poe Llamanzares; Loren Legarda; Gregorio ‘Gringo’ Honasan; Tingting Cojuangco; Bro. Eddie Villanueva; JV Ejercito; and Richard Gordon. In terms of political parties, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) got top slot with 5 violations, Liberal Party has 2 violations, while the Nacionalista Party, Makabayan, Akbayan and Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino each received a notice. At the party-list column, Buhay, Kabataan and LPGMA shared top spot with 4 notices each. Meantime, Jimenez feels the accusation of party-list groups that they’re being singled out in the anti-illegal posters campaign of the Comelec is ludicrous. Jimenez points out that the crackdown on senatorial candidates is proof that the poll body is enforcing the law on all. “Lahat nire-report at nabigyan ng notice. Kakasuhan natin, it doesn’t matter kung sino ang perceived backer,” he said. (MNS)

PHL cops, troops accused of gambling massacre MANILA, March 6, 2013 (AFP) – Philippine authorities said on Wednesday that dozens of police and military personnel would be charged with murder for “summarily executing” 13 people in a gambling turf war. The accused police initially reported those slain in a rural town about three hours’s drive from Manila in January were members of a criminal gang who engaged them in a gunbattle after ramming through a security road block. But after media reports showed that among those killed was a local illegal gambling lord, as well as five police and military officers who were protecting him, President Benigno Aquino ordered an investigation. “The victims were summarily executed and all indications point to a rubout (slang for execution),” said Aquino’s spokeswoman, Abigail Valte, quoting a 64-page report by the justice department recommending the charges. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said 21 police officers and 14 members of a military unit, who are currently in custody, conspired to eliminate Vic Siman, the slain head of a lottery racket known as jueteng.Jueteng is an underground lottery known to generate many millions of dollars that are often used to finance campaigns by corrupt local politicians, who are known to control private armies or employ policemen as personal bodyguards. De Lima said the ambush was planned and led by Superintendent Hansel Marantan, a senior police officer who was protecting a local rival of Siman. “The apparent objective of the operation was to kill all the victims. The checkpoint (was set up) to kill Vic Siman and company. There was no shoot-out,” she told reporters. “Some of the victims were already slumped on the ground or were surrendering when still fired upon by operatives.” De Lima said the accused police and military officers also tampered with the crime scene and conspired to cover up the crime. The authorities did not say when the accused would be formally charged. Court cases regularly take many years to go through the country’s over-burdened justice system.


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Malaysia denies paying rent for Sabah: report MANILA, Mar 8 (Mabuhay) – Malaysia’s payment of nearly P70,000 to the sultanate of Sulu yearly is not for the rental of Sabah but cession money for the handover of the territory, a report from the New Straits Times said Friday. Malaysian Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said the Malaysian government does not recognize any outside claims that Sabah does not belong to Malaysia. He told Malaysia’s TV3 that the 1878 agreement between Alfred Dent and Baron von Overbeck of the British North Borneo Company and the sultan of Sulu at that time stated that the sultan of Sulu ceded the region of North Borneo permanently, and the heir is entitled to receive annual payment of 5,300 Mexican Pesos.

“It is not payment for rent, but as cession,” he said. The report said Anifah and Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario were also puzzled why the Sabah standoff occurred when both countries are facing elections. The Malaysian foreign minister quoted a Reuters report that said followers of Jamalul Kiram III “had been invited to Sabah by a Malaysian opposition politician to discuss land issues.” Anifah said he had urged del Rosario to investigate the claim. “Maybe there are certain parties that do not want Malaysia or the leadership of the Malaysian government to be recognised. “It is not impossible that there are people who are spiteful of the Barisan Nasional

leadership led by our prime minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, which has excelled and gained recognition internationally.” Philippine President Aquino earlier said there are signs that a conspiracy was behind the decision of Kiram’s followers to press their claim on Sabah. He declined to name the alleged conspirators, saying he needed more evidence. The Malaysian official, meanwhile, said Kiram’s men were labeled terrorists because they entered the country illegally armed with weapons and engaged Malaysian security forces. “They have no respect for our authorities and human rights. This is a terrorist act. Even with numerous discussions and dialogue sessions with the Philippine foreign affairs secretary, what has happened

cannot be forgiven. “However, both del Rosario and I agree that we will continue discussing the best possible way to resolve this matter without further bloodshed,” he said, Meanwhile, a report on the Star Online said Malaysian opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has filed a RM100mil defamation suit against TV3 and Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd for linking him to the intrusion by an armed Sulu group in Lahad Datu. The suit was filed at the KL High Court civil registry Friday, naming Utusan and TV3 as defendants. Anwar has denied meeting Jamalul Kiram III, the self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu, or having any involvement in the attacks in Sabah. (MNS)

Sultan wants U.N. peacekeeping forces in Sabah MANILA, Mar 8 (Mabuhay) -– Following a call for an immediate ceasefire to the violence in Sabah, the spokesman for Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III now wants United Nations peacekeeping forces in the disputed territory. Abraham Idjirani said the entry of UN peacekeeping forces is meant to avoid further loss of lives, especially among the civilians living in Sabah. He said the idea of requesting UN intervention was suggested on Thursday by Sulu crown prince Raja Muda Agbidmuddin Kiram, who led about 200 followers to the town of Lahad Datu on February 12 to press the sultanate’s claim

to the resource-rich territory. “Nang sinabi natin ang [pagtawag para sa] cessation of hostilities, sabi niya (Raja Muda) hanggang noong mga oras na iyun sila ay binobomba. Sabi niya, kailangan siguro makapasok na ang UN peacekeeping forces upang susunod na ang gobyerno ng Malaysia sa panawagan ng United Nations,” Idjirani said. Kiram III’s group declared a unilateral ceasefire on Thursday noon following a call from United Nations SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon to end the violence and hold talks. The Malaysian government, however, immediately rejected the group’s call

and said it would continue to press the offensive. Nevertheless, Idjirani said they are still hoping that the Malaysian government would change its mind and finally hold talks with them. “Ang mahalaga ay naipakita natin sa buong mundo na ang Sultanate of Sulu ay marunong tumupad sa usapan at panawagan ng United Nations para maresolba ang issue ng payapa,” he said. “Kahit ni-reject ng Malaysia, ang fundamental concern natin ay ‘yung pagreciprocate sa panawagan ng UN. Iyun pa ring ang intensyon natin para matigil ang violence at atrocities na ginagawa

ng Malaysian authorities sa inosenteng Filipino civilians sa Sabah.” Malaysia said clashes between intruding Filipino militants and its security forces had left 60 people dead as of late Thursday. Police chief Ismail Omar said 32 followers of the sultan had been killed in two confrontations since Wednesday near the scene of a three-week standoff in Sabah state, after a military assault to remove them. That brought the total dead to 60, including 52 militants. Eight Malaysian policemen were killed in skirmishes last weekend.

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It’s a bronze for Babista – who carried the PHL flag – at the 2013 Las Vegas U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships He could have comunder his belt the 2012 AROUND peted under the banner of National and AAU Chamhis parents’ adopted counpionships. TOWN try but 12-year Joseph With the bronze medal Babista opted to represent was the distinction of bethe Philippines at the reing “the first Filipino to cent 2013 US Open Taerepresent the Philippines kwondo Championships in the tournament who in Las Vegas. His reason actually won a medal”, for carrying the Philipaccording to his coach, pine flag at the prestigious former Olympic Gold tournament smacks of his medalist, Gergely Salove for his country and lim, in whose Taekwondo BY RAY ANDRES for the reason that “he was team Joseph also belongs. born there (the Philippines) and proud to Joseph’s latest win brought to nine his be a Filipino living in a foreign country.” total medal harvest from 2011-13 (gold 3, The Babistas (Marie is an ICU Nurse and Rommel is a Health Educator) immigrated to the U.S. settling in Long Beach only in 2010. Although he had the option of representing the U.S. in the international tournament, Joseph considered it “a great opportunity to show the world that the Philippines can make a name in the sports dominated by Americans and Europeans.” Joseph, an underdog in the tournament, competed in the Cadet Division (Flyweight Division) (12-14 years old) and took home the bronze where 38 other athletes from the U.S. and around the world vied for top honors. He vanquished two American boys one of whom has A MEDAL FOR PHL: U.S. based Joseph Babista listens to instructions en route to a bronze medal win at the 2013 U.S. Taekwondo Open Championships in Las Vegas where he represented the Philippines. Joseph got into the sport at age six in the Philippines.

