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Anne Curtis wants to be a preschool teacher VOL. XXI, NO. 12

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Human traffickers more organized; grow in numbers MANILA, April 25, 2013 (AFP) – Human trafficking syndicates are growing and becoming more organized helped by technology, Southeast Asian law-enforcement experts heard Thursday as they sought ways to tackle the issue together. Experts from the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations met in Manila to try to work out either a binding convention on human trafficking or a less stringent “regional plan of action” to enable ASEAN to act in unison. “Human trafficking used to be number three (crime). Now, it has overtaken the (illegal) arms trade and it is number two globally,” Philippine Justice Undersecretary Jose Salazar said as the talks got under way. Salazar, who heads Manila’s anti-trafficking task force, said human See HUMAN TRAFFICKERS, page 12 trafficking syndiA member of the Philippine police forces Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team inspects a World War Two vintage round of 105 mm ammunition at a police station in Pasay city, metro Manila April 23, 2013. At least 150 vintage bombs and 2,000 bullets from a 20 mm caliber gun were surrendered to the police station on Monday by a junk shop owner after a man tried to sell him the vintage weapons, a police officer said. (MNS photo)

35 ‘Sulu militants’ shot dead while trying to enter Sabah – Malaysian defense chief

From an armed group of 20,000 during the Marcos dictatorship, the communist guerillas belonging to the New People’s Army have been reduced to some 4,000 insurgents, and are now being described by the Aquino administration as “bandits.” (Photo from the NPA’s website www.

MANILA, Apr 25 (Mabuhay) – At least 35 armed men were shot dead by Philippine forces allegedly while trying to enter Sabah on Wednesday, Malaysian Defense Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said on Thursday. Zahid said their intelligence reports indicated the armed men intended to “cause problems” during the general election in Malaysia, Malaysia’s The Star Online reported. “If they had entered our waters, we would have taken them out. We will defend our country,” he said.

The Star Online’s report quoted Zahid as saying the 35 were shot dead by Philippine Navy and Coast Guard forces before they could enter Malaysian waters. Zahid said the 35 refused to turn back. It was not immediately clear if the men, described in the Star Online’s report as “Sulu militants,” are connected with Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III. Kiram’s followers had engaged Malaysian security forces in a three-week standoff last Febru-

Palace calls NPA a ‘bandit group,’ but won’t declare all-out war MANILA, Apr 24 (Mabuhay) – Despite calling the New People’s Army (NPA) a “bandit group,” the Philippine government will not declare an all-out war against them, Malacañang said Wednesday. Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that although the rebels had “legitimate” concerns before, the NPA has now “resorted to banditry” by extorting money from local politicians and even civilians. “They may have ideologies before, but what have they done? Nag-eextort sila ng pera. We have

even heard that the people that they are supposed to protect, iyon ang hinihingan nila ng pera,” Lacierda said at a press briefing. Lacierda, however, took a softer stance when asked about an all-out war against the NPA rebels. He instead called on the insurgents “to come down the mountains” and “enjoy the progress of the country.” “There are people there who might have been misinformed, who may not have seen that this government is committed to changing their situation. May See BANDIT GROUP, page 12


Chiz to U.S.: Pay Tubbataha damage in cash, not kind

BROKEN COMPASS?: Stuck after running aground the Tubbataha Reef in the Philippines is this USN Navy ship USS Guardian. The Philippines demands that the U.S. pays them P58 million in cash.

MANILA, Apr 24 (Mabuhay) – The government should not accept a suggestion that the United States government provide aid to cover for the P58 million in damages to the Tubbataha Reef, re-electionist Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero said. He said the U.S. should pay in cash, not in kind. “I insist that the U.S. government pay up in cash, the suggesSee TUBBATAHA, page 12



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Vegas in September. “The choice is between Alvarado and Rios,” Arum said via a long-distance telephone call, conceding that Marquez or Bradley had been his initial priorities. Pacquiao’s next fight was pushed back because October was a busy month for the Chinese in Macau with many holidays, making November a better choice, Arum said. Pacquiao lost his World Boxing Organisation welterweight crown in June last year in a controversial points

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U.S. House to weigh in on immigration reform WASHINGTON, April 25, 2013 (AFP) – The U.S. Senate has spent months thrashing out a comprehensive immigration reform bill, but House members are now getting in on the action, introducing two smaller measures on the issue as early as Thursday. Representative Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee that will shepherd any immigration legislation through the chamber, said his panel would file “several” standalone bills and suggested he preferred that method to the Senate’s sweeping, 844-page bill introduced

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an immigration bill in 2013. Senators voiced concern that the piecemeal tactic – at odds with a group of congressmen in the House who have been negotiating a broad immigration bill for years – might backfire and leave lawmakers with nothing to show for their efforts. “I think the idea of doing separate bills is just not going to work,” said Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, a member of the “Gang of Eight” who crafted the broad Senate bill. Breaking up the legislation, he said, would trigger endless calls to rework the language by various interest groups. Senator John McCain, a Republican in the grouping, agreed. “It has got to be a comprehensive approach,” he said. Any House immigration bill is widely expected to adopt a more conservative approach than the one put forward in the Democratically-held Senate.

PHL accuses China of ‘de facto occupation’ MANILA, April 26, 2013 (AFP) – The Philippines on Friday accused Beijing of engaging in the “de facto occupation” of a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, following a face-off that began last year. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said three Chinese government ships remained in the vicinity of the Scarborough Shoal, scaring off local fishermen. “The Chinese have tried to establish a de facto occupation,” he told reporters. The Philippines says the shoal is well within its 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone, as recognized by international law. However China insists the shoal is Chinese territory as part of its claim to almost all of the South China Sea – including waters up to the coasts of other countries. A face-off between the two countries began last year when China dispatched government vessels to stop the Philippines from arresting Chinese poachers in the area. He said the Philippines tried to settle the matter through talks but when this failed, it was forced to ask a UN tribunal to strike down China’s claims. Del Rosario also said the Philippines had put off granting oil exploration contracts in disputed waters in the South China Sea due to the “sensitivity of the situation” with China. “We have given this significant thought and decided what is best for the country. We also don’t want to put (private companies) in a compromising situation,” he added. The Philippines has accused China of using intimidation to press its claims in the South China Sea, which are believed to encompass vast mineral resources and also include vital shipping lanes. Taiwan, Brunei, Vietnam and Malaysia also claim parts of the South China Sea. The rival claims have for decades made the waters one of Asia’s potential military flashpoints. In Beijing, meanwhile, China on Friday hit out at the Philippines’ attempt to seek an international verdict on a territorial dispute over islands in the South China Sea, repeating that it would never give up its claims. Manila is seeking a United Nations ruling on the validity of Chinese claims to the resource-rich sea, with a possible unfavourable verdict for China seen as a test of its willingness to yield over territorial disputes. China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its website that the Philippines was attempting to “cover in a cloak of ‘legality’ its illegal occupation of China’s islands and reefs”. It called on the Philippines to withdraw all personnel and facilities from the islands that it said Manila was occupying. “The position outlined by China will not change,” it added. The statement came a day after leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) called for urgent talks with China to seek a resolution to the increasingly tense territorial disputes. ASEAN members the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei also claim parts of the sea, as does Taiwan. The competing claims have for decades made the area one of Asia’s potential powder kegs. The Philippines accused China of occupying a shoal close to its main island last year, and has sought to unite with other ASEAN countries to dispute China’s claims. China has consistently rejected multilateral negotiations over the disputes, stating that discussions should occur through direct talks between countries. China and other countries with claims in the South China Sea have boosted naval spending in recent years, while others including the Philippines have sought closer diplomatic and military ties with the United States.


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Mechanic finds bomb in car engine MANILA, April 25, 2013 (AFP) – Philippine police have disarmed a bomb which was found in the engine compartment of an Indian businessman’s car after he drove the vehicle to a garage for repairs, officials said Thursday. The car repair shop alerted police when a mechanic found the device after the Indian owner, a money lender, and two compatriots drove there for repairs, Senior Inspector Walter Ebora told AFP. “We still cannot conclude what the motive was. They could be the targets or it could be an act of terrorism,” said Ebora, the police chief of Alaminos town, about

three hours’ drive from Manila where the car shop is located. Police described the bomb as made from military-grade C-4 explosives rigged to a mobile phone triggering device. Officers took the three men in for questioning but Ebora later said they were being released pending further investigations. The three have lived in the area for several years and can speak the local language, he added. Violence related to business or political rivalries is common in the Philippines, where there is an active black market for weapons, such as guns and explosives.

