NOVEMBER 3, 2018 HAWAII FILIPINO CHRONICLE 1
NOVEMBER 3, 2018
Dr. Mark Silliman Receives 2018 Dr. Jose Rizal Award
Trump Wants to End Birthright Citizenship
On Hoodoos, The Midterms and Harvard
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Role of Lieutenant Governor Must Change
hen former Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui abruptly and surprisingly quit in an election year, it signaled that something was amiss between himself and Gov. David Ige. Shortly after when he endorsed gubernatorial challenger Colleen Hanabusa and led her Maui campaign, it was confirmed that the Tsutsui-Ige working relation was a bust. But political insiders already knew of Tsutsui’s discontent before the rift became public that largely stemmed from his limitation of duties. The rocky relationship between Tsutsui and Ige is not new to Hawaii politics between a governor and lieutenant governor. Remember former Lt. Gov. Jean Sadako King, Hawaii’s first woman lieutenant governor. She served under former Gov. George Ariyoshi for one term then broke ranks and attempted to unseat him when Ariyoshi ran for a second term. Former Lt. Governor, now Senator Mazie Hirono, was also known to have had rocky episodes with former Gov. Ben Cayetano. The historical rifts between governors and lieutenant governors of the state could be differences in personality, goals, leadership styles. But, more than likely, rifts stem from the nature of the office of the lieutenant governor itself -- it is the governor who really determines how much and what the lieutenant governor can and cannot do. While the lieutenant governor is an elected officer, it is the governor who runs the show, which is why how effective a lieutenant governor is – really depends on the tandem’s working and personal relationship. This relationship, is perhaps, the single-most indicator of how effective a lieutenant governor would be. Stepping Stone Traditionally, the office of the lieutenant governor is known as a stepping stone to higher public office. Former governors Ariyoshi, John Waihee III, and Cayetano all served as lieutenant governor. Hirono and Sen. Brian Schatz also are former lieutenant governors. Former Lt. Governor Duke Aiona unsuccessfully attempted to follow this stepping stone modus after former Gov. Linda LIngle’s term limit expired. More recently, former state Atty. General Doug Chin, likely saw the lieutenant governor’s office as adding to his resume prior to his unsuccessful run at the U.S. House. Have more responsibilities or be part-time It’s reasonable that taxpayers deserve more from the office of lieutenant governor than some political stepping stone where the politically ambitious beef up their resume. In a few states, the office of lieutenant governor is not a full-time position because of its limited governing capacity. In Hawaii, where this office is a full-time position with a large staff and office, there ought to be more specific duties and more work done by the holder of this office, not some window dressing politician preparing for bigger and greater things. In some states, the lieutenant governor has expanded duties such as being the speaker or presiding officer of the upper house of the state legislature similar to the way the vice president serves in the U.S. Congress. In states where this occurs, the lieutenant governor has more impact on legislative matters; and as such, becomes much more valuable to the governor, taking on additional duties. Under the current system in Hawaii, it’s fair that taxpay(continue on page 3)
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arly elections has been ongoing and hit record number turnout in many parts of the country. For our cover story this issue, we continue our election coverage this time featuring the race for Lt. Governor. Associate Editor Edwin Quinabo gives us background information on the two major candidates Democrat Joshua “Josh” Green and Republican Marissa Dipasupil Kerns. Also, the two share their priorities for the state. Green will be running with incumbent Gov. David Ige; Dipasupil-Kerns and House Rep. Andria Tupola make up the other tandem. It should be noted: other candidates running for Lt. Governor but not included in this cover story are Renee Ing (Green Party) and Paul Robotti (Nonpartisan). Also this issue we have a Q&A Interview with filmmaker Maritte Go who was selected as a finalist for the HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries 2019 Short Film Competition with her film entry “Remittance.” Go received her master’s degree in film production from USC and has been producing features and commercials for over 8 years. She is currently in production for a solo feature film shooting in Los Angles and Ghana. The future is bright for this first generation Filipino director-writer. Maritte told the Filipino Chronicle, “I love exploring subjects that challenge the norm and force you to look at the ugly and the difficult. I believe that it forces you to grow as a human if you can use those experiences to overcome and conquer.” Speaking of films, HFC’s Seneca Moraleda-Puguan writes a film review on “Curiosity, Adventure and Love” in her personal reflections column. It’s a documentary of Jessie Coe, a Cuban-born American who fell in love with a Filipino lawyer and diplomat. Coe eventually moved to the Philippines and made it her home. It’s a film that showcases Filipino life, history, and culture from an outsider’s perspective. At 106 years old, Coe is still alive living in a Spanish colonial home along the Pasig River. She’s seen the Philippines through many transitions from an American colony, through the Japanese occupation during WWII, through Philippine independence and up to its modern state today. This award-winning film was made by documentary-producer Sunshine Lichauco de Leon. In Atty. Reuben Seguritan’s column this issue, he contributes “Rescission of Adjustment of Status.” It’s an important topic that immigrants should know about. For example, if it is discovered that an immigrant concealed a criminal record, then the green card may be rescinded within the 5 year statute of limitations. There are so many changes happening in immigration law and we are thankful for Atty. Seguritan for keeping us up to date. Lastly, be sure to read our news sections. The Annual Taste of Waipahu is back. It will be on November 3 at August Ahrens Elementary School on Waipahu St., 4 to 10 p.m. Once again, it promises to be a fun-filled family event with lots of food and entertainment. The biggest news happening: if you haven’t done your civic duty yet, be sure to vote on General Election day on Tuesday, November 6. Your future depends on it. Thank you to all our tens of thousands of supporters and readers for your support. Please spread the word to family and friends that we’re available for viewing free online. Until next issue, warmest Aloha and Mabuhay!
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NOVEMBER 3, 2018 HAWAII FILIPINO CHRONICLE 3
We Have Bigger Concerns Than A Caravan: Healthcare, Medicare and Right-Wing Terrorism
redictable and timed for the midterm election, President Donald Trump once again is weaponizing a fear of immigrants to get his people to turn out to the polls. This time, his off-the-mark warped version of reality, involves a caravan of Central American migrants making their way north through Mexico toward the U.S. border. Trump tweeted, “Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergency. Must change laws!” Later he told reporters, “you’re going to find MS-13, you’re going to find Middle Eastern. You’re going to find everything. And guess what? We’re not allowing them in our country. We want safety.”
avan is thousands of miles away and the migrants are traveling on foot. But the fear mongering president is using this opportunity to do what has worked for him in 2016 – lie about migrants and immigrants, repeat those lies over and over, and soon enough ignorant xenophobic Americans who live in mostly homogenous communities where very few immigrants live, begin to believe those “frightening” Trump lies. First off, there is no credible evidence of Middle-Easterners as part of the caravan. Customs and Border Protection data show Middle-Easterners trying to cross the border illegally from Mexico is very rare. Of more than 300,000 people apprehended last year trying to cross the southern border illegally, fewer than 100 came from countries in the Middle East. Second, the migrants are most likely not criminals or MS-13 gang members, but rather they’re fleeing from criminals in their hometowns. But no matter, facts get lost, the politics of fear is very convincing, and the caravan just fits in with Trump’s xenophobic theme from the very start of his political career: that migrants and illegal immigration in general pose a threat to the nation’s security.
