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PHL seeks U.S. help to recover Napoles assets MANILA, Oct 10 (Mabuhay) – The Philippine government will formally request the assistance of the United States government, through the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT), in verifying the properties of the family of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles there, and as part of efforts to recover these assets in the future. Justice Secretary Leila De Lima confirmed this to reporters, but refused to further give details, except to say that the Philippine government has made initial arrangements and coordination with the U.S. government on the Napoles properties. “Mayroon namang mga method on asset recovery. Unang pinapa-verify namin: ilan ang properties, ano ang value ng properties, and how to proceed against those properties. “So depende sa legal mechanisms of the U.S. government...We have a US-Philippines MLAT and this is what we normally utilize when we want to seek assistance from them (U.S.),” De Lima said. The justice chief, however, admitted that nothing can stop the Napoleses from disposing of their properties abroad since there is no conviction against them yet by a court of law in connection See RECOVER ASSET, page 12

Really?: An alleged photo of Jeane Napoles, daughter of Janet LimNapoles who is at the center of the pork barrel scam that involves lawmakers in the Philippines, as she is supposedly “bathing” in a tubful of money that has been circulating on the internet. This one was posted in en.wordpress.com.

Selfie exposes lavish lifestyle Social media postings by Jeane Napoles in LA draw outrage

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM – President Benigno S. Aquino III listens to United States Secretary of State John Kerry during the 1st ASEAN – U.S. Summit at the Muzakarah Hall, Brunei International Convention Center in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam last Oct. 9 at the sidelines of the 23rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits.

U.S. warns citizens in PHL due to ‘credible’ threats’ MANILA, October 10, 2013 (AFP) – The United States warned its citizens Thursday of a “series of credible security threats” in the restive southern region of the Philippines, where a Muslim insurgency has raged for decades. The warning came on the eve of a planned visit to Manila by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, although embassy officials declined to comment on whether the warning would affect the trip. Kerry is not scheduled to visit the areas mentioned in the warning, according to his official schedule released by the Philippine foreign department. “Individuals associated with known extremist and insurgent groups are believed to have been conducting surveillance on a number of public locations in these areas, as possible targets of interest,” the US embassy in Manila said in an emergency message. These include “high-profile sporting events, residential areas, business offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, public areas, and other destinations, whether frequented by foreigners or locals”. It added: “Extremists may elect to use conventional or nonconventional weapons, and target both official and private interests.” As a result, the embassy said it was restricting travel by US government staff to certain parts of the southern region of Mindanao. The embassy warning named Davao, Mindanao’s largest city, and four Mindanao provinces, including areas not known as hotbeds of insurgency. Tens of thousands of Americans live in the Philippines, a former US colony, including some who stay in parts of Mindanao that are not usually affected by insurgencies.

MANILA, October 10, 2013 (AFP) – A young Philippine woman who drew outrage after posting pictures online of her lavish lifestyle including one showing her bathing in money is to be charged with tax evasion, officials said Thursday. Jeane Napoles, whose mother is currently being investigated over one of the country’s biggest corruption scandals, earned widespread derision for her social media posts featuring flashy cars and a swanky condominium in the U.S. “We read the newspapers. We follow the Internet. That is where we heard about her,” said Bureau of Internal Revenue chief Kim Henares. Government investigators allege Napoles’ mother Janet, a See LAVISH LIFESTYLE, page 12

Leticia Shahani, et al: Create Truth Commission vs pork abuses MANILA, Oct 9 (Mabuhay) – Calls for the abolition of the pork system have further snowballed, this time with the women sector led by former Senator Leticia Ramos Shahani group seeking for a Truth Commission to look deeper into the “systematic” problem of the country. In a statement, The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) Foundation urged President Benigno Aquino III to appoint private individuals with unquestionable integrity, probity and independence to the Truth Commission. “While we have faith in our investigative and prosecutorial agencies’ capacity to perform their duties with fidelity, we recognize that some administration officials and allies have been implicated in the scam, such that the integrity of the institutional processes at work in this matter have been called into question,” the group said. They said the Truth Commission will look into the pork barrel system and how it “makes thievery of public funds possible.” They said the commission will check the extent of the abuse and also “provide a set of recommendations for the reform of our political governance, budgeting, and fiscal administration systems.” The group said it is about time that the system is abolished. They also asked for better transparency and accountability from the government. They said the passage of the Freedom of Information Bill is, thus, paramount. See COMMSSION, page 12


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Kerry postpones PHL visit, citing storm BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, October 10, 2013 (AFP) – Secretary of State John Kerry announced Thursday he was postponing a visit to U.S. ally the Philippines due to a tropical storm, in the latest setback to US efforts to engage Asia. Kerry, who had been drafted in to take over President Barack Obama’s cancelled trip through Asia, blamed the cancellation on Tropical Storm Nari, which is bearing down on the northeastern Philippines.

“Because of the judgment of our pilots... and the approaching typhoon, we are going to postpone the trip that I was going to make to the Philippines,” Kerry told reporters on the sidelines of an Asian summit in Brunei. Obama was forced to pull out of planned trips to Malay-

sia, the Philippines and back-to-back regional summits in Indonesia and Brunei due to the US budget crisis, sending Kerry in his stead. The U.S. budget impasse has caused the first government shutdown in 17 years and raised fears the country could default on its massive global debts. The situation has left the U.S. scrambling to reassure Asian allies that it is committed to its self-described rebalancing of economic and strategic attention towards Asia. “I’m sorry not to be there in the next day or so but the good news is I am absolutely committed to returning in a month or so,” Kerry said of the Philippine cancellation. “I’m coming back to the region and I look forward to visiting... our friends in the Philippines.”

Kerry had been due to arrive in the Philippines Friday after his visit to Malaysia starting later Thursday. He made his announcement at a press appearance with Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, who expressed regret. “We regret the postponement of Secretary Kerry’s visit to Manila,” he said. “We, of course, are eager to welcome Secretary Kerry.” Nari was expected to make landfall Saturday on the northeastern coast of the main Philippine island of Luzon, about 150 kilometres (90 miles) north of the capital Manila. On Thursday it was packing maximum winds of 120 km (75 miles) per hour and bringing heavy rain and strong winds to large parts of the archipelago nation.

MNLF spokesman: Nur Misuari, Habier Malik won’t surrender MANILA, Oct 10 (Mabuhay) – Just like Moro National Liberation Front commander Habier Malik, MNLF founding chairman Nur Misuari will not surrender even after warrants for their arrest have been issued. “I don’t think he (Misuari) is going to surrender because ang mga rebolusyonaryo po ay hindi nila ugali ‘yung mag-aklas pagkatapos [ay] mag-surrender. Malimit po tatapusin nila ‘yung kanilang balak,” Reverend Absalom Cerveza, MNLF Misuari faction spokesman, said. Cerveza also said he last spoke with Misuari “the other day.” Arrest warrants were issued against Misuari, Malik and two others by a local court in Zamboanga City for placing the city under siege for almost a month, causing the death of over 200 people – civilians, soldiers and rebels. Cerveza said the effects of the crisis were “unfortunate” but said the MNLF had a valid cause aligned with valid reasons. He also confirmed that Misuari whom he last talked with on Tuesday was still in an undisclosed place in the

Philippines. Cerveza said Misuari told him over the phone, “Wala akong magawa kung ano ang gustong gawin ng gobyerno. Gagawin ko rin kung ano ‘yung kaya kong gawin.” When asked if Misuari is willing to have his case heard in Manila for security reasons, Cerveza said there wasn’t much they could do and that ultimately it’s the court that will decide their fate. “’Pag nahuli ka, wala kang magagawa kung saan ka man lilitisin... Bahala na ‘yung mga abogado,” he said adding, “Wherever... kung mahuli.” Cerverza also confirmed that Malik, the elusive MNLF ground commander believed to have led the attack in Zamboanga City on September 9, was still alive. “Yes, he’s much alive,” he said, adding that he last talked to Malik four days ago. According to Cerveza, Malik already escaped government forces in Zamboanga City. “Wala na... He’s in some place na hindi natin puwede sabihin,” he said. The encounters between government forces and the MNLF lasted for three weeks and claimed over 200 lives.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin announced the crisis officially over on Sept. 28, but clearing operations have continued to root out MNLF rebels still holed up in the city. Misuari in Sulu? Zamboanga City mayor Beng Climaco said, “I think [Misuari] is in Sulu, so it is the military authorities that are taking over.” “But definitely, the city of Zamboanga extends whatever we can in terms of personnel to really bring about justice to the people... to those who have died, those who have lost homes, those who are still suffering double in the tragedy. Asked if she favors the idea that the case against Misuari and his group be tried in Metro Manila, Climaco said, “Definitely, we welcome it because we have the detainees [captured MNLF rebels] here right now in San Ramon and as well as jails in Zamboanga. The residents do not feel comfortable with them being here. And I have written a petition to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima so that the [trials] will be held outside the city of Zamboanga. (MNS)


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EU, Swiss aid to teach OFWs to save  MANILA, October 10, 2013 (AFP) – The European Union said Thursday it would help fund a project to encourage the families of millions of Filipino overseas workers to save money and use it to develop their home towns. While Filipino expatriates remitted close to 1.03 trillion pesos ($23.8 billion) to the Philippines last year, only a trickle went into savings accounts, according to United Nations, EU and Filipino officials at the project launch. “If you look at the Philippines, it’s obvious that migration has been a tremendous success story and is driving the economy and its growth...

