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Some Filipinos could stay in US inedefinitely because of Yolanda US mulls placing PH under temporary protective status
UN probes typhoon aid to PH
ANBERRA, Australia – The United Nations is investigating reports that aid has yet to reach remote parts of the Philippines a month after a devastating typhoon, the U.N. humanitarian chief said on Monday. Valerie Amos, U.N. Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said she had expected that aid had been delivered by helicopter to survivors in even the most remote outlying islands following the Nov. 8 disaster. “Although we’ve got significant aid now coming in to the major centers, we still have a little bit of a worry that in a couple of the smaller islands that there may be needs there that we haven’t managed to meet yet,” she said. “I’m still hearing worrying reports in the media — indeed I heard one this morning — where people said they hadn’t received any aid as yet, and we’re looking into that,” she said. Typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) and its tsunami-like storm surge plowed through Tacloban and other coastal areas, leaving more than 5,700 dead and more than 1,700 missing throughout the region. About 4 million people were displaced. Amos, in Australia for aid talks with the government, defended the Philippine government against criticisms that it was too slow to deliver aid to victims. She said the Philippines responded to more than 20 typhoons a year and was well prepared for storms.
Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez wipes tears during the Congressional Oversight Committee on the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management hearing at the Senate in Pasay City on Monday.
Romualdez tells how gov’t withheld help
ACLOBAN City Mayor Alfred Romualdez yesterday blasted the national government for its alleged failure to immediately provide rescue and security assistance after typhoon “Yolanda” ravaged the city last month. Romualdez said he was practically begging for help from national government officials but was ignored. Romualdez spoke before the post-disaster assessment at the Senate. “Many sitios and barangays were only accessible by foot. People were feeling frustrated seeing all these military planes and trucks and yet yung mga patay nila katabi nila. Yung mga naririnig nila mga boses na pwede pang ma i-rescue. There was never, ever any res-
cue up to today,” he said. President Aquino visited the city last November 10, two days after the typhoon hit the Visayas region but the mayor was not able to talk to him. Romualdez said he then relayed his message to Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras, that he needed more foot soldiers to assess the damage caused by Yolanda and for rescue operations. “Constantly, as the days went on I was asking for support, more foot soldiers to scour the area, to secure the places and conduct a rescue of the people. I was never given that,” he said. “Hindi na-augment ang security ng Tacloban (Cont. on Page 15)
WASHINGTON -- Filipinos affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) may benefit from possible immigration relief measures in the United States, as the Philippine embassy in Washington said the US may place the Philippines under Temporary Protected Status. Philippine ambassador to Washington Jose Cuisia Jr. said consultations on the matter had been ongoing for the past few weeks since Yolanda battered the Visayas and parts of Southern Luzon last Nov. 8. “The Embassy is also aware of the strong interest of the Filipino community, supported by members of the US Congress and lead-
ers of the Catholic Church, for the US government to place the Philippines under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and enable eligible Filipino nationals to support relief and rehabilitation efforts in the Philippines by allowing them to legally stay and work in the US for a certain period,” Cuisia said in a statement posted Wednesday (Manila time) on the embassy’s website. He said the Philippine Embassy has been consulting with US government authorities on the TPS program and the designation process, while coordinating Yolanda relief efforts. (Cont. on Page 11)
That’s a lie, says Roxas MANILA – Talk about irony. The very same letter that was supposed to shield the Aquino administration from the politically unfriendly territory of Tacloban City certainly did not serve its purpose. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas Yesterday, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas admitted that he indeed asked Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez to write a letter signifying that the city government is asking the national government to take over the relief and response in the aftermath of super-typhoon (Cont. on Page 12)
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working as an informer for the Federal Bureau of Investi- a statement. Most were arrested at various offices of the gation. The county’s jail system is the largest such system sheriff’s department. in the country, and many advocates say that it is the most “The pattern of activity alleged in the obstruction of justroubled. tice case shows how some members of the Sheriff’s DeThe allegations come at a particularly difficult time for partment considered themselves to be above the law,” said Sheriff Lee Baca, who is facing several challengers in his André Birotte Jr., the United States attorney for the Central campaign for re-election next year. Sheriff Baca has re- District of California. Law officers who were involved, he peatedly said that he has responded to all charges of mis- said, took steps to hide “illegal conduct that violated basic conduct as soon as he was aware of them, but critics like constitutional rights.” the American Civil Liberties Union say that he willfully ignored persistent problems. The charges were announced after 16 defendants had been arrested, the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeless said in WASHINGTON -- In a coun- sumption, possession and in small amounts were altry known for its drug war and domestic growing of pot ready allowed. But sales where Bill Clinof it were not. This ton once caught left the door open hell for admitfor drug dealers to ting to smoking operate. pot, new ground In legal terms, is being broken: smoking pot will legal marijuana be subject to the f you received Form By: Atty. Crispin C. Lozano ment account). 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Pacquiao and His IRS Tax Woes
