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VOL. XXII, NO. 15

MAY 17-23, 2014

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War games show US air power CROW VALLEY, May 15, 2014 (AFP) – US aircraft dropped bombs and marines tore forward under artillery fire in war games in the Philippines on Thursday, weeks after the allies signed a defense deal against a backdrop of flaring Chinese tensions with its neighbors. The live rounds made a dull thud and kicked up dust as they rained down on a dry riverbed in the northern Philippines at the start of the hour-long maneuvers, involving about 100 American and 200 Filipino marines. “We’re training to take over a key enemy position,” US Marines

spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jay de la Rosa told AFP from a nearby ridge observation point, as F/A-18 and A-10 aircraft unloaded their payloads. Artillery shells also poured down from nearby hilltops before V-22 Osprey aircraft and conventional military helicopters made paratroop drops of marines on the simulated battlefield, later joined by colleagues aboard armored vehicles. “It’s a maritime security scenario,” Filipino Navy Captain Annaleah Cazcarro said. “We don’t have a target counSee WAR GAMES, page 10

Philippine soldiers exit a grounded training helicopter during helicopter insert and extract training with U.S. soldiers on Fort Magsaysay, Philippines, April 29, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Pete Thibodeau

PHL: China may be building airstrip at disputed reef MANILA, May 14, 2014 (AFP) – The Philippines warned on Wednesday that China may be building an airstrip on a reef in the South China Sea, boosting the superpower’s claim to most of the strategic Asian waters. Filipino surveillance aircraft have been monitoring large-scale reclamation and earthmoving activity on Chinese-held Johnson South Reef since January, the defense department said. Asked if China was building an airstrip on the reef, also claimed by the Philippines and Vietnam, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said: “That’s one possibility”.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, would not confirm the Philippine claim, but asserted the outcrop was Chinese territory. “Whatever construction China carries out on the reef is a matter entirely within the scope of China’s sovereignty. I don’t know what particular intentions the Philippines has in caring so much about this,” she said at a regular press briefing Wednesday. Last week, the Chinese press downplayed the activity at the reef, saying it was merely See AIRSTRIP, page 10

RECLAMATION ON MABINI REEF, May 15, 2014: This series of photographs, which were released by the DFA and gathered from Philippine intelligence sources, shows in stages the extensive reclamation by China on Mabini Reef (Johnson South Reef). These actions are considered destabilizing and in violation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and international law. Mabini Reef is part of the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) which is part of Philippine territory.

San Miguel seeks to build $10-B Manila airport MANILA, May 15, 2014 (AFP) – Top Philippine conglomerate San Miguel is seeking to build a new international airport for Manila in a project worth $10 billion, the company confirmed Thursday. San Miguel, which owns a stake in flag carrier Philippine Airlines, told the Philippine Stock Exchange in a disclosure that reports of its bid to build the four-runway hub in Manila Bay were “accurate”.

Ramon Ang, president and chief operating officer of both San Miguel and Philippine Airlines, raised the proposal during a meeting with Philippine President Benigno Aquino this week, presidential spokesman Herminio Coloma said. Airlines are frustrated with heavy congestion and other woes at Manila’s existing international airport, which has been named the worst in the world for two years

running by an online travel guide. The airport was hit by air conditioning failures in sweltering weather last month, just as millions of Filipinos began travelling for the Easter holidays – forcing Aquino to make a public apology. Ang made a “brief mention” of the proposal during his meeting with Aquino on Wednesday, Coloma said. See SAN MIGUEL, page 10

Drilon opposes all-out confrontation between senators, Napoles MANILA, May 15 (Mabuhay) – Should alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles be allowed to accuse senators face-to-face on their supposed transactions? Senate President Franklin Drilon does not think so. At a press conference Thursday, Drilon rejected Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano’s proposal to allow Napoles and other personalities involved in the alleged scam to cross-examine senators. “I am not in favor of that. A committee hearing is in aid of legislation. That is its principal purpose... How can you have a situation when you have a resource person asking questions to a senator?” the Senate leader told reporters. He maintained that resource persons invited to Senate hearings should only answer questions from senators, and not the other way around. On Wednesday, Cayetano wrote Senate blue ribbon committee chairman Teofisto Guingona III to allow Napoles and See DRILON OPPOSES, page 10

Levito Baligod , the former lawyer of pork scam whistle-blower Benhur Luy, believes his former client has the more credible list of lawmakers implicated in the pork barrel scam of Janet Lim Napoles. He said he made separate lists based on the information, which was then verified by the pork scam whistle-blowers.


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Lacson calls for lifestyle check on Miriam MANILA, May 14 (Mabuhay) – Former Senator Panfilo Lacson said a lifestyle check is in order against Senator Miriam Santiago now that the Benhur Luy list is out. Santiago earlier called for the release of the Luy list amid the disclosure of the Janet Napoles list that Lacson is holding. On the Napoles list, Santiago’s name was not included. Her name is on Luy’s list, on the other hand. “Barely one day before Luy’s list came out, she was saying that the Luy’s list was more credible. Understandably, crooks often forget petty transactions since they would likely use the loot on less significant expenditures. They only remember the big ones that enter their fat bank accounts,” Lacson said in a statement. He said that since Luy’s list is now out, “the Senate’s self-proclaimed anti-pork ‘crusader’ must be quaking in her shoes while cracking her head thinking of some crazy pick-up lines to divert the issue from her P2.5M rebate aka kickback from her P10M allocation through a Napoles NGO.” Both Santiago and Lacson have been trading barbs through the media. Santiago said Lacson is the “attack dog” of the senators earlier implicated in the pork scam: Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, and Bong Revilla. Miriam: I will make my detractor pay In a separate statement, Santiago denounced as false the allegations in the Luy list. She believes her identity was stolen and used in the allegedly forged pork barrel documents that both Napoles and Luy are using. “I thought that if the Luy list included

documents, they would first be authenticated, before publication. Silly me,” she said. She noted the Luy list could not have been authenticated. “The Napoles Gang merely forged certain public documents and used certain names like mine, to pad their in-house records.” She said she will confront both Luy and Napoles when they appear in the Senate. After claiming that the Luy list was more credible, Santiago made a 180-degree turn. “The Luy list has no proof of the attestation of any public document, and no proof of the authenticity of any private document. Thus, the Luy list constitutes no proof at all against me and others like me. The Luy list is nothing but mudslinging. How sad for our country that such villainy can come to pass,” she said. She said she will make her detractor pay. “Someone has made money by using my name, and I will make that person pay, big time. Presumably, there are other people who, like me, are innocent, but whose names and identities have been stolen,” she said. Lacson’s name was not mentioned in her statement, but Santiago made a mouthful against her rival. “If corruption is this bad, maybe I should run for president, on the same anti-corruption platform from which I have fulminated all these years. And maybe I should deliver a privilege speech against you-know-who. I understand that his official boss is vexed, because of the grandiloquent ambitions of this rogue in uniform,” she said. (MNS)

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De Lima: Napoles testimony on pork scam more urgent than immunity plea MANILA, May 15 (Mabuhay) – Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Thursday said vetting Janet Lim-Napoles’ testimony on the pork barrel scam is more important than accommodating her request to become a state witness in several governmentfund anomalies. De Lima told reporters that the camp of the embattled businesswoman and plunder suspect has indeed formally asked the Department of Justice to get immunity from suits in light of her revelations on the alleged P10-billion fund scam. “[The] vetting of the allegations, iyon ang focus namin. Secondary lang if she’s qualified. (Kailangan pang tignan ang) elements of (becoming a) state witness, kung pwede siya. Secondary lang siya,” De Lima said. De Lima said in the process of the vetting, investigators will end up determining the credibility not only of Napoles’ statements but Napoles herself. De Lima said it was up to the Ombudsman to decide whether to grant Napoles plea. De Lima said she could either simply forward Napoles’ request to the Ombudsman, or she could submit a recommendation or endorsement supporting Napoles’ immunity bid. “I can make my own determination. Recommendatory only. Or refrain from doing that and instead just refer the matter to the Ombudsman,” De Lima said. Once approved, Napoles will gain immunity from any cases connected to the scam based on the Ombudsman Act of 1989. Under this law, the Ombudsman has the power to grant immunity to any individual who could provide information with supporting evidence needed for a certain case. (MNS)

Senate panel orders Benhur Luy to submit digital files MANILA, May 15 (Mabuhay) – The Senate blue ribbon committee on Thursday ordered principal pork barrel scam witness Benhur Luy to submit to the panel his digital files on the alleged anomaly. The committee’s chairman, Senator Teofisto Guingona III, issued a subpoena compelling Luy to turn over his digital records to the panel by Wednesday next week. Senate President Franklin Drilon signed the subpoena. Based on digital files it obtained from Luy’s hard drive, the Philippine Daily

Inquirer reported on Wednesday that 15 incumbent senators supposedly had past transactions with businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles involving public funds. Napoles is facing plunder charges along with Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla, and others regarding the P10-B pork barrel scam involving lawmakers’ allocations of the Priority Development Assistance Fund. Napoles has asked the Department of Justice to endorse her to the Office of the Ombudsman as a state witness in the pork barrel scam case and other irregularities. (MNS)


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Filipinos in US urged: Help sustain economic momentum by registering for 2016 national polls WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Philippine Embassy is urging Filipinos in the United States to help sustain the economic transformation taking place in the Philippines by registering as overseas voters and participating in the presidential elections in 2016. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. issued the call as the Embassy and other Philippine Foreign Service Posts in the US and around the world began the registration of new voters last week. “I urge our kababayans to exercise their right to vote by registering as overseas voters at the Embassy or the nearest Consulate,” Ambassador Cuisia said.

“The Philippines has made great economic gains over the past few years and it is our responsibility not only to ourselves but also our children to help preserve those gains by choosing the right leader for the country,” Ambassador Cuisia added. Among the first to register at the Embassy was Ray Gonzales, originally from Pampanga but now residing in Washington’s Georgetown district. For Gonzales, registering to vote means ensuring that the candidate with best intentions for the country gets elected into office. “I want to register and participate in the coming elections so that my vote can help the right candidate win. I hope that

the winning candidates can give better opportunities for my fellow Filipinos in the Philippines,” said Gonzales. Minister and Consul Emil Fernandez, who heads the Embassy’s voters registration team, said the registration period was seamless and took only a few minutes, including the capturing of the registrant’s biometrics and photo.

Consul Fernadez urged Filipinos in the United States to register so they could vote in the 2016 national and local elections. The registration period is from 6 May 2014 until 31 October 2015 at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate having jurisdiction over where the overseas voter resides. Registrants are required to present an original Philippine passport.

Canada announces new occupation list for skilled workers The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Wednesday said that Canada has released a new list of eligible occupations under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FWSP), Federal Skilled Trade Program (FSTP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). “The Canadian government has increased the number of eligible occupations under these three employment and permanent residency programs for this year, as well as, the number of applications they will accept,” Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said, quoting a report of Labor Attache to Toronto Leonida V. Romulo. In her report, Romulo stated that this year’s batch will be the last batch of applications the Canadian government will accept under the current employment system for foreign workers before the 2015 launch of the Express Entry, Canada’s new active recruitment model for economic migration. Under the FWSP, workers have the opportunity to qualify as permanent residents based on their ability to succeed in Canada. They are assessed according to their education, language skills, work experience, age, arranged employment, and adaptability.

Applicants must have at least one year of continuous full-time or equivalent paid work experience in the past 10 years in one of the eligible occupations; qualify for an arranged employment, where a Canadian employer has extended to the applicant an offer of full-time permanent employment; have completed a doctoral degree in Canada, or have completed two years of study in Canada towards a PhD, in both cases, at a recognized institution; and pass a minimum threshold of language ability for one of Canada’s two official languages, English or French. Effective 1 May 2014, the FSWP will be accepting an overall total of 25,000 new applications and 1,000 applications on each of the 50 eligible occupations. Under the PhD eligibility stream, 500 applications will be accepted. Interested applicants must have at least one year of work experience in one of the said occupations. There would be no limit on the number of applicants who have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer. A complete list of the 50 eligible occupations under the FSWP can be found at the Canada Immigration and Citizenship newsletter’s website, www.cicnews.com.