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Aquino gov’t fails in most transparency commitments – report MANILA, Oct 10 (Mabuhay) – Despite the Aquino government’s “Daang Matuwid” policy, the Philippines has only completed three of its 19 commitments to ensure an open and transparent government. This is based on the Independent Reporting Mechanism of the Philippine commitments to the Open Government Partnership - a voluntary initiative that aims to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies. The results were announced in a briefing by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism today. Of the 19, the Philippines has only completed its commitments to: local poverty reduction by collaborating with local governments and community organizations to develop at least 300 local poverty reduction action plans; results-based performance by increasing compliance with the seal of good housekeeping to 70% by 2016 and link to grants; and, harmonized performance based management systems. On the other hand, the government has limited completion of its commitments to:

False bomb alert snarls traffic in Manila MANILA, October 9, 2013 (AFP) – A false bomb alert snarled traffic in much of the Philippine capital Wednesday, as police stopped vehicles travelling on a major road while trying to defuse what they thought may be an explosive device. The backpack containing the alleged bomb was found to hold nothing more than dirty clothes and other assorted items, the police investigator handling the case said. “It was just old clothes and junk. The bomb report was negative,” he told AFP. The backpack was hurled by a man on an overhead footbridge onto the roof of a passing commuter bus on Manila’s main thoroughfare at about 5pm. The bus driver halted the vehicle and summoned the police, who stopped traffic on both sides of the highway, causing a massive traffic jam that stretched for kilometers (miles). A bomb-sniffing dog sent in by the police was seen sitting by the bag, indicating that it had smelled explosives. However an x-ray of the bag could not find any detonator and an explosives expert later confirmed there was no bomb. Valdez said a witness reported that the bag may have been hurled onto the bus during a botched robbery as the owner and a suspected thief were struggling over it. He did not believe the incident was intentional attempt to cause panic, but said the owner of the bag has yet to be located. Four hours after the road was closed, vehicles were allowed to pass the thoroughfare once more. Commuter buses in the Philippines

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Senate Committee on Public Information and Mass media Chair Grace Poe, whose panel already sponsored the Senate ‘s FOI bill for plenary deliberation, said: “It is in this area of the Report that we want to assist in terms of compliance. And good signs and optimism may be deduced in the actions and progress of the FOI legislation in the Philippine Senate in the last few weeks…By standard, the action may be considered as swift.” On the other hand, Poe hopes that transparency advocates can lobby at the House of Representatives, where the various FOI bills have been stuck since the opening of the 16th Congress. Poe said she will seek a meeting with her counterpart at the lower House - Public Information panel head Rep. Jorge Almonte. Poe acknowledged that the administration has gradually started to implement reforms when it comes to transparency. However, she also said, “little by little we’re putting things out there… still not perhaps in the position where we’d like to be. We’d like to have actionable data available not after the fact… this is something the FOI will guarantee.” (MNS)

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The challenges of buying a house in this market Rates have climbed rates in the low 3’s and MORTGAGE UPDATE have very comfortable up 1% since about two months ago and we are loan balances. As I was still going thru multiple saying a year ago, we offers on most of the need for these move up listings that are coming buyers to come in and up for sale. Mostly all sell their homes and buy the analyst were bearbigger homes, but every time they thought of ish about the real estate charging into the marmarket since the beginket, the government s ning of summer but why uncertainty kicks in and are you still having a BY KEN GO scares everyone off. This hard time getting your governments tug –o- war offers accepted? This is a prime example of a seller’s market, with the spending, debt limits and health mainly because there are actually not very care issues are really throwing a wrench many homes for sale on the market. The into the steadily growing Real Estate Marinventory for home listings are still at its ket. All over the news you will hear that all time lows and it will probably stay like if the government does not get their act together, we will fall into another recession this till early next year. Homeowners are still very uncertain even greater than this “Great Recession of with this economy, therefore they would 2008”. With this kind of news lingering currently want to stay put, mostly these around, who wants to spend money and homeowners are probably paying interest move to a bigger home, we are all staying

The fundamentals of sponsoring a spouse Q. I have been a Ca(or earlier, in limited IMMIGRATION nadian Citizen for nearly circumstances). two decades. I have never 6. They are in receipt NEWSWEEK sponsored anyone before. of social assistance othI want to sponsor my wife er than for reasons of who is a Filipina and in disability Canada now as a visitor. 7. Sponsors are in Her status as a visitor will default if they have not be expiring soon and she honoured a previous has heard from people in sponsorship undertakthe community that she ing; must leave Canada. I am 8. The sponsor imBY HENRY MOYAL trying to reassure her that migrated to Canada since I am a Canadian, I by way of a spousal have the right to sponsor her and no one can sponsorship and five years have not passed refuse the application. I never sponsored On the other hand, it is important to anyone before and therefore I do not see note that even if the sponsor if eligible how I can be refused. Isn’t it my absolute the following are considered excluded right to sponsor her? relationships in relation to the applicant A. I think you may be confusing two seeking immigrant status: aspects of a sponsorship. There is a big 1. Spouse is under the age of 16 difference between eligibility and ultimate 2. Sponsor has existing undertaking not outcome. You may be eligible but it does yet ended for another spouse, common-law not mean you will be successful. Immi- partner or conjugal partner gration officer must determine that the Sponsors of spouses or partners under marriage is genuine. Conversely, even if the previous Act, who signed 10-year unthe marriage is genuine, a sponsor may be dertakings must wait 3 years before ineligible for several reasons. For example: being eligible to sponsor again. Their Sponsors cannot sponsor if: 10-year undertakings are nevertheless valid 1. They are permanent residents subject for the full 10 years; only the to a removal order - this includes stayed exclusion is shortened to 3 years. orders, departure orders, exclusion orders 3. Bigamous or polygamous relationand deportation orders. ships 2. They are detained in any penitentiary, 4. Separated or former spouse or jail, reformatory or prison common-law partner or other non ac3. They are convicted of a sexual of- companying family members who were fence under the Criminal Code (against not examined at the time of the sponsor’s anyone); or an offence (against the person) application for permanent Residence under the Criminal Code against a family Appeal rights: member Finally, one must keep in mind that Sponsors or co-signers convicted of regardless of the ground of ineligibility, a either of these offences where five years sponsor has an automatic right to appeal a have not passed since the completion of refusal to the Immigration Appeal Board the sentence imposed if the application is processed outside of 4. They are in default of spousal or Canada. Sponsors of applicants seeking child support payments ordered by a court. to remain in Canada do not have a right This includes payments ordered by a court of appeal to the IAD if they are applying outside of Canada. under the Spouse or common-law partner 5. They are an undischarged bankrupt in Canada class or under the in-Canada under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act humanitarian and compassionate category. The property of the bankrupt is placed In some cases, applicants may physically in the hands of a trustee, who works out an remain in Canada but file outside to retain arrangement with creditors. appeal rights. for first-time bankrupts, a discharge is Attorney Henry Moyal is a certified and automatically 9 months from the date of licensed immigration lawyer in Toronto, bankruptcy, unless a stakeholder objects Ontario. The above article is general to this discharge for reasons such as the advice only and is not intended to act as a bankrupt failed to live up to their obliga- legal document. Send questions to Attorney tions; in other cases, a bankrupt can apply Moyal by email canada@moyal.com or toll for a discharge by a court, after 9 months free 1-888-847-2 078.

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on the side lines. But, quoting Albert Einstein “ Out of Clutter, find Simplicity. From discard, find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity.” Here are my thoughts for some potential homebuyers, we have gone thru the lows in the past two years, I believe that this slow down is a opportunity for you to step over the buyers on the sideline who is unsure. If you are buying to live in, this is a no brainer, buy now I don’t see you would be better off paying rent. With rates still very low and home prices still affordable, buy now before its too late. For investors, as long as you have a plan and have a long term agenda for your investment, I don’t see why you should wait till everyone else is coming in. Remember buyers we are coming into a few holidays

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“We especially need a law that ensures and facilitates public access to government records and data, whereby people can meaningfully exercise their constitutionally guaranteed right to information on matters of public concern,” TOWNS said. The group also urged the people to be involved in seeking accountability from public officials. “Educating ourselves, our families, and communities about the pork barrel system and its abuse is a critical step to taking action. Speaking up and joining rallies will break the silence that only emboldens those who steal our money. We can also organize ourselves as watch-

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If employers ask for an employee or applicant PROTECTING your Facebook username for such refusal. EMPLOYEE & and password, can they However, an employCONSUMER RIGHTS legally deny you employer may legally require ment if you refuse? Can an employee to disclose your employer legally a username or password terminate you if you refor the purpose of accessfuse them access to your ing an employer-issued social media accounts? electronic device. For In a move to prevent example, the employer unwarranted intrusion may ask the password into employees’ social to the company-issued media accounts, Califorlaptop you are using. On BY C. JOE SAYAS, JR. nia recently passed a law a similar vein, employees that prohibits employers need to be reminded that from demanding user names, passwords employers may legally monitor its emor any other information related to social ployees’ computer and internet activities media accounts from employees and job in the workplace, particularly where the applicants. The law defines social media employer provided the computer system to include an electronic service or account, and internet access. or electronic content, including videos, still The role of the internet and social media photographs, blogs, video blogs, podcasts, and how these impact the workplace is instant and text messages, email, online evolving. At present, there are very few services or accounts, or internet website laws that clearly spell out an employee’s profiles or locations. right of privacy where social media is conThe law states that an employer shall cerned. However, proponents of this new not require or request an employee or job legislation say that it is a common-sense applicant to do any of the following: measure that will bring clarity to a murky 1) Disclose a username or password for area of employment law. the purpose of accessing personal social [C. Joe Sayas, Jr., Esq. is trial attorney media. who has obtained several million dollar 2) Access personal social media in recoveries for his clients against insurance the presence of the employer (“shoulder companies and employers. He has been surfing”). selected as a Super Lawyer by the Los 3) Divulge any personal social media, Angeles Magazine, featured in the cover unless such information is used solely in of Los Angeles Daily Journal’s Verdicts relation to an investigation of workplace and Settlements, and is a member of the misconduct. Million Dollar-Advocates Forum. He is a Furthermore, if an employee refuses graduate of Georgetown University Law to comply with the employer’s demand Center Washington, D.C. and the Univerfor username or password, the employer sity of the Philippines. Visit his website at shall not discharge, discipline, threaten to www.joesayaslaw.com or contact his office discharge or discipline, or retaliate against at (818) 291-0088 for a no-cost inquiry.]

