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VOL. XXI, NO. 22

Jessy on MatteoSarah issue: ‘Why not?’ JULY 6-12, 2013

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Safety of OFWs in Egypt top priority

President Benigno S. Aquino III poses for a group photo with the Iskwelahang Pilipino Rondalla during the courtesy call held at Malacanang’s Heroes Hall. The ensemble formed in 1986 through the vision of Cristina Castro who, with a shoestring budget, searched for several years to find a teacher while building up an arsenal of instruments for the children the IP Rondalla has flourished as a truly Filipino American expression, incorporating into its repertoire aspects of traditional and contemporary music from the Philippines and the United States.also in photo are Violaere Rodriguez Bailey, Education secretary Bro. Armin Luistro and IP Rondalla founder Cristina Castro (MNS photo)

MANILA, July 4 (Mabuhay) – Malacañang said on Thursday that it was closely monitoring the events unfolding in Egypt as it underscored the importance of ensuring the safety of overseas Filipino workers in the Middle Eastern country. Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing in Malacanang that the Department of Foreign Affairs is reminding all OFWs in Egypt to take every precaution necessary and to remain out of harm’s way. “Ang concern po natin at ang priority po ng ating pamahalaan ay ang kapakanan po ng ating mga Pilipino doon (in Egypt). Sinabi na po ng ating DFA na nire-request ang ating mga Pilipino doon na mag-ingat at saka huwag lumapit doon sa mga areas See SAFETY OFW, page 12

Erap’s mission: 100 days to ‘clean up’ Manila MANILA, July 3 (Mabuhay) – Former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has a tall order for his subordinates in getting rid of the city’s perennial problems of criminality and

poverty. Estrada said he has given the city’s new chief of police, Supt. Isagani Genabe Jr., 100 days to eliminate all criminals in the city. “Eh talagang ang bilin ko

“Wala pong pulitika sa usaping ito. Huwag po kayong mag-alala, basta’t ginagawa ninyo ang tama para sa Maynila, mananatili kayo sa inyong puwesto.” – Former President Joseph Estrada, addressing Manila City Hall employees and the general public who attended his very first flag raising ceremony as the city’s new mayor. (From the Facebook Page of Mayor Joseph Estrada)

sa pulis, sa bagong chief of police, sabi ko within 100 days, kailangan ubos ang kriminal sa Maynila. Kapag hindi, kailangan mag-resign kayo,” Estrada said. Likewise, Estrada said he wants to fix Manila’s traffic and garbage problem in his first 100 days as mayor. “Nung first day [in office] ako mismo ang nagwalis, kasama ko si Vice Mayor [Isko Moreno]. Talagang iyan ang aking programa dito, na sa 100 days, [magkakaroon ng] peace and order,” he said. Estrada won in the recent elections against Alfredo Lim under the platform of reviving the city’s glory. The newly installed mayor said the city’s peace and order situation has prompted businesses to leave the city and turned away potential investors. See ERAP’S MISSION, page 12

Norwalk residents watch in awe a fireworks display over the city on the eve of the Fourth of July as the whole nation celebrated its Independence Day on Thursday.

DFA chief invites China counterpart to PHL MANILA, July 4 (Mabuhay) – Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario is inviting his counterpart in China to visit the Philippines for a “full constructive discussion on all issues” concerning China and the Philippines. “I indicated that it is time to do this because I have been in Beijing three times since I became

a foreign minister but there has been no visit from the Chinese foreign minister,” Del Rosario told the media this afternoon. The invitation was extended after a supposedly heated exchange between Del Rosario and Chinese minister Wang Yi during the ASEAN forum held in Brunei. See DFA INVITES, page 12

BRP Alcaraz to arrive in PHL on Aug. 3 – DFA MANILA, July 4 (Mabuhay) – The BRP Alcaraz, the Philippine Navy’s newest warship, is due to arrive in the Philippines on August 3, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. In an article posted on its website July 3, the DFA mentioned the expected arrival date after the BRP Alcaraz reached San Diego last June 29. “BRP Alcaraz is expected to arrive in the Philippines on August 3, 2013,” it said.

Last June 29, the BRP Alcaraz arrived at the 52nd US Naval Base in San Diego, California, while en route to the Philippines. Its crew received a warm welcome from Philippine Consul General to Los Angeles Maria Hellen de la Vega and the Filipino community, the same article said. De la Vega said the BRP Alcaraz is “a fitting acquisition for the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ modernization program.” See BRP ALCARAZ, page 12

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DOJ studying whether to make backhoe operator as state witness MANILA, July 3 (Mabuhay) – The Dept. of Justice is still studying the surfacing and showing of the video of the latest witness who was the backhoe operator in the Maguindanao massacre. The operator was among those who buried the 58 victims, including 15 women and 32 media practitioners, of the massacre in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao on Nov. 23, 2009. Bong Andal earlier revealed he drove the backhoe, but he almost could not take it to bury the victims. However, he said, because of the influence of the Ampatuan family who were behind the massacre, he was forced to follow it. Likewise, Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima still has no direct answer whether the DOJ and the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 will grant the request of Andal to make him a state witness. Andal also sought to be placed under the government protection because of the threats to his life. In the latest video of Andal, he disclosed his participation in the crime and he pointed to the main accused in the crime as behind the massacre of the victims. Meanwhile, the defense panel said the backhoe operator was only asking for attention. (MNS)

Roxas vows ‘thorough and conclusive’ probe on Serendra blast MANILA, July 4 (Mabuhay) – Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas has promised a “thorough and conclusive” investigation – with the help of foreign experts – on the deadly May 31 Serendra blast that claimed its fourth fatality Thursday morning. Angelito San Juan, occupant of the condominium unit where the explosion occurred, perished Thursday morning at the hospital without giving a statement that could have helped investigators get a clear picture on the incident. “Our sympathies go to the family and loved ones of Angelito San Juan for their grievous loss,” Roxas said in a statement as he appealed for calm amid the ongoing probe. “Dapat siguro magpakahinahon tayo dahil hayag po at transparent ang ginagawa ng gobyerno dito,” he added. Roxas said foreign experts have already been tapped to help in the investigation. “Kumuha pa tayo ng foreign experts dahil kulang tayo sa karanasan at kaalaman sa pag-imbestiga ng pangyayaring ito,” he said. Prior to San Juan, three workers from an appliance distributor firm were killed when their vehicle was crushed by a concrete slab that fell from the condominium unit following the explosion. Initial investigation said the blast was caused by a leak from condominium unit’s centralized LPG system, although Roxas said there are still many questions that need answers. “Malinaw na gas explosion. Ang tanong, saan ba pumalpak ang sistema? Mali ba ang design? Yung mga sensor at saka yung mga automatic na shutoff ay pumalya ba? Yung installation sa unit ginalaw ba o hindi? Hindi natin masabi kaya kumuha tayo ng expert,” he said. Meanwhile, Serendra Inc. said it is “saddened” by San Juan’s death. “We are saddened by the demise of Mr. Angelito San Juan and we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to his family,” Jorge Marco, Serendra Inc.’s official spokesperson, said. (MNS)

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vehicles from South Korea worth P3 million on May 10 at the Port of Davao without the required import permit. Found inside the 40-foot container van consigned to Philippine Genesis were used Daewoo Rezzo, Kia Carens and a Hyundai Sonata. Biazon added Luterio and Jamito were charged for attempting to slip into the country two units of used right-hand drive Mitsubishi Fuso Canter trucks worth P1.5 million from Japan on April 5 at the Manila International Container Port. “The Supreme Court has already ruled on the validity of Executive Order No. 156. Hence the importation of used vehicles without the required permits from concerned government agencies is illegal, and the BOC will strictly enforce this law,� Biazon said. “The essence of R.A. 8506 is to keep our roads safe by not allowing right-hand drive vehicles to ply our streets. The BOC will therefore never allow the people’s interest and safety to be compromised on this regard,� he added. (MNS)

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complained that they had white patches on their skin after using the products, and we suspect a link between the condition and 4HPB,” a spokeswoman said. A company spokesman later told AFP there had been 39 complaints from customers in Japan. Of those, 15 had shown no improvement in their conditions even after they stopped using the products, he said. The company has shipped a total of 4.36 million products in Japan and is recalling

450,000 that have already been sold to consumers, as well as all inventory from the domestic market. It will also recall products on sale abroad. A total of 370,000 items have been sent to overseas markets but at present it plans only to recall items that are on sale. The recall affects Japan and 10 Asian territories: Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines and

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Erap camp asks SC for more time in commenting on disqualification case MANILA, July 5 (Mabuhay) – The camp of former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has asked the Supreme Court for more time to respond to a disqualification case filed against the former Philippine leader last May. In their motion, Estrada’s lawyer George Erwin Garcia told the high court he was handling too many cases and would like to seek a 30-day extension or until August 6 to file a comment on the petition filed by lawyer Alicia Risos-Vidal. “The indulgence of this Honorable Court is sought on the matter considering that numerous pleadings that require immediate preparations and submissions as well as appearances in the many active cases of equal importance are being handled by undersigned counsel,” read the motion. The high court earlier required Estrada and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to comment on Vidal’s petition within 10 days from receipt of the notice. Vidal, a known lawyer of former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, filed the case with the SC after the Comelec dismissed with final-

ity her disqualification complaint against the former president. In her petition, Vidal stressed that Estrada’s conviction for plunder and his being sentenced to life imprisonment had rendered him disqualified to run for public office. She also said the executive pardon granted to Estrada by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo specifically did not restore his right to run for public office. The Comelec, last April 1, denied Vidal’s petition, saying it was “glaringly similar or intertwined” with the disqualification case filed against Estrada in 2010 when he ran for president. Vidal moved for the reconsideration of the ruling, but the poll body denied her request on April 23. Lim himself had earlier filed a petition for intervention, which would allow the former mayor to formally participate in the pending disqualification case against Estrada. The high court granted Lim’s request and consolidated it with the earlier petition

filed by Vidal. The high court had likewise asked Estrada to file a separate comment on Lim’s motion for intervention. Estrada defeated Lim in the May 13 elections and was proclaimed mayor-elect on May 14 after the Comelec lowered the threshold of votes needed to proclaim a winner. The victory marked the return to office of one of the country’s most popular politicians. Estrada was convicted of plunder in September 2007 and sentenced to life in

prison, but was pardoned by then-President Arroyo a month later. He placed second to President Benigno Aquino III in the 2010 presidential race. (MNS)