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AIDS network to sue DOH if mandatory HIV testing pursued MANILA, May 14 (Mabuhay) – A network of civil society groups involved in anti-AIDS advocacy work is threatening to sue the Department of Health if it pushes through with plans to implement mandatory HIV testing. The 21-organization Network to Stop AIDS Philippines, in a statement, called the DOH plan “illegal, ineffective and dangerous� and accused Health Secretary Enrique Ona of “refusing� to listen. “It is not allowed under the current law not only because it violates basic human rights, it is also ineffective in ensuring that people who need to get tested for HIV do actually get tested. They just go underground because of fear of abuse and

discrimination, which will be exacerbated by the implementation of mandatory testing,� Mara Q. Bondad of Action for Health Initiatives was quoted in the statement. Babae Plus’ Elene Felix, noting that Filipinos with HIV are “already experiencing stigma and discrimination,� said mandatory testing would “lead to a witch hunt against those who are believed to be infected� and “create a climate of terror that will prevent communities from accessing life-saving HIV services.� The Network called the DOH for being “the weakest link in the country’s response to the HIV epidemic� and chided it for failing to understand “a complex sexual map.�

Jonas Bagas of the TLF SHARE Collective cited men who engage in same-sex behavior, the sector most at risk of infection, asking, “who exactly are they going to require to get tested?� “Transgender people have sexual partners who see themselves as heterosexuals. There are men who have sex with other men but do not self-identify as gay. Men who have sex with men also have female sexual partners, who are also at risk of getting infected with HIV,� Bagas said, warning that “the decision on who’ll be

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DOLE provides health tips for domestic helpers Baldoz issues advisory providing occupational safety and health tips for kasambahay and employers Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has issued Department Advisory No. 01, Series of 2014, or the Occupational Safety and Health Protection Tips for Kasambahay and Employers, to protect bothkasambahay and other household members from domestic work hazards. “Domestic work, like any occupation, has its own occupational hazards from which kasambahay and members of the household should be protected. We issued this advisory exactly to provide tips to help both kasambahay and employers prevent or reduce domestic work hazards,� said Baldoz. “It is the employer’s responsibility to provide protection to the kasambahay, especially in the maintenance of safe and healthy working conditions. However, the kasambahay equally shares responsibility in ensuring that household work is safe and healthy,� Baldoz added. Baldoz issued the advisory pursuant to Sec. 12 Rule V of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A. No. 10361, also known as the “Domestic Workers’ Act� or “Batas Kasambahay� which requires the DOLE, through the Bureau of Working Condition and Occupational Safety and Health Center, to develop standards to safeguard the safety and health of all kasambahay. Generally, the advisory presents and addresses fundamental safety and health principles; preventive measures to reduce extent of exposure to hazards that may

41 more Pinoys home from strife-torn Syria MANILA, May 14 (Mabuhay) – Another batch consisting of 41 Filipinos has been repatriated from Syria with the help of Philippine officials in Lebanon and Syria, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. The DFA said the Philippine embassies in Beirut, Lebanon and Damascus, Syria, worked with the International Organization for Migration to repatriate the 41 last May 6. “The departure of this group of 41 Filipinos brought to 2,305 the total number of Filipinos repatriated from Syria via the Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut since the first cross-border operations began on 12 December 2012,� it said in a news release. This brings the total number of Filipinos repatriated from Syria to 5,334,� the DFA added. The DFA said the IOM shouldered the airfare and expenses for land transportation and meals of the repatriates. It added the May 6 operation was the 50th cross-border operation. A Reuters report said more than 150,000 people have been killed in the Syria conflict, which has become increasingly sectarian as rival regional powers have backed either President Bashar Hafez al-Assad, a member of the Shi’ite offshoot Alawite sect, or the overwhelmingly Sunni rebels who oppose him.

cause accident, injury, or illness; and safety and health concerns associated with typical tasks performed and the working conditions of a kasambahay. Department Advisory No. 1, S 2014 contains specific provisions on the following: occupational safety and health for employers and OSH for kasambahay. On the OSH tips for employers, the advisory provides six (6) tips, to wit: (1) Conduct of on-the-job orientation of kasambahay; (2) provision of personal protective equipment based on the nature of the job, such as gloves, face masks, and aprons; (3) ensure that fire protective equipment and other materials such as fire extinguishers, wet blanket, sand, and water are readily available; (4) provision of humane sleeping arrangements, adequate food, safe drinking water, and access to sanitary facilities; (5) availability of first-aid medicines in case of illnesses and injuries sustained during service without loss of benefits; and (6) ensure that kasambahay will not work under hazardous conditions that will endanger her health and safety. The OSH tips for kasambahay list down 14 sub-topics, namely, (1) general household safety tips; (2) kitchen safety tips; (3) fire safety tips; (4) earthquake safety tips; (5) typhoon and flood safety tips; (6) proper scheduling of tasks to provide rest; (7) handling and disposal of garbage; (8) household security; (9) safety tips in conducting errands; (10) safety orientation during crisis; (11) safety consideration in baby-sitting; (12) tips in handling pets; (13) safety tips in gardening; and (14) use of PPE.

required to get tested will most likely be based on prejudice, not medical or epidemiological evidence.â€? The push for mandatory testing, said the support group RedX, means “the healthcare system is not ready to address the epidemic.â€? The group’s Drew Garcia noted that, while the DOH “wants to force people to get tested presumably to introduce them to HIV treatment ‌ the country is actually experiencing a stock out in ARV supplies,â€? or antiretroviral drugs.(MNS)

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Pacquiao says Asian boxers need support, discipline  KUALA LUMPUR, May 15, 2014 (AFP) – Boxing great Manny Pacquiao has said Asian fighters need greater support and more discipline if they are to become world-beaters, a report said on Thursday. The 35-year-old Filipino superstar has fought professionally for nearly two decades and last month reclaimed the World Boxing Organization welterweight world title he lost in 2012. “We have a lot of good talent in Asia, especially in our country (the Philippines) where there are a lot of young ones who can do the country proud,” he told Malaysia’s New Straits Times. “Fighters need to have good coaches, trainers and facilities. It is also important to educate them about what it takes to be a good boxer and how

a boxer’s life should be.” Pacquiao, who defeated American Timothy Bradley by unanimous decision in Nevada last month to avenge the 2012 loss, added that Asian fighters also needed to toughen up mentally. “I did not have a lot of chances to fight as an amateur in Asia. I had already turned pro when I was 16 so I did not get to compete in competitions such as the Asian Games or even the Olympics,” he said. “To become a professional is not easy. My advice to those hoping to make it is to love their job, focus, believe in God and most importantly stay disciplined.” Pacquiao, who is also a congressman in the Philippines, was in Malaysia with a business delegation from the archipelago.

Congress OKs bill allowing foreigners to own banks in PHL MANILA, May 15 (Mabuhay) – The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading the bill allowing foreign players to fully own banks in the country. The opening up of the banking sector was vital as the Philippines finds itself at the forefront of further regionalization in the ASEAN region, through the ASEAN Banking Integration Framework to be implemented in 2020. With the lifting of the restrictions, the country now has a chance “to be a step ahead and position itself ready to take advantage of the benefits of this economic integration through the further opening of the banking industry to foreign banks,” House Bill 3984 said. The bill amended the mode of entry of foreign banks as may be authorized by the

Monetary Board. It said that foreign banks may operate in the country through any one of the following modes: By acquiring, purchasing, or owning up to 100 percent (from 60 percent as current allowed by law) of the voting stock of an existing bank By investing in up to 100 percent (from 60 percent) of the voting stock of a new banking subsidiary incorporated under the laws of the Philippines By establishing branches with full banking authority The measure also removed the restriction allowing only those among the top 150 foreign banks to enter the country. It said that any foreign bank may establish business in the Philippines provided that they are “established, reputable, and financially sound.”

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World Cup: $140-B lost in sports betting PARIS, May 15, 2014 (AFP) – Asian dominated criminal groups are laundering more than $140 billion dollars of illegal sports betting, mainly on football, a watchdog group said Thursday. The International Centre for Sport Security (ICCS), in a report released less than a month before the World Cup starts, said illegal gambling is a growing threat especially to football and cricket. But it added that tennis, basketball, badminton and motor racing are also affected. Eighty percent of sports gambling is illegally carried out, according to the researchers from the Doha-based ICSS and Sorbonne University in Paris. “Betting threatens all countries and regions, with football and cricket the sports’ most under siege,” said the report. The ICCS estimated that wagers worth between $275 billion and $685 billion are made each year around the world with more than 80% made illegally. Legal betting only provides about $5.5 billion in tax revenues, it said. Asia and Europe represent 85% of the total legal and illegal market and Asia accounts for 53% of the illegal market. While the researchers estimated there are about 8,000 legal operators mainly operating in offshore low tax zones they said it was “impossible” to say how many illegal gambling operations exist.

Chris Eaton, ICSS director of sport integrity said: “The rapid evolution of the global sports betting market has seen an increased risk of infiltration by organized crime and money laundering. “Alongside this, the transformation of the nature of betting, with more complex types of betting, such as live-betting, which according to this study is the most vulnerable, has made suspect activity even harder to detect,” he added. With cases of match-fixing spreading, the report called for an international convention on the manipulation of sporting events. “It is clear that current international instruments are insufficient and there is a desperate need for well-designed criminal laws specific to the manipulation of sport,” said Laurent Vidal, Chair of the SorbonneICSS Research Program. “An international agreement on the manipulation of sport competition, coordinated by an overarching global platform, is now an urgent necessity,” he added. The cricket and football world governing bodies have both set up anti-corruption units. But police and experts say bribery is spreading. Seven players from English lowerleague clubs were arrested by British police in April for alleged spot-fixing, with six others re-arrested.

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principal whistleblower Benhur Luy to confront senators they supposedly transacted with. Cayetano made this call after several senators were mentioned on Napoles’ supposed list of conspirators submitted to the Senate. Section 11 of the Rules of the Senate states that “no member shall be questioned nor be held liable in any other place for any speech or debate in the Congress or in any committee thereof.” ‘Senate not in crisis’ At the same press conference, Drilon maintained that the so-called “Napolist” did not place the Senate in crisis. “This is a problem of individual members, but the Senate as an institution remains strong... The Senate is different from the individuals which compose it,” the Senate President said.

He even enumerated bills passed by the chamber during the past month to show that the Senate continues to perform its legislative duties despite controversies. The Senate leader earlier said that all accusations against senators in connection with the alleged pork barrel scam must be substantiated. Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. and Juan Ponce Enrile are currently facing plunder charges before the Office of the Ombudsman for their alleged involvement in the scam. Meanwhile, in a statement released on Friday, De Lima also stressed that without the accompanying complete and extended affidavit of alleged pork barrel fund scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles, the truthfulness of the list hangs in the balance. “The list does not represent the truth per se. It would take further investigation and painstaking collection of evidence before we arrive at the truth,” said De Lima.

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“Like all other proposals on new public infrastructures, this would be referred to appropriate agencies...in order to go through the regular review and vetting process,” he added. San Miguel would build and operate the new airport on a near-800-hectare (2,000acre) patch of reclaimed land that it already owns in Manila Bay. Ang has spoken previously about his ambition to build a new airport to ease congestion at the current facility. The airport was built in 1981 to service six million passengers a year, but its terminals handled more than 32 million in 2012, according to the airport

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authority. Philippine Airlines and other carriers routinely suffer flight delays as Manila and other airports across the country struggle to handle surging traffic. Manila’s Terminal 1 was named the worst in the world for the second year running in 2013 by travel website “The Guide to Sleeping in Airports”. Travellers criticised its “dilapidated facilities”, airport workers – particularly taxi drivers – long waiting times and rude officials.

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to renovate the living facilities for troops stationed there. “We can confirm that there is ongoing reclamation or earthmoving activities in that portion,” Filipino defence department spokesman Peter Galvez told reporters Wednesday. “It has been getting bigger and bigger.” Del Rosario told reporters the Philippines had filed a diplomatic protest against China’s reclamation works on the reef last month, but Beijing rejected it on grounds the reef is part of Chinese territory. The Philippines calls the outcrop the Mabini Reef, while China calls it Chigua Reef. Internationally, it is recognised as the Johnson South Reef. It is part of the Spratly chain, and is located about 300 kilometres (186 miles) west of the large western Philippine island of Palawan. China seized the reef and other outcrops from Vietnam in a deadly 1988 skirmish. It is not the first time the Philippines has made allegations against China over construction at disputed outcrops in the sea. In September last year, Manila accused Beijing of laying concrete blocks on disputed Scarborough Shoal that it said could be a “prelude to construction”. However, in an embarrassing aboutface, Manila dropped the allegations weeks later after concluding that the concrete blocks were previously-existing structures. The Philippines said China took effective control of the shoal in 2012, stationing patrol vessels and shooing away Filipino fishermen, after a stand-off with the Philippine Navy.

Beijing’s claim to nearly all of the South China Sea, which straddles vital sea lanes and is believed to sit on vast oil and gas reserves, has strained its ties with neighbors. Earlier this month, Vietnam accused China of ramming its ships in an encounter near another part of the sea where Beijing had deployed a deep-sea oil rig. Those actions were described as “provocative” by US Secretary of State John Kerry in a phone call to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. The Philippines in March filed a formal plea to the United Nations challenging Beijing’s alleged territorial claims to about 70 percent of the South China Sea, in defiance of Chinese warnings that it would seriously damage their already-frayed relations. Manila contends that, under international law, it has exclusive rights to exploit the resources of waters and outcrops within its “exclusive economic zone”, defined as those within 370 kilometers (200 nautical miles) of its coast. Beijing has rejected UN arbitration and urged Manila to settle the dispute through bilateral talks instead. The Chinese claims to the sea also overlap those of Taiwan as well as Brunei and Malaysia. Meanwhile, the Philippines said Wednesday two of the 11 Chinese fishermen arrested last week by Filipino police in another area of the Spratlys were flown to Guangzhou late Tuesday. Manila filed charges against their nine colleagues for poaching and collecting protected species, but freed the two because they are minors.

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try,” she emphasized. Thursday’s maneuvers came at the end of 10 days of annual war games between the US and its close ally the Philippines, involving 5,500 troops and this year addressing security issues in the flashpoint South China Sea. China is engaged in increasingly tense rows with both the Philippines and Vietnam over the sea, which is believed to harbor vast oil and gas resources and which China claims almost in its entirety. Thursday’s event was held at Crow Valley, a former gunnery range for American forces that were stationed at two nearby large military installations until 1992. The allies signed a deal last month to give US forces greater access to Filipino bases in the former US colony. The United States has said it does not

take a position on the territorial disputes, but has criticized what it said were “provocative” acts by China to assert its claims. US President Barack Obama, in a state visit to Manila in late April, also made an “ironclad” pledge to defend the Philippines, with which it has a mutual defense treaty, if attacked. The Philippines released photographs on Thursday to back its claim that China is reclaiming land on a disputed reef in the South China Sea, in an apparent effort to build an airstrip. In Vietnam, anti-China riots on Thursday triggered by the communist neighbors’ own territorial dispute left a Chinese worker dead and 100 injured. The Chinese claims to the South China Sea also overlap those of Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei.