13 dead in PHL political ambush in Lanao ILIGAN, Philippines, April 26, 2013 (AFP) – Gunmen killed 13 people in an ambush on a Philippine mayor, police said Friday, in the deadliest of a string of violent incidents that have marred campaigning for May elections. The attackers opened fire on a truck carrying Mayor Abdulmalik Manamparan and his supporters late Thursday, killing 12 on the spot with another dying later, and leaving 10 wounded, including the mayor, police said. “They killed my granddaughter,” Manamparan, 62, told AFP from his hospital bed, where he was being treated for a shrapnel wound that grazed his head. A daughter of the mayor was also among the people killed in the attack on the main southern island of Mindanao, local military commander Colonel Ricardo Jalad said. Police initially put the death toll at 12, with at least eight wounded, but Senior Superintendent Gerardo Rosales, chief of the Lanao del Norte province, later updated the figures on television. He blamed the attack on long-running clan disputes by Muslim families in the country’s troubled south. President Benigno Aquino’s spokeswoman Abigail Valte said the authorities were attempting to establish the identities and motives of the attackers. “We strongly condemn this act of violence,” she told reporters in Manila. “We appeal to the supporters of the different candidates to keep calm and

continue to campaign for their particular candidates.” The ambush on a remote mountain road near Nunungan town, unleashed as the mayor and his party travelled home from a campaign event, was the latest episode of political violence in a country that will hold mid-term elections on May 13. An updated running police tally now lists a total of 46 deaths from at least 48 violent incidents reported since the start of the campaign in February. In November 2009, members of a powerful clan on Mindanao abducted and murdered 58 people including relatives of a local rival who was planning to challenge the clan leader in gubernatorial elections the following year. Manamparan is the mayor of the mainly Muslim town of Nunungan. He is standing for the lower post of vice-mayor. His son and namesake, who is running for mayor, was not among the ambush casualties. The family is running against candidates backed by President Benigno Aquino’s Liberal Party. The mayor told AFP he had a good idea who was responsible for the attack, but declined to discuss his suspicions. Rosales said police investigators are checking the involvement of certain clans which had had previous scraps with the Manamparan family. “They (survivors) identified the attackers last night, they gave us names... They told us it was a family feud,” Rosales told reporters.

Most Pinoys want only lawmen to carry guns: poll MANILA, Apr 23 (Mabuhay) – Seventy-eight percent of Filipinos favor a law allowing only law enforcers and licensed private security guards to carry firearms in public places, a new survey by Pulse Asia revealed Tuesday. The survey, conducted from March 16 to 20, 2013, showed that 78% of adult respondents said they prefer a law that allows only law enforcers and licensed private security guards to carry firearms in public places. On the other hand, 22% of Filipinos said they want a law that allows all holders of licensed firearms to carry such weapons anywhere they please. Pulse Asia said the overall level of preference for the first law declined by 5 percentage points during the period December 2000 to March 2013. It said there is a 6-percentage point increase in the national level of support for the second law in the same period. The survey also showed 67% of Filipi-

nos consider guns and their proliferation to be a major cause of crime and violence in the country. The poll said three out of every four Filipinos (75%) support a policy of gun control in the Philippines. The survey was conducted after a spate of gun violence incidents in January including the killing of 13 individuals at a checkpoint in Atimonan, Quezon. A National Bureau of Investigation probe later recommended the filing of multiple murder charges against law enforcers involved in the incident. The survey interviewed 1,800 representative adults, 18 years old and above. The survey has a ± 2% error margin at the 95% confidence level. Subnational estimates for the geographic areas covered in the survey have the following error margins at 95% confidence level: ± 7% for Metro Manila, ±3% for the rest of Luzon and ±5% for each of Visayas and Mindanao.(MNS)



Boston suspects planned Times Square attack: NY mayor NEW YORK, April 25, 2013 (AFP) – The brothers accused of staging the Boston Marathon bombings planned a new attack in Times Square as they were being hunted by police, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev confessed the plan to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents in his hospital bed, Bloomberg said, calling it a “horrific reminder that we remain targets for terrorists.” “Last night we were informed by the FBI that the surviving attacker revealed that New York City was next on their list of targets,” Bloomberg told a press conference. The pair – accused of carrying out the April 15 attacks near the Boston Marathon finish line that killed three people and wounded 264 – aimed to use their remaining explosives in Times Square, he added. The 19-year-old and his elder brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev made a “spontaneous” decision to go to New York as they raced around the Boston suburbs in a car with at least six bombs, New York police chief Ray Kelly added. The pair had a pressure cooker bomb – similar to the two that erupted at the marathon – as well as five other pipe bombs and improvised hand grenades as they drove around in the hijacked black Mercedes, according to police. The night finished with a policeman killed and another gravely wounded. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed in one shootout with police while Dzhokhar, critically wounded, was found Friday hiding in a boat in a suburban backyard. Kelly revealed on Wednesday that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had told investigators that the pair planned to go to New York “to party.” “A subsequent questioning of Dzhokhar revealed that he and his brother decided spontaneously on Times Square as a target,” Kelly said Thursday at a joint news conference with Bloomberg. “They would drive to Times Square that same night. They discussed this while driving around in a Mercedes SUV that they had hijacked after they shot and killed an MIT police officer,” said Kelly. New York police have bolstered security in Times Square since a 2010 attempt to set off a car bomb was foiled. The brothers’ plan “fell apart when they realized that the vehicle that they hijacked was low on gas and ordered the driver to stop at a nearby gas station. The driver used the opportunity to escape and call the police,” Kelly said. The call by the driver of the hijacked car unleashed a manhunt involving thousands of police. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has a bullet wound to his throat but is in “fair” condition and is reported to have communicated with investigators. He has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and could face the death penalty if convicted in US federal court.


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Asian housemaids fear for future amid Cyprus slump BY CAROLINE NELLY PERROT

NICOSIA, April 25, 2013 (AFP) – With recession-hit Cyprus facing an even deeper slump on the back of a draconian EU-IMF bailout, thousands of Asian housemaids, nannies and caregivers on the small Mediterranean island fear for their jobs and futures. For years, Filipina, Sri Lankan and Vietnamese women have been a status symbol in Cypriot homes, working six days a week, often for very long hours, in exchange for room, board and 330 euros ($430) a month. The island’s overall unemployment is already around 15 percent and is expected to grow sharply this year and next, as GDP plunges a forecast 8.7 percent in 2013 and another 3.9 percent in 2014. With the harsh austerity measures imposed by the deal to rescue Cyprus’s failing banks and bankrupt government, businesses will close, many people will lose their jobs and those who keep them will see their incomes reduced. So the luxuries of expensive cars, fancy holidays abroad and domestic help will become increasingly unaffordable. Fely, a Filipina who has been working as a cleaner in offices and homes for the past five years, is already feeling the pinch. “They cut my work hours by half,” she said worriedly. “One of my part-time employers told me I should stop coming... They told me if they settle this problem about their money at the bank they will call me again.” She was referring to the fact that the bailout deal included a “haircut” on deposits above 100,000 euros, meaning some businesses and individual depositors will lose large amounts of capital. Cypriot immigration officials say there are around 35,400 domestic workers in Cyprus, but with increasing pressure on big bank accounts and soaring unemployment, some households are looking to share their “help.” “Domestic workers are considered to be a luxury for most of our citizens, so when you are in a financial crisis, the first thing that you need to cut is the luxury,” said Riginos Polydefkis, a senior immigration official. For those who lose their jobs, the outlook is stark. To begin with, they have no right to unemployment compensation, and if they fail to find a new employer within 30 days of being laid off, they become illegal. Polydefkis said the number of domestic workers, which peaked in 2010, dropped by a thousand in 2012, and by another thousand in the past two months. “The number of domestic workers was more than the estimated needs, and I think that there is going to be a correction right now,” he said. Fely said: “We need to find a job somewhere, but we don’t know where to go.” She is married to a Romanian she met in Cyprus, where their daughter was born three years ago. He has lost his job and will return to Romania with their daughter, while Fely stays on in hope of a turnaround. Lynn is another Filipina. She has been laid off and is still looking for a new job. Her plight highlights another dilemma for these women – whether to stay on in Cyprus, taking ever more poorly paid and onerous jobs, if they can find them, or throwing in the towel and going home. “If I go home, my children, 12 and 14, will drop from school because I will not be able to pay for them,” said Lynn, who suggested she might go to Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus, where some of her friends have found work. Doros Polykarpou, who works with KISA, an NGO offering support to migrant workers, spells out many of the problems these women face. “Many of these people still have to provide for their family, so they are not able to leave the island despite the difficulties,” and will be “willing to accept any condition at all in order to earn whatever money they can to support their families abroad.”