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DOLE wants Kasambahay Law amended MANILA, July 3 (Mabuhay) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) wants amendments introduced to the Kasambahay Law, which has not seen smooth sailing in terms of implementation. Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the department has received many complaints from employers who are now mandated to pay even the “back contributions� for the social security contributions of their kasambahay. She said the amendment should repeal a provision in the Social Security

Service Law that makes back payments mandatory. She said the huge fees required under the Kasambahay Law discourage many employers from complying with the ongoing registration for their helpers. She said she wants to bring this to the law’s proponent, Senator Jinggoy Estrada. “Ang iniisip natin sa application [ng law] prospective ang registration, hindi retroactive. Pero sa SSS Law... parang may gap dun sa batas na kelangan maremedyohan.� (MNS)

Tagle urges Congress: Pull the plug on SK MANILA, July 4 (Mabuhay) – An official of the Commission on Elections is urging Congress to pass a bill that will abolish the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK). Commissioner Lucenito Tagle said the SK is no longer serving its purpose of coming up with policies for the youth. He said the SK has become a breeding ground for corruption and vote-buying activities. He also said SK elections are being used to set up political dynasties, a position first echoed by the head of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting. “Nung nakaraang SK elections mga protestang nire-resolve namin eh tungkol sa vote buying daw ng mga kabataan. Irerekomenda namin na tanggalin na yan yung barangay na lang i-retain natin. Itong SK wala namang magandang kinakalabasan eh,� he said. “May mga congressman na pumapayag. Sa tingin namin may hindi umaayon kaya

hati sila. Sana nga ho ay mapag-usapan nilang masinsinan yan dahil wala namang natutulong sa kabataan natin eh,� he added. PPCRV chief Henrietta de Villa earlier warned the Sangguniang Kabataan is now being used as an “entry point� for political dynasties. She lamented that the country’s supposed future leaders are already being exposed to “anomalous ways.� “This is what political dynasties do now. They introduce their children in the SK and use it as basis in going after higher positions when they are of age,� De Villa said. “That is not supposed to be. SK should be a practicing ground for authentic political leaders to emerge,� she said. For his part, Sen. Bam Aquino said the SK should undergo reforms but not abolished. “Para sa akin, isang major overhaul ang kinakailangan,� he told reporters. “Sana lang huwag mawala ‘yong representation.� (MNS)

Two ex-senators to lead arguments vs RH Law at SC MANILA, July 5 (Mabuhay) – Two former senators would be among the people facing the high court’s 15 magistrates next week to argue against Republic Act 10354 or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012. In an amended advisory signed by SC Clerk of Court Enriqueta Vidal, the high court said former Senators Aquilino Pimentel Jr and Francisco Tatad would be among those who would tackle the issues concerning the constitutionality of the controversial law on July 9. Tatad, who served as senator from 1992 to 2001 under two presidents, was tasked to give an opening statement. He would be given five minutes to speak. Pimentel, a former Senate President and acknowledged as the Father of the Local Government Code, has agreed to present arguments to prove that the law violates the “Autonomy of Local Governments� and the “Equal Protection Clause� under Section 1 of Article III of the 1987 Philippine Constitution. On the issue of LGUs’ autonomy, Pimentel’s arguments will assail portions of the law that tasks the LGUs to hire nurses, midwives, and other skilled health workers; train village health workers in promoting reproductive health; remove barriers to reproductive health services for persons with disabilities; and lead a nationwide multimedia-campaign to raise awareness on reproductive health. On the issue of the equal protection of the law, Pimentel is expected to contest the portions of the law that limits pro bono services to indigent women to reproductive health care providers only; and prioritizes the poor in the provisions of reproductive health care, information and supplies. Another lawyer arguing against the law is Maria Concepcion Noche, who will try to convince the magistrates that the law violates the constitutional right to life and right to health. She will also discuss whether or not the high court may exercise its judicial review powers despite the alleged lack of an “actual case of controversy.� Lawyer Luisito Liban, on the other hand, will tackle how the law allegedly violates the right to religion, right to free speech, academic freedom, and “proscription on involuntary servitude.� Lastly, lawyer Luis Gana will tackle how the law violates the “Organic Act of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.� Gana represents the two petitioners from Mindanao who oppose the implementation of the RH Law in the ARMM. The petitions of the two were the latest additions to the list of petitions seeking to strike down the law. There are currently 15 petitions against it. After all counsels for the petitioners shall have spoken, the respondents would be allowed to argue on why the law is constitutional.


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Immigration Bill will keeps millions at high risk of deportation and exploitation NAFCON National Alliance for Filipino Concerns welcomes progress but urges critical awareness and action to make improvements for our community Just last week, the U.S. Senate approved S.744, a comprehensive immigration reform bill that proposes a 13-year pathway to citizenship for the over 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country which includes over 1 million Filipinos. The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) welcomes the step toward addressing an unjust immigration system and encourages a good bill but is critical of the proposal’s unrealistic timeline and array of eligibility restrictions that ultimately can exclude a majority of the 11 million. A recent study produced by the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CHRCL) in Los Angeles predicts that only 3 to 4 million would gain permanent legal status, primarily through the DREAM Act and the Ag-Jobs portions of the bill. The remaining 7 million plus would be phased out of eligibility due to various requirements including all undocumented having to wait for those who applied legally to be processed first and with no definite timeline. Other stipulations include maintaining income above poverty levels, paying all back taxes and fees totaling several thousands, not being unemployed for more than 60 days, as well as many others. “The Senate intends to create a 13-year pathway to citizenship, but in application the bill creates a long and arduous obstacle course that would be impossible for most of our undocumented community to complete. The people in the United States and throughout the world want to fix the problem, but instead this Senate bill makes it worse because it invests billions of dollars in increased enforcement, detentions, and deportations,” said Terrence Valen, NAFCON President. Valen is referring to the enforcement portions of the bill that were inserted to entice support from conservatives which include components such as “E-Verify”, a national biometric ID system that all employers and employees would be required to enroll in prior to filling jobs. While the aim is to create a fool-proof system that prevents undocumented immigrants from finding employment in the United States, E-Verify has proven to be inaccurate and has also been used to target immigrant workers speaking up for their rights in the workplace. Other enforcement components include the continuation of “Secure Communities”, a controversial program requiring local police to assist in detaining suspected undocumented immigrants until ICE can pick them up. “If this current bill becomes law, the millions who will not complete the legalization process will be pushed further into the shadows. It will be harder for them to find a way to survive, which will make them more desperate and more susceptible to exploitation. On the other hand, there will be stronger enforcement which will force many more into the inhumane practice of detention and deportation,” commented Valen. NAFCON welcomes the portions of the bill that allow the few million undocumented immigrants to avail of a path to citizenship but is also very critical of its effects on the remaining majority. The alliance reiterates its call for Genuine Comprehensive Immigration Reform that reflects the principle that all immigrants, regardless of status,

deserve dignity and justice. NAFCON’s articulation of genuine reform is available on its document, “Principles and Demands on Genuine Comprehensive Immigration Reform.” “At the end of the day, it should not be a crime to try to support yourself and your family. Unfortunately this bill still treats immigrants as criminals for doing just that, and that is wrong. This is opposite to the American values of equality and liberty for all. Our goal is to strive for a genuine comprehensive immigration reform bill that does not exacerbate the challenges and barriers immigrant workers and their families already face so the President can sign into law something that improves the immigration system for this country and its communities,” said Valen. NAFCON is currently engaged in the Dignity and Justice for Im/migrants campaign which seeks to educate and organize the community to defend and advance the rights and welfare of Filipinos in the U.S. and around the world, especially the over 1 million undocumented immigrants. NAFCON urges the community to stand up and actively participate in shaping the future by joining in dialogue, actions and mobilizations as well as collaborating with other community groups to have a greater impact that pushes legislators and the president to pass a dignified and just genuine comprehensive immigration reform law.

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As Congress lets student loan rates double, Gov. Brown signs bill slash college fees by 40% LOS ANGELES – On the same day student loan interest rates have doubled due to Congress’s failure to act, California is leading the way on college affordability as Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr. today signed the Middle Class Scholarship, landmark legislation by Speaker John A. Pérez that will dramatically cut college fees in California. “While today’s deadline for Congress to pass legislation preventing federal student loan rates from doubling has passed, they still have the ability to take action so they don’t compound the already harmful situation where student loan debt now exceeds credit card debt in our country.” Pérez said. “They should follow California’s lead and take that action to help keep college affordable.” In June, Speaker Pérez authored Assembly Joint Resolution 20, calling on Congress to prevent the student loan interest rates from doubling. It passed with overwhelming bipartisan support from the Assembly and state Senate.

The Middle Class Scholarship will cut tuition at UC and CSUs by 40 percent for California families making under $100,000 a year and 10 percent for families making under $150,000. California universities have seen historically high fee hikes over the past 10 years with tuition rates increasing by over 190 percent at UCs and by about 145 percent at CSUs. Students at UCs and CSUs currently pay an annual tuition of $12,192 and $5,472 respectively. This legislation will dramatically lower the college fees to $7,315 at UCs and $3,283 at CSUs beginning in the 2014-15 school year for families making under $100,000 a year. The state will increase spending on the Middle Class Scholarship each year until it is fully implemented in 2017-18, and it will be paid for through General Fund revenues.

California resumes gay weddings after ban lifted BY JOSH EDELSON

SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, 2013 (AFP) – A lesbian couple who spearheaded a fight for same-sex marriage in California have become the first to tie the knot hours after a ban was lifted, following a landmark US Supreme Court ruling. Cheers erupted at San Francisco City Hall Friday after Kristin Perry and Sandy Stier exchanged vows, in a ceremony conducted by California Attorney General Kamala Harris. “I now declare you spouses for life,” said Harris, after the couple exchanged rings and vows in front of a hastily-assembled gathering. “I could not be more honored to stand here today.” “We have waited a long, long time for this day,” said Stier after the ceremony, the first gay wedding since a brief period in 2008 when California allowed same-sex marriage but then banned it under a close-run referendum. The ceremony came only an hour or two after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco lifted the ban on same-sex marriages, imposed under the so-called Prop 8 ballot measure, with immediate effect. Many observers thought it could be several weeks before marriages would resume in the famously liberal western US state, but the appeals court announced the ban was lifted in a brief ruling posted online. “The stay in the above matter is dissolved effective immediately,” the ruling read, prompting an explosion of online celebration, and hasty wedding ceremony preparations.