to make this midterm election about caravans and illegal immigrants (facts show illegal immigration is way down since the Obama administration), if there are things to fear Americans should be worried about matters that could really impact them. Some 23 million Americans (mostly affecting the bottom 40 percent income-earners in the country) who are signed up with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare, could lose their insurance should Democrats lose the House. Republicans have unsuccessfully tried to repeal the ACA but came very close. They’ve already stated their intentions to try again should they maintain control over Congress. The CDC reported that since Obamacare, the percentage of people without health insurance dropped by almost half, from 16 percent to 8.9 percent. It’s estimated that repealing the ACA would reverse this gain. Other social safety nets could also be in jeopardy in Caravan will not be able to whole or parts such as Medenter Country icaid, Medicare, and Social Clearly, a vast majoriSecurity. ty of Americans understand On national security, that this caravan will not be homegrown terrorism is on able to cross the U.S.-Mexithe rise, not terrorism from co border and will probably foreign infiltrators. White disperse before even reaching supremacist groups (most of it (remember what happened to the caravan earlier this What Americans should re- them who support Trump) pose a far greater threat to the year which was also deemed ally be fearing a false threat). This latest carWhile Trump would like country than the much-feared (EDITORIALS: ROLE OF LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR....from page 2)
ers could demand that this position be part time. Or the alternative is to expand the office’s duties with specific tasks and not simply be a shadow of the governor who often purposely limit the lieutenant governor’s duties in order to usurp all the credit of things gone right or often sees the lieutenant governor as a potential political rival. Having a full-time office and large staff just to be on the wings to replace the governor
should he or she be incapacitated or passes on is simply not efficient, cost-effective governance. In such a limited role, implementing a mechanism that a special election be held should a governor needs to be replaced is a smarter alternative; and a part-time office holder be in place with limited duties when the governor is off the islands. In other words, either we demand much more or much less from the office of lieu-
tenant governor. In this election, both of the major lieutenant governor candidates democrat Josh Green and republican Marissa Dipasupil Kerns have expressed their plans to take on greater responsibilities for the office. Voters have heard this before from every candidate running for this office. At this point, it’s really a wait-and-see situation that’s ultimately in the hands of the governor-elect.
migrant caravans. The latest act of terror by the right-wing targeted the Clintons, the Obamas, CNN, Rep. Maxine Waters, and other high profile Democrats (all of whom have been ardent Trump critics). Authorities intercepted suspicious devices intended for these prominent Trump-critics. If that wasn’t chilling enough, right-wing terror continued with the gun attack at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 dead. It was the worst attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history. Having our nation’s media, former presidents, and other politicians who criticize Trump be terrorized, and anti-Semitic terror by a white supremacist (who targeted the group because of a fear of the migrant caravan) – now these are real matters to fear, mob-rule; never mind a caravan thousands of miles away who have little chance of crossing into the U.S. Politics of Fear Americans are being played by a master marketer of messaging. Trump has built an empire on messaging, branding, and shoveling off lies to his benefit. He was successful in 2016. But no one re-
ally knows how effective this tactic has been holding up until after the midterm election. Polls since 2016 have been fluid. The real test comes this November 6 when we will know if Americans are truly buying into his lies, misinformation, and fear-pimping. Arguably, the Democrats’ high-road strategy of not wresting in the mud could be costly. They’ve allowed Trump and the GOP to mischaracterize the Democratic party in so many untruthful ways – as being supporters of open borders, supporters of Venezuelan-style socialism, supporters of lawlessness, etc. Democrats’ passivity in clarifying these and other lies perpetuated by Trump is a calculated risk because it presumes too much, that a vast majority of Americans know better. But do they, really? And since when has being “nice” in politics been a winning formula? – especially when pressed up against the wall by the master of masters in propaganda, Trump. If you happen to be an American experiencing fear over some caravan of migrants and not worried about things that really matter like the cost of health insurance or making sure that social security will be there for when you retire – you got to be asking yourself: “am I getting played?”
4 HAWAII FILIPINO CHRONICLENOVEMBER 3, 2018
LG Candidates Green and Dipasupil Kerns Appeal to Filipino Community for Votes By Edwin Quinabo
he lieutenant governor’s race is often overlooked by other bigger races for higher office. But traditionally, the candidate who wins the LG seat eventually becomes that star political candidate of the future, running for the most influential and prized political office. Former governors George Ariyoshi, John Waihee III, and Ben Cayetano all served as lieutenant governors. Senators Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz are alumnus of the LG office. The LG position is known as the ultimate stepping stone public office. Those seeking to become LG are politicians who usually have paid their dues, risen up the ranks at the State House and State Senate, but only lack one thing: statewide name recognition. The four years or more (while serving as LG) is a time when already well-known “district” politicians become more known to the rest of the state; and in the process, the office holder makes a difference on “pet projects” that the governor allows the LG to undertake. Sometimes this sequence of events pan out; and sometimes they don’t like in the case of former lieutenant governor Duke Aiona whose political party has handicapped his chances to leap to the next level. This year, Republican LG
candidate Marissa Dipasupil Kerns and her gubernatorial running-mate Andria Tupola, dream of turning the state leadership “red” once again as former Gov. Linda Lingle first did 16 years ago (in her first term). While Democrat Joshua Green and incumbent
Marissa Dipasupil Kerns
Gov. David Ige fight to keep the aloha state, “blue.” 2018 Major LG candidates JOSHUA “Josh” GREEN Democrat candidate Josh Green fits the Democrat party’s mold for LG. Green, an MD, served in the state Legislature for 14 years, first in the House of Representatives (two terms) and then the Senate (three terms) where he served as Majority Floor Leader. He is well-known in the district he represents Naalehu, Kailua and Kona on the Big Island and received a whopping 82 percent of the votes in the last Senate district race. But outside of that district and to many Oahu residents, Green is not yet the household political name. Green has chaired the Senate Committee on Health and the Committee on Human Services for nine years and has made his mark on various legislations such as helping to raise the legal age of cigarette and tobacco products from 18 to 21 (the first state to do it). An ER physician at Kohala Hospital, Green has helped to strengthen medical safeguards that led to the
“The Trump administration has threatened to cut 43% of our safety net for families who need healthcare. I fight this daily. My opponents want to apply Trump values to Hawaii. I know that Trump values are not Hawaii values.”
— Dr. Joshua “Josh” Green passage of the “Our Care, Our Choice Act,” Hawaii’s death with dignity bill in 2018, which legalized physician-assisted suicide. That bill made Hawaii the seventh state in the country to legalize physician-assisted suicide. The effort took 20 years to finally pass the Legislature and signed into law. Another example that showed Dr. Green’s willingness to take on controversial issues is in the use of medical marijuana. “As a doctor, I see extreme value in having medical marijuana available,” said Green. In 2015, the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program of Hawaii was created that allowed qualified patients to use medical marijuana to treat health conditions.