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and legally. Gov. Brown also signed into law several other bills that provide added protections to the immigrant community. The TRUST Act limits the ability of state and local police officers from detaining individuals charged with minor crimes. Only those arrested for serious offenses may be detained and transferred to federal authorities for potential removal proceedings. Another bill, AB 524, prevents employers from threatening employees about reporting them to the DHS should they complain about workplace violations. Yet another bill, SB66, allows an employer’s business license to be revoked or suspended should they retaliate against a worker based on immigration status. These laws honor the contributions that the immigrant community has had throughout California. The drivers license law recognizes not only the humane treatment that the immigrant population should be afforded, but also the practical and safety concerns to law enforcement and the rest of the community. The other laws seek to

protect those who are so vulnerable of being taken advantage of and ensuring that those who truly wish to help the immigrant community are not displaced by those who simply wish to profit from them. For further information, please schedule an appointment with an attorney at Aquino & Loew, Immigration Law Specialists; (888) 797-1140 or (626) 7993089; info@aquinoloew.com. Offices in Los Angeles (South Pasadena), CA and Honolulu, HI. Please also visit Aquino & Loew at www.aquinoloew.com. Aquino & Loew also handles family law and criminal matters.


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Why hiring a debt settlement company may not be a good idea Almost every week, creditors start to become MINDING YOUR my office gets phone more aggressive. Some FINANCES calls from people in debt creditors will turn the who have been taken account over to an outadvantage of by so-called side collection agency. “debt settlement comOf course, by this time, panies”. These are the your debts continue to companies who advertise snowball as the creditors on TV, newspapers and continue to add interest and penalties to the origion the internet who tell nal amount owed. Fedpeople that their debts BY ATTY. RAY BULAON eral and state collection can be settled for “penlaws prohibit abusive nies on the dollar” and collection tactics but the that they should avoid bankruptcy as this is a “better option than reality is that a lot of bill collectors do not follow these laws and will make your life bankruptcy.” Buyer beware: More often than not, miserable by harassing you for payment. Once you are more than 180 days people who hire these companies end up in a much worse situation than when they past due, If the creditor decides that you first started and after losing thousands of probably will not pay back the debt, they dollars, they don’t get the results that they may write it off their books and report the were promised. account as a “charge off” to the credit buIf you are delinquent on your debts, you reaus. To recoup the creditor’s losses, the may be able to avoid dealing with the bill account can then be sold to a third-party collectors for a few months but sooner or collection agency who buys the account later, you will still need to face the reality for a fraction of the original amount owed. At this point in the collection process, of your debt problems and do something you may be able to negotiate a drastic to protect yourself. For example, once you’re 90 days late, reduction of the debt amount and pay

the creditor 20-50% of the amount owed. Should you do it yourself, hire a lawyer or is hiring a debt settlement company a good idea? If you don’t feel confident dealing with creditors yourself, you may be tempted to hire a debt settlement company to avoid the expense of hiring an attorney. Don’t do it! Remember that a debt settlement company cannot legally represent you if you are sued and thus, they cannot protect your legal rights. Also keep in mind that some creditors will flat out inform you that they refuse to work with a debt settlement company and if this happens, that means you leave them no other option but to file a lawsuit against you! I have seen a lot of unscrupulous debt settlement companies who misrepresent their services to the public and offer false hopes to unsuspecting consumers who are desperate for a solution. A lot of these debt settlement companies do not clearly explain to you how their debt settlement program works before they ask you to sign

a contract with them. Their advertising sounds so good and once you call them, they tell you nothing but lies just to suck you in. They do not tell you anything about the potential downfalls of hiring them and often make big promises that they cannot deliver. Be careful in hiring a debt settlement company or you may end up in a worse situation with your credit with no solution to your debt problems. If you are in debt and think debt settlement or filing bankruptcy may be a solution for you. For a free consultation, call TollFree 1-866-477-7772. Let us evaluate your situation and recommend possible options. We have offices in Glendale, Cerritos, West Covina, Valencia and Riverside. (None of the information herein is intended to give legal advice for any specific situation. Atty. Ray Bulaon has successfully helped over 5,000 clients in getting out of debt. For a free attorney evaluation of your situation, please call Ray Bulaon Law Offices at TOLL FREE 1-866-477-7772).

Automatic revocation of wills and trust upon entry of divorce or nullity judgment all testamentary transYou just finalized your BARRISTER'S fers between the fordivorce. You are free and CORNER mer spouses or domestic single again. Ever wonpartners and any provider what happens to the sion in the will of either will or revocable trust nominating the former you executed during your spouse or domestic partmarriage with your ex ner as executor, trustee, spouse naming your ex conservator or guardian. spouse or her family as Probate Code § 6122; Esbeneficiary in case you tate of Coleman (2005) pass away? 129 CA4th 380, 389, 28 Well, those docuBY KENNETH REYES CR3d 282, 288; Estate of ments are revoked by & DARRICK TAN Jones (2004) 122 CA4th operation of law. 326, 332–333, 18 CR3d A judgment of dissolution or nullity automatically cancels, 637, 641. A divorce judgment and nullity judgby operation of law, non probate transfers between the former spouses or domestic ment also affects non probate transfers partners. It also terminates the right of such as trusts. A broad range of survivsurvivorship interest in joint tenancies ing spouse/domestic partner rights are between the former spouses/domestic part- canceled upon finality of a judgment of ners and in community property with right dissolution or nullity including benefiof survivorship. Prob.C. §§ 5601, 5602, ciary rights under retirement plans, pay on 5604. Unless the respective wills other- death accounts, transfer on death vehicle wise provide, the judgment also revokes registrations, trusts and a marital property agreement. Probate Code § 5600(e) . Now since Wills and Trusts executed during the marriage is revoked upon entry of divorce or nullity judgment, you should think about setting up a new estate plan after the divorce or nullity to have a new plan in place in case you pass away. If you pass away with at least $150,000 in gross assets and you do not have a living trust (even if you have a will), your beneficiaries would have to open up a probate case before title to the assets can pass to them. When I say gross asset, I mean regardless of how much debt you owe on them. For example if you own a house valued at $850,000 at the time of your death, it does not matter that your mortgage balance is 800,000, a probate case has to be opened in order to pass title to that property. The same is true with other types of assets such as owning a business, a professional practice, bonds, equities, etc. This is a very low threshold to exceed specially in California where real estate prices, even after the economic crisis, remains in the upper end of the curve among the 50 states. Commencing a probate case is expensive and a very slow process. Someone qualified will have to file a Petition with the probate court to have someone appointed as executor or administrator. The Petitioner’s attorney gets paid a statutory rate for attorney’s fees commencing with 4% of the See REYES, page 17


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gross estate. The probate referee will have to be paid for appraising the assets of the estate. If it is necessary to post bond, the premium on the bond would have to be paid as well. There is also the cost of administering the estate such as selling some of the assets to satisfy the estate’s obligations and to divide the estate according to the will or the intestate line of succession if there is no will. The entire process could take up years specially if certain beneficiaries and creditors file certain claims. The probate court file would be public record. On the other hand if you have a revocable trust, your estate can avoid the entire court system and court supervision. In certain situations, the process may also save you estate taxes which may be substantial if your assets exceed a certain threshold. Basically, you and/or your spouse can be named as the initial trustee of the trust while you are alive. The trustee is the person who manages the trust. This means you retain control of all your assets the same way as if you never had a trust. For revocable trusts, you can later on, at any time during your lifetime, revoke the entire trust if you change your mind. The assets held in your living trust will be managed by the trustee and distributed according to your directions without court supervision and involvement when you pass away. This can save your heirs time and money. Since the trust would not be under the direct management of the probate court, your assets and their value and your beneficiaries’ identities would not become a public record. Your heirs and beneficiaries would still have to be notified about the living trust and advised, among other things, of their right to obtain a copy of the trust. If you recently got divorced or

had a marriage annulled, you should have a new estate plan (wills and trust) set up to save on estate taxes, save on probate and administration cost, and make it more convenient for your beneficiaries to inherit from your estate. Please note that this article is not legal advice and is not intended as legal advice. The article is intended to provide only general, non-specific legal information. This article is not intended to cover all the issues related to the topic discussed. The specific facts that apply to your matter may make the outcome different than would be anticipated by you. This article does create any attorney client relationship between you and the Law Offices of Kenneth U. Reyes, P.C. This article is not a solicitation. Attorney Kenneth Ursua Reyes is a Certified Family Law Specialist. He was President of the Philippine American Bar Association. He is a member of both the Family law section and Immigration law section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He is a graduate of Southwestern University Law School in Los Angeles and California State University, San Bernardino School of Business Administration. He has extensive CPA experience prior to law practice. LAW OFFICES OF KENNETH REYES, P.C. is located at 3699 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 700, Los Angeles, CA, 90010. Tel. (213) 388-1611 or e-mail kureyeslaw@gmail.com or visit our website at Kenreyeslaw.com FOR MORE NEWS AND INFORMATION VISIT