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PHL failing to tackle rampant poverty: Census MANILA, April 23, 2013 (AFP) – The Philippines has failed to make headway in cutting rampant poverty, with more than one in four citizens deemed poor despite the country’s economic growth, according to census figures released Tuesday. The July 2012 poverty rate of 27.9 percent is practically unchanged from 2006 and 2009 data, according to the National Statistical Coordination Board. Filipinos forced to live on less than US$0.62 a day are considered poor, according to the government’s poverty threshold. Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said under-employment in rural areas, security problems in provinces facing insurgencies and warlords, and the falling price of a number of commodities such as sugar were mainly to blame. “If the problem of visible under-employment in ag-

riculture is addressed, then incomes of farmers would increase, poverty incidence would decrease, and we would not be compromising food security,” Balisacan said in a statement. The nation of about 100 million people posted 6.6 percent economic growth last year, and this year obtained its first-ever investment-grade rating from Fitch Ratings. However the January 2013 jobless rate stood at 7.1 percent, with a further 20.9 percent under-employed, or working fewer than 40 hours a week. About 41.8 percent of the under-employed are in the farming sector, it said. Norio Usui, Senior Country Economist for the Manilabased Asian Development Bank, said the government must solve the problem of jobless growth if it hoped to reduce poverty. “I am not surprised at all. The benefits of strong eco-

Aquino nixes reshuffle of Cabinet BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei, Apr 25 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III indicated that while he has no plans to reshuffle the members of his Cabinet he would instead welcome any improvement in the processes that would make them more efficient. The President mentioned this when asked if he would do an evaluation of the accomplishments of the various departments and agencies in the Executive Branch now that he’s approaching the three years term of his presidency. “You start with a premise that you are all imperfect beings and you can always improve,” the President told members of the Philippine media delegation who are covering the President’s attendance to the 22nd ASEAN Summit at the Philippine

Embassy here, Wednesday. The President cited in particular the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) headed by Secretary Rogelio Singson and Department of Agriculture (DA) led by Secretary Proceso Alcala as among the top performing agencies in his administration. He recognized the DPWH for its ability to lower the bid prices on most of its projects and the DA for its successful production and domestic marketing of rice that enabled the country to be selfsufficient and a potential exporter of this particular commodity. “Pero, bottom line, we’re really open to improving all of the processes that we need to have greater efficiency. Sorry, economist ako by training, so maximum utility of each input is the mantra,” he said. (MNS)

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Aquino awaiting results of study on Sabah claim BRUNEI DARUSSALAM, Apr 25 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III is awaiting the results of a study being conducted by a “study group” he had tasked to look into the Philippines’ claim on Sabah and hopes the results will resolve this issue for the satisfaction of the Filipino citizenry. In an interview with media at the sidelines of his attendance to the 22nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit here, the President said the study is taking a “multidisciplinary approach” that includes the historical and legal basis on the subject of Sabah. “Well, gusto nating ma-resolve ang isyu to everybody’s satisfaction. Towards that end, we have already tasked a study group kasi ang haba nga ng multidisciplinary approach. May historical basis, merong legal basis, may legal local to us, and may legal international aspects,” the President said. “Napakarami ng issues surrounding the central issue and the things that happen with the issue might affect the present and the future. And we want to have a solution, again, that makes everybody happy but is based on the fact and a just deliberation of the issues,” he added. “So, hopefully, the study will guide us into a really in-depth understanding of the issue,” the President stressed.


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tion that they would settle their obligations through donations or aid loans are not acceptable. They should follow what the Philippine law required for the incident,” he said. “Even if the return from the offer to pay in kind would be bigger than the actual fine, it remains unacceptable since what is provided in the law should be followed,” Escudero said. He noted that the P58 million is already an “inequitably small fine.” He said it would not help if the government waived this too. He said he is now planning to increase the penalty on the damage to the country’s protected sources if he gets another chance in Congress. The Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Act of 2009 provides that a fine of about $300


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or P12,000 per square meter is mandatory, plus another $300 or so per square meter for rehabilitation efforts. Escudero said it is not about the amount that the country will get. He said it’s about the issue of respect between two allies. “I don’t buy the alibi given by the US Navy that the compass of the vessel failed to function and it lost its way when it rammed the reef, even Christopher Columbus used only a compass in discovering the New World. How can a modern American war vessel be sailing aimlessly?” Escudero asked. However, Malacañang belied the newspaper report saying that the US government has refused to pay in cash the P58-million fine demanded by the Philippine government for the damage to the Tubbataha reef caused by the grounding of an American warship last January. On Sunday, the newspaper “The Manila Times,” citing an anonymous, “highlyplaced” government source, reported that the US wants to pay the fine in “kind,” specifically through an aircraft used in the war in Afghanistan. Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, said that Department of Foreign Affairs chief Albert del Rosario confirmed to him the US’ intention to pay the fine in cash.




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plano po tayo para sa mga kaibigan nating nasa bundok,” he said. “We are asking those who have remained behind to see what we have to offer them. As I said, stop surviving and start living,” he added. Lacierda, however, warned the rebels who will continue to resort to violence that they will be arrested and be brought to justice. “Let me just ask them to apologize to these civilians they have murdered... You want to challenge us? Go ahead. Make our day,” he said. On Sunday, NPA rebels attacked the convoy of Senator Teofisto Guingona III’s mother, Mayor Ruthie de Lara-Guingona of Gingoog City in Misamis Oriental. The

mayor survived an attack, but her security aide and driver were killed In a statement issued Sunday, the communist rebels apologized for the incident, but said it will continue its checkpoint operations in Mindanao, where candidates and their security escorts are prohibited from carrying firearms. The NPA is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), which has been waging war against the Philippine government for over four decades now. Formal peace talks between the communist-led National Democratic Front (NDF) and the Philippine government have remained stalled since 2004. (MNS)


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LA Philippine Consulate kicks off the 2nd Philippine Investment Roadshow in U.S. Los Angeles, 24 April 2013 - Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. together with a topnotch investment mission from the Philippines in kicking off the Los Angeles leg of the 2nd Philippine Investment Roadshow in the United States. The Philippine Consulate General said the delegation, headed by prominent Filipino economist Dr. Bernardo Villegas, will also visit Chicago and Boston as part of efforts to promote the Philippines as an

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Why is the date of separation significant in divorce cases? The date of separation is one of the most litigated BARRISTER'S issues in a divorce case. Its determination can have a significant economic consequence in the outcome CORNER of the case. The reason being, a spouse’s “earnings and accumulations” after separation are his or her separate property. A spouse’s “earnings and accumulations” while living separate and apart from the other spouse are his or her separate property as well pursuant to Family.Code. § 771(a)). “Separation” requires more than a rift in the spouses’ relationship. The date of “separation ” occurs only when the parties have come to a parting BY KENNETH REYES of the ways with no present intent to resume their & DARRICK TAN marriage and their conduct evidences a complete and final break in the marital relationship. In simple terms, it the first point in time when either party decides to finally end the marriage with no intent to return to their spouse. The burden of proof required to prove this is a preponderance of the evidence. A spouse must show that 1) the spouse entertains the subjective intent to end the marriage, and 2) there is objective evidence of that intent. A party’s intent may be evaluated in terms of the spouse’s words and conduct evidencing this intent and this should occur simultaneously. Moving out of the house from where your spouse resides may not be sufficient to signify a separation. The party’s conduct toward each other evidences ongoing economic, emotional, sexual and social ties ( such as joint checking accounts, credit cards, tax returns; joint acquisitions; joint vacations; exchange of gifts and cards; continuing financial contributions to the marital community; attempted reconciliations,) may show conduct inconsistent with a complete and final breakdown in the marriage. Discontinuing sexual relationship with your spouse and commencing extramarital cohabitation may not suffice to signify a separation date either. The parties must be living apart physically. The Court usually looks at all objective facts and circumstances in determining whether the parties are living apart physically. Living in separate dwellings alone may not meet this requirement. Some couples have successive series of separation then reconciliation. The act of reconciling in essence vitiates any evidence of a complete and final breakdown of the marriage. Due to the heavy factual showing required in litigating this issue, the date of separation is susceptible to trial bifurcation. Please note that this article is not legal advice and is not intended as legal advice. The article is intended to provide only general, non-specific legal information. This article is not intended to cover all the issues related to the topic discussed. The specific facts that apply to your matter may make the outcome different than would be anticipated by you. This article does create any attorney client relationship between you and the Law Offices of Kenneth U. Reyes, P.C. This article is not a solicitation. Attorney Kenneth Ursua Reyes is a Certified Family Law Specialist. He was President of the Philippine American Bar Association. He is a member of both the Family law section and Immigration law section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He is a graduate of Southwestern University Law School in Los Angeles and California