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‘Team Pilipinas’ wins bronze medal in 2014 World Cheerleading Championship The “girl power� of “Team Pilipinas� had more than just a “beginner’s luck� by winning the bronze medal in the recently concluded World Cheerleading Championship held at the Walt Disney World. Resort in Orlando, Florida. “Team New Zealand� won the gold while “Team Chile� bagged the silver. The recent 2014 Cheerleading competition event was organized by the International Cheer Union (ICU) , where they gathered 17,000 athletes from 80 countries with more than 150 divisions. athlete’s skills in tumbling, tosses and According to the National Cheer- stunt categories which are scored heavily leading Championship Director, JR in international competitions. David, this competition is “considered Formed in May, 2010, “Team Pilipithe Olympics of the Cheerleading nas� is managed and organized by the world.� National Cheerleading Championship, of The all-girl team of “Team Pilipi- the Philippines’ “de facto governing body nas� is composed of 27 athletes, all for the sport, recognized by the ICU, the high school and college students who world-governing body for cheerleading.� were rigorously selected from various National Cheerleading Championship high schools and college campus such Director, Eduardo C. David, Jr. (JR in as UP, Ateneo, Dela Salle, Holy Spirit, short) has around ten years of organizSt. Paul’s Pasig, Poveda, ICA-Cavite, ing, judging and coaching experience. Miriam, Assumption and CCP. He was a former member of the Dela The current “Team Pilipinas� members Salle University Pep Squad (1998-2002) , were selected among 100 President of the Philippine hopefuls during the tryouts Cheerleading Alliance (the held at the campus of Cengoverning body for the tral Colleges of the Philipsport, recognized by the pines. ICU) and Senior Coach for The tryouts were conthe NCC where he conducts ducted by veteran head the accreditation of local coach Randall San Gregocoaches. Let us all congraturio, who has mentored the late NCC Director JR David TEAM from the start. He and his “Team Pilipinas� for was assisted by coaches making us proud in winning Ramon Pagaduan, Archie the 2014 bronze medal in Meris and BJ Sayno. The the World Cheerleading tryouts included various Championship! Go Pinoy exercises in assessing the NCC Director JR David Power!

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Is IRS offset of refund violation of bankruptcy stay? Client files a chapter 7 bankruptcy to discharge $100,000 of income taxes. He files his bankruptcy on March 30, 2014. On schedule B of his bankruptcy petition, he claims his 2013 tax refund of $10,000 as exempt property. On April 15, 2014, he files his 2013 tax returns. Instead of giving the $10,000 tax refund to the debtor or the bankruptcy trustee, the IRS offsets the $10,000 against the $100,000 of income taxes that client seeks to discharge in bankruptcy.     The IRS position is that the agency has the legal right to offset a refund 6402(d), also known as the federal interagainst taxes owed for previous years even cept statute.� What a nice name! if there is a bankruptcy. Client position The debtor’s lawyer reminded the govis that the IRS offset is illegal because it ernment, as I do now with my client, that violates the automatic stay order of the the debtor had filed for bankruptcy, and bankruptcy court which took effect on advised that the refund should be sent to March 30, 2014. Who is correct? the trustee. Treasury did not respond to the The bankruptcy automatic stay is a lawyer’s letter, and the refund was not sent court order that stops all collection efforts to the trustee. Instead, it was applied to the of creditors, including the IRS once the prepetition debt. bankruptcy petition is filed. There are very The debtor filed an adversary proceedlimited exceptions to the stay. ing against the government, asserting that In Re Sexton, debtor filed for Chapter 7 its actions violated the automatic stay. relief on February 13, 2013. She scheduled The government responded that the debtor her anticipated 2012 federal tax refund, only possessed a contingent interest in the which she estimated to be $4,200, as an as- overpayment until after the Secretary of the set of her estate, and claimed it as exempt. Treasury complied with offset directive. She scheduled a liability of $114,617 owed The bankruptcy court denied the governto the U.S. Department of Agriculture Ru- ment’s motions to dismiss, as well as its ral Development Service. This debt was a motion for entry of a nunc pro tunc order deficiency following the foreclosure sale retroactively annulling the automatic stay. of the debtor’s property. The court found that the debtor’s interAfter the debtor filed for bankruptcy, est in her tax refund vested on December the Department of the Treasury notified the 31, 2012. When she filed her bankruptcy debtor that it was withholding her 2012 tax petition, that interest was included in her refund in order to apply it to the “Non-Tax bankruptcy estate, and properly claimed as Federal Debt� she owed to the USDA. The exempt. Because that interest was included government subsequently explained that in the debtor’s bankruptcy estate, it was the refund was withheld under the Treasury protected by the automatic stay, including Offset Program, pursuant to 26 U.S.C. § subsection (a)(7) that specifically stays



Signature campaign pushing FOI bill gains support MANILA, May 14 (Mabuhay) – Change.org, the umbrella organization pushing for the passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill on Wednesday said they have achieved the expected number of supporters in their initial launching of signature campaign using online and social media as the medium to cover not only the Philippines but Filipinos presently working across the globe. Malou Mangahas, one of the Convenors said attendees who signed the petition at the launching to push for the passage of the Freedom of convenors told attendees at the Information Act exceeded expectations. launching at Balay Kalinaw at the University of the Philippines that the Aquino and Speaker Belmonte one week expected number for the initial campaign before the President’s State of the Nation even exceeded their expectation as other Address in July,� she pointed out. organizations that believes in this cause Representatives Teddy Baguilat (Ifusigned. gao), Kaka Bag-ao (Dinagat Islands), “This gave us high hopes that the time Winston Castelo (Quezon City) and Rofor the realization of an FOI law has come. man Romulo (Pasig City) shows support But with only a little more than two years to the cause as they gave their individual remaining in the term of President Aquino, inspiring message. and with the Presidential elections just Baguilat, who has revealed that this around the corner, the FOI Bill remains cause is one of his advocacies since he was pending at the Committee level at the then a student leader, said he had waited House of Representatives,� she said. for so long as he feels that his dream will She stressed that “we need a law that come true. will give life to the right of citizens to re“I am optimistic that in the 16th Conquest and be given access to government gress, we can pass the measure as prominformation beyond what government ised by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.,� chooses to disclose proactively.� Baguilat told reporters at the sidelines of An FOI law responds to this by clarify- the launching. ing the scope of and exceptions to avail“The Right to Reply Bill will be treated able information, by providing the definite as a separate bill. Hindi siya dapat makprocedure for requesting and being given agulo sa FOI,� Bag-ao told reporters in access to information, and by imposing a separate interview claiming that their administrative or criminal liability for the timeline for the passage of the bill is the violation of a citizen’s right to information. middle of 2015. “With time running out, we invite you She added that the ideal timeline to to join us in expressing our collective pass the law is before the end of 2nd regular clamor for President Aquino and Speaker session saying that the last regular session Belmonte to exercise leadership and act de- will be concentrated for the 2016 budget. For his part, Castelo claimed that he will cisively to pass the FOI Bill. Sign on to this letter, and invite your friends, family and push for more active information dissemicolleagues to do the same. We will deliver nation at the grass root level to make people the letter with our signatures to President aware of the importance of FOI. (MNS)

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setoff actions. “To constrain the reach of the automatic stay, Congress enacted Section 362(b). Subpart 26 of that section specifically excepts from violating the automatic stay, the setoff under applicable non-bankruptcy law of an income tax refund, by a governmental unit, with respect to a taxable period that ended before the date of the order for relief against an income tax liability,� the court said. “If the debtor’s interest in a tax overpayment did not become property of that debtor’s bankruptcy estate until after the government applied its offset under Section 6402(a) of the Tax Code.� Congress had no reason to enact Section 362(b)(26) to except from the protections of the automatic stay such an offset. Congress’ enactment of Section 362(b)(26) presupposes that such property interests become part of the state subject to the stay, except for this express carve out. If the Court were to hold for the property inter-

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Q: I work at a retail company and every employee is required to “pitch in” when it becomes busy. Stocking shelves, cleaning, and putting away merchandise are not part of my official duties but I’m told to do them anyway. Since I am paid per task that I finish, the extra work decreases my time to work on my official tasks. The extra work is not paid. My lunch breaks are also cut short because I have to help other employees attend to customers. Am I entitled to employees who worked five consecutive hours, and denying uninterrupted breaks to to additional wages? A: Under California law, employees employees who were forced to assist cusshould be paid for all hours worked. tomers even when they had clocked out for “Hours worked” means time spent by an breaks. Moreover, the employees were not employee performing activities that are provided with at least 10 minutes of paid controlled by and for the benefit of the rest break for every four hours of work. Additional claims by the employees employer, regardless of whether they are your “official” duties. Those hours are include the company’s failure to reimburse considered “work time” and must be paid them for the cost of required grooming tools, failure to provide suitable seats for by the employer. Additionally, if employees are on lunch work, improper calculation of vacation or rest breaks, but made to do work-related pay, and delayed wages for discharged activities, then they should be paid for the employees. The parties agreed to a settlement of interrupted or shortened breaks. A big company catering to pet products, $10 million, pending judge approval. The Petsmart, was sued by its employees for settlement will potentially affect 16,400 these similar issues. The lawsuit was filed current and former employees in 132 on behalf of groomers/pet stylists, groom- stores. No matter how big or busy the work ing trainees, salon managers and other place is, employers cannot deprive emhourly employees. According to reports, the employees ployees of their rights to proper wages and “were regularly required to perform uninterrupted breaks. [C. Joe Sayas, Jr., Esq. is trial attorney nonproductive work such as stocking, cashiering, cleaning the grooming salon who has obtained several million dollar and prospecting for grooming customers, recoveries for his clients against insurance during which time they were prevented companies and employers. He has been from earning piece-rate compensation.” selected as a Super Lawyer by the Los Petsmart paid its groomers 50% of the net Angeles Magazine, featured in the cover price of a grooming fee. But PetSmart’s of Los Angeles Daily Journal’s Verdicts policy states that if a customer did not like and Settlements, and is a member of the how their pet looks after being groomed, Million Dollar-Advocates Forum. He is the customer did not have to pay. This re- a graduate of Georgetown University Law sults in the employees performing unpaid Center Washington, D.C. and the University of the Philippines. Visit his website at work. Contrary to California law, the company www.joesayaslaw.com or contact his office also had a policy of denying meal breaks at (818) 291-0088 for a no-cost inquiry.]

NYC Chinatown garment workers win $1.2 million in damages for labor law violations Manhattan federal judge awarded 13 Chinatown garment workers over $1.2 million in damages for unpaid minimum wage and overtime pay owed between 2005 to 2010. The plaintiffs were represented by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF). The 13 Chinese immigrant garment workers were employed at the Walker Street Factory in Lower Manhattan six or seven days a week, regularly toiling over 10 to 12 hours a day or even longer when the factory was rushing to complete some garments. The factory produced garments primarily for two retailers, Dress Barn and Lane Bryant. (Neither of these companies were parties to the lawsuit.) The workers were paid by the piece and often did not earn the minimum wage or receive overtime pay. Beyond the labor law violations, the factory owed these workers over $110,000 in unpaid wages when it closed in October 2010. The two individuals named as defendants, Jun Reng Zhou, the factory boss, and Jin Xian Mei, the factory manager, both of Brooklyn, tried to blame others for failing to pay the workers, but the federal judge found their testimony “inconsistent and incredible.” The defendants testified that they were not the boss and manager of the factory, that the real bosses came to the factory at night when no one was there and calculated the wages, and then left the checks and cash for the workers. These same phantom bosses purportedly called Zhou and

Mei to tell them to meet a person in a car near the factory to be given instructions or cash for the payroll. Of course, none of the garment workers had ever seen these imaginary bosses. The decision describes how one woman garment worker was given a check for $150, even though she was owed $200. She pleaded with the manager to obtain the remaining $50 to buy food for her grandson, who was recovering from surgery, but the manager refused. Ken Kimerling, AALDEF legal director and the attorney representing the garment workers, said: “Not all of the garments made for American manufacturers are made overseas. Garment sweatshops still exist in Manhattan, and workers are still not being paid overtime and minimum wages. This excellent decision shows that while some manufacturers may be spending more to monitor their work overseas, they still need to protect American workers as well.” The leading source of News and Information for the Filipino American Community

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Is your situation forcing you to file bankruptcy? Facing serious debt problems can be depressing to a lot of people. It may seem like the end of the world. You may feel angry, depressed, guilty- or a combination of all three. You may even be blaming yourself for making the decisions that led you to your present situation. I’m here to tell you, however, that like most things in life, whatever you’re going through is most likely only temporary and will soon pass. How can I possibly say this? cumstances beyond their control. Study Well, did you know that millions of hon- after study has shown that some of the est, hard-working people just like yourself most common reasons why people file are having problems paying their debts? for bankruptcy -unemployment, sickness, As a matter of fact, more than 1 million disability, death in the family- are events file bankruptcy in the United States every which are beyond our control. It is not year as a result of being in debt. Do you always your fault. think these people file bankruptcy simply Thus, if you find yourself totally unprebecause they don’t want to take personal pared for the financial challenges that life responsibility for their debts? Not at all. brings your way, take comfort in the fact The truth is that most people who that the law provides a solution for you to file bankruptcy do so as a result of cir- get relief. At one time or another, we all

face those moments. Life is very unpredictable and you never know what lies ahead. If we all had a crystal ball, our lives would be perfect and we’ll always be prepared for everything that might happen. But that’s not how life works. So if you’ve found yourself in a situation where bankruptcy is the only way out, don’t be too hard on yourself. More often than not, it’s not as bad as you think. Dwelling on the negative only makes things worse because it stops you from taking positive action to change your situation for the better. Like most people, you will survive bankruptcy, get on with your life and do just fine. Wallowing in self-pity and feeling sorry for yourself will not help your situation one bit. Instead, be proud of the fact that you have made the decision to make things happen by taking matters into your own hands instead of waiting for things to magically change in your life. It’s

really all up to you. Bankruptcy is not for everyone. But if appropriate for your situation, why not make the legal process work for you so that you can get on with your life and create the freedom that you’ve been wanting for yourself and your family? Put your money worries behind you forever and start with a clean slate. It’s never too late but you need to start somewhere. If you need help figuring out your options, I’d like to help you. Call us for a free consultation at Toll-Free 1-866-477-7772. We have offices in Glendale, Cerritos, West Covina and Valencia. (None of the information herein is intended to give legal advice for any specific situation. Atty. Ray Bulaon has successfully helped more than 5,000 clients in finding solutions to their debt problems. To schedule a free attorney consultation, please call Ray Bulaon Law Offices at TOLL FREE 1-866-477-7772).