On his website, he lists policies he calls prescription for a better future: a living wage, affordable healthcare, debt-free college, women’s rights, affordable housing, Native-Hawaiian rights, LGBTQ rights, real action on climate change, stronger pesticide restrictions and GMO labeling, and investing in public schools and hospitals. Earlier this year, Green faced a tough primary election beating out other wellknown Democrats. He captured 30.3 percent of the votes while the next closest challenger, Jill Tokuda, garnered 27.5 percent. It was somewhat of an unusual LG primary in that large lobbyist money was thrown at top candidates. The super PAC, Be Change Now, (continue on page 5)
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COVER STORY (from page 4
financed by the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters, spent more than $1 million to support Green. He told the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle, “I was honored to be supported by teachers, nurses, environmentalists, carpenters, doctors and families all across Hawaii. Ironically, I voted against the rail and its bailout because I preferred a better, smarter approach. Still, that group felt I was the best leader to endorse for our future.” On the ballot with incumbent Gov. David Ige, Green told the Filipino Chronicle his top priorities. “If I’m elected LG, I will work as a seamless partner to Governor Ige who I respect as a person and as a leader. My top 3 priorities include solving the homeless crisis, addressing the opioid/mental health epidemic and improving our public school system, first by retaining our valued teachers. “As a physician I am very familiar with the best ways to address homelessness, mental illness and addiction. “For the homeless crisis I have proposed and begun to build the H4, which is a combined hygiene, healthcare and housing facility, funded by private revenue so that tax payers do not bear any extra burden. When done well we will decrease the suffering of over 1000 homeless people and save over $400M/year. “My plans for addressing the opioid epidemic include providing comprehensive drug treatment as primary care for all who need it. Care should exceed the current 30 days offered and will save many families. “To retain teachers we should have a retention bonus after 2 years, 5 years and 10 years to repay all student debt and loans.” When asked why Hawaii should continue voting Democrat, he said “the Democratic ticket is in line with Hawaii values such as caring for our keiki and Kapuna.” He added, “The other candidates support Mr.
Trump’s agenda which would leave many of our people behind, including 100,000 insured through Medicaid. “The Trump agenda proposes eliminating protections for immigrants, takes away healthcare based on pre-existing conditions and defunds public schools and privatizes Social Security. “I will always fight to protect immigrants (like my grandparents), personally provide healthcare when needed, fight for universal coverage, and fight to increase funds for classrooms. Social security tax should increase on the very rich to secure the program into the future.” Green said, “the Trump administration has threatened to cut 43% of our safety net for families who need healthcare. I fight this daily. My opponents want to apply Trump values to Hawaii. I know that Trump values are not Hawaii values.” Outside of politics, Green served in the National Health Corps in Kau on the Big Island for 4 years, founded a free homeless clinic in Chinatown, and founded the West Hawaii Community Health Center (employs 150 people now). His wife is Jaime, an attorney originally from Kaneohe. They have two children Maia, 11, and Sam, 8. When asked why the Filipino community should support his bid for LG, Green said, “I have spent my life caring for Hawaii families as a doctor, most often Filipino and Hawaiian families. I love the Filipino people and also many of my in-laws are Filipino. My opponent is against immigrants and has said blistering terrible things about our immigrant community, many of whom are Filipino. “I care for Filipino families every week as a doctor and have worked very closely with care home professionals as a doc and as a Senator.” MARISSA DIPASUPIL KERNS Dipasupil Kerns is the
Republican challenger for LG. She is a Filipina born and raised in Manila. She left the Philippines at the age of 25. The last Filipina to run for LG was former state Rep. Lynn Berbano Finnegan (who teamed up with Duke Aiona). But unlike Finnegan, Dipasupil Kerns has never held public office. Her name might sound familiar to some voters because she unsuccessfully ran for state house and U.S. Congress in the past. Dipasupil Kerns edged out Steve Lipscomb, a retired Air Force officer, in the Primary Election 29.9 percent to 29.3 percent. She told the Filipino Chronicle, “I’m running because I’m sick and tired of Hawaii being the ‘worst in the country’ on every list. Worst place to start a business. Worst cost of living. Worst salaries. Worst taxes. Worst roads. Worst public education. The problems keep adding up with no relief in sight. The party and the people who run our state government hasn’t changed in 64 years. It’s time for better leadership which fixes the mounting problems which are driving local residents to move away in record numbers each year.” The anti-establishment candidate elaborated, “For the last ten years, Hawaii Democrat government su-
“Hawaii residents have been treated badly by politicians who’ve made Hawaii so very expensive to enrich their cronies and campaign contributors. These people don’t like me and I don’t like them. I am 100% committed to fighting these special interests and fixing what’s broken in Hawaii. So buckle up, everyone. Help is finally on the way.”
— Marissa Dipasupil Kerns permajority has not shown any leadership or made any visible effort to improve Hawaii’s economy. During this time, while watching tens of thousands of people being forced to move away from the islands in search of a better life, I have become increasingly involved in the community, especially as an activist on issues relating to Hawaii’s staggering cost of living, wasteful government projects, over taxation, and promoting needed reforms.” Dipasupil Kerns is a small business owner of Action Shipping Hawaii and believes the state can benefit from her experience in business. She says her company competes against local, national and international com-
panies for shipping, trucking, warehousing, and distribution project work. Her company was recognized as a “business success all-star” by Small Business Hawaii and “employer of the year” by the Kapolei Rotary Club. An active Rotarian, she says her company has hired homeless residents from across the island to help those in need. She understands struggle and hardship. She recalls her first job working as a mail clerk at BHP Petroleum on Bishop Street, where she says she would commute each morning by the city bus from Kaneohe to downtown Honolulu. Later she landed a job with a local freight company (continue on page 6)
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Outrage Over Attack on Synagogue By Linda Hamilton Krieger
Chair of the Hawai’i Civil Rights Commission
he Hawaiʻi Civil Rights Commission grieves with the Jewish community and the nation over the heinous attack and mass shooting of worshipers at the Eitz Chayim
(Tree of Life) Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is heartbreaking to hear the news of this attack in a place of worship, reminiscent of recent mass shootings in the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in South Carolina and the Islamic Center of Quebec. The
Pittsburgh synagogue attack is but one manifestation of a growing number of racist, xenophobic, anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim hate crimes in the U.S. and around the world. We cannot ignore the climate and context that fosters hate and endangers lives, civil rights, and democracy. When elderly worshipers at
Attend the 13th Annual Taste of Waipahu, free drawing for a roundtrip November 3 package for two to Las Ve-
t’s that time of year again for the Annual Taste of Waipahu. The event marks its 13th year and will take place at the grounds of August Ahrens Elementary School on Waipahu Street on Saturday, November 3, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be food, prod-
uct and service vendors participating in this exciting event showcasing some of the community’s best food and business operators. The event program includes live entertainment, a hip-hop dance event, food eating contests, keiki rides, games and more. In addition, there will be a
gas, courtesy of Vacations Hawaii. The Taste of Waipahu is an event of the Waipahu Community Association (WCA). Since 1960, WCA has worked to build a strong community by enhancing the economic, social, and the cultural vitality of Waipahu.
Video Available on Gubernatorial Candidates
f you would like to know more about the gubernatorial candidates Rep. Andria Tupola (R) and Gov. David Ige, AARP Hawaii released its 2018 Gubernatorial Video Voters’ Guide as part of AARP’s “Be the Difference. Vote™” campaign, which continues AARP’s long tradition of nonpartisan voter engagement. This guide will provide Hawai‘i voters with information on where the candidates stand on issues that matter most to older residents and their families and help these
impactful voters make their voices heard on Election Day. The video can be accessed at aarp.org/vote. Some of the issues featured include access to retirement savings at work, transit-oriented development, funding for the landmark Kupuna Caregivers program and home-based community services. “We thank the candidates for participating and encourage voters to look at the videos and judge for themselves how the candidates stand on issues important to caregivers and kupuna in Hawai‘i,” said Barbara Kim Stanton, AARP
Hawai‘i State Director. “Candidates are wise to pay attention to older voters because they turn out to vote in large numbers and will be the difference again this November.” The video voters’ guide builds on AARP’s voter engagement effort to get the largest possible turnout of 50-plus voters to the polls in November. The organization has worked to ensure issues of particular importance to older voters are front and center in midterm elections—issues like Medicare, Social Security, financial security, prescription drug costs, and caregiving.