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Proposed CIR requires action now on certain family fetitions After years of waiting older. IMMIGRATION for a Comprehensive ImThe second provision Q&A migration Reform (CIR) pertains to relative petibill to fix the nation’s tions for brothers and broken immigration syssisters. Currently, a US tem, the introduction of citizen may file a relative the “Border Security, petition for a sibling, inEconomic Opportunity, cluding half-siblings and and Immigration Modstep-siblings. A stepernization Act of 2013” sibling is one wherein BY ATTY. ALLISON by the Gang of 8 bipartithe marriage between AQUINO san Senators on April 17, the natural parent and 2013, brings great hope step-parent occurs prior to many in the immigrant community. The to the child’s 18th birthday. The proposed vast majority of provisions contained in the law would completely eliminate the sibling proposed law would significantly benefit category, therefore no longer allowing any the millions of undocumented individuals US citizen to petition their brother, sister, in the United States, reunite long-separated half-sibling, or step-sibling. Because relative petitions for married families, and spur economic progress for numerous businesses. A few provisions, children and siblings have historically however, are tremendously damaging and been excessively long, many individuals as such require individuals to immediately have never filed petitions believing it move forward before the passage of the was a waste of time and money. This has been somewhat understandable since the law. There are two provisions that are creat- married children category for those from ing the greatest concern as they harm the the Philippines is presently backlogged to unification of families. The first provision 1992 and the sibling category backlogged pertains to relative petitions for children. to 1989. The proposals to limit the married Under the current law, a United States citizen may file a relative petition for any children category and eliminate the sibling married child regardless of age. Under category, however, now requires all indithe proposed law, however, US citizens viduals who have any interest in securing would only be able to file a petition for a green cards for these family members to married child if the child is 30 years old act immediately or risk entirely losing the or younger. A US citizen parent would no possibility to do so. Many individuals longer be eligible to file a relative petition will likely be pursuing the filing of these for a married child who is 31 years old or petitions in antici- See Aquino, page 19

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Palace to communist rebels: Join us in progress

Malacañang asked communist insurgents to lay down their arms and join the nation reap the fruits of an improved economy and developing country. Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing in Malacañang on Wednesday that the Aquino government has been focusing on achieving progress and inclusive growth for the benefit of all Filipinos. He said the government is pushing for more jobs in the countryside, improving the productivity of the farmers so there’s no sense for the rebels to spend time in the mountains. “Come down and join us in sharing the wealth and sharing the progress of the country. They have been reduced to a bandit group, and it makes no sense for them to continue their nefarious ways, and just help us,” he said. Part of the government initiative to entice the members of the New People’s Army (NPA) to go back to the fold of the law is the Armed Forces of the Philippines’s Bayanihan program, he said. The present activities of the rebels such as extorting politicians for permit-to-campaign fees, destroying telecommunication facilities, as well as harassing the members of the police and the military are not constructive, Lacierda said. To counter these activities, Lacierda said the government will remain committed to uplifting the situation of the masses. Despite the continuing operations against the rebels, Lacierda said the government wants the members of the NPA to be part of the current developments. “Whether or not there is an ongoing peace talks, we are telling these people: It makes no sense for you to stay in the mountainside. It makes no sense for you to conduct ambushes,” he said. “This government is committed to equitable progress; this government is committed to inclusive growth. And now is the best time for you to come down and be part of this campaign of making sure that you will be part [of] and share the progress that this country is experiencing,” he added. This week, the President instructed the AFP to dismantle roadblocks set up by the rebels in areas they control. The Palace also asked local candidates to shun the demands of the NPA for campaign fees in exchange for allowing them entry to rebel strongholds.

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White House: Boston attacks must not halt immigration reform WASHINGTON, April 22, 2013 (AFP) – The White House warned Monday that the deadly Boston Marathon attacks should not derail momentum towards immigration reform, as US lawmakers clashed over linking the two issues. Tensions flared at a Senate hearing on immigration amid suspicion that the measure’s opponents, aware that the two suspected perpetrators of last week’s bombings were of Chechen origin and were living legally in the United States, might seek to use the attack to thwart the drive for change. Asked whether the aftermath of the Boston blasts could slow momentum behind a Senate effort to pass comprehensive new immigration laws, White House spokesman Jay Carney said: “I would simply say that it should not.” “One of the positive effects and one of the reasons why we need comprehensive immigration reform is because it will enhance, when implemented, our national security,” he said. A comprehensive plan that brings out of the shadows the roughly 11 million U.S. residents who are living in the country illegally would be President Barack Obama’s best shot at a big second-term legacy achievement. The Senate bill, negotiated by four Democrats and four Republicans, would require dramatic improvements to security along the nation’s southern border with Mexico demonstrated over a 10-year period before any illegal immigrant can apply for a permanent residency green card. Suspects Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, and his brother Tamerlan, 26, had lived in the United States for over a decade before the bombings. The older brother, killed after a shootout with police last week, was a US resident who had applied, but not yet been granted US citizenship, reports said. His younger brother, who is under armed guard in a Boston hospital, became a US citizen last September 11. The link between immigration and Boston became a flashpoint in a Judiciary Committee hearing Friday when Democrat Chuck Schumer appeared to try to caution “those who are pointing to what happened, the terrible tragedy in Boston as, I would say, an excuse for not doing a bill or delaying it many

months or years.” “I never said that!” boomed Senate Republican Chuck Grassley, who earlier had questioned the merits of some of the bill’s security measures. On Friday, during the first of at least three scheduled immigration hearings, Grassley linked the Boston terrorist attacks and immigration policy by saying lawmakers should study whether the suspects exploited “weaknesses” in the law. Republican Congressman Steve King of Iowa, had been more direct, telling the National Journal last week that the country should not rush to immigration reform, especially in the wake of the Boston attack which killed three people and wounded 200. But some Republicans outside the “Gang of Eight” senators who crafted the bill and unveiled it last week have expressed support for moving ahead. “If anything I would say this (attack in Boston) is an argument for modernizing our immigration laws,” House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, last year’s failed Republican vice presidential nominee, told reporters in Chicago after a speech on immigration. The reform faces a tough test from opponents who warn granting legal status to undocumented immigrants equates to amnesty. Judiciary chairman Patrick Leahy led Democrats’ declarations that the bill would increase security by tightening borders and enhancing entry and exit data. “Let no one be so cruel as to use the heinous acts of two young men last week to derail the dreams and futures of millions of hardworking people,” Leahy said at the outset of a lengthy hearing. “A nation as strong as ours can welcome the oppressed and persecuted without making compromises on our security.” Republican Senator Marco Rubio, one of the bill’s chief architects and a possible 2016 presidential candidate, walked a delicate line between those arguing in the hearing. “I disagree with those who say that the terrorist attack in Boston has no bearing on the immigration debate,” he said in a statement. “If there are flaws in our immigration system that were exposed by the attack in Boston, any immigration reform passed by Congress this year should address those flaws.”

PHL failing to tackle rampant poverty: Census MANILA, April 23, 2013 (AFP) – The Philippines has failed to make headway in cutting rampant poverty, with more than one in four citizens deemed poor despite the country’s economic growth, according to census figures released Tuesday. The July 2012 poverty rate of 27.9 percent is practically unchanged from 2006 and 2009 data, according to the National Statistical Coordination Board. Filipinos forced to live on less than US$0.62 a day are considered poor, according to the government’s poverty threshold. Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said under-employment in rural areas, security problems in provinces facing insurgencies and warlords, and the falling price of a number of commodities such as sugar were mainly to blame. “If the problem of visible under-employment in agriculture is addressed, then incomes of farmers would increase, poverty incidence would decrease, and we would not be compromising food security,” Balisacan said in a statement. The nation of about 100 million people posted 6.6 percent economic growth last year, and this year obtained its first-ever investment-grade rating from Fitch Ratings. However the January 2013 jobless rate stood at

7.1 percent, with a further 20.9 percent under-employed, or working fewer than 40 hours a week. About 41.8 percent of the under-employed are in the farming sector, it said. Norio Usui, Senior Country Economist for the Manila-based Asian Development Bank, said the government must solve the problem of jobless growth if it hoped to reduce poverty. “I am not surprised at all. The benefits of strong economic growth have not spilled over to the people because they still cannot find a job,” he told AFP in a telephone interview. He said the Philippines’ economic model depended on consumption, strong remittances from its large overseas workforce and the outsourcing industry, which employs highly educated workers. However, the Philippines, with its weak industrial base, has stood out in the region, he added. “Why do you need a strong industrial base? To give jobs not only to the highly educated college graduates, but also to high school graduates,” Usui said. The government put the annual per capita poverty threshold at 9,385 pesos (227.24 dollars). The state census board found that at least 28.6 percent of the population was considered poor in both 2006 and 2009.


