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CEOs renew call for immigration reform Immigration is an all-around success for US economy: US CEOs By Veronica Smith

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014 (AFP) – Heads of major US companies on Wednesday urged immigration reform as crucial to boosting US economic growth, amid speculation the issue was dead after a shock Republican election defeat. The Business Roundtable, an influential group representing top chief executives, said that fixing America’s “broken immigration system” would unleash a powerful force that drives growth and

bolsters the business sector. The group issued a report laying out the economic case for immigration reform, which coincidentally landed as Washington political circles reeled from Tuesday’s unexpected defeat of Republican Party chieftain Eric Cantor in a Virginia primary election. Cantor, the US House of Representatives majority leader, was trounced by a university professor backed by the radical See IMMIGRATION, page 16

Coinciding with the country’s annual celebration of its independence, Members of Akbayan Partylist flashed the image of Apolinario Mabini as a symbol of the Filipinos’ resistance against China’s expansionism, particularly its recent occupation of the Mabini Reef. Akbayan said the reef is within the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf as mandated by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Also, inspired by the movie “The Fault in Our Stars”, Members of Akbayan Partylist slammed China for “The Fault in Your Maps” on the West Philippine Sea. The group said China’s nine-dash line map is “a big joke.”

Filipinos urged to wage war vs. China Coinciding with the annual celebration of the country’s Independence Day, youth members of Akbayan Partylist wear masks of Filipino hero, Apolinario Mabini, to demonstrate their anger over the recent reports of Chinese reclamation and construction in the Mabini Reef and in other parts of the Kalayaan Group of Islands. The group said they will use and popularize the image of Mabini as a symbol of the Filipino people’s resistance against China’s expansionism,

particularly its recent occupation of the Mabini Reef. Akbayan said the reef is within the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf as mandated by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Revolution urged “The increasing aggression of the Chinese government in the West Philippine Sea is a direct affront to the Philippine’s independence and soverSee WAGE WAR, page 16

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the commemoration of the 116th anniversary of the Proclamation of the Philippine Independence at the Plaza Quince Martires in Naga city, Camarines Sur on Thursday (June 12, 2014). This year’s theme is “Pagsunod sa Yapak ng mga Dakilang Pilipino, Tungo sa Malawakan at Permanenteng Pagbabago.” Also in photo are Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, Camarines Sur 3rd District Rep. Ma. Leonor Robredo and National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) chairperson Maria Serena Diokno. (MNS photo)

No hold order for Sen. Jinggoy; Aquino to senators: ‘Pork’ cases Senator can leave PHL – de Lima based on evidence, not politics MANILA, June 11 (Mabuhay) – Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said there is no legal impediment for now to stop Senator Jinggoy Estrada and other co-accused in the pork barrel scam from leaving the country. “There is no hold departure order or warrant of arrest yet from the Sandiganbayan, so there is no legal impediment for you to leave,” de Lima told Estrada. De Lima was being cross-examined during her confirmation process at the justice committee of the Commission on Appointments. “But you’re going to issue a watchlist order against me?” Estrada asked. De Lima answered, “I can’t issue now because of a subsisting temporary restraining order from the Supreme Court, that has been our predicament, your honor.” See NO HOLD, page 16

MANILA, June 12 (Mabuhay) – After at least two senators assailed the administration for filing charges against them, President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday said the pork barrel scam cases are backed by evidence and not by any other motive. During his Independence Day speech in Naga City, Aquino said the issue about the illegal detention of whistleblower Benhur Luy and the fraudulent scheme itself first came to light during the 2013 midterm elections. Upon learning that, he said he

asked Justice Sec. Leila De Lima not to make any accusations until there is enough evidence. “Sinunod natin ang tamang proseso: Nagsagawa ng imbestigasyon, nangalap ng mga ebidensiya, at ngayon ay nagsampa ng kaso,” he said. “Puwede naman itong ginawa noon nang mabilisan at walang matibay na basehan upang masira ang pangalan ng mga kandidatong dawit sa kontrobersiya, pero idinaan natin sa tamang sistema ang pagpapalabas ng katotoSee AQUINO, page 16

Filipinos in US can now listen to radio stations in PHL via mobile phone WASHINGTON D.C. – Filipinos in the United States can now listen to radio broadcasts from the Philippines on their mobile phones with the launching of the second phase of a public diplomacy initiative aimed at connecting them with the motherland. The availability in the US of broadcasts from six leading Filipino radio stations, including the Catholic-run Radio Veritas, was announced by the Philippine Embassy and AudioNow, the world’s leading call-tolisten platform, on the occasion of the 116th

anniversary of Philippine independence. “Today, we bring our kababayans here in the US closer to home with the launching of AudioNow’s call-to-listen service that would allow them to hear radio broadcasts from the Philippines with their mobile phones,” Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. said. With the service, Filipinos may now access the following radio stations by calling their assigned telephone numbers: Radio Veritas (Manila): 231.460.1846; People’s Television Network (Ma-

nila):231.460.1000; Catholic Media Network (Manila): 712.432.7150; Spirit FM (Antique): 712.432.7197; Radio Maria (Tarlac): 231.460.1020; and D’Ultimate (Clark Free Port): 712.432.6999. The calls have no surcharge and use only mobile minutes. “With this next phase, it is our goal to continue serving the Filipino Community in the US with as many resources as possible from home,” said Ambassador Cuisia, adding that the six stations broadcast in both See RADIO STATION, page 16


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Supreme Court shuts door on aged-out children Court says adult sons and daughters of US citizens not protected by CSPA LOS ANGELES, June 9, 2014 – Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) decries today’s U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio (formerly Mayorkas v. Cuellar de Osorio),involving the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA). The Court has ruled that the CSPA does not protect the children of all family immigrant visa applicants from “aging out” of eligibility to immigrate with their parents as derivative beneficiaries should they turn 21 before the visa is granted. Accordingly, the age-out protections only apply to children who fall within one family-based visa category, “F2A” petitions filed by lawful permanent resident parents.

The Court’s ruling is a devastating blow to thousands of families separated by the broken immigration system. The visa backlogs take a particularly acute toll on Asian American families, with some in our community waiting for up to 20 years to be reunited with their children. Today’s decision contradicts Congress’ very purpose in enacting the CSPA – to keep families together. Families should not be forced to make the impossible decision between pursuing opportunities and creating better lives in the United States while leaving behind their older children, or giving up their American Dream in order to stay together. Advancing Justice is committed to continuing our fight for humane and workable solutions to preserve family unity. Without the benefit of age-out protec-

tions, an unmarried adult son of a U.S. citizen coming from the Philippines would have to wait at least 20 years to reunite with a parent in the United States. An adult married child of a U.S. citizen coming from China could expect to wait at least 10 years. Last November, Advancing Justice joined other national immigration advocacy organizations in filing an amicus brief to support the families challenging the government’s interpretation of the CSPA. The brief highlighted examples of real families, many of them Asian American, that are separated because of a child’s aging out. Asian Americans Advancing JusticeLos Angeles is the nation’s largest legal organization serving Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through direct legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy and leadership development.

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Consulate promotes registration for overseas voting at PHL Independence Day Celebration in Carson Los Angeles – Philippine Consulate General officials led by Consul General Leo M. HerreraLim attended the Philippine Independence Day Celebration held at the Veterans Park, City of Carson last June 7. In the the event organized by the City of Carson and the Philippine Independence Day Foundation, Inc. (PIDF), Herrera-Lim extended his greetings to the attendees as they celebrate the 116th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine Independence. Consulate officials also took the opportunity to promote the ongoing registration for Philippine overseas voting with flyers handed out at the PIDF booth. Local officials Carson Mayor Jim Dear, Mayor Pro-Tempore Elito Santarina and City Council members, showed their support for the event and for the Filipino-Americans in Carson.

EU says PHL, PNG face import ban over illegal fishing BRUSSELS, June 10, 2014 (AFP) – The EU warned Tuesday the Philippines, one of the world’s largest fishing nations, and Papua New Guinea that they faced an import ban if they do not curb illegal fishing. The European Commission said it had failed to make progress in talks with both countries and decided to issue a formal warning – a “yellow card” – that they must reach European Union standards on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. If the Philippines, listed as the 12th biggest global fishing nation, and PNG fail to come up to scratch “through dialogue and cooperation ... then the EU can proceed to trade measures,” it said. The position will be reviewed in six months time to see if the two countries have made enough progress on action plans

drawn up by the EU, it added. In March, the EU banned fish imports from Belize, Cambodia and Guinea for “acting insufficiently against illegal fishing.” The Commission similarly warned Panama, Fiji, Togo, Sri Lanka and Vanuatu in 2012 and South Korea, Ghana and Curacao in 2013 but said Tuesday most of these countries had “cooperated constructively” with Brussels. Illegal fishing is estimated to account for 15 percent of the world catch annually, with the EU importing about 65 percent of its seafood. Fisheries in the Philippines and PNG are under huge pressure from growing populations and environmental damage. The EU imported fish worth 165 million euros from the Philippines in 2013 and 108 million euros from PNG.

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Bong Revilla apologizes to netizens displeased with his speech MANILA, June 12 (Mabuhay) -- “Sorry if I didn’t please you.” This was Senator Ramon Bong Revilla Jr.’s message to Filipinos who criticized on the Internet his privilege speech and audio-visual presentation at the Senate last Monday. In an interview on Wednesday, Revilla said he delivered a speech and sang an original song just to thank his supporters as he faces plunder charges and impending arrest in connection with the alleged pork barrel scam. “Sinabi ko kung ano ang nasa puso ko, iyong pasasalamat sa sambayanang Pilipino, at iyon naman ang pinakamahalaga. Alam naman natin ang patutunguhan nito,” Revilla told reporters. “Kung mayroon man akong hindi napaligaya sa aking privilege speech, tayo ay humihingi na paumanhin sa kanila. Iyong awitin na iyon ay hinandog ko sa 20 milyong katao na sumuporta sa akin,” he added. Revilla, in his speech on Monday, said he is ready to face arrest and detention. He also dared President Benigno Aquino III to solve start solving the country’s problems after going after those allegedly involved

in the pork barrel scam. Before ending his speech, Revilla showed an audio-visual presentation, which used his original song entitled “Salamat Kaibigan.” ‘I am a good sport’ On Tuesday, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Malacañang agrees with the “overwhelming” negative reaction towards Revilla’s speech. According to an informal survey done by Malacañang’s new media team on social media sites and news websites, 99.93 percent of comments from 2,751 respondents were against the senator while 0.07 percent were for him. Revilla, however, said he does not mind these negative reactions. “Naintidihan ko po kayo. Okay lang po iyon sa akin. I am a good sport,” the senator said. Revilla is facing plunder charges before the Sandiganbayan for allegedly pocketing the biggest kickbacks from the alleged pork barrel scam. Also facing plunder charges are Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile, as well as alleged scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles. (MNS)

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Filipinos can learn from country’s heroes, says Aquino NAGA CITY, Camarines Sur, June 12 (Mabuhay) -- President Benigno S. Aquino III has called on Filipinos to relive the spirit of heroism that spurred the revolution against Spanish colonialism more than a hundred years ago. In his message during the 116th anniversary celebration of the proclamation of Philippine Independence, the President said the sacrifices of Filipino heroes must be recognized and must serve as an inspiration, as the country pursues the righteous path that the administration champions. “Bilang mga tagapagmana ng kalayaang ipinaglaban ng mga nauna sa atin, tungkulin po ng bawat isa sa ating hindi na hayaang bumalik ang ating bansa sa dati nitong kalagayan; ang hindi na muling magbunsod ng mga panibagong sakripisyo sa maraming Pilipino,” he said during the ceremony held at Plaza Quince Martires here Thursday. With this in mind, the government continues to carry out major projects that will improve the conditions of the people in the Bicol region, he said, giving as an example the Bicol International Airport in Daraga, Albay, that is aimed at enhancing tourism and relations with other countries. He also cited the proposed one-stop Migrants Resource Center in Naga City which intends to improve the competitiveness and skills of overseas Filipino workers. The President also said that the Congress has passed the extension of the Philippine National Railway (PNR) charter to open up more opportunities to Bicolanos. Urging the people to fight oppression, graft and corruption, and poverty, the President said, “Ang pagwawaksi sa korupsyon at pang-aabuso sa sistema saan man sa Pilipinas – sa lokal man o sa mga pambansang antas – ay magbubunga ng mas matibay na mga istitusyong makapaglilingkod sa bawat Pilipino.”