Sabbath morning services are executed because of their synagogue’s participation in a nearly 150-year-old refugee assistance program, when individuals and news organizations ciritical of the President are targeted with pipe bombs, we must recognize that thoughts and prayers are not enough. We must stand up and demand that our national leaders act to stop this rising tide of violence and hate. The President, members of the House and Senate, social media platform providers like Gab, and extremist cable news commentators must stop sending, re-sending, or standing silently by as others send thinly veiled messages
of hate, inflaming violent action. Words have meaning, and people are dying. It has to stop. It is no longer enough just to offer condolences. Hate speech and hate crimes are an imminent threat to any free democratic society. Hate speech and hate crimes violate the deepest values of aloha (loving compassion) and lōkahi (unity) that we in Hawaiʻi hold dear. The Hawaiʻi Civil Rights Commission calls on the people of Hawaiʻi to join together and stand against anti-Semitism, racism, and xenophobia, to condemn stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination, in all their forms, wherever they are enacted, or enabled through silence.
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where she learned enough to eventually become a business owner in that industry. Life was also challenging for her in the Philippines. Marissa and her 11 siblings as youths worked on a vegetable farm and raised livestock to help meet their family’s needs. Many years later, hardship has proven to be a great motivator in a new land where she’s had phenomenal personal success. What she would want for the state -- she said her number one priority is to make Hawaii affordable again. She wants to stop the rail project which she says is bankrupting taxpayers. “I will fight to stop this wasteful project at Middle Street and to privatize rail so the financial burden of running the system will be someone else’s problem and not yours. Let’s get taxpayers off the hook for TheTrain.” She is also in favor of cutting taxes, fast tracking affordable housing, reinvesting in Hawaii’s infrastructure, roads and highways, cracking down on crime, and making the state more business-friendly. “The cost of doing business is way too high, because our bloated state government is cash hungry. Let’s cut tax-
es, streamline regulations, cut healthcare costs by allowing competition by insurers across state lines, and let’s make Hawaii a ‘Right To Work’ state in order to empower employees and better stimulate economic growth.” In a non-politician fashion and candidate with fire in her belly, she says, “Hawaii residents have been treated badly by politicians who’ve made Hawaii so very expensive to enrich their cronies and campaign contributors. These people don’t like me and I don’t like them. I am 100% committed to fighting these special interests and fixing what’s broken in Hawaii. So buckle up, everyone. Help is finally on the way.” Vote Blue or Red What Hawaii voters must decide in the coming days: do they want a seasoned, experienced politician with Democrat values in Josh Green or do they prefer a non-politician, business woman with Republican values in Marissa Dipasupil Kerns. (Editor’s Note: The Hawaii Filipino Chronicle does not endorse any political candidate covered in our newspaper. Renee Ing of the Green Party and Paul Robotti (nonpartisan) are the other two candidates for Hawaii’s lieutenant governor’s race. They were not invited to be a part of this article.)
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WHAT’S UP, ATTORNEY?
Interest of Justice, Like Beauty, Is in the Eye of the Beholder would rather go home to the Philippines. By Atty. Emmanuel S. Tipon Voluntary departure was not available since he was hat is in- considered an “arriving alien” terest of a designation given to aliens justice?” whether arriving for the first a s k e d time or from a trip abroad. If the at- he had not left the country and tractive his conviction was discovered Honolulu Immigration Judge. by DHS while he was here, he “Interest of justice, like would have been eligible for beauty, is in the eye of the be- voluntary departure. holder,” we replied, looking The only remaining relief directly at her blue eyes. “It was to withdraw his applicameans fair, just, and equitable. tion for admission which he It is subjective and depends made when he arrived at the on the circumstances and the airport. parties involved.” Section 235(a)(4) of the We were arguing a motion of the Immigration and Narequesting that our lawful per- tionality Act (INA) provides manent resident client should, that an alien applying for adin lieu of deportation, be al- mission may, in the discretion lowed to withdraw his appli- of the Attorney General and cation for admission to the at any time, be permitted to United States so that he could withdraw the application for return to his country as if he admission and depart immedinever came to the U.S. with- ately from the United States. out the stigma of deportation. The Code of Federal Under the immigration Regulations, 8 CFR § 235.4, laws, such a motion may be amplifies this provision by granted in the discretion of providing that the Attorney the Attorney General or the General may, in his or her Immigration Judge if it is “in discretion, permit any alien the interest of justice”. applicant for admission to The alien was originally withdraw his or her applicaadmitted to the United States tion for admission in lieu of as an immigrant from the Phil- removal proceedings. This ippines, went on vacation, and is not a right but a privilege. upon his return the Customs The alien’s decision must be and Border Protection (CBP) voluntary and the alien must found that he had convictions show that he/she intends and for offenses that made him is able to depart the United inadmissible/deportable. CBP States immediately. An alien released him on his own re- permitted to withdraw his or cognizance pending removal her application for admission processing. Months later CBP shall normally remain in carriserved on him a Notice to Ap- er or Service custody pending pear, charging that he was in- departure, unless the district admissible/deportable for two director determines that pacrimes involving moral turpi- role of the alien is warranted tude. in accordance with § 212.5(a) We told the alien that he of this chapter. had relief in the form of canThe CFR directs an imcellation of removal but that migration judge to allow only it was discretionary with the an arriving alien to withdraw Immigration Judge. We ex- an application for admission. plained that considering the Permission to withdraw an nature of the offenses which application for admission involved a woman (not nec- should ordinarily be grantessarily sexual, stupid), the ed only with the concurrence IJ, a woman, was unlikely to of the DHS. An immigration grant him relief. Our client judge shall not allow an alien declined to fight, saying he to withdraw an application
for admission unless the alien possesses both the intent and the means to depart immediately from the United States, and establishes that factors directly relating to the issue of inadmissibility indicate that the granting of the withdrawal would be in the interest of justice. We were able to establish all the requirements of the statute and the regulations. The alien admitted that he was inadmissible because of his conviction for crimes involving moral turpitude. He had apologized and was forgiven by the offended party. His decision to withdraw his application was made voluntarily. He intended to and was able to depart the United States immediately. He had a valid Philippine passport and a paid airline ticket to his home country for the following day since there was no flight that day. He had the means to depart immediately from the United States with several hundred dollars in his possession. He had packed his travel bags. We pointed out that the government’s objective to have the alien removed would be achieved immediately without any further proceedings and that the government would save money for the alien’s airline fare and the fare and other expenses of accompanying Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel if the alien was deported. We also pointed out that allowing the alien to withdraw his application for admission would achieve a humanitari-
an purpose because it would not taint him with the stigma of deportation, enabling him to seek employment, which would be difficult if he was a deportee, so that he could support himself. The DHS attorney opposed our motion, saying that the alien should be ordered deported, that he might run away, and there was no assurance that the alien would leave. The Immigration Judge said that the alien had been released by the CBP on his own recognizance (without bond) and had been in the country since his arrival several months ago and did not run away, and that he had already a ticket. The Immigration Judge announced that she was granting our motion. The
DHS attorney said that he reserved appeal. We asked the Immigration Judge if our client could leave anyway even though the DHS reserved appeal. She said “Yes”. Our client has returned safely to his beloved country. While waiting for his case to be called, we told our client that we went to church (Iglesia ni Cristo) and prayed to God that He will grant our request to allow him to withdraw his application for admission so that he could go home in peace. God answered our prayer. COMMENT: Government attorneys should seek justice, not just deportation. There is a law review article discussing this issue. See: scholars.unh.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1037&context=law_facpub ATTY. TIPON has a Master of Laws degree from Yale Law School and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines. He specializes in immigration law and criminal defense. Office: 900 Fort Street, Suite 1110, Honolulu, HI 96813. Tel. (808) 225-2645. E-Mail: filamlaw@yahoo. com. Websites: www.MilitaryandCriminalLaw.com. He is from Laoag City and Magsingal, Ilocos Sur. He served as an Immigration Officer. He is co-author of “Immigration Law Service, 1st ed.,” an 8-volume practice guide for immigration officers and lawyers. This article is a general overview of the subject matter discussed and is not intended as legal advice.