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PHL strong enough to handle impact of U.S. financial troubles: Aquino

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM, Oct 10 (Mabuhay) – A potential U.S. financial meltdown is unlikely and in case it happens, the Philippines is prepared to handle it, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Wednesday. “There are these several steps that have been done by both the economic cluster and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and they can explain the technical... the technical aspects of how we are cushioning the effects,” the President during an interview by the Philippine media at the Philippine Embassy here Wednesday. “The world’s biggest economy turns belly up, how can you actually protect yourself? But I don’t think that will happen,” he added. The President said even U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that this is just an excess of politics in the U.S. and every American politician knows the consequences of a prolonged government shut down and a default. For his part, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said the default is something that is unthinkable, but nevertheless, the Philippine government is preparing for any eventuality by making sure that the country is in a flexible position such as in its liquidity position. “Everyone’s affected, as the President said. But the good thing about the Philippines is that our OFWs are all over the world not just in the U.S.,” Secretary Purisima noted. “Our BPO industry becomes stronger when times become difficult because of the need to become more competitive and more efficient, and then tourism is increasingly becoming an important consideration,” he added. The credit risk of the country has also improved as a result of recent investment rating upgrades, Purisima said. “In fact, when we did the auction the other day, we borrowed at a lower cost than the U.S. for the first time. This is an anomaly but it was – we borrowed for 90 days at one basis point; the U.S. borrows at two basis points,” he added. President Aquino also said that in times of turmoil, investors try to find safe harbor, and bringing their money to the Philippines is better because of the country’s more stable financial environment. (MNS)

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End of the road as U.S. Supreme Court denies Fil-Am vets’ petition

Los Angeles – The US Supreme Court denied the petition for writ of certiorari for Case 4.10 CV-04542 SBA Recinto vs. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). The Supreme Court would have been the last chance to reverse the decision of Court of Appeals in California denying full benefits as full Americans veterans to some 40,000 surviving Filipinos who fought during WW II. Systemic Racism By its decision, the Supreme Court codified into law the brazen systemic racism that has been perpetrated against the veterans and the Filipino-American community,” said Commander Regalado, veterans’ affairs commissioner of San Francisco and member of the Justice for Filipino-American Veterans (JFAV). The Supreme Court Decision came out unfortunately while the Filipino American Community celebrates the Pilipino American History Month and the 76th t year anniversary of the October 20 Leyte Landing also known as the FilipinoAmerican Veterans Recognition Day in the United States. The Supreme Court’s denial for a hearing, simply upheld the decision of Court of Appeals in California in 2012. “The decision implies that the Rescission Act of 1946 superseded the American Recovery and Reinvestment (ARRA) Act of 2009,” said Arturo Garcia, national coordinator of JFAV. The Supreme Court upholds the previ-

ous law that treats Filipino veterans as nationals, not citizens, and therefore do not deserved full rights and benefits. This is gross injustice,” said Regalado. Separate But Equal, Era 2013 Garcia believes that this is the same Supreme Court that upheld the inequities and racism of the “Separate but Equal law” that existed for 78 years. Separate but equal was a legal doctrine in United States constitutional law that justified systems of segregation Under this doctrine, services, facilities and public accommodations were allowed to be separated by race, on the condition that the quality of each group’s public facilities was to remain equal. The phrase was derived from a Louisiana law of 1890, although the law actually used the phrase “equal but separate.” “ It is the same judiciary favoring another branch of the government, the Department of Veterans Administration (DVA) in order not to rock the boat.” Garcia added. ”We have nothing left but to go back to the long struggle of lobbying at the U.S. Congress that has been paralyzed by its own folly- the current shutdown. We still have the Filipino American Veterans Fairness Act of 2013 to fight for at the 113th US Congress.” Garcia said. ”We must remember that we did not surrender with Bataan’s Fall. We waged a three- year war of resistance until the final victory was achieved during World War II,” said John Aspiras, LA-based WW II veteran.


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Gov. Brown signs Bonta’s Filipino American Farm Worker Bill, AB 123 New law teaches students on role of Fil-Ams in labor movement (SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 123 today – a first-ofits-kind bill to require the state curriculum to include the contributions of Filipino Americans to the farm labor movement in California. Bonta notes that Governor Brown’s signature of the bill is the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of Filipino American History Month, this October. “The goal of AB 123 is to supplement California’s rich farm worker history with the contributions of the Filipino American community. The Filipino American population composes the largest Asian population in California and continues to grow; yet the story of Filipinos and their crucial efforts to the farm labor movement is an untold part of California history,” explained Assemblymember Bonta. “The historical significance of vastly

influential leaders, such as César Chávez and Dolores Huerta, are rightfully synonymous with California’s farm labor movement. Generations of people who follow their stories have benefited from their commitment to social and economic justice in innumerable ways. Missing from the current curriculum are events such as the Delano Grape Strike of 1965, led by the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC), which was comprised of first generation Filipino leaders (Philip Vera Cruz and Larry Itliong). A week following this strike, the National Farm Workers Association, led by César Chávez and Dolores Huerta, combined forces with AWOC and by the fall of 1966, the numbers grew to approximately 2,000---almost entirely Filipino and Mexican workers, joined together in a powerful collaborative movement. The combined forces grew the movement to

approximately 10,000 by 1970. “By signing AB 123, Governor Brown has made an unprecedented move to give students a more complete account of California’s farm labor movement and ensure that these important leaders, such as Philip Vera Cruz and Larry Itliong are remembered by future generations of Californians,” explained Bonta. Dolores Huerta, an iconic social justice and labor rights activist, spoke in support of the bill in committee: “The students of California need to learn that the sacrifices made by both the Filipino and Latino workers benefitted all Californians. AB 123 will ensure that the history is taught accurately.” The bill is particularly important to Assemblymember Bonta because of his personal heritage and history. Bonta was raised as a child in La Paz, the United Farm Workers’ headquarters, where his parents organized Filipino American and Mexican American farm workers. Also, as the first Filipino American elected to the California State Assembly and the Godson of José Gomez, Executive Assistant to César Chávez, Bonta is committed to the cause of farm workers and ensuring that the legacy of

the farm workers is properly taught to the children of California. Bonta concluded, “I am proud that Governor Brown recognizes the contributions of Filipinos to the history of our state and country by signing AB 123 and including them in the history and social sciences curriculum taught in California schools.”

AB 123 will give students a more complete account of California’s farm labor movement and ensure that these important leaders, such as Philip Vera Cruz and Larry Itliong are remembered by future generations of Californians, said Assemblymember Rob Bonta (left).

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in the accompanying caption of a photo of them together. Other photos showed Evans and Fariñas with her family, and the couple kissing on the lips during what appears to be the wedding reception. The “Muling Buksan ang Puso” actor, who is largely mum on his private life, made headlines in October 2012 when he was accused of his then-girlfriend, Johnelline Hickins, of hurting her. Evans, who denied the allegations, was imprisoned for a day before posting a

P200 bail. A contract artist of ABSCBN’s Star Magic, Evans rose to fame in 2006 as one of the housemates in the first “Teen Edition” of “Pinoy Big Brother.” He went on to star in several TV series, including “Pedro Penduko,” “Kambal sa Uma,” “Rosalka” and “Angelito: Ang Batang Ama.” (MNS)

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Enrique in ‘triangle’ with Bea, Dingdong in new film Enrique Gil said he could not believe that his new big-screen project not only marks his first lead role in a romance film but also features him with box-office stars Bea Alonzo and Dingdong Dantes. A relative neophyte compared to his co-stars in “She’s the One,” Gil said he felt nervous about headlining a film with established actors. At 21, Gil is also younger than Alonzo by three years, and Dantes by 12 years. “Noong unang sinabi sa akin na makaka-triangle ko sina Bea at si Dingdong, ‘What?’ Sabi ko, ‘Grabe ‘to!’ Sabi ko, ‘Wow, teka lang!’” Gil said. Gil said he was particularly nervous about working with Alonzo, who, despite being a fellow Star Magic talent, has been mostly an acquaintance to him. “Actually kahit papaano – noong una talaga kinakabahan ako – when I got to the

set, nakausap ko si Bea. There’s something about her na hindi ka maiilang sa mga eksena,” he recalled. “It’s the way she talks to you, she approaches you. Parang... Bea Alonzo, walang ilang factor lang sa akin. Kaya siguro, swerte lang ako,” he said. As for Dantes, Gil shared they are, in fact, second cousins, “so mas at ease actually.” Having already filmed several scenes with Alonzo and Dantes, Gil said he has become more comfortable with his co-stars, “pero syempre ‘yung mga eksena, dapat bigay-todo pag kasama si Ms. Bea Alonzo.” In the first trailer for “She’s the One,” Gil’s character is seen as a love interest to Cat (Alonzo), who has a complicated relationship with her best friend Joaqui (Dantes).