At the same time, he reminded the people to vote wisely in the election two years from now by choosing competent and pro-poor leaders, those who fight for the people’s rights and not those who only deliver flowery speeches and concentrate on entertaining the crowd. “Pananagutan nating mag-iwan ng mas makatarungan at mas maunlad na Pilipinas kaysa ating dinatnan,” he said. Heroism among Filipinos continues to this day in different forms, he said, citing the bravery of the Marines stationed in the Ayungin Shoal, the achievements of former Naga City mayor and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Jesse Robredo, and the courage of millions of Filipinos who gathered in EDSA during the 1986 revolution: the students, professionals, soldiers and policemen. Naga City Mayor John Bonggat meanwhile thanked the President for choosing his city as the venue for this year’s Independence Day celebration. The Plaza Quince Martires was built in the heart of Naga City to recognize the heroism of Bicolano Ilustrados, who resisted the Spanish rule. Eleven of the 15 martyrs from Bicol were executed in Bagumbayan in January 4, 1897, a few days after the martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal. Two died in jail and the other two died while in exile in an African island. (MNS)

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Nobody is invincible in pork barrel scam: Ping ILOILO CITY, June 13 (Mabuhay) – Former Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who is the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery, said that legislators, current and future, should not feel invincible when it comes to pork barrel scam or corruption for sooner it would be found out. Lacson, who was here Wednesday, said that it was yet in 2003 when he delivered a priviledge speech about the evils of pork barrel and after finishing his speech he was expecting a lively debate to ensue but nothing had happened. He said that now that the pork barrel scam was orchestrated by Janet Napoles and is being investigated, he feels glad he

did not avail of his pork barrel for the past 12 years when he was then senator. He added he’s not prejudging his former colleagues but that this serves as a lesson to all legislators that nobody is invincible when it comes to corruption. (MNS) Earlier, Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno reminded the public not to get impatient in the litigation of the pork barrel scam, saying the rule of law should be paramount. In a speech during the Independence Day Commemoration in Cavite, Sereno said taking shortcuts may even be detrimental to the quest for justice. “Huwag po nating apurahin ang pros-

Enrile asks court to allow to post bail MANILA, June 13 (Mabuhay) -- Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile on Friday asked the Sandiganbayan to allow him to post bail if ever the justices find probable cause on the cases filed against him in connection with the pork barrel scam. In a 51-page urgent omnibus motion, Enrile insisted that he is not guilty of the charges as his participation “is merely to recommend the projects to be funded under the PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) appropriation.” Enrile is facing plunder and graft charges for allegedly receiving kickbacks by funneling his PDAF allocations through bogus non-government organizations. Plunder is a non-bailable offense, but the accused could seek recourse if the prosecution failed to present a compelling evidence. Enrile, in his motion, asked the court, which has yet to issue an arrest warrant, to allow him to post bail even if the evidence against him is strong, noting that the “probability of evading prosecution is unlikely.” Age, health

He said that he is entitled to the most reasonable amount of bail because there is sheer insufficiency of evidence against him. He added that he is already 90 years old and of poor physical condition and requires constant medical attention. Enrile further said that he has never violated the conditions of previous bails granted to him and he is not a flight risk, “and will surely appear before the Sandiganbayan should the trial ensue.” “Enrile’s official and social reputation and stature would make the probability of him not appearing during trial as very remote, if not close to zero. As such, Enrile should correspondingly be allowed to post bail at this time, regardless of evidence against him, in order for him to likewise continue discharging his duties as a dulyelected senator,” the motion read. The Sandiganbayan docket section received the motion at 1:05 p.m., hours after the court raffled the cases against Enrile. Enrile’s case was assigned to 3rd Division under Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang. (MNS)

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pagsasampa ng kaso, kaya dapat masusi ang paghahagilap ng ebidensiya at hindi pwedeng kahit sino na lang ay kasuhan,” she said. The accused also has rights, she stressed. “Kaya bagamat tama po na maging mapagbantay tayo upang masiguro na lahat ay mapanagot anuman ang kulay ng kanilang pulitika. Tama rin po siguro na maging makulit tayo para lalong maging masigasig ang ating mga auditors, imbestigador, piskal, Ombudsman, at huwes sa kanilang tungkulin,” she said. Sereno and relatives of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, some of them holding national and local posts, also led the annual wreathlaying at Aguinaldo’s tomb, inside the National Shrine compound. In her speech, Sereno honored Aguinaldo and his adviser, Apolinario Mabini, also a revolutionary hero and now recognized as the “Brains of the Revolution.” Sereno said in her speech, quoting the very words of Mabini whom she described as an inspiration in the legal profession.

More lawmakers in 3rd batch of pork cases MANILA, June 11 (Mabuhay) – Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the third batch of cases in connection with the pork barrel scam of Janet Lim Napoles will be filed very soon. De Lima declined to name the respondents, only saying that “several lawmakers” will be included. “It will be several lawmakers ang kasama sa third batch. Malapit na malapit na,” De Lima told reporters after her confirmation hearing. The filing may happen next week. “Baka early next week na lang, Monday or Tuesday,” she said. The Department of Justice through the National Bureau of Investigation has filed two sets of cases before the Ombudsman against lawmakers, officials and individuals linked to the pork barrel scam of Janet Lim Napoles. The Ombudsman, meanwhile, has filed before the Sandiganbayan plunder and graft charges against Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla in connection with the scam. (MNS)


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US demands $10-B from Citigroup over mortgage bonds: report NEW YORK, June 13, 2014 (AFP) – The Justice Department has asked Citigroup for more than $10 billion to settle claims the bank misled investors on mortgagebacked bonds sold before the 2008 financial crisis, a report said Friday. US prosecutors broke off talks with Citi and are preparing a lawsuit against the bank after the financial giant offered less than $4 billion to settle the case, Bloomberg News reported. News of the Citi case follows other multi-billion dollar government settlements with major banks over their sale of mortgage-backed securities before the housing bust. The government has charged that the banks falsely claimed the investment vehicles were low-risk when many were linked to risky mortgages that ended up defaulting. JPMorgan Chase in November agreed to pay $13 billion to settle several mortgages suits with the Justice Department. Bank of America is reportedly in talks with the Justice Department on a similar deal for $12 billion or more. That would follow a $9.5 billion settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency over mortgage-backed securities sold by BofA to mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Citi shares fell 1.5 percent to $47.53 in midday trade.


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Violating confidentiality agreements may cost you (How social media postings can harm an employment case) The internet has become a powerful instrument for socializing and reaching people. Networking sites are now virtual coffee shops for meeting or catching up with friends by posting comments or photos. Like all other tools, social media has its good and bad side. People can benefit or suffer unforeseen consequences because of social media activities. Persons who have pending lawsuits are well advised to exercise discretion in what they post online. They may be prohibited from talking about some facts in their case to anyone. Where parties have agreed to settle a case, the settlement agreement may have a confidentiality provision, which requires parties not to disclose certain information covered by the agreement.

The terms of a confidentiality agreement differ. It may state that one cannot talk to the media about the case, or disclose the amount of money paid. It may also restrict disclosure of the results of the case to the public, including family members or close friends. Penalties for violating a confidentiality agreement varies. For example, the violating party may have to pay a fixed amount as stated in the agreement. Or the violating party may forfeit the settlement money. Consider the following story derived from an actual case: Mr. Snay filed a case for age discrimi-

nation and retaliation against former employer, Gulliver Schools. The case was later settled and provided, among other things, the payment to him of $80,000. The settlement agreement included a confidentiality provision that strictly prohibited him from “directly or indirectly” discussing with anyone (except to his attorneys or wife) any information regarding the terms of the agreement. A violation by the employee may result in the forfeiture of the money. Four days after the agreement was signed, the school notified the employee that he had violated the agreement based on the Facebook posting of his college-age daughter, where she stated: “Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.” This comment went out to about 1,200 of the daughter’s friends. The school refused to pay employee the $80,000, stating that he had breached the confidentiality provision. The employee then asked the trial court to enforce the

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settlement. The trial court ruled in the employee’s favor, but the school appealed. The appellate court agreed with the school and ruled that, by disclosing the settlement to his daughter, the employee violated the confidentiality provision of the agreement and was not entitled to the payment. Lesson of this story: A careless disclosure of settlement terms may violate confidentiality and result in not receiving the benefits of a favorable settlement. [C. Joe Sayas, Jr., Esq. is trial attorney who has obtained several million dollar recoveries for his clients against insurance companies and employers. He has been selected as a Super Lawyer by the Los Angeles Magazine, featured in the cover of Los Angeles Daily Journal’s Verdicts and Settlements, and is a member of the Million Dollar-Advocates Forum. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center Washington, D.C. and the University of the Philippines. Visit his website at www.joesayaslaw.com or contact his office at (818) 291-0088 for a no-cost inquiry.]

PHL gov’t repatriates 53 Filipinos from strife-torn Libya MANILA, June 11 (Mabuhay) – Fiftythree Filipino workers were repatriated from strife-torn Libya amid continuing tensions in the North African state, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday. The Filipinos, all employees of Korean company Doosan, are scheduled to arrive in two batches Wednesday in Manila. Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said the first group, composed of 20 Filipinos, will arrive at 4:30 p.m. on board Emirates Airlines Flight EK332, followed by the second batch of 33 workers at 10:10 P.M. via EK 334. A total of 251 Filipinos have volunteered for repatriation, but 198 still remain in Libya. The Philippine government raised crisis alert level 3 or voluntary repatriation in late May due to the worsening security situation. There is currently no functioning government in Libya. Under this crisis level, all Filipinos are encouraged to leave Libya. “The Department of Foreign Affairs continues to remind our nationals in Libya to get in touch with the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli and volunteer for repatriation.

BI uses security stamp to cut red tape MANILA, June 13 (Mabuhay) – Key personnel of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) will use security stamps to simplify procedures and expedite transactions as part of its efforts to cut down on red tape. Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison ordered the use of security stamps pursuant to the rule-making power of the bureau chief under the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940. “It is the bureau’s policy to simplify administrative protocol, reduce bureaucratic red tape and expedite transactions without sacrificing the integrity of the bureau’s procedures and processes,” Mison said in his order. Official uses of security stamp including, among others: deportation orders, certificate of recognition, dual citizenship, mission orders, hold departure orders, alert list orders, black list orders. Also included are watch list orders, immigration look out bulletin orders, allow entry orders, visa cancellation orders, visa forfeiture orders and cancellation/ revocation of authority to accept foreign students.

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Davao Association U.S.A celebrates feast of San Pedro on its annual picnic The Davao-Association U.S.A (DAUSA) of Southern California will celebrate the feast of San Pedro (Patron Saint of Davao City) on its annual picnic on Sunday 11 a.m. June 29 at Hansen Dam Aquatic Center located at 11798 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace, Sylmar, CA, 91342. All families and friends of Dabawenyos are invited to join this memorable event. There will be lots of fun, games, and prizes

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Villar co-sponsors bill that will bring down school dropouts MANILA, June 12 (Mabuhay) – Senator Cynthia Villar has co-sponsored a Senate bill which aims to ‘significantly’ bring down the numbers of students dropping out of school for various reasons. Villar said Senate Bill 2274 or the ‘Open Learning and Distance Education Act of 2014’ will provide flexible system of schooling that will provide better opportunities for the poor and working students to finish their studies. “This distance learning program will significantly bring down the school dropouts,� Villar said. Villar said the government encounters difficulty in providing quality and accessible education to all due to budgetary constraints and other relevant factors. In the preceding years, Villar said there was a decline in the quality of education and the significant increase in the number of students not pursuing and/or finishing higher education. “Somehow, that trend came about because a large number of Filipino families, with their meager resources, could not afford the everyday expenses involved in sending their children to college the traditional way, such as daily allowances for transportation, meals and other schoolrelated incidental expenses,� Villar said. Villar said many young people necessarily had to leave school and shelve their dream of acquiring higher education for

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Aquino takes swipe at ‘entertainers’ as candidates MANILA, June 12 (Mabuhay) – President Aquino took a swipe at possible candidates from the entertainment industry as he reminded voters to select people who can continue the administration’s reforms and not those who can sing and dance. Aquino made the call during Independence Day celebrations at Plaza Kinse Martires in Naga City. “Hindi natin kailangan ng magaling bumigkas ng script, mahusay sumayaw o kumanta. Pananagutan nating mag-iwan ng mas makatarungan at mas maunlad na Pilipinas kaysa ating dinatnan,” he said in his speech.

“Ang pagwawaksi sa corruption ng sistema saan man sa Pilipinas ay magbubunga ng mas matibay na institusyon na maglilingod sa bawat Pilipino. Bawat isa sa atin may maiaambag upang hindi masayang ang isinakripisyo ng ating mga ninuno,” he added. The President also paid tribute to 15 Bicolano martyrs who were executed in 1897. He said their sacrifices should be remembered especially now that the country is facing the pork barrel scandal. Aquino also insisted due process was given to those facing plunder and graft charges for the pork barrel scam amid al-

VP Binay not resigning from PNoy Cabinet velopment Coordinating MANILA, June 12 Council (HUDCC) for his (Mabuhay) – Vice Presisupposed failure to stop dent Jejomar Binay on his allies from attacking Thursday brushed aside an the ruling Liberal Party administration lawmaker’s (LP). call for him to resign from The administration the Aquino Cabinet. party is chaired by PresiIn an interview after dent Benigno Aquino III. Independence Day rites Asked for his comin Manila, Binay said he ment to Erice’s challenge, is already used to political Binay simply said, “Araw attacks. ng Kalayaan ngayon. “Matagal rin naman Vice President Jejomar Binay akong nag-mayor, so talagang it’s part Tama na muna ‘yang pulitika.” On Wednesday, the Vice-President’s doon sa pulitika natin. ‘Yun lang sana naman maging malinis sa pulitika. Hindi daughter, Makati Rep. Abigail Binay, critinababahiran ng ‘di maganda,” Binay told cized Erice for supposedly creating intrigue reporters on Thursday. between his father and the President. The Vice President was reacting to As early as 2011, Vice President Binay statements made by Caloocan City Rep. had already made public his intention to Edgar Erice, who told Binay to quit as seek the presidency during the 2016 polls. chairman of the Housing and Urban De- (MNS)

legations of politicking. Three senators - Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla - are facing plunder charges before the Ombudsman for their alleged links to the scam. “Napapanahaon balikan ang pangyayaring ito lalo ngayon tinatahak natin ang landas ng reporma at tunay na hustisya. Alam naman natin ang isa sa mga pinakamainit na isyu ngayon. May ilang prominenteng personalidad na sinampahan ng kaso ng Ombudsman sa isyu ng pagkakamkam ng pork barrel,” he said. “Ang kanilang sinasabi, pinupulitika

lang naman daw sila. Ipaalala lang po natin, nung panahon ng eleksyong 2013 ng unang lumutang ang balita ng illegal detention kay [Benhur] Luy marso pati mga pekeng NGO at pamumulsa sa pondo ng bayan. Ipinaubaya kay [Justice Secretary] Leila de Lima huwag umaksyon ng walang patunay. Sinunod natin ang tamang proseso...at ngayon may nakasampang kaso. Pwedeng ginawa ito noon ng mabilisan at walang matibay na basehan upang masira ang mga pangalan ng mga taong dawit pero idinaan sa tamang proseso para sa katotohanan at tayo pa ang inakusahang namumulitika,” he added. (MNS)

Erap: No need for Sandiganbayan special divisions for ‘pork’ cases MANILA, June 12 (Mabuhay) -- Former President and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada on Thursday said that there is no need for Sandiganbayan special divisions to hear plunder charges in connection with the alleged pork barrel scam, similar to those formed when he was indicted for the same offense in 2002. In an interview after Independence Day rites in Manila, Estrada said one of five divisions of the anti-graft court is enough to hold proceedings on the plunder charges involving senators, including his son, Senator Jinggoy Estrada. “Is it that necessary? Palagay ko one division is enough. During my time when I was the one in trial, for the first time, they created a special force,” Mayor Estrada told reporters Thursday. Asked what his advice is for his embattled son, Mayor Estrada said, “Well, he can defend himself.” Last week, the Office of the Ombudsman asked the Supreme Court (SC) to form at least two Sandiganbayan special divisions to “exclusively try and conduct continuous trial” of the cases related to the alleged multibillion-peso pork barrel fund scam. The request for special divisions came after the Ombudsman formally charged with plunder Senators Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon Bong Revilla Jr., as well as alleged scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles. The SC already instructed the Sandiganbayan to comment on the Ombudsman’s proposal to create special divisions for the pork barrel scam-related cases.