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Filipino Filmmaker Maritte Go Selected HBO Short Film Finalist By HFC Staff
ilmmaker and writer Maritte Go was selected a finalist to the prestigious HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries short film competition that provides emerging directors of Asian and/or Pacific Islander descent an opportunity to showcase their work. Go’s short film entry “Remittance” is about a young mother and cruise ship employee unable to get in touch with her son who has recently been hospitalized. “Remittance” will be premiered at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival in May 2019. It could be viewed on HBO Go or Now apps. The following is Go’s interview with the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle. She talks about her inspiration to make
films and some of her exciting projects in progress. HFC: Congratulations on being selected as a finalist for the HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries 2019 Short Film Competition. Please tell us about the competition and how you got involved in it and why. GO: I saw my friend win another HBO short film and it really helped his career. I kept a lookout for any HBO competitions and saw the announcement for the Visionaries contest. As soon as I saw the call, I created the idea for the film and shot it soon thereafter. HBO had created an outlet for stories like mine; and that is extremely rare, so I made sure to be ready when the contest subject was announced. HFC: Describe the creative process and budgeting that went into Remittance. GO: I happened to be
going on a cruise with my family to Alaska for my sister’s birthday after I saw the HBO announcement. Since the subject was “home” it clicked in my head that ALL cruise lines are FILLED with Filipino workers. So “home” in my head was actually the thought that all those workers were so far from home and working and sacrificing for the good of their families. From there, I used my personal experience with my family working abroad to provide and then quickly wrote the story. I didn’t really have to budget much for anything but the camera, the rig, and my costume, and a few props. The cruise was already paid for and we had numerous rooms between my family members. They were also all the actors and I luckily didn’t have to pay them with anything but shots later at the bar.
Filmmaker and writer Maritte Go
HFC: What was your inspiration for making the film and connection to the theme? GO: My mother and cousin Roy are really the inspiration to this film. She has worked so hard here in the states and sends remittances back to all my family back in the PI. So many people rely on her and she is a huge inspiration to me and how I aspire to be as selfless as her. My cous-
in does the same. He works in Dubai and sends all his money back home. It’s beautiful and heart wrenching. HFC: Tell us about your background in filmmaking. GO: I went to USC and got my masters in film production. I have been producing features and commercials for over 8 years and have directed a number of short films. I just directed (continue on page 13)
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10 HAWAII FILIPINO CHRONICLENOVEMBER 3, 2018
Dr. Mark Silliman Receives 2018 Dr. Jose P. Rizal Award By Serafin Colmenares Jr., Ph.D.
r. Mark Silliman, head of the Waipahu High School Early College Program, was honored as the 8th Dr. Jose P. Rizal Awardee for Peace and Social Justice during the annual dinner and gala held at the Hale Koa Hotel on September 16, 2018. The event is an annual project of the Knights of Rizal-Hawaii Chapter. The annual award is given to an individual, regardless of nationality or gender, who exemplifies the ideals and principles of the great Filipino national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Dr. Rizal was a polymath and excelled in many fields. He is known for his literary works, his keen scientific mind, his devotion to an educated cit-
izenry, his vision of an ideal community, but most of all, for his dedication to and struggle for peace, freedom and social justice. His life and works served as the inspiration for the Philippine revolution against Spain. The program, which was emceed by Glenn Sagayadoro, included the introduction of the new set of officers of the Kabataang Pangarap ni Rizal (KAPARIZ or the Rizalian Youth Council), a reaffirmation by the officers of the Knights of Rizal-Hawaii Chapter led by its chapter commander Sir Danny Villaruz, the introduction of the new area commander Sir Raymund Liongson and deputy regional commander Sir Arnold Villafuerte, the introduction of distinguished ser-
vice awardees Sirs Darwin Arellano, Danny Villaruz, Jerry Felicitas and Michael Berueda, and the awarding of life membership and exaltation to the third degree of Sir Alex Vergara. Entertainment was provided by Virgil and Josie Sumait, Dr. Jay Flores, the Tri-Star Dancers, and the NAMI Dancers. The event was graced by Philippine Consul General Joselito Jimeno who gave a brief welcoming message. Dr. Eva Washburn-Repollo, professor of communications at Chaminade University, was the guest speaker. She talked on the topic “Noli Me Tangere’s Ibarra and Elias: How Rizal’s Words Create Our Worlds,” pointing out that there is both an Ibarra and Elias in each of us. Dr. Silliman is the first non-Filipino to receive the award. Previous awardees include: Dr. Belinda Aquino (2011), the late Dr. Jorge Camara (2012), Dr. Amy Agbayani (2013), Dr. Ramon Sy (2014), Engr. Anacleto Alcantra (2015), Dr. Charlie Sonido (2016), and Beatrice Ramos-Razon (2017). A native of New York, Dr. Silliman obtained his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his Master of Arts, Master of Education, and Doctor of Education degrees from Columbia University. He is currently the Director of the Waipahu High School Early College Program. Prior to that, he was Dean, School of Transportation and Trades
at Honolulu Community College (2005-2010), Chancellor of Leeward Community College (2000-2005), Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Leeward Community College (1996-2000), Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Hudson County Community College in New Jersey (1993-1996), and Assistant Coordinator of the TESOL Master’s Degree Program at Teachers College, Columbia University (19861992). As an educator and humanitarian, Dr. Silliman has dedicated his personal and professional life helping wartorn Cambodia, orphans, indigent mothers and children in Ilocos Norte, refugees, and young adult Filipinos at Waipahu High School. Dr. Silliman chose this career in the field of education because he is deeply passionate and committed to helping lower-income, underrepresented, first-generation college goers a chance to move out to poverty and complete a college degree. Dr. Silliman developed the first Early College High School in the State of Hawaii, designed to provide an Associate in Arts college degree at the time of high school graduation. He planned, administered, and coordinated daily operations of the Waipahu Early College High School – a DOE Title I school where 86% of his Early College students are of Filipino ancestry.
The Waipahu High School Early College Program now serves 511 unduplicated (992 duplicated) Early College students, 12 of whom graduated with a Leeward Community College, Associate in Arts Degree on May 11, 2018. The program has been responsible in having high school graduates simultaneously obtain their AA degrees, a majority of whom are immigrants from the Philippines or local students of Filipino ancestry. As the Chancellor of Leeward Community College, Dr. Silliman supported the establishment of the Philippine Studies Program at LCC. This was a significant development for Leeward Community College and for the State of Hawaii because more than 25% of the state’s population are ethnic Filipinos. This program is vital to the restoration and perpetuation of Filipino culture and heritage. From 1980-1986, Dr. Silliman - together with his wife Meoh-Leng Silliman, Roberta Douglas and Fran Savett – cofounded the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees. As the Director of International Service for the Rotary Club of West Pearl Harbor for 18 years, Dr. Silliman has provided modest, but sustained and continuous, humanitarian assistance to Krousar Thmey (New Family) Orphanage in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dr. Silliman, in collaboration with the Aloha Medical Mission, helped distribute more than 30 prosthetic arms to amputees in Cambodia. Dr. Silliman also leads the “Saving Mothers and Children” international service project whose aim is to provide medical supplies and health screening to indigent mothers and pre-school children in Laoag and the surrounding rural areas of Ilocos Norte, Philippines. In his acceptance speech, Dr. Silliman talked about the importance of helping other people, noting that it does not only make one happy and live longer, but that by helping an individual one is actually helping a community.