A by: Alvin C. Maglan, CPA
ccordi n g to a TMZ
source, Pacquiao still owes the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) $18.3 million (about P800 million) in unpaid taxes over years 2006 to 2010.. TMZ said Pacquiao failed to settle his taxes for three big fights— against Oscar dela Hoya in 2008, and Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto in 2009. He also allegedly did not settle his yearly tax liability in those five years. Based on IRS documents retrieved
by the TMZ, Pacquiao owed the IRS $1.2 million for 2006, $2 million for 2007, $2.9 million for 2008, $8 million for 2009 and $4.2 million for 2010. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) froze the bank accounts of the Sarangani lawmaker and garnished his assets to force him into paying P2.2 billion in tax liabilities, in the absence of documents that he paid taxes in the United States (US). Pacquiao’s camp has assured the BIR it will submit the documents to prove that he paid his taxes in the US. The Court of Appeals has prohibited Pacquiao and BIR officials from further discussing the issue. It was Judge Learned Hand who quoted that there is nothing sinister about someone arranging his affairs
in such a way that he pays the least amount of taxes. But not paying one’s tax obligations to the authorities is no laughing matter. This tax matter is placing the boxing idol in a not so favorable situation...the sooner this is resolved by the expert advisers that he had in his entourage, the better for him and his image as one of the greatest boxers of all time. The above article was published for presentation purposes only. It shouldn’t be construed as a tax advice. Al Maglan is a CPA licensed in California and Nevada. You can contact him @ 510 432 7438. You may email tax questions at amaglan@aol. com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ping faces his toughest challenge
Who is being negative: Aquino or media?
L THE NUCLEUS OF THE MATTER By Val Abelgas
ike a spoiled child who didn’t get what he wanted, President Aquino ranted again against the media, accusing newsmen of “too much negativism,” particularly in their coverage of super typhoon Yolanda and the
fighting in Zamboanga City. “So often, when we read the newspaper, listen to the radio or watch TV, we still get a sense of too much negativism. It’s like if we don’t create controversy, our media are boring,” a visibly irked Aquino told members of the press at the Christmas party of the Bulong Pulungan forum at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City. Aquino made the remarks a few weeks after his approval rating dropped 15 points in a recent public opinion survey. “At the end of the day, the only criteria I have is: Did I do right? And sometimes the right decision may be unpopular. Sometimes, conversely, the wrong decision is immensely popular,” he said.
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“Our people, I believe, are fair judges… I expect that the numbers will rebound, [but] in case they do go down, that is not the important thing,” he added. “Will our people see me as doing that which is right? That is what is important to me.” But that precisely is what is wrong with his frequent rants against the media. He said he is not bothered by the continuous decline of his approval rating, and yet every time it suffers a drop, he blames the media. He says he believes the people are fair judges, and yet when the people decides he is not doing his job well, he rants and blames the media. As early as January 2011, only six months into the presidency, Aquino criticized media’s alleged “propensity to focus on the negative issues instead of the positive ones.” At that time, Aquino was being criticized for his purchase of a Porsche and the use of an armored Lexus, which he claimed was loaned to him by his brother-in-law. Aquino said some media personnel might just be turning a blind eye on positive developments under his administration. “Mahirap ipakita sa nagbubulagbulagan, at ipadinig sa nagbibingibingihan. Basta kami magtatrabaho na lang.” Two weeks earlier, in a speech before the Filipino community in Jakarta, Aquino also took a swipe at media for “reporting negative news about the country instead of looking at its brighter side.” So when the Social Weather Station reported that Aquino’s satisfaction rating had dipped 13 points, did you expect presidential deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte to say the poll result has only inspired the President to focus even more on the tasks at hand? No, she blamed the media and hinted that advertisers should boycott publications that are printing negative stories about the President. Aquino was visibly irritated by media’s coverage of the devastation caused by typhoon Yolanda in Leyte, Samar and other areas in the Visayas. Did he want the media to ignore the hundreds of bodies that lay unattended on Leyte’s streets? Did he want media to say government is responding very quickly to the needs of the typhoon survivors, when relief came only three days after the disaster? Did he want media to ignore the chaos that have resulted from the disorganized relief and recovery operations? Newsmen merely report the facts presented before them. They won’t say there are lootings if there are none. They won’t say the death toll could reach 10,000 if they were not told so, or if they did not witness the hundreds of bodies recovered daily. They won’t say relief goods have not reached certain villages, if indeed they have. (email@example.com)