China media call for ‘unaffordable price’ in sea dispute BEIJING, May 13, 2014 (AFP) − China’s state-run media on Tuesday called for Beijing’s territorial challengers to be made to pay an “unaffordable price�, with the country embroiled in heated rows in the South China Sea. Regional tensions have risen sharply since Beijing moved a deep-water drilling rig into waters disputed with Vietnam for the first time, and a foreign ministry official said Friday Vietnamese ships had rammed Chinese vessels 171 times since May 3. Hanoi says its own patrol vessels were repeatedly

rammed by Chinese ships near the Paracel Islands, which China calls Xisha. Philippine police last week detained 11 Chinese fishermen off the disputed Half Moon Shoal, with nine of them charged on Monday despite Beijing’s warning of a dire effect on relations. “The Philippines has singled itself out as a determined challenger of Chinese national interests and the devoted hatchet man of foreign anti-China forces,� the government-run China Daily said in an editorial. “It needs to be convinced that it has



  

  

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Consequences of failing to disclose material assets, income, facts and contended to be community property or in Please note that this article is not legal information in a divorce case which it is contended the community has an advice and is not intended as legal advice. There is a natural tendency among divorcing parties to hide their assets from their spouse and understate income. This is a common problem that I have observed from practicing law for many years. A common question I hear from clients is “my spouse doesn’t know I have an account in this bank, do I have to let him/ her know of this account?�    Parties to a divorce proceeding have a duty to disclose financial declaration of disclosure and a final decinformation to each other. This duty arose laration of disclosure. The preliminary based on California’s policy (1) to marshal, declaration of disclosure should be served preserve, and protect community and within 60 days of serving the divorce, quasi-community assets and liabilities that separation, or nullity petition. exist at the date of separation so as to avoid The commission of perjury on the predissipation of the community estate before liminary declaration of disclosure may be distribution, (2) to ensure fair and sufficient grounds for setting aside the judgment in child and spousal support awards, and (3) addition to other remedies available under to achieve a division of community and the law. The preliminary declaration of quasi-community assets and liabilities on disclosure is not filed with the court but the dissolution or nullity of marriage or only exchanged by each party. The prelegal separation of the parties as provided liminary declaration of disclosure shall under California law. To promote the above set forth 1) the identity of all assets and public policy, the family code requires a liabilities which the declarant may have an full and accurate disclosure of all assets interest regardless of the characterization and liabilities in which the parties have or of community, quasi-community, or sepamay have an interest be made in a divorce rate property; 2)The declarant’s percentage or a legal separation, regardless of the al- in the asset or liability; 3) the declarant’s leged characterization of the property as characterization of the asset or liability. In either community or separate. Parties are addition, the declarant shall also provide also required to disclose all income and the other party with a completed income expenses of the parties. and expense declaration. The declarations The parties also have a continuing duty may be amended without permission from to update and augment that disclosure to the court. the extent that there has been a material The parties shall serve each other with change to their financial position. The a final declaration of disclosure at the time purpose of the duty to augment and update the parties enter into a settlement agreethe disclosures is so that at the time the ment, stipulated divorce judgment, or if the parties enter into a settlement agreement, case goes to trial, at least 45 days prior to stipulated divorce judgment, or trial, each the first assigned trial date. The final decparty will do so with full and complete laration of disclosure shall include (1) All knowledge of all relevant underlying facts material facts and information regarding of the case. the characterization of all assets and liabiliThe disclosures are made by the parties ties(2) All material facts and information by serving each other with a preliminary regarding the valuation of all assets that are

 

 

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interest. (3) All material facts and information regarding the amounts of all obligations that are contended to be community obligations or for which it is contended the community has liability.(4) All material facts and information regarding the earnings, accumulations, and expenses of each party that have been set forth in the income and expense declaration. The parties may agree to mutually waive the final declaration of disclosure requirement but not the preliminary declaration of disclosure. A party who fails to comply with the disclosure requirements under the family code may be held in breach of the party’s fiduciary obligation to the other spouse under family code section 721, 1100, and Marriage of Feldman. The party that failed to disclose material assets, income, facts, and information may be sanctioned by the court by awarding attorney’s fees and sanctions to the other spouse under family code section 271. When hiring an attorney to represent you in a high asset divorce case with complex property issues, it is important to hire an attorney that understands the disclosure obligation under the family code.

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Increase in whooping cough cases in California SACRAMENTO – Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state health officer, today warned that the number of pertussis (whooping cough) cases is increasing in California. CDPH has received reports of 1,711 cases of pertussis occurring from January through April 2014, more than triple than the number of cases in the same period last year. “Pertussis peaks in incidence every 3-5 years as the number of susceptible people in the population increases,� says Dr. Ron Chapman. “As the last peak in California was in 2010, we are concerned that the recent increase in reported cases suggests that another cyclical peak is beginning.� Infants too young to be fully immunized remain most vulnerable to severe and fatal cases of pertussis. Most of the 77 hospitalized cases to date in 2014 have been in children three months of age or younger.


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Luy camp: Unsigned ‘Napolist’ like a ‘worthless grocery list’

MANILA, May 14 (Mabuhay) – The camp of principal whistleblower Benhur Luy on Wednesday said the unsigned document showing the list of incumbent and former lawmakers supposedly involved in the pork barrel scam allegedly masterminded by Janet Lim-Napoles is nothing but a “grocery list” that has no value at all. “Wala pa rin pong value sa amin iyan dahil una, di niya [Napoles] pinirmahan... Ang list na yan [ay] parang grocery list na pinagkaguluhan lalo na ng lawmakers,” said lawyer Raji Mendoza. Luy used to work for Napoles at JLN Corp. before turning into a whistleblower in the P10-billion scam involving the misuse of several lawmkers’ Priority Development Assistance Fund allocations. Mendoza said that even if there is indeed a signed “Napolist,” it would still be worthless “pero hindi naman siya nag-oath.” “Kaduda-duda pa rin. Saka young credibility nya.. hindi natin alam kung nagsasabi ng katotohanan o kasinungalingan,” he added. Former Senator Panfilo Lacson on Tuesday turned over to the Senate blue ribbon committee his copy of the supposed “Napolist” and affidavit of Napoles, both unsigned. The list contained names of 10 incumbent senators. Lacson had said that the list was given to him by Napoles’ husband, Jimmy. Mendoza said their camp does not see any “obvious legal purpose” for the list because Napoles is not yet a government witness. “Mukhang ang government walang balak na i-presenta siyang saksi. Hindi siya qualified maging saksi (dahil) ayaw niya aminin. The only purpose here is legitimate issues,” he said. He appealed to the government not release the Napoles list, pending the completion of the ongoing investigation by the Department of Justice and the National Bureau of Investigation. To date, the Ombudsman has recommended the filing of plunder charges against Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile and Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. in connection with the scam. (MNS)

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Now that the war in Afghanistan is winding down, we need a new war. We need to rid ourselves of surplus war materiel to keep the assembly line of our mighty military-industrial complex running. Otherwise, we’ll have these laid off employees joining the ranks of soldiers returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan competing for jobs in the infidels in a jihad. We cannot a soft labor market. impose democracy in a theocracy But we don’t want another war that is so successful in turning its that we cannot win. All we’ve citizens so blind in their faith. Let got with all the trillions of dol- Israel make better use of the tens lars we’ve spent in our military of billions of dollars we sink to adventurism is an egg on the its military budget every year to winning column. Let’s admit it; sort out its religious grudges with our military is not built for gue- its neighbors. rilla warfare. The enemies are in Nor we want to be the arbiter their undershirts with a cocked in the never-ending tribal wars and ready to shoot AK 47 on their of aid-dependent Africa. Let Bill hands or a RPG resting on their Gates and his Microsoft billions shoulders with a mindset poi- salve our collective guilt for failsoned by Shari’ a Law-inspired ing to nurse that skin-and-bone schools to kill anything American poster boy of famine and atrocithat moves. ties back to health and prosperity. They are the farmers during And we don’t want to piss off the day but soldiers at night. They Russian President Vladimir Putin can hear the hum of our Hum- who sits on an oil contract that vees and can see us miles away supplies 40 percent of the Eurowith our crisp fatigue uniform pean Union’s energy needs. Leave Velcroed with some 100 lbs. of that to the Pussy Riots. Ukraine heavy guns and ammos. We can can’t exist without Russia’s oil daisy-cut a jungle like in Vietnam anyway, so let Vlady install his and Cambodia to gain a foothold own puppet regime the way we or pinpoint a drone attack on a prop up dictators as long as they Taliban stronghold, but we cannot protect our political and economic put boots on the ground anymore interests; who cares about human because we are easy targets. rights? Forget Syria or Iran or all And to get Putin on our side of the warring countries in the in resolving prickly conflicts Middle East. Leave them to their like Iran and Syria, he can annex religious extremism. There is no Alaska which Russia shares borway the Holy Bible can win over der across the Bering Sea as long a Koran that promises 72 virgins as he takes Sarah Palin with it. in paradise if you die fighting Besides, we go to war to pur-

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portedly free people to a have a choice, and the majority of Crimeans did just that, voting Russia as their patrimony. Apparently, you can invade a country without the kind of bloodshed we leave behind, like how China is buying sovereignties in cash with matching long-term economic investments and export markets for their products and services. Let’s put our boots on the ground somewhere near and safe. Someplace where we can blend in with the population. A country so much like us but is a better place to live and its people so nice they are too boring. Let’s invade Canada for giving us Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, Nickelback and Sen. Ted Cruz! Let’s put pizzazz to their bland existence by bringing them the Kardashians on Primetime. Let’s dissolve their Parliament and install our divided Congress so nothing can get done. Let’s banish all our indicted corrupt politicians to teach their lawmakers lessons on how to grease the political machinery. Let’s export our meth and heroin labs and dens to their pristine and idyllic heartland. Let’s impose Obamacare just to crack the monotony of Canada’s efficient universal health care. Let’s replace their metric system with our English way of counting by the size of our girths. Let’s install Toronto Mayor Rob Ford as President and Dick Cheney as Secretary of Defense. Let’s transform Canada into an America that it doesn’t want to emulate like how we try to impose our dysfunctional brand of democracy and decadent way of life in the Middle East. For comments: omq1124@sbcglobal.net.

Torture spreading as ‘glorified’ by television: Amnesty By Alice Ritchie

LONDON, May 12, 2014 (AFP) – Torture is rampant across the world and has become almost normalized by the “war on terror” and its glamorous portrayal in shows such as “24” and “Homeland”, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. The London-based human rights group is launching a new campaign aimed at ending torture, which it says remains widespread even 30 years after a blanket prohibition was agreed by the United Nations. In the past five years, Amnesty says it has recorded incidents in 141 countries, including 79 of the 155 signatories to the 1984 UN Convention against Torture. The global survey of 21,000 people in 21 countries also revealed a widespread dread of the practice, with 44 percent saying they feared being abused if they were taken into custody. Yet over a third percent of the respondents said they believed torture was sometimes necessary and acceptable to gain information that may protect the public. “It’s almost become normalized, it’s become routine,” Amnesty secretary general Salil Shetty told reporters at the launch of the “Stop Torture” campaign in London. “Since the so-called war against terrorism, the use of torture, particularly in the United States and their sphere of influence...has got so much more normalized as part of national security expectations.” Support for torture ranged widely across nations, from 74 percent in China and India, to just 12 percent in Greece and 15 percent in Argentina, the GlobeScan survey found.

In Britain, which had the lowest fear of torture among all the countries, 29 percent backed its use – a fact Amnesty country director Kate Allen attributed to the popularity of violent, spy-based TV shows. “Programs like ‘24’ and ‘Homeland’ have glorified torture to a generation, but there’s a massive difference between a dramatic depiction by screenwriters and its real-life use by government agents in torture chambers,” she said. Amnesty won the Nobel Peace prize in 1977 largely because of its work fighting against torture, and the new two-year campaign is an attempt to revisit one of its core issues. The group notes how the UN Convention made torturers “international outlaws” and prompted governments worldwide to denounce the practice. But it warns that in reality many are endorsing or at least failing to tackle the issue head-on. It described police brutality in Asia, where torture is a “fact of life”, and pointed out that more than 30 countries in Africa have yet to make such abuse punishable by law. Shetty spoke of “the cruelty of inmates in the United States being held in solitary confinement with no light”, of stoning and flogging in the Middle East and of the “stubborn failure” of European nations to investigate allegations of complicity in torture. The new campaign focuses on five countries where torture is a particular problem and where the NGO believes it can have the most impact: Mexico, the Philippines, Morocco and Western Sahara, Nigeria and Uzbekistan.