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Apl.de.Ap Foundation’s ‘Rebuild Philippines’ concert a smashing success On a perfect moonlit-night last Sunday, June 8th the packed Greek Theatre presented Apl. de. Ap Foundation’s lengthy five-hour fundraiser entitled: “Rebuild Philippines,” hosted by the charming and perky Fil-Am KTLA-TV news anchor, Cher Calvin in her stunning metallic gold and black cocktail dress. In partnership with the Apl.de.Ap Foundation, the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital and Western Union both cosponsored the event which was

Taboo, Apl.de.Ap and Will.I.Am performing at the Greek Theatre. Photo: Benny Uy

directed by the multi-talented Ted Benito. In their opening acts, the trio - Apl (whose real name is Alan Pineda Lindo, was born and raised in Pampanga), Will.I.Am (real name William Adams) and Taboo (real name Jaime Gomez) reminisce their humble beginnings in East LA.and pumped up the audienc ewith their hit song “Let’s Get It Started.” The trio also agreed that it’s time for them to “give back” particularly to the survivors of Haiyan, whom Apl had visited three weeks right after the typhoon struck Eastern Visayas last year. Among the entertainers who performed in the fundraiser, this writer and friend Danny Bajet were impressed by a rising 13-year old singer/songwriter/pianist named Miguel Antonio, who sang a very meaningful song he composed dedicated to the boy whom he saw on TV who “survived the typhoon by clinging on a tree branch.” Other notable performers were: Jabbawokeez, the popular Asian hip-hop dance crew who currently headlines at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas with their signature white gloves, masks and electrifying acrobatic antics; Jokoy, currently a well-known Fil Am stand-up comic whose real name is Joseph Glenn Herbert who hails from the State of Washington; the four Jazmin sisters; AJ Rafael, the promising young artists/singing group called “We the Future” and the Fil-Harmonic singing group. Toward the end of the show, the packed audience didn’t want to leave. Everyone wanted to stay in an overtime party mood, jamming with the Black Eyed Peas including Philippine Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim and his wife Fides, who were seated right in front of the stage during the sing along of “having a good good time” and ending the night with a chorus of the group’s multi-awarded song “I Gotta Feelin!” What a night!


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Fathers remembered after 52 years It took more than half a century before someone realized that fathers need to be remembered for their contributions in the family like mothers whose day was commemorated last month. A Civil War veteran widower, William Jackson Smart, who raised his six children by himself after the death of his wife giving birth to their sixth child is to be credited for this special day of remembrance. One his children, Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in   Arkansas, realized the tremendous difficulties her dad had to go through pastor “that there should also be a day to in raising a family as a single parent when celebrate Father’s day” and suggested she herself went through the same experi- June 5, her father’s birthday to be the day. ence when she married and had her own The day was too soon for the pastor to children. She, too, went through the dif- prepare a sermon on her request and sugficulties and challenges as a single parent. gested instead that he did it on June 19, the Father’s Day was founded at the Young third Sunday of the month. Earnest Effort Men’s Christian Association in Spokane, to Promote Father’s Day Washington on June 19, 1910 by Sonora Dodd spent years promoting the celSmart Dodd. Three different people shared the honor ebration of Fathers Day nationally. She of inventing Father’s Day celebrated on the sought the help of the manufacturers of third Sunday in June to honor of millions goods for men, makers of ties, tobacco of fathers in the United States. While the pipes and other gifts suitable for honorfirst Mother’s Day was first celebrated in ing fathers for her idea. Many Americans May 1914 by virtue of President Woodrow believed then, as many still do today, that Wilson’s proclamation, Father’s Day did there’s to much commercialism attending not come to be until 1966. the celebration the Fathers Day and “was The History of Fathers Day just another way for retailers to make Inspired by her Pastor’s sermon on money after the popularity of Mothers the newly established Mother’s Day, the Day” that led to the successful sale of gifts daughter Sonora Dodd suggested to her for mothers.

  

Barangay Olympia (Makati): Former residents of Barangay Olympia in Makati, Philippines and are now residents of California will reunite this Sunday at the Fullerton residence of Orange County Realtor Nick Enciso in the City of Fullerton to “relive and reminisce the good old days in their home barangay.”

Buena Park Tennis Circle Tourney: One of the most active tennis clubs at the Boisseranc Park in Buena is the Buena Park Tennis Circe whose membership continues to grow under the leadership of Cesar Ramico, Coordinator: Rico Taruc, Public Relations Officer, and Rey Surambao, Finance Officer. An on-going tournament, one that comes on the heels of the previous successful tourney, will keep the members busy for the days ahead wielding their tennis racquets.

To help with the promotion of Fathers Day, the New York Associated Men’s Wear Retailers organized a Father’s Day Council in 1938 amidst the public resistance on the idea as another money making project. Back then, one of the ways of celebrating Fathers Day was to wear a flower, a red rose if the father was still living and a white rose if the father was deceased. Later, a special activity (e.g. a restaurant date), gift, or a card became a common place. A Bill had been submitted to Congress for an official national recognition of Fathers Day as early as 1913. Three years later, President Woodrow Wilson vigorously promoted to make Father’s Day official, but he could not muster enough support from Congress. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge recommended that Father’s Day be observed by the nation, but did not go

so far as issuing a national proclamation. It was in 1957 then Senator Margaret Chase Smith of Maine wrote in a proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers, and “singling out just one of our two parents”. Finally, in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation making third Sunday of June as Fathers Day. President Richard Nixon made Fathers Day a permanent national holiday in 1972.

Aquino in ‘good health’ despite coughing fits, says Palace MANILA, June 13 (Mabuhay) – Despite his constant coughing fits, Malacañang assured the public on Friday that President Benigno Aquino III is in “good health” and can perform his duties without any problem. “The President consults his personal physicians on a very regular basis. And I was told by one of them that: ‘Yes [is] generally, in good health,’” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said during a press conference. However, she said that she cannot go into the details of the consultations. “I myself do not have those details owing to the fact that we respect the patient-doctor privilege that we recognize,” she said. “But however, generally, I have been informed that the President is in good health,” she added. Public concern about the President’s condition spiked after his 2013 State of the Nation Address (SONA) was interrupted by at least five coughing episodes. Since then, he is still usually seen coughing in between speeches. Last year, Aquino’s allergic reaction to pollen from flowers also sidelined him for days. But Valte said that whenever he feels sick, the President immediately consults his doctor. “He mentions sometimes that he tends to have some stomach pains. Nagkokonsulta po ‘yan agad doon sa kanyang physician,” he said. Valte said his staff also makes sure that the President is kept away from things that may trigger his allergies.


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Leland Yee and the Filipino voters You’d think Filipinos back home are the ones gullible enough to keep electing known criminals like Erap Estrada and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, both jailed for plunder, both reelected public officials. You’d say patronage politics made them so jaded they are like lemmings jumping off cliffs during elections, plunging to their self-induced destruction of the moral fiber of Philippines society by empowering the corrupt to keep robbing them blind. Discordant voices may cry foul over this generalization. But even they themselves are seemed powerless from keeping the these Californians thinking when they hands of public officials out of the cookie voted for Yee?” jar. Corruption and politics there are as It’s definitely not ignorance considerinseparable as peanut butter and jelly. Ad- ing the high profile of his case. When ministration after administration, charges everybody of good repute was on a high of corruption is exposed, every time with horse denouncing his illegal campaign just new faces on them. fund-raising activities. Besides, the media Their choice of leaders might be mis- was at his throat 24/7 after he was arrested placed but give them credit for their love for failing to smell the pigs in his close-knit of elections unlike the Americans who circle that are now after his hide. are so loud-mouthed with their advocacy It could also be that the 334,000 wanted but too lazy to participate in the electoral to send a message to some of these sitting process. They neither allow such scale of immoral moralists, who are not yet caught impunity nor tolerance on corruption but in flagrante but are probably involved in their preference for representation leaves the same shady activities as those of Yee much to be desired either, given how the as they are forced to constantly beef up U.S. Congress is so dysfunctional because their war chest in a never-ending election it is run by ideologues of extreme persua- cycle. As the Bible says: “Let him who is sions pandering primarily to their vested without sin cast the first stone.” interest. Like their Filipino counterparts, “How many of my fellow Californians American voters are gullible enough to joined me in voting for Leland Yee? If elect George W. Bush back to a second we’re going to have a crook, let’s have one term despite lying about invading Iraq and that likes guns,” says a Twit printed on SF Afghanistan. Gate giving us a glimpse of how our gun And how do you make of the 334,000 culture has distorted our sense of propriety Californians who voted for suspended Cali- in politics. fornia State Senator Leland Yee? The San Others said that Yee might have conFrancisco Democrat finished a strong third sorted himself with unsavory characters in the June 3rd primary elections for State but he was not caught stealing taxpayers’ Secretary besting eight other candidates, money unlike those on “Napolist” as headincluding an independent endorsed by the lined by the triumvirate of Enrile, Estrada editorial board of The Chronicle. With and Revilla, who, if the ghost of elections the turnout of voters dropping to another past should tell us, will be reelected while record low of 20 percent, or about 3.4 mil- incarcerated like Arroyo or after getting a lion of the 17.7 million registered voters, presidential pardon like Estrada. Yee’s 10 percent draw was a good showing. He may have disgraced himself and Never mind for a second that Yee has disappointed his constituents, but the fall been indicted on multiple federal money of Yee should highlight the need for camlaundering and weapons charges. Yee paign finance reform. That the need for big dropped out of the race in March. Folks money in politics has marginalized those were voting for an indicted man who didn’t without it, and are forcing the likes of Yee even want their votes, as SF Gate tries to to resort to illegal solicitations. For comfathom the psychology behind: “WTF are ment: omq1124@sbcglobal.net

DBM to release nearly P1B to settle unpaid GSIS premiums of DepEd-ARMM MANILA, June 11 (Mabuhay) – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is releasing nearly P1 billion to settle unpaid insurance premiums of mostly public school teachers in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). In an e-mailed statement, the DBM said it signed Wednesday a supplemental memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and the Department of Education (DepEd) in ARMM. Under the MOA signing, the department will release P991.4 million, of which P891.4 million will be paid to GSIS within 30 days and P100 million without interest within a year. The payments will cover all arrears for 29,019 DepEd-ARMM personnel, and will be sourced from savings under the 2014 General Appropriations Act. “For a good while, DepEd personnel in the ARMM were unable to enjoy the full range of GSIS benefits that they were entitled to, including their salary loans and retirement gratuity,” DBM Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad said in the statement. “Public school teachers actually comprise a remarkable 80 percent of the civil service pool in the ARMM, and many of them have faithfully served their communities for most of their professional lives. Restoring their benefits is only just and fitting,” he added. The supplemental MOA follows a previous tripartite agreement signed in March 2004, where the DepEd-ARMM agreed to pay its obligations to GSIS within fifteen years of the signing date. Abad said it is also in line with the Bangsamoro peace pact signed earlier this year, which signals a period of greater socio-economic development in the ARMM. “The Aquino administration is keen on bringing more education, healthcare, and infrastructure services to this region, besides providing basic public services that Bangsamoro communities previously had little to no access to,” he said. “The fact that we can now take better care of our DepEd personnel in the ARMM fits very nicely with that,” Abad added. On March 27, the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed a comprehensive peace agreement to end decades-long armed conflict and pave the prospect of economic development in the region. (MNS)

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BIR shuts popular Greenbelt bar over tax violations MANILA, June 11 (Mabuhay) – A popular restaurant-bar in Greenbelt 3, Makati City has been shut by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) over alleged tax violations. In a statement, the BIR said it padlocked Timeless Bar and Restaurant Concepts, which operates Dillinger’s 1903 Steak & Brew in Greenbelt 3 Ayala Center, due to “acts and omissions constituting violations of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997.” Timeless Bar, which also manages Bugsy’s and Prohibition Liquor Lounge, is described on Prohibition’s Facebook page as “dedicated to giving guests an unforgettable nightlife experience.” The BIR said the Dillinger’s was the first restaurant it shuttered in the Greenbelt area. It noted that the upscale bar is “reportedly owned by scions of well-known politicians in the country,” but did not give names. The BIR said Timeless Bar and Restaurant Concepts was the subject of a “mission order” issued to the Special Investigation Division of Revenue Region No. 8, Makati City to determine if it complied with the

Tax Code requirements. During its surveillance and monitoring operations, it was discovered the company did not report its correct taxable sales and receipts to the BIR. The BIR said an initial assessment of Timeless Bar’s tax liability showed it had underdeclared correct taxable sales and receipts by 213.55 percent. The BIR said it had issued a 48-hour notice to Timeless Bar to address its liabilities, but it did not make the necessary rectifications. A 5-day Value Added Tax compliance notice was issued, but once again the company did not comply. Both notices had required Timeless Bar to amend its previously-filed VAT returns to reflect the correct taxable sales and receipts, as well as indicate VAT output tax in its receipts, register special purpose machines, and comply with bookkeeping requirements. “Said failure prompted the BIR to shut down the bar and restaurant,” the bureau said. On Dillinger’s Facebook page, the restaurant said it is closed on June 11 for an event. (MNS)

PHILSELA’s Santacruzan Festival is one of many annual projects of the 40-year-old community organization and attracts hundreds of residents in Cerritos.