s anyone surprised that President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III picked former SenaPERRY SCOPE tor Panfilo By “Ping” LacPerry Diaz son as the “rehabilitation czar” to help the victims of Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan? And it probably surprised Lacson, too. Why? Well, who would take this “rehab czar” job and expect to rebuild more than a million homes? The pessimist would probably say, “He’s doomed to fail!” while the optimist might say, “Ping could do it!” The pragmatist would say, “Give Ping a chance.” But the realist hit it right on the head, “Is Ping the right person for the job?” But here’s the thing: they could all be right! But the overriding question that comes to mind is: Why did P-Noy appoint Ping and why didn’t he appoint a loyal family friend, Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay, who is currently serving as the “housing czar”? There must be something that made P-Noy pick the inexperienced Ping Lacson for the job instead of the experienced “housing czar.” For one thing, Ping did not use his pork barrel allocations during his 12-year stint in the Senate, which made him stand out among his peers as “untainted” at a time when three senators were implicated in the pork barrel scam operated by the notorious “pork barrel queen,” Janet LimNapoles. This is a big plus for Ping because as the “rehab czar” he’ll manage the funds from the government as well as the huge foreign aid that doesn’t seem to end. It is a situation that could be tempting to the hordes of unscrupulous public officials who would prey on the helpless victims of Typhoon Yolanda. Isn’t that what happened to the Malampaya funds that were released to help the farmers displaced by
Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng? But Ping was unsure of him doing the job. He asked P-Noy to give him three days to mull it over. And the day Ping accepted the job, he called for a press conference and told the media that he accepted the job – which is estimated to cost P40 billion -- after talking to experts in the field of reconstruction and rehabilitation of disasterstricken areas. “I want to do the job with flying colors. I want to do the best for the job,” he said. But flying colors or not, getting the job done would be a Herculean task that only a strong-willed person could accomplish. Just imagine the enormity of the work to be done. According to the latest report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, 5,670 people have died, 26,233 injured, and 1,761 missing. More than 11.2 million were affected in 588 municipalities and 57 cities including over 200,000 residents staying inside evacuation centers. More than four million people were displaced and more than a million houses were destroyed or damaged. Indeed, Ping has his work cut out for him. But Ping is undaunted by these numbers. He’s cautiously optimistic that completing the rehabilitation before P-Noy’s term ends in June 2016 is “doable.” And “doable” means that Ping has to run his shop with an “iron fist” and use both a “dictatorial” and “consultative” style – as he described it -- of management. Given his long professional career in law enforcement, he’d be a natural when it comes to disciplining erring subordinates. Commissioned in the Philippine Constabulary (PC) upon graduation from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in 1971, Ping rose through the ranks. In 1992, thenPresident Fidel V. Ramos appointed him to the Presidential Anti-Crime Commission (PACC) -- which was headed by then-Vice President Joseph “Erap” Estrada -- as Chief of Task Force Habagat. In 1996, he was appointed project officer of Special Project Alpha. (PerryDiaz@gmail.com)
DOJ must probe Enrile’s martial law role
las, somebody finally lis- By: Atty. Crispin Lozano tened. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the Department of Justice is looking gate Enrile, whom she tagged into the possibility of investi- as the “BFF” (best friend forgating claims by Sen. Miriam ever) of alleged pork barrel Defensor Santiago that Senate mastermind Janet Lim NaMinority Leader Juan Ponce poles, the “king of the martial Enrile is responsible for illegal law illegal logging,” the one logging, smuggling and online responsible for 4,000 deaths gambling in the Cagayan Ex- and disappearances during the port Processing Zone (CEZA). Martial Law, the “anticipated Santiago, in a privilege king of a gambling empire,” speech last week, accused En- a “psychopathic hyper-sexurile of committing seven sins, alized serial womanizer,” and including the three charges the “mastermind of the biggest that the DOJ is planning to in- plunder case in Philippine hisvestigate, his supposed role in tory.” Remove the theatrics and one the deaths and disappearances of political dissenters during will note that Santiago was martial law decades ago and declaring to Filipinos what an alleged propensity to chase many have been suspecting all women. She asked De Lima to along. They were serious allegations that the DOJ need to investigate the charges. Santiago called Enrile the investigate. If Enrile were not “mastermind of the biggest guilty as charged, there is no plunder case in the Philippine reason he would not welcome history.” She urged the DOJ a formal investigation of Sanand the National Bureau of tiago’s charges. It would offer Investigation (NBI) to investi- him an opportunity to clear his name, if indeed he is not guilty The San Fancisco Post of these allegations. 1290 B Street, Suite 203 Hayward CA 94541 De Lima agreed Ph: (510) 885-8827 Fax: (510) 538-7115 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to investigate claims on illegal logging, smuggling and online gambling inside the CEZA, FREE EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION FORM which Enrile helped create in Name: _________________________________________________ his home province when he Email (required): ____________________________________________ filed the law while he was Other Email Add: __________________________________________ still a congressman, but said __________________________________________ that it would be