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Best of Asian cuisine at Dave’s BBQ and Grill Each of the table has a grill, an imposing aluminum vent and a pot in the middle. For some, the pot would give the impression that it’s a shabu-shabu restaurant only to find out that the grill focuses not on Japanese ingredients for the boiling soup stock but of Korean barbecue favorites that everyone loves. But that’s not even the best part. While most shabu-shabu soup in the boiling pot is most likely just plain water, the soup base at Dave’s BBQ and Grill is the famous Tom Yum of Thailand. Add the Thai sauce in there and you’ve got a spicy authentic Tom Yum soup for a real, authentic Thai cuisine. Add the sukiyaki sauce instead of the Thai sauce and you’ve got a Japanese cuisine. Say, again? Actually, David Akrabowon, proprietor of Dave’s BBQ and Grill, said the restaurant is the real Asian fusion. And with noodles, mushroom and other vegetables to choose from, you can add Chinese in the mix for a total Asian food package that is very unique yet diversified. What’s more, the meal is healthy and very inexpensive. As soon as someone walks in, they will not be provided with a menu, which is another first. On the contrary, diners will be led to a wall of adjacent refrigerators where marinated Korean style meat products of beef, chicken and pork are displayed, along with fish, seafood, salad, mixed vegetables and other ingredients in plates, each with its own price that will not cost more than $2.99 each. Yes, just $2.99 each per plate of either Korean Beef (Chicken or Pork) Bulgogi, Beef Kalbi, Beef BBQ, Spicy Beef (again Chicken or Pork), Beef Garlic or Beef Teriyaki. After choosing your plates, you cook your meal yourself, serve yourself and without waiters bothering you all the time if you are doing alright? A plateful is more than enough for one person. Rice is just $1 regardless of the amount, while cold bottled water is free. No kidding, bottled water is free! David said two people can consume a hearty and a really stomach-filling meal for less than $20. Grilling the meat is a snap. But unlike

It’s a shabu-shabu restaurant. No, it’s a Korean barbecue grill. Uh-uh. Actually, it’s a little of everything at Dave’s BBQ and Grill where the best in Asian cuisine is cooked and served…by you. Photo: Rhony Laigo

other Korean grill restaurants, Dave’s BBQ and Grill is equipped with Teflon-based grillers that is fully covered thereby no oil drips in the fire that could result in burnt barbecue, and no sticky and messy oil residue as they can easily be removed from the griller. No dripping oil also reduces smoke virtually giving customers a smoke-free environment and a clean and clear dining experience. “No teary-eyed customers,” David said. David’s unique idea comes from his decades-long food business in Los Angeles where he has been serving the people of Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Hollywood and other neighboring districts from his food truck. “Los Angeles indeed is a melting pot of delicious cuisines,” David said, “so I thought of something where one can enjoy a little of everything that is healthy, nutri-

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Meeting in the middle: Living a healthy life We often hear from older adults that they want to stay healthy and active in order to do all the things they love, like care for loved ones, spend more time with their families, travel and explore new interests, and, ultimately, live life to the fullest. Having a handle on mental and physical fitness certainly can help bring all of those dreams to life. But whose job is it to keep active and healthy? An AARP survey presented a bit of a contradiction. Most adults agree that when it comes to making decisions about eating healthy, physical activity and managing stress, the individual is responsible. In the same survey, they said that a doctor or health care provider is responsible for telling them what to do to maintain a healthy lifestyle and for following up to ensure that they do. The more realistic notion is that being healthy is a shared responsibility between individuals and their doctors. The first step is looking into your fridge. What do you see? Healthy food includes fruits and vegetAbles. Unfortunately, popular Philippine food in America has skewed toward dishes that are high in carbohydrates, fats and protein

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‘Thanks for the memories, Deputy Consul General Dan R. Espiritu’ LOS ANGELES – The ‘Friends of Deputy Consul General Daniel R. Espiritu,’ with the cooperation of Kalayaan Inc., bids ‘DCG Dan’ a fond farewell 6 p.m., Saturday, November 16, at the Holiday Inn Hotel, La Mirada, Calif. His tour of duty ends the last week of November, and he will be returning to his home office in the Philippines. The event honors his six years of outstanding service to the Filipino American community: untiring devotion to duty and loving care for all he served contributing to a general atmosphere of unity, friendship

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laid out in the Senate legislation. Last week, Democrats introduced their own separate bill, a comprehensive measure aimed at keeping the pressure on Republicans to move forward. The protest was largely overshadowed by the political stalemate on Capitol Hill which has kept parts of the federal government shut down for the past week, and sent the US economy careening towards a possible first-ever debt default if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling by October 17. But White House spokesman Jay Carney said the concern over immigration should serve to spur lawmakers into action. “It’s time for the House of Representatives to reopen the government, pay their bills, and get back to the important work of moving the economy forward,” Carney said in a statement. “It is time for House Republicans to put politics aside and join Democrats to fix our broken immigration system and make the economy stronger.” Democratic congressman Luis Gutierrez was among those arrested in Tuesday’s symbolic act of civil disobedience, and like Carney he blamed House Republicans for blocking reform. “There are 30 or 40 Republicans— some estimate as many as 85 Republicans in Congress – who support legalization and immigration reform in some form,” Gutierrez said. “They know the power of our vote, they know the popularity of immigration reform, they know the hunger and passion in our community, and yet we still have not seen immigration reform signed into law by the president because other Republicans are holding it up.” Other lawmakers detained included civil rights pioneer John Lewis and reform advocate Raul Grijalva. Many protesters waved American flags or held pro-reform banners and signs. One man wore a black T-shirt which read “I could be illegal.” The event followed a nationwide series of protests Saturday in some 160 cities.

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sic to the rhythm of the decade much like telling a story.” It is said that Almazan’s brand of music creates “euphoria on the dance floor .” DecaDance will be the start of Boyet Almazan’s U.S. tour. Forex President JP Cariño said DecaDance was a Forex-initiated project with Gawad Kalinga in order to raise funds for the poor, build houses or provide education for children. Since their partnership began in 2005, Forex and Gawad Kalinga have already built between 10 to 15 houses at their Gawad Kalinga villages in the Philippines, Cariño said. Cariño said they expect 2000 people attending for what he described would be

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time to battle Brandon Rios.” Part of the proceeds of this event will be shared with other charities that are supporting the education and medical needs of the less fortunate children and youth in the Philippines. Cariño said Forex had the privilege of building homes for the Gawad Kalinga village sites in Bukidnon in 2008. Two years later in 2010, Cariño added that Forex is collaborated with Gawad Kalinga to add more houses to the existing GK Forex Village in Pandi, Bulacan. Gawad Kalinga has been building homes for poor families in the Philippines and has earned the distinct honor as the premier non-profit organization that serves the homeless. The homes they build have two bedrooms. In addition, a Gawad Kalinga village also has a multi-purpose hall and a sibol school, where children from other villages can go to school. Tickets are available at all Forex offices. For more information call: 1-855-77 FOREX. (Myrna Aquitania)

Sprinkles Cupcakes salutes Grand Park’s first birthday with a sweet treat Park turns one with concert in salute to Daniel Pearl World Music Days LOS ANGELES (October 7, 2013) – Having Grand Park as a central gathering place in Los Angeles, and a place for celebration, fun and multi-cultural performing arts experiences, just got a little sweeter. In honor of Grand Park’s first birthday, Sprinkles Cupcakes has partnered with Grand Park to create a special Grand Park Strawberry Cupcake and is contributing 100 percent of the proceeds from the sales of this cupcake to support Grand Park’s free events and activities. The Sprinkles Grand Park Strawberry Cupcake will be sold for a limited time starting today, October 7, 2011 through October 11, 2013 – Grand Park’s birthday week – at the Sprinkles Cupcakes downtown Los Angeles store at Figat7th between 7th and 8th Streets, and at Grand Park’s Farmers’ Market on Tuesday, October 8, 2013. “Grand Park has quickly become a premier destination in Los Angeles County and an important part of the downtown community,” said Candace Nelson, founder, Sprinkles Cupcakes. “Much like Sprinkles has given an American classic, the cupcake, a fresh twist, and re-introduced many to its taste sensations, so has Grand Park given Angelenos a new way to enjoy the diversity of our community.” “Sprinkles is well-known not only for its delicious and highly distinctive cupcakes, but for its support for the community,” said Lucas Rivera, director, Grand Park. “Enjoying a Grand Park Strawberry Cupcake and supporting Grand Park in the process is the sweetest way I can think of to celebrate our birthday.” Based in Beverly Hills, Sprinkles Cupcakes launched in 2005 as the first cupcakes-only bakery and is widely recognized as the originator of the gourmet cupcake trend. The brand has since expanded and today operates 12 locations across the United States, including New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Its downtown Los Angeles location at Figat7th opened in March 2013 to the delight of the growing downtown community. In addition to the special cupcake, Grand Park will celebrate its birthday with its annual free Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert on Thursday, October 10,

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2013 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER SPORT LE/SE!

Take advantage of $3,000 incentives & rebates!

7 GOING FAST!!! LEFT TO CHOOSE FROM!

MSRP..............................................$25,520 Manufacturer’s Rebate.......................$1,500 Dealer’s Incentive..............................$1,000 Loyalty Rebate*....................................$500 Glendale Mitsubishi Discount........$2,222

TOP SAFETY WINNER

20,298

$

TOP 2013 SAFETY IIHS PICK +

1 At This Price [Stock# 30288]

*Loyalty Rebate extends to an immediate family member or domestic partner living at the same address as current registered Mitsubishi or Saturn or Suzuki owner (proof of same residency required). Loyalty Rebate may be combined with any finance source of their choice.