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U.S. jobs growth surges WASHINGTON, July 5, 2013 (AFP) – The United States added a robust 195,000 jobs in June, and job growth in prior months was revised higher, the Labor Department reported Friday. The June employment gain was well above the analyst consensus estimate of 166,000 jobs, and marked a steady pickup in job creation in the economy. In a further encouraging sign, the Labor Department revised April and May jobs numbers higher, saying the combined gains in those months were 70,000 higher than previously estimated. Overall the first six months of 2013 averaged 201,000 net new positions per month, compared with 185,000 in the year-ago period. Meanwhile the unemployment rate held steady as expected in June at 7.6 percent, as the number of people in the work force continued to rise, the department said. The better-than-expected June jobs report raised hopes for a stronger economy and expectations that the Federal Reserve will begin to reduce its massive quantitative easing (QE) stimulus program soon. In mid-May Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the bank could start to taper the $85 billion a month asset purchases if the economy continued to improve. “Given Bernanke’s penchant to judge job growth from the 6-month average, he is likely to see this report as evidence of economic strength, both a vindication of QE and a reason to start curtailing it,” said Chris Low of FTN Financial. US stocks opened solidly higher after the jobs data was released, with the broadbased S&P 500 index up 0.6 percent in the first 20 minutes of trade.

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DND chief: Chinese surveillance ships leave Panatag Shoal MANILA, July 5 (Mabuhay) – Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Friday confirmed the departure of all Chinese surveillance ships off Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal. He said that this information was based on Filipino aerial patrols conducted last June 27 and 28 and during the first week of July. “As far as we know, there are no more Chinese ships off Panatag,� Gazmin said. He attributes the departure of the Chinese vessels due to the inclement weather. “I guess this is really what they do during inclement weather,� the DND chief added. Gazmin also clarified that until now, no Chinese ships were spotted in the fish rich area which lies 124 nautical miles off Zambales, well within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone. The DND chief declined to comment on whether there are Filipino efforts to ensure that Chinese will be prevented from coming. “I cannot discuss that with you,� Gazmin emphasized. The DND chief refused to comment on whether the recently-concluded ASEAN Summit has something to do with the departure of the Chinese ships. Chinese surveillance vessels have been regularly patrolling Panatag Shoal ever since the maritime stand-off between China and the Philippines in April last year. This aggressive behavior by the Chinese has forced the country to file one diplomatic protest after another at the United Nations in a bid to stop China from encroaching on Philippine territory. (MNS)


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Air Force vows to protect country’s borders CLARK AIR BASE, July 1 (Mabuhay) – The Philippine Air Force showcased its skills during its 66th anniversary program with its aircraft staging a high-speed opener pass and a fly-by. Air Force commanding general Lt. Gen. Lauro Catalino Dela Cruz renewed the PAF’s mandate to assist in humanitarian and disaster response and protecting the country’s borders. “Kami po ay di matitinag sa aming patuloy na pagmamatyag para masiguro na ang mga likas na yaman at pag-aari ng ating bansa ay mapangalagaan at maipagtanggol kung kinakailangan. At sa pagdating ng ating mga bagong kagamitan ay lalo naming matagumpay na magagawa ang pagmamatyag na ito,” dela Cruz said in his speech. Dela Cruz also took pride in the PAF’s ability to rehabilitate and put back into commission seven of its aircrafts, including one C-130 Hercules, two N-22 Nomads, one F-27 Fokker, one Cessna 210, one attack helicopter, and one UH-1H. President Aquino praised the PAF for this initiative, reiterating his administration’s commitment to modernize the military. “Mantakin po niyo: sa unang 19 na buwan ng ating termino, halos pantayan ng mahigit 28 bilyong pisong inilaan natin para sa AFP Modernization Program, ang 33 bilyong pisong pondo ng programa sa nakalipas na tatlong administrasyon. At dahil sa pagsasabatas ng New AFP Modernization Act, 75 bilyong pisong pondo ang mailalaan natin sa Tanggulang Pambansa sa susunod na limang taon,” Aquino said. “Asahan po ninyo bago tayo bumaba sa pwesto, tumatanod na sa ating himpapawid ang mga makabago’t modernong kagamitan gaya ng lead-in fighters, long-range patrol aircraft, close air support aircraft, light-lift fixed-wing aircraft, medium-lift aircraft, attack helicopters, combat utility helicopters, air defense radars, at flight simulators.” Aquino said that the current face of the Air Force is a far cry from the past, adding

Aquino cites Gazmin for modernizing Philippine Air Force CLARK AIR BASE, Pampanga, July 1 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III cited Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin for being instrumental in modernizing the Philippine Air Force to be at par with world standards. The President made his citation of Gazmin during his speech keynoting the 66th Founding Anniversary of the PAF here on Monday. “Ngayong umaga, sa pagdiriwang natin ng ika-animnapu’t anim na anibersaryo ng Hukbong Himpapawid ng Pilipinas, bagong mukha ng gobyerno, at bagong dangal ng kasundaluhan ang humaharap sa mundo. Sa loob lamang ng tatlong taon, pinatunayan natin na ang Philippine Air Force ay muling bumabagwis tungo sa makabagong lakas, at matatag na bukas,” the Ptesident said. “Nagpapasalamat tayo sa dedikasyon at inisyatiba ni Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin upang itaas ang kakayahan at ang kalidad ng kagamitan ng ating buong kasundaluhan, gayundin sa mahusay at tapat na pamumuno ni Lieutenant General Lauro Catalino Dela Cruz sa inyong hukbo. Kitangkita naman sa inyong aktibong pagtatanod kung paano ninyo pinagsisilbihan ang mga Pilipino,” he added. He vowed that before he stepped down in 2016, the entire Armed Forces of the Philippines would have benefitted from the AFP Modernization Act. “Mulat po tayo sa mga kasalukuyang limitasyon ng ating sandatahan, kaya naman nagpapasalamat tayo sa inisyatiba ng Air Force na kumpunihin upang muling mapakinabangan ang ilang eroplano’t sasakyan, gaya ng labimpitong M-35 trucks, isang N-22 Nomad transport aircraft, isang UH-1H Utility Helicopter, isang LC-210 aircraft at MG520 attack helicopter,” the President said. “At dahil sa pagsasabatas ng New AFP Modernization Act, pitumpu’t limang bilyong pisong pondo ang mailalaan natin sa Tanggulang Pambansa sa susunod na limang taon. Asahan po ninyong bago tayo bumaba sa pwesto, tumatanod na sa ating himpapawid ang mga makabago’t modernong kagamitan gaya ng lead-in fighters, long-range patrol aircraft, close air support aircraft, light-lift fixed-wing aircraft, medium-lift aircraft, attack helicopters, combat utility helicopters, air defense radars, at flight simulators,” he said.

that it can be relied on to defend the country. “Wala pong duda: unti-unti na tayong pumapasok sa panibagong yugto sa kasaysayan ng Philippine Air Force. Ang dating pambabalewala sa inyong kapakanan, pinapalitan natin ngayon ng pagtugon sa inyong pangangailangan—mula man sa mga modernong eroplano, hanggang sa mga benepisyo’t maayos na pabahay. Ngayong pinapalakas natin ang kakayahan ng ating Hukbong Himpapawid, walang ibang inaasahan ang taumbayan kundi ang buong katapatan ninyong gampanan ang inyong tungkulin. Sa susunod na lumipad kayo, tanawin ninyo ang libu-libong islang bumubuo sa ating bansa. Isipin ninyo kung ilang Pilipino ang nakatingala, pinagmamasdan ang pagbagwis ninyo sa langit, at buong-pagmamalaki nilang nasasambit na ‘Salamat at nariyan ang Philippine Air Force. Walang maaaring sumindak o manggipit sa akin. Ligtas ako.’” (MNS)

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Reports say that the exchange happened during a closed door meeting when Del Rosario walked in on Yi as the Chinese was complaining in his speech that the Philippines’ action has caused tensions over at the West Philippine Sea. “I will not deny what has been reported but there is no need to add to it,” Del Rosario said. The secretary said that China has agreed to hosting several talks with ASEAN foreign ministers in August and September about the Code of Conduct of parties in disputed waters in the region.(MNS)

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Congress to strictly implement firearms ban MANILA, July 1 (Mabuhay) – The House of Representatives will be stricter in implementing the gun ban in the Batasan Pambansa premises after the botched suicide of former Cagayan 1st District Rep. Jose Benjamin Benaldo, Speaker Sonny Belmonte said Monday. “Center point noon bakit nakapagdala siya ng baril sa loob. Definitely bawal magdala baril doon including congressmen. We will be more strict on that,� he said. Belmonte said Benaldo may face administrative charges for violating the gun ban at the Batasan.