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However, there have been reports of other gunmen elsewhere along Sabah’s coast, raising fears of a wider infiltration by fighters and the possibility they may have been aided by sympathisers already in Malaysia. The Philippines, meanwhile, said it had formally asked Malaysia to ensure humanitarian treatment for 10 Filipinos who it says have been captured. The government of President Benigno Aquino said previously that Malaysia had informed Manila that 10 Filipinos had been captured. Malaysia has not confirmed that account. “Today, we have asked the Malaysian government to treat our people under their custody humanely,” Aquino’s spokesman Edwin Lacierda told reporters. “We expect and we have already informed the Malaysian embassy that our Philippine embassy team (in Sabah) be given full access to the Filipinos.” The incursion was carried out by a group of followers of Jamalul Kiram III, the self-proclaimed heir to the former southern Philippine sultanate of Sulu, which had a historical claim to Sabah. Kiram’s people say about 235 people took part in the incursion, and they also claim that 10 had been captured. Ismail said he had no knowledge of the captives. Malaysian authorities have continually issued only sketchy information on the crisis, citing security reasons. Ismail said the arrests were made under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act, a new law introduced to replace a tough British colonial-era law in the former colony as part of a reform drive. But the new act has come under criticism for giving authorities too much power to hold people on broad grounds. London-based Amnesty International has called it “deeply flawed.” Meanwhile, Malaysia’s prime minister on Thursday rejected a ceasefire call by the self-proclaimed Philippine sultan whose Islamic fighters launched a deadly incursion into Malaysia. Malaysian forces are currently hunting for the Islamic militants in a remote region of Borneo island where they landed last month to assert a long-dormant territorial claim in what has become Malaysia’s worst security crisis in years. Their Manila-based leader called for ceasefire at midday but Prime Minister Najib Razak, who flew to the region Thursday to inspect security operations, said he told Philippine leader Benigno Aquino by phone the offer was rejected. “I told President Aquino they must lay down their arms immediately,” Najib told reporters in a village near the area where up to 300 militants were being searched for. “They have to surrender their arms and they have to do it as soon as possible.” The “sultan”, Jamalul Kiram III, declared a unilateral ceasefire for 12:30 pm (0430 GMT) and urged Malaysia to reciprocate. But Najib said Malaysian forces would continue to press the offensive, adding that still more soldiers would be sent in to the hilly region of vast oil palm estates and pockets of jungle.

from Jesus,” Tagle said in a speech to the synod, arguing that spreading the faith in a secularising world would be more effective if the Church learned to listen to the people. “(You) may be saying the right things but people will not listen if the manner by which you communicate reminds them of a triumphalistic, know-it-all institution,” he said according to an account of the speech by Vatican Radio. At another Vatican conference last year, Tagle urged the Church in Asia to tackle the sex abuse issue before it became a full-blown crisis there, and put in place safeguard measures that take into account the region’s cultural norms. Tagle, 55, is widely regarded as enthralling speaker, eloquent and with a soothing voice. He has refused to discuss his chances for the papacy but, at a public seminar in Manila last month, said Church leaders needed to do a better job of reaching out to people within their communities, particularly the youth. “The young want to be connected,” Tagle said at the forum. “That is the basic of the faith – (to be) connected to God, connected to others, to the Church. We need to go back to that fundamental.” Tagle showed remarkable empathy, discipline and intellect as a boy, according to one of his mentors, Father Romeo Ner, 72. “He was always number one in school. He was very interested in helping the poor even at a young age, and he was very close to the Church,” Ner told AFP. “I was amazed because he knew how to recite the rosary and all of its mysteries when he was just three.” Tagle is well known in the Philippines for not riding in his official car when he was a bishop, chatting with all comers after mass, and even regularly inviting beggars to dine with him at his residence. Ner said that as a young priest, Tagle was involved in raising money for parishes that served poor areas, where he developed a taste for braised chicken feet – a staple in the slums. “Giving the poor their true dignity is his passion. He loves them,” said Ner, who as then vicar general of Tagle’s hometown was instrumental in making him one of the country’s youngest bishops in 2001.

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rael that followed the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, were abducted by the rebels on Wednesday just one and a half kilometres (a mile) to the Syrian side of the ceasefire line. The rebels are demanding that Syrian troops move 20 kilometres (12 miles) back from Jamla, an area at the southern end of the armistice zone, Hernandez said. “The demand of the rebels for the repositioning of Syrian forces in the area of Jamla is still outstanding so this is still being worked out,” he said on ABS-CBN television. The Philippine government had previously received information that raised hopes the 21 would be released on Friday morning, Philippine time, and the government now did not know if or when they would be freed, Hernandez said. “We are trying to intensify our negotiations with the rebel groups,” he said adding that the hostages were nonetheless being treated well. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the rebels had added a fresh demand “They are now demanding a new condition – that the International Committee of the Red Cross guarantees the safe exit from the strife-torn area of Jamla of civilians,” he Britain-based watchdog’s director, Rami Abdel Rahman, told AFP. In Manila, the brother of one of hostages issued a televised appeal for the peacekeepers’ release. Xy-son Meneses said that he was concerned for his brother, Captain Xy-rus Meneses, who appeared in an Internet video with the other captured Filipinos shortly after their abduction. “They are not there to cause trouble but to help maintain peace in Syria so I ask if they can release them,” he said. Concern has been mounting that the Filipinos’ seizure might prompt more governments to withdraw troops from the already depleted UN mission. Israeli officials warned that any further reduction in its strength risked creating a security vacuum in the no-man’s land between the two sides on the strategic Golan Heights, which it seized in the 1967 Six-Day War.


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When to pursue your wage claims through the government agency Antonio Ceron, a PROTECTING car wash employee, EMPLOYEE & filed a wage claim CONSUMER RIGHTS with California’s Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) for unpaid overtime and unpaid minimum wage. Over a year later, the deputy commissioner handling his claim, awarded BY C. JOE SAYAS, JR. him $19,834.80 in back wages, interest and penalties. Even though Ceron won his case, he was not awarded the full amount of his claim because the records of his hours worked were incomplete. Also, for Ceron to get his money, the DLSE must file a judgment with the court 25 days after the decision. If the filing of the judgment is delayed, Ceron will have to wait for his money. Ceron’s story is part of The Los Angeles Daily Journal’s

OC doctor convicted of health care fraud LOS ANGELES – A federal jury has convicted a Buena Park doctor for participating in a health care fraud scheme involving unnecessary procedures and prescriptions that led to Medicare paying out nearly $3 million on fraudulent claims for durable medical equipment and nutritional supplies. Following a five-day trial, Dr. Augustus Ohemeng, 62, was found guilty yesterday afternoon of six counts health care fraud. While serving as medical director at Pacific Clinic in Long Beach, Ohemeng and others recruited Medicare patients and billed the national healthcare program for office visits that typically included unnecessary tests and procedures. The evidence presented at trial showed that Ohemeng also generated fraudulent prescriptions for medical equipment, power wheelchairs, and enteral nutritional supplies, prescriptions that were sold to medical supply companies that used the fraudulent documents to bill Medicare for millions of dollars of unnecessary and undelivered medical supplies. “Nearly all, if not all, of the wheelchair prescriptions Ohemeng and [George Tarryk, another doctor who worked at Pacific Clinic] signed were written for people who could walk,” according to court documents. Over the course of four years, Ohemeng signed hundreds of these fraudulent prescriptions, many of which were blank so his office manager could fill in the details. As a result of the fraudulent conduct involving Ohemeng and his co-conspirators, which took place from February 2005 through September 2009, $5.6 million in fraudulent claims were submitted to Medicare, which paid approximately $2.97 million. Ohemeng faces a maximum statutory sentence of 60 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on June 17 by United States District Judge Christina A. Snyder. Ohemeng was among 10 defendants – including two doctors and a nurse – who were charged as a result of an investigation into Pacific Clinic, Ivy Medical Supply in Anaheim, and Santos Medical Supply in South Los Angeles. All 10 defendants, including the owner of Ivy Medical Supply, have now been convicted, either as the result of guilty pleas or jury verdicts. The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Swiss probe Filipina ‘nurse’ over Facebook corpse GENEVA, March 01, 2013 (AFP) – Swiss prosecutors said Friday they had opened a criminal investigation after an alleged care-home nurse posted pictures of herself on Facebook sitting next to the corpse of an old woman. Prosecutors in the eastern region of Saint Gallen told Swiss news agency ATS that the suspected offence was disturbing the peace of the dead, a crime carrying up to three years in prison. In a string of pictures revealed Friday by the 20 Minuten newspaper – which said they had been spotted by a reader – a woman in a nurse’s uniform was seen laughing and posing at the bedside of a dead woman. The pictures were accompanied by off-color comments. The newspaper blanked out the faces of the nurse and the dead woman, as well as the nurse’s Facebook name and those of people who commented on the posting. Other pictures posted on the woman’s page – which featured what appeared to be Satanist imagery – showed her standing in front of an ambulance, sitting on a motorbike and cavorting in sado-masochist poses. Later Friday, the tabloid Blick said it had managed to identify the woman as an immigrant from the Philippines who was married to a Swiss man. The newspaper said the woman worked as a cook not a nurse, and was also offered sado-masochist services. Blick said the pictures had been taken in January 2012 at a care home in the community of Mogelsberg which was subsequently closed for unrelated reasons. The woman reportedly told Blick that she had simply wanted

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Tagle among 3 clerics favored for pope by victims of sex abuse MANILA, Mar 8 (Mabuhay) – Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle is being seen as among the prospects for pope who are most capable of addressing the church’s sex abuse crisis. A U.S.-based organization representing victims of child abuse named Tagle, another cardinal, and an archbishop as the best candidates to become the new Pope. At a news conference in Rome, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) said that Cardinals Christoph Schonborn and Luis Antonio Tagle and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin were the “least worst” papal candidates on the basis of their words and actions in regards to the clergy sex abuse crisis. The influential Catholic News Service had previously published a glowing profile of Tagle, highlighting his vocal and candid views on one of the church’s most vexing problems. The Roman Catholic Church has been rocked in recent decades by repeated sex scandals, primarily in wealthy Western nations such as the United States, Ireland and Germany. Many of the cases dated back decades and became known only later.