PHILSELA holds annual Santacruzan in Cerritos CERRITOS – Young and beautiful Filipinas, dressed in native Philippine gowns and escorted by young Filipinos clad in Barong Tagalog, paraded around the Cerritos Regional Park as the Philippine Society of Southeast Los Angeles (PHILSELA) show cased one of the Philippines’ most popular cultural traditions, the Santacruzan last Saturday, May 31, in Cerritos. The Santacruzan Festival is one of many annual projects of the 40-year-old community organization and attracts hundreds of residents in Cerritos and nearby cities who witness how Filipinos celebrate what is commonly described as “Queen of Festivals” in the homeland. The festivity commemorates the search of the Holy Cross by Queen Helena and her son, the newly converted emperor Constantine the Great. After the Holy Cross was found in Jerusalem and brought back to Rome, there was joyful celebration for thanksgiving. This year’s Reyna Elena is Jillian Manalang. Joining the parade are officers and members of PHILSELA, led by President Nimfa Castro and Chairman Frank Yokoyama all dressed in native Philippine gowns and Barong Tagalog. The event was organized by the 2014 Santacruzan committee, led by Alice Ramos, chair and Nimfa Castro, vice chair and Jill Manalang, Hermana Mayor. “PHILSELA is proud to present one of the Philippines’ most revered festivals in the form of Santacruzan to the community of Cerritos and nearby cities. This is an annual project of the organization that gives both Filipinos and non-Filipinos a chance

to have a glimpse of Filipino culture and traditions,” said PHILSELA president Castro. Ramos, who was president of the organization in 2012, said she is glad and honored to spearhead this grand event. She thanked all the young women who graced the parade as reynas and sagalas and their escorts, the sponsors, Cerritos community organization volunteers, residents of the city of Cerritos and other nearby cities, and all the officers and members who helped make the event a success. Special thanks to Leelin Bakery for their support of the 2014 Santacruzan. Before the parade, mass was held at the Cerritos Regional Park gymnasium at 12 noon presided by Fr. Tony Gomez of St. Linus Catholic Church. The parade started at 1:30 p.m. and ended one hour later, followed soon after by free refreshments and a cultural show. Cerritos Mayor Mark Pulido, a FilipinoAmerican who once served as a sagala escort when he was still a teenager, and Vice Consul Mary Joy Ramirez were the guests of honor. The celebration took a more festive atmosphere with the performance of a 28-member rondalla, the Filipino American Musical Ensemble (FAME) that played popular folk music, and folk dance presentations by the reynas, the Pinoy Kids, and students of the Filipino Cultural School. The American and Philippine national anthems were sung by Charishma Marquez while a song number was rendered by Irel Oliver. The masters of ceremonies were Beth Boschma and Paolo Roca.


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When you should use Chapter 7 debt relief The Supreme Court of the United States has often called Chapter 7 bankruptcy the “Fresh Start�. This is an accurate description of debt relief given by Chapter 7. Debtors are given a rare opportunity to get rid of their debts without paying them. At the same time, they are able to keep all, if not most of their assets, and their income. Think about it. They will still have the house they live in, their retirement accounts, their cars & furniture. In most cases, they     keep everything they own, and all of their income. a clerk for the State of California. She Let’s look at several recent actual client makes $60,000 annually. Her husband is profiles: an accountant who makes $65,000 annuClient is 66 years old and still working ally. Their residence has equity of $80,000. as a registered nurse. She owns a house They own two old model cars. She owes with $150,000 of equity. She divorced $70,000 of credit cards. Her husband owes 10 years ago. Due to illness in the fam- $50,000 of credit cards. She decided to file ily abroad, she liquidated her 401K of for Chapter 7 relief because of unexpected $180,000 during 2007, 2008 and 2009. As circumstances that requires her to support a result, the IRS is now after her for back her mother who lives abroad. She needs income taxes for those years of $80,000. to send her mother $2,000 a month for the The State is also after her for $30,000 of next 12 months. Mother lost her house and back taxes. Her income is still good at this livelihood due to a natural calamity in their time because she still works. She also owes home country. $30,000 of credit cards. But realistically, Even though the amount of $2,000 a how will she pay $110,000 of past due month for a dependent is an unusually income taxes? Further, when she retires in large amount, this is a perfectly legitimate a few years, her income will be reduced by deduction allowed by the means test. With more than half her current income. this deduction, client was eligible for A Chapter 7 bankruptcy will discharge Chapter 7 relief subject to strict scrutiny by $110,000 of back income taxes and the Chapter 7 trustee and the U.S. Trustee. $30,000 of credit card debt allowing her But as the Supreme Court has said many to be debt free. At the same time, she can times, Chapter 7 relief is the “Fresh Start� keep her house with $150,000 of equity. It’s that is given to the “honest� debtor. Since too bad she liquidated her 401K because client was perfectly honest in her case and she would have been able to keep the entire had all the documentary evidence to sup$180,000 in her retirement account despite port her deduction, I filed the case for her her Chapter 7 bankruptcy. She’s off to a last month. “Fresh Start� at the age of 66 having disYesterday was the 341A meeting of charged all she owed to the IRS and FTB creditors. To tell you the truth, I was surand credit cards while keeping her house, prised how smoothly everything went at other assets and her income. She has the the hearing. The U.S. trustee showed up peace of mind of retiring without debt and and I thought he showed up to ask my clikeeping her current and future income for ent questions. But the UST showed up to herself. question the debtor before my client, and Client is 55 years old and works as did not have any questions for my client.



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English and Filipino. “AudioNow extends the reach of our broadcasters into the United States and we applaud Radio Veritas, PTV, Radio Maria, the Catholic Media Network, Spirit FM and D’Ultimate for recognizing this and invite other leading Filipino broadcasters to join this effort.” Since the end of last year, the Embassy has been working with AudioNow and utilizing its call-to-listen-platform as a new avenue to reach out to members of the Philippine diaspora in the US.

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“How long can I stay abroad then?” Estrada asked. De Lima said, “It’s not for me to give an advise to that.” Estrada said he has no intention of leaving the country, for now.

With the launching of Radyo Tambuli, which was developed with the assistance of AudioNow, the Embassy earned for itself the distinction of being the first foreign mission to utilize the call-to-listen platform for public diplomacy purposes. Radyo Tambuli can be accessed by calling 415.628.5777. “After Radyo Tambuli, adding radio stations from the Philippines was the natural next step,” according to Elan Blutinger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AudioNow, adding that more Philippine radio stations are expected to take part in the initiative in the next several weeks.

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The senator also questioned de Lima’s actions at the time former President Gloria Arroyo was to leave the country for medical attention abroad. Despite a temporary restraining order from the high court, de Lima instructed the Bureau of Immigration officials to block Arroyo from leaving.

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eignty. The reclamation being conducted in the Mabini Reef shows grave disrespect of China towards our country and our people,” according to Ms. Rafaela David, Chairperson of Akbayan Youth. The group also called on the Filipino people to stand up and continue the fight against this present threat to Philippine Independence through a new kind of revolution. “Indeed, complete independence will

not be achieved until we have sovereign control over our territories in the West Philippine Sea. Thus we strongly urge the public to wage a new revolution against China’s aggression and expansionism in the West Philippine Sea.” Ms. David describes the new revolution to have three main components. “Firstly, we must build a strong patriotic constituency, particularly among the youth, through grassroots education.

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victory of one of the Republican sponsors of the Senate immigration bill, Senator Lindsey Graham, who easily won his South Carolina primary Tuesday. Numerous public opinion surveys have shown strong support for comprehensive and balanced immigration reform, said Engler, a Republican former three-term governor of Michigan. “The issue is very important for the nation.” Reform a ‘win-win deal’ The Business Roundtable called for “sensible” reform, saying there were compelling reasons to fix a system that includes an ongoing flood of illegal immigrants across the US-Mexico border.

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hanan. Pagkatapos tayo pa ngayon ang sinasabihan na namumulitika? Kayo na hong bahalang magpasya kung sino ang papanigan niyo sa usaping ito,” he added. The President’s remarks came a day after Senator Jinggoy Estrada lambasted government institutions which investigated his alleged involvement in the scam. Before this, Senator Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. also urged the President to “lead this country not with hatred but with love [and] lead the country with unity and not

partisanship.” Last week, the Office of the Ombudsman formally charged Revilla, Estrada and Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, with plunder for their alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam. They were also charged with graft on Monday afternoon. Upholding justice Also in his speech, Aquino recalled his family’s experience during the Martial Law regime taught him to uphold justice.


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Automatic revocation of wills and trust upon entry of divorce or nullity judgment You just finalized your divorce. You are free and single again. Ever wonder what happens to the will or revocable trust you executed during your marriage with your ex spouse naming your ex spouse or her family as beneficiary in case you pass away? Well, those documents are revoked by operation of law. A judgment of dissolution or nullity automatically can   cels, by operation of law, non probate transfers between the former spouses or domestic partners. It equities, etc. This is a very low threshold also terminates the right of survivorship to exceed specially in California where interest in joint tenancies between the real estate prices, even after the economic former spouses/domestic partners and in crisis, remains in the upper end of the curve community property with right of survivor- among the 50 states. ship. Prob.C. §§ 5601, 5602, 5604. Unless Commencing a probate case is expenthe respective wills otherwise provide, the sive and a very slow process. Someone judgment also revokes all testamentary qualified will have to file a Petition with the transfers between the former spouses or probate court to have someone appointed domestic partners and any provision in as executor or administrator. The Petitionthe will of either nominating the former er’s attorney gets paid a statutory rate for spouse or domestic partner as executor, attorney’s fees commencing with 4% of the trustee, conservator or guardian. Probate gross estate. The probate referee will have Code § 6122; Estate of Coleman (2005) to be paid for appraising the assets of the 129 CA4th 380, 389, 28 CR3d 282, 288; estate. If it is necessary to post bond, the Estate of Jones (2004) 122 CA4th 326, premium on the bond would have to be paid 332–333, 18 CR3d 637, 641. as well. There is also the cost of adminisA divorce judgment and nullity judg- tering the estate such as selling some of the ment also affects non probate transfers assets to satisfy the estate’s obligations and such as trusts. A broad range of surviv- to divide the estate according to the will or ing spouse/domestic partner rights are the intestate line of succession if there is canceled upon finality of a judgment of no will. The entire process could take up dissolution or nullity including benefi- years specially if certain beneficiaries and ciary rights under retirement plans, pay on creditors file certain claims. The probate death accounts, transfer on death vehicle court file would be public record. registrations, trusts and a marital property On the other hand if you have a revoagreement. Probate Code § 5600(e) . cable trust, your estate can avoid the entire Now since Wills and Trusts executed court system and court supervision. In cerduring the marriage is revoked upon entry tain situations, the process may also save of divorce or nullity judgment, you should you estate taxes which may be substantial think about setting up a new estate plan af- if your assets exceed a certain threshold. ter the divorce or nullity to have a new plan Basically, you and/or your spouse can be in place in case you pass away. If you pass named as the initial trustee of the trust away with at least $150,000 in gross assets while you are alive. The trustee is the and you do not have a living trust (even if person who manages the trust. This means you have a will), your beneficiaries would you retain control of all your assets the have to open up a probate case before title same way as if you never had a trust. For to the assets can pass to them. When I revocable trusts, you can later on, at any say gross asset, I mean regardless of how time during your lifetime, revoke the entire much debt you owe on them. For example trust if you change your mind. if you own a house valued at $850,000 at The assets held in your living trust will the time of your death, it does not matter be managed by the trustee and distributed that your mortgage balance is 800,000, a according to your directions without court probate case has to be opened in order to supervision and involvement when you pass title to that property. The same is true pass away. This can save your heirs time with other types of assets such as owning and money. Since the trust would not be a business, a professional practice, bonds, under the direct management of the probate

 

 

Jailed congressmen will still get paid – Speaker MANILA, June 11 (Mabuhay) – Whether in jail or free, congressmen who are linked to the pork barrel scam will still get their salaries and full benefits. Speaker Sonny Belmonte said the House of Representatives does not have rules that automatically suspend congressmen who are charged with plunder. He pointed out that Senator Antonio Trillanes received his salary and full benefits even while in jail for rebellion charges. Belmonte said lawmakers linked to the pork barrel scam of Janet Lim Napoles will remain members of the Lower House even if they are arrested, as long as they are not convicted. Congressmen who are accused of plunder but are allowed to post bail can return to the chamber and continue with their duties, he said. Napoles earlier listed down the names of 100 congressmen who allegedly had transactions with her in the pork barrel scam. Many of the lawmakers have denied the allegations, saying they do not know the businesswoman. Napoles is accused of conniving with government officials and lawmakers to funnel billions of pesos in priority develop-

ment assistance funds to her NGOs. Meanwhile, the issuance of arrest warrants against those accused in the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam may take a while, the Sandiganbayan executive clerk of court said. Lawyer Renator Bocar told reporters the Sandiganbayan justices need to study if there is probable cause on the cases filed with the anti-graft court. “Pag-aaralan ng justices ... kung may probable cause. Under the Rules of Court, binibigyan ang judges and justices ng 10 araw ... pero sa mga kasong ito, na alam naman nating kumplikado at napakaraming ebidensiya, maaring lumampas ng 10 araw ang pag-aaral ng mga justices,� he said. “In which case, maglalabas lamang sila ng warrant of arrest... kung merong probable cause...,� he added. He even cited the time the Ombudsman spent to study the complaints filed by the Department of Justice and the National Bureau of Investigation with it, before finally deciding to take the cases to the anti-graft court. The DOJ and NBI filed the complaint before the Ombudsman in September last year.

court, your assets and their value and your beneficiaries’ identities would not become a public record. Your heirs and beneficiaries would still have to be notified about the living trust and advised, among other things, of their right to obtain a copy of the trust. If you recently got divorced or had a marriage annulled, you should have a new estate plan (wills and trust) set up to save on estate taxes, save on probate and administration cost, and make it more convenient for your beneficiaries to inherit from your estate. Please note that this article is not legal advice and is not intended as legal advice. The article is intended to provide only general, non-specific legal information. This article is not intended to cover all the issues related to the topic discussed. The specific facts that apply to your matter may make the outcome different than would be

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Drilon on graft-tainted Congress: Let us restore honor, rebuild respect

MANILA, June 12 (Mabuhay) – On Independence Day, Senate President Franklin Drilon urged the public to keep their faith in the country’s democratic institutions, saying the “pork barrel” controversy hounding Congress is a “cleansing process” that will strengthen the graft-tainted institution. Drilon, in a speech during the 116th Anniversary of the Philippine Independence held in Pinaglabanan Shrine in San Juan City on Thursday, also called on the public to separate the Senate as an institution from the controversies involving some of its members. “Let us be more discerning. Let us not allow some quarters to dishonor our institutions, because the lack of respect for our democratic institutions only dishonor the memory of the brave and selfless Filipinos who valiantly fought the foreign colonizers to liberate our country, thus giving birth to Asia’s first democracy,” he said. “I believe that the relentless search for the truth and justice is a cleansing process that will strengthen this institution as a part of our government,” he added. Drilon noted that challenges to Philippine democracy have been present since the earliest days of the Philippine government. “Since we declared our independence 116 years ago, our country has been through political upheavals and economic debacles,” he said. “Countless times our democratic institutions passed through deep waters of political intrigues and controversies, but as a nation we have always shown peerless courage to defend the national interest and protect our institutions,” said the senator. Drilon then called on the public, particularly the nation’s youth, to take a more active role in “preserving our democratic values and traditions, and protecting our democratic institutions,” saying that public vigilance would be a key component of “restoring honor and rebuilding respect to both houses of Congress.” He said Filipinos, especially the younger generation must take to heart their responsibility of guarding national freedom, especially when concerning realities in government. “I call on our people to renew our commitment to democracy. Let us revitalize our sense of nationhood with all of us thinking and acting as Filipinos, for Filipinos,” Drilon added.(MNS)

Palace to China: Be more friendly to PHL

MANILA, June 10 (Mabuhay) – Be more friendly to the Philippines. This seemed to be the message of Malacañang after China denounced Vietnam and the Philippines for getting together on a disputed island in the South China Sea to play soccer and volleyball, calling it “a clumsy farce” and demanded both countries stop causing trouble. “Instead of condemning the friendly games between the Philippines and Vietnam, China should focus on engaging the Philippines in friendly initiatives,” presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a text message Tuesday. Lacierda said the Philippines, for its part, even observed the 13th Filipino-Chinese Friendship Day on Monday. China and the Philippines continue to be embroiled in a territorial dispute over parts of the South China Sea. Manila has elevated the matter to a United Nations tribunal, a move which China rejected. Despite this, Lacierda said the country will “continue to resort to the diplomatic track.” “Certainly, we do not want to escalate any tensions in the South China Sea. That is not what we are there for and, therefore, the best thing that we can do is to resort to the diplomatic mechanism,” he said during a press briefing on Monday.