2014 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER ES/ Full Size * $

“I won’t take you for a ride. Pili lang po ng Mitsubishi ninyo, at tutulungan ko po kayo.”

259 PER MONTH

36 MONTHS12,000 MILES/YEAR

TOP SAFETY WINNER

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$999 Total Due at Lease Signing • Over 30 in Stock to choose from

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Over 10 EVO GSR & MR in stock READY FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY!

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2014 MITSUBISHI EVO MR

2014 MITSUBISHI LANCER ES/ * $ PER MONTH

36 MONTHS 12,000 MILES/YEAR

2014 MITSUBISHI EVO GSR

• $999 Total Due at Lease Signing • Over 20 in Stock to choose from • 1 At This Payment [40028)

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CHECK OUT OUR SUPER VALUE PRICES!

2012 Mitsubishi

Galant FE Sedan 4dr

was

9802RS | 008882

$14,335

NOW

11,888

$

2012 Mitsubishi

Eclipse GS Sport Spyder Convertible 2dr

was 9975RS | 001295 $16,855

NOW

$

14,988

2012 Mazda

Mazda2 Sport HB 4dr

was $13,265

NOW

9966R| 138904

11,988

$

2011 Kia

Soul Wagon 4dr Hatchback was

$14,875

NOW

NOW

9910S | 538372

15,888

$

13,888

Sonata GLS Sedan 4dr 9919R | 330062

Market Price

NOW

Tawag nasap..o . Kay Richard

$

2012 Hyundai

2013 Chrysler

200 Touring Sedan 4dr was 16,515

9946 | 242645

15,888

$

2011 Mitsubishi

Lancer ES Sedan 4dr

was

$14,520

NOW

$

9923 | 006049

13,888

Lancer ES Sedan 4dr

NOW

was

S30877DA | 352679

$15,660

2013 Mitsubishi was $17,595

2012 Fiat

500 Sport Hatchback 2dr

P0024 | 002231

$16,488

NOW

13,988

$

2013 Mitsubishi

Outlander Sport ES SUV

was $20,060

NOW

9828 | 008107

16,788

$

2.9% APR

2010 Mitsubishi Galant SE Sedan 4dr

was S31007A | 008136 $16,550

NOW

$

14,488

2012 Mitsubishi

Lancer Sportback GT HB 4dr P0017 | 017211 was $18,575

NOW

$

17,588

10-ye

ar

100,000-mile

2011 Honda

Accord 2.4 LX Sedan

was

9680S | 021774

$15,650

14,788

$

NOW

2012 Honda

Accord EX Sedan 4dr was 40049A | 209976

$21,185

NOW

$

17,888

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer ES Sedan 4dr

was

9956 | 024088

$15,765

NOW

14,888

$

2010 Toyota

Prius IV Hatchback 4dr was $22,355

NOW

10515 | 210141

20,988

$

888-465-7218

1235 S. BRAND BLVD. GLENDALE, CA. www.glendalemitsubishi.com

++Cannot combine Rebates with special rate financing through MMCA credit. All vehicles are subject to prior sale and credit approval. All Advertised vehicles exclude government fees and taxes, tire disposal, dealer documentation, smog certificates and any emission charges. Ad expires end of business day of publication.

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2014 Mitsubishi Mirage: Fun to drive and best in class fuel economy makes mirage a small car for a big city life The all-new 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage 5-door subcompact not only marks the return of the company’s lovable and popular small vehicle offering but does so as the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid gasoline-powered vehicle available in America. With a starting MSRP of only $12,995, the all-new 2014 Mirage rises to the top of its competitive segment delivering exceptional fuel efficiency delivering up to a phenomenal 44 mpg with an EPA-rated fuel economy of 40 mpg combined/37 mpg city/44 mpg highway on models equipped with the continuously-variable transmission (CVT) and 37 mpg combined/34 mpg city/42 mpg highway on 5-speed manual transmission-equipped models. Along with its remarkable affordability and fuel efficiency, the new Mirage boasts an extraordinary level of features and accessories in its standard equipment package. What’s more, at a cost of only $1,200 more, the ES trim level of the all-new 2014 Mitsubishi adds numerous

With a starting MSRP of only $12,995, the all-new 2014 Mirage rises to the top of its competitive segment delivering exceptional fuel efficiency delivering up to a phenomenal 44 mpg with an EPA-rated fuel economy of 40 mpg combined/37 mpg city/44 mpg highway on models equipped with the continuously-variable transmission (CVT) and 37 mpg combined/34 mpg city/42 mpg highway on 5-speed manual transmission-equipped models.

thoughtful and high-end features that are usually reserved for vehicles in a much higher priced segment. Don’t let its friendly face fool you - there’s a great deal of substance behind the exterior styling of the all-new 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage. Mitsubishi’s new 5-door model achieves a remarkably low coefficient of drag at a mere 0.28. This miraculously clean design was Cerritos Mitsubishi achieved by a combination GSM Mark Mercado of numerous key features incorporated into the vehicle’s exterior. These include a minimized grille opening, a tidy yet elegant patented teardrop-shaped roofline, sculpted crease lines along the corners of the bumper, underbody tray covers and a sharp-looking high-mounted rear spoiler “wing” that very effectively help to reduce drag. Additionally, the entry-level DE trim level of the Mirage includes an aerodynamically-shaped full wheel cover that helps further reduce drag and turbulence. With its precision engineered high-tensile steel-fortified body/chassis providing reduced mass with excellent rigidity, Mitsubishi Motors’ newest model achieves a very low overall weight of only 1,973 lbs., giving this sturdy yet highly-maneuverable featherweight a better power-toweight ratio than its main rival. Aesthetically appealing exterior design elements, including sharply raked headlights, forward sloping beltline and a muscularly taught rear hatchback design, give the new Mirage its thoroughly modern look. Inside is a comfortable, ergonomically-enhanced cabin that is very spacious considering the vehicle’s exterior

size and features extensive use of soft-touch high-grade surface materials along with an eye-catching centerpiece - a center console covered with a rich-looking high-gloss piano black inlay trim. Even the HVAC system has been designed to offer reduced weight, improved heater performance and heated airflow to accommodate the rear seat passengers, along with the implementation of a new pollen filter to improve interior air quality. Other thoughtful interior touches include several handy storage compartments/trays and large cup holders, 60/40 split-fold rear seats, an included cover for the rear cargo area, and a surprisingly generous 17.2 cubic feet of rear cargo volume. Simple yet cleanly styled, the interior of the all-new Mirage is a pleasant and relaxing environment for both the driver as well as all of the vehicle’s occupants. For those who are loyal or have been wanting to own a Mitsubishi, you can now avail of your favorite Mitsubishi brand by visiting Cerritos Mitsubishi where our kababayans will help you choose the right car for you, whether it’s the Mitsubishi I, Outlander, Lancer or other Mitsubishi vehicle. Come and visit our kababayan Mark and his Fil-Am crew at the Cerritos Mitsubishi to Mark and his crew if you are a kababayan that means you are extra special. Even their marketing thrust is anchored on that magical Tagalog word. They have a Kabayan Price. “We have the best lease payment program, we offer huge discounts on many of our models,” said Mark. “And for new immigrants, first time buyers, and those without credit or are now having a bad credit just like everybody else, approval is not a big deal. We have a way of doing it.” Along with Alfie Alberto, Eugene Castro and Alvin Aberilla, Mark backstops the sales operation for the Filipino market. Call now toll free at 1-888-887-6090 to get the same Number 1 customer service from our very own kababayans.

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"Broker Jun Guintu was very accommodating. I think he is very sincere in helping customers and he seems true to his promise to make car buying simple.” ANONYMOUS COMMENT (Posted on Dec. 28, 2005, CARFAX VOICE OF THE CONSUMER)

JUN GUINTU 323-547-1291

junguintu@yahoo.com

"Thanks a lot for your help and good accomodation. I found no hassle in getting a new car from L.A Motors. I compliment Jun Guintu as a man with integrity , a man who is willing to help the customer. ” PASTOR PHILIP, Los Angeles “Walang paikot-ikot na usapan...WALANG HASSLE!” BOBBY & ROSEVILLA BAYRON, Panorama City "Galing kaming mag-asawa sa isang dealership sa Norco at nabentahan ng sasak-yan pero hindi namin inaasahan nang tawagan kami para ibalik ang sasakyan. Hindi raw na-approve ng financing company dahil sa hindi sila tumatanggap ng international license. Sa LA Motors kami pumunta at walang problema. Ngayon naghuhulog na ako sa nabili kong sasakyan.” MARLON & GRACE, West Covina "Totoong totoo ang ads ni Jun...pag sinabing kaya ka nyang tulungan KAYA NIYA... Di tulad ng ibang ads - sa dyaryo lang. Pagpunta mo wala lahat. Walang hassle at madaling kausap si Jun.” LOLOY & REGINA DALOYOC, Panorama City

WE MAKE CAR BUYING SIMPLE! Ang dealer ng Pinoy na tumutulong sa mga Tax ID pa lang ang hawak at International Drivers pa lang ang lisensya.

• BAGO SA AMERICA? • FIRST TIME BUYER? LAHAT • NO CREDIT HISTORY? • LEASE RETURNS? TRADE INS? • TAX ID NUMBER? WALANG PROBLEMA! • INTERNATIONAL DRIVER’S LICENSE?

