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Insists Abad gave her ideas to set up NGOs
Aquino endorsed fund transfers to DAP -exec ANILA -- An official of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) told the Senate Finance Committee yesterday that it was President Aquino himself who endorsed the transfer of slow-moving funds, savings and unprogrammed funds not spent by other government agencies to the now controversial Development Acceleration Program (DAP). Parties have questioned the constitutionality of the DAP before the Supreme Court and the High Tribunal has yet to resolve the matter. The Senate Finance Committee chaired by Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero held the inquiry based on
the resolution of Sen. Joseph Victor “JV’’ Ejercito following allegations that the Executive branch used DAP funds to “bribe’’ or give “incentives” to senators and members of the House of Representatives who voted to impeach former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato C. Corona and which were also used for projects and programs not included in the General Appropriations Act. When asked by Escudero whether it is not only savings but even the utilization of the unprogrammed funds for the DAP that goes to the Office of the President, DBM Director Rowena Candice M. Ruiz of the (Cont. on Page 7)
Pope to visit PH in January
ope Francis talks with Vatican Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, right, during a press conference he held aboard the papal flight on his way back to Rome at the end of a three day trip to the Middle East, Monday, May 26, 2014. ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE—Pope Francis confirmed Monday that he will visit the Philippines in January next year as well as Sri Lanka for two days, but gave no definite dates and details. Philippine Catholic Church officials have reportedly invited him to visit the Philippines, with a trip to typhoondevastated Leyte as the highlight of his visit. Early this year Palo Archbishop John Du was quoted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer as saying that “the Holy Father (Cont. on Page 8)
ANILA — Suspected pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles has implicated 108 former and incumbent senators and congressmen in the misuse of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) in her expanded affidavit submitted yesterday to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. In the same affidavit, Napoles said that it was Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, then a congressman representing the lone district of Batanes, who told her in 2000 about a P10-million project. Abad even showed Napoles the Special Allotment Release Order (SARO), explaining what it was for. Abad, she said, gave her ideas on how to set up non-government organizations (NGOs). The 20 senators listed in Napoles’ affidavit submitted by the Department of Justice
(DOJ) to Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Chairman Sen. Teofisto “TG” Guingona III are: 1. Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile 2. Sen. Jinggoy Estrada 3. Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr. 4. Sen. Gregorio Honasan II 5. Sen. Manuel “Lito” Lapid 6. Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. 7. Sen. Loren Legarda 8. Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III 9. Sen. Vicente Sotto III 10. Sen. Cynthia Villar 11. Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano 12. Sen. Francis Escudero 13. Ex-Sen. Rodolfo Biazon (now Muntinlupa congressman) 14. Ex-Sen. Robert Barbers (Cont. on 15. Ex-Sen. Loi Estrada 16.Ex-Sen. Robert Jaworski Page 9)
Abad blasts Napoles for ‘shameless lying’
ANILA - Budget Secretary Florencio Abad yesterday slammed alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles for saying that he mentored her on how to skim billions from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of lawmakers. For his part, President Aquino urged the public not to fall for Napoles’ tricks and warned of persons trying to muddle the issue by pinning the blame on others to save themselves from charges and delay the investigation. But the search for truth continues, Aquino said even as he defended Abad and Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, who were named in the extended affidavit of Napoles. Abad said it was unfortunate that despite the countless opportunities she had to reveal the
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truth, Napoles resorted instead to “blatant, shameless lying.” “Her claims about me amount to deception of the sorriest caliber, holding up poorly to scrutiny and collapsing in the face of facts. What a disservice her statement is to the people who have been waiting to hear the truth all these months. But should we be surprised? Ms. Napoles’ history has made one thing clear to all of us: the Filipino people’s best interests mean nothing to her,” he said in a statement. The former congress- (Cont. on Page 10) man
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3 victims in Santa Barbara rampage from Bay Area SANT A BARBARA Three of the v i c tims killed in a deadly rampage Friday near Santa Barbara are from t h e B a y A r e a , Flowers are placed through a bullet hole on a window of IV Deli Mart, where t h e part of Friday night’s mass shooting took place by a drive-by shooter, on SaturS a n t a day, May 24, 2014, in Isla Vista, Calif. Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday. assistant at Rainbow Chinese School in Cheng Yuan Hong, 20, and George Chen, Cupertino. 19, both of San Jose, along with Wei- Investigators believe Rodger killed the han Wang, 20, of Fremont were stabbed three victims before then going on a multiple times in suspect Elliot Rodger’s shooting rampage around Isla Vista that left four more dead, including the gunapartment, authorities said. All three victims were UC Santa Bar- man. bara students. Authorities said Hong and Thirteen others were wounded in the meChen, along with Rodger, were on the lee late Friday. lease as tenants of the apartment on the Rodger penned a disturbing manifesto 6500 block of Seville Road in Isla Vista. and posted at least 22 videos on YouTube Investigators were working to determine in the weeks leading up the attack where if Wang was a roommate or just visiting he voiced contempt, mostly for women, whom he said kept him a virgin for all of the residence. According to UCSB student newspaper, his 22 years. the Daily Nexus, Hong, who went by Deputies found three semi-automatic James, was majoring in computer engi- handguns along with 400 unspent rounds neering and volunteered as a teaching in his black BMW after the shooting rampage was over.
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$70M lotto ticket sold at Safeway store in SF SAN FRANCISCO -- Some lucky person bought a ticket worth a cool $70 million at the Safeway in San Francisco’s Sunset District, the California Lottery announced Sunday. The ticket, which was bought at the store at 2350 Noriega St., matched all six numbers to win the SuperLotto Plus jackpot. Winning numbers 13, 11, 23, 27, 29 and Mega number 10 were drawn Saturday night, lottery officials said. Saturday’s ticket was the largest SuperLotto Plus payday since Feb. 7, 2009, when someone hit a $76 million jackpot
with a ticket bought in Shasta City. Lottery officials said the winner will probably get $40.9 million before taxes if he or she takes the cash option. Safeway also gets a $350,000 kickback for selling the winning ticket. The winner has 180 days to claim the prize. SuperLotto Plus is a California in-state lottery game. Players who purchase $1 tickets chose five numbers from 1 to 47 plus a Mega number from 1 to 27. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday at the lottery’s headquarters in Sacramento.
BUSINESS PH businesses more bullish about Q2 MANILA -- Optimism among businessmen about the prospects of the Philippine economy for the current quarter has grown, outweighing the negative outlook expressed by the others in the latest central bank survey of local firms. Business confidence about the third quarter, however, lost some steam, according to the latest Business Expectations Survey (BES) survey conducted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. The overall business confidence index (CI) for the second quarter stood at 50.7 percent, up sharply from 37.8 percent recorded for the first quarter. The CI for the third quarter dipped to 48.9 percent. The index considers the percentage of firms that answered in the affirmative and the percentage of firms that answered in the negative with respect to their views on a given indicator. The BSP views the new data as a favorable indicator of business confidence in the country, highlighting the increase in the number of optimists among the businessmen surveyed and that they outnumbered the pessimists during the quarter. According to the BES, the more upbeat outlook was reflected by robust consumer demand during the second harvest season, the school graduation and enrollment periods, and the summer season when a high influx of both local and foreign tourists was recorded. Respondents also based their replies on new construction projects by the public and private sectors, boosted by the rehabilitation efforts after the natural calamities of last year, and on an increase in orders and new contracts or projects which led to a higher volume of production.
Businessmen in the country also attributed their bullish outlook on the expansion of businesses, the launch of new product lines and a rise in investment coinciding with the recovery in the United States and other export markets, as well as continued confidence in the incumbent administration. “The country’s strong macroeconomic fundamentals, such as manageable inflation and steady growth of remittances, as well as more favorable external conditions with the recovery of the global markets support the positive business outlook,” the BSP said in a statement. Going forward into the third quarter of the year, the survey shows the business outlook continued to be upbeat as businesses expect the expansion in the economy to continue, although the momentum loses some steam. The BSP said optimism for the next quarter was based on a positive outlook for wholesale and retail trade, as well as the construction sector, given expectations of brisker demand, as the new school year starts and expansion projects in power generation, telecommunications and building of highways gain pace. “However, the optimism was dampened by expectations among firms engaged in manufacturing and hotel and restaurant services of a slack in demand during the rainy season,” it added. The BES is a quarterly survey of firms drawn at random from the Securities and Exchange Commission’s top 7,000 corporations ranked in 2010 and Business World’s Top 1000 Corporations in 2012. The survey was conducted between April 1 and May 14 among 1,529 companies nationwide.
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Obama to argue for avoiding overreach overseas WASHINGTON — Confronting critics of his foreign policy, President Barack Obama will soon outline a strategy for his final years in office that aims to avoid overreach as the second of the two wars he inherited comes to a close. The president’s commencement address Wednesday at the US Military Academy will come amid growing frustration in the White House with Republicans and other critics who contend that Obama has weakened America’s standing around the world and faltered on problems across the Middle East and in Rus-
sia, China and elsewhere. That criticism has mounted over the past year following Obama’s decision to pull back a military strike in Syria and his inability to stop Russia from annexing territory from Ukraine. A White House official said Obama would specifically address both situations, as well as the status of ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran. The president is also expected to discuss how he views shifts in the counterterrorism threat from al-Qaida and other groups, according to
US forming new security alliance in Asia-Pacific MANILA - Amid a warning from China against military alliances in the region, the United States is working out a new “security architecture” in the AsiaPacific with its strategic partners and treaty allies including the Philippines, official sources said. The new security arrangement is being forged as regional tensions rise over China’s increasingly aggressive moves to stake its territorial claim over waters around it, including nearly the entire South China Sea. New US bases, considered too expensive by Washington, are out, according to the sources. Instead, the United States will be working with “spokes” in the new security architecture as part of the pivot or rebalancing of US forces in the region. The sources told The STAR that aside from the Philippines, the “spokes” would include Australia and Japan, and possibly Singapore and Thailand. Washington is also wooing Malaysia as a strategic partner. Singapore allows US naval and air force troops to use the Sembawang military base under an agreement concluded in 1992. US forces also hold joint
exercises with Thai troops, although US aid has been suspended following the recent military coup in Bangkok. Last Friday at a session on security during the World Economic Forum on East Asia, Admiral William Locklear III, commander of US Pacific forces, noted the “rapid growth of military equipment” in the Asia-Pacific which, “if improperly used,” would mean “we have a big problem. With economies growing rapidly, he observed, the region has become “the most militarized” in the world. “For business to go on, there has to be some kind of security architecture,” Locklear said. He explored this new “architecture” at a subsequent closed-door WEF meeting with Philippine officials and experts on security in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. At the earlier session, Locklear emphasized that the US has maintained a strong security presence in the AsiaPacific for 70 years and “the US military position is to welcome China as a partner.” “The US position is not to contain China,” Locklear said as he pointed out that the two countries’ interests “converge” on about 80 percent of issues.
the official, who insisted on anonymity to preview the president’s speech. Obama came into office vowing to end the lengthy American-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and seeking to keep a war-weary nation out of unnecessary conflicts. The war in Iraq ended in the closing days of 2011 and the Afghan conflict will formally conclude later this year, though the White House is seeking to keep a smaller contingent of US troops behind to train Afghan forces and conduct counterterrorism missions.
White House blows cover of CIA chief in Afghanistan WASHINGTON -- The name of the CIA’s top officer in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul was inadvertently exposed by the White House on Saturday. The Washington Post first reported the misstep, saying the intelligence agent’s name was included on a list given to news organizations of senior U.S. officials taking part in President Obama’s surprise visit with US troops. The White House realized what had happened and quickly issued a revised list without the person’s name on it. The official “had been identified on the initial release as the ‘Chief of Station’ in Kabul, a designation used by the CIA for its highest-ranking spy in a country,” according to the Post. The newspaper compared the mistake to the only other recent instance of U.S. officials outing a top CIA operative; the very different case of Valerie Plame. She was allegedly named by members of the George W. Bush administration in a bid to discredit her diplomat husband who had become a vocal critic of the Iraq war. CBS News and the Post are both withholding the name of the CIA officer. The Post says Obama administration officials warned the officer and family members could be at risk if the name was published. The CIA and the White House declined to comment to the Post. The CIA officer was one of 15 senior U.S. officials named as participants in a military briefing for Obama at the sprawling Bagram air base, north of Kabul. CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett said the CIA official will have to leave Afghanistan to avoid retribution from the Taliban, and it’s possible he’s fled the country already, according to intelligence sources.