Virginia political quake may doom Obama immigration hopes By Stephen Collinson

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014 (AFP) – A grassroots revolution in Virginia did not just topple Republican Party chieftain Eric Cantor. Tuesday’s political earthquake also likely doomed US President Barack Obama’s hopes of a sole significant second term domestic legislative triumph – immigration reform. The stunning primary defeat of Cantor, the House Republican Majority leader, by a hero of the radical conservative Tea Party faction ranked as one of the biggest electoral upsets in decades. A shocked Washington was only beginning to game out the political implications Wednesday. Cantor reportedly plans to step down as majority leader by the end of July. University professor Dave Brat successfully branded Cantor a supporter of “amnesty” for illegal immigrants - despite the fact he only favored lukewarm reform – energizing the tiny but motivated conservative primary electorate in Virginia’s 7th district. Any wavering Republican toying with a vote to offer a path to citizenship to 12 million illegal immigrants will surely now balk at sticking their neck out amid perceptions one of Washington’s top power brokers was felled by the issue. “This shows there is no chance of getting anything done legislatively on the subject through the summer, after which it would be difficult to get anything done with presidential speculation beginning,” said Cesar Vargas of the Dream Action Coalition, a pro-reform group. Brookings Institution senior fellow Audrey Singer agreed. “There was very slim hope to begin with, and this might be the nail in the coffin,” Singer said. Immigration does not tell the whole story of Cantor’s demise – but the perception that it did him in may be enough. Brat told MSNBC Cantor had lost touch with his district. “I was door knocking and know what is on the mind of the folks,” Brat said. One damning report testifying to Cantor’s distance from his grass roots suggested his campaign spent more in steakhouses than Brat’s campaign spent in total. Some immigration reform advocates also suggested that Cantor’s problem was that he did not lead on the issue and so was consumed by it. They cited a Public Policy Poll showing 58 percent of Republicans in Cantor’s district wanted immigration reform – suggesting that a low turnout among more moderate partisans could have been decisive. Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer said the

Cantor strategy of playing both sides of the issue “is a path to defeat.” Fretful Republicans are however unlikely to take political advice from a liberal Democrat. Busted hopes Busted hopes of reform are not just bad news for Obama, who needs to get a bill, that has passed the Senate, through the Republican House to flesh out a thin second term. In recent presidential elections, Republicans have slumped among Hispanic voters – for whom immigration reform is a cause celebre. Many political professionals believe the party will never recapture the White House without repairing ties to the fast-growing community. In 2012, Obama beat Republican Mitt Romney by 71 percent to 27 percent among Hispanics, who made the difference in some key swing states. But the recent political lesson is that any Republican who touches immigration reform is burned – Texas governor Rick Perry stumbled on the issue and saw his ambitious presidential campaign crumble in 2012. A possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016, Senator Marco Rubio, has struggled to rebuild his fortunes after championing Senate immigration reform last year. There was no immediate reaction from Obama himself to seeing one of his most sworn foes toppled – though such was the distaste for Cantor in the White House, there was likely private glee. White House spokesman Josh Earnest insisted that Cantor’s demise did not mean that immigration reform was not dead in the water. “It is the view of the White House that there is support all across the country for common sense bipartisan immigration reform,” Earnest told reporters traveling with Obama to Massachusetts. But pressure was already piling on Obama to use his own power to reshape immigration laws. Frank Sharry, of America’s Voice, a pro-immigration group, said that if Republicans declared “immigration dead .... then we will turn to a president who has the authority to take executive action.” Obama has protested to supporters angry at the high rate of deportations that he simply cannot rewrite the law. But activists say he could dictate who is thrown out – putting people who are not criminals at the bottom of the list. So far, he has held off from unilateral moves, to give House Republican Speaker John Boehner a chance to navigate the narrow path through his support base for a vote on reform. He may also fear an explosive response which could jeopardize hopes of reform in future presidencies.

US proposes South China Sea provocation freeze YANGON, June 11, 2014 (AFP) – A US official proposed Wednesday that China and Southeast Asian nations call a moratorium on actions seen as provocative in a bid to cool tensions in the South China Sea. Danny Russel, the top US diplomat on East Asia, said he made the suggestion as “food for thought” and not as a formal proposal as he met regional counterparts in Myanmar to prepare for a regional summit later this year. “The claimant states themselves could identify the kind of behavior that they each find provocative when others do it, and offer to put a voluntary freeze on those sorts of actions on the condition that all the other claimants would agree to do so similarly,” Russel, an assistant secretary of state, told reporters on a conference call. “So for example, would they be willing to make a pledge as simple as not to occupy any of the land features in the South China Sea that are currently unoccupied?” The United States has pushed for years for a code of conduct to lay out rules to prevent the escalation of incidents in the South China Sea, an economi-

cally vital waterway in which China has overlapping claims with several other nations. But Russel acknowledged that tensions have been “going up quickly” in the sea. Riots erupted in Vietnam last month in anger against China’s deployment of an oil rig in contested waters. The Philippines, a US ally, has also seen increasingly tense tussles with China over control of islets and reefs in the sea. Russel said that the Chinese delegation at the talks in Myanmar offered a “spirited and vigorous defense” of its position, but voiced hope that Beijing understood that other nations’ statements were “offered not in the spirit of condemnation, but in the spirit of compromise.” President Barack Obama is expected to travel to Myanmar in November for the East Asia Summit on his second visit to the country formerly known as Burma, a onetime Western pariah which has embraced democratic reforms. Secretary of State John Kerry is likely to visit Myanmar in August in preparatory meetings for the meetings, which also include a summit of the ASEAN bloc of Southeast Asian nations.


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No legal status for unaccompanied migrant kids WASHINGTON, June 13, 2014 (AFP) – The thousands of unaccompanied migrant children who have trekked to the United States in recent months have no guarantees of citizenship or legal status, and are prioritized for deportation, officials said Thursday. Three out of four minors who illegally cross the US border come from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. The children make the grueling journey of hundreds of miles (kilometers) through Mexico to escape dire economic conditions and violence in their home countries, and to join relatives in the United States. “I am not encouraging in any way, shape or form illegal migration. That’s the message,” US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson told reporters. “Those who cross our borders today illegally, including children, are not eligible for an earned path to citizenship.” An immigration reform bill currently before Congress that has cleared the Senate aims to further secure US borders, reform visa procedures and offer an eventual path to citizenship to the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in limbo. The US government has also initiated a program for children illegally brought to the United States by their parents before reaching age 16. Deportation against “dreamers” is deferred, and they are eligible to work on US soil. But requirements to qualify for the program include that applicants have lived continuously in the United States since 2007. In recent months, a surge of unaccompanied children has flooded the southwestern US border. More than 47,000 children crossed the border illegally without an adult between October and May, nearly doubling the figure from the six months prior, in what

President Barack Obama and leading lawmakers have termed a humanitarian crisis. US officials expect that figure to reach 60,000 this year, said Mark Greenberg, acting assistant secretary for the administration of children and families at the Health and Human Services Department. Most of the children were nabbed in Texas, and many have been sent to Arizona due to overcrowding at Texas facilities. The Honduran Foreign Ministry said it had dispatched staff from its embassy in Washington to help migrants at shelters in Arizona. The Honduran government has also undertaken a “number of actions to improve conditions for children located at different shelters in Texas.” Johnson said those caught illegally crossing the border were “priorities for removal,” regardless of age. The Department of Defense is loaning three military bases to process and shelter the children. And Johnson said the government has “surged” federal law enforcement officers to crack down on human traffickers who operate along the border. Searching for dad Greenberg said his agency has been building capacity to handle the increase of migrants, but was overwhelmed in recent months. “What has happened in this most recent period is that the numbers, particularly since the beginning of May, have grown at a pace beyond what we had predicted and beyond what (the) Department of Homeland Security had predicted,” he said. “That’s what has caused this most recent set of challenges.” Stressing the situation was dire, Johnson recalled meeting a 10-year-old migrant on Mother’s Day last month. When he asked her where her mother was, the girl responded she had none and

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Survey shows APA employees loyal to companies, but corporate board representation remains low APAs in corporate America value rich work-life and companies that embrace their individual strengths New York, June 9, 2014 – Asia Society, a leading global and pan-Asian organization working to strengthen relationships among the United States and Asia, issued today its fifth annual Asian Pacific Americans (APA) Corporate Survey at its Diversity Leadership Forum in New York. Asian Americans comprise close to 6% of the U.S. population, and are the fastest growing minority. The study surveyed employees from Fortune 500 companies to measure the sentiments of Asian Pacific American employees, and highlights the distinctive qualities and talent APAs bring to American corporations and how they perceive working in their respective

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95.4% of APA employees care about the success of their companies

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Although APAs continue to move upwards, representation at the board level remains a major challenge with only 40% of those surveyed believing there is adequate APA representation on the company board of directors

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findings reveal that 95.4% of APA employees care about the success of their companies, with 60% committed to staying with their employers for at least 5 years. Additionally, there is a noticeable jump with an 8.8% increase from 2013 when it comes to feeling a sense of belonging as an APA employee. In terms of leadership movement and recognition, APAs continue to move upwards. However, representation at the board level remains a major challenge with only 40% of those surveyed believing there is adequate APA representation on company’s board of directors. Especially when the future of business is vivid with Asia in the land of opportunity, 50% of all survey participants are either not included or unaware of their company’s strategy for penetrating the APA market both domestically and internationally. Furthermore, the survey reveals that the more educated an APA employee is, the less satisfied. APAs with advanced degrees report lower favorability ratings for diversity, professional growth and development, and opportunities. This survey makes the case for organizations to authentically connect with APAs,

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Firm sued for discriminating ‘non-English-speaking’ workers GREEN BAY, Wis. – Wisconsin Plastics, Inc. (WPI), a metal and plastic products manufacturer based in Green Bay, violated federal law by firing a group of Hmong and Hispanic employees because of their national origin, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charged in a lawsuit. According to John Rowe, director of the EEOC’s Chicago District, which includes Wisconsin, the EEOC’s pre-suit administrative investigation revealed that WPI fired the Hmong and Hispanic employees based on 10-minute observations that marked them down for their English skills, even though those skills were not needed to perform their jobs. All of those fired had received satisfactory ratings on their annual performance evaluations while working for WPI’s Modern Plastics Division.

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BIR shuts popular Greenbelt bar over tax violations MANILA, June 11 (Mabuhay) – A popular restaurant-bar in Greenbelt 3, Makati City has been shut by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) over alleged tax violations. In a statement, the BIR said it padlocked Timeless Bar and Restaurant Concepts, which operates Dillinger’s 1903 Steak & Brew in Greenbelt 3 Ayala Center, due to “acts and omissions constituting violations of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997.” Timeless Bar, which also manages Bugsy’s and Prohibition Liquor Lounge, is

described on Prohibition’s Facebook page as “dedicated to giving guests an unforgettable nightlife experience.” The BIR said the Dillinger’s was the first restaurant it shuttered in the Greenbelt area. It noted that the upscale bar is “reportedly owned by scions of well-known politicians in the country,” but did not give names. The BIR said Timeless Bar and Restaurant Concepts was the subject of a “mission order” issued to the Special Investigation Division of Revenue Region No. 8, Makati City to determine if it complied with the

Tax Code requirements. During its surveillance and monitoring operations, it was discovered the company did not report its correct taxable sales and receipts to the BIR. The BIR said an initial assessment of Timeless Bar’s tax liability showed it had underdeclared correct taxable sales and receipts by 213.55 percent. The BIR said it had issued a 48-hour notice to Timeless Bar to address its liabilities, but it did not make the necessary rectifications. A 5-day Value Added Tax compliance notice was issued, but once

again the company did not comply. Both notices had required Timeless Bar to amend its previously-filed VAT returns to reflect the correct taxable sales and receipts, as well as indicate VAT output tax in its receipts, register special purpose machines, and comply with bookkeeping requirements. “Said failure prompted the BIR to shut down the bar and restaurant,” the bureau said. On Dillinger’s Facebook page, the restaurant said it is closed on June 11 for an event. (MNS)

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Servings: 8 1 pound finely chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate 2 tablespoons coarsely ground or crushed Darjeeling tea leaves Line baking sheet with parchment or silicone baking mat. In top of double boiler over low heat, melt chocolate, stirring frequently, until 3/4 chocolate pieces are melted, only slightly warm to the touch. Remove pan from heat. Stir in tea leaves; continue stirring until chocolate is melted and tea is evenly distributed. Pour mixture onto baking sheet and spread evenly to 1/8-inch thickness. Let come to room temperature, allowing bark to solidify, about four hours. When set, break into pieces. Store in airtight, covered container at room temperature. Recipe courtesy of Culinary Tea by Cynthia Gold, copyright © 2010. Reprinted by permission of Running Press, a member of The Perseus Books Group.