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10 Facts about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders 50+ Older AAPIs are more likely to be married, live in three-generation households, and be under more financial strain than the general U.S. population Month, AARP is presenting ten important facts about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) age 50 and older, an understudied population that has unique needs and challenges. “There is a gap in our knowledge about older AAPIs,” said Daphne Kwok, AARP Vice President of Multicultural Markets and Engagement for the Asian American and Pacific Islander Audience. “The demand for disaggregated data about AAPI subgroups is critical in identifying the needs of AAPIs so that organizations like AARP, other community-based non-profits, and policymakers can address the concerns of a booming segment of our community.” Compared to the general U.S. population, older AAPIs are more likely to be married and live in three-generation households. AAPIs age 65+ are also likely to be under more financial strain than other Americans. One out of seven older AAPIs live in poverty and are on food stamps compared to one out of eleven in the general population. Research shows that older AAPIs are at a high risk of being socially isolated. The majority of AAPIs 50+ are foreign-born and may have limited English proficiency. Almost one in four older AAPIs are linguistically isolated and don’t live with someone who can speak English well. Those who are alone most of the time are at risk for accidents, illness, and overall poor health. Data also shows that older AAPIs are

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vs. 31% • 24% rent their home vs. 16% 6) Twenty percent of AAPIs age 50-64 have no health insurance, compared to 15% of the total U.S. population. Older AAPIs are almost twice as likely than older Americans to get their insurance from a health maintenance organization (27% vs. 15%). 7) Older AAPIs are more likely to access the Internet than other older Americans (75% in the past 30 days vs. 67%). 8) Older AAPIs visited Facebook at about the same rate as other older Americans in the past 30 days (39% vs. 38%), but are more likely to visit LinkedIn (13% vs. 8%) and three times more likely to visit Yelp (9 % vs. 3%). 9) Older AAPIs are more environmentally responsible compared to the other older Americans: • 82% recycle glass, plastic, or paper vs. 69% • 46% recycle electronics like batteries, cell phones, and computers vs. 37% • 33% drive less or use alternative transportation vs. 28% • 50% use cloth or other reusable shopping bags vs. 41% • 52% use less water at home vs. 41% • 24% buy organic food vs. 15% 10) Older AAPIs travel internationally frequently. More than half (53%) took a foreign trip in the past three years vs. 32% of other older Americans. AAPIs’ most likely travel destinations for the past three years were Asia and Europe (both 16%). Canada and Mexico are the third and fourth most likely destinations (13% and 10%). The AARP Research Center analyzed data from the 2012 American Community Survey PUMS and a 2013 Scarborough USA English-language survey of more than

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One dead so far in California fires LOS ANGELES, May 16, 2014 (AFP) – Firefighters found a badly burned body in a transient camp engulfed by raging wildfires, the first death from the blazes which have ravaged large parts of southern California. Cooling temperatures fueled hopes Friday that thousands of people evacuated could begin returning to their homes, threatened by three days of fires. Strong seasonal Santa Ana winds whipped up so-called “firenados” – columns of rapidly rotating flames – at the height of the crisis, which saw thousands of firefighters swarm to tackle up to nine separate blazes. There had been no reported fatalities across San Diego County until late Thursday when authorities in the beach resort of Carlsbad confirmed a body had been found. “During a hot spot check, firefighters were alerted to a transient encampment .. on checking the area, (they) located a badly burned body,” said a statement. One of the worst hit areas was San Marcos, 15 miles inland from Carlsbad, which is north of San Diego. On Friday, the fire there had more than doubled in size overnight to over 3,000 acres. But cooling temperatures meant firefighters were more hopeful of bringing that blaze and others under control. “Weather continues to be favorable, with 5 mph winds and higher humidity forecast through the weekend,” said a Carlsbad city spokesman. California and other western US states are routinely hit with wildfires during the summer and fall, but blazes have occurred earlier in the year in recent times. So many blazes at once in only mid-May is very rare. A number of decades-old records for mid-May temperatures have been broken or equalled. The blazes closed a major north-south highway. Downtown LA sizzled in temperatures of 101 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday, tying a record dating back to 1970. At LAX airport a reading of 97 degrees Fahrenheit was recorded, breaking the previous record of 94 degrees F in 1970.


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SCE reminds customers to conserve electricity during extended heat wave Round-the-clock use of electricity puts strain on electrical grid ROSEMEAD, Calif., May 14, 2014 − With a week-long heat wave peaking between today and Friday and triple-digit temperatures in many areas, Southern California Edison (SCE) reminds its customers of the importance of energy conservation. The heavy demand could also cause equipment failure, which could lead to outages for some SCE customers. Presently the system is performing well and the company anticipates having an adequate supply of electricity. However, with some customers using more energy in the evenings this week, especially air conditioning, the added demand can put a strain on SCE’s equipment. Without the opportunity for SCE’s equipment to cool off, transformers and other equipment could fail. SCE personnel, which include restoration and repair crews, are responding to outages as they are reported. The company is also taking steps to ensure that crews are available to immediately respond to outages. SCE has postponed a number of scheduled maintenance outages, but will

continue to conduct some that are critical. Conducting these critical maintenance outages helps lessen the possibility of equipment failure, which could lead to repair outages lasting longer and affecting more customers than maintenance outages. The company offers many programs to help people conserve electricity. SCE’s Summer Discount Plan allows customers to receive bill credits of up to $200 by allowing their central air conditioner to be temporarily turned off or cycled during peak times of the day. The program offers a variety of plans and options, and is completely customizable. Here are some other important conservation tips to keep in mind during this heat wave: • Set thermostats no lower than 78 degrees and use electric fans instead of air conditioning when practical. • Turn off unused appliances and equipment and shut off lights when leaving a room. • Close drapes and blinds to keep out direct sunlight during hot periods. • Operate swimming-pool equipment and energy-intensive appliances, such as dishwashers, washing machines and dryers, during early morning and evening

Monterey Park officials and community groups take the electrical safety pledge: (From left) Florence Lin, Asian Youth Center community relations manager; Monterey Park Council Member Peter Chan; Monterey Park Mayor Anthony Wong; Marissa Castro-Salvati, SCE Local Public Affairs region manager; Peter Ng, Chinatown Service Center executive director.

Monterey Park pledges its commitment to electrical safety awareness as a ‘powerful city’ ROSEMEAD, Calif., May 13, 2014 – City leaders and community groups gathered at Monterey Park City Hall last week as the city pledged its commitment to electrical safety awareness during National Electrical Safety Month. Marissa CastroSalvati, Southern California Edison’s (SCE) local public affairs region manager, presented a “Powerful City” certificate of proclamation to Mayor Anthony Wong. “Electrical safety is very important because we all use electricity,” said Wong. “Monterey Park is 98 years old, and as long as the city has been here, we’ve been working together with SCE. I really appreciate what SCE has been doing for public safety since that is the greatest concern for the people of Monterey Park and elsewhere around the world.” SCE is partnering with Monterey Park and two community organizations – the Asian Youth Center and Chinatown Service Center – to increase awareness about electrical safety and encourage residents to take the safety pledge. Past outreach events include theSCE electrical safety booth at the Cherry Blossom Festival in April and the San Gabriel Fire Department Emergency Preparedness community event last Sunday. SCE will also host the booth this Saturday during the Play Days Carnival, Monterey Park’s annual birthday celebration.

“The city of Monterey Park is unique given the demographics that it has in terms of the population, particularly the Chinese population,” said Castro-Salvati. “It’s important not only to provide customers with electrical safety information, but also to provide the opportunity to learn about electrical safety in their own language, and that way they are able to identify and understand the material better.” Visitors to the SCE booth at past events have found the SCE Electrical Safety Starter Kit to be helpful. The kit provides tips on how to stay safe around electricity and emergency preparedness guides that are in English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Cambodian and Spanish. The kits also include a collapsible water bottle, downed power-line magnet and flashlight. For more information and tips on how to stay safe around electricity, visit on. sce.com/staysafe. Follow SCE on Twitter and Facebook. About Southern California Edison An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.

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Five things you didn’t know about fat free milk (Family Features) Today, 85 percent of Americans fall short of the USDA’s recommended daily servings of lowfat or fat free milk – a staggering number when you take into account milk is the top food source for three out of the four “nutrients of concern” – the nutrients that Americans are most lacking, including calcium, potassium and vitamin D.1 Each 8-oz glass has nine essential nutrients including eight grams of high-quality protein– that’s more than an egg. Milk also has B vitamins for energy, vitamin A for a healthy immune system and bone-building nutrients, including calcium

and vitamin D. Incorporating milk into your morning meal is an easy way to help close the gap between actual and recommended milk intake. Is fat free milk your milk of choice? Here are five things you may not know about skim or fat free milk: Counting calories? One 8-oz. glass of fat free milk has just 80 calories (with the same 9-nutrient power). Milk drinkers tend to be leaner than non-milk drinkers.2,3,4 And, experts recommend including three servings of fat free or lowfat milk each day to help maintain a

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Claudine opens up about ‘heartless’ Gretchen After being evasive for months since the Barretto family feud erupted last year, Claudine Barretto finally broke her silence on Sunday, as she accused her sister Gretchen of being “heartless” and a “liar.” Claudine revealed how her tiff Gretchen began back in 2010. “Nagpadala siya ng ambulansya sa bahay namin ni Raymart with a pediatrician. I was with my friends, we were eating. Kilala ko, pediatrician ‘to ni Gretchen. Pumunta ako sa gate, nakita ko nandoon si Marjorie (Barretto), nandoon si Gretchen. Sabi ni Gretchen, ‘Can I please go in?’ Since kapatid ko naman siya, kahit hindi kami okay, pinapasok ko. I didn’t know what this Claudine Barreto was all about. Pagpasok nila, later dumating na ‘yung pediatrician with the ambulance and I think there were eight men inside,” she said. “I asked my sister, ‘What is this? What are you gonna get me for?’ She just looked at her doctor and she said, ‘Do something.’ I knew my rights, she was trespassing. Sabi ko sa kanila, ‘Saan, sa drug addiction or sa mental illness?’ Kasi hindi ko alam. And then sabi niya ‘Basta doc, nag-overdose iyan,’” Claudine continued. However, Marjorie clarified this 2010 incident in a statement. “Claudine, for your information, mom and dad begged us to rush to your house because your personal assistant told them you’ve finished all your anti-anxiety medicines. We had with us a doctor and an ambulance from a very reputable hospital because we didn’t want you to die, Claudine. We were saving your life,” she said. Majorie also asked their parents not to deny that they instructed her and Gretchen to rush to Claudine’s house that night. “Dad and mom, please don’t deny the fact that the orders to rush to a hospital came from both of you. We did not have a straitjacket. That is a lie. Claudine, we were protecting you. We did not want you to die most especially in front of your children,”

Gretchen started calling them names. When she said na, ‘Wala ka ng career, baboy ka, lechon, wala ka ng power. You will never be back in this industry. Magpakamatay ka na lang, Claudine.’ You know, Gretchen, you swear on your child’s life if you did not say that. I dare you, because you are such a liar,” she said. Saying she no longer wants to be affiliated with Gretchen in any way, Claudine said, “Pakiusap ko kay Gretchen, any ques-

she said. According to the youngest Barretto, it pains her that there are speculations that she has a mental illness. “According to my psychiatrist, it’s mental torture,” she said. “For a while I was angry, hurt, even depressed, I guess. But nung nakikita kong nagse-self destruct na siya (Gretchen), naaawa na ako sa kanya kasi napakasinungaling na.” Claudine, however, said their misunderstanding turned worse in April and August last year when Gretchen and Marjorie took to social media to destroy her. “They drew first blood and they were accusing me of so many things. I just kept quiet the whole time. They were just bullying and bullying. They did not stop. Ganito ba dapat ang ugali ng mga ate? Let’s say, for example, if I’m mentally ill, lalong nakakasira ng ulo ‘yung ginagawa nila. Nakadapa na, tatapakan mo pa, duduraan ka pa. Gretchen knows this. She’s heartless,” she said. Claudine also dared Gretchen to admit that she called her names and even talked bad about her kids. “The day that she started talking bad about my kids on the phone, on speaker and Raymart was there. Raymart, bahala na siya sa Diyos niya. He was there when

Claudine denies guy in posts is her boyfriend Days after she set her Instagram followers abuzz with photos of her with a man many believe is her new boyfriend, Claudine Barretto finally broke her silence and identified the mystery guy. Barretto said the man in the picture, whose name is Mark Anthony, is her friend. “He’s my stylist. He’s one of my stylists,” she said. Barretto further explained that she meant no malice when she told Mark Anthony “I love you” in her posts’ captions because she’s really that kind of person. “Nag-thank you lang ako at nag-I love you. Ma-I love you naman akong tao talaga. ‘Yun lang naman ‘yun,” she said. Barretto, who is currently embroiled in a legal battle against her estranged

husband Raymart Santiago, said that at this point, her only hope is to rise above all the intrigues. Aside from her legal battle against Santiago, Barretto also has a row with her sisters Marjorie and Gretchen. “When you have two kids who are doing really well in school, parang feeling ko… I’m just so blessed talaga. I just look at them and I say na parang nakakahiya na ipakita na hindi tumayo agad para sa mga anak ko. Sana pagbigyan ako ng tao na to be the mom that I want to be, that God wants me to be,” she said. The former ABS-CBN talent added: “Sana maintindihan ng mga tao na it’s not okay to destroy people’s lives and it’s not okay to have a crushed spirit.” (MNS)

tion about me, stop answering. I don’t want to be affiliated with you because you are a shame to this family. I want you to stay away from me and my children. I want to know, at the end of the day Gretchen, ano ba ang goal mo? Up to where? When are you going to stop?” Contrary to Gretchen’s claim that she is happy, Claudine said, “You say you’re happy? I don’t see that. With your face all botoxed and all, I don’t see that.” (MNS)


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PAL’s aircraft upgrade seen to further boost PHL tourism potential LOS ANGELES − Following the recent aviation upgrade to Category 1 status the Philippines has received from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Philippines Airlines (PAL), the country’s flag carrier, added three new B777-300ERs to its fleet. PAL’s acquisition of the new B777s is part of the Philippine carrier’s modernization program aimed at improving the company’s financial and operational performance. In a product update event on Thursday, May 8, 2014 held at the Reef Restaurant in Long Beach, CA, Philippine Airlines-Los Angeles headed by Area Manager Marie Jemma Saranillo said that PAL will start using the more powerful Boeing 777 for its flights to the US. This development is a welcome boost to the Philippines growing tourism industry and is well received by tourists and tour operators. Travelers who generally prefer to take a direct flight to Manila from the United States will benefit from PAL’s fleet upgrade because the powerful B777s can fly 14,700 kilometers from Manila to the United States mainland and back nonstop without refueling. Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim, who graced the event, in his remarks said that from California alone there are a lot of potential travelers who will benefit from PAL’s fleet upgrade. According to the Consul General today’s travelers and investors are focused on Asia because of its robust tourism potential and growing economy.

“Today’s travelers and investors are focused on Asia because of its robust tourism potential and growing economy,” says Philippine Consul General Leo Herrera-LIm in last May 8’s presentation of Philippine Airlines’ new Boeing 777-300ER that now serves the Manila-US flights hosted by PAL Area Manager Marie Jemma Saranillo (center, right photo) and her staff in Los Angeles.