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‘Graceland’ – A must-see Pinoy movie opens today Premiere showing today, Saturday April 26, LIGHTHOUSE 2013, the film “Graceland” opens in 22 theatres across the USA. Written and directed by New Jersey-born 34 year-old Ron Morales, this film has garnered multi-awards such as: Second Place Audience Award winner for Narrative at the Tribeca (NY) Film Festival, 2012; Best Narrative Feature Award at the San Diego Asian Film Festival, 2012; Indie Tribute Indie Bravo! at the 3rd Philippine Daily Inquirer Event, 2012 and an Audience Award at the Gasparilla (Tampa) Film Festival, 2013. “Graceland” connotes a “land without grace,” according to writer/director Ron Morales. It is the story BY MYRNA AQUITANIA of one family man’s (Marlon Villar) struggle to earn a living as the chauffeur of a wealthy, corrupt politician named Manuel Chango, (played by veteran TV actor Menggie Cobarrubias). While driving Chango’s daughter Sophia (played by Patricia Ona Gayod), Marlon becomes entangled in an ensuing kidnapping attempt on Chango’s daughter and his own daughter Elvie Villar (played by Ella Guevarra). The kidnapping attempt scene became sort of a denouement or highlight with Morales using juxtaposition of roles between the two girls, where their roles were highly intertwined, allowing Marlon’s daughter being taken and held for ransom instead. “Graceland” is a story about Marlon Villar, (portrayed by dramatic actor, Arnold Reyes), who is the “ underdog who decides that he wants something for himself and what happens to him as a result.” As Chango’s underdog, Marlon discovers a world of deceit, prostitution and corruption at the highest level. The storyline of “Graceland” presents to the “cinema world the little known sad realities of an otherwise beautiful country,” a reminder to all of us Filipinos that though corruption in our country is a disease that is difficult to erase, we will always go back to savor and experience the simple life we all grew up in. It took Director Ron Morales only 17 days (as opposed to the requirement of 30 days in the US) to shoot “Graceland,” due to the “efficient and economical shooting style of the Filipinos.”Otherwise, this film “couldn’t have been made anywhere else in the world with only 17 days allotted for the shoot.” Hand-picked among 200 actors who auditioned for various parts in “Graceland,” Marife Necessito, a professional stage, film and TV actress was chosen to portray the riveting role of Chango’s unfaithful wife.. Though we have all admired the award-winning films of famous directors such as Lino Brocka, Maryo Delos Reyes and Pecque Gallaga, this film of Ron Morales not only blends in with the current situation back home but expresses a deep narrative on substance and form. The film’s cinematographer, Sung Rae Cho, who is originally from Japan but now



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Anne Curtis wants to be a preschool teacher Saying that she has a soft spot for children, actress Anne Curtis said she dreams of becoming a preschool teacher one day. And she is now a step closer to reaching this dream – the actress said she has enrolled in an open university in Australia. “I’m very, very happy that I was able to enroll. It’s an open university in Australia. Sa open university in Australia, it depends on what unit, or what topic, or what subject you want to take up. It will put you in the right college. Right now, I did English Literature. In the upcoming semester, I will be doing Early Education,” the Fil-Australian actress said. “Yes, gusto kong maging preschool teacher one day. Alam ko na hindi ko siya matatapos in four year, which is when you are full-time, but the whole point na they encourage you to pursue ‘yung studies mo kahit in the long run, kahit

ilang units lang ‘yung kukunin mo [is a good thing]. ‘Yung English Literature nga, I’m just very lucky na kahit na magswitch ako, sabi nila, it’s still an elective. So isa ‘yan sa mga pangarap ko, na maka-graduate ng college,” she added. Aside from being a preschool teacher, Curtis said she also wants to hold another major concert, and to put up her own business. The actress and one of the country’s top product endorsers held her first concert last year at the Araneta Coliseum. “Sa MOA (Mall of Asia) naman. Dreams do come true, ‘di ba? Ewan ko ba, tignan natin,” she said. “There are so many things in life that I still want to do. Outside doon sa showbiz ay ‘yung sarili kong business naman. Na alam mo na, related to something I love, maybe fashion, lipstick. Basta something to do with that,” she added. Curtis is currently one of the hosts of the ABS-CBN noontime program “It’s Showtime.” (MNS)

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Heart feels responsible for Chiz’s drop in surveys

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Actress Heart Evangelista has admitted that she somehow feels responsible for the decline in support for her boyfriend, re-electionist Senator Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero, as reflected in a pre-election survey. Evangelista said she can’t help but feel responsible for the drop in Escudero’s ranking from 2nd place to 3rd or 4th place in a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey last month. Although the survey she was referring to was conducted between March 15 and 17 or a few days before her parents went public to express their dislike of Escudero, Evangelista thinks the issues surrounding their relationship are affecting his chances in the senatorial race. “There was a time that I had to go to the mall, because I had to pick up something that no one’s gonna do for me, so I had to do it for myself. I really wanted to cover my face, because I was causing so much trouble for

people,” she said. Evangelista’s parents, Cecile and Rey Ongpauco, held a press conference last March 19 to formally appeal to both their daughter and Escudero to reconsider their relationship. The Ongpauco couple cited several reasons for their objection to the relationship, including Escudero’s alleged “fondness” for alcohol, his being 16 years older than Evangelista, and the possibility that the senator and their youngest daughter may not marry as Catholics. Evangelista said this was the reason why she turned down Escudero’s offer to spend the Holy Week with him in his province, Sorsogon. “Nahihiya talaga ako. I feel that I have no face to show,” she said. Escudero, however, said Evangelista should not blame herself, adding he be-

lieves that her parents’ actions would not affect his campaign. Escudero said that his drop in the preelection survey could be due to the wrong tactic of not having political ads in the first phase of the campaign. “We banked on the fact that – whatever money we had to advertise – we’d rather spend it in the second half of the campaign, where it would matter the most, instead of spending it in the first half. Kasi ‘yong first half, we hoped our numbers would be sustained. Sipag lang and it will be sustained,” he said. “It’s not even an issue for me na in the middle of a campaign, may ganoong iskandalo. It never detracted from my personal life being separate from my public life. That’s why when she was saying ‘Is it too much? What do you want?’, I go ‘Okay lang ito. We’ll survive this. We have to survive it,” Escudero added.


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Zia reveals reason for lifestyle change Zia Quizon admitted that the death of her father, veteran comedian Dolphy, was a wake-up call for her to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Quizon also cited her mother Zsa Zsa Padilla’s health scare last year contributed to her new attitude. “Lifestyle change talaga. I guess dahil nagkasakit din ang mom ko and my mom was stressing din about life, work and things. So talagang I wanted it to be one less thing for them to worry about, ‘yung health ko,” Quizon said. “Kasi talagang they are really worrying na din at saka I was being very lonely. Loner talaga ako noon so talagang they are worried na din. So I thought for their benefit na din I should change my lifestyle,” she explained. Zia said her workout isn’t limited to going to the gym. “Anything na talagang interested ako. Kasi naggi-gym ako dati, wala talagang nagre-register. So ‘yung mga dance, Zumba, Pilates, things like that ‘yung mga ginagawa ko,” she said. Moving out from home In the interview, the young singer also admitted that she will moving out from their family’s house soon. “Not yet, but soon hopefully. Not that soon but I’m sure kukulitin ko lang siya (Padilla) there sa bahay most of the time,” she said. Asked how she convinced her mom about living independently, Quizon replied: “I guess in a way nag-mature talaga ako faster than maybe my other siblings. Kasi ako ang bunso, ako ang nasa bahay noong nagkasakit ang dad ko, and I had to be there for my mom din.” Dolphy died after a five-year battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in July last year. (MNS)

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SUSAN ROCES to star in new ABS-CBN series After the phenomenal success of “Walang Hanggan,” Susan Roces announced Saturday that she will do another TV series for ABS-CBN. At the sidelines of an all-star dinner benefit hosted by Regal Films matriarch Lily Monteverde for the senatorial bid of Roces’ daughter Grace Poe, the veteran actress said she is excited to do another project which will challenge her acting mettle in her senior years. Roces said the project will be a three-generational drama, which will start filming this summer. She declined to reveal further details about the new show, saying she does not want to preempt the network. Meanwhile, the 71-year-old movie queen said she is in good health and does not need stem cell treatment, which is an in-demand procedure in showbiz. “Harinawa, huwag na! I am in excellent health, at nakakatulong ang trabaho sa pagbanat ng buto,” she said.(MNS)