OK

"Galing na kami ng asawa ko sa mga ibang dealer ng sasakyan, pero lahat kailangan nila ng Social Security No. May nabasa kaming ad sa dyaryo, sa LA Motors kay Jun Guintu, sinabi namin ang aming problema na wala kaming papel. Dala lang namin ay ang Arizona Drivers License at TAX ID NO. Diretso magsalita at madaling kausap si Jun. Sa sitwasyon naming ito - di namin akalain na magka-karoon kami ng bagong sasakyan. Sa araw din na 'yon ay dala na namin ang aming sasakyan..” CARDING, North Hills CA Dumating ako dito 3 months ago at nagtatrabaho sa isang hospital dito sa may Los Angeles. Sa hirap ng schedule ko ay talagang kailangan ko na ng sasakyan. Minsan pag punta ko sa Pilipino Store ay kumuha ako ng Balita at nakita ko ang mga ads ng mga kababayan natin na makakatu-long daw sa akin para makabili ng car. Subalit lahat ng makausap kong ahente ay iisa ang hinahanap… co signer… wala akong kamag-anak o kaibigan na makakatulong sa akin dito sa Amerika. Tinawagan ko si Kuya Jun at sinabing puntahan ko siya at matutulungan niya ako. Yung araw na iyon ay hindi nag-aksaya ng panahon si Kuya Jun at inorder ang ang bagong kotseng napili ko at ngayon ay masaya at nakakapagtrabaho na ako ng husto. Mga kasabay kong dumating dito sa LA ay pinapunta ko rin kay Kuya Jun at natulungan na rin niya… ANITA, Los Angeles Tinawagan ko si Jun at sinabi ko lang na gusto kong kumuha ng Honda Civic LX at ilang oras lang ay may sagot na sinabi niya ang interest rate at qualified daw ako sa low rate at presyo ng sasakyan at pati na ang monthly payments ko. Sinabi ring pag-isipan ko muna at kung ready na ay tumawag lang. Hindi ako makapaniwala nang magdesisyon ako at pumunta ako sa opisina niya ay ready na ang bago kong sasakyan. Kakaiba ang pagbili kong ito dahil hindi na ako dumaan sa salesman, asst. manager at sa finance manager na sobra kung magbenta ng extended warranty na hindi naman kailangan, ang isa pa hindi ako naghintay ng 6 na oras na naging experience ko sa last na pagbili ko ng car sa malaking dealership. walang pressure at sa telepono lang ang dealings namin. EUGENE & LEILA, Bellflower, CA As a first time buyer 3 years ago, I was so scared of scrupulous sales agents so I prayed for an honest one. I saw Jun's ad and took the risk. He is so easy to deal with over the phone; much easier to deal with in person. I got my first car without any hassle. I recently traded my old car. This time, I did everything over the phone. When I met Jun the second time, all documents are ready for my signature and my new car ready for pick up. Everything was exactly what he promised over the phone. —BETH CAROLINO, Los Angeles

323-547-1291 1930 W. 6TH ST., LOS ANGELES, CA 90057


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THE ALL NEW

NISSAN

35

“Experience the difference today”

VAN NUYS

OF

NEW NEW OWNERSHIP OWNERSHIP –– NEW NEW MANAGEMENT MANAGEMENT –– NEW NEW ATTITUDE ATTITUDE

SAVINGS at NISSAN of Van Nuys

APR AVAILABLE+

Filipino Sales

1.818.602.4087

on select new 2013 & 2014 models

po Hanapin lang si Augusto ! SPECIAL PROGR AMS AVA IL ABLE

WE CAN HELP YOU GET FINANCED!

BANKRUPTCY • LATE PAY • DIVORCE • REPO • BAD CREDIT • NO CREDIT • 1ST TIME BUYER • COLLEGE STUDENT

NEW 2014 NISSAN VERSA S

SALE PRICE

NET SAVINGS

1,801

$

CITY

27

NEW 2013 NISSAN

SENTRA SV $ $

NET NET SAVINGS

3,353

NET COST

1 4, 997

10,999

1 AT THIS OFFER

^Must finance through NMAC to qualify. (DL766876/766876) Expires 10/14/13.

NEW 2013 NISSAN NET SAVINGS

$

3,323

$

16 , 7 7 7 27

^Must finance through NMAC to qualify. (DT213738/213738) Expires 10/14/13.

NEW 2013 NISSAN

ROGUE S

$ $

NET SAVINGS

3,428

.95

2,996

1 AT THIS OFFER

27 ^Must finance through NMAC to qualify. (DT303184/ 303184) Expires 10/14/13.

NEW 2014 NISSAN

32

$

NET

SAVINGS

5,343

1 AT THIS OFFER

AUTOMATIC / MODEL 13114 Factory rebate in lieu of special financing ^Must finance through NMAC to qualify. ( EC134951/134951) Expires 10/14/13.

NEW 2013 NISSAN

$

7,000 CITY

18

MPG EPA EST*

OIL CHANGE SPECIAL

Valid only at Nissan of Van Nuys & applies to Nissan vehicles. Tax & Hazardous disposal fee not included. Prices vary by model. Oil Change up to 5 qts. Hybrids, V8 & synthetic extra.

MPG EPA EST*

OFF

MSRP!

1 AT THIS OFFER

HWY

MSRP .......................................................................$21,405 DEALER DISCOUNT .................................................$1,828 SALE PRICE ............................................................$19,577 FACTORY REBATE .......................................................$500 NMAC REBATE^ ...........................................................$500 COLLEGE REBATE** ....................................................$600 NET COST ...............................................................$17,977

HWY

38

MSRP .......................................................................$23,320 DEALER DISCOUNT .................................................$3,743 SALE PRICE ............................................................$19,577 FACTORY REBATE .......................................................$500 NMAC REBATE^ ...........................................................$500 COLLEGE REBATE** ....................................................$600 NET COST ...............................................................$17,977

1 AT THIS OFFER

28

MPG EPA EST*

1 7,977 27

MURANO S

31

NET COST

ALTIMA 2.5 S $

HWY

MSRP .......................................................................$18,895 DEALER DISCOUNT .................................................$1,896 SALE PRICE ............................................................$16,999 FACTORY REBATE .......................................................$500 COLLEGE REBATE** ....................................................$600 NET COST ...............................................................$15,899

AUTOMATIC / MODEL 21113

CITY

1 7,977 CITY

Factory rebate in lieu of special financing ^Must finance through NMAC to qualify. (DW535150/535150/) Expires 10/14/13.

15 , 899

$

MPG EPA EST*

NET COST

23 AUTOMATIC / MODEL 22113

$

NET SAVINGS

HWY

MSRP .......................................................................$20,100 DEALER DISCOUNT .................................................$2,223 SALE PRICE ............................................................$17,877 NMAC REBATE^ ...........................................................$500 COLLEGE REBATE** ....................................................$600 NET COST ...............................................................$16,777

AUTOMATIC / MODEL 20113

CUBE S

1 AT THIS OFFER CITY

NET COST

CITY

NET COST

JUKE S FWD

NEW 2013 NISSAN

MPG EPA EST*

MSRP .......................................................................$18,350 DEALER DISCOUNT .................................................$2,253 SALE PRICE ............................................................$16,097 NMAC REBATE^ ...........................................................$500 COLLEGE REBATE** ....................................................$600 NET COST ...............................................................$14,997

AUTOMATIC / MODEL 12113

(EL830883/830883) Expires 10/14/13.

HWY

30 39

+ TAX & HAZ. WASTE FEE

MPG EPA EST*

1 AT THIS OFFER CITY

24

36

$

MSRP ........................................................$12,800 DEALER DISCOUNT ................................- $1,801 SALE PRICE .............................................$10,999

MANUAL / MODEL 11154

$

HWY

HWY

24

MPG EPA EST*

AUTOMATIC / MODEL 23313 $7,000 off MSRP includes dealer discount $3,550 + factory rebate $500 + NMAC rebate^ $500(^Must finance through NMAC to qualify) + equipment allowance $2,450. Factory rebate in lieu of special financing (DW203420/203420) Expires 10/14/13.

Service & Parts Mon - Fri: Saturday: Sunday:

1.818.602.4087

po 5425 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys Hanapin lang ! www.nissanofvannuys.com si Augusto+0% short term financing available on new 2014 Murano CrossCabriolet, new 2013 AltimA, new 2013 LEAF, new 2013 370Z Coupe, new 2013 370Z Roadster, new 2013 Frontier, new 2013 Titan, new 2013 Rogue, new 2013 Juke, new 2013 Pathfinder, new 2013 Murano, new 2013 Maxima with above average credit and approval by NMAC. Special APR in lieu of factory rebate. *All advertised prices exclude government fees, tax, license and any finance charges, any dealer document preparation charge, and any emission testing charge, acquisition fee. Sale ends on close of business 10/14/13. **Qualifications for the College Grad Program: Graduation within 6 months or past two years from an accredited United States two or four year university, college, graduate school or nursing school, Students currently enrolled in graduate school are eligible, present employment or future employment beginning within 90 days of financing approval, Sufficient income to cover normal living expenses and car payments, Valid auto insurance, Approved credit.

7 AM - 7 PM 7:30 AM - 6 PM closed BURBANK BLVD.

VAN NUYS BLVD.

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

BOOO! Matakot ka pag na-miss mo ang amingmgda epeaeplss!!