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On Hoodoos, The Midterms and Harvard By Emil Guillermo
AMBRIDGE, MASS)--I got back from a vacation just in time for the pipe bombs and attempted assassination attempts on two former presidents, among other prominent outspoken people, and a major media organization. It’s the reason I took a vacation in the first place--to get away from the nasty hot rhetoric that only seems to serve the cynical administration in its quest to ruin our democracy. So I went to the perfect place. Two national parks, Zion and Bryce Canyon in Southern Utah, because my friend Sandy Close told me that more people of color should be visiting national parks. (She’s right--there’s more diversity in the flora and fauna than among the park goers.) Bryce was the perfect perspective provider. It’s home of the hoodoos, shaped over millions of years by erosion, water, and violent earth movement, leaving these magical geological forms. Though Trump upon first sight might claim to see himself in all of the hoodoo. At Zion National Park, I walked the Narrows. Nothing like walking on water between massive sandstone rock to feel a perfect sense of humility and smallness. There’s also a kind of Lao-Tzu, Bruce Lee thing going on. The Narrows were shaped by the Virgin River, which, compared to the Mississippi, is practically a trickle. The power of water, right? It’s also the kind of thing that reminds you of the things that last, and the things that don’t. Trump won’t. So I gladly vacated and missed Trump’s nationalistic rants; his indecisiveness and
lack of resolve on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the hyping of the caravan folk; the immigrant scapegoating; and the scourge of the public charge. And then I came back to pipe bombs and Trump’s half-hearted call for unity. But not for CNN, of course. The president made no mention that the network also was a target. Instead, Trump sounded like the body-slamming advocate of the media that he is. As I write more bombs are showing up. Your name isn’t on it. But it just as well may be. You may not have all the same views and opinions as any of the heralded recipients. But if bombs are part of the debate this is no longer America. That’s something we all should stand united and fight against. But not in kind. Not with more bombs, more violence and hot rhetoric. With every new bomb headline, we should be more resolved than ever to not be intimidated, and to continue enthusiastically to speak out and vote.
NAAVS So it’s good that Asian Americans are revved up for the midterms, with voter enthusiasm higher than in 2014. That’s one of the findings from the 2018 Asian American Voter Survey released earlier this month. The Asian American electorate has doubled, adding three million new voters in 16 years. And in the ethnic drill down, Filipinos are among the most enthusiastic about the mid-terms. If Asian Americans in general are 48 percent more enthusiastic than previous elections, Filipinos are 52 percent. In fact,, when asked more than 92 percent of the Filipinos surveyed said they were planning to vote; And 74 percent said they discussed politics with family and friends. So Filipinos are engaged.
This one is called Queen Victoria. She’s the small white one above all the rest in her Queen’s court.
But they seem to be in the minority when it comes to Trump. The AAVS shows a high degree of dissatisfaction with Trump, 58 percent to 36 percent. The only ethnic groups to diverge are the Vietnamese, giving Trump a 64 percent approval, and the Filipinos, with a 48 percent approval. Trumpy Filipinos. Maybe it’s the Trump love of Duterte that has garnered a following among Filipinos. We’ll get more into the coming election next week. But it’s shaping up to be the most important midterms in our lifetime, especially if you are concerned with equity and justice for people of color and women. After the last few days of immigrant scapegoating, though it’s hard to imagine how Trump’s Filipino supporters can stick with him.
HARVARD AFFIRMATIVE ACTION CASE With all the noise, it’s interesting to see that a hot-button race issue like the Harvard affirmative action trial has not been totally overshadowed. I’ve written about the
political contours of the case previously. But what most don’t understand is how the majority of Asian Americans, 58 percent, see affirmative action as a good thing. Even Filipinos. 70 percent see affirmative action as a good thing. And when asked if they favor or oppose affirmative action programs designed to help blacks, women, and other minorities get better access
to higher education, 66 percent of all Asian Americans are in favor. Filipino voters were two points better with 68 percent in favor. Even the Chinese American voters were 64 percent in favor. If Asian Americans love affirmative action what is the Harvard case about? It’s really the last stand of the professional anti-affirmative action crowd, which once thought they had something going with California’s Proposition 209. By referendum, affirmative action was banned and the group sought to nationalize the idea. But it’s run into some bumps along the way. After losing Fisher v. U. of Texas in the Supreme Court, conservative advocate Ed Blum turned to the use of Asians as victims, formed Students for Fair Admissions, and made affirmative action a semi-hot issue again. But in the time since Prop 209 in the 1990s, the racial demographics have changed so much that it’s the whites who are more concerned about their dwindling part of the pie. Blum’s group purportedly represents Asian applicants in the Harvard case, but if the federal court decides to ban race conscious admissions, the real
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Curiosity, Adventure and Love A Film Review past flash on the screen, I was By Seneca Moraleda-Puguan
feel that it is our duty to help our fellow m e n . Someplace along the line we are always helped. But always there’s something that you can do that has nothing to do with you yourself but it’s a sense of responsibility and compassion. “ Upon hearing these lines, my heart was pierced. These were the words of Jessie Coe, a Cuban-born American lady who at 18 years old found love with a Filipino lawyer and diplomat whom she met in the United States. She came to the Philippines upon Marcial Lichauco’s invitation and they got married soon after. Since then, the Philippines became her home. Her life was changed. Many lives have been changed by her. And many more are being touched by her, for more than a century now. While watching the film, I found myself amazed at what love can do. As scenes of the
being educated about the Philippine history in a way I’ve never known before through the eyes of an outsider who embraced our culture. As I listened to the words of Jessie telling her story, I noticed myself reflecting about my passion for my own country. Being a Filipino living overseas, I sometimes find myself comfortable in the progressive land I am in that coming home is the last thing on my mind. There are times that my hope dwindles for my own nation that is plagued by corruption, crime and economic breakdown. Then here’s one lady, growing up without a mother, who had become one to many of my countrymen who were broken by war. Though she has a different color, language and race, her compassion transcended all these and chose to extend love. My heart was broken but at the same time, my soul grateful and my spirit inspired. The documentary was woven beautifully, with nostalgic music playing on the background. But more than the aesthetic aspect, I believe that the lessons that can be learned from the extraordi-
nary life led by the ordinary Jessie are the most important take-away. Her every word lingers, her life worth remembering. Jessie’s life story is indeed one that draws you in; she has become a bridge between the past and the present
as some have described her; and she makes you believe in the goodness of man, compassion of the heart and love that transcends culture and color. At 106, she still continues to live under the ancient Banyan Tree in a 250-year old
Spanish colonial home along the Pasig River. All have bore witness and survived through monumental transitions of the Philippine history - from a flourishing American colony, through the Japanese occupation during the World War II, the Philippine independence and its development to a modern society. According to Sunshine Lichauco de Leon, the documentary’s producer-storyteller and one of Jessie’s 18 grandchildren, she made the film about her Nana because it is her hope that her story will remind people of what we have in common and inspire them to be more compassionate to each other.