“If you’re an investor or a traveler and you’re not focused on Asia, you’re missing a lot,” he said. PAL as the Philippines’ flag carrier is actively involved in promoting the country as a travel destination. In line with the launching of Philippine Airlines new B777 aircraft, representatives from DOT-LA, Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board and Tourism Authority of Thailand each provided a 15-minute product presentation promoting triple tourism program that highlights the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand’s unique tourism destinations. DOT’L.A.’s presentation focused on the recent developments in the Philippines, specifically the newly opened mega facilities in the country geared to strengthen the Philippines’ position as a major destination for international meetings and conventions as shown by the list of major international convention scheduled to be held in the Philippines from 2014 to 2016.

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According to Ms. Saranillo, passenger comfort tops the benefits that passengers of the new B777-300ER will enjoy. Tagged by the Business Traveler Magazine as the world’s best passenger plane, PAL’s new B777-300er aircraft include state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment systems and new business class and economy class seats. The PAL fleet is also infused with a modern look that emulates the beautiful coastal areas of the Philippines. With the acquisition of the more fuel efficient B777s, PAL is set to mount additional flights to and from the United States. Currently, PAL operates a total of 26

weekly flights to the US, with frequencies to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu and Guam. After flying the US skies for 68 years, PAL’s Boeing 747, its first flagship aircraft is retiring. The airlines’ new Boeing B-77s started flying from LAX last May 3, 2013. Expectedly PAL passengers taking the evening flights out of LAX are now enjoying the comfort and amenities of the powerful and modern 777 aircraft. Also in attendance were members of the Filipino-American media, frequent travelers, friends of PAL, and numerous travel agents from Southern California. (Manny Ilagan)

Old, new PHILSELA members join force for successful 40th year ball CERRITOS − With energetic and fresh faces at the leadership helm, the Philippine Society of Southeast Los Angeles (PHILSELA) celebrated the association’s 40 years of continuous service to the community during its successful anniversary and induction ball at the Cerritos Sheraton last April 26. During the event, the new set of officers, led by President Nimfa Castro, and board of directors, led by Chairman Frank Yokoyama, were inducted by new Cerritos Mayor Mark Pulido and Vice Consul Mary Joy Ramirez. The event also saw the coronation of Miss PHILSELA 2014 Krisha de Jesus. Officials from the cities of Cerritos and Artesia, along with guests from the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles attended the event. Original and pioneer PHILSELA members dating back to the ‘70s in attendance were one in congratulating the new officers, led by Castro and Yokoyoma, for the successful anniversary ball. There was a chorus of praises with how the event progressed, with the dance floor packed until the last dance. “It was a very fitting celebration of 40 years. Your leadership moved and inspired both old and new members to come together. My hats off to you!” Alice Ramos, former president and past chairman of the board, wrote to Castro in an email message. Linda Bautista, who has been president and board chairman, and currently vice chairman of the board, said in the same thread: Kudos to you and your committees for all the hard work they generated to make the occasion an affair to remember. On a personal note, you have shown, in no uncertain terms what leadership is all about: the ability to lead without a need to dominate and that reliance for help in times of need is the basis of trust. Inspiring is how I would summarize all the steps you have initiated since you assumed the presidency. The Society could not ask for more, except of course, keep it up, ma’am.” Violet Mislang, a former Philsela board

director and husband Gil who is a known and active community civic leader, had this to say: “The show of leadership was easily recognizable during the induction and dinner event.” Inducted during the event were: Nimfa Castro, president; Armin Reyes, VP budget and finance; Nicolle Yokoyama, VP membership; Elizabeth Boschma, VP programs; Larry Camus, VP ways and means; Cindy Garces, treasurer; Aurora Reyes, assistant treasurer; Lea Manalad, recording secretary; Noemi Elicerio, corresponding secretary; Mryleane Tamayo, auditor; Monet Lu, PRO; Dolly Serrano and Michael de Jesus, Affairs coordinators; and Ernie Papa and Chit Yokoyama, advisers; Frank Yokoyama, board chairman; Linda Bautista, vice chairman; Douglas Bautista, Evelyn Carale, Nimfa Castro, Emma Chupinghong, Norma Fuentes, Daisy Pangilinan, and Lini Teal, directors. PHILSELA was founded 40 years ago by a group of young Filipino immigrants, mostly professionals from the ArtesiaCerritos area and neighboring communities. It is one of the few 501©(3) civic organizations in good standing and accredited as Class A by the City of Cerritos. This year saw a remarkable increase in new membership due to a vigorous campaign launched by Castro. Annual activities include the Scholarship Program and the Santacruzan. It also sponsors and supports city-initiated programs, including the Festival of Friendship, Let Freedom Ring 4th of July Event, and Halloween Festival. PHILSELA has also participated in the Philippine Independence Centennial celebration, and the Filipiniana Library Project. Upcoming projects scheduled for this year include: Santacruzan, May 31; Scholarship Banquet, June 19; Let Freedom Ring, July 4; Pechanga Turnaround, July 13; Luaua Dinner and Dance, August 30; Picnic, September 27; Halloween Game Booth, October 31; Christmas Party, December 6; and Simbang Gabi in December.


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US helps boost PHL efforts to combat wildlife crime WASHINGTON, D.C. − The Philippines would now be able to more effectively combat trafficking and other crimes against wildlife with the signing of a bilateral agreement with the United States, the Philippine Embassy said today. The agreement between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) and the US Fish and Wildlife Service will provide the Philippines with access to and use of the US National Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Oregon, considered to be the only laboratory in the world that is dedicated to crimes against wildlife according to Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. “With this agreement, our law enforcement authorities in the Philippines can be expected to more effectively prosecute wildlife traffickers and other offenders,” Ambassador Cuisia said in welcoming

the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding. Ambassador Cuisia said the agreement will give more teeth to the ongoing efforts to curb wildlife trafficking in the Philippines as the results of the tests of wildlife samples and biota that would be submitted to the forensics lab will be considered admissible evidence in Philippine courts. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Director Dan Ashe of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, DENR Undersecretary Analiza Teh and the DA-BFAR Director Asis Perez. “The fight to prevent wildlife trafficking and halt its devastating impact on some of the world’s most well-known and well-loved wild animals is going to take a global effort,” said Director Ashe. “This Memorandum of Understanding between our two countries exemplifies the sort of international cooperation that will help us win this fight and save species such

as the African elephant and rhino.” This collaboration is the latest in the Partnership for Biodiversity II program, a joint program of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of the Interior, under which the latter provides assistance on environmental law enforcement to Philippine law enforcement agencies. According to Ashe, access to the US National Wildlife Forensics Laboratory will help police and prosecutors build stronger cases against wildlife traffickers. “This is good news for native wildlife and for dozens of species from across the globe that may be smuggled into or through the Philippines.” The laboratory is one of only a handful of labs of its kind in the world and is a global leader in developing techniques for examining, identifying, and comparing physical evidence of crimes against wildlife using a wide range of scientific

procedures and instruments. The lab supports law enforcement efforts not only in the US but also in the 179 other countries, including the Philippines, that have signed the United Nation’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. The agreement will also serve as the foundation for expanded cooperative antitrafficking initiatives between Philippine and United States law enforcement agencies in coming years. It also supports the US Government’s wildlife anti-trafficking and biodiversity conservation goals as outlined in President Barack Obama’s Executive Order on Combating Wildlife Trafficking. It also strengthens the important and strategic partnership among USAID, the US Department of the Interior, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Philippine Government in combatting environmental crime.

Ranchers pray for rain in drought-hit California DELANO, February 6, 2014 (AFP) − Californian rancher Nathan Carver squints as he surveys the parched fields where his family has raised cattle for five generations. Normally, they would be covered in lush green grass. But the western US state’s worst drought in decades has reduced the land to a moonscape, leaving the 55-year-old father-of-four praying for rain. “My grandparents tell of the Dust Bowl years in the late 30s when it was very bad and dry with dust storms blowing. But this is as bad as we have ever seen it in my lifetime,” he told AFP.

Governor Jerry Brown last month declared a state of emergency due to what could be the worst drought in a century for California including its ultra-fertile Central Valley. With no significant rain since November, state authorities identified 17 communities it warned could run out of water within 60-120 days, if the drought continues. Only last Friday, California’s State Water Project announced for the first time in its 54-year history that it cannot deliver anything beyond the bare minimum to maintain public health and safety. For small family herdsman like Carver,

the drought means no grass for their cattle to graze on. The only options are buying hay at inflated prices -- 20 to 30 percent above usual because of demand—or selling their cows. “If the drought continues, we’ll have to take desperate measures,” Carver warned. Drought means cattle sell-off “Many of the ranchers are selling out. Because at some point, if you don’t have the grass, you can’t afford to buy the hay to feed the cows anymore,” he said at his ranch near Bakersfield. Indeed, business appeared brisk at the weekly cattle auction in nearby Famoso,

where buyers looked on from tiered benches as animals were led in for sale, the auctioneer shouting out fast-changing bids. Justin Mebane, owner-manager of the Western Stockman’s Market, said more cattle are being put up for sale, but things could get even busier. “This is just the tip of the iceberg,” he told the local Bakersfield Californian newspaper. “If we don’t get some rain ... ranchers will need to liquidate their herds.” Jack Lavers, who is on the executive committee of California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), told AFP that cattle markets like the one in Famoso would typically be handling 200 to 300 cattle a day.

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Gov. Brown signs historic bill against dark money Bill requires non-profits that spend $50,000 or more in California elections to reveal their secret donors SACRAMENTO − SB 27, a bill that has national implications by requiring greater transparency from non-profit organizations that spend significant amounts on California campaigns, was signed by Governor Jerry Brown today. The fact that out-of-state non-profit organizations were able to funnel $11 million into California races in the final days of the 2012 election without revealing their donors highlighted the need to strengthen

California’s disclosure laws. Even though the Fair Political Practices Commission imposed a record $1 million fine, they couldn’t require all original funders to be revealed. Starting July 1st, the new law will reveal such secretive spending in future races beginning in this November’s election. The use of secretive non-profits to hide political spending is a snowballing national problem. A study by the Wesleyan Media Project and the Center for Responsive Politics just found that over half of the group-sponsored ads aired nationally so far this midterm election are so-called “Dark Money” ads.

“Governor Brown’s signature of SB 27 marks a turning point in the fight to reveal secret funders of political campaigns. It starts to shed light on Dark Money in California and serves as an example for the entire nation.” said Trent Lange, President of the California Clean Money Campaign. “We must strengthen disclosure laws even further, because voters deserve to know who’s trying to influence their votes.” SB 27, authored by Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) and sponsored by the Fair Political Practices Commission, addresses the problem by requiring any non-profit that spends $50,000 or more in California races to become a formal campaign committee, and report the contributors that fund their campaign expenditures. Those contributions then would be available for the public to see on the Secretary of State website. More than 40,000 people signed petitions in support of SB 27, including petitions hosted and shared on CREDO Mobilize, MoveOn.org petitions, Causes.com, and the California Clean Money Campaign website. It’s supported by not only good government groups in California like the California Clean Money Campaign, California Common Cause, California Forward, California Voter Foundation, and the League of Women Voters of California, but also national organizations like Courage Campaign, CREDO, Maplight, the Money Out Voters In Coalition, Progressives United, Public Citizen, Represent.Us, and the Sunlight Foundation. SB 27 passed both the Assembly and the State Senate with overwhelming and bipartisan votes of 58-12 and 28-7, respectively. It will go into effect on July 1st.

“SB 27 is crucial to closing the loopholes that let billionaires and other special interests hide behind secretive non-profits. We’re grateful to Governor Brown and Senator Correa for their leadership,” said Lange. “Now, the Assembly must take the next and equally important step of passing SB 52, the California DISCLOSE Act, so that political ads must use the information unveiled by SB 27 to show who really pays for them.” SB 52, the California DISCLOSE Act, authored by Senators Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) and sponsored by the California Clean Money Campaign, passed the Senate in 2013 and will have its votes in the Assembly later this year. Senator Correa is a Principle Co-Author of SB 52, along with Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), and Assembly Elections Committee Chair Paul Fong (D-Mountain View). The California Clean Money Campaign is a non-partisan 501©(3) organization that has been dedicated to educating the public about the need to lessen the unfair influence of Big Money on election campaigns since 2001. For further information, visit www.CAclean.org

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Are stated income loans doing a comeback? The answer to this very common and hopeful question is: “It’s coming back but not for all borrowers and not like how it was before.” Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac still very much have their hands in most of the regulations, guidelines and restrictions for loan amounts under $ 625,500.00 for L, Orange and most Northern California Counties. Because these loans have to be resold back to Fannie and Freddie lenders/servicers have no choice but to abide by their stringent requirements, so called QM ( people have on stated loans: Qualified Mortgage). Chances of these Q: Is it easy to qualify for a Stated loan sold to Fannie and Freddie to see any income home loan? type of loosening up is still very slim at A: As long as you’re a fit to the lenders least for the foreseeable future. guideline, you will get it. The terms and However, for loans over $625,500 in rates will definitely be higher and less famost counties, loans are being sold in the vorable to you, so you should really treat secondary market by Investors, Wall street, this like a short term loan where you will portfolio lenders etc. This means these realize that you have to refinance out of lenders set their own rules. It’s not as easy it later on. as before but definitely a direction that we Q: When applying for a home loan are positively hoping for. So called Jumbo your credit report will be reviewed and loans by Jumbo Investors are coming out you may be required to provide a numof our hairs and these loans are typically ber of other details, including: Employ3-5-7 or 10 years fixes that turns into an ment and income? ARM ( Adjustable Rate Mortgage) Loan A: Your credit will play a big factor or just a flat 15 year fixed. Some will not besides the down payment, this is what require Tax Returns and will verify income we use to call an equity base loan but now on based on either bank deposits or a letter they also have higher requirements for from the business CPA. These loans are credit scores, most of them will require a more catered to Self employed and Foreign minimum of 700 mid fico to qualify. buyers, there are some program geared for Q: What are the advantages of a employed borrowers but they are still for stated income home equity loan? larger loan amounts and much larger down A: The advantages of a stated income payments. home equity loan are: stated income loan Stated income loans will require a much applications require less paperwork and larger down payment as well, the minimum speed the lending process. This is very down payment for these loans will be at well love by home owners borrowing for around 30%, some will even require 55% short term loans. Take advantage of these down to get a stated loan. easy to qualify home equity lines of credit, Here are some of the common questions they will help you get some quick cash out

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Real estate developer pleads guilty to defrauding investors LOS ANGELES – A real estate developer who formerly resided in Atascadero pleaded guilty today to federal fraud and money laundering charges for bilking investors who put money into Central Coast real estate projects. Kelly Gearhart, 53, who currently resides in Wadsworth, Ohio, pleaded guilty this morning to two counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. Gearhart pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Otis D. Wright II. In a plea agreement filed late yesterday, Gearhart admitted that he knowingly and intentionally made misrepresentations and omissions relating to the Vista Del Hombre real estate development project to induce victims to part with their money. Gearhart was initially charged in a 16-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in 2012. The indictment alleged that Gearhart told investors that their investments – which he called loans and promised would be paid back with interest – were secured by specific lots. However, Gearhart

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French study raises questions on mobile phone safety (PARIS-AFP) − People who use mobile phones intensively appear to have a higher risk of developing certain types of brain cancer, French scientists said on Tuesday,

reviving questions about phone safety. Individuals who used their cellphone for more than 15 hours each month over five years on average had between two

and three times greater risk of developing glioma and meningioma tumors compared with people whose used their phone rarely, they found.