Cardinal Schonborn and SNAP member BarCardinal Tagle on Vatican bara Doris explained why watcher lists. the organization favors Preventing sex abuse Schonborn, Tagle and by priests Martin before SNAP DiAt a large Vaticanrector David Clohessy sponsored meeting last held up a card listing their year, Tagle was quoted as names. “The common link urging church officials to among these three men is institute changes to pretheir courage. They have vent further sex abuses, especially in Asian coundone things that few if any tries where the church is other bishops or cardinals relatively untouched by have tried. They have tried Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle to ‘think outside the box’ and at times they the crisis. “We do not need to wait for a bomb have been bluntly honest about the failings of other church members, about the failings to explode. Preventing it from exploding is the best response,” he was reported to of their own protocols,” said Doris. On its website, SNAP said, “three have said. Tagle reportedly “led discussions about papal candidates are the ones we feel are the most “promising candidates.” These how Asian bishops should prepare their three were chosen based on their words child protection policies, particularly given and actions in regards to the clergy sex cultural customs and behaviors that could abuse crisis. Sources include mainstream make it difficult to define inappropriate media accounts, legal filings and victims’ touching and that work to keep abuse experiences.” secret,” according to the Catholic News No front-runner for the new Pope stands Service. out but leading candidates do include both Clohessy led a minute’s silence at the

news conference for the victims of child abuse. “To have supportive spouses and families is something that a great many survivors tragically do not have so please join us in one minute’s silence in honor and appreciation of friends and relatives of abuse victims who suffer along with us,” said a visibly emotional Clohessy. SNAP has filed a report with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) which criticizes the Vatican in its handling of clergy sex crimes. It is the first time the organization has made a formal appeal to the UN for help with the crisis. Clohessy, who says he intends to stay in Rome until a new pope is chosen, said that the successor to Benedict XVI should not be afraid to punish those in the church who cover up abuse scandals. While many observers had expected the conclave to begin as early as this Sunday (March 10), there have been increasing indications that the cardinals may need more time to ponder who among them might be best to lead a church beset by crises. (MNS)

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What is a conclave?: Questions and Answers VATICAN CITY, March 08, 2013 (AFP) - Cardinals from around the world will meet under Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel next week to elect a new leader of the Catholic Church after Benedict XVI’s resignation. The tradition of cardinals voting dates back to the Middle Ages – a time when the idea of sovereigns being elected, albeit by a very restricted group of their peers – was revolutionary and unique to the Church. The conclave has an air of mystery about it even now because participants are sworn to secrecy for life on pain of excommunication, and the 15th-century chapel is swept for bugs every day before deliberations begin. When a candidate wins a two-thirds majority, he will simply be asked by the Dean of Cardinals Angelo Sodano for a yes or no answer to whether he accepts. If he does, he retreats to a room known as the Room of Tears to put on the papal garb and emerge in front of the crowds in St Peter’s Square as new pope. Every round of voting is followed by the burning of the cardinals’ ballots twice a day in a specially-installed stove in the chapel. With the addition of chemicals, the stove’s chimney stack puts out black smoke if no-one has been elected or white smoke if there is a new pope. The new leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics then emerges onto a balcony overlooking St Peter’s Square to the cry of “Habemus Papam”! Here are a few facts about conclaves: What is a conclave? The word comes from the Latin for “with key”, a reference to the lockdown

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Women in the shadows in Vatican ‘old boys’ conclave VATICAN CITY, March 08, 2013 (AFP) – As Catholic cardinals prepare a secret conclave in the Vatican to choose a new pope, the only woman seen taking part in the preparations has been the seamstress sewing the ceremonial tablecloths. The most important decision in the life of the Church is being taken with one half of the Catholic community either looking on or playing an auxiliary role as the male hierarchy deliberates. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said cardinals in closed-door talks ahead of the conclave did discuss the role of women in the Church on International Women’s Day on Friday, but he declined to go into detail. Lombardi also presented a female journalist with a bouquet of flowers at a briefing – perhaps amends for an earlier comment that the only women in the conclave were there to “serve the cardinals”. “Not hearing the opinions of half of the world is like a slap in the face,” said Janice Sevre-Duszynska, who was excommunicated after her unofficial ordination as a female priest. Speaking to AFP in Rome, the American said the idea that only men should decide on a pope who will rule over both men and women was “a mockery”. Sevre-Duszynska was detained by police for demonstrating at the Vatican in her ceremonial robes, with police saying they wanted to check that she had the “right to wear those vestments”. While Benedict XVI cracked down on liberal U.S. nuns, the hope among campaigners now is that the next pope could open the way to dialogue on the role of women in the Church – and possibly even tackle the hot-button issue of women priests. Vatican observers say that of the 115 cardinal electors who could become pope, none are likely to overturn centuries of ingrained gender bias in the Church, which insists women cannot be priests because Jesus Christ’s apostles were all men. “The only pretext is that the apostles were men but that corresponds to the socio-cultural context of the era,” said Vatican expert Bruno Bartoloni, pointing out that several other Christian denominations now have female priests.

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Malaysia’s ‘Wild East’ lives up to its nickname

Kirams: We are not terrorists

KUALA LUMPUR, March 6, 2013 (AFP) – Malaysian troops and police were Wednesday hunting militant followers of a Philippine selfproclaimed sultan, who landed in Sabah state on Borneo to assert his historical claim to the area. Following are key details on Sabah and the turmoil: What is Sabah? Sabah is a resource-rich Malaysian state about the size of Ireland on the north of Borneo island. It has huge oil palm plantations, but also some of the world’s best scuba diving and rainforest-clad mountain ridges that have earned it the nickname of Malaysia’s “Wild East”. Along with Sarawak, it is one of two Malaysian states on Borneo, which is also shared by the tiny sultanate of Brunei and Indonesia’s Kalimantan. The capital is Kota Kinabalu. Who lives in Sabah? While mainland Malaysia is dominated by Muslim ethnic Malays, Sabah’s population has traditionally been overwhelmingly made up of Borneo tribes, many of whom are now Christian. The federal government has faced accusations for more than three decades that it illegally gave hundreds of thousands of Muslim foreigners citizenship in return for votes for the ruling coalition. The government has denied the charge. But Sabah’s population has surged from some 600,000 in 1970 to more than three million now and there are rising tensions between native Sabahans and foreign migrants. The foreigners – mainly poor economic migrants from the neighboring southern Philippines and Indonesia – are blamed by locals for crime, drug abuse and competition for jobs. Sabah’s government said recently 28 percent of the state’s people are of foreign origin. What caused the current crisis? The Sulu sultanate once controlled the Sulu islands in the Muslim southern Philippines and part of Borneo including Sabah, but the advance of European colonialism eroded its power. It officially lost Sabah in 1878, via a loosely worded contract, to a British trading company. Sabah became a British colony and joined the new nation of Malaysia in 1963. While Sabah has prospered, the remote Sulu islands are among the poorest parts of the Philippines and a breeding ground for insurgents who dream of a Muslim homeland independent from the government in Manila. Descendants of the Sulu sultans have continued to receive nominal rent from Malaysia of about $1,700 per year for Sabah under a deal inherited from European powers. The intruders’ exact demands remain unclear but they have expressed resentment with the ongoing state of affairs. Have similar incursions happened before? Sabah has seen previous smaller-scale raids by Islamic militants and other bandits from the adjacent southern Philippines, which has suffered for decades from a Muslim insurgency. A Philippine Islamic militant group seized 21 mostly Western holidaymakers from a scuba diving resort at Sipadan off Sabah, taking them to the Philippine islands. They were later ransomed. Two Malaysians were kidnapped from a plantation in the area in November and are believed to have been taken to the southern Philippines. What is at stake? The incident risks stoking tensions between Sabahans and Filipinos.