Kaya punta na m NEW 2014 MITSUBISHI LANCER ES

“Kotse ba ang hanap nyo?” – Leandro Muñoz (Filipino Actor)

Mark Mercado (General Sales Manager) offers

KABAYAN PRICE $15,999

(Automatic)

MSRP........$18,890 After $500........Military Rebate $500......Loyalty Rebate

NEW 2013 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER SPORTS ES (Automatic)

NEW 2013 MITSUBISHI RALLIART AWC TURBO

Arvin DJ Mouth recommends

KABAYAN PRICE

Eugene C. presents

KABAYAN PRICE

22,999

$

16,999

$

MSRP.......$28,890 After $1,000... .Factory Rebate $500.......Military Rebate $500........Loyalty Rebate

MSRP.......$21,195 After $500.......Factory Rebate $500.......Loyalty Rebate

“Tawag na mu!” Alfie A. offers

NEWZ 2014 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER ES (Automatic)

NEW 2013 MITSUBISHI LANCER SPORTBACK GT (Automatic)

KABAYAN PRICE $20,499

Colin H. offers

MSRP.....$23,820 After $500........Military Rebate $500........Loyalty Rebate

KABAYAN PRICE 18,999

$

MSRP...$22,290 After $500......Loyalty Rebate

NEW BODY STYLE

PRE-OWNED INVENTORY SALE 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer ES Sport Sedan

H14159A • 007325 • 57,600mi

Before $12,999/ NOW

NURSES PROGRAM AVAILABLE!

$

10,800

0

2008 Honda Accord 3.5 EX-L Sedan

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer ES Sedan

C13589A • 051924 • 72,500mi

S14240A • 023634 • 20,800mi

Before $16,499/ NOW

$

13,800

Before $21,099/ NOW

$

MINOR SERVICE

NOW ONLY

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

$

19,988

Mitsubishi Honda Toyota Nissan

5 60

5YR/60,000 MILES BUMPER TO BUMPER WARRANTY

YES

10100 10 100

10YR/100,000 MILES LTD POWERTRAIN WARRANTY

55YR YR

5YR/UNLIMITED MILES ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE

YES YES

ONLY 3/36 ONLY 3/36

ONLY 3/36 ONLY 5/60

ONLY 3/36 ONLY 5/60

NONE NONE NONE

5 Year Unlimited Mile Roadside Assistance See Dealer For Details

0

$

Until August 2020

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

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

Toll Free 1-888-887-6090 10944 South St. Cerritos CA 90703

PowerTrain Repair Cost

Now Hiring Salesperson Apply in Person. Ask for Mark.

South St.

Cerritos Auto Square South St.

Del Amo Blvd

San Gabriel River Fwy

95 . +TAX

18,678

Studebaker Rd.

54

$

$

C13636A • 015649 • 850 mi

Before $21,499/ NOW

San Gabriel Ave.

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

Before $19,749/ NOW

KAHIT ANONG CREDIT SITUATION NYO, SIGURADONG APPROVED KAYO! BEST IN CLASS PAYMENT PA! SAN PA KAYO?!

AVAILABLE ON SELECTED 2012 & 2013 MODELS

NO ONE OFFERS MORE!

2013 Mitsubishi Lancer GT Sedan

S6192P • 015152 • 10,500mi

15,988

%FINANCING

KABAYAN SERVICE COUPON * * * * * * * * *

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer ES Sedan

605


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From left: Christian Marilla, Chris Garchitorena, Bobby Cheng and Jojo Diala of Subaru of Glendale.

Subaru reports record September sales Cherry Hill, N.J. - Subaru of America, Inc. today reported 31,755 vehicle sales for the month of September, representing the best September sales month in company history. September sales increased 15 percent over September 2012. Year-todate sales for Subaru total 313,407 – 28 percent higher than the same period in 2012. The company is on track to achieve its fifth-consecutive year of sales increases. Sales for the all-new 2014 Forester remain strong at 10,620 units, a 75 percent increase over September 2012 and a year-to-date increase of 49 percent. Legacy sedan and Outback crossover were recently rated as “superior” in the new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Front Crash Prevention (FCP) test program. The FCP program was created as a result of research by the Highway Loss Data Institute indicating that forward collision warning and automatic braking systems, such as Subaru’s EyeSight system, are helping drivers avoid frontal crashes. “Subaru of America is particularly proud of the Legacy and Outback earning the IIHS highest rating in their FCP test,” said Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc. “This is a testament to the safety and technology advantage provided by the EyeSight

driver assist system. It is no wonder more and more people are shopping the Subaru brand.” “With strong owner loyalty and new owners joining our brand at a record pace, we expect to close the year with more than 400,000 vehicles sold,” said Bill Cyphers,

senior vice president of sales, Subaru of America, Inc. But while we all ponder as to why Subaru continues to become a favorite of many, come to Subaru Glendale where you will find that indeed these cars are selling like hotcakes just get in touch with our kababayans at Subaru Glendale, who have been serving the Filipino-American market and who have made Filipinos love the Subaru brand and the Subaru vehicles’ versatility. What are you waiting for, come on down to Subaru Glendale and our kababayans Christian Marilla, Bobby Cheng, Chris Garchitorena and Jojo Diala will be more than happy to inform you why Subaru is becoming a favorite of Filipinos and the whole American market. Subaru of Glendale is located at 1308 S Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91204. You can reach them at 1-855-230-1547 or you can visit their website at www. subaruofglendale.net.

Ford expands in Asia, sees sales over 1-M this year DETROIT, October 9, 2013 (AFP) – Ford is catching up to its competitors in key Asian markets and expects to sell more than one million vehicles there for the first time this year, a senior executive said Wednesday. Key to that growth is China, where Ford’s sales were up 51 percent in the first nine months of the year to 647,849 vehicles, said David Schoch, Ford’s group vice president for the Asia Pacific region. “We’re gaining a lot of traction with the new products we’ve brought into China,” Schoch told reporters in Detroit. The second largest US automaker expects to double its market share in China to nearly five percent by the end of this year from 2.5 percent in 2012, he said. “We expect Ford Asia Pacific to be a major contributor to Ford profits by the middle of the decade,” added Schoch. Schoch acknowledged that Ford was “slow” to enter the Asian market and the current plan to expand in China wasn’t put in place until four years ago. Prior to that, Ford was distracted by a lengthy period of serious financial problems and major reorganization. Rival General Motors was much faster to move into the Asian market and is expected to sell more than three million vehicles in China alone this year. Ford is currently building manufacturing hubs in China, India and Thailand and recently relocated its regional headquarters to Shanghai. While those plants will boost Ford’s

regional capacity of 1.9 million units— which vastly exceeds current sales—the automaker is also moving ahead with the construction of six new regional assembly plants, including four in China. That will bring total capacity to 2.9 million vehicles by 2015. “When you’re in these emerging markets, you have to think long-term,” Schock said. “We have very aggressive growth targets.” Ford is also expanding the number of models it sells and will soon be introducing the Fiesta, the Mondeo and the Transit Van to the region. The automaker expects that China – and the region – will play an increasingly important role in the global auto industry. Annual vehicle sales are expected to hit 32 million in China by the end of the decade – more than in the United States and Europe combined, Schoch said. Meanwhile, sales in the Asia Pacific region are expected to make up 46 percent of global sales in 2020, up from 41 percent in 2013. Ford also forecasts that global auto sales will rise to 109 million in 2020 from 82 million in 2013. In addition to China, Ford’s Asia Pacific region includes India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar and the Philippines. FOR MORE NEWS AND INFORMATION VISIT OUR WEBSITE

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Rolls-Royce SUV will not compromise brand: CEO  SINGAPORE, October 8, 2013 (AFP) – Luxury car maker Rolls-Royce will not compromise its exclusive image if it builds a sports utility vehicle (SUV), its chief executive said Tuesday.

Speaking to journalists in Singapore, Torsten MüllerÖtvös said the firm known for its stately sedans is now in the early stages of designing its first SUV for the super rich.

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Angels Baseball closes out 2013 season with putting contest at Pechanga to help children with life-threatening medical conditions TEMECULA, Calif. , October 7, 2013 – Members of the Los Angeles Angels Baseball franchise officially closed out their season on Monday by participating in a putting contest with children involved with Make-A-Wish. Current roster and alumni players, plus the team chairman and the voice of the Angels, teamed up with the deserving kids at the practice putting green at Journey at Pechanga golf course in Temecula late this morning. The teams made up of Angels catcher Hank Conger, infielder Grant Green, former Angels pitcher Clyde Wright, former second baseman Bobby Grich, voice of the Angels on Fox Sports West, Victor Rojas and Angels Baseball Chairman, Dennis Kuhl played against each other and for participating, the kids won trophies and golf apparel provided by Pechanga, plus luxury suite tickets with food and drinks provided at a 2014 Angels game and a chance to watch pre-game batting practice from the field. The children with the top score won a signed Angels Baseball jersey. The main goal of the event was to raise awareness for Make-A-Wish and the services it provides to the entire Southern California community. “We’re incredibly grateful to Angels Baseball and to Pechanga for this partnership,” said Stephanie McCormick,

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and beyond. We are proud to partner with Make-A-Wish and are appreciative of the work they do to encourage and give hope to children throughout our region,” said Patrick Murphy, President of the Pechanga Development Corporation Board of Directors. Including the organization once again in the putting contest with Angels Baseball continues to raise awareness for the continued need for support. All of Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire’s funds raised stay within the region to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medial conditions in the Orange County and Inland Empire region. Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of

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