However, he will leave it to the police to file other appropriate charges. Benaldo’s term expired Sunday and he lost his reelection bid against the Liberal Party’s Rolando Uy. “As far as I’m concerned, pinaubaya ko sa pulis. We should treat everybody the same, whether they are congressmen, kailangan pareho pagtrato ng batas. I don’t know administratively. I guess dahil bawal magdala because of this malalaman ng mga tao di loko-lokohan rule na yun. Serious

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U.S. trains Filipino troops on how to use drones amid China fears CAVITE CITY, June 28, 2013 (AFP) – U.S. troops trained their Philippine counterparts how to use surveillance drones Friday, as Manila seeks to boost military ties with Washington and counter what it perceives as a rising security threat from China. The naval exercises are part of annual training operations between the two defense partners, but they have come under closer scrutiny this year due to simmering tensions between Manila and Beijing over rival claims to the South China Sea. At a naval base around 13 kilometers (eight miles) southwest of the capital Manila, US Navy SEALs trained Filipino soldiers how to use small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones, launching one from a boat out at sea after which it circled the base and landed in the water. US maritime civil affairs officer Jeremy Eden said these were the smaller “Puma� drones used only for surveillance and not the more lethal, armed versions employed in Afghanistan. “They (the Filipinos) are very interested and highly motivated to learn and if they

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Advocates file formal petition asking Congress to enact Freedom of Information bill MANILA, July 1 (Mabuhay) – After failing to pass in the last four congresses, advocates of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill took the route of reviving it in the 16th Congress by filing a “people’s versionâ€? of the measure. The Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition on Monday filed the People’s FOI, which stresses on the policy of full disclosure of government transactions involving public interest. The proposed measure was filed through the constitutional provision known as direct initiative, which allows citizens to formally ask Congress through a petition to enact laws. “We integrated further refinement done by the technical working group led by then Representative Erin TaĂąada as well as refinements made by the Senate when the bill wen under further interpellation,â€? lawyer Nepo Malaluan, one of the convenors of the coalition, said in a phone interview. He said the proposed bill maintained the absence of the right of reply provision being sought by some lawmakers in the last congress. But it said it did not touch on the “contentious issuesâ€? already earlier resolved with Malacanang, such as the exceptions to information concerning national security and executive privilege. Malaluan said they also removed in their proposed bill the Malacanang proposal to make automatic the publication of the Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net worth (SALN) of public officials, adding they are aware that many lawmakers do not want it. The initiative bill was filed at around 9:35 a.m. Monday at the office of secretary general of the House of Representatives. Malaluan said the bill was received but did not have a docket number yet. “We were told they would wait for the rules committee to decide how it will be docketed,â€? he said. “As stated in the Constitution, we hope it will be given precedence over other pending legislative measures,â€? Malaluan added. The initiative “clarifies the scope of accessible information by defining clearly the list of allowable exceptions, thereby removing the wide discretion in withholding or granting access; provide a uniform and speedy procedure for people’s access to information, thereby closing the loophole that allows administrative avoidance of access; enumerates specific acts violative of the right to information that constitute administrative or criminal offenses; and, introduces mechanisms to facilitate better citizen access to information, such as providing standards for record keeping and mandating the pro-active disclosure of classes of information imbued with high public interest.â€? (MNS)

we will be bullied by bigger powers and that is what is happening now: there is China, sitting on our territory,� Gazmin said. “What are we going to do? Wait till they get into our garage?� On Thursday he said the Philippines wanted to give the United States and also Japan greater access to its military bases. President Benigno Aquino’s spokeswoman Abigail Valte said separately that any increased US presence would comply with the Philippine constitution. She also said China should not object. “Whatever we do within our territory... is perfectly within our rights.� China claims nearly all of the strategically vital South China Sea, even waters close to the shores of its smaller neighbors. Tensions between Beijing and other claimants to the sea, particularly the Philippines and Vietnam, have escalated in recent years amid a series of Chinese political and military actions to assert its claims to the waters.

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Palace: No discussions on ‘Filipinas’ yet MANILA, July 5 (Mabuhay) – Top government officials have yet to discuss the proposed renaming of the country from Pilipinas to Filipinas despite the noise it has generated on social media, a Malacañang official said Friday. “Wala pa kaming discussion on that, hindi pa naming napag-uusapan ‘yung isyung ‘yan on the Pilipinas to Filipinas. We have not discussed it yet,” said presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda at a briefing. Many Filipinos both online and offline have reacted negatively to the proposal of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), which, in an April resolution, moved for the use Filipinas instead of Pilipinas, saying the new term recognizes the country’s history and development as a nation. But Lacierda was quick to appease the detractors, noting that the KWF has issued the recommendations based on sound reasoning. “May reasons nilabas ang Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (pero) hindi pa namin napag-uusapan ‘yung kanilang (suggestions). Napanood ko na na-interview si Ginoong (Virgilio) Almario. But, in terms of kung merong official discussion pa, wala pa ho kaming napag-uusapan tungkol diyan,” Lacierda said, referring to the KWF president.

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Almario, a National Artist and a leading advocate of the change, has urged the country to also lose the name Philippines, something he calls a vestige of American colonialism. Lacierda said the KWF is mandated to study such changes. “We understand kasi ang Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino, ‘yun po ang mandato nila. So siyempre, they are just performing their mandate. Ito po ang kanilang recommendation but, as to official position taken by the Palace, we have not discussed it yet,” he said. (MNS)

Gov’t to continue pursuing Marcoses ill-gotten wealth, Palace says MANILA, July 5 (Mabuhay) – Malacañang said on Friday that the Philippine government has not wavered in going after the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses and the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) will continue to do its mandate. There were reported new developments in the pursuit of Marcos wealth in Australia following a report by an Australian newspaper about a former model in the 70s who became a sole beneficiary of Marcos’s secret accounts. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the PCGG has not stopped its recovery work, adhering to its mandate to recover the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses. Although the PCGG does not receive much media attention sometimes, it does not necessarily mean that there’s a lull in its works, Lacierda said. “What they would like to emphasize is that the recovery work continues,” he said. There is also no update on the planned abolition of the commission, he said. But regardless of whatever plans the government has in mind for the PCGG, its work must continue, he said. Two years ago, the PCGG said it would look into the reported ill-gotten wealth of the late president in Australia believed to be under the name of a former swimsuit model. The former president reportedly had an affair with a certain Evelin Hegyesi, a swimsuit model in her younger days in the 70s. Hegyesi, who is now more than 40 years old is said to have borne Marcos a child. Marcos, who ruled the Philippines for more than 20 years with an iron fist, was known to have affairs with actresses and fashion models. The late president Corazon Aquino, the President’s mother, established the PCGG immediately after she assumed the presidency following the ouster of Marcos through People Power in 1986. The commission’s mandate is to recover the dictator’s alleged ill-gotten wealth estimated to reach some $10 billion. (MNS)

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Should interns work for free? (Unpaid Internships May Be Illegal) Eric Glatt and PROTECTING Alexander Footman EMPLOYEE & worked as unpaid proCONSUMER RIGHTS duction interns on the film Black Swan. In September 2011 they sued their employer, Fox Searchlight, to recover wages. An internship may be an essential part of an established educational curriculum to BY C. JOE SAYAS, JR. provide training for licensure or professional certification. It is historically exempt from wage and hour laws. However, workplace experts claim that many employers are violating the law by using unpaid interns for free labor without providing the interns a true educational experience. The Black Swan interns reportedly performed tasks usually undertaken by paid employees, such as taking lunch orders, answering phones, arranging other

employees’ travel plans, tracking purchase orders, taking out the trash and assembling office furniture. Ruling in favor of the interns, the federal court in New York said unpaid internships should be allowed only in very limited circumstances and that the rules laid out by the Department of Labor on internships should be followed. Those rules state that: Unpaid internships should not be to the immediate advantage of the employer. The internship work must be similar to vocational training given in an educational environment and the experience must be for the benefit of the intern. The intern’s work must not displace regular employees. The court found that Fox’s internship program benefited the company more than it benefited the interns. Fox received the benefits of the interns’ work for free. Additionally, the Fox internship did not involve any formal training program. Even though the interns received college credit, the benefits from the internship, such as resume listings, job references, and an understanding of how a production office works, were neither academic nor vocational in nature. Rather, these benefits were derived as a matter of working like any other employee.

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Supreme Court blocks general’s graft plea bargain MANILA, July 3, 2013 (AFP) – The Philippine Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked efforts by a senior general facing massive graft charges to enter a plea bargain which would have let him post bail and walk free in a few years, keeping much of the money. The court issued an order which temporarily blocks a special anti-graft court from going ahead with the plea bargain deal involving former military comptroller Major General Carlos Garcia. This will give the Supreme Court time to consider a government petition which asks it to intervene in Garcia’s case and possibly to stop the plea bargain, said court spokesman Theodore Te. The government, which wants tougher punishment for the general as part of a crackdown on official corruption, welcomed the top court’s action.

“The issuance of a temporary restraining order against the questioned plea bargain is a welcome development given the position taken by the Philippine government,� said President Benigno Aquino’s spokeswoman Abigail Valte in a statement. Garcia is accused of using his post as the military’s top finance official to steal as much as 303 million pesos ($6.99 million), allowing his family to amass a real estate fortune in the United States and the Philippines. The case came to light in 2003 when US customs officials seized 100,000 dollars in undeclared cash from his two sons at San Francisco airport after a commercial flight from the Philippines. However in a controversial development, a special anti-graft court ruled in May 2011 that Garcia could plead guilty to lesser charges and avoid serious punishment if



   

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MANILA, July 4 (Mabuhay) – After a Filipina drug courier was executed in China on Wednesday, Vice President Jejomar Binay said the Philippine government must intensify efforts to hunt down foreign drug rings and prevent them from exploiting Filipinos as drug couriers. In a post on his Facebook account, Binay, the presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers concerns, said the Philippine government should focus on the process used by the rings in recruiting would-be mules. “Paiigtingin pa yung pagbabantay para ma-prevent natin na makapag-recruit yung mga recruiters,” he said in a post on his Facebook account. Warning to Pinoys Meanwhile, Binay reiterated his warning to Filipinos not to Filipinos risk bringing illegal drugs into foreign countries, saying they are putting their lives at risk. He said modern equipment can now detect now easily detect drugs, and authorities may not necessarily accost a drug mule immediately after detecting drugs. In the case of the executed drug mule, he said Chinese authorities already detected the Filipina was carrying illegal drugs while she was in Hong Kong, but allowed her to enter the mainland so they could also arrest the recipients of the heroin. “Sa lahat ng kababayan natin, uulitin ko, it’s not worth taking the risk ,” he said. Pinay’s execution China on Wednesday executed the 35-year-old Filipina drug courier who was caught carrying at least six kilos of heroin in China in January 2011, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. “It is with profound sadness that we confirm that our fellow Filipino was executed in China this morning,” said Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez, who declined to reveal the identity of the Filipino upon the request of her family. The remains of the Filipina were brought back to the Philippines in the evening of the same day as the execution, according to a report aired over GMA News TV’s “State of the Nation with Jessica Soho”. Hernandez earlier said the Filipina was recruited by an unidentified Nigerian to smuggle in drugs to various countries. Hernandez said the “preponderance of the evidence was so large that the decision was to give her the death penalty sentence.” The DFA spokesman said the Chinese court pointed out that the Filipina, who had been travelling to China as a tourist, had allegedly been “been doing this 18 times since 2008.” She was reportedly paid from $3,000 to $4,000 (roughly P129,000 to P172,000) per trip after successfully smuggling drugs from Dubai to Hong Kong and China. When she was caught in 2011, the Filipina claimed that she did not know there was heroin in the luggage, Hernandez said. “The Philippines respects Chinese law and their verdict of the Supreme People’s Court on the case. The Philippine government itself has a strong anti-illegal drug policy and is closely cooperating with law enforcement agencies in China and in other countries on efforts against drug trafficking,” Hernandez said. (MNS)