MANILA, Mar 6 (Mabuhay) – Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III on Wednesday slammed the Malaysian government for calling his followers battling Malaysian security forces in Sabah “terrorists.” “Tinatawag nila ‘yung mga tauhan namin na ‘terorista.’ Terorista ba ang taong nasa lugar nila? Terorista ba ang taong nasa bahay nila, in their own homeland? Ang terorista ay sila,” Sultan Kiram said. In a separate interview at the Kiram family’s residence in Maharlika Village in Taguig, the sultan’s daughter, Princess Jaycel Kiram, said the labeling of the sultan’s followers as terrorists is meant to prevent international intervention in Sabah. “Ano pa ba ang ‘di nila ibabato sa atin? Kahapon nga bomba ang binato nila,” Jaycel said. “Itong pagbansag na terorista, inaasahan na natin ito dahil alam natin na kapag binansagang terorista ang Filipiono fighters natin sa Sabah, eh, of course, mape-prevent ang anumang international intervention dito,” she added. The Kirams have sought help from the UN Human Rights Committee to look into alleged abuses by Malaysian forces against the armed group led by the sultan’s brother, Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram. Around 30 people have been killed since clashes began last Friday in Lahad Datu, Sabah. Terrorists or terroristic acts? In a statement after Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario’s Monday meeting with his counterpart, Anifah Aman, the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Del Rosario vowed that the Philippine government will file criminal cases against those involved in the Lahad Datu and Semporna incidents “to the fullest extent of the law in the Philippines.” “Malaysia considers this group as terrorists following their atrocities and brutalities committed in the killing of Malaysia’s security personnel, two in Lahad Datu and six in Semporna, Sabah,” Anifah said. “Secretary Rosario agreed that this group should be labeled as terrorists,” Anifah added. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), however, later clarified in a statement sent early Wednesday morning that Del Rosario did not exactly label the sultan’s followers as “terrorists.” “According to (Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Ed) Malaya who was present at the meeting, the report is out of context,” the DFA said. “In Semporna, there were alleged acts of terrorism. As reported by the Malaysian Foreign Minister, after the police forces were lured into an ambush and killed, their bodies were brutally mutilated and desecrated. If indeed these atrocities were committed as reported to him, the Secretary and the Foreign

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MANILA, Mar 5 (Mabuhay) – Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chairman Nur Misuari on Tuesday warned Malaysian authorities against killing the followers of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III in Sabah as doing so would be tantamount to a declaration of war against the Tausugs and the former separatist group. Speaking to reporters, Misuari advised Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak against killing the sultan’s brother, Crown Prince Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram and his men engaged in a battle with Malaysian security forces in Sabah. “Once you do that, that will be tantamount to declaration of war against our people and the Moro National Liberation Front. It is our sacred duty to protect our people,” he said. “Every drop of their blood is sacred to us,” Misuari added.The MNLF founding leader, who signed a peace agreement with the Ramos government in 1997, also rejected as “wild speculation” any insinuation that he was behind the moves taken by the followers of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III in Sabah. Speaking to reporters, Misuari said it is irresponsible to link him to an alleged conspiracy to finance the venture of Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram and his men to press the sultanate’s claim over Sabah. “These are all wild speculations. In the first place

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Minister both agreed that these were, at the very least, terroristic acts,” the DFA added. ‘We will only surrender to Allah’ The princess also said during an interview with ABS-CBN’s UKG on Wednesday that the fight of the Sulu royal army is also the battle of the entire Filipino nation. Asked for her message to President Benigno Aquino III, Jaycel said: “Hindi ko na alam kung ano pang mensahe ang kailangan kong ipaabot sa pangulo para maintidihan niya na ito ay ‘di lamang laban ng pamilya Kiram. Ito ay ‘di lamang laban ang isang grupo. Ito ay laban ng buong Pilipinas.” “Hindi natin kailangang payagan kailanman na ang dayuhan ang makinabang sa ating pagmamayari. Ito ay para sa bansang Pilipinas. At ‘di natin ito ginagawa para sa ating interes lamang.” Jaycel said the royal army fighters will not surrender to the Malaysian forces, which launched an attack against the sultan’s followers on Tuesday morning in an attempt to end the three-week standoff. “Naniniwala kami na hindi masasayang ang mga buhay na nabuwis para lamang sa ipinaglalaban na ito,” she said. “Tanggap na namin kung ano man ang mangyari sa kanila (royal army). Ipinag-paubaya na namin iyan sa poong maykapal. But the word ‘surrender’ is not acceptable. Para sa aming mga Muslim, we only surrender to the almighty Allah.” Still open to negotiations Both the sultan and the princess said the sultanate is not closing its doors to negotiations with the Philippine government. “Hindi naman natin isinasarado ang linya sa pakikipag-usap dahil totoo tayo sa ating intensyon na gusto natin itong ma-resolba ng mapayapa as [much as] possible - na sana hindi na madgagdagan pa ang mga buhay na nabuwis,” Jaycel said. Kiram III said he would like to directly talk to President Aquino since the emissaries sent by the latter have not been helpful in resolving the issue. “Gusto ko directly to the President para maintindihan niya, hindi [sa pamamagitan nung] mga taong pinapadala niya [na] mga salbahe talaga, walang puso,” the sultan said. According to the sultan, his brother Agbimuddin and the members of the royal army are in good condition despite the attack by Malaysian forces on Tuesday. The sultan said the crown prince and the royal army will not return to the Philippines, and that he will never order them to do so. “Hindi naman ‘yan uuwi... [Si Raja Muda, handang] magpakamatay ‘yan dun e. Hindi ko bibigyan ng instruction na umuwi,” he said. (MNS)

Misuari warns KL: Don’t kill Raja Muda I have not implored anyone to make this venture. I cannot, you know, preempt the role of the sultan,” he told reporters. “To finance is out of the question ,of course. If indeed, I am that well off, why should I finance the adventure of the sultan’s men? Only about 200 people, like that. That’s not my way of doing things,” he added. Misuari said that as leader of the MNLF, he was able to mobilize 4,000 fighters in the hunt for the bandit Abu Sayyaf who held hostage several foreigners in Mindanao. He said he deployed a larger force during the Sipadan hostage-taking incident in April 2000 after being tapped by then President Joseph Estrada. “So, for anyone to speculate that I have anything to do with this is a kind of madness. It is very irresponsible for anybody to implicate me in this,” he said. On the other hand, the MNLF leader said he is very much concerned about the fate of Raja Muda Kiram and his men after they were reportedly bombed by Malaysian fighter jets Tuesday morning. President Aquino on Tuesday said there are definite signs of a conspiracy in the move of Kiram III and his followers to use force to press their claim over Sabah, Malaysia.


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Anne to avoid wearing sexy outfits on TV Actress Anne Curtis promised to be more careful about the outfits she wears on television following her controversial production number on “ASAP” two weeks ago. During her birthday performance on the concert variety program, Curtis took center stage with a number inspired by a performance of international pop star Rihanna singing the hit “Diamonds.” In the number, Curtis appeared to be wearing a long black gown with a slit that showed her left leg up to a part of her left waist. While singing, Curtis was showered with water, which led many netizens to speculate that she was not wearing any underwear. The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has since summoned the management of “ASAP” over the number.

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To soothe lower back pain, start walking: study (Relaxnews) – Sufferers from lower back pain may find relief in a new research-backed program that involves the simple act of walking two or three times a week. A new study from Tel Aviv University finds that fast walking two to three times a week for 20 to 40 minutes may relieve back pain just as well as physical therapy multiple times a week. For the study, the researchers recruited 52 patients with lower back pain. Through questionnaires, subjects were initially assessed for pain levels, feelings of disability, and avoidance of daily activities, as well as muscle and walking endurance. Half of the subjects completed a typical clinic-based muscle strengthening program, with two to three exercise sessions a week for six weeks. The other half completed a six-week aerobic walking program on a treadmill, walking two to three times weekly for 20 to 40 minutes each session. The findings, announced March 5, are published in the journal Clinical Rehabilitation. Other perks for the walkers included a slight boost in physical fitness. Plus lead researcher Dr. Michal KatzLeurer added that walking can reduce blood pressure, boost brain and immune system functioning, and reduce stress. Still walking isn’t the only game in town. In 2011, a US study found that yoga could play a role in reducing chronic back pain. In that study, subjects who took weekly 75-minute yoga classes over a period of 12 weeks saw an improvement in back pain. The findings were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association. Access the new study: http://cre.sagepub.com/content/27/3/207

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(Relaxnews) – If you want to improve the quality of your sleep, a new study suggests that workouts throughout the week could do the trick. In a poll, participants who said they exercise, even lightly, reported better sleep than their inactive counterparts. Announced Monday, the US-based National Sleep Foundation released data from its recent poll of 1,000 adults. Among those who exercised during the week, up to 67 percent reported that they had “a good night’s sleep” almost every night on week nights. By contrast, just 39 percent of those who didn’t exercise at all reported sleeping well on week nights. In addition, only eight percent of people who exercised vigorously said they had difficulty falling asleep almost every night, compared to 24 percent of non-exercisers. Another key to better sleep is to get up from your chair, the poll revealed.About 22 to 25 percent of those surveyed who sat for less than eight hours a day reported that they typically had “very good” sleep, compared to just 12 to 15 percent of people who sat for more than eight hours.

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“It’s clear the jury weighed the evidence in reaching a guilty verdict, and not theories put forth by the defense, to convict the defendants of the charges listed in the grand jury’s indictment,” Lewis said. Sentencing on June 9 At sentencing, scheduled on June 9, the three men will face a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for conspiracy to import weapons into the United States, as well as 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine for the importation of all the weapons, excluding the 12 fully automatic Bushmaster firearms, according to a joint statement issued by Lewis and Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman. In addition, Syjuco and Revereza will face a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine for the importation of all the weapons and five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the importation of the 12 fully automatic Bushmaster firearms. The investigation was conducted by agents and investigators of the FBI, the US Secret Service and the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation. Deputy Chief Kim Dammers and trial attorney Margaret Vierbuchen of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section prosecuted the case.