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Refreshing Iced Tea Servings: 4–6 1 quart fresh, filtered water, cold 8 –10 black or green tea bags Bring filtered water to a full boil in teapot. Remove from heat and add 8–10 tea bags per quart. Steep for three to five minutes and pour over ice cubes or into additional cold water, based on desired taste. To serve, pour into tall glasses filled with ice; garnish with lemon or mint and sweeten as desired. Recipe courtesy of the Tea Council of the USA

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Parents: A good sleep routine can keep the whole family healthy (Relaxnews) – A new study conducted at the University of Illinois says that children who are raised by families that prioritize shut-eye are less likely to be obese. The study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, examined the sleep routines of 337 US preschool children and their families, taking into account socioeconomic characteristics and observing the influence of TV time and meal routines. Researchers considered four routines protective against childhood obesity including limited TV time, not having a bedroom TV, quality family meal time and adequate sleep. Yet sleep was the only factor that made a difference in the results. Children who slept 10 hours per day or more were less likely to suffer obesity than those who did not, regardless of the other protective routines. Given the importance of sleep, the most

likely factor in a child’s risk for obesity was the parental sleep routine. In a chain reaction, parents who slept inadequately had children who did the same and were therefore more likely to be overweight. “Parents should make being well rested a family value and a priority,” said Barbara H. Fiese, director of the U of I’s Family Resiliency Center and Pampered Chef Endowed Chair. “We viewed how long parents slept and how long children slept as part of a household routine and found that they really did go together.” Sufficient sleep has long been linked to healthy weight management and children are hardly new study subjects. A recent study by the University College London found that 16-month-old toddlers who slept less than 10 hours per day increased their calorie consumption by 10 percent over those who slept 13 hours

A new study that observed family sleep routines and found that children raised in families that prioritize rest are less likely to become obese. ©melis/shutterstock.com

per day. A 2009 study by the European Centre of Taste Science in Dijon in central France

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Maria Sharapova is new face of Avon (Relaxnews) – The Russian tennis star has been named as the face of the cosmetics brand’s new fragrances for men and women. Two new fragrances for men and women, both titled Luck, are being fronted by the latest Avon lady, this year’s French Open champion Maria Sharapova. “I am excited to represent Avon Luck, a fragrance that reminds us to savor and truly enjoy our triumphs,” said Sharapova.

“I always say the harder you work, the luckier you are because you strive for bigger goals.” Set to launch in Europe in September, North America in October, and AsiaPacific in November the fragrances will be available via Avon representatives and online at Avon.com. “As one of the top ranked tennis players worldwide, and a sophisticated natural beauty, Maria perfectly captures this sense

of energy and possibility,” explained Patricia Perez-Ayala, Avon Chief Marketing Officer. “She’s the ideal spokesperson for a fragrance that exudes happiness and a feeling of being on top of the world.” Consumers can join the exclusive waitlist for the scents on the Luck minisite avon.com/ luck to be the first to purchase Avon Luck for Her and Him. Check out the promo film here with Sharapova talking about her views on luck:http://youtu.be/Nz_rUSmNYMQ.

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Broken-hearted Kris packs up taping Kris Aquino had to pack up her taping on Tuesday, saying she is “not okay.� In her personal Instagram account, Aquino posted a picture of a quote, which read: “Sometimes the girl who’s always been there for everyone else, needs someone to be there for her.� In the caption, she apologized to her followers because she also won’t be at “Aquino & Abunda Tonight� Tuesday night.

“Just not okay today... Had to pack up my taping & won’t be in A&A Tonight... I’m sorry for needing this time for myself,� she said. The TV host thanked her staff for checking up on her and assured them that she will return to work Wednesday. Furthermore, the TV host hinted that she will not be active on Instagram for a while. “Thank you for genuinely caring about me... Back to work tomorrow & back on IG once I’m sure that my broken heart is

healed. Nahihiya lang akong mag pretend pa to be okay when I still have a long way to go,� she said. “I owe you & I owe myself this HONESTY,� Aquino added. Aquino was last romantically linked to Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista. However, their relationship ended abruptly, with Bautista citing his love for his children as the reason behind the short-lived romance. (MNS)

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The daughter of Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong is planning to establish her own name in show business. Mariel, who was a finalist in Binibining Pilipinas 2013, said she is currently undergoing workshops in ABS-CBN to better equip herself in this venture. “For now, I’m going through acting workshops. Besides acting workshops, I’m also part of the Philippine Opera Company so they are very proud of me right now,� she said. While she still plans to join beauty pageants in the future, Mariel said she would like to give showbiz a try. “Actually when I was in Bb. Pilipinas last year, I knew na I really wasn’t ready because I was still 19. That’s pretty young. I just wanted to try it muna, like dip the toes in the water. Of course when I didn’t win anything, I was sad of course. Pero I realized na later on, good thing I didn’t win. Because I did, I knew I wasn’t ready so I wouldn’t bring home anything. Better to not win,� she said. “I want to try [showbiz] muna, showbiz and opera. I’m still scared to act with my dad. Baka mga supporting role muna for now. Wala pang [offer], nagwo-workshop muna ako,� she added. The 20-year-old beauty said she is fortunate because her parents got her back in

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whatever she wants to pursue. “They let me do whatever I want and they support me in everything so basically it’s my choice. I would still want to [join beauty pageants] pero not anytime soon kasi I don’t feel ready yet. I have to work pa,� she said. Asked if her parents give her acting tips, she said, “They’re not stage parents so they don’t really give me any advice now that I’m starting because they want me to start from the bottom without shortcuts.� As to what genre of acting she likes to try, Mariel said, “Drama, I think it’s easier to cry than to make people laugh.� (MNS)

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Los Angeles Fil-Ams to celebrate Independence Day June 14 at Westin LAX LOS ANGELES – A page in our historical saga, and an epic of courage, valor and profound love of country, unfolds June 14, at the Westin Los Angeles Airport hotel when Kalayaan Incorporated hosts a cultural evening commemorating the 116thanniversary of the proclamation of Philippine Independence from Spain on June 12, 1898. The theme this year: “Pagsunod sa Yapak ng mga Dakilang Pilipino, Tungo sa Malawakan at Permanenteng Pagbabago,” roughly: Following footsteps of great Filipinos, towards universal and permanent change. PH Senator Grace Poe will headline Southern California’s celebration of freedom day as the guest speaker. “She has been dubbed as the most respectful member of congress in the Philippines because she never fails to say ‘poe’ and ‘opoe,’” quipped Joveno ‘Bing’ De La Vega, president and overall chair of the gala. “She made election history by garnering the highest number of votes (20 million) in the May 2013 elections. This overwhelming mandate,” he added, “must have inspired her to work hard towards her father’s unfulfilled dream of uplifting the lives of the Filipino people.” One of the first bills the senator filed is the institutionalization of a feeding program for public elementary and secondary schools (Sustansya sa Batang Pilipino Program). Sen. Poe grew up knowing actress

Susan Roces and her husband, the late action film star Fernando Poe Jr., as her parents. Her father is also known by monickers ‘FPJ’ and ‘Da King,’ short for King of Philippine Movies. She’s married to Neil Llamanzares, the chief information officer at San Miguel Corporation Telecom. They have three children: Brian (21), Hanna (16), and Nika (10). Stakeholders “Kalayaan Incorporated,” said De La Vega, “is a non-profit benefit corporation created primarily to organize, plan, prepare and manage the annual Philippine Independence Day celebration in Southern California. “The twenty-one officers and board directors of the corporation,” added the founder of the Philippine (emergency) Disaster Relief Organization, also known as PeDRO, “are leaders and officers of various organizations representing different regions, provinces, towns and cities in the Philippines; also alumni, business and civic organizations of Filipinos residing in Southern California, home of the largest concentration outside the Philippines presently numbering more than 1.5 million.” De La Vega, who had served as president of the Pangasinan Brotherhood USA, has been involved in Kalayaan celebrations for the past nine years and was instrumental in developing the corporation’s bylaws. He’s married to the former consul general in Los Ange-

les Hellen Barber De La Vega, but has honored his commitment to Kalayaan Incorporated, staying behind after his wife left in March to assume her new position at the Dept. of Foreign Affairs in Manila as the senior special assistant to the Undersecretary for Policy. “The Kalayaan observance is the most awaited annual formal event by Filipinos in this part of the world, with the support and cooperation of the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles,” stated VP Evelyn Andamo, past president of the Fil Am Chamber of Commerce, South Bay Los Angeles Area. Besides De La Vega and Andamo, the other stakeholders are: Archerie G. Calunod, secretary/Maryann Omega, assistant; Lanie Berrei, treasurer/Carmelita Paule, assistant; Lolita Bandong, auditor, Marc De Jesus, assistant, and Lydia V. Solis, media liaison. Board members: Naomi PalmaArmada, Dr. Ner Azaula, Arnold Bejasa, Josie De Jesus, Susan Dilkes, Bettie Francisco, Willie Manacsa, Violet Mislang, Lady Hope Robillos, Ed Ronquillo, Zeny Sabocor, and Virginia Vivas. Ex-officio members who serve as advisers are: Mon‘chito’ G. Mandap (2004), Lucy Babaran (2005), Bobby Reyes (2006), Lydia Soriano (2007), Noel Omega (2008), Gil Mislang (2010), Leo Maranan (2011), Antero Pagunsan (2012): and Techie E. Quiatchon (2013).

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PHL Consulate officials join Fil-Ams in PHL Independence Day parade Los Angeles, June 9, 2013 – The Philippine Consulate General joined the Filipino community parade commemorating the 116th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence on 07 June 2013 at the Historic Filipino town, Los Angeles. The New FACLA (Filipino American Community of Los Angeles) organizers theme for the parade is “Santa Cruz De Mayo”. The Kalayaan 2014 Parade was participated in by various Fil-Am organizations ranging from civic to youth, business service and religious groups. A short program was held after the parade at the FACLA Center to close the day’s event. In his remarks, Consul General Leo HerreraLim urged the Filipino-American community to harness its untapped potential by actively participating in the political, economic and cultural streams of mainstream American society. On the same day Consul General Leo M. Herrera-Lim attended the Philippine Independence Day Celebration held at the Veterans Park, City of Carson, on 07 June 2014. The event was organized by the City of Carson and the Philippine Independence Day Foundation, Inc. (PIDF). Local government officials of the City of Carson, including Mayor Jim Dear, Mayor Pro-Tempore Elito Santarina and City Council members, showed their support for the event and for the Filipino-Americans in Carson. The Consul General extended his greetings to the attendees as they celebrate the 116th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine Independence. Consulate officials also took the opportunity to promote the ongoing registration for Philippine overseas voting with flyers handed out at the PIDF booth. It is one of the City’s biggest events. The park was filled with booths,

including those featuring Filipino-American organizations and Filipino products like the barong. There were also food stalls featuring Filipino food like the balut. In an interview with Asian Journal, a widely-read newspaper in the Fil-Am community, Consul General Herrera-Lim gave his views on this year’s Independence Day. When asked about the National Historical Commission of the Philippines’ 116th Independence Day theme, Pagsunod sa Yapak ng mga Dakilang Pilipino, Tungo sa Malawakan at Permanenteng Pagbabago (Following the Footsteps of Great Filipinos, Towards Widespread and Lasting Change), Consul General Herrera-Lim said that this year’s theme is “truly aspirational” for all Filipinos, whether they are in the Philippines or in other countries. The Consul General quoted the words of Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III: “Let this commemoration of our ancestors’ heroism be not just a portion of our country’s glorious and exciting narrative. May we remain united, like our forbears more than a hundred years ago, in working for an even more robust, equitably progressive Republic. And as we move forward, let us ensure that no Filipino is left behind as we journey on the straight and righteous path.” In the end, Philippine Independence Day is more than just a celebration of our sovereignty and culture. Consul General HerreraLim stressed that this is also a celebration of shared values with our host country. “Freedom, democracy, and right of self-rule are values that Filipinos share with Americans. It is essential that our communities continue to reflect these shared values and manifest our joys in harvesting the fruits of such values,” he said.

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Sacramento makes $6.7-B in revenues, but misses target SACRAMENTO – State Controller John Chiang has released his monthly report covering California’s cash balance, receipts and disbursements in May 2014. Revenues for the month totaled $6.7 billion, missing estimates in the Governor’s January proposed budget by $389.1 million, or 5.5 percent. Year-to-date, revenues still exceed expectations by $1.8 billion, or 2.1 percent. “While this is the first time in six months that revenues have fallen short, the overall budgetary health remains stable and there is no threat to the State’s ability to pay its bills on time and in full.” said Chiang. “As lawmakers finalize their spending decisions in the coming days, my office urges fiscal restraint with an eye toward slashing the billions of dollars in debt accrued during the Great Recession.” Because the State’s cash position exceeded expectations by $5 billion as of the release of the Governor’s May Revision, the Department of Finance—with the concurrence of the offices of the State Treasurer and State Controller—did not produce formal cash flow projections for the May Revision. As a result, actual May

receipts and disbursements are compared against projections provided in the Governor’s January budget proposal. Income tax collections for the month of May came in $254.2 million, or 7.4 percent, below estimates in the Governor’s January proposed budget. Corporate taxes were below estimates by $177.6 million, or 99.8 percent. Sales taxes also came in short of estimates by $98.6 million, or 3.1 percent. As of the end of May, the State’s cash reserves exceed the Governor’s January projection by $4.9 billion. This positive reserve is comprised of $3.5 billion in greater than anticipated internal borrowable resources and a cash deficit that is lower than projections by $1.4 billion. That cash deficit, now $8.5 billion, is being covered by both internal and external borrowing. For more details on today’s report, read the financial statement and summary analysis. Read a version of this press release in Spanish. For more news, please follow the Controller on Twitter at @CAController, and on Facebook at California State Controller’s Office.