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by Carlito Lalicon ACROSS
1. Former Senator, Antonio ___ 5. Former Senator, Eulogio ____ 10. Former Senator Lapid 14. Bone-dry 15. Strand, in a way 16. Cut of meat 17. Encircle 18. Deadlocked 20. Navy builder 22. Summer quencher 23. With the bow, in music 25. Brave 26. Divine inspiration 30. Moon of Neptune 34. Brook 35. Lab burner 37. Probe that sends information about its environment 38. Wood sorrel 39. Increased 41. By means of 42. Bake, as eggs 44. Hawaiian island 45. Dirty coat 46. Harder to grasp 48. Having no further concern with 50. Contemptuous exclamation
1. Catches 2. Border lake 3. 100 kurus 4. Eccentric 5. Split 6. Appear 7. Faithful and true 8. Had a bug 9. Kind of band 10. South American cowboy 11. Bit 12. Bound 13. French wave 19. To a greater extent 21. Chapter in history 24. Best 26. Appeared 27. Small sheet of microfilm 28. Swing wildly 29. Links legend
52. Attention 53. Driven 57. Without 61. Pasta 63. Account 64. Hit, in a way 65. Blockage of the intestine 66. Camera diaphragm 67. Of you or yourself 68. Compass point 69. Grandson of Eve 31. Brief stanza concluding certain forms of poetry 32. Blockhead 33. End 36. Literally, “for this” 39. Iris part 40. Sandwich filler 43. Aging agent 45. Babe 47. Pour or flow in a steady stream 49. Be mistaken 51. “You there?” 53. Gross 54. The muller, or crushing and grinding stone 55. French tire 56. Person of action 58. Bring home 59. Assortment 60. Come clean 62. Cashew, e.g. (Solution will be on the next issue of the Chronicle)
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Rescission of Adjustment of Status for immigrants who underwent consular processing, there is no statute of limitations and the DHS can file and begin the necessary procedure to rescind the green card anytime. If the rescission action has been initiated within the 5 year period and the proceeding is ongoing, the proceeding may continue even though the 5 year statute of limitations has passed. For marriage-based or entrepreneur-based conditional permanent residents, the 2 year period that he spends as a conditional resident counts as part of the 5 year statute of limitations. For example, if it is discovered that he concealed a criminal record, then the green card may be rescinded within the 5 year statute of limitations. The DHS always has discretion of whether to file for
By Atty. Reuben S. Seguritan
he adjustment of status of a person may be rescinded if he was in fact not eligible for such
adjustment. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can initiate the rescission of the adjustment of status within 5 years from the date on the green card. The DHS must only prove ineligibility on grounds originally asserted for adjustment of status. It is not necessary to discuss other grounds on which the immigrant could have qualified for adjustment of status. However,
the rescission of the lawful permanent resident’s (LPR) green card. If the DHS decides not to rescind the LPR’s status despite information that the LPR might be ineligible for adjustment of status, then this decision may not be reconsidered. The only exception is if new facts are discovered that were not known at the time the original decision not to rescind the LPR’s status was made surface, then the DHS can file for the rescission of the LPR’s green card. The procedure for the rescission of adjustment of status begins with the DHS sending a notice of intent to rescind to the LPR. If the LPR contests the notice of intent to rescind within 30 days, then there will be a hearing before the Immigration Judge. If the LPR does not respond within 30 days,
(Q & A: FILIPINO FILMMAKER....from page 8)
an anthology horror feature film with Defiant and Radio Silence and am currently in production for my solo feature film and am shooting in Los Angeles and Ghana. HFC: You are also an actress. Share your background in acting and what was it like making the transition to directing? GO: I’ve been in theater and TV as an actress since I was about 6 years old. As I grew older, I began to realize the limited roles for women of color. I was constantly being typecast as the Geisha or whatever. I was fed up with it and decided to go to film school and got accepted to USC.
My goal was to write, direct, and produce projects for people like myself as LEADING characters. I wanted to be a producer first so that I could learn how to make a movie from the ground up. So having the creative background as an actress, then learning the business side, directing felt like a very natural transition. HFC: What’s next for you? Career ambition/projects? GO: I am currently directing a feature. We just finished the first week. 3 more weeks to go. After that, I have another feature lined up and I wrote a pilot that we are starting to go out with. I want
to keep directing and writing features and TV. HFC: Where did you grow up? What was family life like? GO: I grew up in south Florida. My family is like any family. We’ve all got our issues but we also just have so much love. I’m thankful for the interesting upbringing as a first generation Filipino. It’s what I use as fire to write. HFC: What other themes you would like to explore in cinema? Why? GO: I love exploring subjects that challenge the norm and force you to look at the ugly and the difficult. I believe that it forces you to grow as a human if you
New Law Gives Additional Sick Leave for Veterans
ntroduced by Mazie Hirono, the Veterans Providing Healthcare Transition Improvement Act was signed into law by President Donald Trump. The new law ensures veterans with a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability rating of
30% or higher who are hired by the VA in critical medical positions can access additional paid sick leave during their first year on the job. “This newly signed law will ensure the VA’s disabled veteran employees receive the same additional paid
sick leave that is available to other federal agency employees,” Senator Hirono said. “The VA is a critical agency and this law will encourage disabled veterans to continue their service to our country by helping to fill tens of thousands of vacancies at its medical facilities in Hawaii and across the country.”
then no hearing is required. If the immigrant requests for an extension to respond and asks for documents, this is deemed not be an answer. Hence, no hearing will be required. For all proceedings for the rescission of adjustment of status, the rules of evidence are not binding and the standard is “clear, convincing and unequivocal”. The DHS is not barred from initiating removal proceedings of the LPR while the rescission hearing is ongoing. This is because rescission of adjustment and removal proceedings have been interpreted as two separate proceedings and the 5-year statute of limitations only applies to rescission of adjustment and not to removal proceedings. Removal proceedings may be commenced anytime and there
is no statute of limitations for this action. Furthermore, the DHS is not required to bring a rescission of adjustment action against an LPR who was already subject to a final order of removal. If the adjustment of status of the immigrant is rescinded as a result of the rescission proceedings, then the immigrant is considered to be outof-status and has overstayed in the US. All family members who derived status from the immigrant whose status was rescinded also lose their status and are likewise deemed to be out-of-status and overstaying in the US.
can use those experiences to overcome and conquer and I want to use my voice in cinema to help people grow and impact them positively. HFC: What message do you have for those who would like to pursue a career in filmmaking and film production? GO: I would say if you have something burning inside of you to say or to make then just do it. Don’t wait for anyone to give you anything.
Most of us have the tools we need right now so why wait? Use your cellphones as a camera, your friends and families as actors, your neighborhood as locations. People want to jump on your train when it’s already going. Don’t wait for anyone and don’t be afraid to fail. We all fail. We can’t be great until we fail and fail and fail and then one day we make something worth watching and say it in a way with skill and mastery.