The study, appearing in the latest issue of British journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, is the latest foray in a long-running exploration of mobile-phone safety. Over the last 15 years, most investigations have failed to turn up conclusive results either way, although several have suggested a link between gliomas and intensive, long-term use. “Our study is part of that trend, but the results have to be confirmed,” said Isabelle Baldi, of the University of Bordeaux in southwestern France, who took part in the probe. In 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said radiofrequency fields used by mobile phones are possibly carcinogenic. But research faces several challenges. They include clear proof in the lab that these fields are harmful to human cells. Another is getting an accurate picture of phone use in real life, filtering out lifestyle factors such as smoking which amplify cancer risk and taking into account changing phone technology. The new study looked at 253 cases of glioma and 194 cases of meningioma reported in four French departments (counties) between 2004 and 2006. These patients were matched against 892 “controls,” or healthy individuals drawn from the general population, in a bid to spot any differences between the two groups. The comparison found a higher risk among those who used their phone intensively, especially among those who used it for their work, such as in sales. The duration of use in this category ranged from between two and 10 years, averaging at five years.


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Three red carpet hairstyles for Cannes (Relaxnews) − An official partner of the Cannes Film Festival over the past 30 years, Dessange teamed up with French hairstylist Stéphane Bodin to present three styles that are likely to be in vogue during the event, which takes place May 14-25. As it does every year, Dessange will return to Cannes to style the hair of glamorous movie stars before they step out onto the red carpet in front of the Palais des Festivals. Ahead of the event, Stéphane Bodin, Cannes consultant at Dessange Paris, designed a capsule collection of hairstyles combining simplicity, glamour and an almost casual feel. The wavy faux bob After the sleek buns and boyish pixie cuts in vogue last year, slightly more tousled styles are taking over this season, as illustrated by the wavy faux bob from Dessange Paris. Perfect for those who want to try out a bob without lopping off their long locks, this look creates the illusion of a shorter cut by using invisible clips. Subtle waves soften this modern and feminine look, which can also be worn

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Miracles really happen at Victory Autos It was March of 2013 when I was introduced to brother Hedi and sister Yollie Trinidad by brother Chino Estacio in our church in Monrovia (His Glory Community Church) I was asked if I can hold a bible study that Sunday afternoon in Diamond Bar together with some members and visitors in our church; it was a nice fellowship. I learned that afternoon that brother Hedi

Pastor Ronnie Abbubakar with the management of Victory Autos.

owned a car dealership business – Victory Autos Inc. – and it so happened that one of my members in the church was planning to buy her daughter a car. So, without going through the details, the business transaction was closed. Then that was when brother Hedi offered me to teach bible study at Victory Auto Care located in Irwindale. I met all the employees there and every Friday at lunch time we fellowship and we study the bible together. I can’t help but recognize the goodness and the humbleness of brother Hedi the way he deals with his subordinates, especially with his customers. You can sense the sincerity of his desire to help. He’s willing to make that extra effort to give you that feeling of being helped and assisted in every way possible. He is so true to that statement...”Satisfaction Guaranteed.” staff and I have the privilege of know-

Pastor Ronnie Abbubakar leads a simple prayer for Victory Autos Inc. owner Hedi Trinidad (leftmost) and other congregants.

ing him more as the days went by, and he is just like everybody else with all his struggles and shares of problems in this journey we call LIFE.

The Victory Autos basketball squad with their championship trophy and individual awards. The team topped the recently-concluded Basketball Association of Shadow Oak (B.A.S.O.) League.

What makes me admire Bro. Hedi is his ability to acknowledge that his life is just a loan to him by GOD. He openly admits that he is just a steward of GOD’s blessings. He makes it a point that GOD blessed him so much so that he can be the blessing to others too. In fact, he as an active contributor in his community, in reaching out to help and support youth activities, in particular the Basketball Association of Shadow Oak (B.A.S.O.) League. Their company also sent help to the typhoon victims of Yolanda through our church. And because of that, I’m not surprised if God will bless him more. And I’m so privileged to witness and be a part of what God is doing to his life. And I can see that his employees are being touched by his generosity and his faithfulness to follow God’s teaching. As written in Matthew 5:16...”Let your light so shine that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Just like what I have said...miracles happen. Last November 22, after my bible study at “Victory Autos”, Bro. Hedi asked to stay for a while because he wanted to talk to me about something...So I waited for him...After awhile, he asked me if I could bring my wife on “Thanksgiving” morning at the shop... I asked him why? He told me to my surprise, “because she is going to drive your brand new 2014 Toyota Camry SE as a gift for you by the company for Christmas.” To God be all the glory from whom all blessings flow. “A generous man will prosper, He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” – Proverbs. 11:25. – Pastor Ronnie Abbubakar For more details, please visit Victory Autos Showroom at 791 E. Arrow Highway, Azusa, CA 91702, (626) 859-9199 or (626) 969-6169; Victory Auto Broker at 1579 E. Amar Road, West Covina, CA 91792, (626) 253-7576; and Victory Auto Care at 352 S. Irwindale Avenue, Azusa, CA 91702, (626) 334-7573. For more information, please call Victory Autos’ toll free number at 1-877821-7145. Or, visit their website at www. victoryautoconnect.com.

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Miss Philippines USA organization and Fan TV Global Network present a one of a kind fundraiser for kids Glendale,Ca. May 7, 2014 – The 4th annual Fashion for A Cause is set on May 24, 2014 in Hollywood, California benefiting Bantay Bata or Child Watch program that provides relief and surgery to sick children with medical cases in the Philippines. Executive director and fashion designer Lou Razon (www.lourazondesigns.com) , promises a one-of-a-kind event that will bring the community together with a common cause. One mission of Miss Philippines USA organization is to raise funds for charity through fashion show and pageantry. “Beauty pageant is an outlet to humanitarian work” , Joy Antonette Diaz, Miss Philippines USA Tourism 2012. The highlight of the occasion is the fun and exciting KIDS Fashion Show sponsored by Kids Dream USA. More than 30 adorable kids auditioned last April to volunteer their time and talent for the cause.Another important part of the event is a fashion parade by Elite Sposa USA, Life Clothing, Lou Razon couture and Claire’s Collection. FANtv President Dean Arcillas will host a live charity auction

that will help raise more funds for Bantay Bata through ABS CBN Foundation International. Miss Philippines USA and Miss Young Philippines USA delegates will be presented at the event through a fashion show by Life Clothing. Beauty queens Jasmine Sabio, Katrina Dimaranan, Danielle Walker, Jennifer Irene Gonzalez, Michelle Oblea, Anjanette Abayari, Holly Olalia, Jessica Lee will grace the event as runway models and hosts of the event. Top Fil-am artists Garie Concepcion, Lianna Gutierrez and Liana Bartolome will also showcase their world class performances . Sponsored by Elite Sposa USA, Philippine News, Creative Strategies LLC, Van and Marilou Dichoso, Kids Dream, Life Clothing, HDI and Discover Burbank, Fashion for A Cause 2014 hopes to deliver to its patrons “An Affair to Remember”. For ticket and advertising inquiries, please contact Dean at (650) 8341631. Other information may be viewed atwww.missphilusa.com, www.fantv.tv, or www.lourazondesigns.com.

Sta. Rita Fiesta Set May 18 in West Covina Once again, The Ritenans of Southern California will celebrate their annual Sta. Rita Town Fiesta in honor of the feast day of their saint and patroness Santa Rita de Casia on Sunday, May 18 at Galster Wilderness Park, 1620 Aroma Avenue Dr., West Covina, CA 91791 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. A holy mass will be said by Fr. Wharren Banico at 11 a.m. followed by lunch. “Cabalens”are invited to come and bring along guests and their favorite dishes for everybody to share and savor. For more information and directions to

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Filipino Jamie Herrell (center) reacts as she is crowned to be the bet to this year’s Miss Earth, during coronation night at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, 11 May 2014. (MNS photo)

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LOS ANGELES, May 14, 2014 (AFP) - Basketball icon Magic Johnson said Tuesday that disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is “living in the stone ages” and deserves to lose his coveted NBA franchise. Johnson, who won five NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers, told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper that he believed Sterling’s attack on him in a prior interview was the result of desperation in the face of the racism row that has engulfed him. “I just wish he knew the facts when he was talking,” Johnson said. “But he is a man who is upset and he is reaching. He is reaching. He is trying to find something he can grab onto to help him save his team, and it is not going to happen. “It is not going to happen,” Johnson said. “The problem is, he’s living in the stone ages,” Johnson added. “He can’t make those comments about African Americans or Latinos, he just can’t do it.” Sterling spoke to Cooper in an interview that aired on Monday, trying to quell the controversy that erupted on April 26 when his comments to a girlfriend advising her not to associate with black people in public provoked

nationwide outrage. However, Sterling only fueled the fire when he attacked Johnson, saying the Hall of Famer was a poor role model because he had contracted HIV and suggesting he had not used his fame or fortune to help fellow African Americans. Johnson addressed both issues, noting that as a businessman he’d worked to create jobs in urban neighborhoods and also worked with other prominent African Americans such as filmmakers Spike Lee and Tyler Perry to pass the skills of success to others in their community. “We have created thousands and thousands of jobs in urban American,” Johnson said of himself and his business partners. “My whole life is devoted to urban America.” Johnson also found it disturbing that Sterling used the fact of Johnson’s HIV status − at one point mistakenly saying he had AIDS − “like a club to wield against you.” ‘Barely know’ Sterling Johnson noted that when he learned he had HIV, he quickly went public, and he has since worked to erase the stigma still attached to HIV and AIDS. “I understood what I did was wrong, OK? So I announced that to the world, and I hope that I was able to

help people in doing that,” Johnson said. While he felt compelled to respond to Sterling, Johnson said the attacks on him were misplaced. He said Sterling’s anger would be better directed at V. Stiviano, the young woman who angered Sterling by posting a photo of herself with Johnson at a sports event on Instagram. “I don’t know the young lady, barely know Donald,” Johnson said. “So now I’m caught in the middle of this love affair or whatever they have,” he said. The real issue, Johnson said, remains Sterling’s status in the NBA. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver − who leapt to Johnson’s defense on Monday night with a personal apology − has already banned Sterling for life from league activities and fined him $2.5 million. It will take a vote of 75 percent of the remaining 29 owners to force Sterling to relinquish the club, which is expected to fetch upwards of $600 million if sold. The process of getting to such a vote continues to inch forward, NBA spokesman Mike Bass indicated on Tuesday in a statement that showed the league is keeping close tabs on Sterling and his wife Shelly.

Sam ‘determined’ to make it as first openly NFL gay player BY REBECCA BRYAN

LOS ANGELES, May 14, 2014 (AFP) − Michael Sam, who made history as the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL, vowed Tuesday to use any negative reaction he encounters as a spur to excellence. “I’m determined to be great,” the 24-year-old defensive end said as the St. Louis Rams held a day of press conferences to introduce their 11 new draftees at Rams Park. “I’m determined to make this team, and I have every confidence in myself that I will make this team,” Sam

added, saying it was “pretty cool” that his number 96 jersey is the number-two seller among rookie shirts being sold on NFL.com. “So when I do make it, and when I put my pads on and if somebody wants to say something, then you will see number 96 running down that field and making good, big plays for this team.” He said he was “honored” to serve as an inspiration, “but right now, I’m just looking forward to continuing my dream.” Sam, who went public about his sexuality in February

after a standout career at the University of Missouri, was drafted on Saturday − television cameras capturing his emotional reaction to the telephone call he received from Rams head coach Jeff Fisher. Sam was taken with the 249th overall selection in the annual allocation of new talent for America’s most popular sport. Rams officials want him to concentrate on his football, but in a nod to his unique position, Sam was alone among their rookies to have his own press conference Tuesday, albeit with Fisher alongside him in a live ESPN broadcast.


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MOTORING CARSPECS: A new trend finding the car most suited for you By Myrna Aquitania

Young entrepreneur Romeo Morales, had his passion for cars since he was a teenager hanging out in his dad’s garage. As a “car buff” Call Romeo Morales for he started his a personalized service at neighborhood 626-244-4262. car repair shop called ZEVLAG (spelled Galvez backwards, his mother’s last name) when he was just 18 years old with a meager P40,000 in capital. Through his perseverance, his small shop in Valenzuela, Bulacan flourished in spite of his big time competitors in nearby Manila and Quezon City. That’s because one of his priority mission in business is: personalized service, which he learned when he was in college at Letran College and through various automotive seminars

he has attended. It is remarkable how this young man, thought of opening a car repair shop specializing in automotive detailing, minor car repairs and automotive car replacements. After 10 years of experience back home, he immigrated to the US along with his wife Sheryn and their two children. He was then employed as a car salesman at Toyota of Cerritos and Miller of Toyota of Anaheim where his skills in personalized service widened the scope of his learning not only in management but also in marketing and business development. As a fast learner, after two years, he decided to join CARSPECS USA as a partner in 2008. And now, for the past five years, Romeo Morales is hopeful that his future in the car business allows him to be of help not only to our kababayans but to those who wish personalized attention to their needs in searching for efficient, affordable cars such as: Mercedes, Lexus, Honda,

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Google self-driving car coming around the corner  MOUNTAIN VIEW, May 14, 2014 (AFP) − A white Lexus cruised along a road near the Google campus, braking for pedestrians and scooting over in its lane to give bicyclists ample space. The car eased into a turn lane, waited for a green light and a break in traffic, then continued on its way in the Silicon Valley city of Mountain View. It even avoided stopping on train tracks.