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Cha-cha divisive, a waste of money: Tiangco MANILA, July 3 (Mabuhay) – The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) said now is not the time to push for changes to the 1987 Constitution. In a statement, UN secretary general Toby Tiangco said: “Why waste time and resources of the House when we should focus on the priority measures of the Aquino administration which the President will spell out in his SONA?” He said any amendments now would be contentious, divisive and a waste of taxpayers’ money. “I simply don’t understand why every time Congress opens, the ‘Cha-cha Syndrome’ would hug the House leadership. It has now become a cyclical sickness that affects the productivity of the legislature,” he said. Early this week, Rep. Feliciano Belmonte – who

is set to become House Speaker again – said he would be pushing for a charter change via a constitutional assembly. Belmonte justified the move, saying changes should be made to the economic provisions. Tiangco, however, said: “We are all aware that the country needs social and economic reforms. Investments would come in if we are consistent with our policies, we have sound economic fundamentals and an efficient bureaucracy. But at this point, charter change would be counter-productive and divisive, not to mention it’s a waste of the people’s time and money.” President Aquino has repeatedly thumbed down proposals to amend the Charter, saying that economic restrictions are not necessarily a detriment to getting foreign investors.(MNS)

The state of gay unions in the U.S. WASHINGTON, June 22, 2013 (AFP) - Gay marriage is legal in 12 out of 50 US states, as well as in the capital Washington, but the Defense of Marriage Act forbids the federal government from recognising same-sex unions. Here is an overview ahead of an expected Supreme Court ruling on the matter: FEDERAL BAN DOMA defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, granting legal recognition only to heterosexual marriages. US President Barack Obama came out in support of gay marriage on May 9, 2012 -- having previously opposed it – and in January delivered the first-ever inaugural address specifically calling for equal rights for gays and lesbians. Former president Bill Clinton, who signed DOMA into law, called in March for the Supreme Court to overturn it, saying the law was “discriminatory.” STATES WHERE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IS LEGAL The US northeast led the way in legalizing gay marriage at the state level, with Massachusetts doing so in 2004, followed by Connecticut in 2008, Vermont in 2009, New Hampshire in 2010 and New York in 2011. The midwestern state of Iowa legalized gay marriage in April 2009, followed by the District of Columbia, home to the US capital Washington, in December of that year.

Two Native American tribes legalized gay marriage in 2008 and 2011. Maine, Maryland and Washington state approved gay marriage by referendum during last November’s election. Rhode Island legalized gay marriage in May, followed by Delaware and Minnesota. In Delaware, the law takes effect on July 1 and in Minnesota and Rhode Island on August 1. STATES WHERE GAY MARRIAGE IS OUTLAWED Thirty-one states have adopted measures outlawing gay marriage. Thirty of those states have passed amendments to their constitutions defining marriage as between one man and one woman, including North Carolina, which approved its amendment in May 2012. Hawaii banned gay marriage in 1998. In another seven states, same-sex marriage is not possible due to the family code or the absence of authorizing legislation. STATES ALLOWING CIVIL UNIONS Nine states – California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon and Rhode Island – allow civil unions, which entitle gay couples to the same legal rights as married couples. Colorado’s law took effect in May. California’s high court ruled in 2008 that samesex couples have the right to marry under the state’s constitution, but voters approved a referendum outlawing gay marriage six months later.

More than two years of unrest in the Arab world, where Pinoys work CAIRO, July 4, 2013 (AFP) – The Arab world has experienced major upheavals since late 2010, with two presidents fallen in Egypt, Syria mired in civil war and Tunisia and Libya going through difficult transitions: EGYPT Islamist Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected head of state in Egypt, was ousted by the military on Wednesday after a tumultuous single year in office marked by crises and major protests. Thousands of Egyptians had called for him to stand down, in protests which were unprecedented since the 18 days of demonstrations that preceded the February 2011 resignation of Hosni Mubarak. While Mubarak, who had himself come from the military, handed over power to the military of his own accord, in Morsi’s case it was the army which took the initiative and handed interim power to the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court Adly Mansour pending early presidential elections. On Thursday Mansour was sworn in as president, and the main leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood were arrested. TUNISIA Tunisia, which touched off Arab Spring revolutions across the Arab world, is now ruled by an Islamist-dominated coalition. On January 14, 2011, veteran strongman Zine

El Abidine Ben Ali, in power since 1987, fled for Saudi Arabia following a popular uprising prompted by the fatal self-immolation of a young man in dire economic straits. Months afterwards, in October 2011, a National Assembly was elected, dominated by the moderate Islamist party Ennahda. Moncef Marzouki, a fierce opponent of Ben Ali, was elected president by the parliament. But parliament has still failed to adopt a new constitution, because of a lack of consensus among MPs, and the country is regularly shaken by political crisis, social conflict and the expansion of radical Islamist groups. SYRIA President Bashar al-Assad’s regime is battling its own domestic uprising, which began with peaceful protests in March 2011 and became a bitter civil war after a bloody crackdown on dissent. A Syrian watchdog says more than 100,000 people have been killed since the uprising erupted. Over the past few weeks, rebels have lost ground to regime troops which are backed by fighters from the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah. After retaking the key town of Qusayr, regime troops backed by Hezbollah have launched an offensive on the central city of Homs and the army continues to bombard the capital Damascus and its outskirts.


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Your debts and Samson (PART 2) Last week, I said that in the middle of his if you have debt probforehead and the body BANKRUPTCY lems, think of Samson. of a man, bribe DeliWe ended last week lah with 1,000 pieces with Samson having to find out the secret wrecked havoc on the of Samson’s strength. Philistines by killing God gave Samson sua thousand of them pernatural strength prowith the jawbone of a vided both mother and donkey. Samson was son must abstain from a “Nazarite” who had all alcoholic beverBY ATTY. dedicated his life to ages and that no razor LAWRENCE YANG God, my God, the God shall touch the hair of of Moses and Israel, Samson. who asked his only Son, Jesus, to beThe Philistines are becoming despercome man and die on the cross, to re- ate because they cannot capture Samson deem mankind from the consequences because of his superhuman strength. of sin. Jesus willingly agreed to become Imagine trying to capture Superman incarnate through the Blessed Virgin without kryptonite. It’s an imposMary, and die for us so that we may have sible task. Delilah implores Samson eternal life with Him and His Father, to tell her the secret of his strength. because they both love us so despite our Samson teases Delilah by saying that sinful nature. We are so fortunate to have if she tied him with fresh bowstrings, such a Loving God. he would become weak. She ties him Samson then falls in love with Deli- with fresh bowstrings as he sleeps, but lah. He sees Delilah for the first time when he wakes up, he easily snaps the benching 500 lbs at the gym and, it’s bowstrings. Samson teases Delilah by love at first sight. But the Philistines answering that if she tied him with new hate Samson and they want to capture rope, he would become weak. Delilah him. The Philistines who worship the ties him with new rope but again he false god Dagon who is said to have wakes up and easily snaps the rope. On the head of a bull with a single horn the third night, Samson tells Delilah

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Erap eyes raising property taxes in Manila Aside from increasing property taxes, the new mayor is also planning to relocate oil depots that have long been fixtures in Manila. Estrada believes Manila should not be vulnerable to the dangers posed by oil depots especially since the city hosts the presidential palace. Meanwhile, Estrada said he plans to put up a night market in the streets of Manila where sidewalk vendors currently proliferate. He said the night market will remove the need for vendors to pay grease money to policemen.(MNS)

Sereno has net worth of P18.1-M in 2012 MANILA, July 5 (Mabuhay) – Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. Aranal Sereno has a net worth of P18.1 million based on her Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net worth for the year 2012. In her 2012 SALN, Sereno has a net worth of P18,143,104.01. In 2011, Sereno’s SALN was declared with a net worth of P18.029 million. This is higher compared to the P17.9 million which was declared in her 2010 SALN. The latest SALN of Sereno covers up

to Dec. 31, 2012. It appears she has total assets of P19,155,024.89 and total liabilities of P1,011,920.89. Sereno has stated in her Personal Data Sheet she became a legal counsel from 1994 to 2008 in “Various government agencies—Office of the President, Office of the Solicitor General, Manila International Airport Authority, Dept. of Agriculture, Dept. of Trade and Industry, WTO-AFTA Commission, Philippine Coconut Authority.”

Vatican joins global network against money laundering VATICAN CITY, July 3, 2013 (AFP) – The Vatican on Wednesday said it had joined a global network of government agencies fighting against money laundering, as part of its efforts to reform its scandal-ridden finances. The move was a recognition of the Vatican’s “systematic efforts in tracking and fighting money laundering,” said Rene Bruelhart, head of the Vatican’s Financial Intelligence Authority. The Vatican said in a statement that the Egmont Group, which consists of more than 130 national financial intelligence units, had announced the move at a meeting

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said it is okay with him if he is not as popular as Curtis, who is one of the country’s biggest stars. He said it helps a lot that they are not in the same industry. “It’s fine. You know, we are in a very great relationship. It doesn’t affect me because we are not in the same industry,” he explained. “No [I’m not jealous]. I think there’s two sides. I think I’m more proud than jealous. I’m proud that she’s so successful in what she does, and I’m proud of her,” added Heussaff, brother of Curtis’ close friend, model Solenn Heussaff. Asked if he sometimes gets affected by Curtis’ sexy scenes on television and film, Heussaff said: “I met her as an actress and I knew it’s part of the job, and that’s okay with me. Of course, there’s a tinge of jealousy – I mean, not jealousy, but just being uncomfortable when I see her kissing someone else on

the screen.” But he was quick to add: “But it’s never an issue. It’s more of, ‘okay, it’s part of the job.’” Heussaff went on to share that he and Curtis “hit it off right away,” adding that he is very much happy with how their relationship is going. “We’re pretty good. We don’t fight much,” he said. (MNS)