REUBEN S. SEGURITAN has been practicing law for over 30 years. For further information, you may call him at (212) 695 5281 or log on to his website at www.seguritan.com
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Kapanunotan Dagiti Agsasalip A Papili Nga Agturay DAYASADAS By Pacita Saludes
adatay amin nga agbasbasa kadagiti WARNAKAN a pangipeksaan dagiti agsasalip a papili kadagiti kaytda a pagturayan (pagsaadan) iti turay, matikawtayo no dadduma kadagiti adu ken agduduma a kalikagum ken plano dagitoy nga agpapili. Nupay no kasta, dagita met ti pampanunotentayo ti kayattayo nga agturay ken mangibaklay kadagiti kayattayo a maaramid iti pagilian. Nadumaduma ti kayatda. Adda met kadatayo ti kayattayo a magun-od keno siasino kadakuada ti inanamaentayo a makaitungpal kadagiti kalkalikgumantayo ken kayattayo a maaramid iti pagilian. Diskoter ti kaaduan no asino ti kasayataan a makaitungpal kadagiti kalkalikaguman ti kaaduan a rumbeng a maaramid iti pagilian ken pagsayaatan ti kaaduan. No asino kadagitoy nga AGPA-
PILI ti botosan. Awan koma ti ginnayyem itoy a panawen. Intayo koma agbutos!! Saantay koma suroten ti sao ti dadduma, “A, komporme dita!” Agbalintay koma a nasayaat a makipagili. Good luck laengen kadagiti mapili a kayat ti kaaduan. Kablaawantayo met dagiti napili a pangulo ti OFCC (Oahua Filipino Community Council). Ti kadakkelan nga organisasion ditoy Oahu. Ti Presidente ANNAK TI KAILOKUAN ti napili a presidente, isu ni Raymond Sebastian. Ti met pangulo ti GUMIL ti Bise Presidente. Isu ni Froebel Garcia. Nagsayaat ti panagkadua dagiti presidentetayo. Sapay ta maitungpal dagiti naisangrat nga aramidenda. CONGRATULATIONS kadagiti doble a mangituray kadagiti gunglo. Manginanamatayo kadaduada. RANGTAY Mangnamnama ti GUNGLO DAGITI MANNURAT a ti libro a ninaganan ti grupo ti RANGTAY ti maikadua pulo
ket maysa a libro ti GUMIL HAWAII isu a maileppas iti daytoy a tawen. Manginanamatayo a malpas daytoy a libro itoy a tawen anakaisangratan-
na. Kas iti dati nga ar-aramiden ti gunglo, ur-urnongenna dagiti nasisirib nga Ilokano ken nagserbi ti komunidad ken makaitungpal kadagiti nasayaat a pagulidanan ken pagsayaatan ti kaaduan ken ti
sibubukel a komunidad. Ket kablaawantay met amin dagiti nadumaduma a grupo Filipino a mangitantan-ay kadagiti nasayaat a pagtuladan a mangibuat a sitatalged para iti sibubukel a Hawaii.
IPASNEK TI AGADAL Kinapateg tiadal rumbent a maammo ta iladawanna ti kinasiasino ta tignay, galad idasarna ta adal ken sursuro ta nagtaud dagiti kadagiti libro ken prinsipio ta ti sursuro, naimaid iti pamilia a nangitandudo
Ti adal ti bagnos mamagbaliw ti nanumo a nagtaudan sukisok duktal sirib, kinabaknang a nakaparsuaan utek a namsek agwerret, idasarna ti pudno a kaipapanan dasigenna dagiti masaklawna a tinukel balitok ken gambang
Adal timangraat kadagiti nasamek, nasiit a dalan tapno dagiti plano…turungen nasayud ti iyaaddang Tia dal ti mangpalagda ti rangtay a pagtalaytayan lumawlawa ti sirmata ti nakudrep a pagsaingan dagiti narukop a namnama kaputotan a namuntapno ti kalikagum nga agballaigi lakaenna maganay sukdal nangruna kadagiti agtutubo a mangmuli nabisbisked masakbayan Tia dal lawaganna ti pagduaduan a kalman punganay kabibiag, ken in-inep a nagpaidumat ruay kuridemdem ken umel a pagarup agbalin a pagsidsiddaawan kalasag a mangsaranget, kadagiti aramid a rinaay katulongan a mangparmek binunton a problema Adal ti kabal dagiti dadakkel ken nagbalinen a tattao ita a sumangbay manipud lipnok a nagtaudanna inkarigatanda ti Ti adal ti sarukod a manglukip, palimed binulong tumpaw mangsuba ti apres waig ken mangballasiw kati biag tarabay a mangsukisok ti kinapudno a punganay lap-okan ta ti balligida ita ipannekkel iti lubong inda ti agdama siensia a duktal managsukisok nasisirib a parsua iparaman mamagaddang nakuriteng a panawen iti kabaru- kaputotan a tinaudan gumin-awa mailayag, maiwanwan. an a teknolohia ((Sagot sa Krosword Blg. 17 | October 20, 2018))
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Trump Wants To End Birthright Citizenship
fact, he can’t do it even if Congress passed a statue.” “I think it would take a Constitutional amendment,” she said. “I don’t see it as having any plausible legal basis,” she said. The Pew Research Center found in a survey published two years ago that births to “unauthorized immigrants” were declining and accounted for about 1 in 3 births to foreign-born mothers in the U.S. in 2014. About 275,000 babies were born to such parents in 2014, or about 7 percent of the 4 million births in the U.S. that year, according to Pew estimates based on government data. That represented a decline from 330,000 in
2009, at the end of the recession. The topic of birthright citizenship had come up inside the West Wing at various times over at least the last year, but has some internal detractors. White House lawyers have debated the topic, and expect to work with the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel to develop a legal justification for the action. It is one of many immigration changes being discussed including asylum law changes, and barring the migrant caravan from entering the country. But administration officials said there would likely be no decisions until after the midterms.
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beneficiaries will be whites. That’s why you won’t see many Chinese American plaintiffs taking the stand to tell their story. So far in the first weeks of the trial, it’s all about stats and numbers. But is there intentional discrimination against Asians, when race is just one factor in the admissions process? No matter what stats you use, the bottom line is that Asian Americans have been anywhere from 16 to 23 percent of Harvard’s freshman class in recent years. In other words, they’ve been well represented. It would be great to hear from the Chinese American students who feel (FILM REVIEW: CURIOSITY....from page 12)
“Jessie Lichauco’s life has been exceptional and truly unique, and I believe the universal themes which her story touches – romance, marrying into another culture, adventuring to another country at a young age, history, war, saving children and her humanitarianism, will make the film appeal to any audience, regardless of age, gender or nationality”, she said.
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resident Donald Trump announced another hardline immigration proposal. The President said he wants to order an end to the constitutional right to citizenship for babies born in the United States to noncitizens. Legal scholars believe the president wouldn’t be able to implement a change unilaterally. But Trump says he could end birthright citizenship by executive order. Suzanna Sherry, a professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School specializing in constitutional questions, said those advising Trump that he can change the Constitution via executive order are simply mistaken. “He can’t do it by himself and, in
they were discriminated against. But so far, reports say none will be testifying. That’s why in the last week of the trial, the big guns for Harvard may be its students. The ones who got in, who didn’t have perfect scores. Sally Chen is one of them. While I was with the hoodoos, I sneaked in a call to her and asked what she’d do if she hadn’t gotten into Harvard. “I would have gone to another university, like UC Berkeley, where I could have been just as happy,” she told me. Now that’s an attitude the rejected Asian applicants, represent-
ed by Students for Fair Admissions, should have. Don’t buy the line from some Asian American groups that say this is about your kids and future Asian American kids. That’s what Ed Blum wants you to think, while he uses Asians as white proxies in his life mission to end affirmative action. Your kid can go to MIT and make more money than a Harvard kid.
Sunshine added, “If this film encourages people to live life with a greater curiosity, more sense of adventure, and a deeper compassion and love towards each other, then I have done my job as a storyteller.” I believe that she has achieved her goal and it has been executed excellently. It is truly worth one’s time.
Curiosity, Adventure and Love has won five awards and been accepted in seven festivals. It is now available on digital platforms across the United States. For more information on the film, follow their social media accounts.
EMIL GUILLERMO is a veteran journalist and commentator. He was on the editorial board of the Honolulu Advertiser, and a columnist for the Starr-Bulletin. Twitter @emilamo
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