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Two from San Gabriel Valley charged in ‘Black Market Peso Exchange’ used to move money out of U.S. LOS ANGELES – Two men and the import-export company they allegedly used to move millions of dollars linked to illegal activity from the United States to Mexico are scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon after being indicted on federal charges of operating an unlicensed money transmitting business and structuring cash transactions. According to an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on February 13, the three defendants received large sums of cash and worked with “peso brokers” in Mexico to illegally convert the dollars to pesos. The three defendants named in the 93-count indictment are:

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Chapter 13 can be last hope for families facing foreclosure Filing Chapter 13 that you’re losing the MINDING YOUR bankruptcy is often a dream home that you’ve FINANCES last resort for people in built together from your foreclosure when no other hard-earned savings? options exist. A lot of hoPerhaps you purchased meowners usually put off your home thinking that making this decision for a this is the place where long time until they find you were going to retire themselves backed into a at the end of your life. corner with no way out. Or maybe you looked at Most of the time they’ll it as an investment that BY ATTY. RAY BULAON attempt to do a loan modiwould pay off someday. fication first, hoping to Unfortunately, that day avoid filing bankruptcy. never came. So now you When that fails and the bank starts fore- are faced with some hard decisions that closure proceedings, they realize that filing have to be made that may affect you and Chapter 13 may be their only hope. your family for a long time. The crash of the housing market in the Filing Chapter 13 can help you stop last several years has been financially dev- foreclosure dead in its tracks. Once you astating for a lot of families. For the first file, all creditors including your lender time in their lives, a lot of homeowners are prohibited by law from continuing faced the prospect of losing their home. any collection activity against you or your Mortgage delinquencies resulted in the property and that includes foreclosure. highest number of foreclosures that most The Court will give you 3-5 years to pay of us have never seen in our lifetime. For a back mortgage arrears. And if you have long time, many people were talking about a second mortgage that is unsecured with a housing bubble that was expected to burst equity due to the fact that your property is anytime soon but most homeowners under- upside down, you may even be able to wipe estimated the magnitude of the problem out your second mortgage. until it blew up in their faces. If you need help with a pending foreWe are still now dealing with the aftermath of the crash although foreclosures have somewhat leveled off. If you are one of the millions of homeowners struggling to keep their home, I understand your pain. Over the last several years I’ve sat down with countless people in my office, trying to figure out ways for them to keep their home. And although I’ve had a lot of successes over the years, there were also cases where people simply had no choice but to let the bank foreclose. Those conversations weren’t always easy but I wanted to let people know that foreclosure doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Neither is bankruptcy when you have no other options. But you need to take action while you still have some time left or you may later regret your inaction. The clock is ticking. How do you look at your children in the eye and tell them that your family is moving out of the only home they’ve ever known? How do you tell your spouse

Gay couples looking to Pres. Obama on immigration rights WASHINGTON, March 4, 2013 (AFP) – Erwin de Leon married a US citizen nearly three years ago, but the Filipino is still in immigration limbo for one simple reason – his spouse is a man. De Leon and his husband John Beddingfield, the rector at an Episcopal church in Washington, were wed in the US capital which, like nine states, has legalized same-sex marriages. But the federal government does not recognize such unions, so as far as it is concerned, the pair might as well be roommates. Now they are counting on President Barack Obama and his pledge to pursue immigration reform to obtain, finally, legal permanent residency for de Leon. “There’s still no security. The reality is I’m still seen as a foreign national, as a foreign student, even if I’ve been here for quite some time and I consider myself an American through and through,” said de Leon, who is 46. “I know a few people who came here in 1990, the same year, and have now been citizens for some time. “I know of people who came way after me who’ve become citizens. So it’s rather frustrating, because for me, I can’t wait for the day where I can be a full citizen and vote.” See GAY COUPLES, page 40

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H-1B’s are almost ready to be filed. Don’t wait. Question: I heard that Specialist in Immigration IMMIGRATION H-1B’s are about to be and Nationality Law as TODAY able to be filed. What Certified by the State Bar of can I do? California, Board of Legal Answer: First, April Specialization. 1, 2013, the doors open Mr. Lerner is married again and new H-1B’s to a Filipina and has been can be filed. It does take helping Filipinos immitime to prepare a quality grate to the United States H-1B, so time is of the for nearly 20 years. His essence and you should firm represents clients in BY BRIAN D. LERNER either get started right Deportation/Removal proaway and start getting a ceedings, does Waivers, sponsor right away. Appeals, Naturalization, Adjustments, Question: What exactly do I need for Criminal Relief, Citizenship, Consulate the H-1B? Processing, Work Permits, Investment Answer: The job must meet one of the Visas and all other areas of Immigrafollowing criteria to qualify as a specialty tion and Naturalization Law. You can go occupation: online to www.californiaimmigration.us Bachelor’s or higher degree or its and get a free consultation or call us at equivalent is normally the minimum entry 800.819.0149 or at (562) 495-0554 for an requirement for the position; in-person office consultation. Atty. Lerner The degree requirement for the job is has two offices in Southern California: Los common to the industry or the job is so Angeles – at the Philippine Village located complex or unique that it can be performed at 4515 Eagle Rock Blvd., Ste. 104, Los only by an individual with a degree; Angeles, CA 90041 (323-454-7591) and in The employer normally requires a de- Long Beach – at 3233 E. Broadway, Long gree or its equivalent for the position; and Beach, CA 90803 (562-495-0554) and the nature of the specific duties is so specialized and complex that the knowledge required to perform the duties is usually associated with the attainment of a bachelor’s or higher degree. Question: What do I need to accept a job offer for an H-1B: Answer: For you to qualify to accept a job offer in a specialty occupation you must meet one of the following criteria: Have completed a U.S. bachelor’s or higher degree required by the specific specialty occupation from an accredited college or university; Hold a foreign degree that is the equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s or higher degree in the specialty occupation; Hold an unrestricted state license, registration, or certification which authorizes you to fully practice the specialty occupation and be engaged in that specialty in the state of intended employment; have education, training, or progressively responsible experience in the specialty that is equivalent to the completion of such a degree, and have recognition of expertise in the specialty through progressively responsible positions directly related to the specialty. Question: Is a Labor Condition Application required? Answer: Yes. The prospective employer must file an approved Form ETA-9035, Labor Condition Application (LCA), with the Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. Question: Must I establish an employeremployee relationship? Answer: The H-1B regulations currently require that a United States employer establish that it has an employer-employee relationship with respect to the beneficiary, as indicated by the fact that it may hire, pay, fire, supervise or otherwise control the work of any such employee. In addition to demonstrating that a valid employer-employee relationship will exist between the petitioner and the beneficiary, the petitioner must continue to comply with all of the requirements for an H-1B petition including: establishing that the beneficiary is coming to the United States temporarily to work in a specialty occupation; demonstrating that the beneficiary is qualified to perform services in the specialty occupation; and filing of a Labor Condition Application (LCA) specific to each location where the beneficiary will perform services. Brian D. Lerner is an Immigration and Naturalization Attorney. He is a Certified

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are virtually stranded in lawful presence. Once a CHOIce the U.S. because they persons has accrued one IMMIGRATION CORNER cannot adjust and they year or more of unlawful fear taking a risk of leavpresence in the U.S. , any ing the U.S. to seek a trips outside this country waiver abroad. will prohibit the person Now the risk of travel from returning for ten has been greatly reduced. years-unless that person Under the new Provisionobtains permission to al Waiver law, persons return sooner. The apwho plan to travel abroad plication to obtain perto obtain an immigrant mission to return to the BY ATTY. PAUL CHOI visa can have their waivU.S. is called a waiver ers of unlawful presence form. Up until now the filed and approved BEproblem has been that waivers could only be sought outside the FORE they travel abroad to collect their U.S. at the U.S. Embassy in the applicant’s immigrant visas. This greatly cuts down home country. This was very risky as if the risk of being stranded abroad by getthe waiver was denied, the applicant was ting preapproval. After preapproval of barred from returning to the U.S. for ten the waiver, the trip abroad to collect the years. For this reason, very few persons immigrant visa is fast and easy. Persons risked leaving the U.S. to seek an immi- can literally be back to the States in just a matter of days. grant visa. Under the new regulations, persons Under present law, the only persons who can adjust status in the U.S. are those who file the new waiver form with the USCIS entered lawfully, maintained lawful status in the U.S. and obtain the approval before at all times, or those who entered lawfully departing the country. To obtain approval, overstayed and were petitioned by U.S. under the regulations, the applicant must citizen spouses, adult children or were pe- be married to a U.S. citizen or otherwise titioned as minor children of U.S. citizens. be what is called an immediate relative of Persons who entered illegally, entered as a citizen, that is a parent of a citizen or a crewmen, jumped ship, or entered legally minor child. He must prove that his spouse but cannot prove it, could not adjust status and/or parent will suffer extreme hardship in the U.S. There are literally hundreds of if he is not permitted to return promptly. thousands of persons in this situation who Hardship can be in the form of economic

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Discharging income taxes in bankruptcy: Part 2 Last week, we established the fact that back due income taxes can be discharged in bankruptcy, despite the popular belief that this was not possible. We said that there are six rules that must be complied with to discharge taxes. All of these rules must be followed. If you comply only with five rules, the back taxes are not discharged. The six rules are: the three year rule which requires that three years have passed since the tax return was due, the two year rule which requires that two years have passed since the tax return was filed, the 240-day rule which requires that 240 days have passed since the taxes were assessed, the fraudulent return rule which requires that the return did not involve any fraud, the willful evasion rule which requires that there was no willful attempt to evade or defeat the tax, and finally the withholding tax rule which requires that the tax did not arise from a duty to withhold. It used to be that discharging income taxes in Chapter 13 was different from Chapter 7. Chapter 13 used to have a “super discharge” which allowed the discharge of withholding taxes and income taxes despite the total failure to file a return, filing a