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Jessy on Matteo-Sarah issue: ‘Why not?’ Jessy Mendiola said she sees nothing wrong with the idea of Sarah Geronimo dating her former sweetheart, Matteo Guidicelli. Mendiola, who recently ended her “special relationship” with Guidicelli, said she would rather not interfere if there is something going on between the actor and the singer-actress. “I have nothing against it kasi labas naman ako sa kung ano ang nangyayari sa kanilang dalawa. Ang sa akin ay mas mahu-hurt ako kung kami ‘yung dalawang involved talaga. Pero wala eh, hindi naman sa amin talagang tatlo ‘yon. Kung ano ang nangyari sa aming dalawa ni Matteo, sa amin ‘yon. Kung ano ang nangyayari sa kanila, sa kanila ‘yon. So Jessy Mendiola ayaw kong makialam,” Mendiola said, reacting to rumors of a blossoming romance between the two stars. When asked for her reaction should Geronimo and Guidicelli officially become a couple, the “Maria Mercedes” star said: “Why not? I mean, pareho naman silang singers at parehas silang very good performers. Why not?” While her “special relationship” with Guidicelli is over, Mendiola said she is still open to doing showbiz projects with the racer-turned-actor. “Kasi may possibility na may project kami ulit,” she said. (MNS)

Robin Padilla finally accepts BB Gandanghari ACTOR Robin Padilla finally acknowledges his sibling BB Gandanghari as “my sister.” In an Instagram post, the Kapamilya actor shared a photograph of BB and his youngest and only son Ali to his more than 130 thousand followers. Robin accompanied the picture with the caption: “My son Ali showing his boxing moves to my sister bb gandanghari who used to be my brother Rustom who beats me up when we were young ?? she is so weak because of a very serious infection but her right cross is still as fast as before ?? my son was surprised and amazed (sic).” This is the first time Robin actually called Rustom as BB. To recall, the two went through a rough patch in the past after Robin refrained from calling his Robin Padilla brother BB. In one interview, years after BB went out as gay on national television, Robin said he is still hopeful that his brother will dress like his old self, the Rustom Padilla that he used to know. Robin added that for him Rustom is not dead and “he’s alive in my heart”. (MNS)


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Alessandra de Rossi and Jean Garcia renew exclusive contracts with GMA INTERNATIONALLY-acclaimed actress Alessandra de Rossi and seasoned actress and television host Jean Garcia renewed their exclusive contracts with GMA Network. Present in the contract signing were GMA Entertainment TV’s OIC Lilybeth G. Rasonable, GMA chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, GMA president and chief operating officer Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr., Manny Valera (Alessandra and Jean’s manager), and GMA vice president for drama Redgie Acuña-Magno. During the contract signing, Atty. Gozon said he is very happy that Alessandra and Jean chose to stay with GMA, “Natutuwa naman tayo na ang mga magagaling na artista ay nagugustuhang manatili sa Kapuso station. Magagaling na artista yan kaya we have always considered them as assets.” Likewise, Mr. Duavit is pleased that the two prime celebrities continue to remain loyal to the Kapuso Network, “Nasisiyahan naman tayo at taos-pusong nagpapasalamat kay Alex at kay Jean sa patuloy din nilang pagtitiwala. Karangalan natin na sila ay mga Kapuso. Lalong-lalo na at hindi lamang mga bukod tanging mahuhusay na mga artista, pero very, very professional, and we’re very happy and proud.” Rasonable said that Alessandra and Jean are extremely talented and very professional. “We are very happy that

they renew their ties with GMA. The network will continue to provide good projects for them.” Alessandra reveals that she is very contented and happy with the Kapuso Network, “Masaya talaga ako dito. Maganda ang trato nila sa akin. Mababait ang mga tao. Hindi ako nawawalan ng trabaho. Masaya talaga ako sa mga trabahong ibinibigay nila sa akin.” Jean, on the other hand, said she had no second thoughts about renewing her ties with GMA. “Mahal na mahal ko ang GMA at nandito lang ako at palagi akong pumipirma every time na matatapos ‘yung contract namin and it’s because sobra yung binibigay na tiwala sa akin. Iniinspire nila ko to be a better actress and be a better person. Wala Jean Garcia naman silang binigay sa akin na pareho at saka Alessandra de Rossi been given good shows to halos lahat very challenging talaga. At never kong na-feel sa GMA na pinabayaan nila ako kaya I’m very showcase their talents. As far as Jean Garcia is concerned, she was given the chance to show her hosting skills. We very happy and blessed.” Jean is currently part of the Afternoon Prime series are so thankful kasi isa ito sa pangarap ni Jean to be Kakambal ni Eliana and Personalan. Alessandra currently recognized as a host. And that is also true with Alessandra. Of late, Alex co-hosts Personalan. Tuwang-tuwa si co-hosts Personalan with Jean. Director Manny says that he is thankful that GMA Alessandra. She is thankful and grateful na mapakita na has continued its trust and confidence with both his tal- pwede rin naman siyang mag-host aside from being an ents, “We have always been grateful that my artists have actress.” (MNS)

KC Concepcion credits Juday for kontrabida turn MANILA, June 29 (Mabuhay) -- Actress KC Concepcion is thankful to actress Judy Ann Santos for pushing her in her bida-kontrabida role in ABS-CBN’s hit series “Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala” with Sam Milby. “Ang best advice na ibinigay niya sa akin ay i-try ko itong bidakontrabida na ito. Parang siya ‘yung nagbigay sa akin ng extra push na ‘maniwala ka sa akin, gawin mo ito,’” Concepcion said. In the primetime series, Concepcion plays the role of Alexis, who has an affair with Eros (Milby), the abusive husband of Anessa (Santos).

“She believe in me, more than I believe myself. That’s something I have to thank her for. Kasi sa totoo lang grabe ang response na nakikita ko o naririnig ko sa mga tao. Ito ‘yung time na kapag naglalakad ako sa mall o kahit dito sa studio ang tawag sa akin ay Alexis and it’s only been wala pang two weeks. Ang ganda ng feeling but at the same time gusto ko silang, ‘oy si KC ako hindi ako si Alexis.’ But there’s a lot of Alexis in everybody, I always say there’s Alexis in everyone,” she said. Concepcion said viewers can expect more exciting scenes in the upcoming episodes of the soap.

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Surprise: Smoking pot dulls your motivation – study (Relaxnews) – A new study published this week confirms what may already be obvious: smoking cannabis can inspire laziness. And UK researchers say that’s probably because the drug suppresses your ability to synthesize dopamine, the neurotransmitter associated with both pleasure and motivation. In a small study, researchers from Imperial College London, University College London, and King’s College London looked at the brains of 19 regular cannabis users who had been smoking pot since their teens. The study’s focus was on the controversial link between psychosis and cannabis, with all of the subjects having experienced psychosis-like behaviors when under the influence of the drug. Using PET scans, the research team looked for differences in dopamine levels among regular pot smokers (at least once a week) against that of a control group, people who had smoked cannabis fewer than 10 times in their lifetimes and hadn’t smoked at all three months prior to the study. Abnormal dopamine activity is associated with psychotic symptoms, especially schizophrenia, reports Popular Science. Findings showed that the regular, long-term pot smokers had the lowest dopamine levels, which the authors theorized could also contribute to one’s lack of motivation after smoking pot. “Without the drive of dopamine, apathy reigns,” writes Popular Science.

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Advancing Justice-LA to pursue genuine immigration reform that protects family unity LOS ANGELES â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Last Thursday, June 28, the U.S. Senate cast a historic vote in favor of comprehensive immigration reform legislation by a tally of 68-32. While Asian Americans Advancing Justice â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Los Angeles (Advancing Justice â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Los Ange-

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Despite the heat at the Alex theater in Glendale, California, Fil-Ams came to watch the comedy show of Pooh, Pokwang, K Brosas and Chocoleit last Friday,June 28. Thirsty for a Pinoy brand of humor, the audience were laughing at the funny impersonation of Justin Bieber (Pooh), Lady Gaga (Pokwang), Katie Perry (K Brosas) and Bruno Mars (Chokoleit). Pokwang remarked at Chocoleit “You are not Bruno, you look like Pluto Mars”. The comic team impressed everyone not just with their wit but their talent in singing. K Brosas stood out with her awesome interpretation of “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys. Brosas was a former member of K and Boxers band. She awed the fans with a medley of songs from juke box queens Imelda Papin and Eva Eugenio. Pokwang herself was marvelous at imitating actress and talent manager Annabelle Rama. She was hilarious, pretending to be Mommy Dionesia the mother of champion boxer Manny Pacquiao. Pokwang insisted not to speak to her in English because her grammar is “out of stock.” Pooh himself known for his humorous sketches on Pacquiao laid with his head down on the floor (knocked down). He stood up wearing boxing shorts and a formal barong tagalong. Then he said, “ I almost remained sleeping. I need rest. It is hard to box and be a Congressman. When I have a meeting in Congress, I can come in national costume. If I have a training, I can use the boxers I’m wearing.” Chokoleit walked in with a bad leg and imitated actor Joseph Estrada who was recently elected as mayor of Manila.

Chokoleit said that he would choose Bb. Gandang Hari as the NBI director because Gandang Hari was great at hiding his real gender. The acting talents of the four comedians are obviously at its best. They were asked about their plans of getting into serious dramatic roles at the press conference in Hollywood last June 26 K. Brosas said that she really wants to do this. “I did appear in theater plays. Effective naman ako.” she proudly said. K Brosas has appeared on television as “Divina Devinica” the villain in Mars Ravelo’s Darna. Chocoleit smiled and added, “ When given the chance, I think the comedians are good. It is hard to make people laugh. Sometimes they think you are not serious. You know when Pooh comes out they laugh at his face.” Pokwang who got a FAMAS best actress nomination for her portrayal as an overseas Filipina worker in A Mother’s Story revealed she learned a lot from the King of Comedy veteran actor Dolphy. “You get a lot of emotion in your own life. He told me that there is humor in you. Use it. Invent yourself. But do not hurt anyone,” she said. On the situation of comedians, Chocoleit stressed that it would really be great to put up a union for comedians to protect their rights. K Brosas pointed out that she admires the status of comedy in the U.S. She said that no one is indispensible in comedy business. “ There are reality shows and new comedians have come up in live performances. I think many of us have realized the importance of saving and not wasting our hard earned money. For K and I who

(From left) Pooh, Pokwang, K Brosas and Chokoleit.

both send our children to school, we need to be more responsible,” Pokwang said further. Chocoleit revealed,” We keep abreast of the issues around us where we can get our material. We are very conscious of the

social media and its impression on people. We know that our audience is intelligent.” 4 Da Laffs show will be held this Saturday, July 6, at Chabot College Auditorium in Hayward, CA (510) 364-3132. It is produced by Berce Enterprises.