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he Automatic Stay in bankruptcy By Atty. Crispin C. Lozano Stay: is one of the fundamental debtor 1.Certain tax proceedings. The IRS protections provided by the Bankcan still audit you, issue a tax deficienruptcy Code. If creditors have been harassing you, this cy notice, demand a tax return (which often leads to an is the provision in the bankruptcy code that will give audit), issue a tax assessment, or demand payment of you immediate relief. Whether you are filing Chapter such an assessment. However, the automatic stay does 13 or Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the Automatic Stay goes stop the IRS from issuing a tax lien or seizing your into effect immediately and automatically when you property or income. file for bankruptcy protection. The automatic stay is 2.Support actions. A lawsuit against you seeking to esa legal injunction that prohibits most creditors to stop tablish paternity or collects child support or alimony taking legal action against you, and from even con- will not stop by your filing for bankruptcy. tacting you. 3.Criminal proceedings. A criminal proceeding that can be broken down into criminal and debt compoQ. What benefits can Automatic Stay do for you? nents will be divided, and the criminal component is A. The Automatic Stay is a great tool for debtors be- not affected by the automatic stay. For example, if you cause it serves to stop most contact and continuing were convicted of writing a bad check, sentenced to collection activity from creditors on debts that are community service, and ordered to pay a fine, your owed. If you want to get creditors off your back, fil- obligation to do community service won’t be stopped ing for bankruptcy and enacting the automatic stay is by your filing for bankruptcy. an effective means of doing so. Once the automatic 4.Loans from a pension. Despite the automatic stay, stay goes into effect, your creditors are not even al- money can be withheld from your income to repay a lowed to call you or write you. Any communication loan from certain types of pensions, including most they wish to have with you will have to go through job-related pensions and IRAs. your bankruptcy attorney. 5.Multiple filings. If you had a bankruptcy case pending during the previous year, then the stay will auIn most situations, the Automatic Stay STOPS: tomatically terminate after 30 days unless you, the • Foreclosure trustee, the U.S. Trustee, or a creditor asks for the stay • Trustee Sale to continue and proves that the current case was filed • Repossession in good faith. If a creditor had a motion to lift the stay • Wage garnishment or levies, even if garnishment or- pending during the previous case, the court will preders are already in effect. sume that you acted in bad faith, and you’ll have to • Creditor lawsuits overcome this presumption to get the protection of the • Creditor harassment stay in your current case. • IRS Collection Activity 6.Co-debtors on certain debts. Co–debtors are not af• Any creditors (including collections agencies) from forded the same protections under the Automatic Stay corresponding with you at all, including phone calls, that you are in Chapter 7. However, if you are filing letters, etc. for a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, a creditor may not pursue a debt against a co-debtor or guarantor, if the debt Q.Are there debts not affected by automatic stay? is a “consumer debt.” A.The following debts are not affected by Automatic (Cont. on page 10)
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Arrested hacker credited with thwarting 100s of cyberattacks NEW YORK - A prolific computer hacker who infiltrated the servers of major corporations later switched sides and helped the U.S. government disrupt hundreds of cyberattacks on Congress, NASA and other sensitive targets, according to federal prosecutors. New York prosecutors detailed the cooperation of Hector Xavier Monsegur for the first time in court papers while asking a judge to reward him with leniency at his sentencing Tuesday. They credited Monsegur with helping them cripple Anonymous, the notorious crew of hacktivists who stole confidential information, defaced websites and temporarily put some victims out of business. Working around the clock with FBI agents at his side, Monsegur “provided, in real time, information about then-ongoing computer hacks and vulnerabilities in significant computer systems,” prosecutors wrote. The FBI estimates he helped detect at least 300 separate hacks, preventing millions of dollars in losses, they added. After his arrest and guilty plea in 2011, Monsegur faced more than two decades behind bars. But because of his cooperation, the sentence could be two years or less. Court papers say Monsegur first began hacking in a Manhattan apartment in the early 2000s. His aim then was to steal credit
card information, then sell it or use it to pay his own bills. In a 2011 interview with an online magazine, Monsegur said he decided to join forces with Anonymous because he was upset over the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. “I’m just doing what I know how to do, and that is counter abuse,” he said. Starting in early 2011 and using the alias Sabu, Monsegur led an Anonymous splinter group called Lulz Security, or LulzSec, which hacked computer systems of Fox television, Nintendo, PayPal and other businesses, stole private information and then bragged about it online. The group was loosely affiliated with Jeremy Hammond, the FBI’s most wanted cybercriminal whose stated objective was to cause mayhem with the attacks, prosecutors said. When FBI agents showed up at his home in the summer of 2011, Monsegur immediately agreed to cooperate, giving the FBI a tutorial on the inner-workings and participants of LulzSec and Anonymous, prosecutors said. Under their direction, he “convinced LulzSec members to provide him digital evidence of the hacking activities” and “asked seemingly innocuous questions that ... could be used to pinpoint their exact locations and identities,” court papers said.
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ith China increasingly aggressive in asserting its territorial claims over most of the South China, it is inevitable that its smaller neighbors would THE NUCLEUS OF form strategic deTHE MATTER fense alliances to By protect themselves Val Abelgas from the region’s bully. The Philippine government was right in seeking strategic alliances with Japan, Vietnam and, of course, the United States. After forging a defense accord with Japan, the Philippines signed last week a roadmap towards a strategic defense partnership with Vietnam, China’s former ally. The agreement presents the start of a united front against Chinese incursions in the disputed isles in the South China Sea, almost 90% of which is being claimed by the Chinese using an ancient map dating back to the time of the dynasties. Both the Philippines and Vietnam are embroiled in escalating disputes with China over oil and marine resources-rich areas in the South China Sea.
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Vietnamese ships recently engaged in a battle of water cannons with Chinese coast guard vessels near the Paracel Islands when the Chinese pulled a gigantic oilrig to the area obviously to begin tapping oil and natural gas in the area. Luckily, both protagonists opted to use water cannons instead of real cannons. Earlier, Vietnamese fishing vessels collided with a Chinese frigate that was part of the convoy towing the oilrig. In 1974, the Chinese took control of the Paracels, which are well within the 200-mile economic zone of Vietnam, after a brief battle that resulted in the death of 54 Vietnamese troops. The Chinese have also been slowly occupying islands claimed by the Philippines that are well within the country’s 200-mile economic zone. In 1993, the Chinese started occupying Panganiban or Mischief Reef and last year began occupying Panatag or Scarborough Shoal after a long standoff. In May last year, the Chinese sent a fleet of fishing vessels, two large civilian ships and a frigate to waters near the Ayungin Shoal. And early this month, the Chinese were found to be reclaiming land and building an airstrip over the Mabini Reef, which is very close to Zambales. Despite repeated protests, Chinese officials insisted that they have the right to do anything in the disputed islands because they were rightfully theirs. It is increasingly obvious that China could not be deterred by protests and the filing of legal cases before the international courts in its bid to take control of the South China Sea, which is critical to its goal of becoming a world superpower by 2025. The 1.7 million square kilometers of the disputed South China Sea area is believed to contain from seven billion to as high as 130 billion barrels of oil reserves, and billions of barrels of natural gas, important resources that are necessary to fuel China’s economy and consequent rise as a superpower. The area is also a rich source of fish and other marine resources to feed the more than a billion Chinese. Just as importantly, the area is a major shipping lane for many nations and accounts for more than half of the world’s shipping activity. Amid the escalating tension in the area, analysts are questioning the weak and tentative response of the Obama administration. They said that after announcing a “pivot to Asia,” the US government has not really done much to back up its promise. Instead, they argue, Russia has done more to pivot to Asia, with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping all but formalizing a Russian-Chinese alliance earlier this month. Putin and Xi signed an energy agreement that calls for Russia to supply China with $400 billion of natural gas over the next 30 years. And to show to the world that they have become comrades in arms, the Russian and Chinese Navies held a joint naval exercise in the East China Sea amid territorial tensions in Asia. While China is spending billions of dollars to beef up its military muscle, the US is actually cutting down on its military budget as it focuses on its domestic problems. Just like the Philippines, the US is aware that it needs to forge stronger alliances with Asian nations to counter the emerging Russo-Chinese alliance in the region. The US is not ready to build expensive new bases in the region, but it can reach agreements with host countries to use existing bases, just as it did with the Philippines through the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). The US is also planning to expand its use of bases in Australia and Japan, and possibly Singapore and Thailand. In addition, Washington is wooing Malaysia. These countries are in the thick of an Asian arms race with China, which has become inevitable as their economies grow. (Cont. on page 10)
China joined forces? They would be a formidable economic and PERRY SCOPE military power By at par with the Perry Diaz United States. Last May 21, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a $400-billion megadeal wherein Russia would supply Siberian gas to China for 30 years. That would put into action the “strategic partnership” that Putin and Xi had envisioned at their first summit a year ago in Moscow. If there is one thing that is common to Russia and China, it’s their penchant for grabbing land. Russia had been grabbing land and extending her domain since the time of the czars. When the communists took over the Russian Empire in 1922, they formed the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), which unified 15 republics including the Russian, Transcaucasian, Ukrainian, and Byelorussian republics. Old glory Lately, Putin declared that Mother Russia has a right to defend or come to the assistance of ethnic Russians or Russian-speaking people in the “near abroad” – that is, the Eastern European countries that were formerly associated with or part of the dismembered USSR. Because of this policy – called Putinism – pro-Russians in the erstwhile Ukrainian province of Crimea were emboldened to secede from Ukraine and offered to join Russia, which Putin gladly accepted. With the specter of Russian intervention in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, and others in the “near abroad,” the U.S. and her NATO allies have been sending troops and military assets to their beleaguered allies. In his annual state of the nation address to the Russian parliament in 2006, Putin said, “First and foremost it is worth acknowledging that the demise of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century. As for the Russian people, it became a genuine tragedy. Tens of millions of our fellow citizens and countrymen found themselves beyond the fringes of Russian territory.” His recent expansionist adventure manifests his fervent desire to restore the old glory of Imperial Russia. Territorial disputes Currently, China has territorial disputes with 22 neighboring countries, to wit: Ja-
pan, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Nepal, North Korea, the Philippines, South Korea, Bhutan, Burma (Myanmar), Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Kazakhstan, Laos, Brunei, Tajikistan, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, and Afghanistan. She also claims about 90% of the entire South China Sea including the more than 300 islands that extend farther to the East China and Yellow Seas. Mao asserted that these territories were lost due to the fall of the Qing Empire. And now, Xi wants them back. Today, under Xi’s leadership, China has intensified her claims in the South and East China Seas, particularly in disputed territories with Japan, the Philippines, and Vietnam. In my article, “New World Disorder” (March 26, 2013), I wrote: “Upon his ascension to the presidency, Xi’s first venture outside China was to visit his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. At their summit in Kremlin last March 22, the two leaders agreed to form a ‘strategic partnership’ to advance their countries’ interests. They affirmed their mutual support for each country’s geostrategic and territorial interests, which include territorial disputes. With more than 20 territorial disputes that China is embroiled with various countries — including Japan, Philippines, India, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam — this could put Russia squarely on the paths of conflict, which could involve the United States who has mutual defense treaties with at least four of China’s adversaries. “In the economic front, the new China-Russia strategic partnership would bind the two countries in jointly developing Russia’s most strategic economic resources — oil, gas, and coal — to meet China’s massive current and future energy requirements.” Russia-China-Iran Axis On the day Xi and Putin signed the gas deal in Shanghai, Xi hosted the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit, which was attended by leaders from 26 countries. Putin attended the summit as well as Iran’s supreme leader, Hassan Rouhani, whose country is one of the biggest suppliers of oil to China. These three authoritarian dictators appear to pursue a common goal, which brings to mind the Germany-Japan-Italy Axis 75 years ago. As we all know, the GermanJapan-Italy Axis was an evil enterprise designed to subjugate and plunder the world. Is a Russia-China-Iran Axis in the offing? History has an uncanny way of repeating itself. And just like the old Axis, the new Axis will fail, too. Can’t these dictators ever learn from history? (PerryDiaz@gmail.com)
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Anti-coup protesters defy Thai junta ban BANGKOK -- Public anger at the Thai military’s coup grew Sunday as more than one thousand protesters shouting “Get Out!” marched across the capital Bangkok in defiance of an army warning against protests. Demonstrators began marching in the Chidlom district and made their way across the city to the Victory Monument cheered by onlookers, an Agence France-Presse reporter at the scene said, after a tense standoff with armed soldiers in the city’s retail
heart. It was the largest expression of dissent since the army seized power on Thursday after months of political turmoil. There was no sign of soldiers or police on the streets during the march on Sunday, which went ahead despite a junta statement calling on people not to protest and a martial law ban on gatherings of more than five people. “I am not afraid of them because the more we are afraid of them, the
more they will stamp on us,” protester Kongjit Paennoy, 50, told AFP. “We want an election — to choose our own boss.” The military has detained former premier Yingluck Shinawatra and scores of other ousted government leaders and political figures since the coup, which brought sharp international criticism. “I ask for people’s understanding on the current situation and that they refrain from anti-coup rallies, because
Nigeria says abducted girls have been located
LAGOS -- Nigeria’s military has located of anonymity because of the sensitivity nearly 300 school girls abducted by Is- of the issue. lamic extremists but fears using force to Nigeria’s military and government have try to free them could get them killed, the faced national and international outrage country’s chief of defense said Monday. over their failure to rescue the girls Air Marshal Alex Badeh told demon- seized by Boko Haram militants from strators supporting the much criticized a remote northeastern school six weeks military that Nigerian troops can save ago. the girls. But he added, “we can’t go and President Jonathan was forced this kill our girls in the name of trying to get month to accept international help. American planes have been searching them back.” He spoke to thousands of demonstrators for the girls and Britain, France, Israel and other counwho marched tries have sent to Defense experts in surveilMinistry lance and hostage headquarters negotiation. in Abuja, the The U.S. State capital. Many Department had were brought no immediate in on buses, comment on the indicating it reports about the was an orgamissing Nigerian nized event. Asked by Four female students of the government secondary girls. r e p o r t e r s school Chibok, who were abducted by gunmen and Jonathan’s relucwhere they reunited with their families, walk in Chibok, Nige- tance to accept offered help for had found the ria, April 21, 2014. weeks is seen as girls, Badeh unwillingness to refused to have outsiders looking in on what is conelaborate. “We want our girls back. I can tell you sidered a very corrupt force. we can do it. Our military can do it. But Soldiers have told The Associated Press where they are held, can we go with that they are not properly paid, are dumped in dangerous bush with no supforce?” he asked the crowd. plies and that the Boko Haram extremPeople roared back, “No!” “If we go with force what will happen?” ists holding the girls are better equipped than they are. he asked. “They will die,” the demonstrators re- Some soldiers have said officers enriching themselves off the defense budget sponded. That appeared to leave negotiation the have no interest in halting the five-yearsole option, but a human rights activ- old uprising that has killed thousands. ist close to negotiators said a deal to Soldiers near mutiny earlier this month swap the girls for detained Boko Haram fired on the car of a commanding officer members was agreed last week and then come to pay his respects to the bodies scuttled at the last minute by President of 12 soldiers who their colleagues said were unnecessarily killed by the insurGoodluck Jonathan. The activist who is close to those mediat- gents in a night-time ambush. ing between Boko Haram extremists and The military also is accused of killing government officials said the girls would thousands of detainees held illegally in their barracks, some by shooting, some have been freed last week Monday. Jonathan had already told British offi- by torture and many starved to death or cials that he would not consider an ex- asphyxiated in overcrowded cells. change. The source spoke on condition
democracy cannot proceed normally at the moment,” said junta spokesman Col. Winthai Suvaree on Sunday morning, adding a warning against using social media to “incite” unrest. Before the main march, minor scuffles broke out as dozens of protesters, some waving signs reading “Junta Out” and “Fuck Coup,” staged a boisterous demonstration, jeering angrily and pushing at lines of armed soldiers outside a Bangkok shopping mall.