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‘It Takes A Man and a Woman’ now RP’s 2nd highest grossing film of all time  TFC@theMovies begins extended run of the hit film in U.S. theatres starting today After earning P345 million in less than three weeks in cinemas in the Philippines, the Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruzstarrer It Takes a Man and a Woman is now officially the second highest-grossing Filipino film of all time and the biggest earning nonMetro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) local movie. The third installment of the hit romantic-comedy film series directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina broke the record of the comedy flick The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin starring Vice Ganda, which earned P331 million during its theatrical run in 2011. It Takes a Man and a Woman is now second in terms of total box-office earnings after the 2012 MMFF entry Sisterakas starring the comedy trio of Vice Ganda, Kris Aquino and AiAi delas Alas, which raked in P391 million during its run in Philippine cinemas. All three top-grossers – Sisterakas, The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin, and It Takes a Man and a Woman – are co-productions of ABS-CBN Star Cinema and Viva Films. The international releases of these films is overseen by TFC@theMovies. In the U.S., the film began its extended run today in almost all theatres due to public demand. For the updated theatre line-up, please visit Meanwhile, It Takes a Man and a Woman screenwriter Carmi Raymundo recently revealed that the much talked about wedding vows of Laida and Miggy that made everyone in cinemas cry were written by Sarah and John Lloyd themselves. “Direk Cathy and I told Sarah and Lloydie that we want them to write Miggy and Laida’s wedding vows. We wanted to hear from them directly what they think were the learnings of their characters,” explained Raymundo, who was also the headwriter of the first two installments of the series namely A Very Special Love and You Changed My Life. “Both were nervous about writing but they were very excited. When they showed me what they wrote, I knew right away that they wrote from the hearts of their characters. They were so sincere, their vows were beautiful!” Raymundo further shared that Sarah and John Lloyd’s self-made vows were so beautifully written that she almost did not edit it. “It was just really minor edits. Their vows made the ending of Laida and Miggy’s love story a thousand times more special because they spoke their own words. As a writer, that is my gift to them: to let them speak their own words. In the end, it’s like Miggy and Laida really existed and lived,” she related. Continue to fall in love with Laida and Miggy’s love story in It Takes A Man And A Woman in theatres, now with an extended run in the U.S. and an additional theatre. For more information, visit (Mico del Rosario, Star Cinema Ad & Promo Manager, Manila and TFC@theMovies)


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¼ tsp. cayenne pepper 2 tsp. + ½ tsp. black pepper, divided 2 – 3 Tbsp. nutritional yeast (optional) Dash of black salt to taste (optional) – adds an “eggy” flavor 1 Tbsp. olive oil 1 small onion, finely chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 – 2 small tomatoes, coarsely chopped including seeds and juices ½ tsp. salt Crumble tofu coarsely in mixing bowl. Add Bragg Liquid Aminos, Dijon mustard, turmeric, basil, thyme, cayenne, 2 tsp. black pepper, and nutritional yeast and black salt, if using. Mix in the seasoning, mashing tofu slightly to desired consistency. Set aside. Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat until onion is translucent. Turn heat to medium-high and add tomato, ½ tsp. salt and ½ tsp. pepper. Stir and cook until tomato is soft and cooked through (mixture will be almost like a sauce). Add tofu mixture and sauté, stirring occasionally until fragrant and slightly browned in spots. Adjust seasoning and serve with toast. About the Author Elena Johnson is a second-generation Filipino American living in Baltimore, MD. As a vegan chef and caterer she has been reinventing her family’s recipes and sharing these vegetarian versions of Filipino comfort food with friends, relatives, and those unfamiliar with the flavors of the Philippines. Elena is also the Special Projects Manager at Compassion Over Killing, a national animal advocacy organization focusing on cruelty to animals in agriculture and promoting vegetarian eating as a way to build a kinder world for all. Elena combines her passion for vegetarian food with a love of teaching by offering cooking demonstrations to the public. To learn more about why she went veg, visit Questions/ feedback: email


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(Relaxnews) – A new study finds that nearly twothirds of parents still encourage their teenagers to finish the food on their plates, even if the teen is overweight. The US research found that parents often try to control food behaviors in their adolescent children, with some parents pressuring kids to eat more, others pressuring them to eat less. “Parents do use high levels of control, such as restriction and pressure to eat,” study author Katie Loth, a doctoral candidate and research assistant at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, told HealthDay. “I was surprised at some of the parent behaviors, like feeling that their children should clean their plates and not waste food,” Loth said. “Portion sizes have gotten bigger over time, and if you encourage kids to rely on environmental indicators, like how much food is on their plates or the time of day, they’ll lose the ability to rely





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Typical Western diet not ideal for aging well \(Relaxnews) – To age well, a new study suggests skipping the fried and sweet foods, red meat, refined grains, and high-fat dairy products found in a so-called “Western” diet and opting for something a little healthier. Researchers found that eating too much fatty and processed foods reduces your likelihood of reaching your golden years in glowing good health. Announced this week, study results appear in the May issue ofThe American Journal of Medicine. “The impact of diet on specific age-related diseases has been studied extensively, but few investigations have adopted a more holistic approach to determine the association of diet with overall health at older ages,” says lead investigator Dr. Tasnime Akbaraly of INSERM, a biomedical and public health research institution in Montpelier, France. Investigators analyzed findings from the British Whitehall II cohort study, which followed 3,775 men and 1,575 women

from 1985 to 2009. During the followup period, 13 percent of the subjects had a nonfatal cardiovascular issue, three percent died from heart-related causes, and sevent percent died from other causes. Those who ate a Western diet were less likely to have ideal aging, Akbaraly said. A better diet option? A mountain of research has proven the health-promoting benefits of the Mediterranean diet. Recently, researchers from Universidad de Navarro in Spain found that eating a diet rich in olive oil, nuts, fruits and vegetables along with wine can reduce your risk for cardiovascular problems. Findings were published in February in the New England Journal of Medicine. Another study published last year suggests that eating a Mediterranean diet along with regular exercise, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight could add 15 years to a woman’s life, or 8.5 years to a man’s.

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Topnotch PHL business delegation in U.S. to woo more investors WASHINGTON, D.C. – A topnotch business delegation from Manila is now in the United States for a week-long investment roadshow that will underscore why the Philippines is now considered the newest darling of international investors. The Philippine Embassy, which organized the 2ndInvestment Roadshow with the Philippine Consulates General in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, said the private sector-led delegation is in town to try to convince US investors to pour their money into the Philippines. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. said the delegation led by prominent Filipino economist Dr. Bernardo Villegas will meet with more than 200 senior American corporate and government executives in Los Angeles on 23 and 24 April; in Chicago on 24 April; and in Boston on 26 April. “With the success of the 1st Investment Roadshow in Washington, D.C., New York and San Francisco in 2012, this year’s Investment Roadshow will showcase more positive macroeconomic developments under President Aquino’s good governance agenda,” said Ambassador Cuisia, who is accompanying the business delegation along with Consuls General Maria Hellen Barber-De La Vega in Los Angeles; Leo HerreraLim in Chicago; and Mario L. de Leon, Jr. in Boston. Ambassador Cuisia said that in addition to Dr. Villegas, the other members of the business delegation who will serve as resource persons are Philip Romualdez, President of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines; Isidro Consunji, President of DMCI Holdings; Roberto Dispo, President of First Metro Investment Corporation; Rainerio Borja, President of EGS Philippines; and Jesus Zulueta, Chairman of ZMG Ward Howell. The other resource persons for the Los Angeles and Boston programs are Dr. Dan Lachica, President of the Semiconductors and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Inc. and Martin Pascual, Board Director of Pascual Laboratories. Noted Filipino-American venture capitalist and technopreneur Dado Banatao will also serve as a resource speaker on “Science & Technology in the Philippines” for the Boston leg of the roadshow. Aside from business-to-business meetings, the delegation members will make individual presentations that will highlight specific business opportunities for American investors in key sector winners such as Business Process Outsourcing and Knowledge Process Outsourcing; Infrastructure and Real Estate; Financial Services; Manufacturing (Electronic Medical Devices); Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology; and Human Resources. “The 2013 roadshow is scheduled at a better time, now that the Philippines is considered one of the best performing economies in Asia,” Dr. Villegas said. “The Philippines is now the darling of international investors.” Aside from bringing more investments to the Philippines, Ambassador Cuisia said he expects the roadshow to further improve trade with the US, the country’s third largest partner. He cited statistics from the U.S. Trade Representative that pointed to growing

two-way trade between the two countries – from $13 billion in 2009 to $15 billion in 2010 and $22 billion in 2011. Consul General Barber Dela Vega said the delegation launched the roadshow in Los Angeles because of its role as the Philippines’ primary gateway for US trade since 1992. She said Los Angeles also handles 25 percent of total US trade with the Philippines, which is also its 16th largest trading partner. Consul General Herrera-Lim said Chicago was included this year because of the big growth potential of Philippine trade. He said Illinois remains the biggest Philippine export market in the Midwest, with Chicago as the main point of entry for Philippine products. Consul General De Leon said Boston was chosen for the last leg of the roadshow because Massachusetts is a center for high technology, biotechnology and pharmaceutical products and services and could be a major trading and investment partner of the Philippines.