Pechanga. fraudulent return or willBANKRUPTCY That way he would ful attempts to evade or not be subject to Feddefeat the tax. However, eral tax as long as he the new bankruptcy code moved into the confines which took effect in 2005 of the reservation and he has made the discharge would receive hundreds of taxes identical under of thousands of dollars either Chapter 7 or 13. of dividends yearly until There is no longer a “suhe died as his share of per discharge” of back the casino profits. But he due income taxes under BY ATTY. LAWRENCE YANG declined my offer saying Chapter 13. For example, “I can’t live in no teepee if you are one of those who believe that the Federal government for the rest of my life!” The 240-day rule states that income does not have the power to tax so that you willfully evade income taxes, you will not taxes are a priority claim for a period of be able to discharge your back due income 240 days after taxes are assessed. A notice taxes in bankruptcy because you cannot of deficiency is not an assessment. So, if comply with the willful evasion rule. the IRS sends you a notice saying that you Wesley Snipes found out about this rule owe them $10,000 which they call a notice the hard way. He owed $12 million in back of deficiency; that is not an assessment. taxes because he failed to file tax returns The bankruptcy code does not define for several years believing that the Federal the word “assess”. This is because the IRS government did not have the authority to and as well as all the states have different tax him. methods of assessing taxes. He was convicted of willful tax evasion. The federal income tax cases which I tried to help Mr. Snipes by selling him a have interpreted the word refer to Section birth certificate which would show him as 6203 of the Internal Revenue Code: “asa member of the Native American tribe in sessment shall be made by recording the

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U.S. economic recovery leaving Europe, Japan behind WASHINGTON, March 8, 2013 (AFP) – A sharp fall in the unemployment rate Friday and a fresh all-time record for stocks show the US economy pulling away from its peers, gaining ground while Europe and Japan remain stagnant. The Federal Reserve’s easy-money policy and the government’s modest stimulus spending appear to be paying off, distancing the country from the depths of recession while harsh austerity programs appear to be holding Europe back. But the United States still faces headwinds, especially of its own

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My Friend, Carl Shusterman, and his battle over CSPA heads to the Supreme Court born in Mexico. In 1983, her U.S. Citizen aunt submitted I-130 PART I On a recent visit I had with my friend Immigration LIGHTHOUSE visa petition for her mother under the family-based 4th preference category. Lawyer Carl Shusterman, he reminded me that his first \The petition was approved on the same day that it was filed. introduction to the Filipino community was when he At that time, Maria was 9 years old and was entitled to benefit wrote his article on “Immigration Relief for Filipino under this petition as a “derivative beneficiary,” that is, as her Physicians and Professionals” in the magazine I pubmother’s child. lished in the early 80’s. He even recalled that he signed However, by the time a visa number became current in 1996, up his first Filipino client through that article and he’s Maria had “aged-out.” That is, she was over 21-years old and forever grateful to me for publishing it. He wrote the under the pre-CSPA law, was no longer eligible to adjust her article when he was an attorney at Barst & Mukamal. status to permanent resident along with her mother. Her mother I’ve known Carl since he served for six years as an filed a 2B visa petition for Maria in 1997. attorney at the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization BY MYRNA AQUITANIA Carl Shusterman Maria applied for adjustment of status under section 245i in Service. He was the attorney who helped my applica1997. The INS/USCIS held on to her application until 2004, two years after the enacttion for citizenship get approved and we became friends since. As a friend, he even helped collect unpaid advertising revenues from my delinquent ment of CSPA, when it denied her application and placed her under removal proceedings. In 2005, Maria still unmarried and 32 years of age, renewed her application to adjust advertisers when I went home to the Philippines for almost a year. For me, Carl is a top-notched immigration lawyer who not only graduated from the status in Court. The immigration judge ruled that she was no longer her mother’s “child” UCLA School of Law but he’s authorized to practice before the Supreme Court of Cali- and denied her application. She held that CSPA did not apply to visa petitions filed prior fornia, the Federal District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, the Sixth, Seventh and Ninth to the day of the law’s enactment on August 6, 2002. Maria appealed the judge’s decision to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) which Circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States. In the mid-80’s, he served as chairman of the American Immigration Lawyers’ As- ruled unanimously in her favor. The BIA ruled that CSPA, by its very word, applies to apsociation (AILA), Southern California Chapter and served as a member of AILA’s Board plications for adjustment of status which were pending on the date that the law was enacted. With regard to the automatic conversion clause, the panel held that Maria was entitled of Governors. He is a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law, State Bar to “retain” the original 1983 priority date and as the unmarried, adult daughter of a lawful of California. To potential clients who would google him, he is listed as one of the top 15 corporate permanent resident, her mother’s petition for her was “automatically converted” to 2B immigration attorneys in the U.S. by Human Resource Executive Magazine and for the category, and she was permitted to adjust her status. This case was published by the BIA as a nonprecedential case, Matter of Garcia. (To past 10 years has been voted as one of the Best Lawyers in America. Carl Shusterman is a frequent writer and lecturer on immigration law. His articles have be continued next issue) appeared in prestigious publications such as: the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, National Law Journal, California Lawyer, Immigration Journal, U.S. Immigrant Magazine, etc. He has also appeared on various television programs such as: NBC’s Today Show, CNN’s Headline News and Nightly News with Peter Jennings as well as in various syndicated radio shows. As an immigration specialist, Carl has testified as an expert witness before the Senate Immigration Subcommittee in Washington, D.C. Currently, Carl Shusterman heads his private immigration law firm with six lawyers in his staff. The following is Carl Shusterman’s statement on his battle over the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) which is on its way to the Supreme Court. 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homeowners who: 1. do not qualify for a trial mortgage modification under the Making Home Affordable Program; 2. do not successfully complete the trial period for their modification; 3. miss at least two consecutive payments during their modification period; or 4. request a short sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure. This program was created to further assist the HAMP program which was thought not to be helping enough homeowners with their mortgage problems. With HAFA, the federal government is giving borrowers a way to circumvent that inevitable foreclosure after the modification idea has not worked for them. How? HAFA gives those borrowers a viable alternative to foreclosure. Here, the issue of being able to keep the home is not viable, and HAFA steps in to help the homeowner avoid a foreclosure on their record through either (1) a short sale or (2) a deed in lieu of foreclosure. What about deficiencies? HAFA gives the borrower a clean slate. In a short sale the lender (servicer) may have a remaining balance on the books, once the remaining amount due on the home loan is compared to the property value of the home itself. The negative number, “the deficiency,” can be the subject of a collection lawsuit by the lender in most states. However, HAFA provides further assistance to the borrower/homeowner by removing this vulnerability as the lender must agree to write off that loan balance, as well as all other obligations tied to the first lien mortgage. Under HAFA, once the lender accepts the short sale or the deed in lieu of foreclosure, the loan balance is considered cleared. What about moving costs? Once HAFA’s plan to salvage the failed modification situation through a short sale or deed-in-lieu, the final step remains of getting the homeowner/borrower into a new home – now that their home has been transferred to a buyer or to the bank. To that end, HAFA will pay up to $3000 per homeowner in relocation costs at closing. On 12/31/2010, there were 521,630 active permanent modifications and 152,289 active trial modifications, while 1,025,907 homeowners were rejected for HAMP modifications by the eight largest banks/ servicers, and another 572,655 trial modifications failed. Accordingly, the Treasury Department responded with changes that became effective February 1, 2011 to make

these programs more helpful to American homeowners, found in its December 2010 version 3.0 of the Making Home Affordable Program Handbook for Servicers of Non-GSE Mortgages. Now, for example, banks/servicers do not have to verify a borrower’s financial information or to determine if the borrower’s total monthly mortgage payment exceeds 31 Can HAFA help you? Maybe, especially with these new changes. It’s worth your time to investigate Please give Ken Go a call of 1st Innovative Finance Group at 562-508-7048 and inquire to get these help options. You can also write to Kennethgo@verizon.net. Thanks.

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He and Beddingfield, 48, have been together for 14 years. They formalized their relationship with a domestic partnership in 2003, and were legally wed in April 2010, the month after Washington began allowing same-sex marriages. De Leon first came to the United States on a student visa to pursue his doctoral degree. He has repeatedly renewed various temporary visas and is looking for an employer to sponsor him for a residency permit. If he had married a woman, she could have sponsored him for a green card immediately, and within three to five years, for citizenship. However, for de Leon, his marriage to Beddingfield doesn’t exist for immigration purposes. Nevertheless de Leon says he sees “a light at the end of my tunnel.” In May 2012, Obama voiced support for same-sex marriage, giving gay couples hope they will gain the same immigration rights as heterosexual couples – as is the case in more than 20 countries including France, Germany and Britain. “Which is more important?” The heart of the battle, however, lies beyond the president’s control. In Congress, Democrats and Republicans are in negotiations over an ambitious overhaul of the immigration system, which could lead to a pathway to legal residency and even citizenship for some of the 11.5 million people currently living in the US without papers. A fragile consensus has formed around a basic principle: give papers to those who came to the US as children and those who have never broken the law. But many Democrats and some Republicans also want reforms to include same-sex couples, including, under one proposal, to create an immigration category called “permanent partners.”