Pope to Muslims, Jews: Let’s work together for peace JERUSALEM – Pope Francis yesterday called on Christians, Jews, and Muslims to “work together” for justice and peace on a visit to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam. “May we work together for justice and peace,” he said at the sprawling plaza, which is also considered sacred by Jews because it was the site where their two Jewish Temples once stood. As he toured the compound accompanied by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Hussein, he was surrounded by a large crowd of Catholic and Muslim officials, as Vatican security guards and Israeli police looked on. Entering the exquisite blue-tiled Dome of the Rock with its landmark golden cupola, which is used as a place of worship for women only, the Pope first removed his shoes. He then walked down towards the smaller, silverdomed Al-Aqsa mosque – Arabic for the “furthest mosque” – which is considered the third holiest shrine within Islam because it is the site where Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven. Located at the southeastern edge of the Old City, the compound is known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif or the Noble Sanctuary, and to Jews as the Temple Mount. For Jews, it is the holiest site in Judaism but they are forbidden by law to pray there, praying instead at the adjacent Western Wall, the last remnant of the retaining wall that supported the second Temple complex. It is currently the holiest site at which Jews can pray and was also to be visited by the Pope immediately after his tour of Al-Aqsa. ‘INCREASINGLY UNACCEPTABLE CONFLICT’ The day before, Pope Francis made a personal bid for peace by inviting the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican to pray for an end to their “increasingly unacceptable” conflict. The Pope is on a three-day pilgrimage which began on Saturday in Jordan. And he came face-to-face with daily Palestinian reality in Bethlehem when he made an unscheduled stop by the towering separation barrier Israel is building across the West Bank, and spent time talking with families and refugees. But as he arrived in Jerusalem, the 77-year-old pontiff turned his attention to matters of faith, holding a landmark unity service with Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I at Christianity’s most sacred shrine.
TAX CORNER IRS paid at least $13B in improper tax credits
by: Alvin C. Maglan, CPA
ASHINGTON (AP) The Internal Revenue Service paid more than $13 billion in tax credits last year to people who may not have qualified, a government investigator said Tuesday. The Earned Income Tax Credits were supposed to go to low-income working families. The agency’s inspector general issued a report Tuesday saying the improper payments were between $13.3 billion and $15.6 billion. That’s about a quarter of all EITC payments. “The IRS can and must do more to protect taxpayer dollars from waste, fraud and abuse,” said J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration. The IRS said it is aggressively fighting tax fraud, and
is improving its efforts to police EITC payments. The agency said it has stopped nearly 15 million suspicious returns since 2011, blocking more than $50 billion in fraudulent refunds. “The IRS remains deeply concerned about the level of improper payments, and a major review currently underway is exploring a wide range of options to distinguish valid claims from excessive ones,” the IRS statement said. The Earned Income Tax Credit is one of the nation’s largest anti-poverty programs. In 2011, more than 27 million families received nearly $62 billion in credits. The credit is attractive because, if it is larger than your total income tax bill, the IRS will pay you the difference. This is especially helpful to low-income families because many pay little or no federal income tax. But it also makes the credit more susceptible to fraud. Using IRS statistics, the inspector general’s report provided an estimated range of improper EITC payments
from 2003 through 2013. The report says the IRS paid out at least $124.1 billion in improper payments during the period, and perhaps as much as $148.2 billion. Families earn the credits by working and earning money, though there are income limits. The size of the credit depends on your income and the number of children you have. This year, a married couple with three or more children can earn up to $52,427 and still qualify for the credit. A married couple with two children can earn up to $49,186 and still qualify, according to the IRS. The maximum credit this year is $6,143 for families with three or more children. The maximum credit for families with two children is $5,460. Al Maglan is a CPA licensed in California and Nevada. You can contact him @ 510 432 7438. You may e-mail tax questions at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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China fighters in ‘dangerous’ brush with Japanese planes TOKYO – Japan on Sunday accused China of “dangerous” maneuvers above disputed areas of the East China Sea, saying a Chinese fighter flew within roughly 30 meters (100 feet) of a Japanese military aircraft. A defense ministry spokesman said a Chinese Su-27 jet on Saturday flew close to a Japanese OP-3C surveillance plane above the waters where the countries’ air defense identification zones overlap. Another Chinese SU-27 fighter also flew close to a Japanese YS-11EB plane in the same airspace, the ministry said. One fighter jet approached to within about 50 meters and the other was as close as 30 meters to the Japanese planes, according to the spokesman. Relations between Japan and China are strained by a territorial dispute over Tokyo-controlled islands in the East China Sea. Beijing raised regional tensions in November by declaring an air defense iden-
tification zone covering the area, which overlaps a similar Japanese zone. “They were dangerous acts that could lead to an accident,” Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters on Sunday. “The Japanese crew reported that the fighters were flying with missiles, which raised the tension as they handled the situation.” Tokyo protested to Beijing over the incident through diplomatic channels, he said. The Chinese fighters did not enter the Japanese zone, according to the Asahi Shimbun daily. The two Japanese aircraft were monitoring a joint naval drill by China and Russia in the northern East China Sea near Japanese territorial waters, Kyodo News said. Chinese state-owned ships and aircraft have periodically approached the Senkaku islands, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus, to assert Beijing’s claim to them.
Thai coup chief warns of crackdown BANGKOK - Thailand’s coup leader received royal endorsement to lead the politically divided kingdom on Monday and quickly threatened to crack down on any further agitation after a weekend of angry protests. The palace officially appointed army chief Prayut Chan-OCha as leader of a military junta that has deposed the government and assumed extensive powers in the Southeast Asian nation of 67 million. “To restore peace and order in the country and for the sake of unity, the king appointed General Prayut Chan-O-Cha as head of the National Council of Peace and Order to run the country,” according to a royal command, referring to the military council set up as the country’s all-powerful ruling force. The constitutional monarchy, headed by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 86, commands great respect among many Thais and the king’s blessing has traditionally been a key step in legitimizing the country’s recurring military takeovers.
The latest coup has triggered a small but growing backlash on the streets, with more than 1,000 anti-coup demonstrators marching through Bangkok on Sunday. Dozens of protesters faced off against lines of armed soldiers. Scuffles broke out and at least two demonstrators were taken away by troops, one bleeding. Shortly after getting the royal nod, Prayut, 60, held his first press conference as junta head and threatened to “intensify law enforcement” against anti-coup protesters who have pledged to rally in Bangkok again on Monday. He also warned that demonstrators could be tried in tough military courts. In one of the first legal steps taken against a prominent detainee since the coup, the attorney general’s office granted bail to Suthep Thaugsuban, a firebrand leader of nearly seven months of anti-government protests, over an insurrection charge, according to one of his lawyers. He was still to face court on Monday on a separate outstanding murder charge linked to a bloody military crackdown on opposition protests against a previous government in 2010.
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Aquino open to new security alliance with US MANILA - President Aquino is open to a new security alliance with the United States as embodied in the Mutual Defense Treaty of 1951 and the Visiting Forces Agreement. He said this when asked about the new “security architecture” in the Asia-Pacific region reportedly being eyed by the US with its strategic partners and allies, including the Philippines. “We both want to be real in the sense that we will improve the inter-operability, capability of their most advanced forces and ours that is just trying to build up its capability,” Aquino told reporters yesterday in a chance interview following the celebration of the Philippine Navy’s 116th anniversary in Palawan. The President said he is unperturbed by the petitions filed with the Supreme Court (SC) questioning the legality of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) with the US government. The new security arrangement is being eyed as
tensions over China’s aggressive actions in the South China Sea continue to rise. The STAR reported the plan to establish a new security alliance in the Asia-Pacific that would require the US to work with “spokes” including Australia, Japan, the Philippines, and possibly Singapore and Thailand. The US is also convincing Malaysia to join the security architecture, which is part of Washington’s plan to rebalance its forces in Asia Pacific. Three of the countries being eyed to join the alliance – Japan, Malaysia and the Philippines – are embroiled in territorial disputes with China. Japan and China are claiming the uninhabited Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. China’s territorial claim in the West Philippine Sea covers about 90 percent of the potentially oil- and gas-rich area and overlaps with those of the Philippines and Malaysia as well as Vietnam, Brunei and Taiwan.
In her own words: How Janet Napoles started MANILA, Philippines — “Pork barrel” scam operator background of her husband, Jimmy, nor deny reports Janet Lim Napoles only reached high school but her that her first anomalous business was with the armed simple background and education did not deter her from forces. pursuing her “dreams.” The entrepreneur was looking for ways to expand “Bata pa lamang ako her products and business ay natuto na ‘kong “just like any other businessmaghanap-buhay. Sa woman” would, when she biyaya ng Diyos, sa claimed to be introduced to aking tiyaga, sipag at then Batanes Rep. Florencio pawis, at sa tulong ng “Butch” Abad, now Budget mga taong nakilala secretary, around 2000. ko, ito ay aking naShe alleged that Abad offered palago hanggang sa her P10 million for a liveliaking narating ngayhood project where she would on,” Napoles said in be a supplier. her signed extended In the meeting, Abad reaffidavit submitted ceived an initial P2 million to the Department from Napoles, who doubled of Justice (DOJ) on the amount when a cash alloJanet Lim Napoles shares what she says is the “truth” cation notice was released for Monday. She said her drive to about the pork barrel and Malampaya fund scandals in the project. help others and work her notarized and sworn affidavit. “Afterwards, when we talkhard was inspired by ed about the implementation, her late mother, Maghe asked me if I had an NGO dalena Lim. Her remains now lie in a mausoleum at (non-government organization). When I told him I did Heritage Park reportedly worth P30 million. not have an NGO, he told me he would take care of it,” Napoles said she entered various small businesses, spe- Napoles claimed. cializing in sales, before she was able to buy her own Abad, however, returned the P4 million he received company. and padded it with an additional P2 million when the Among her first ventures was as an exclusive distribu- project was implemented under the Batanes Electric Cotor in the Philippines of Nutrigrowth, a manufacturer of operative based in Basco town. liquid foliar fertilizers. “That is when I started to transact using the PDAF,” She later bought the Philippine arm of the company af- Napoles said, referring to lawmakers’ Priority Developter a few years, but abandoned the brand after it ran into ment Assistance Fund allocation. some “problems.” Napoles then put up another fertilizer In the 33-page document, Napoles decried being called company called Dragon 1.5 Mega Philippines. the “mastermind” of the multibillion-peso government In her affidavits, she made no mention of the military fund scam as she is only a “victim” of a corrupt system.