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Embassy moves to help Pinoys keep jobs in the Bahamas WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Philippine Embassy has asked authorities in the Bahamas to let Filipinos there keep their jobs for the time being in view of a new labor policy that seeks to reduce the ranks of the unemployed by transferring jobs being held by foreigners to locals. In a statement, the Embassy said it had conveyed the Philippine Government’s request to authorities in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas during a visit to the capital, Nassau, early this month by a consular team dispatched by Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. “We presented Manila’s position on behalf of many of the more than 1,000 Filipinos in Bahamas, particularly housekeepers, cooks, hotel employees and medical workers who stand to lose their jobs as a result of the so-called Bahamianization of the local labor force,” said Consul General Ariel Penaranda who headed the consular team that also included Labor Attache Luzviminda Padilla. Consul General Penaranda said he and Labor Attache Padilla expressed their appreciation to Permanent Secretary Philip Miller of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration; Secretary Elizabeth Gardiner-Keju of the Ministry of Labor and National Insurance; Director Harcourt Brown of the Ministry of Labor; and Commissioner Ellison Greenslade, Chief of the Royal Bahamas Police Force for recognizing the contribution of the Filipino Community to Bahamas society. However, the two officials, who were accompanied by Philippine Honorary Consul to the Bahamas Gonzalo Bolisay, voiced their concern over the reported plan of Bahamas authorities to suspend the issuance of work permits to foreign workers as this would impact negatively on Filipino workers there. Consul General Penaranda said Bahamanian officials explained that while they recognize the contributions of Filipino workers to their society, their priority is to provide employment to their own citizens, many of who are presently without jobs. “The position of the Bahamas authorities is completely understandable but it would be greatly appreciated if our workers could be allowed to keep their jobs for the time being and at the same time be assured of certainty in terms of renewing their work permits so they could plan ahead,” Labor Attache Padilla said. In addition to labor concerns, the consular team, which also included Welfare Officer Saul de Vries and staff members Renell Martinez, Larry Sumando, Carlota Halili-Castaneda and Ma. Lyra Ocampo, processed passport renewals and provided other consular services to the members of the Filipino Community. Diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the Bahamas were established as early as 1976 but it was the first time the Embassy in Washington, D.C. conducted an outreach mission since it assumed consular jurisdiction over the Bahamas following the closure of the Philippine Embassy in Havana last year. The Bahamas consists of more than 700 islands, cays and islets in the Atlantic Ocean, north of Cuba and southeast of Florida. It became an independent British Commonwealth realm in 1973 and retained Queen Elizabeth II as monarch.

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Bill promoting CA new American immigrant integration policies advances SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 23 authored by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach), which formally requires the Governor to create a Task Force on New American Integration cleared the Senate Human Services Committee today. Through SB 23, the task force will recommend policies to streamline and modernize existing immigrant integration programs, create an Office of New Americans, and implement pending national immigration reform policy. California is home to the largest immigrant population in the nation and has benefited both economically and socially from their contributions. The successful integration of nearly 10 million immigrants in the state plays an integral role in our unique global competitiveness. “On the eve of national immigration reform, it is vital that California is ready to implement reforms and integrate New Americans into our state,” stated Senator Ricardo Lara. “SB 23 is an important first step in ensuring California is prioritizing immigrant integration and working to ensure programs are streamlined, effective and ultimately save the state money.” To date, five states including Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Washington have issued executive orders calling for the creation of task forces and policies on immigrant integration. In California, both Los Angeles and San Jose have established efforts aimed at addressing immigrant relations and integration.


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Philippine Embassy extends its congratulations to Secretary Ona and the men and women of the NKTI for being among the recipients of the Emerging Partnership Award that recognized innovative and sustainable PPP projects in emerging markets around the world,â&#x20AC;? Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The NKTIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hemodialysis Project is another example of a creative approach to our governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s continuing efforts to bring its services closer to the people.â&#x20AC;? Citing statistics from the Department of Health, the Embassy said end stage renal disease is the 10th leading cause of death in the Philippines today, with an estimated incidence of 120 for every one million



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Taiwan, Philippines sign crime-fighting pact TAIPEI, April 23, 2013 (AFP) – Taiwan announced Tuesday it has signed a crime-fighting pact with the Philippines following a spate of Internet scams that ruffled ties between the two governments. The agreement is aimed at cracking down on criminals who exploit the lack of official diplomatic relations between the two sides, and could pave the way for similar accords with other Southeast Asian countries. Raymond Wang, of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Manila, and his Philippine counterpart Antonio Basilio, inked the mutual legal assistance agreement in Taipei on Friday, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

“The pact has set a precedent for more of such agreements the country is seeking in the Southeast Asia,” it said. Under the deal, the two sides agree to assist each other in gathering evidence, freezing property owned by suspects, and deportations. Negotiations came about following a diplomatic row in February 2011 when the Philippine government deported to the mainland 14 Taiwanese and 10 other Chinese suspects, who were arrested on allegations of swindling $20 million in an international scam targeting mainland China. Taipei insisted that the Taiwanese suspects should have been sent back to the island to face justice and threatened

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Hackers cause stir with ‘Obama injured’ AP tweet WASHINGTON, April 23, 2013 (AFP) – Hackers spooked markets Tuesday after breaking into the Associated Press’s Twitter account and falsely reporting President Barack Obama had been injured after two blasts at the White House. A brief alert on the news agency’s @ AP account read: “Breaking: Two explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.” Almost immediately the wire service posted via its corporate communications feed that its @AP Twitter account had been hacked, before promptly suspending the service. “Advisory: @AP Twitter account has

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PASADENA, CA – Forty thousand community autism supporters united for a single cause at the 11th annual Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on Saturday, April 20, 2013. The event raised more than $1.8M for autism. Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, this fundraising effort generates vital funds for autism research and raises awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism, the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the U.S., and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder. Notable walk attendees included: HOLLY ROBINSON PEETE: actress, co-author of My Brother Charlie and Autism Speaks National Board Member

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MOTORING Toyota USA No. 1 Retail Manufacturer in March 2013 TORRANCE, Calif. – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported March 2013 sales results of 205,342 units, an increase of 4.8 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. Unadjusted for 27 selling days in March 2013 versus 28 in March 2012, TMS sales were up 1.0 percent over the year-ago month. For the first quarter, TMS reported sales of 529,444 vehicles, Manhattan Beach Toyota an increase of 10.1 percent over Gen. Sales Manager Noel the same period in 2012 on a de Belen DSR basis. With 76 selling days in the first quarter of 2013 compared to 77 selling days in the first quarter of 2012, sales were up 8.7 percent on an unadjusted raw volume basis. “The auto industry continued its string of impressive monthly results, and at Toyota we had our best month since Cash for Clunkers in August of 2009,” said Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “A strong first-quarter close and increased consumer confidence continue to position the auto industry as a leader in the economic recovery.” Toyota Division posted March total sales of 182,152 units, up 3.1 percent year-over-year on a DSR basis. Volume-wise, Toyota Division sales decreased 0.5 percent over March 2012. “With our strong new products, Lexus’ March sales were up 19 percent, and year-to-date we are now 17 percent ahead of last year’s sales pace,” said Jeff Bracken, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “For me, it’s great to be back at Lexus, and I look forward to partnering with our dealers and associates to continue Lexus’ innovation and success.”

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Meanwhile, Toyota continues to offer its free-ofcharge safe driving skills program, Toyota Driving Expectations, and comprehensive online resources with the goal of reducing motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of death among teens. Upcoming behind-thewheel safety events will be held in Torrance, Calif., Denver and San Antonio for newly licensed or permitted teens and their parents to learn about defensive driving skills, crash avoidance techniques and the dangers of distracted driving during the 2.5-hour program. Moving into its 10th year, Toyota Driving Expectations supplements standard driver’s education to prepare inexperienced drivers for the challenges they’ll face on the road. In recognizing the importance of parents’ involvement to help their teens develop responsible driving habits, the program requires a parent or guardian to accompany their teen. Kicking-off in Torrance, Calif., professional instructors in the Toyota Driving Expectations “On The Road” program tour lead teens through driving courses and in-classroom discussions, while encouraging continued learning at home and demonstrating safe driving habits. This year’s events will be held at: Torrance, Calif.on May 4-5 at Toyota headquarters. Registration now open Denver, Colo. on May 18-19 at Bass Pro Shops. Registration opens April 18. San Antonio, Texason June 8–9 at Toyota Texas Plant. Registration opens May 9. “Safer drivers lead to safer roads, so Toyota is committed to helping educate and empower teens and parents around smart driving choices,” said Michael Rouse, Toyota’s vice president of diversity, philanthropy and community affairs. “Through our safe driving programs, partnerships and online resources, we hope more young drivers will absorb the sobering lessons of distracted driving and



learn key skills to keep themselves safe behind the wheel.” To further the connection with teens in local communities, Toyota Driving Expectations has launched teen driving assemblies in high schools and dealerships across the country. Free Toyota Driving Expectations safety clinics at select Toyota dealerships will be led this summer by professional drivers who address vehicle safety features, defensive driving, distracted driving and vehicle maintenance. If you are reading this, most likely you own a Toyota or want to own a new Toyota car. Of course, at Manhattan Beach Toyota – one of the dealerships that made Toyota USA the Number 1 retailer in the month of March – you can get your favorite Toyota vehicle, whether it’s a Prius other fuel efficient vehicles are available, the flagship Avalon, America’s favorite family car the Camry, the hardworking Corolla and many other Toyota vehicles, our kababayan Noel de Belen can be of big help. Just let the car expert Noel guide you in picking your latest Toyota vehicle. Being a Toyota expert is no surprise for Noel as he has spent his last 11 years working for the same brand. Noel understands the importance of customer satisfaction is the number one factor and takes the car buying experience seriously. He also makes his customers aware that they are not just buying a vehicle to get them to where they want to go. For him, customers buy cars as an investment to safety and reliability which is Toyota is all about and makes sure that buying a car at Manhattan Beach Toyota is an experience that they will never forget. If you want to get hold of Noel, please call him at (424) 558-2705 he will guide you in selecting your next best Toyota vehicle. Better yet, drop by Manhattan Beach Toyota located at 1500 N Sepulveda Blvd Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.