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Some German carmakers cruising past crisis GENEVA, March 05, 2013 (AFP) – German carmakers offered a rare ray of optimism at the International Geneva Motor Show Tuesday, with their heavy footprints outside of Europe allowing them to almost shrug off the continued crisis there. With many car companies complaining on the first day of the show about the impact of Europe’s economic woes, several of the German firms sounded all but upbeat as they described how their global presence was helping guide them through the difficult terrain. The head of German carmaker BMW, Norbert Reithofer, for instance voiced “cautious optimism” for his company’s performance this year. Reithofer, whose company in addition to the BMW brand also sells Minis and Rolls-Royces, expects to see the global car market swell four percent to around 75 million vehicles this year. “The growth in the car market will be pulled by the United States, China and the emerging markets,” he said, pointing out that he expects to see the overall car market grow two percent in the U.S. to nearly 15 million units, and by 8.5 percent to more than 14 million units in China. Daimler, which along with European leader Volkswagen raked in record net profits in 2012, also sounded almost optimistic at the show.


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Latest Golf GTI is most powerful ever Inside, ( R e there is a relaxnews) turn to the - Volkswaclassic tartan g e n ’s n e w upholstery ‘Perforon the sports mance’ GTI seats that was model lives synonymous up to its with the name with Mark I and 2 3 0 P S , a Don Dolor and Christopher Tiusiu of Volkswagen Downtown LA. limited-slip differential and a rear diffuser Mark II GTIs and a six-speed manual for increased handling and agility as well gearbox with stainless steel gear knob to squeeze every ounce of power from the as straight-line speed. In 1976, when Volkswagen launched engine. The ‘Performance’ model offers 230PS the first generation Golf GTI, it created a new car segment, the Hot Hatch – a vehicle from its 2-litre turbocharged engine, good that was equally at home on a supermarket for a 0-62 mph (0-100km) time of 6.4 parking lot and a race track and one that seconds and a top speed of 155mph (250 was very quickly aped by all of Europe’s km/h). The standard GTI offers 220PS and leading manufacturers from Ford to Fiat to a top speed of 152mph (245km/h). The car will make its official debut at Alfa Romeo, Renault and Peugeot. Nearly 40 years on, the demand for hot hatches, the Geneva Motor Show on March 7 but and, with it, car companies’ attempts to will be available for pre-order from March one-up each other in terms of features and 5 in Germany where on-the-road prices performance, shows no signs of abating. are expected to start at €28,350. The car Therefore the latest Golf to carry the GTI will be available to order in the UK from badge not only has a lot to live up to, it has to offer something special to get noticed in an increasingly crowded market. In terms of looks alone, the Golf’s styling is subtle yet powerful, with no huge ‘whale tail’ spoilers or attention-grabbing decals. The only clues to its power are colored brake calipers, 17-inch alloy wheels (18-inch alloys in the UK, where the hot hatch market is at its most competitive), chromed twin exhausts and a red outline around the front radiator grille – a feature of all GTIs since 1976.

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(Relaxnews) – The seventh iteration of VW’s iconic family hatchback the Golf has received European motoring’s highest honor. Held in Geneva to mark the official press launch of the 83rd Geneva Motor Show, the awards, now in their 50th year, are the oldest and still most prestigious for all automakers who sell cars in the European mainland. The latest Volkswagen Golf beat a field of 32 new cars, which had been whittled down to eight finalists to be crowned the car of the year by a jury of 58 motoring journalists from 22 European countries. Giving the Golf over 200 points more than its closest rival, the Toyota GT 86, the judges praised the Golf for its comprehensive features, performance, safety and comfort. As Hakan Matson, Jury President and automobile expert of the Swedish business paper Dagens Industri, explained of the decision: “The Volkswagen Golf VII received amazing results in our intensive test drives. It is a modern car with a high level of quality and safety, a wide range of drive trains as well as an outstanding driving performance. The Car of the Year winner has to show excellence in a number of categories -- with special attention to the needs of consumers. All the members of our jury are experts and put the finalists through a series of exhaustive tests to provide substantial purchasing criteria for consumers.” The key criteria for Car of the Year are innovation, value for money, safety, quality and design as well as environmental aspects. Following the Golf’s overall score of 414 and the Toyota GT 86’s score of 202 was the Volvo V40, which garnered 189 points to give it third place. The top five was rounded off with the Ford B-Max and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

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World car sales should grow 3% this year GENEVA, March 06, 2013 (AFP) – Global sales of cars, buses, utility vehicles and trucks are expected to grow three percent this year, down from five percent in 2012, according to a forecast published Wednesday. The growth forecast, presented by the International Organisation of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) at the Geneva Motor Show, is based on figures provided by the national car federations in three quarters of OICA member countries. The world’s leading car market China was meanwhile expected to see sales swell seven percent to 20.6 million vehicles. And the world’s second-largest car purchaser, the United States, was expected to post a six-percent increase to 15.7 million units, according to the forecast. Japan however will likely see car sales slump 12 percent to 4.7 million due to a backlash following the economic stimulus program following the 2011 tsunami, which led to a spike in car sales last year. The German market was also expected to slip two percent to 3.3 million cars sold, Britain to see sales fall one percent to 2.3 million, while those in France were forecast to shrink a full five percent to 2.2 million units. In 2012, global vehicle sales grew five percent year-on-year to 81.7 million units, according to OICA.

Steady February sales help Honda maintain a 4.4-percent year-to-date sales climb American Honda today reported with GOOD ratings in all test modes. For February 2013 U.S. sales of 107,987 model year 2013, all tested Honda models units, overcoming winter’s worst to have earned a TOP SAFETY PICK or TOP post a decrease of only 2.0 percent SAFETY PICK+ rating from the IIHS (only compared with February 2012 (an the Civic Coupe, FCX Clarity and Fit EV increase of 2.1 percent based on the have not been tested). Daily Selling Rate (DSR*)), and en“The Honda comprehensive approach abling year-to-date sales to remain up to vehicle safety is validated by these topover 2012. Reflecting Honda’s unique level safety ratings,” said Art St. Cyr, vice focus on retail sales, and real demand Louis Mesquita (left) and Mel Cabalar of Norm president of product planning and logistics for top-rated products such as Accord, Reeves Honda of West Covina. at American Honda. “The 2013 Honda Acthe Honda brand posted February 2013 cord truly excels in all areas, delivering the sales of 96,623 units, a decrease of 2.3 percent compared with best overall safety ratings, while also providing exhilarating February 2012 (an increase of 1.8 percent based on the DSR). performance, outstanding comfort and top-class fuel economy.” Acura U.S. February sales of 11,364 units increased 0.9 percent The Accord Coupe earned the 5-star Overall Vehicle Score by compared with February 2012 (an increase of 5.1 percent based garnering a 5-star rating in each seating position in the New Car on the DSR). Assessment Program (NCAP) frontal, side-barrier, and side-pole Honda crash test categories, as well as a 5-star rollover rating. The 2013 Strong sales of the all-new Accord continue, up 35.2 Coupe joins the Honda Accord Sedan in earning an Overall 5-Star percent from last February with sales of 27,999 units Safety Rating under NHTSA’s testing. - The redesigned 2013 Crosstour sees second month of In addition to its NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score desdouble-digit sales growth, up 15.3 percent from last February ignation, the 2013 Honda Accord Sedan is the only car in its - Pilot sales are up 8.3 percent compared with last February, with class to earn a GOOD rating in all IIHS test modes, including sales of 9,614 units the Institute’s aggressive, new small overlap frontal crash test. “It took a big winter storm in the Northeast to slow us down Under the IIHS’ testing program, the new small overlap frontal a bit, but our robust sales over the last three weeks show that our crash test – sometimes called a “narrow offset” test – is designed strong retail momentum continues,” said John Mendel, executive to replicate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle colvice president of Sales at American Honda. “With Accord post- lides with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility ing strong numbers and spring just around the corner, the best pole at high speed. is yet to come.”Earlier, the completely redesigned 2013 Honda Meanwhile, while we admire the versatility of Honda vehicles, Accord Coupe has earned the highest available safety rating – a if you want to see the latest Honda cars and to know why Honda 5-Star1 Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic are Kelley Blue Book’s top rated vehicles, drop by Norm Reeves Safety Administration (NHTSA). Honda West Covina located at 1840 East Garvey Ave. South, The 2013 Accord Coupe is the only vehicle in its class to West Covina, CA 91791 where our kababayan Mel Cabalar aided earn a NHTSA 5-star Overall Vehicle Score and Insurance In- by his equally helpful Louis Mesquita can help you in choosing stitute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating your best Honda vehicle. Call them now at (888) 342-7630.

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(L1578/203898, L1547/204267)

MODEL #23113

*FACTORY REBATE IN LIEU OF SPECIAL FINANCING **MUST FINANCE THRU NMAC

$

29,977 2 AT THIS NET COST

(L0456/839952, L1061/865846)

MODEL #16212 *FACTORY REBATE IN LIEU OF SPECIAL FINANCING **MUST FINANCE THRU NMAC

118

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Offers subject to availability. Net cost based on current rebates. *Nissan Customer Cash in lieu of Special Financing. **Must finance through NMAC. ***All U.S. Military personnel (active and reserve). All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, any dealer document processing charge, any electronic fi ling charge, any emission testing charge, and dealer add-ons or accessories. Vehicles subject to prior sale. Interest accrues from date of contract. Ad prices good thru 3/10/13 close of business. NMAC financing may be required on some vehicles see dealer for details. All financing subject to credit approval. Factory rebate in lieu of special APR. *In combination with Alhambra Nissan’s pre-owned vehicles.