Sandigan denies Arroyo’s bail petition anew MANILA -- The Sandiganbayan has denied again Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s request for temporary freedom in connection with the plunder case filed against her. The anti-graft court first division denied the latest motion for reconsideration for bail filed by Arroyo’s camp early this month after it found no reason to overturn its earlier ruling. “The Court finds it unnecessary to hear oral arguments on this matter… Wherefore, the Motion for Reconsideration of accused is hereby denied,” the decision, promulgated on May 23 but was made public on Monday, stated.
The court said it has found “the existence of strong evidence against movant Arroyo after the bail hearings, no bail can be allowed in accordance with Section 7, Rule 117 of the Revised Rules of Criminal Procedure.” This is despite the Arroyo’s camp claim that the former president is not a flight risk and she would not escape the prosecution. Arroyo is under hospital detention at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMCC) for alleged misuse of the P366million intelligence fund of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
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Legarda mad, Marcos relieved over affidavit MANILA, Philippines — A “perjured lie” and “ac- Asked then if she was planning to file criminal chargtionable criminally” was how Senator Loren Legarda es against Napoles, Legarda said her lawyers were described her alleged involvement in the ”pork bar- still studying all media reports and submitted affidarel” scam as she denied “in the strongest terms” any vits to the Senate. dealings with suspected scam mastermind Janet Lim- “There is clearly a massive well-funded operation to muddle the issues, divert from the cases, besmirch repNapoles. utations of people with credibility,” “I categorically deny, she said in a text message. in the strongest terms, Legarda was among those menallegations that I had tioned by Napoles in her affidavit any dealings with Ms. that she submitted to the Senate Napoles or any of her blue ribbon committee in connecgroup. I have never tion with the “pork” scam. dealt with them and Senator Ferdinand “Bong-Bong” have never even heard Marcos, meanwhile, felt that Naof their foundations,” poles has cleared him of any parLegarda said in a stateticipation in the scam when she adment on Tuesday. mitted in the affidavit that she did “Above all, I have never Senator Loren Legarda and Sen. Bong Marcos not know the senator and that she received monetary or had not directly talked to him. any form of illegal benefit from my PDAF or its equivalent at any time. I have “The Affidavit speaks for itself. As I’ve said from day never authorized anyone in my staff or outside of my one, I never met Ms. Napoles. I never spoke to her nor did I ever have any personal dealings with her. Ms. office to transact with anyone,” she said. PDAF is Priority Development Assistance Fund also Napoles’ affidavit confirms this fact,” Marcos said in a separate statement. known as “pork nbarrel” funds. Legarda said she has “judiciously allocated” her “While Ms. Napoles has cleared me of any participaPDAF to accredited government agencies and local tion in the PDAF scam, let me reiterate, once more, government units as prescribed by law, and not to any that my office is willing to fully cooperate with the concerned government agencies so we may all get to non-government organizations (NGO). “I never endorsed any NGO to benefit from my PDAF. the bottom of this,” he said. Any statement to the contrary contained in any affida- In her affidavit, Napoles claimed that it was Catherine vit is a perjured lie and is actionable criminally against Mae “Maya” Santos, who served as agent of both Legarda and Marcos. those involved in this smear campaign,” she said.
Palace ready to defend some officials in pork scam MANILA - Malacañang said on Monday it is ready to defend its officials from pork barrel scam allegations but it would be selective in standing by other members of the administration. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said unfounded allegations against members of the Aquino administration jibe with “the theory that everybody is trying to burn the house down.” “The Palace stands ready to defend itself. We in the Palace have committed ourselves to the straight path,” he said. Asked if defending the Palace would include all others in the administration, Lacierda said: “We will defend those we truly believe in.” He said there are other personalities in government they are “not very well aware of.” “In any case, we will look into the evidence. It is easy for someone to say this or that, but, again, let’s see the evidence.” Lacierda cited Budget Secretary Florencio Abad as an example, saying he has been performing an important job but was portrayed in a negative way. “If you outline all the reforms that he has undertaken together with the President, you will not believe that Butch Abad is involved in any way in the scam,” Lacierda said.
He also dismissed a newspaper report linking a high-ranking Malacañang official and three employees to the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam. The three female employees were identified as Rochelle Ahoro, reportedly a Malacañang official’s personal secretary; Odette Ong, assistant secretary of administration and finance; and Mary Antoinette Lucile Ortile, assistant to the executive secretary. In a statement, Ong decried insinuations that she was involved in unlawful and dishonest activities. “I strongly refute these baseless and unfounded claims. I would like to clarify that I do not head the Finance and Administration Department of the Office of the President, and my function is limited to being head of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President with a mandate to directly supervise the Internal House Affairs Office,” Ong said. She said her responsibility involves direct supervision of day-to-day operations related to official functions and uses of the presidential residences and offices. In the case of Ortile, Lacierda said she has not been working for the Palace or under the executive secretary for a long time now.
Opposition to EDCA mountsas second petition filed in SC MANILA, Philippines–The Makabayan bloc at the House of Representatives, cause-oriented groups and artists on Tuesday filed a petition to declare as unconstitutional the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (Edca). They also asked the high court to stop implementation of the agreement for allegedly violating several provisions of the Constitution. This is the second petition filed against Edca. Petitioners said Edca disregarded the national sovereignty, national interest and the requirement of an independent foreign policy under Article III Section 7 of the 1987 Constitution. They said Edca, which was signed last April in time for the visit of US President Barack Obama, made the Philippines a “launching pad for covert or overt US military operations.” Under Edca, there are “agreed locations where US can have free access to conduct its activities. But petitioners said there were no clear guidelines in identifying or selecting the agreed locations. Also, they said there was no limit as to the number of troops and as to the duration of stay. The petition stated that the US could stockpile
weapons, ammunition, supplies and other materials to be used in war. “The Philippines has no power to inspect the US prepositioned material and cannot object to the entry of nuclear, biological or chemical weaponry…Deploying forces and material includes the launching of military drones which have become not just surveillance planes but deadly offensive weapons.” Petitioners are Bagong Alyansang Makabayan led by its Secretary General Renato Reyes Jr, Bayan Muna Partylist Representatives Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate, Gabriela Partylist Reps. Luz Ilagan and Emerenciana De Jesus, ACT Teachers Partylist Rep. Antonio Tinio, Anakpawis Rep. Fernando Hicap, Kabataan Partylist Rep. Terry Ridon, Makabayan Koalisyon ng Mamamayan (Makabayan) represented by Satur Ocampo and Liza Maza, Bienvenido Lumbera, Joel Lamangan, Renato Constantino, Salvador France, Rafael Mariano, Rogelio Soluta and Clemente Bautista.
PH not engaged in espionage, says DFA MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) denied yesterday that the Philippines is engaged in espionage even as the Philippine embassy in Doha has made representations with the Qatari government following the conviction of three Filipino workers for espionage and economic sabotage. “We categorically deny that we are engaged in espionage,” DFA spokesman Charles Jose said in a text message to reporters. The lower court verdict was appealed before the Qatari Court of Appeals last May 4.
“We are appealing the case before the Court of Appeals. Our embassy in Doha has made representation with Qatari government,” he said. One of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) was sentenced to death last month while two others were meted life imprisonment for espionage and economic sabotage in Qatar. The DFA did not identify the accused Filipinos but said the one sentenced to death was an employee of a state-owned company and the two others were technicians in a military base. The Doha News said the Filipinos
were reportedly accused of providing information to intelligence officials in the Philippines about Qatar’s aircraft, weaponry, maintenance and servicing records, as well as specific details about the names, ranks and phone numbers of staff members. Philippine Ambassador to Qatar Crescente Relacion said the charges against the Filipino worker who was handed the death penalty stemmed from a corruption case supposedly involving his employer. He said investigators found information in the Filipino’s laptop that may be used for their case.
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What grounds of inadmissibility are covered by fraud waivers? By Atty. Crispin C. Lozano S ometimes, for lack of guidance from an experienced immigration attorney, applicants for immigration benefits, including those seeking K-1 or K-2 visas, makes a fraudulent action or willful misrepresentation. In these cases, the applicants are required to file Form I-601 or Application for Waiver of Ground of Inadmissibility. : What grounds of inadmissibility may be covered by a waiver? : The following grounds of inadmissibility under the Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA) are as follows: health-related grounds, criminal and related grounds, immigrant membership in a totalitarian party, misrepresentation in immigration matters, smugglers, subject to civil penalty, and unlawful presence in the U.S. for at least 180 days, beginning on or after April 1, 1997, followed by departure from the U.S. : How long is the validity of the waiver?
: If the waiver is granted, then, except for K-1 and K-2 nonimmigrant’s and conditional permanent residents, the grant permanently waives fraud or willful misrepresentation included in the application for purposes of any future immigration benefits application, whether immigrant or nonimmigrant. The waiver remains valid even if the person later abandons or otherwise loses LPR status. :If you are a conditional permanent resident, is the waiver also permanent in nature? : For conditional permanent residents, the waiver only becomes valid indefinitely if and when the conditions are removed from his or her permanent resident status. Conversely, termination of the conditional permanent resident status also terminates the validity of the waiver. : Does the waiver cover all grounds of inadmissibility? : A waiver applies only to the specific grounds of inadmissibility and related crimes, events or incidents specified in the waiver application. If, in the future, the applicant is found inadmissible for a separate incident of fraud or willful misrepresentation not already included in an approved waiver application, he or she will be required to file another waiver application. USCIS may reconsider an
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approval of a waiver at any time if it is determined that the decision has been made in error. : Are there conditions for the grant of a Waiver to K-1 or K-2 nonimmigrant visa applicants? : If the applicant seeks a waiver to obtain a fiancé(e) visa (K-1 or K-2), the waiver’s approval is conditioned upon the K-1 nonimmigrant marrying the U.S. citizen who filed the fiancé(e) petition. The waiver becomes permanent once the K-1 marries the petitioner. : What happens to the waiver if the K-1 nonimmigrant does not marry the petitioner? : In general, if the K-1 nonimmigrant does not marry the petitioner, the K-1 and K-2 (if applicable) will remain inadmissible for purposes of any application for a benefit on any basis other than the proposed marriage between the K-1 and the K nonimmigrant visa petitioner. Note: This is not a legal advice. You should consult with an immigration attorney about your specific circumstances.
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1. On May 12. 2014, we received an approval from USCIS of green card under the same sex marriage law and the corresponding waiver of certain misrepresentation. 2. On April 21, 2014, we received an approval of green card after the denial was appealed to the Board of Immigration Appeals. 3. On March 31, 2014, we received an approval of green card for a client under Violence Against Women Act. 4. On March 25, 2014, we received another approval from the Immigration Court for waiver of misrepresentation for a client who entered the U.S. as single but actually married. 5. On January 24, 2014, we received another approval for waiver of misrepresentation from the Immigration Court for an alien who entered as single but actually married. 6. On January 14, 2014, we received an approval from USCIS of a green card under law on Registry for a person who has been in the U.S. since before 1972.
(Cont. from page 1..AQUINO ENDORSED) were not actaken DBM legal service, replied: “Yes, from the savings of thetually government the DAP is the program of the Aqui- but taken from discontinued no administration to quickly dis- moving projects in 2010, thusoraslowclear burse slow-moving (projects).’’ violation of the provisions of the When Escudero pressed Ruiz as Philippine Constitution as to the use to whether there were documents of the government’s money.’’ signed by the President with regards The committee hearing, however to savings and unprogrammed funds was cut short because of a pending that were aligned for the DAP, Ruiz case questioning the legality of the replied in the affirmative adding, DAP but this did not stop the Sen‘’the controlling point is that the ate from getting raw data on DAP President has to sign off to release releases, Escudero said. the DAP.” the Supreme Court eventually Last Oct. 12, 2011, the DBM de- “If that the DAP releases were clared that the Aquino administra- rules with more reason tion would implement P72.11 billion unconstitutional, that the Senate would to know in additional projects to fast-track where the funds went,”want he explained. disbursements and push economic Critics of the DAP maintained that growth in light of the global slow- the DAP is unconstitutional because down and the onslaught of recent it is only Congress that has the powcalamities otherwise known as the er of the purse, not the Executive DAP. Ejercito said “there were also allega- branch. tions that the funds used in the DAP The Ejercito resolution seeking an
inquiry, in aid of legislation, stated that the Supreme Court had “declared that the President cannot indiscriminately transfer funds from one department, bureau, office of agency of the Executive department to any program, project, activity of any department, bureau or office included in the GAA or approved after its enactment, without regard to whether the funds to be transferred are actually savings in the item from which the same are to be taken, or whether or not the transfer is for the purpose of augmenting the item to which the transfer is to be made.’’ The resolution also seeks to examine and scrutinize the DAP of the current administration with the aim of recommending and formulating laws, policies and regulations for the proper use of the savings of different departments of the government and proper use of budget augmentations.’’