Mexico volcano ash disrupts U.S. flights for 2nd day MEXICO CITY, July 5, 2013 (AFP) – Four U.S. airlines canceled at least 10 flights to and from Mexico City’s airport Friday after the Popocatepetl volcano spewed more ash, a day after hundreds of air passengers were stranded for the same reason, an airport spokesman said. The spokesman said United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Alaska Airlines and AirTran voluntarily scrapped the flights as a precaution, but the airport was otherwise operating normally. United canceled its flights to and from Los Angeles and the Texas city of Houston, but there was no immediate information about the other airlines or the number of new passengers affected, the spokesman said. The new cancelations came one day after six U.S. airlines called off 60 flights due to volcanic ash, leaving some 600 people waiting for new flights home on Friday morning, he said. In its latest bulletin, the National Disaster Prevention Center said the 5,452-meter (17,887-feet) high volcano had blown a 1.5 kilometer (one mile) high column of ash that was heading west-northwest and produced low-intensity tremors in the last 24 hours.

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Orange County mortgage lender CEO in Ponzi scheme gets 41-month jail term SANTA ANA, CA, July 1 – The CEO of an Orange County-based mortgage banking and financial services firm was sentenced today to 41 months in federal prison for operating a Ponzi scheme that collected more than $6.7 million from more than two dozen victims, announced Andrė Birotte, Jr., the United States Attorney in Los Angeles, and Bill L. Lewis, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. David Lee Hardin, Jr., 59, of Coto De Caza, who is the CEO and majority shareholder of a group of companies including Covenant Mortgage, Covenant Marketing, Covenant Debt Solutions, Covenant Insurance, and HRE Mortgage, was sentenced by United States District Judge James V. Selna. In addition to the prison term, Judge Selna ordered Hardin to pay $1.5 million in restitution. Judge Selna noted that such investment fraud schemes are prevalent in the Orange County area and that Mr. Hardin’s sentence was meant to serve as a deterrent to others. Hardin pleaded guilty in March 2013 to mail fraud, admitting that his victims suffered losses of approximately $1.5 million. From April 2007 through July 2010, Hardin solicited investments in a side venture related to his companies’ mortgage business. The investments were structured as loans to Hardin’s companies at fixed rates of interest. Hardin told the investors that their funds would be used to finance a home building project, to originate mortgages, and to fund his debt settlement business and that returns would be generated through home sales and fees from mortgage originations and debt settlement services.


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AARP appoints Daphne Kwok Vice President, Asian Multicultural Markets & Engagement Washington, D.C. – AARP has appointed Daphne Kwok as the new Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Engagement effective July 8th. Daphne will lead AARP’s outreach to Asian Americans 50+. “Daphne brings with her an extensive history of community activism and leadership in the Asian American and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities,” said Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, AARP’s Executive Vice President, Multicultural Markets & Engagement. “We are very excited to have her return to Washington, DC and become part of our team.” “I am honored to be joining AARP, an iconic national voice for 50+ individuals. Our APIA community needs to become a part of the AARP network so that we can benefit from the extensive resources and services. As our population grows, our 50+ segment grows, I look forward to focusing my work on empowering a revered part of our APIA family,” stated Daphne Kwok. Her most recent appointment was by President Barack Obama in July 2010 to serve as Chair of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Ms. Kwok has also served as the Executive Director of Asians & Pacific Islanders with Disabilities

of California (APIDC) for the last five years. A non-profit based in Oakland, APIDC seeks to give a voice and a face to AAPIs with disabilities. Ms. Kwok has fought to break down the stigma in the AAPI community about disabilities and to provide technical assistance to organizations that want to effectively work with AAPIs with disabilities. Prior to her tenure at APIDC, Ms. Kwok served as the Executive Director of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) in San Francisco from 2005-2007. At AIISF, she worked to preserve and restore the Angel Island Immigration Station and to promote the role that it played in shaping America’s past and present. Ms. Kwok is also a former Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), where she focused on increasing political participation of the APIA community and working with API elected officials from school board members to Members of Congress. Prior to her services at APAICS, Ms. Kwok served for 11 years as Executive Director of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), a non-profit, civil rights organization with more than 10,000 members. A graduate of Wesleyan University in East Asian Stud-

ies and Music, Ms. Kwok is the first Asian American to serve on its Board of Trustees. About AARP AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity of AARP that is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans.

Los Angeles-area doctor, patient recruiter plead guilty to defrauding Medicare of more than $10.1-M involving wheelchair WASHINGTON, JULY 1 – A Los Angeles-area doctor and a patient recruiter pleaded guilty today for their roles in a power wheelchair fraud scheme that defrauded Medicare of over $10.1 million. The plea was announced by Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney André Birotte Jr. of the Central District of California; Glenn R. Ferry, Special Agent in Charge for the Los Angeles Region of the U.S. Department of Health

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Will mortgage rates rising affect the momentum of the real estate market I am concerned about the fast rising mortgage rates that seems to be headed only one direction MORTGAGE UPDATE which is higher but I see the other side of this rate hike, so let me explain first what is happening with mortgage rates. Mortgage rates have increased more than 1 percentage point since early May, jumping half a percentage point since last week’s FOMC meeting, raising concerns that this rapid rise may derail the housing recovery and dim the outlook for the broader economy, especially in the context of generally tighter financial conditions. As Goldman notes, the rise in mortgage rates may impact the economy BY KEN GO through two broad channels: (1) the direct impact on construction activity and home sales, which feed into the residential investment component of GDP, and (2) the indirect effects of lower home prices and less refinancing activity on consumption. Goldman estimates Housing Starts could plunge 11% in the coming quarters, total home sales could drop 7%, residential investment may fall 6 percentage points, could weigh on home prices, and pull up to 0.4 percentage points from real GDP growth - presenting a significant downside risk to their somewhat rosy current outlook. Quote for Goldman Sachs. The upside I saw would be banks would start to ease up lending guidelines because now they can take higher risk with higher yield rates. Meaning, they will be willing to lend more due to higher rate of return on their portfolio. In the largest spike in 26 years, mortgage rates jumped this week – from 3.98 percent to 4.46 percent – thanks to the Federal Reserve’s announcement last week that it could start reducing its purchases in the bond market. Lets break this down, my interpretation to a layman terms is that, when all these mortgages that banks, mortgage bankers, direct lender etc.. packages every month called ‘Mortgage-Backed Security (MBS)’ A type of asset-backed security that is secured by a mortgage or collection of mortgages. These securities must also be grouped in one of the top two ratings as determined by a accredited credit rating agency, and usually pay periodic payments that are similar to coupon payments. Furthermore, the mortgage must have originated from a regulated and authorized financial institution. When rates that past year were really low and all these loan where packaged to the secondary market. The Feds were the main source of buyers because investors and bigger institutions wanted to buy them at a higher rates. So, when the government said they were going to slow down the purchases of these MBS tied to bonds, lenders have to spike the rate in order for other sources of buyers to come in and buy. Otherwise, the lending industry would halt lending due to money not going around. Fixed-rate mortgages have increased by a half a percent since last week. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage stands at 4.46 percent, up from last week’s 3.93 percent, reaching the highest rate in two years, according to Freddie Mac’s mortgage survey. The rates on 15-year mortgages rose from 3.04 percent last week to 3.5 percent – the highest rates since August 2011. The steep incline in interest rates appears to be a direct reaction to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s remarks on June 19 that the Fed could slow down its bond purchases

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Waiver of joint petition to remove conditional permanent residency on a marriage entered less than two years. The Immigration Marriage BARRISTER'S Fraud Amendments of 1986 (IMFA) requires an alien obCORNER taining a green card through a marriage less than two years old to come back at the end of that two years with the petitioning spouse and show that they are still married or, if the marriage was terminated, to show that the marriage was entered in good faith before BY KENNETH REYES the USCIS will issue them & DARRICK TAN a permanent (unconditional) greencard. Any alien who obtains a green card through a spousal petition by virtue of a marriage entered less than twenty four months before the status is obtained will only receive a conditional green card under INA §216(d). To remove this condition, both spouses must file a form I-751 with the USCIS within 90 day period preceding the expiration of the conditional green card along with other supporting documents showing the marriage was entered in good faith. However, sometimes alien spouses are not able to file this Joint Petition to remove the condition on their green card because the

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Britain unveils plans to charge migrants for healthcare LONDON, July 3, 2013 (AFP) – Britain announced plans on Wednesday to charge migrants hundreds of pounds a year to access its state-run National Health Service (NHS), in a bid to clamp down on so-called health tourism. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt also proposed to stop giving visitors from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) free access to general practitioners (GPs). “We have been clear that we are a national health service, not an international health service, and I am determined to wipe out abuse in the system,” he said. Ministers admitted however that they have no idea of the true cost and impact of migrants on the NHS, and have commissioned an independent audit to report back in September. The proposals, which have been put out to consultation, are tied to a wider clampdown on immigration by Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative-led coalition government. It also published plans on Wednesday to make landlords check the immigration status of tenants, with the goal of making it more difficult for illegal migrants to stay in Britain. Under the healthcare changes, the government insisted no-one will be denied emergency care and said the treatment of infectious diseases and sexually transmitted infections would remain free. However, health professionals warned the changes could still pose a public health risk by deterring ill patients from seeking treatment.