PHL Immigration uses security stamp to cut red tape MANILA, June 13 (Mabuhay) – Key personnel of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) will use security stamps to simplify procedures and expedite transactions as part of its efforts to cut down on red tape. Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison ordered the use of security stamps pursuant to the rule-making power of the bureau chief under the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940. “It is the bureau’s policy to simplify administrative protocol, reduce bureaucratic red tape and expedite transactions without sacrificing the integrity of the bureau’s procedures and processes,” Mison said in his order. Official uses of security stamp including, among others: deportation orders, certificate of recognition, dual citizenship, mission orders, hold departure orders, alert list orders, black list orders. Also included are watch list orders, immigration look out bulletin orders, allow entry orders, visa cancellation orders, visa

forfeiture orders and cancellation/ revocation of authority to accept foreign students. The measure aimed at eliminating fixing and facilitation not only by authorized private individuals but also by immigration employees. He noted that the number of signatories, as well as the unavailability and/or physical absence of signatories, significantly add to the delay in the processing of petitions, applications and other documents. Mison said such usual causes of delay may be addressed using a security stamp that ensures the validity and authenticity of the document; identifies the responsible signatory; and protects the signatory from identity theft. State policy mandates that all government offices and agencies including local government units and government-owned or controlled corporations to adopt measures calculated to simplify procedures reduce red tape and expedite transactions with the government.(MNS)

Pope says global economy discards young BARCELONA, June 13, 2014 (AFP) – Pope Francis launched a sweeping attack on the world’s economic system in an interview released Friday, saying it discards the young, puts money ahead of people and survives on the profits of war. The 77-year-old leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics said some countries had a youth unemployment rate of more than 50 percent, with many millions in Europe seeking work in vain. “It’s madness,” the pope said in an interview with the Barcelona-based Vanguardia daily’s Vatican correspondent Henrique Cymerman. “We discard a whole generation to maintain an economic system that no longer endures, a system that to survive has to make war, as the big empires have always done,” Francis said. “But since we cannot wage the Third World War, we make regional wars. And

what does that mean? That we make and sell arms. And with that the balance sheets of the idolatrous economies—the big world economies that sacrifice man at the feet of the idol of money – are obviously cleaned up.” The pope said there was enough food to feed all the world’s hungry. “When you see photographs of malnourished children you put your head in your hands, you cannot understand it,” Francis said. “I think we are in a global economic system that is not good,” he said. People’s needs should be at the heart of the economic system, the pope said. “But we have placed money in the centre, the god of money. We have fallen into the sin of idolatry, the idolatry of money. The economy moves by the desire to have more and paradoxically it feeds a disposable culture.”


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Are offshore manufacturing firms coming back home? We are in need of jobs, long term secured jobs. In California, if the construction jobs have not awoken to get the California economy steaming, we need to hope for Construction jobs to come back. Its slow in doing so therefore we need to look at another sector that is slowly coming back to the US. The manufacturing jobs, since 2012 I have been following multiple articles about how big companies are not really benefitting from sending our Manufacturing jobs overseas. Things are technology manufacturing jobs are on changing fast and the big companies that the rise in the United States, according to have sourced out these jobs are starting to new research from Jones Lang LaSalle. have second thoughts about keeping the The jobs aren’t surging back, per se; the jobs out of our country. Its starting not to research company predicts job growth at make the dollar sense. a rate of around 0.7 percent through 2018, Based on an article from Infoworld: up from around 1.1 million jobs at the end For the first time in more than a decade, of 2012. Cities with a large concentration

DHS now accepting DACA extensions On June 5, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the extension process for those who have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Individuals are now immediately eligible to submit the applications to extend their DACA status and related work permit. The DACA program was started on June 15, 2012, through an executive order issued by President Obama that is designed to ease the burdens of undocumented individuals who were brought to the United States granted DACA. The following are the criwhile they were still innocent children. teria for DACA eligibility: 1) Under age The DHS began accepting DACA applica- 31 on 06/15/2012; 2) Entered US before tions on Aug. 15, 2012. As of April 2014, age 16; 3) Continuously resided in the US more than 560,000 individuals have been from at least 06/15/2007 to the present; 4) granted DACA benefits, typically valid for Physically present in US on 06/15/2012 a period of 2 years. and at time of submitting the DACA apIndividuals whose DACA benefits are plication; 5) Entered without inspection expiring must file applications to extend before 06/15/2012 or no longer in a valid their DACA status and work permit. To immigration status on 06/15/2012; 6) On be eligible for an extension, individuals the date the DACA application is filed, be must fulfill the following requirements: currently in school; have graduated from 1) Did not depart the U.S. on or after Aug. a US high school; have obtained a GED 15, 2012, without advance parole; 2) Have certificate; or honorably discharged from continuously resided in the U.S. since they the US military; 7) Must not have been submitted their most recent DACA request convicted of a felony, significant misdethat was approved; and 3) Have not been meanor offense, or 3 or more misdemeanor convicted of a felony, a significant misde- offenses; and 8) If the individual has no meanor, or 3 or more misdemeanors, and final order of removal or pending removal do not otherwise pose a threat to national case, be at least 15 years. security or public safety. The DACA program is certainly a bright Individuals should submit the applica- light in what has been such a struggle for tions for extension about 4 months before so many. It is vital that individuals take their DACA status will expire to avoid advantage of the golden opportunities that gaps in their DACA status and work per- DACA provides by applying for an initial mit. Applications should not, however, be grant or extension of DACA benefits. submitted more than 5 months before the For further information, please schedexpiration date as the DHS may reject it as ule an appointment with an attorney being premature. If granted, DACA status at Aquino & Loew, Immigration Law and a work permit will again generally be Specialists; (888) 797-1140 or (626) 799granted for a period of 2 years. Individuals 3089; info@aquinoloew.com. Offices in can apply for and obtain an advance parole Los Angeles (South Pasadena), CA and travel document any time during the valid- Honolulu, HI. Please also visit Aquino & ity of their DACA status. Loew at www.aquinoloew.com. Aquino & The DHS is also continuing to accept Loew also handles family law and criminal applications for those who have never been matters.

of highly educated tech workers – such as Silicon Valley and Austin, Texas—will see the greatest influx of manufacturing jobs (please see box). JLL cited several reasons that American tech companies see greater value in creating tech jobs in the States, despite the relatively low real estate and labor costs in popular offshore locales. To start, offshoring isn’t as cheap as it used to be. For example, wages of around 60 cents an hour during the height of the technological migration to Asia have risen to as high as $6 per hour in China’s eastern manufacturing centers, according to JLL. Increasing oil prices also play a role. Second, as tech companies see increasing global competition, they need to protect their intellectual capital in new product manufacturing, and keeping production of new products within the United States makes it easier. Third, keeping operations in close proximity to executives, designers, and engineers helps the product launch teams stay on task and during critical early-stage production. Fourth, tech companies with U.S. locations are better equipped to quickly address end-user needs. Finally, companies are more likely to find the workers with the technical skills necessary to operate complex systems in today’s highly automated manufacturing facilities. “This regionalization of high-tech manufacturing is characterized by the creation of jobs requiring strong technological skills – think engineers on production lines – as opposed to reshoring where similar job functions are imported back to the United States from overseas,” said Greg Matter,

vice president at Jones Lang LaSalle. “Having access to this talent is one of the reasons that manufacturing facilities for technology firms are often located in tierone locations where labor and real estate are generally more expensive.” Indeed, about 79 percent of moderately high-tech manufacturing jobs and 95 percent of very high-tech manufacturing jobs were located in the 100 largest American metropolitan areas in 2010, according to JLL. More than one-third of the most hightech positions reside in companies on the West Coast. Lower-level technology jobs, meanwhile, are most concentrated in the southern states. JLL expects that through 2018, hightech manufacturing jobs will proliferate further in Silicon Valley. Austin, too, is becoming a magnet for high-tech manufacturing growth. Other cities poised to attract these jobs include Los Angeles; Binghamton, N.Y.; Portland, Ore.; Boulder, Colo.; Phoenix, Az.; Boston; and Boise, Idaho. End of quote. A Conspiracy I jokingly assess. The US economy will see a rage of economic boom after a newly elected president in 2016. Again, my guess. Therefore these big corporations knows somethings going to happen and they are all planning their way back home For Real Estate prices, I would say it would be flat lining till maybe 2016 early. Then we shall see a much faster growth in all sectors. That will include my long awaited Construction sector. Thanks for your support and inquiries. Please call Ken Go of 1st Innovative Finance for your mortgage and real estate needs, call Ken at 562-508-7048 or write to kennethgo@verizon.net.

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An immigrant Father’s Day wish: Reunite with kids By Myrna Y. Aquitania

A man of faith, Heddy Trinidad’s father’s day wish will soon come to fruition when his four kids arrive here in Los os Angeles. He’s been longing for them since he left hiss modest dentistry clinic in Tanauan, Batangas where he was born and raised. Hedelito “Heddy” Trinidad graduated from m Cenry in tro Escolar University’s College of Dentistry 1992 and he practised dentistry in his town forr the ures, next ten years. But in search of greener pastures, ed the lure of working here in the US captivated him, arriving here in 2003 where he gainedd texperience in Business Development, marketn ing and automotive repair at Goudy Honda in Alhambra. A tenacious entrepreneur by nature, he gradually established a dental laboratory in the LA area, servicing Filipino dental practitioners. Once the dental laboratory was up and running, the multi-faceted personality in him allowed him to multi-task by also establishing a small car repair and body shop in Irwindale in July of 2010. Heddy’s “Midas touch” in the business of car repair and body shop flourished, and the opportunity to help newly-emigrated kababayans allowed him to expand to a much larger space, to enable him to sell new and pre-owned cars, particularly to from each and every satisfied customer those first-time buyers with no credit. they assist. He also specializes in helping people reThe success of Victory Auto is attributestablish their credit if they have low credit ed to Heddy’s pursuit of excellence shared scores, bad credit or bankruptcy back- with his staff, such as the belief in teamgrounds in their personal financial files. work and honesty in order to earn the Victory Auto’s number one objective is reputation of customer satisfaction, while customer satisfaction and Heddy Trinidad, at the same time exploring avenues to share as President/CEO makes sure that his sales with his blessings. and marketing staff build a continuing re“Sharing his blessings” with those lationship with their car buyers, as proven around him includes mentoring young kids by a plethora of testimonials they receive by establishing a basketball team, along

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US Treasury urges more investment for growth WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014 (AFP) – Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew urged Wednesday more US private and public investment as well as regulatory reforms to boost economic growth for the longer term. Saying the economy could face a long period of slower growth after the rebound from recession, Lew argued that the picture could be brighter with a concerted effort to stir productivity, upgrade the workforce and create a more attractive US environment for investment. He told an audience at the Economic Club of New York that, according to government projections, the economy is facing a growth rate in the future averaging 2.1 percent, compared with the 3.4 percent rate in the six decades to 2007. “But here is something we know: The choices we make over the years to come can alter this projection,” he said, according to his prepared remarks. Lew laid out a list of things the government needs to do to encourage investment: reform corporate taxes and patent laws, invest in crucial infrastructure, expand education opportunities, do more to encourage businesses to train workers, and provide more support for research and development. Many of those are on the Obama administration’s shortlist of policies it wants to get support for in Congress, Lew noted. But he stressed that the private sector, where profits and cash stockpiles are running high but investment in activities that boost production and create jobs remain low, must also contribute.


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Brooklyn Net Blatche gets Filipino citizenship MANILA, June 11, 2014 (AFP) – American NBA star Andray Blatche became a Filipino on Wednesday after President Benigno Aquino rushed through a special citizenship law to ensure the powerful centre could play for the Philippines at this year’s World Cup. “We confirm that the president signed (the bill) granting Filipino citizenship to Mr. Blatche,” Aquino’s spokesman, Edwin Lacierda, told reporters. The 6-foot, 11-inch (2.11-metre) Brooklyn Nets centre had to be naturalized before the June 30 FIBA deadline to submit the final list of players for the World Cup in Spain. The undersized Philippines will be one of the biggest underdogs at the World Cup, and politicians had been desperate to lure Blatche in an effort to ensure the team was at least competitive in Spain. In contrast to the many bills that can lan-

guish in Congress for years amid lengthy debates, legislators swiftly passed the Blatche naturalization law. However it still required Aquino’s final approval. Blatche – who averaged 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds a game this season for the Brooklyn Nets – declared himself a proud Filipino on Monday as he visited Manila and enthused about his “once in a lifetime” chance to play in the World Cup. “I am Filipino now, so I will do my best to help my team,” he said. National coach Chot Reyes said the reinforcement would be much-welcomed, but admitted the Philippines’ chances of winning the World Cup were “slim to none”. The Philippines will face Argentina, Greece, Croatia, Senegal and Puerto Rico in Group B of the World Cup, which starts in August.

Andray Blatche – who averaged 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds a game this season for the Brooklyn Nets – declared himself a proud Filipino on Monday as he visited Manila and enthused about his “once in a lifetime” chance to play in the World Cup. “I am Filipino now, so I will do my best to help my team,” he said. (Photo from a Facebook page bearing his name)

Spoelstra invites Pacman to hang with Heat MIAMI, June 11, 2014 (AFP) – Erik Spoelstra would like Manny Pacquiao to come hang out with the Miami Heat, but don’t look for him to add the Filipino boxing champ to the coaching staff anytime soon. “That won’t happen, but I’d love to have him come out and spend some time with the team,” Spoelstra said Tuesday. Pacquiao announced recently he plans to become the player-coach of the newlycreated Kia Motors team when the next season of the Philippine Basketball Association begins. “Even when I was a kid, even before

I learned to box, basketball was my first love,” said Pacquiao. Spoelstra, who is of Filipino descent, and Pacquiao are two of the most popular sports figures in the Philippines. They also share the common bond of a love of basketball. “It doesn’t surprise me,” Spoelstra said of Pacquiao becoming a coach. “He’s a tremendous fan of basketball and the NBA. “He plays pickup all the time. But I’m sure (boxing trainer) Freddie Roach doesn’t appreciate that.” Spoelstra will travel to the Philippines during the off season to conduct basketball

clinics and he hopes to attend one of Pacquiao’s games. “I’ll try to make it out and see if I can catch a game this summer,” said Spoelstra whose Heat were tied 1-1 with the San Antonio Spurs in the best-of-seven NBA championship finals heading into Tuesday’s game three. Being a basketball coach is just the latest role for eight-time champion boxer Pacquiao, who has also tried his hand at politics, acting and preaching. If Pacquiao pushes through with his basketball career, he would have to do so while training for an upcoming fight in

November and serving his constituents as a congressman. “He has an incredible way of managing all the different things on his plate. I couldn’t do that,” said Spoelstra, who is the first Filipino-American head coach in any of the major North American pro sports.