San Fernando Mission Blvd

da B

11000 Sepulveda Blvd. Mission Hills, CA. 91345

WE SERVE ALL AAA, COSTCO, AARP, CREDIT UNION, SAM’S CLUB MEMBERS

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www.nissanofmissionhills.com

Sep

888-588-7635

NET COST TO YOU

d. S. Brand Blv

N

35414650

SALE PRICE

$

ALL IN STOCK

MODEL INCLUDES $600 COLLEGE GRAD DEALER CASH, #11512 $500 NISSAN CUSTOMER CASH*, $500 NISSAN CAPTIVE CASH**

NEW 2013

ON APPROVED CREDIT ON SELECT MODELS

NISSAN ALTIMA

NEW 2013

4 CYL.

OFF MSRP

FACTORY REBATES

NISSAN PRE-OWNED CERTIFIED VEHICLES AVAILABLE

OFFICIAL NISSAN COMMERCIAL VAN & TRUCKS

AUTOMATIC, AIR CONDITIONING, ABS BRAKES, POWER WINDOWS, POWER DOOR LOCKS, REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY, AM/FM CD PLAYER & MORE

$

UPTO

LONG TERM FINANCING

NISSAN VERSA

NEW 2012

$

OR

Beau Belga

Belga once again came through for the Elasto Painters from the free throw line with just 3.9 seconds left, and Tenorio’s desperation three-pointer failed to find the target to allow Rain or Shine to book the victory. Rain or Shine won despite missing Bruno Sundov for most of the second half. For the second straight game, the Croatian import battled foul trouble, playing just 24 minutes and scoring 12 points. “It’ just a tribute and a credit to the locals for stepping up,” said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao. “It’s really just team effort. We don’t have Jeff Chan, our import is playing limited minutes, we’re just finding ways to win.” Belga stepped up big for Sunday, scoring 18 points, grabbing nine rebounds, and blocking two shots. He also got the best of Vernon Macklin in several plays, faking off the Ginebra import for easy baskets on a few occasions. Macklin had his best game of the tournament with 27 points — mostly on dunks and free throws — and 16 rebounds. But he was still miserable from the foul line, going just 5-of-11. Rain or Shine improved its win-loss record to 4-1. The loss, the Gin Kings’ fifth in six games under new coach Alfrancis Chua, sent Ginebra back to last place in the standings. The scores: RAIN OR SHINE 96 – Belga 18, Cruz 13, Sundov 12, Ibanes 12, Lee 11, Arana 11, Quinahan 7, Norwood 5, Tiu 3, Matias 2, Tang 2, Rodriguez 0. GINEBRA 93 – Macklin 27, Caguioa 18, Raymundo 18, Tenorio 17, Baracael 7, Mamaril 3, Espiritu 2, Hatfield 1, Taha 0, Ellis 0, Labagala 0, Maierhofer 0, Helterbrand 0. Quarters: 27-23, 51-43, 70-68, 96-93 Catch the PBA action only on Aksyon TV International at these times: ME Wednesday & Friday 12:30pm KSA10:30am UK7:30pm Guam. Saturday 2:00pm KSA 12:00pm UK 9:00pm Guam. Sunday 11:30am KSA 9:30am UK 6:30pm Guam NA Wednesday & Friday.

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CERRITOS MITSUBISHI Cerritos Auto Square: Sq quare: 10944 1094 South St. Cerritos CA 90703

“KOTSE BA ANG HANAP NYO? KAYO LAGI ANG STAR DITO!”

1

Dito ka # na sa

EEddie ddie C. C suggests sugge suggests: ests 2013 MITSUBISHI

– Leandro Muñoz Filipino Actor

%FINANCING

0

AVAILABLE ON SELECTED 2012 & 2013 MODELS

MSRP $22,290 $22 290

MSRP $21,195

KABAYAN

KABAYAN

PRICE E $18,999

LANCER (Automatic) SPORTBACK GT

PRICE $16,999

After $500 Factory Rebate & $500 Loyalty Rebate

After $500 Loyalty Rebate

Eugene C. presents:

2013 MITSUBISHI

(Automatic)

OUTLANDER SPORTS ES

Colin H. offers: 2012 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER ES AUTO MSRP $23,550

D!!”” AD O, DA “SWAK SA PAMILYA M KABAYAN

PRICE $18,498

Arvin DJ Mouth introduces: 2012 MITSUBISHI GALANT

SPECIAL EDITION

After $2,000 Factory Rebate & $500 Loyalty Rebate

(With Navigation & Sunroof)

Mark Mercado (GENERAL SALES MANAGER) recommends: 2012 MITSUBISHI LANCER SE AWC (Automatic)

MSRP $20,990

MSRP $25,094

KABAYAN

KABAYAN

PRICE $16,990

PRICE $18,999

After $1,500 Factory Rebate & 500 Loyalty Rebate

After $3,500 Factory Rebate

Now Hiring Salesperson Apply in Person. Ask for Mark.

ONG IT AN ATION H A K U “ T IT SI CRED NYO... DONG RA SIGU

BEST IN CLASS LEASE PAYMENT

NURSES PROGRAM AVAILABLE!

PRE-OWNED SPECIALS

O! KAY

2004 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE

2001 Mazda Tribute LX V6 SUV

2005 Volkswagen Passat GLS

2006 Toyota Corolla S Sedan

2004 Honda Accord 2.4 EX 2004 Mitsubishi Montero Limited w/Leather/XM SUV Coupe

2006 Nissan Frontier 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer ES LE Truck Crew Sedan Cab

C13026A • 126216 • 158,500Mi

V2695P • M22005 • 62,500 Mi

CM2223 • 124573 • 86,002 Mi

CM 2102 • 667136 • 80,000Mi

C12376A • 012868 • 76,000 Mi CM 2624 • 009282 • 105,000Mi

V2663P • 426501 • 99,000Mi

$

6,968

$

7,870

$

8,970

$

9,470

KABAYAN SERVICE COUPON MINOR SERVICE

$

54.95 +TAX

Evolution and Raider and some other models slightly higher. Must Present coupon at time of write-up. Limit one coupon per visit per customer. Not valid with any other coupons. Mitsubishi Vehicle only. Valid only at Cerritos Mitsubishi.

Toll Free

1-888-887-6090

12,979

Mitsubishi

5 60

5YR/60,000 MILES BUMPER TO BUMPER WARRANTY

YES

10100 10 100

10YR/100,000 MILES LTD POWERTRAIN WARRANTY

55YR YR

5YR/UNLIMITED MILES ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE

YES YES

Honda

$ Toyota Nissan

ONLY ONLY ONLY 3/36 3/36 3/36 ONLY ONLY ONLY 3/36 5/60 5/60 NONE NONE NONE

13,980

$

5 Year Unlimited Mile Roadside Assistance See Dealer For Details

PRICE LISTED AFTER ALL APPLICABLE REBATES. ALL VEHICLES SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE PRICES PLUS GOVERNMENT FEES AND ANY DEALER DOCUMENT PREPARATION CHARGE AND EMISSION TESTING CHARGE PLUS DESTINATION CHARGE. ALL FACTORY REBATES IN LIEU OF SPECIAL RATES OFFERED BY MITSUBISHI CREDIT AND SPECIAL RATES ARE NOT AVAILABLE WITH ANY ADVERTISED VEHICLES. SEE DEALER FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS. PRICE LISTED AFTER ALL APPLICABLE REBATES. SUCH AS CUSTOMER & LOYALTY REBATE. NOT ALL CUSTOMERS QUALIFY FOR LOYALTY REBATE. TO QUALIFY CUSTOMER MUST BE A CURRENT MITSUBISHI VEHICLE REGISTERED OWNER. ALL VEHICLES SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE PRICES PLUS GOVERNMENT FEES AND ANY DEALER DOCUMENT PREPARATION CHARGE AND EMISSION TESTING CHARGE. ALL FACTORY REBATES IN LIEU OF SPECIAL RATES OFFERED BY MITSUBISHI CREDIT AND SPECIAL RATES ARE NOT AVAILABLE WITH ANY ADVERTISED VEHICLES. SEE DEALER FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS.

14,978

0

$

PowerTrain Repair Cost

Until August 2020

10 Yr.-100,000 Mile Limited Power Train Warranty (Excludes 2007/08 Lancer Evolution X)

South St.

Cerritos Auto Square South St.

Del Amo Blvd

10944 South St. Cerritos CA 90703

San Gabriel River Fwy

NOW ONLY

NO ONE OFFERS MORE!

$

Studebaker Rd.

Replace up to 5 qts of oil (Raiders slightly higher) Install a Genuine Mitsubishi Oil Filter Top off all vital fluids Check tire condition & air pressure Inspect brakes Perform 27-point inspection Rotate tires Add windshield washer fluid Road test

10,880

San Gabriel Ave.

* * * * * * * * *

$

C13321A • 008235 • 7,500Mi

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