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A powerful theatre experience in Henry Ong’s ‘Sweet Karma’ Theatre aficionados like us (Lydia Solis, Louinn LIGHTHOUSE Lota and I) experienced Henry Ong’s powerful presentation of “Sweet Karma,” at the Grove Theater Center in Burbank recently. Based on a true story, the play not only portrayed the tragic death in the streets of Los Angeles of a Cambodian genocide survivor, but it delved with the survivor’s haunting guilt for surviving the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge regime. The play centers on Dr. Vichear Lam, played by FilAm Jon Jon Briones (he was Magno in the recent play “The Romance of Magno Rubio”), who was “plucked out of obscurity to star in a major motion picture and BY MYRNA AQUITANIA win the coveted Academy Award, only to be fatally gunned down” outside his apartment in the streets of Los Angeles. Currently, Jon Jon is involved in the pre-Broadway development of the new musical, “Allegiance” with Lea Salonga and George Takei. His other credits include: “Les Miserables,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Ragtime,” “The Wiz,” “Hamlet,” etc. and he has appeared in numerous TV and films such as: “Las Vegas,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Southland,” “Monk,” “Proud American,” etc. The riveting performances of a great selection of professional actors include: Rainbow Dickerson (From left) Rainbow Dickerson as Suria, Jonjon as Suriya. She has studied acting in Briones as Dr. Lam and July Lee as “Woman.” New York and London and she has worked on fifty productions including some past credits on: “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Dracula, The Musical,” “White Buffalo,” etc. Pauline Yasuda, as Devi is a Los Angeles native, whose past credits include: “Sisters Matsumoto” and “Red” both played at the East/West Players, “Wit” in the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville and “Journey to Topaz,” at the Sierra Repertory. Her TV credits include: “Criminal Minds,” ‘The Bill Engval Shows” etc. Kennedy Kabasares, played a variety of “Man” characters. He has appeared in other plays such as: “Dogeaters” with the Center Theatre Group, “The Theory of Everything,” an East Players presentation, and TV/Film credits such as: “Arrested Development,” (Fox), “Much Ado About Nothing” (Traxx Prod.) etc. July Lee, also played a variety of roles as “Woman.” Her other theatre credits are: “Fabric,” also by Henry Ong, “Grace Kim,” with Lodestone Theatre, “Taking Flight” with East/West Players, etc. Ms. Lee has television credits with: “We, The People” (NBC), “Prank My Mom” (Lifetime), etc. Henry Ong, is an internationally-produced playwright whose credits include: “Madame Mao’s Memories,” “Fabric,” “The Legend of the White Snake” and “People

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Dramatist Guild. “Sweet Karma” was indeed a great theatre experience. The play runs through July 20 and for those of you who wish to have a meaningful day, the Glove Theatre Center’s website is:www.gtc.org.

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MOTORING Volkswagen Passat TDI clean diesel sets world record for fuel economy around the lower 48 U.S. states — at 77.99 MPG Volkswagen of America beats the Guinness World Records achievement for the lowest fuel consumption – 48 U.S. states Herndon, VA – Volkswagen of America announced today that it has set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® achievement for the “lowest fuel consumption – 48 U.S. states for a non-hybrid car” category with a stellar 77.99 mpg – more than 10 mpg better than the previous mark of 67.9 mpg. The achievement also beats the hybrid vehicle record of 64.6 mpg by more than 13 mpg. The Passat TDI Clean Diesel departed from Volkswagen of America’s headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, on Friday, June 7th, at 12 .p.m and arrived back on June 24, having covered 8122 miles and visited all 48 states. The car, along with drivers Wayne Gerdes and Bob Winger, were greeted in Herndon by Volkswagen employees as well as Virginia State Delegates Tom Rust and Jim LeMunyon. Delegate Tom Rust said: “Breaking a world record is a huge accomplishment, and I’m especially pleased that Volkswagen of America – a Herndon, Virginia-based company – is doing its part to make its products more environmentally compatible and less dependent on foreign oil by using cuttingedge diesel technology. Congratulations!” Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., said: “To cover 8122 miles on just 104.94 gallons of fuel is nothing short of astonishing and shows just how economical our TDI Clean Diesel vehicles can be. Even for everyday drivers, the mileage benefits of our TDI engines are significant: Volkswagen has no fewer than six TDI Clean Diesel models that achieve an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 40 mpg or better on the highway.” Wayne Gerdes, founder of cleanmpg. com was the primary driver. Automotive journalist Gerdes has made a career out of hypermiling and has set mileage records in more than 100 vehicles, as well as achieving the record for lowest fuel consumption in the lower 48 U.S. states with a hybrid vehicle at 64.6 mpg. His co-driver was Bob Winger, an electronics engineer long involved in energy and conservation projects. “We felt we had a good chance of beating the existing record with the Passat TDI,” Gerdes said, “but to smash it by averaging 77.99 mpg is really impressive and a testament to the potential of Volkswagen’s TDI Clean Diesel vehicles. Obviously, we employ some specialized techniques to achieve such figures, but there’s no reason why owners of TDI vehicles shouldn’t be able to achieve great mileage with a few simple pointers.” Gerdes suggests: Plan in advance: look for impediments or topography 15 to 45 seconds ahead, rather than reacting to where you’re cur-

rently driving. Use downhill momentum to help crest an uphill section. Allow the rabbits to win the race to the stoplights. Heavy braking and acceleration consume fuel at a far greater rate than coasting between intersections. Obey speed limits: The difference in fuel economy between 55 mph and 75 mph can be as much as 30 percent or even higher in some cars. The 2013 Passat TDI uses Volkswagen’s advanced turbocharged and directinjection Clean Diesel engine to achieve EPA estimated highway fuel economy of 43 miles per gallon when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission. This enables the Passat TDI to go up to 795 highway miles before needing to refuel. Clean Diesel engines are just one part of Volkswagen’s approach to sustainable mobility, encapsulated by the Think Blue. philosophy. Volkswagen employs a wide range of powertrains – diesel, electric, hybrid, and intelligently downsized turbocharged gasoline engines – in its quest to be among the most eco-conscious automakers in the world. That approach extends to the factories in which the cars are built and the processes by which they are made. For the attempt, the Passat TDI used Shell ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel, available at

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Record Outlander Sport sales in June Cypress, CA, July 2 – Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) today reported that the U.S.-built Outlander Sport in June showed its best-ever sales for a single month. The 2,634 units sold represent a year-over-year sales increase of more than 80 percent. The record total marks the tenth consecutive month of sales increases for the fuel-efficient CUV. Outlander Sport sales are up more than 54 percent year to date. “We can’t emphasize enough the importance of Outlander Sport’s recent designation as a “Top Safety Pick+” by the Insurance Institute

Yokozawa. “Consumers can now add class-leading safety to high fuel-efficiency and an attractive price as reasons to consider our CUV.” Early sales of the all-new 2014 Outlander contributed to a 58 percent increase in Outlander sales for the month compared to June 2012. Overall Outlander sales are up more than 25 percent year-to-date.

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NEW YORK CITY, July 2, 2013 (AFP) – New York has introduced stiff new penalties for teenagers who send text messages while driving, saying the measures are necessary to tackle a “deadly” problem. Under a law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, drivers under the age of 18 will have their licenses suspended for a first offense of sending SMS messages while driving. The 60-day driving suspension will also apply to teenagers caught using mobile phones while behind the wheel. “Statistic after statistic shows that texting-while-driving is a chronic problem in our society, particularly among teenagers, and it will only get worse if we do not take action to prevent this deadly behavior,” Cuomo said in a statement. A second offense would be punishable by a six-month driving ban under the new law, which also applies to newly licensed drivers. It is legal to drive in New York from the age of 16. More experienced drivers will be sanctioned by a system of penalty points. A recent study by the journal Pediatrics found that 45 percent of school-age drivers admitted sometimes sending SMS messages while driving. In the United States, 69 percent of drivers between the age of 18 and 64 have acknowledged speaking on the telephone while driving, with 31 percent admitting to reading emails or text messages while on the road.

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Worldwide Prius sales top 3-million mark Toyota City, Japan, July 3, 2013 – Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces that as of the end of June, worldwide cumulative sales of the iconic Prius gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle passed the 3-million mark(2). In 1997, TMC launched the Prius, which was the world’s first mass-produced hybrid passenger car. The second generation followed in 2003, and the third generation in 2009. From the first to third generation, TMC greatly reduced the cost of the hybrid system by two-thirds while improving the EPA-estimated ratings for combined driving by nearly 22 percent(3). In addition, TMC applied for 1,261 patents relating to the third-generation Prius, achieving progress worthy of the Prius name (derived from a Latin word meaning “to go before”). Since the development of the first-generation Prius, TMC has positioned hybrid technology as a core technology required for the development of various types of environment-friendly vehicles and has placed emphasis on the development and production of core components such as motors, inverters, batteries and electronic control units (ECUs), giving rise to substantial investment in Japan. TMC will continue to conduct R&D and invest in facilities in Japan for the development of hybrid and other cutting-edge technologies and achieve sustainable growth by deploying these Japan-developed technologies across the globe. In the fiscal year ending March 2014, TMC expects to spend a consolidated 890 billion yen(4) (790 billion yen(5)unconsolidated) on environmental technology development, as well as on strengthening new platform and major component development. In the same period, TMC also plans to make consolidated capital expenditure investments of 910 billion yen (up seven percent year-on-year), with 440 billion yen invested in Japan (up nine percent year-on-year). Investments in R&D infrastructure include a new R&D facility (651 hectares) and the Powertrain Development and Production Engineering Building (a 12-story structure with a total floor area of 100,000 m²) in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, that will serve as a next-generation powertrain development base, as well as the Aerodynamics Laboratory (capable of producing winds of 250 km/h) located in the Honsha Technical Center. Future capital investments by consolidated subsidiaries include an investment by Primearth EV Energy Co., Ltd. (PEVE) for expanding battery production capacity at its Omori Plant in Kosai City, Shizuoka Prefecture. From Prius to Camry to Sienna, to the flagship and to the ever dependable Corolla, the workhorse RAV4 and everything in between, the Miller Toyota of Anaheim lot takes the customer to a new pleasant carbuying experience not available anywhere. It is no wonder Miller Toyota of Anaheim has been named as one of the most productive Toyota car dealerships in Southern California. And maybe, just maybe, our kababayans have to do something about it. Besides, Toyota won’t be the number 1 car brand for Filipinos if that didn’t matter. The Filipino Fleet, a dynamic segment in its sales department, is composed of three professional and dependable kababayans, add a different level of confidence on the part of Fil-Am carbuyers. Guided by their no-gimmick-just greatdeal mantra, “Dahil kababayan, maayos at malinaw ang usapan,” the Filipino Fleet are a delight to deal with. They are courteous, knowledgeable, and helpful. Miller Toyota of Anaheim is located right in Anaheim at 1331 North Euclid St. just off Riverside Freeway convenient to the I-5. Getting there is easy from the I-5 Freeway. Call toll free at 1-800-920-7614 for more information and to inquire from any of our kababayans Jojo Santillana,Victor Malaiba, Nile Villanueva, Sherwin Cacdac and Romeo Morales.

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CHICAGO, July 2, 2013 (AFP) –General Motors and Honda will combine forces to develop hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the hopes of delivering them to customers by around 2020, the US and Japanese automakers said Tuesday. The partnership is aimed at solving the

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