7. On January 6, 2014, we received an approval of waiver of misrepresentation from Immigration Judge for a client who entered as single but actually married. 8.On November 21, 2013, we received an approval from USCIS for adjustment of status under SAME SEX MARRIAGE. 9. On November 14, 2013, we received an approval of adjustment of status from Immigration Judge for a client who was originally denied adjustment by USCIS. 10. On November 4, 2013, we received an approval of waiver of misrepresentation from the Immigration Judge for a client who entered the U.S. as single but actually married. 11. On October 24, 2013, we received an approval by an Immigration Judge
on the review of I-751 Application to Remove Condition on Residence that was previously denied by USCIS. 12. On October 2, 2013, we received an approval of adjustment of status based on SAME SEX MARRIAGE.
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The San Francisco Post (Cont. from page 1..POPE TO VISIT ) might just come,” adding that there was a plan but that “there is no calendar yet (for this possible visit). But we are praying for it.” Du talked about the Pope’s possible visit d u r ing the visit of Robert Cardinal Sarah to Leyte on Jan. 28, 2014, during which he expressed Francis’ “oneness and solidari t y ” with the Pope Francis people of Leyte and the rest of the areas hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda on Nov. 8, 2013. Cardinal Sarah is the president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council Cor Unum responsible for charity and humanitarian assistance. He said Mass at the damaged Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Libertad village, about four kilometers away from Palo town proper. Sex abuse victims Francis also announced Monday he would meet soon with a group of sex abuse victims at the Vatican and declared “zero tolerance” for any member of the clergy who would violate a child. Francis also revealed that three bishops are currently under investigation by the Vatican for abuse-related reasons, though it wasn’t clear if they were accused of committing abuse itself or of having covered it up. “There are no privileges,” he told reporters en route back to Rome from Jerusalem. The meeting with a half-dozen victims will mark the first such encounter for the pope, who has been criticized by victims
for not expressing personal solidarity with them when he has reached out to other people who suffer. Francis said the meeting and a Mass at the Vatican hotel where he lives would take place early next month. A statement from the office of Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley, who is organizing the encounter, said the date and details hadn’t been finalized but that the meeting was expected to take place “in the coming months.” ‘Zero tolerance’ “On this issue we must go forward, forward. Zero tolerance,” Francis said, calling abuse of children an “ugly” crime that betrays God. The executive director of the main U.S. victims’ group, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, dismissed the meeting as “just utterly, utterly meaningless.” “The simple truth is this is another gesture, another public relations coup, another nice bit of symbolism that will leave no child better off and bring no real reform to a continuing, scandal-ridden church hierarchy,” said SNAP Executive Director David Clohessy. Clohessy said the pope has shown himself capable of making real change in other areas such as church governance and finance but hasn’t done so in dealing with sex abuse by Catholic clergy. Francis spoke to reporters for nearly an hour after his grueling, three-day trip to Jordan, the West Bank and Israel, taking all 11 questions posed and responding with candor and occasional humor.
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The San Francisco Post HEALTH & FITNESS How to beat bloat for bikini season Water is good for you! Summer is right around the corner, later, stock up on healthy snacks gum, mints and dried fruits are just he body is composed of over 50% water. 5. Use other water substitutes: Coconut water is and so in other words, it’s (gulp) for the office and home. There’s a few of the sorbitol culprits. swimsuit season. Many people nothing easier than having the Avoid straws and fizzy drinks. TThere are so many benefits of drinking wa- a good beverage as a water substitute. will frantically look for fad diets following on hand: granola-type Straws and fizz can also cause un- ter such as it keeps you hydrated and aids in PAGE 10 May 29, 2014 - June 4, 2014
to lose weight quickly or search online for foods that will “flatten their bellies.” I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but fad diets don’t work, and you should have thought about losing weight as early as January if you want to keep it off all summer. And there really is no food that can give you a flat belly, at least according to science. A flat belly (also known in some circles as six-pack abs) is the result of many different factors, such as age and genetics, and for some people it just won’t happen – no matter how hard they try. Instead of trying to drop pounds at the last minute before your weekend getaway, perhaps simply finding ways to cure a bloated stomach will boost your confidence in a bikini. With 1 in 10 Americans suffering from regular bloating, this is a fix many of us desperately need – not only in the summer, but year-round, too. Plan ahead with healthy snacking. From ice cream to calorie-packed frappuccinos, it seems unhealthy sweets lurk at just about every corner. Instead of giving into temptation, which will only leave you feeling stuffed and uncomfortable
bars, single-serving cheeses, lowfat Greek yogurt and almonds. Choose low-sodium foods and drinks. Sodium can cause a
nightmare of stomach bloat, and you may not even realize how many foods and beverages are jam-packed with this sneaky ingredient. Summer seems like the perfect time for fruit and a scoop of cottage cheese, but make sure you’re buying a low-sodium version. This simple step can save you hundreds of milligrams of sodium. And who doesn’t love an afternoon bloody mary by the pool? But make sure to pick a low-sodium version of your tomato juice, or else you could be consuming 680 milligrams per cup. Be on the lookout for sorbitol. Sorbitol, an artificial sweetener that can be naturally occurring, is a sugar alcohol that is known to cause stomach issues, like bloating, for many people. Chewing
comfortable bloat by allowing air and bubbles to enter your digestive tract. To solve this problem, plain water is probably the best bet for hydration rather than carbonated drinks. And if you love those summer cocktails, leave the little umbrella, but lose the straw. Actually, you would be better off losing the entire cocktail because of its calories, but that’s another story. Don’t talk with your mouth full. Talking with a full mouth is a bad idea for many reasons, but especially in regards to bloating. Just like with the straws, doing so allows extra air to enter your digestive tract. My best advice is to chew slowly, and keep your mouth shut. Start your day with fiber. Constipation is a sure-fire way to make you feel bloated, and starting your day with a fiber-rich breakfast is the perfect anecdote. My favorite pick is a bowl of oatmeal topped with chia seeds and almond butter – it works like a charm. Other good morning options are: an omelet with veggies and 100-percent whole-wheat toast; low-fat Greek yogurt topped with fresh fruit, ground flaxseeds and a high-fiber cereal (read the label for greater than 5 grams of fiber per serving); or quinoa with slivered almonds, berries and a touch of honey.
Walking linked to fewer strokes in women NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who walk at least three hours every week are less likely to suffer a stroke than women who walk less or not at all, according to new research from Spain. “The message for the general population remains similar: regularly engaging in moderate recreational activity is good for your health,” lead author José María Huerta of the Murcia Regional Health Authority in Spain told Reuters Health. Past studies have also linked physical activity to fewer strokes, which can be caused by builtup plaque in arteries or ruptured blood vessels in the brain. While the current study cannot prove that regular walking caused fewer strokes to occur in the women who participated, it contributes to a small body of evidence for potential relationships between specific kinds of exercise and risk for specific diseases. Women who walked briskly for 210 minutes or more per week had a lower stroke risk than inactive women but also lower than those who cycled and did other higher-intensity workouts for a shorter amount of time. In all, nearly 33,000 men and women answered a physical activity questionnaire given once in the mid-1990s as part of a larger European can-
cer project. For their study, Huerta and his team divided participants by gender, exercise type and total time spent exercising each week. The authors, who published their findings in the journal Stroke, checked in with participants periodically to record any strokes. During the 12-year follow-up period, a total of 442 strokes occurred among the men and women. The results for women who were regular walkers translated to a 43 percent reduction in stroke risk compared to the inactive group, Huerta said. There was no reduction seen for men based on exercise type or frequency, however. “We have no clear explanation for this,” Huerta wrote in an email. He hypothesized that the men may have entered the study in better physical condition than the women, but there was no evidence to support that guess. Huerta also declined to compare the study participants’ risk levels to those of the general population, citing the subjects’ unusual characteristics: a majority of men and women in the study were blood donors, who tend to be in good health in order to give blood. “I wouldn’t make much of the results because they are for a very specific population,” Dr. Wilson Cueva of the University of Chicago in Illinois said.
digestion. Here are 6 ways to help you drink more water or fluids in your system.
1. Morning glass: As soon as you get up, have a glass of water. It is the best way to improve movements and flush out toxins from the body. You can drink your milk, juice or tea after sometime. Drinking water after getting up increases chances of regular stools. 2. Carry water: Make sure you are never going out without a bottle of water. When you are going outdoors, carry a small bottle at your convenience. Apart from keeping you hydrated, it will also boost your body’s metabolism. 3. Drink while working out: You lose water due to perspiration during your workout. Keep yourself hydrated by having water breaks in between your workout. 4. Mix it up: If you are tired of drinking water, put lemon or honey to flavor it up.
6. Drink water meals: If you are on a diet, have a glass of water 10 to 15 minutes before. Not only it prevents water retention but you will feel fuller.
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Vietnam was (Cont. from page 4..THE NUCLEUS) an ally of both The world has indeed changed. The rise and fall of economies have Russia and China during the resulted in shifting alliances, Vietnam War in the 60s, but where friends have become is now an important American foes and vice versa. Russia ally. Japan, which invaded and and China were major allies of occupied the Philippines for the US in World War II and are five years in the Second World now major rivals in the race War, is now a Philippine ally. Europe and the Pacific were for world dominance. Japan and Germany, which were the the main theaters in the SecAmericans; biggest enemies in ond World War, and from all the Second World War, on the indications, Asia would conother hand, are now America’s tinue to be the flashpoint in the world’s military theater allies.
in the coming years. China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, the two Koreas, and other Asian countries are all beefing up their military muscles in one of the biggest arms races the world has ever seen. The Philippines, which does not have the means to keep up with its neighbors in the arms race, needs to start positioning itself rightly in this developing drama. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(Cont. from page 3..BANKRUPTCY) soon after you file for bankruptcy, to ask for permission Q. How long does the Autoto proceed with the foreclomatic Stay last? A. The Automatic Stay in sure -- and that permission is bankruptcy is neither absolute likely to be granted. nor permanent. For most chapter 7 and 13 cases however, it Note: This is not a legal adstays in effect until the debtor vice. You should seek the gets a discharge from his or advice of your attorney about her debt, the property in ques- your specific case. tion is no longer a part of the Bankruptcy Basics estate, or a judge lifts the stay at the request of a creditor, 1. Bankruptcy will actually who must file a Motion for Re- improve your credit within one year because your unselief from the Automatic Stay. cured debts are discharged. Q. How Creditors Can Get Although the bankruptcy will be in your records for 10 Around the Automatic Stay A. Usually, a creditor can get years, not filing bankruptcy around the automatic stay by will make your credit even asking the bankruptcy court worse until most your debts to remove (“lift”) the stay, if are paid. it is not serving its intended 2. If you are being sued by purpose. For example, say you your creditors, most money file for bankruptcy the day be- judgment can be eliminated in fore your house is to be sold in bankruptcy. foreclosure. You have no equi- 3. Collection actions continue ty in the house, you can’t pay and you can be sued if you are your mortgage arrears, and in debt settlement. you have no way of keeping 4. Chapter 7 will eliminate all the property. The foreclosing unsecured debts. If you are creditor is apt to run to court near retirement age, you must
eliminate most of your debts. 5. Bankruptcy will stop foreclosure actions. If your trustee sale date is 10 days before, you can still file for bankruptcy. 6. If your salary is being garnished, you have a court case about debts or you are being harassed by creditors, bankruptcy can stop garnishment, court cases, harassing creditors and eliminate the debt. 7. Bankruptcy is cheaper, faster and safer than debt settlement which has no guaranteed success. 8. Preserve your health, eliminate stress and live a happy life by eliminating your debts which is the root of all problems.
(Cont. from page 1..ABAD BLASTS) ship with me when she has been trying – with reiterated he had never dealt with great effort, it appears – to make my Napoles in any manner, much less acquaintance for years now? It’s through an agent or a middleman. While he may be acquainted with nothing short of ridiculous,” he said. Manuel Jarmin, Abad said he had “It gets worse. She claims that when never transacted with him in any she met me in 2000, I showed her a SARO (Special Allotment Release capacity. “Ms. Napoles’ claims about me – Order) for a P10-million project, for that I tapped Mr. Jarmin as my agent, which the Batanes Electric Cooperaand that I taught her how to profit il- tive would serve as the implementlegally from the bureaucracy – are ing arm. But no such project exists in the DBM’s records. Neither does absolutely not true,” he said. The budget secretary said even the it exist in the records of the National lawyer for some pork barrel scam Electrification Administration and whistle-blowers, Levito Baligod, BatanElCo. Both NEA and BatanElin various interviews attested to the Co had confirmed this,” he added. Abad denied the mysterious P10fact that he had never transacted million project, secret meetings at with Napoles. Abad said a number of Department EDSA Shangri-La and Cravingsof Budget and Management employ- Katipunan where he supposedly ees had informed him that in 2010, gave Napoles a crash course in the Napoles dropped by his office in an ways of doing business with lawattempt to introduce herself, but was makers. “These things never took place and unsuccessful in securing an appoint(neither did) the happily generous ment with him. “How is it possible for Ms. Napoles exchange of millions in cash beto have a close professional relation- tween us – except in the warped, fe-
vered imagination of Ms. Napoles,” he said. Aquino said Napoles has no hard evidence to back her “expanded affidavit.” “Before, Mrs. Napoles was abhorred. Now, when she says something it’s as if they are true, how did that happen? And isn’t it that it is in her interest to muddle the issue to delay the process and make it forgotten in time? Who knows someone must have told her, ‘The more this drags on, the better for you.’ The people’s abhorrence toward you is lessened,” he said. “Now if we fall for her misleading (lies) then it is up to us. For our part, look for the evidence, and if sufficient evidence is there, file the appropriate case. It’s very simple,” the President told reporters in a chance interview after attending the Navy’s 116th anniversary in Palawan. Aquino said the claims of Napoles were not only confusing and a delaying tactic but also meant to save herself from the charges she is facing.