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De la Hoya inducted into Hall of Fame  CANASTOTA, June 9, 2014 (AFP) – Ten-time boxing world champion Oscar de la Hoya was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday, using the occasion to call for unity in the sport. The 41-year-old Mexican-American earned his place in the boxing shrine with a professional career that included 10 world titles in six different weight divisions. He turned pro after a sparkling amateur career that included an Olympic gold medal. “Today marks an incredible personal achievement, but it is only the latest milestone that never would have been possible without my family, my friends and, most of all, my fans,” De la Hoya said at his induction ceremony. He went into the Hall as part of an All Star class that included rival Felix “Tito” Trinidad of Puerto Rico and undefeated Super Middleweight World Champion Joe Calzaghe of Wales. Calzaghe, 42, finished a 15-year pro career 46-0 with 32 knockouts and defended his super middleweight crown 21 times. In his final fights at light heavyweight, Calzaghe dispatched Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones. Trinidad, 41, finished 42-3 with 35 knockouts, captured the International Boxing Federational welterweight title in his 20th pro fight and made 15 successful title defenses, 12 of them by knockouts. Among his victims were De la Hoya and Pernell Whitaker. Trinidad took two world titles at light

middleweight and in 2001 moved up to claim the World Boxing Association middleweight crown. His only defeats came at the hands of Hopkins and in his final two fights, to Winky Wright and Jones. De la Hoya’s last fight was in a December 2008 loss to Manny Pacquiao in which the Filipino ring icon stopped him in the eighth round. By the time he officially announced his retirement in 2009, De la Hoya had already launched his Golden Boy Promotions, which he has built into a top promotional firm. But in his role as a promoter De la Hoya has found himself at odds with such rivals as Bob Arum of Top Rank in a schism that has prevented some attractive bouts between fighters from the rival stables being made. De la Hoya has recently extended an olive branch to Arum, but has suffered turmoil within his own firm that has resulted in the departure of longtime chief executive Richard Schaefer. De La Hoya touched on numerous topics during his speech including the familial nature of boxing, his legendary matches with a cadre of superstars and the future of the sport. “We must put aside the egos that have damaged our brand and sullied our reputation,” De la Hoya said. “We, the promoters, must stop carrying petty grudges that serve no purpose but to divide our sport. And most important, we must give the fans the fights that they want.”

Mayweather KOs Tiger to top Forbes top-paid sport list NEW YORK, June 11, 2014 (AFP) – Undefeated boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather was named the highest-paid athlete in sports Wednesday by Forbes magazine, bumping off 2013 winner Tiger Woods by amassing $105 million in net revenue. Mayweather also topped the list with $85 million in 2012, ending 14-time major golf champion Woods’ run atop the 100-athlete list from 2001-2011. This time, Mayweather joined Woods as the only ones to top $100 million on the Forbes list, thanks to victories over Canelo Alvarez last September and Marcos Maidana last month, and did it with only 72 minutes of work and with no endorsement income. “I’m humbled and extremely fortunate to be recognized by Forbes as the highestpaid athlete once again,” Mayweather said. “I’m doing something no other athlete is doing, promoting myself and seeing my hard work pay off in the form of recordbreaking numbers. “It’s all about hard work and dedication which is so important and a key part of my financial success.” The magazine measures endorsement income as well as prize money and salary payments from June 1 of one year to the next. Woods, who also lost his world number one status in golf last month to Australian Adam Scott, lost ground due to the end of a video game deal and a pinched nerve that required surgery March 31 and kept him out of the Masters and this week’s US Open. Mayweather’s win over Alvarez set pay-per-view records with $200 million in total revenue, although his 2007 victory over Oscar de la Hoya remains the most watched fight in boxing history.

Mayweather, who has been paid nearly $400 million since turning pro in 1996, has three fights remaining in a six-bout deal with Showtime he signed last year. Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, set to play for Portugal in the World Cup that opens Thursday in Brazil, leads 15 footballers in the top 100 and ranks second overall with $80 million in earnings. It includes $28 million in endorsement income from 11 sponsors as well as the five-year deal worth $200 million he signed with Real Madrid last September. NBA superstar LeBron James, trying to win a third consecutive title with the Miami Heat in the ongoing NBA Finals against San Antonio, ranked third on $72.3 million. He is the NBA’s top endorsement moneyspinner and sales of his shoe line topped $300 million last year. Argentine football star Lionel Messi ranks fourth at $64.7 million, bolstered by a new deal signed last month with Barcelona. Injured NBA standout Kobe Bryant was fifth at $61.5 million, much of it from an NBA-best $30.5 million salary but $30 million also from endorsements. Bryant signed a two-year extension last November worth $48 million, but played only six games this past season due to a left knee injury. Woods ranked sixth overall with earnings of $61.2 million including $55 million from endorsements, appearances and his golf course design business, set to open the first Woods-designed course this fall in Mexico. The list of 100 made a collective $2.75 billion in the past year, a 5 percent hike over last year’s total. There were athletes from 27 nations across 10 sports, with the minimum needed to crack the list at $17.3 million compared to $16.4 million last year.


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MOTORING Carson Honda Filipino sales team (from left) Ricky Agagas, Rohmer Manalese, Terzo “T” Pallen and Christian Reyes.

Honda Accord, Odyssey named best family cars for 2014 by Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com Accord recognized as one of the top family sedans for the second straight year by parenting and car experts; Odyssey featured in Best Minivan category on annual list TORRANCE, Calif., June 3, 2014 – The 2014 Honda Accord (www.automobiles. honda.com/Accord) and 2014 Odyssey minivan (www.automobiles.honda.com/ Odyssey) have both been named to the 10 Best Family Cars list compiled by the experts at Parents magazine and Edmunds. com. The two family-friendly Honda vehicles – each earning the highest possible rating ofTOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) – were selected out of hundreds of models for excelling in the key areas of safety, convenience features, performance and value. “The Accord and Odyssey lead their segments in the areas that matter most to

the family buyer – safety ratings, fuel efficiency, value and innovative features,” said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager. “As the top vehicles in their segments in sales to individual buyers, we know families appreciate the hard work we’ve put into making these vehicles value and performance leaders.” The Accord was recognized as one of the top sedans for families by Parents magazine and Edmunds.com for the second straight year. The Accord features sophisticated styling, fuel-efficient powertrains and advanced technology features like the available LaneWatch display and a standard multi-view rearview camera. With safety a top shopping consideration for families, the Accord shined by earning the highest possible rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Insti-

tute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and nabbing the best possible rating from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing with a 5 Star Overall Vehicle Score. The Odyssey was also recognized as one of the best minivans for families on the 10 Best Family Cars annual list. As the top-selling minivan to individual retail car buyers in the U.S.2, the Odyssey continues to lead its class in the areas that families look for when selecting a vehicle like fuel efficiency, safety, interior spaciousness and driving experience. The Odyssey was the only minivan to earn the highest possible rating of IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+3, and the Odyssey has earned the best possible overall safety rating from NHTSA with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score1. Additionally, the Odyssey is rated at a

remarkable 28 mpg4 highway, the highest EPA fuel economy rating of any eightpassenger minivan. Although a Honda is a Honda wherever you see one, Filipinos flock to Carson Honda because of the friendly Filipino staff at the dealership and of course because of the service our kababayans provide. One of them, Rohmer Manalese, has even earned the “Best in Customer Satisfaction,” an honor he keeps consistently, along with the three other Filipino sales staff in the persons of Ricky Agagas, Terzo Pallen and Christian Reyes, all of whom are veterans in the car sales industry. “We have a great staff and this is a great dealership,” Carson Honda General Manager Krisztian Kratky said. “We have a friendly atmosphere.” Carson Honda is located at 1435 E. 223rd Street, Carson, CA 90745. They can be reached toll free at 1-800-503-2321.


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istration, said it thinks the death toll could be higher. Barra said the report, prepared for GM by former US attorney Anton Valukas, showed a â&#x20AC;&#x153;deeply troublingâ&#x20AC;? history of â&#x20AC;&#x153;incompetence and neglectâ&#x20AC;? at GM. Barra announced 15 employees were fired. Barra faced tough questioning before the House panel on April 1. Valukas also will testify at next Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearing. The Valukas report â&#x20AC;&#x153;revealed disturbing truths about GMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s systemic and cultural failures that allowed this problem to go undiagnosed for over a decade, but many questions remain unanswered,â&#x20AC;? lawmakers Fred Upton and Tim Murphy, who will oversee the hearing, said in a statement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This testimony by Barra and Valukas is a critical step in our ongoing investigation to uncover the facts as we determine what went wrong and what we can do to prevent future tragedies.â&#x20AC;? GM also faces a federal criminal probe of its conduct in the matter, as well as numerous lawsuits.


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2015 Mitsubishi Mirage: The most fuel efficient gasoline-powered non-hybird vehicle in America Achieving a lofty EPA fuel mileage rating of up to 37 mpg city/44 mpg highway, the 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is the most fuel efficient non-hybrid gasoline vehicle available in America today with a combined fuel economy of 40 mpg. Add into the mix the 2015 Mirage’s plentiful standard equipment package, welcome available upscale features, and very affordable pricing, and Mitsubishi Motors’ 5-door subcompact makes the ideal new car for a wide array of automotive consumers – first-time drivers, retirees, short-hop urban dwellers who live/ work in the city or those with marathon

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Along with its low price and high EPArated fuel economy, both the entry-level 2015 Mirage DE and the upscale Mirage ES boast an extraordinary level of features and accessories in their standard equipment packages. Among the items included on the DE trim level are a sensational 4 speaker 140watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with USB input; automatic climate control; upscale-looking rich high-gloss piano black center console trim; stylish rear spoiler; keyless entry with panic alarm; tilt steering; power windows with driver’s side auto-up/down; variable intermittent wipers; convenient split folding rear seat; rear seat heater ducts; body-colored power side mirrors, door handles and tailgate handle; plus many other welcome features. For $1,300 more, the 2015 Mirage ES (starting MSRP of $14,295) includes all of the comprehensive content from the Mirage DE, but further ups the amenities ante with a vast assortment of equipment such as Bluetooth hands-free phone system; One-Touch Start/Stop (OSS) engine switch; steering wheel-mounted audio controls; FAST Precision Design and Engineering The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage’s outstanding efficiency is the result of a number of key design elements engineered into this perky 5-door sub-compact. The exterior features a chiseled crease along the corners of the bumper, underbody tray covers, a smallish grille opening, a patented teardrop-shaped roofline and a sharp-looking high-mounted rear spoiler “wing” that very effectively help to reduce drag. Furthermore, the entry-level DE trim level of the Mirage includes an aerodynamically-shaped full wheel cover that helps further reduce drag and turbulence. These aero enhancements help the 2015 Mirage achieve a very low coefficient of drag at only 0.28 cd. And thanks to the inclusion of hightensile steel to key sections of the Mirage’s body and chassis, the vehicle tips the scales at less than one ton (1,973 lbs.) while possessing excellent structural rigidity. The high-efficiency theme is carried over into the Mirage’s interior as well: The HVAC system has been designed to offer reduced weight while providing improved heater performance airflow to accommodate the rear seat passengers, along with the implementation of a new pollen filter to improve interior air quality. If you want to know why the Mitsubishi is up in its sales and why the Outlander is America’s top Mitsubishi vehicle for the past several months or why Evolution is the choice of many who are looking for speed, call Richard Samaco or John Rodis, the dealership’s Filipino salespersons at Glendale Mitsubishi at (888) 465-7218. Glendale Mitsubishi, a favorite car dealership among Filipino-Americans, is located at 1235 S. Brand Blvd. Glendale, CA, 91204. Call now or come and visit our kababayans for a closer look at the new Mitsubishi vehicles. What’s more, test drive a Mitsubishi and you can get a three day/two night stay in Las Vegas for free.

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Gone in Sixty Seconds: Americans take home a Camry every minute in May May sales reflect Americans’ trust in best-selling car TORRANCE, Calif. (June 9, 2014) – On average, Americans drove away in a new Camry every minute in the month of May. Nearly 50,000 owners placed their trust in Camry’s safety, reliability and long-term value. “There’s a reason Americans choose Camry, and it shows in sales month after month,” said Bob Carter, vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. “It’s America’s best-selling car, but more important is the one Camry in the customer’s drive-

way. The one Camry that gets you and your family to work, school, vacation, the Camry that works in a business enterprise, the one Camry you trust to be reliable and help keep your family safe.” Recently, Camry’s quality was affirmed by top honors in the JD Power and Associates IQS and VDS studies. It was also awarded a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, was placed on the “Best Midsize Car for the Money” list by US News and World Report and “Most Popular” list by Edmunds. Of the 10.3 million Camrys sold in the U.S. in the last 31 years, more than 6.7 million

are still on the road. Today, every Camry sold in North America comes from plants in Indiana and Kentucky, manufactured by more than 7,000 skilled U.S. workers who take pride in every Camry that rolls off the line. Camry May sales of 49,584 units were up over 26 percent, topping its segment by almost 10,000 units. To put it into perspective, Camry has exceeded monthly sales of 50,000 units only four other times in its history. America’s best-selling car will get even better, as the redesigned 2015 Camry comes to market later this year aimed at

satisfying thousands, one customer at a time. If you need to “adorn” your garage with a brand-new Toyota, all you have to do is come down ton Hamer Toyota located at 11041 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills, CA 91345 and get in touch with any of our kababayans Matt Morente (Floor Manager), Marylou Santiago (VIP/Internet Coordinator), Wency Magno, Reno Reyes, Tony Pijuan and Rico Ayala (Leasing & Sales). Call our kababayans now toll free at 1-855-592-7077 and make your dream of owning a new Toyota vehicle a reality today.

Porsche’s new 911 racing edition: shaken, not stirred (Relaxnews) – Porsche is launching the new Martini Racing Edition of its enduring 911 in celebration of the company’s return to Le Mans. Just 80 examples of the car will be offered to the Porsche-driving public in Europe, China, Japan and Latin America. Available in two exterior finishes – white or black – the car comes trimmed in the

iconic red and blue Martini racing decals, which were a common sight when Porsche dominated endurance racing back in the 1970s and 80s, and the color scheme continues inside. The dash features Martini badging and colored accents. As good looking as the car is – helped by a redesigned front spoiler - don’t get too

excited about what lies beneath the racing stripes because the rest of the car has not been inspired by Porsche’s latest Le Mans racer. Therefore, don’t expect it to have a state-of-the-art hybrid motor powering its wheels. Instead it has the same 3.8-liter flat six usually found in the 911 Carrera S. Still, with

a 0-62mph (100km/h) time of 4.1 seconds and almost 400bhp on tap, it’s no slouch. Instead of an engine upgrade, Porsche has thrown in a bunch of toys as standard that are usually high on the options list. So it has the Chrono Sports package for timing laps, the full Porsche infotainment system (including satnav) and a special steering wheel.


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