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COSTA MESA, Calif., April 15, 2013 – The all-new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport’s upscale and highly-functional interior was acknowledged Henry Juan, Filipino by the editors Sales, Win Hyundai of WardsAuto, which named it to this year’s Ward’s 10 Best Interiors list. This recognition follows the2012 Accent and 2012 Azera being named to the list last year. “The latest version of the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is the essence of a midsize family CUV: well-crafted, tastefully appointed and affordable, despite a decidedly upscale look and feel,” said Tom Murphy, executive editor, WardsAuto. “Hyundai is consistently delivering excellent interiors that reinforce the brand’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design language.” WardsAuto editors have been studying the vehicles since February, selecting the 10 winners from a field of 46 vehicles with new or significantly refreshed interiors. The selection process mimics that of the Ward’s 10 Best Engines competition, in which editors rate vehicles based on their daily commutes in and around metro Detroit. Unlike 10 Best Engines, the interior competition has no price cap. “The all-new Santa Fe Sport offers buyers a comfortable, functional and modernlooking interior,” said Christopher Chapman, chief designer, Hyundai Design North America. “Designed with families in mind, the interior features quality materials, intuitive controls and a spacious layout for the diverse needs of today’s active families.” “The instrument panel is defined by its sculptural center vents from which the flowing form develops,” said Christopher Zarlenga, design manager of Santa Fe’s interior. “Color is also an important differentiator for the interior, emphasizing the wing shape outward from the center stack through the doors.” During the selection process editors pay close attention to fit-and-finish, checking to see if seams are straight and match up cleanly on armrests and instrument panels. Editors climb in and out of back seats and See HYUNDAI, page 45

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NEW YORK – The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV is the industry benchmark in retail electric vehicle efficiency with a combined city/highway EPA estimated range of 82 miles when fully charged and an EPA-estimated combined city/highway 119 MPGe fuel economy equivalent. Compared to the average new vehicle, the Spark EV can potentially save its owners up to $9,000 in fuel cost over five years. The Spark EV goes on sale this summer in California and Oregon. The Spark EV’s 21 kWh lithium-ion battery pack will continue Chevrolet’s tradition of offering industry-leading limited warranty protection – eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. Spark EV will be the first vehicle on the market to offer as an available option the recently approved SAE combo charger for DC Fast Charging. The capability, available shortly after launch, will enable the Spark EV to recharge up to 80 percent of its capacity in approximately 20 minutes.

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2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sport Recognized by USAA as the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Best Valueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in the Small Sedan Segment Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is proud to announce that its well-equipped and affordably-priced 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer sport sedan has been recognized as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Valueâ&#x20AC;? in the small sedan vehicle segment by USAA. USAA, a leading financial services provider to the U.S. military community and its membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; families, has created its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Valueâ&#x20AC;? list by using quantitative data to evaluate vehiclesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cost, safety and reliability, among other important factors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The goal of the list is to give members an easier way to determine value as they shop for vehicles,â&#x20AC;? said Steve Thompson, vice president responsible for the USAA Car Buying Service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year we raised the bar on the importance of safety standards by requiring vehicles earn

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The fun-to-drive Mitsubishi Lancer compact sports sedan has been named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Top Safety Pickâ&#x20AC;? for six consecutive years (2008 through 2013 model years). â&#x20AC;&#x153;A USAA Preferred vehicle is a great value financially, and is among the safest vehicles on the road,â&#x20AC;? said Mr. Thompson.

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Award-winning Honda Fit EV continues to impress industry experts Kelley Blue Book impressed with Honda Fit EVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s power and efficiency TORRANCE, Calif. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Industry experts at have named the Honda Fit EV to their annual list of 10 Best Green Cars. The editors at were impressed with the Fit EVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s combination of efficiency and power, which made it an easy choice as one of the best green vehicles of 2013. This most recent award continues Honda Fit EVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recognition as one of the best electric vehicles on the market today. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Consumers only have one choice for the most energy efficient electric vehicle â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Honda Fit EV. 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This efficient powertrain is teamed to a chassis with a fully-independent suspension and a driver-selectable 3-mode drive system. The result is a fun-to-drive EV with an EPA combined city/highway estimated driving range rating of 82-miles1. An onboard charger allows the vehicle to be plugged into any household-type 120-volt outlet (dedicated GFCI outlet recommended) or an available 240-volt AC power supply. When connected to a 240-volt circuit, the Fit EV battery can be recharged in less than three hours from a low charge indicator illumination point3. When connected to an outlet, charging can be started or stopped with an included Fit EV interactive remote control, through an available smartphone application or through the internet on a personal computer. Available for lease-only in at Honda dealers in select California, Oregon, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York markets, the Fit EV is offered at a lease price of $389 per month2 over a three-year term, computing to a Manufacturerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $36,625. A new, streamlined lease application for customers interested in leasing the Fit EV is now available at For more information about KBB.comâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10 Best Green Cars of 2013, please visit http:// Honda Environmental Leadership In addition to the Fit EV, Hondaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diverse portfolio of alternative fuel vehicles has included numerous technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions including the first EV leases in California (1997 Honda EV Plus), the retail introduction of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first hybrid (1999 Honda Insight), delivery of the first fuel-cell electric vehicle in the U.S. (2002 Honda FCX), four generations of the Civic Natural Gas (first introduced in 1998) and the first gasoline-powered vehicles in the hands of consumers to meet stricter emissions standards. Honda has also led the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) rankings of overall vehicle environmental performance since 2000, and a Honda vehicle has topped the list of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greenest vehicles, from the America Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), for 15 consecutive years. Meanwhile, if you want to belong to the select group of Honda owners, all you have to do is visit the Diamond Honda of Glendale and get in touch with our kababayans Tito Adriosula, Rhuvie Lumanog, Tanny Santos and Helen Park at Diamond Honda of Glendale who are more than ready to serve you and find you your new Honda Hybrids or any other Honda vehicle and be assured of top fuel efficiency as well as safety and maintenance. These are just some of the reasons why are the Pinoys coming in droves to the dealership. Above all, at Diamond Honda of Glendale, customers are treated like Diamonds! That statement is backed up by General Manager Tanal Hassoun, who has endeared himself to Filipino customers because of his professionalism and his recognition and vast understanding of Hondaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s multi-ethnic market. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is a great anchor. We rely on his wisdom and professional savvy all the time. He is very helpful to the Filipino salesmen and customers alike,â&#x20AC;? says Tito. Diamond Honda of Glendale is located at 138 S. Glendale Avenue, Glendale, CA 91205. Its toll-free number is 888.856.2420.




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SPORTS Marquez to fight Bradley next, not Pacquiao LOS ANGELES, April 23, 2013 (AFP) fering a draw and two narrow defeats in boxer, either Brandon Rios (31-1-1 with 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez and un- early fights against â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pac-Man.â&#x20AC;? knockouts) or Mike Alvarado (34-1 with 23 beaten U.S. boxer Tim Bradley, who each Arum said the major stumbling block knockouts), Arum told the Times. beat Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao last to a fifth Marquez-Pacquiao matchup was Rios and Alvarado split their past two year, will fight each other in September, Pacquiao insisting the fight be staged in fights, staged against each other. Rios the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. Macau or Singapore, where he could avoid inflicted Alvaradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first defeat with a Promoter Bob Arum told the newspaper a 40 percent tax on his prize money. seventh-round stoppage last October but that Marquez would take on Bradley in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marquez isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t convinced Marquez- Alvarado won a unanimous but narrow Las Vegas on September 14 for the World Pacquiao in Asia will result in the pay-per- 12-round decision last month. Boxing Organization welterweight crown view money being as strong,â&#x20AC;? Arum said. Unbeaten Floyd Mayweather had that Bradley took from Pacquiao by split Marquez, 55-6 with one draw and 40 planned to fight in Las Vegas on September decision last June. knockouts, has not fought since beating 14 depending on the outcome of his faceâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Marquez wanted to fight Bradley and Pacquiao. Bradley, 30-0 with 12 knock- off next week with fellow American Robert         Bradley wanted to fight Marquez,â&#x20AC;? Arum outs, comes off a unanimous but narrow Guerrero, with Mexicoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Saul â&#x20AC;&#x153;Caneloâ&#x20AC;?       


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