Crispin Caday Lozano is an active member of the State Bar of California, the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the National Association of Consumers Bankruptcy Attorneys. He specializes in immigration law and bankruptcy law. He earned his Juris Doctor at Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California. He is also a Certified Public Accountant, and a Bachelor of Business Administration Cum Laude graduate.
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INC’s UNITY GAMES
historic event unfolded last week for members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo here in the United States. It is the National Games LET’S HAVE COFFEE By Championship Don Augusto Orozco for the entire United States region. The Iglesia Ni Cristo has 8 Ecclesiastical Districts in the US. These are Northern California, Southern California, Northern Midwest, Southern Midwest, North Eastern Seaboard, South Eastern Seaboard, Pacific Northwest & the Hawaii Pacific. The historic event took place at the California State University, East Bay under the leadership of the INC’s US Main Office which is located in the City of Burlingame, CA. The event was held last May 23 & 24. So how can you top a sports tournament that opened in San Jose California with a worship service for the participants? The service was so full pack with about 600 athletes from all over the US registered to participate. Everyone else was so excited and some even quoted as saying it was their very first time here in California. Results? People I asked around said it was California who dominated the competition. It was California using home court advantage. California was the run away winner. Take note that most athletes have jetlag and too much excitement and no practice. But after everything
has been said and done, the only standard reply to them was everyone is a winner. They may not have the hardware hanging on their necks but they mightily represent their District. Which to me is the essence of the Unity Games. To see everyone UNITED to the aim and purpose of the Church administration all for the Glory of God. So, congratulations to everyone. It was a smashing success. Even the Medical Team provided all the medical attention to all the athletes and participants on different venues from Basketball, Volleyball, Track & Field, Swimming, Tennis, Chess, Soccer, Baseball and all other games. Here are the rundown of winners. For all the 3 categories of Basketball it is all Team California and so is in the Men’s and Women’s Volleyball. California also won in the Soccer and Baseball competition. In Track and Field the California shared the limelight with the Pacific, Midwest and Eastern Seaboard representatives. While it was a toss-up in Tennis, Table Tennis, Bowling, Chess and Swimming. But mostly are Californians. The winners are all looking forward to make it to the cut for the World Wide Unity Games to be held in the newly built Philippine Arena and the Philippine Sports Stadium in Manila, Philippines. This will feature athletes from Diffrent Districts in the Philippines, in Asia, Canada and Europe. In the end for all members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, it is onward to the Centennial Anniversary. Celebrate. The only thing to be asked now is, ARE YOU READY? (email@example.com)
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Filipino American Performing Arts on Full Display Before and During Giants Win San Francisco Giants donate $120,000 for Typhoon Yolanda Recovery Efforts
San Francisco, CA - Filipino Americans sporting blue, yellow, red, as well as orange and black were out in force as the San Francisco Giants hosted Filipino American Heritage Night at AT&T Park. For the 7th consecutive year, the Giants honored Filipino culture and history by designating the home game on May 12 as Filipino Heritage Night (FHN). In return, a Filipino American helped the Giants beat the Atlanta Braves to stay in first place. This year, a local dance company called Steps, Styles and Spotlights welcomed Giants fans as they entered the ballpark at Willie Mays Plaza with a suite of festive Philippine folk dances. Additionally, Parangal Dance Company performed a medley of Barrio Fiesta dances – Binasuan, Subli and Tinikling – during the pre-game opening ceremonies at homeplate. “Dance and music tell the oral history of Filipino culture,” said Al Perez, President, Filipino American Arts Exposition (FAAE). “These traditions stand the test of time and can’t be erased by a typhoon or an earthquake. We are proud to partner with the SF Giants to help broaden awareness and deepen the understanding of Filipino heritage with SF Giants fans by showcasing Filipino folk dances during the game.” The San Francisco Giants also presented a check for $120,000 to UNICEF and Feed the Hungry Philippines to assist with Typhoon Yolanda recovery efforts. Following last year’s devastating typhoon the Giant’s fans made donations at fundraisers hosted by the team. “Countless Filipinos lost their homes, businesses, and loved ones after Typhoon Yolanda,” said Deputy Consul General Jaime Ramon Ascalon. “As a people we are resilient and will rebuild stronger. We’re happy to know we are not in this alone and we appreciate the support of the SF Giants organization and the Giants fans.” Star pitcher and Filipino American Tim Lincecum also performed a masterful piece of the performing art himself by
striking out 11 batters and allowing only two hits in the Giant’s 4-2 victory over the Braves. Lincecum’s winning performance is historic as it was his first time pitching at a Giants Filipino Heritage Night event. The Giants Filipino Heritage Night started in 2008 as a partnership between the SF Giants, Filipino American Arts Exposition and Manilatown Heritage Foundation to feature Filipino American community and culture during a Giants home game and help raise funds for local nonprofit organizations. Additional community partners include the Filipina Women’s Network and 600 Hands, who help make FHN one of the largest special event in SF Giants history. “I would like to sincerely thank the SF Giants, especially Faham Zakariaei and his awesome team for their leadership in championing Filipino Heritage Night and for their continued commitment to the event,” said Al Perez. The event has been so successful that it requires two dates during the Giants baseball season - one in the spring and one in the summer. Filipino Heritage Night #2 is scheduled on Friday, August 15. FHN #2 attendees will be treated to live Filipino entertainment from 5-7pm in Seals Plaza, located behind the ballpark, and a limitededition Filipino-themed Giants texting gloves. Special Event tickets are subject to dynamic pricing, which means ticket prices can fluctuate based on factors affecting supply and demand – so buy early and save! This event is also expected to sell out, so fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance at www.SFGiants. com/Filipino or by calling 415-972-2298. “Filipino Americans are proud members of the San Francisco Bay Area’s multicultural social fabric,” said Perez. “We invite all people, no matter your heritage, to step up to the plate, learn about Filipino traditions and enjoy a great time out at the ballpark with your family and friends!” For more information visit www.pistahan. net.
SAN MATEO, RIZAL ASSOCIATION OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA (SMRANC) DINNER DANCE
Part of the crowd that participated in the Iglesia Ni Cristo United States National Games Championships cheer during the parade of teams held at California State University, East Bay in Hayward CA
Some members of the Fiilipino American community spending one great afternoon at the Cataldi Park in Berryesa, City of San Jose to celebrate Memorial day. The group was joined in by Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves and members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo.
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The Officers of the San Mateo, Rizal Association of Northern CA (SMRANC) is inviting all our “kababayans” from San Mateo, Rizal to a Dinner Dance Reunion to be held on July 26, 2014, Saturday at 6:00 PM. The venue is at St. Paschal Church Hall, 3700 Dorisa Avenue, Oakland, CA 94605. Those interested to join this reunion, please contact any of the following: Estelita San Jose del Rosario (Stella) 707-567-0462, Mimi San Pascual Tampinco 707-853-1048, Annie Antonio del Rosario 650-534-5184, Norina Asprer Salvador 510-638-7871.
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Arum won’t stop Manny from playing in PBA MANILA -- Manny Pacquiao’s decision to play hoops professionally doesn’t concern Top Rank chief Bob Arum. “As long as it doesn’t interfere with his boxing, it will be okay for him to play basketball,” said Arum, the 82-yearold Hall of Fame promoter w h e n asked about Pacquiao’s impending foray into the Philippine Basketball Association as a playing coach for new team Kia Motors. Arum believes Pacquiao’s involvement in basketball won’t be as deep as his commitment to boxing, the sport that has made the Filipino an icon in the eyes of sports fans from around the world. While Pacquiao, 35, is raring to suit up and dribble his way to the basket, Arum thinks the fighting congressman’s stint is more of a show to enhance the growing popularity of the
Korean car brand in the Philippines. Columbia Auto Corp., the distributor of Kia vehicles in the country, has given Pacquiao the free hand to form a team in time for the opening of the All-Filipino Cup in the third week of October. To beef up his think tank, Pacquiao has acquired the services of former pro and Globalport head coach Glenn Capacio and there will be more specialists who will be hired in the coming weeks. Pacquiao, meanwhile, will return to the ring on Nov. 8, according to Arum and that Macau, which hosted Pacquiao’s easy win over Brandon Rios last year at the CotaiArena, has expressed its desire to stage another headliner. Arum has a scheduled meeting with the casino bigwigs of The Venetian, which houses the CotaiArena, tomorrow.
Senate okays PH citizenship for Blatche
MANILA - The Senate approved on third and final reading yesterday a bill that will confer Philippine citizenship on American professional basketball player Andray Blatche who plays for the Brooklyn Nets in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara, who filed the measure, said the move in effect gives Blatche an opportunity to help the Philippine national basketball team that will compete in the FIBA World Championships in Spain this August. “Blatche is possibly the best center from the NBA that we can get who is willing to shun more lucrative offers now and in the future just to be part of our national team,” Angara said. Also a basketball fan, Angara said that the Brooklyn Nets’ big man’s documents would now be transmitted to Malacañang for President Aquino’s signature. Angara expressed gratitude to his colleagues, particularly Senate Justice Committee chair Aquilino Pimentel III and Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, for the swift passage of Senate Bill 2108. “This was indeed a total team effort on the part of the Senate. Credits are due to both the majority and minority blocs for supporting this measure, which to my mind, is the Senate’s own way of contributing to the cause of our
basketball team,” he said. Angara also noted that Senate President Franklin Drilon, and Senators Vicente Sotto and Jinggoy Estrada were also supportive even though Estrada earlier raised questions why Baltche was given citizenship when he has not set foot in the country. Blatche, who averages 12 points and six rebounds in the NBA where his team reached the conference semifinals, will also play for the country in other major international basketball tournaments, including the Asian Games in September this year in South Korea and in the 2016 Summer Olympics. For accepting to be part of the Philippine basketball squad, Blatche will be forever prohibited to join any other foreign national team. “Having naturalized players is the rule in international competitions rather than the exception. It’s very accepted. We are just taking advantage of the rule,” said Angara, who chairs the committee on games, amusement and sports. The House of Representatives, through the efforts of Antipolo Rep. Robbie Puno, approved the application of Blatche last month. The 6-foot-11 American isn’t the first foreign player to be given Philippine citizenship.
The San Francisco Post SPORTS Donaire re-signs with Arum After Manny Pacquiao comes Nonito Donaire. Top Rank head Bob Arum bared on Sunday that Donaire and his promotional outfit have reached an agreement to extend their contract until mid-2016. Donaire’s deal with the Las Vegas-based Top Rank will lapse until October, 2014 and Arum said both parties have decided to extend it for “another 20 months.”
Last week, Pacquiao and Top Rank also renewed their contract with each other, making the fighting congressman Arum’s hot property until the end of 2016. Donaire is taking centerstage this week as he guns for a fourth world title against Simpiwe Vetyeka of South Africa at the CotaiArena in Macau. Regarded as Pacquiao’s heir apparent, Donaire is also being groomed by Top
Rank to carry the Philippine flag once Pacquiao, 35, leaves the sport. Donaire, 31, is also a multi-division titleholder like Pacquiao and a big win over Vetyeka should only enhance his reputation as a future star. Arum said ticket sales for this weekend’s show is tremendous and he expects a night of fistic fireworks.