But there was nobody holding the wheel. What looked like the work of a conscientious driver was a Google car making all the moves − with an AFP reporter in the back seat. Google used machine learning to teach cars how people drive and, from there, to anticipate what motorists in surrounding traffic are likely to do. “Computers have really good reaction times. They don’t get distracted, drowsy,

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a whirling gadget on top about the size and shape of a large coffee can. The roof-top device used radar and lasers to track everything around it. A camera peeking out from the Lexus front grill watched what was ahead. Data is processed by onboard computers programmed to simulate what a careful driver would do, but at super-human speeds. And, naturally, the Google autonomous car was connected to the Internet.


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TORRANCE, Calif., (April 21, 2014) – The Toyota Prius, the brand’s first production gas-electric hybrid model, was named one of the “10 Best Green Cars” for 2014 by Kelley Blue Book’sKBB.com. KBB.com editors compiled a list of the most efficient vehicles available and then picked 10 standouts featuring a variety of price ranges and powertrains. The list also takes into account production methods and recyclability, and the editors try to seek vehicles appropriate for varying lifestyles. The third-generation Prius model became the foundation of a family of hybrid models, offering a Prius for every lifestyle, the family includes the larger Prius v, the city-friendly Prius c and the Prius Plug-in Hybrid. In addition, Toyota also offers hybrid versions of its Camry and Avalon sedans and the Highlander crossover SUV. In terms of number of models offered and sales volume, Toyota is the world leader in hybrid vehicles. The Prius took home the gold in 2013 as the most popular vehicle-line in California for the second year in a row. The Prius Family (Prius Liftback, Prius v, Prius c and Prius Plug-in) took the podium in both 2012 and 2013 as the best-selling California vehicle name plate. 69,728 drivers hit the road in 2013, according to the California Auto Outlook Report, while 61,893 Californians joined the family in 2012. In the Golden State, the Prius Family outsells all other hybrid competitors combined. California drivers lead the country in adoption of vehicles powered, either wholly or partially, by electricity. 9.3% of vehicles sold in the state run on some form of electricity, according to the report. But despite the growing number of hybrid competitors, Toyota’s hybrid leadership remains unmatched. In fact, one out of every two hybrids in California carries the Prius name plate. From the flagship Avalon to the functional Toyota Camry, Prius Hybrid and to the ever dependable Corolla, the workhorse RAV4 and everything in between, the Miller Toyota of Anaheim lot takes the customer to a new pleasant carbuying experience not available anywhere. It is no wonder Miller Toyota of Anaheim has been named as one of the most productive Toyota car dealerships in Southern California. And maybe, just maybe, our kababayans have to do something about it. Besides, Toyota won’t be the number 1 car brand for Filipinos if that didn’t matter. The Filipino Fleet, a dynamic segment in its sales department, is composed of three professional and dependable kababayans, add a different level of confidence on the part of Fil-Am carbuyers. Guided by their no-gimmick-jus great deal mantra, “Dahil kababayan, maayos at malinaw ang usapan,” the Filipino Fleet are a delight to deal with. They are courteous, knowledgeable, and helpful. 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 1-855592-7077 and make your dream of owning a new Toyota vehicle a reality today.


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Mercedes-Benz M-Class features Collision Prevention Assist MONTVALE, NJ, May 08, 2014 − The 2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class sport utility has COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST as standard equipment on all four 2014 M- Class models. Using a dedicated radar sensor to monitor the distance to a vehicle in front and closing speed. If the system senses a risk of imminent collision, it alerts the driver with a warning tone and light in the instrument cluster. COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST also networks with brakes to prepare for emergency braking, so that as soon as the driver applies the brakes, appropriate power can be applied, up to the maximum. In addition, the new system can recognize and adapt its response to a number of driving situations. Four M-Class Models The third generation of a highly successful Mercedes-Benz that began the industry trend toward SUVs with a more car-like ride, the dramatically styled MClass is instantly recognizable as a sport utility vehicle. The M-Class line for 2013 is comprised of four models, all with direct injection – the thrifty ML350 BlueTEC diesel (240 horsepower, 455 lb.-ft. of torque), the popular ML350 with its V6 gasoline engine (302 hp, 273 lb.-ft.), the biturbo V8- powered ML550 (402 hp, 443 lb.-ft.) and the high-performance ML63 AMG (518 hp, 516 lb.-ft., and 550 hp, 560 lb.-ft. with the AMG Performance Package). 4MATIC Four-Wheel Drive Sets a Trend All four models come with proven Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC all-wheel drive (the ML350 is also available with rearwheel drive). As modern all-wheel-drive systems become more refined, they are becoming more popular, especially in the luxury car market. With negligible weight and fuel-efficiency tradeoffs, full-time four-wheel drive provides year-round traction and stability benefits on both wet and dry roads. Fuel efficiency has been optimized, due to a number of innovative measures that minimize the energy needed to turn the extra gears and shafts. ATTENTION ASSIST Cautions “Time For A Rest?” Among the many standard life-saving features on the M-Class is the innovative ATTENTION ASSIST system that can alert the driver to the first signs of drowsiness, a factor that causes more than

100,000 accidents a year in the U.S. Nelson Sioson, the Filipino Manager at MercedesA steering sen- Fleet Benz of Long Beach. sor is coupled to smart software that uses 70 parameters to establish a unique driver profile during the first 20 minutes of driving. Between 50 and 112 mph, the system identifies the erratic steering corrections drivers make as they begin to get drowsy and triggers an audible warning, and a “Time for a Rest?” message with a coffee cup icon appears in the instrument cluster. More Safety Systems Assist the Driver Other examples of trailblazing M-Class innovations include: Lane Keeping Assist, which alerts the driver by simulating rumble strip vibration in the steering wheel if the car drifts from its lane without the turn signals on. It operates at speeds above 37 mph via a system that recognizes lane markings, thanks to a small camera in the windshield and a computer that analyzes the video images. Blind Spot Assist monitors both blind spots behind and to the side of the vehicle. Whenever a turn signal is activated with a vehicle in the blind spot, the driver gets visual and audible warnings. A separate option, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist incorporate an intervention feature, in which ESP braking automatically helps correct the car’s course if the driver doesn’t heed the initial warning. Adaptive Highbeam Assist uses a small video camera to sense both headlights and taillights, then softly and automatically transitions between high and low beam operation to avoid dazzling other drivers. With this system, the range of the headlights can be varied infinitely from their current 220 feet to up to 1,000 feet. Now, isn’t it about time you join the list of new Mercedes-Benz owners? Why not? Call our kababayan Nelson Sioson, the Filipino Fleet Manager at MercedesBenz of Long Beach for the best in deals, among the best, if not the best in Southern California. He will guide you in choosing what Mercedes-Benz is right for you. And don’t worry, Mercedes-Benz is not just for those who “can afford it.” Ever wonder why your kababayan neighbor or your relative has one? Call Nelson now toll free at 1-866870-2966 and find out how.

A MERCEDES-BENZ FOR MOTHER’S DAY: Mother’s Day ranks second after Christmas where gift-giving reaches its feverish height. It is a day of remembrance that has catapulted the event into over a billion-dollar industry, thanks to the idea created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 which became a U.S. holiday in 1914. Traditionally it involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards and other gifts – in the case of a Hawthorne restaurateur, Rafael Vanegas, a Mercedes Benz 6250 for the beloved mother of his children.Mr. Vanegas had the special day to present his ribboned gift which was personally delivered by Nelson Sioson, Filipino Fleet Manager of Mercedes-Benz of Long Beach, at a designated place in the City of Torrance right after the Vanegas family had their Mother’s Day lunch.The Vanegas family operates the Pupuceria El Cerro Verde in Hawthorne that “continues the great tradition of excellent food of El Salvador”. Photo: Rey Andres


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(EU195557A/814716)

2008 Mercedes-Benz E350 $

$

(EH860706A/030728)

$

18,500

2011 Hyundai Equus (P028886/028886)

$

35,900

America’s Best Warranty

10

10-Year/100,000-Mile

.

14,900

$

2012 Hyundai Sonata

(DU110550A/034445)

$

12,500

Powertrain Limited Warranty Terms and Conditions available *See dealer for LIMITED WARRANTY details.

626.723.3833

www.phhyundai.com

605

60

E. Gale

on Rd

2012 Hyundai Veloster

$

Fullert

9,990

usa

$

Az

(EH871803A/049872)

S.

2008 Hyundai Entourage GLS

57

Ave. P o m o n a F w y

91

Advertised vehicles subject to prior sale. All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, any dealer document preparation charge, and any emission testing charge, “plus Dealer Installed options. *Valued Owner Coupon- Must be owner of registered eligible vehicle. Excludes Kia (see dealer for details). *HMF Rebate - Must finance through Hyundai Finance Company on approved credit. Restrictions apply. All offers expire 48 hrs after publication.


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Exhilaration & Performance Come Standard. 2014 C250 Sport Sedan

359

$

Lease for

per month for 27 months†

Over 50 C-Class Available! MERCEDES-BENZ CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED

SALES EVENT May 1 — June 2, 2014

UNLIMITED MILEAGE WARRANTY

2 MONTHS PAYMENT CREDIT** | 2 YEARS PRE-PAID MAINTENANCE*** ****

2.99% APR Financing

2011 Mercedes-Benz C300

2012 Mercedes-Benz E350

* , Now 28 498

* , Now 37990

$

CPO, Premium 1 Package, Moonroof, Navigation 178584/L8699

$

CPO, Premium 1 Package, Lane Tracking Package, Navigation 531631/L8704

2012 Mercedes-Benz GL450

* , Now 47991

$

CPO, Appearance Package, Rear-View Camera, Premium 1 Package 786063/L8696

One Of The Largest Pre-Owned And Certified Mercedes-Benz Pre-Owned Selections To Choose From.

2009 Mercedes-Benz E350

2011 Mercedes-Benz C300

2012 Mercedes-Benz C250

CPO, Premium 1 Package, Moonroof, Navigation

CPO, Luxury Sedan Package, Moonroof, Heated Front Seats

CPO, Sport Package, Moonroof, Low Miles, Low APR

$25,990*

$26,917*

$28,997*

408579/140022A

508837/L8688

234596/L8645

2011 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Cargo

2012 Mercedes-Benz C250 Coupe

2011 Mercedes-Benz R350

CPO, Premium Package, Remote Keyless Entry, Traction Control

CPO, Multimedia Package, Rear-View Camera, Moonroof

Driver Memory Package, Navigation, Moonroof, Panoramic Roof

$29,990*

$30,862*

$31,993*

577762/SL111569

861549/L8650

120903/L8665

2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350

2011 Mercedes-Benz E350

2012 Mercedes-Benz E350

CPO, Memory Package, Moonroof, Navigation, Premium 1 Package

CPO, Panoramic Roof, Navigation, Low APR

CPO, AMG® Sport Package USA, Premium 1 Package, Low APR

$35,990*

$36,990*

$37,997*

737892/L8710

455585/L8708

614062/L8680U

View Our Pre-Owned Inventory at www.mbzlongbeach.com/vehicle/search/preowned

mbzlongbeach.com 2300 East Spring St. • Signal Hill, CA 90755 †Available only to qualified customers at participating authorized Mercedes-Benz dealers through Mercedes-Benz Financial Services (where applicable to advertised lease) through April 30, 2014. Advertised lease rate based on a gross capitalized cost of $37,693. Includes destination charge and optional Premium 1 Package. Excludes title, taxes, registration, license fees, insurance, dealer prep. and additional options. Total monthly payments equal $9,693. Cash due at signing includes $2,999 capitalized cost reduction, $750 acquisition fee, and first month’s lease payment of $359. Total payments equal $13,487. At lease end, lessee pays for any amounts due under the lease, any official fees and taxes related to the scheduled termination, excess wear and use plus $0.25/mile over 22,500 miles, and $595 vehicle turn-in fee. Subject to credit approval. No security deposit required. *All prices plus government fees and taxes, any finance charges, dealer preparation charges and any emission testing charges. All vehicles subject to prior sale. **Certified Pre-Owned limited warranty coverage for one (1) year (and no mileage maximum) from expiration date of the original 4-year / 50,000 mile Mercedes-Benz new vehicle limited warranty. If the new vehicle limited warranty has expired, Certified Pre-Owned limited warranty coverage is for one (1) year from the date of purchase, with no mileage maximum. ***2 month Payment Credit applies to select Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned C-Class, E-Class, M-Class and GL-Class vehicles financed through Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. Must take delivery of vehicles between 5/1/14 and 6/2/14. ****Complimentary Pre-Paid Maintenance contract available on select Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned C-Class, E-Class and GL-Class vehicles. Excludes AMG® and diesel models. Must take delivery of vehicle between May 1, 2014 and June 2, 2014. *****2.99% APR for up to 66 months at $15.45 per month per $1,000 financed applies to Mercedes-Benz Model Year 2010, 2011 and 2012 Certified Pre-Owned and S-Class vehicles. Excludes leases and balloon contracts. Available only at participating authorized Mercedes-Benz dealers. Subject to credit approval by Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. Qualified customers only. Not everyone will qualify. Must take delivery of vehicle between 5/1/14 and 6/2/14. Minimum finance term applies. See Mercedes-Benz of Long Beach for complete details. Offers expire close of business 5/18/14.

Nelson Sioson

Filipino Fleet Manager

866.870.2966


Weekend balita may 17, 2014