Yao Ming latest celebrity interested in buying Clippers LOS ANGELES - Retired Chinese superstar Yao Ming is lining up investors to make a bid for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers if embattled owner Donald Sterling has to sell, ESPN.com reported on Friday (Saturday in Manila). Yao is just the latest celebrity to be linked to a potential Clippers bid since Sterling was engulfed in a scandal over racially charged remarks that became public in April. ESPN, citing unnamed sources, said that Yao and another former NBA player, Grant Hill, were working separately to find investors to launch bids. Celebrity gossip website TMZ and other US media outlets reported that Sterling has surrendered control of the club to his estranged wife, Shelly, who is in talks with the league to sell the team. The Clippers are valued at nearly $600 million by Forbes magazine and could fetch substantially more given the publicity surrounding the team and its location in a major US market. Yao became an NBA star with the Houston Rockets, who made
him the first pick in the 2002 NBA draft. Although his size was his strength, the rigors of top-flight basketball proved too much for Yao’s massive 7 foot 6 inch frame and his career was marked by lengthy absences from the court due to a succession of mostly foot and leg injuries. He announced his retirement in July of 2011 following a trailblazing career that made him China’s best-known athlete and helped spur the game’s growth all across Asia. He owns a team in China, the Shanghai Sharks, and maintains close ties with the NBA. Hill is just completing his first year in retirement after a 19-season career that ended with the Clippers after seven AllStar berths. Other big names said to be interested in purchasing the clippers include software billionaire Larry Ellison, entertainment mogul David Geffen and television powerhouse Oprah Winfrey, along with former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson and unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather.
Azkals coach confident of winning against host Maldives
AFTER a draw and back-to-back wins in the elimination round, the Philippine men’s football squad is pumped up for its semifinal showdown against host Maldives in the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup on Tuesday. A scoreless draw against Afghanistan and victories against Laos and 2012 finalist Turkmenistan earned the Azkals seven points to top Group B during the elimination round for an automatic semi-
final slot. Striker Phil Younghusband and Patrick Reichelt provided the scoring punch for the 140th FIFA-ranked Azkals with one goal each, while goalkeeper Roland Mueller provided good defensive job to contain Turkmenistan’s goal attempts. Thomas Dooley, the American coach who replaced German Hans Michael Weiss last February, is confident the Azkals could score two more wins to win
the Challenge Cup and qualify for the 2015 Asian Cup. “I know what the team can do,” said Dooley to the AFC web site. “Our focus is on winning the Challenge Cup.” The Azkals are expected to be led by Simone Rota, Daisuke Sato, Rob Gier, Reichelt, Rota, Stephan Schrock, Phil and his brother James Younghusband, goalkeeper Mueller, Jerry Lucena and Amani Aguinaldo.
REAL ESTATE US new home sales rose 6.4% in April WASHINGTON – Sales of U.S. new homes recovered in April after slumping in the previous two months. But Americans are still buying new homes at a slower pace than they did a year ago. The Commerce Department said Friday that sales of new homes rose 6.4 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 433,000. That compares with an upwardly revised annual pace of 407,000 in March, when purchases fell 6.9 percent. Buying had dropped 4.4 percent in February, in part because of winter snowstorms. Demand for newly built homes remains one of the missing pieces of the nearly 5-year-old recovery from the Great Recession. A lack of affordability has limited buying around the country. Sales of new homes are running at roughly half the rate of a healthy real estate market. Warmer weather has yet to heat up the housing market after a harsh winter slowed sales in January and February. Higher prices and mortgage rates over the past year have sidelined many would-be buyers. Sales during April surged in the Midwest and edged up in the South. Home-buying was flat in the West and fell in the Northeast. Yelena Shulyatyeva, an economist at BNP Paribas, noted that the 47.4 percent increase in Midwest sales likely came from the start of the spring buying season and that similar levels of growth are “not likely to continue.” “The broader trend remains one of weak underlying demand,” Shulyatyeva said in a client note. New-home sales have declined 4.2 percent over the past 12 months. The median sales price, which can be volatile, fell a slight 2.1 percent during the past month to $275,800. Buying has been slow across much
of the country after climbing in the first half of 2013. Last year’s gains and a limited supply of homes pushed up prices to levels that strained household budgets for potential buyers. Sales of existing homes in April rose 1.3 percent from March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.65 million, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday. Purchases of homes over the past 12 months have dropped 6.8 percent. In a healthy housing market, roughly 5.5 million existing homes are purchased each year. The median price for an existing home has risen 5.2 percent to $201,700. Home sales growth over the past year has occurred primarily among homes worth more than $750,000. Buying fell during the same period for homes worth less than $250,000, which make up the majority of all purchases. Much of the increase in construction has been in the apartment sector, a sign that builders expect fewer buyers and more renters. After the housing bust and Great Recession, Americans have been coping with flat wages and job insecurity, making it hard to save for a down payment. The home ownership rate was 64.8 percent at the start of the year, down from a peak of 69.2 percent during 2004. New homes usually represent about 20 percent of all homes sold. That figure has fallen recently to 10 percent, according to real estate data firm Zillow. An index of builder confidence for this month fell a percentage point to 45, the National Association of Homebuilders and Wells Fargo reported Thursday. A reading below 50 indicates that builders consider the conditions for new construction to be poor. The index had been above 50 from June through January.
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Sarah is aching for something new LOVE teams in Philippine movies mean a lot to producproduc ers and audiences. For the producers, a good love team can translate into box-office hits. A successful pair can translate into more following and for the stars, it means more commercial endorsements. According to movie chronicler Mario Bautista, love teams in Philippine cinema made quite an impact from the ’20s to the ’30s with the love team of Mary Walter and Gregorio Fernandez (Rudy Fernandez’s grandfather). In the ’30s and the ’40s, the love team of Rosa del Rosario and Leopoldo Salcedo was the toast of tinseltown followed by Elsa Oria and Ely Ramos, Lucita Goyena and Fernando Poe Sr. From the ’40s to the ’50s, the love teams to beat were Corazon Noble and Angel Esmeralda, Carmen Rosales and Rogelio de la Rosa, Tita Duran and Pancho Magalona and on to the decades of Delia Razon and Mario Montenegro, Nida Blanca and Nestor de Villa, Gloria Romero and Luis Gonzales and into the ’60s most-loved pairs of Amalia Fuentes and Romeo Vasquez and on to Susan Roces and Eddie Gutierrez. The love teams of the new millennium are dime a dozen and as always, the partners change faces and they still do good at the box-office. The new love team to reckon with is Sarah Geronimo and Coco Martin who will appear in a new film called Maybe This Time, opening on May 28.
In the presscon announcing her latest starrer, Sarah told media men the first order of the day before shooting starts is to get to know her leading man. Here, she described her close collaboration with co-actors, notably with her leading man. The singing actress rued a good and credible love team doesn’t just happen overnight. “Since this is our first team-up as a love team, my first work was to find ways to connect with my co-actor. Coco and I earlier worked together in none-movie projects and we have to build anew based on that first meeting. Now, I have to relate to him as a co-actor but the most challenging part is to relate as close as possible to his character as Tonio in another time and in another setting. This means you have to get to know your leading man inside and out and more importantly, get to know the character he is portraying.” Coco said he is surprised at the work ethic of his leading lady and how she made it all easy for him. “Since this is our first time as a love team, I needed to get to know her quickly and know at once what she expects from her screen sweetheart. Sarah was a revelation. She is constantly concerned with the chemistry that will work and what will make the love team credible. She actually helped me relax and as a result, my acting on the set was real and spontaneous. In between the harutan and the landian on the set, I was stunned to see a new kind of aggressiveness in her.” Coco was probably referring to a scene where Sarah gangs up on him and looking like a cool femme fatale determined to seduce him. But after pinning him down and running her hands on his face, she drops her line, “You badly need a facial.” Even director Jerry Sineneng noticed the unusual rapport between the two who are always looking for something new and exciting to show their fans. As the cliché goes: The love team is not resting on its laurels. As it is, Sarah has moved on from acting for her screaming fans and is ready to show them her new persona as an actor.
SEXY actress Meg Imperial recalled her humble beginnings in the world of show business and how she often accepted roles with little to no lines just to make ends meet. In an interview on “ Ta p a tan Ni Tunying “ aired Thursday, the 21-yearold admitted that she used to earn as little as P 3 0 0 for her roles as an extra in various television Meg Imperial shows. “Siyempre, nag-start ako as passerby lang, tapos nagsikap ako hangga’t nagkaroon ng roles, lines. ‘Yung mga 300 [pesos] na dati mong kinikita dati, tumataas ng 1,500 [pesos],” she said. Imperial shared how she bragged about her role as an extra in the hit drama anthology, “Maalala Mo Kaya.” She said: “Pinagmamalaki ko ‘yun kahit passerby lang ako.” The actress also admitted that there were several times when the she almost gave up on show business because her career was not playing out the way she wanted it to. “Dumating talaga sa point na yun. Na parang hihingi kami sa mga kamaganak namin, hihingi kami sa mga kakilala [ng pera]. And minsan dadating na lang ‘yung mga maniningil sa bahay. So lahat tini-try ko. Kasi parang wala ka ng matatakbuhan eh,” she said.
“May mga times na sasabihin niya [her mother] na tumigil na ako kasi walang project eh. Pero pag may tumawag sa amin, go agad. Wala naman masama sa pag-try eh,” she added.
Why Meg Imperial almost quit showbiz
B I G BREAK Imperial, who moved to ABSC B N last year, was then given her first huge break in the television industry with a lead role for the afternoon drama, “Moon of Desire.” Asked a b o u t why she accepted such a daring role, Imperial said: “Nung naguumpisa ako, talagang conservative ako. Dahil lang sa gusto ko lang talaga ‘yung trabaho, at gusto ko rin naman mag-evolve para maiba yung ginagawa, kaya tiniry ko siya.” She said, with her newfound success, they can now afford her family a new house, pay for her brother’s education, and support her plans to buy her own car. Imperial, however, added she is not willing go a step further and accept more ‘sexy’ roles in the future. “Hanggang doon na lang muna ako. Kasi doon pa lang nahihirapan na ako,” she said. Asked to rate the afternoon drama, which also stars Ellen Adarna and JC de Vera, she said: “9 kasi maganda ‘yung story at casting pero hindi ko siya ginawa na perfect 10 kasi I know na mayroon pang room for improvement sa akin.”
DOJ summons Zoren Legaspi over tax evasion case MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Justice (DOJ) ordered actor Zoren Legaspi to answer the P4.4 million tax evasion complaint filed against him by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). Assistant State Prosecutor Stewart Allan Mariano has set the preliminary investigation on Legaspi’s case on Wednesday, May 28. Mariano said Legaspi is required to respond to the complaint filed by the BIR. Based on the BIR’s complaint, Legaspi has been slapped with a case for violation of sections 254 and 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code for wilful attempt to evade or defeat tax and deliberate failure to supply correct and accurate information in his income tax returns for 2010 and 2012. Investigation by the BIR showed that Le-
gaspi received a total income of P9.64 million in 2010, and P6.49 million in 2012. A comparison of the documents and information, however, showed that Legaspi declared P6.79 million as gross income in his tax returns filed with the BIR in 2010, and P1.82 million in 2012. Compared with the income payments he received as per alpha lists of withholding agents provided by the BIR’s Information Systems and Development Operations Service (ISDOS) showed Legaspi “willfully and substantially” underdeclared his correct taxable income by P2.85 million or 42% in 2010, and P4.67 million or 256% in 2012. His tax liability for 2010 and 2012 is P4.45 million inclusive of surcharges and interest.
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Claudine makes ‘peace’ with Raffy
CLAUDINE Barretto seems to have reconciled Raymart and his male friend who had supposwith journalist Raffy Tulfo, based on her new edly given their older brother a beating. Instagram post. Claudine and Raymart, who are now dealing She uploaded her photo with Raffy, Thursday, with their own marital woes, filed grave threats with the caption: “Peace. and serious oral defaHad a nice afternoon with mation cases against you po, Sir Raffy Tulfo. the Tulfo brothers, God bless po.” claiming that their Also seen in the photo are on-air remarks were her lawyer, Atty. Ferdinand threatening. Topacio, and an unidentiThe Movie and Telefied woman. vision Review and Recall that in May 2012, Classification Board Claudine and her now-es(MTRCB) suspendtranged husband Raymart ed “T3” for three Santiago, were involved in months for the on-air a fracas with veteran coltirade. umnist Ramon Tulfo, the Raffy Tulfo, Claudine Barretto with Atty. Ferdinand Topacio Claudine’s reconeldest of the Tulfo brothers, ciliation with Tulfo at the Ninoy Aquino Intercomes in the heels of national Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3. a much-publicized feud with Raymart, resulting Following the incident, Raffy, Erwin and Ben in the former filing several charges against him Tulfo aired their side on their now-defunct in court. show “T3: Kapatid Sagot Kita!” and threatened
Vice Ganda on Terrence: I never said we’re together VICE Ganda said he got a call from Terrence Vice Ganda first hinted about the end of his relaRomeo right after the GlobalPort cager went on tionship last May 9 through a series of posts on record to finally clarify his rumored ties with him. Twitter. “It is over,” he said in one tweet. In an exclusive interAnother tweet read, “i view with “The Buzz” TRied but im TiRed. which aired on Sunday, time To Rest.” This Vice Ganda said Romeo had fans of the cocalled to apologize for median speculating what has been said in his on the apparent hints interview with Spin.ph. in the capitalization “Tinawagan niya ako to of the letters, with clarify and to apologize a number asking if for what has been said, the initials “TR” perkung anong lumabas, tained to Romeo. kung anong nasabi nila. Stressing that he I felt sorry for him kasi never mentioned Ronapakinggan ko yung meo’s name, Vice podcast. Naawa ako kasi Ganda said, “Never parang napaglaruan sila Former FEU Tamaraws cager Terrence Romeo akong nagpangalan. I nung nag-i-interview.” never clarified, I nevand Comedian-host Vice Ganda. “Kaya nga sabi ko sa er admitted, I never kanya ‘I never had any confirmed anything. I doubt na it will not come from your mouth. I knew never said na we were together, wala akong tahana hindi siya galing sa bibig mo.’ Yung saktong sang direktang sinabing Terrence Romeo at wala na-quote sa kanya, it was spoon-fed, wala nang akong masamang sinabi sa kanya. I will never say nagawa. Naawa din naman ako kasi na-pressure,” anything ill about him.” he added. Although he admits that he is not doing okay amid In his interview with Spin.ph, Romeo lamented this issue, Vice Ganda reiterated he will not say that the rumor has long affected his image, and anything negative about Romeo or his dad, who that he wants it to be put to rest. He also asked defended his son following allegations that he fans of Vice Ganda to stop spreading rumors supposedly received expensive gifts from the coabout him. median including a condominium unit and a car. “Sana matapos na ‘yung isyu na ‘yan, dahil paulit- “I’m not so okay but I don’t have any negative ulit lang naman na hindi katotohanan! Isang multo words to say about them. Gusto ko ipagtanggol yan ng imahe ko na gusto ko nang mabura total- ang sarili ko pero ayaw kong may taong masakly,” he said. “Sana huwag na silang gumawa ng tan at mapahiya kapag lalo ko pang ipagtanggol mga bagay na hindi totoo. Sariling buhay na lang ang sarili ko. Ayaw kong manakit ng isang taong nila yung pansinin nila.” naging mahalaga sa akin. Ayaw kong manakit ng Romeo has been linked to the “It’s Showtime” co- kaibigan,” he said. host since his stint in the UAAP as a player for “I already cried so much last night. I’m trying my the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, which Vice best to smile. Sabi ko nga sa Showtime, at times I Ganda has been vocal of supporting as an alumnus am smiling because I am happy, but at this point, I of the school. am happy because I am strong,” he added.
Alice Dixson’s timeless beauty CAUSING quite a stir with her debut appearance on the cover of a men’s magazine late last year, Alice Dixson maintains that it wasn’t planned. The actress insists, “I never really imagined myself doing that, it just organically happened.” Asked if she’s willing to have a go at it again, the former Binibining Pilipinas International replied, “It would depend.” “The only reason I wanted to do that FHM cover was because I wanted to inspire women who are in my age category that you could still be healthy, be fit and look good (even) half naked,” she adds, laughing. “So, I think siguro kapag ang focus (ng magazine) ay more on health and fitness, (maybe I would).” Despite appearing quite spectacular in her magazine spread, Alice shares how worried she had been during the shoot. “It was my first time working with the photographer kasi… but when he showed me the initial shots, maganda naman so I put my trust na on him,” she relates. ‘Forever young’ With her angelic face and lean body, it’s not surprising that Alice, at 44, is often mistaken being only at her early 30s. “That’s the youngest (a guy) ever said I look like,” she gush. “I don’t know kung binobola lang ako.” To be pegged as “forever young” is proving quite a challenge for her, saying “nakakastress ’yan… If there’s only
so much time na masu-sustain ko ang (physical appearance) ko.” “Siyempre we all age, it’s not as if I found the fountain of youth naman. If I still look good in the next ten years, then great,” she adds. She credits an active and healthy lifestyle for her youthful appearance. The veteran star is into yoga and running. She also makes it a point to eat right, to take her vitamins and have eight hours of sleep. “Basta hindi ako puyat, I try to go to the gym before I go to work. I have so many activities and I don’t keep it to one thing para hindi siya boring,” she says. Alice was recently tapped as the brand ambassador of General Nutrition Center (GNC), a manufacturer and retailer of nutritional supplements. She uses GNC’s Resvitale Collagen Enhance to restore her youthful DNA, Women’s Ultra Mega to keep her natural energy up despite her busy schedule and Burn 60 to jumpstart her fat loss. “When I was at my 20s, I thought I was invincible. I could eat anything, I could do anything. I was very active but I wasn’t very careful with the
vitamins I took,” she shares. “It wasn’t until my late 30s that I realized that I need to start taking better care of myself and I started reading about different kind of supplements.” Love life On matters of the heart, Alice admits, “I’m doing well.” She got divorced from husband of 13 years, Ronnie Miranda, last year. “I started dating again. Happy ang puso ko. I have trust issues pero if you want to find new love, you have to be open,” she admits. Will she settle for younger boys, say, 10 to 20 years her junior? “Not the really young ones, definitely not the 20 year olds. I think if eight years my junior, that would be the max,” s h e says. Alice adds, “Kasi m a y m g a maturity levels din naman ang mga lalaki…”
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ermany’s BMW is turning a costly necessity to reduce fuel consumption into a profit generating virtue. The world’s biggest premium car maker is currently cranking up the publicity machine for the August launch of its i8 plug-in hybrid twoseater supercar. BMW recently parachuted some investment bank analysts from Europe into Los Angeles to drive the i8 and they’ve come away very impressed. The i8 is BMW’s second vehicle in its drive for electrification, for which it has set up a separate “i” brand. The i3, a small electric city car with the option of a small-gasoline powered range extender to shore up the unpredictable battery mileage, was launched in Europe late last year. IHS Automotive analyst Tim Urquhart, who wasn’t in Los Angeles, said what started out as a loss-leader for BMW to show it took upcoming government rules slashing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions seriously, is turning into an exercise of effective brand building.
“It’s taking huge amounts of R&D (spending) for materials, structures and power-trains. I think at the moment it’s (the “i” program) about being a mobile test bed to prove electrification techniques which are being gradually developed and honed. But what is really important, the “i” vehicles are turning into fantastic brand builders for BMW,” Urquhart said. Last year analysts were saying the i3 programme alone would lose BMW up to $270 million a year
(Cont. from page 1..108 SENATORS) 17. Ex-Sen. Ramon Magsaysay 18. Ex-Sen. Tessie Aquino Oreta 19. Ex-Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr. 20. Ex-Sen. Manuel Villar Also listed were 88 former and incumbent congressmen. They are: 1. Abad, Florencio 2. Agarao, Benjamin 3. Albano, Rodolfo 4. Amatong, Prospero 5. Angara-Castillo, Bellaflor 6. Arroyo, Iggy 7. Arroyo,Mickey 8. Bagatsing, Amado 9. Banaag, Leovigildo 10. Baterina, Salacnib 11. Beratio, Napoleon 12. Biazon, Ruffy 13. Cagas, Marc Douglas 14. Chavez, Leonila 15. Chiongbian, Erwin 16. Chipeco, Joaquin 17. Cuenco, Antonio 18. Dangwa, Samuel 19. Estrella, Conrad III 20. Estrella, Reymund 21. Fabian, Erico
22. Falcon, Jesnar 23. Falcon, Peter 24. Flores, Flor-
encio 25. Fuentebella, Arnulfo 26. Gullas, Gerald 27. Joaquin, Uliran 28. Jaraula, Constantino 29. Lagdameo, Antonio Jr. 30. Seachon, Lanete Rizalina 31. Lanete, Scott Davies 32. Labanan, Marcelino 33. Macarambon, Benasing Jr. 34. Madamba, Sunny Rose 35. Malanyaon, Corazon 36. Malapitan, Oscar 37. Martinez, Clavel 38. Mercado, Roger 39. Miraflores, Florencio 40. Miranda, Anthony 41. Montejo, Neil Benedict 42. Nieva, Ernesto “Banzai” 43. Olano, Arrel 44. Ortega, Manuel 45. Ortega, Victor 46. Pablo, Ernesto 47. Padilla, Carlos 48. Pangandaman, Hussein 49. Pangandaman, Nasser
Of the 20 former and incumbent senators, Enrile, Estrada, and Revilla are already facing plunder complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman. The agents Enrile’s agents are Gigi Reyes, Ruby Tuason, Freddie Villamor, Butch Tuason. Jinggoy’s agent was Ruby Tuason, while Richard Cambe acted as Revilla’s agent. According to Napoles, certain “Bernard and Rose Palacio” acted as agents for Biazon and Barbers, respectively. The affidavit also stated that certain “Lyn,” Matt Ranillo, Butch Tuazon, Tet De Joya, and Pauline Labayen acted as agents for Ex-Sen. Loi, wife of former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, while a certain “Atty. Danny” acted as agent for Honasan. Jaworski’s agents, according to Napoles’ affidavit, were his son Dudut (prior to his election as Pasig congressman) and Tet De Joya. A certain Zenaida Ducut acted as Lapid’s agent, while a certain Catherine Mae “Maam Maya” Canlas Santos acted as agent for Marcos and Legarda.
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for five years. BMW, which has reportedly spent about $2 billion on the project, said it will make money from day one. Arndt Ellinghorst, analyst with International Strategy and Investment of London and who was in Los Angeles, sees a big long-term payoff for the BMW “i” brand. Ellinghorst estimates that the “i” brand alone could be worth 13 billion euros ($17.6 billion) although he doesn’t say when.
Pichay, Prospero Pinggoy, Arthur Plaza, Rodolfo Ramiro, Herminia Real, Isidro Remulla, Gilbert Rodriguez, Maximo Rodriguez, Oca Romualdo, Jurdin Jesus Rodriguez, Rufus Romualdo, Pedro Sandoval, Ricky Sandoval, Joseph Solis, Jose Suplico, Rolex Tulangan, Generoso Umali, Alfonso “Boy” Umali, Aurelo “Oyi” Umali, Reynaldo Ungab, Isidro Unico, Renato Valdez, Edgar Valencia, Rodolfo Veloso, Eduardo Yumul Hermida, Georgilu Zamora, Manuel Alvarado, Wilhemino Cortuna, Juliega Daza, Nanette Costelo
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In Magsaysay’s case, Napoles said that certain Patricia “Gay” Agana Tan, Bibing Agana Villacorta, and Atty. Yacky Agana were his agents. Listed as Oreta’s agent was a certain Carlos “Caloy” Reyes, while a certain Mon Arcenas acted as agent of the elder Pimentel. On the younger Pimentel’s case, his estranged wife Jewel and Luis “Louie” Cruz acted as his agents. Napoles named Jennifer “Jen” Corpuz as Sotto’s agent, while she identified Jun Adriano and Arman Padilla as the agents of the Villar couple. Campaign contributor Napoles also admitted providing campaign funds for former senator Villar through Adriano, as well as Cayetano and Escudero. “Nagbigay ako ng pera para sa kampanya ni Senador Alan Peter Cayetano noong last election (2010). Nagkita kami sa Slice restaurant sa Bonifacio Global City. Personal kong inabot sa kanya ang pera,” Napoles stated in page 28 of her affidavit.
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2015 Lincoln Navigator starts at $62,475 The 2015 Lincoln Navigator will cost $62,475, including destination, when it hits dealership lots. The optional reserve package, which comes with 22-inch wheels, upgraded leather and premium Ziricote wood trim, costs $69,975. Four-wheel drive adds about $3,000 to the price. The standard powertrain for the new Navigator -- and only powertrain, as the V8 has been dropped -- will be an EcoBoost V6 making 380 hp and 460 lbft of torque. When Ford said the engine could handle more power, they weren’t kidding. That engine comes with a sixspeed automatic and a tow rat-
ing of 9,000 pounds. When equipped with fourwheel drive, or 22-inch wheels, the 2015 Navigator will come with Lincoln Drive Control. LDC automatically adjusts the dampers for a smoother ride, and fine-tunes the electric power steering. Four-wheel drive models will also come standard with hill descent control. The Navigator L will offer buyers 12 more inches of wheelbase and about 14 more inches of length. It comes with a 4:10 rear axle, which is optional on standard wheelbase versions. The new Navigator will be built in Kentucky, and will hit dealerships in the fall.
2015 Hyundai Sonata gets $300 price drop
he redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata will start at $21,960 for the base model including destination. The Sport 2.0T trim with the turbo engine costs $29,385. That’s a $300 price drop from last year’s model. Power is down a tick for both versions of the Sonata. The direct-injection 2.4-liter now makes 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque. Last year’s base model made 190 hp. As for the turbocharged model, it now delivers 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. That’s down from 274 hp and 269 lb-ft. Normally we would whine about this all the way to the dealership, but the last turbo Sonata was comically fast. Both engines feature Hyundai’s
new Electronic Intake Continuously Variable Valve Timing or E-CVVT, which improves performance in low temperatures and reduces emissions. Hyundai says the new look of the sheet metal follows its Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language and features a stiffer body structure, better ride quality and reduced noise and vibration. The 2015 Sonata gets a bunch of safety features including seven airbags, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Departure Warning. The 2015 Sonata goes on sale later this month.
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