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hard to dredge up evidence to link Enrile to human rights abuses during martial law. “We will first evaluate because even if we’re willing to investigate, the chance of uncovering those things would be remote or difficult because of the long period which already lapsed,” she said. I see no reason why the DOJ should not investigate the alleged martial law abuses of Enrile. Investigations and trials of war crimes committed during World War II continue to this day although they happened more than 30 years before martial law. There is no saying that nobody will come out to testify against Enrile if there were a formal investigation of these atrocities. President Marcos’ declaration of martial law in 1972, which lasted for more than 10 years, destroyed or altered the lives of hundreds of thousands of Filipinos and yet, nobody has been held responsible for the human rights violations that occurred during that period. It is high time that the victims and the entire Filipino people get closure on that period of darkness in our country’s history. The investigation should ferret out the truth on Enrile’s claim that he was ambushed a few days before the martial law proclamation, which was declared as an evidence of a general breakdown of peace and order that was cited as major reason to declare martial law. Only the truth shall set us free.
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S. Korea, China make moves amid tensions SEOUL—South Korea on Sunday declared an expanded air defense zone that overlaps with one announced by China and covers a submerged rock disputed by the two countries—as tensions rise over competing territorial claims. The defense ministry said its new zone, which will take effect on Dec. 15, would cover Ieodo, a rock in waters off its south coast that China calls Suyan. The airspace above the Seoul-controlled rock— long a source of tension between
South Korea and China—is also covered by Chinese and Japanese air defense zones. South Korea made its announcement even as three Chinese ships entered disputed waters off Tokyo-controlled islands in the East China Sea on Sunday, the Japanese Coast Guard said, the first such incident since Beijing announced an air defense zone in the area last month. The vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile waters around 9 am off one of the Senkaku islands, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus, the Japan Coast Guard
said. They left the area shortly after noon. Japan’s top defense official on Saturday warned that China’s plan to establish an Air Defense Identification Zone in the West Philippine Sea would trigger more tension in the region. Moments after meeting with Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin in Camp Aguinaldo, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera expressed concern that an ADIZ over the disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea would create tension similar to the tensions now being felt between China and Japan in the East China Sea. “If a new ADIZ will be set up in the South China Sea, I think the government of Japan needs to express the same concern that we had over at the East China Sea,” Onodera said. China heightened tensions last month when it unilaterally declared an Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea, in which foreign planes are supposed to file flight plans with Beijing.
House dissolution fails to end Thai protest BANGKOK -- Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, 46, struggled to control her emotions Monday as she announced that she was dissolving parliament to call a new general election. The announcement took many by surprise, including her own foreign minister. Surapong Tovichakchaikul told a room full of diplomats and journalists an hour earlier that Yingluck would only dissolve parliament if protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban agreed it would solve the crisis. “This dissolution was decided by the prime minister without consulting anyone in the cabinet,” a senior government official said. But Yingluck presumably did consult her elder brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, who is at the heart of the country’s seemingly endless political crisis. “Of course she did,” said the official, who requested anonymity. Yingluck’s two-year-plus premiership has been dogged by accusations that she is the puppet of her brother, a former premier who has been living abroad since 2008 to avoid a two-year jail sentence for abuse of power. When Yingluck campaigned for the position in the election of July 2011, Thaksin dubbed her his “clone,” a tag she has tried to live down unsuccess-
fully. The latest round of street protests was ignited on November 1, when the ruling coalition in the Lower House pushed through an amnesty bill that would have pardoned politics-related crimes committed during 2004-13. Along with hundreds of corruption-related cases, the amnesty would have erased Thaksin’s conviction. The bill outraged Bangkok inhabitants, drawing thousands of office workers to the streets of the capital where they blew whistles and demanded Yingluck’s resignation. The premier backtracked when she saw tens of thousands of Thais mobilize against it. On November 11, the Senate rejected the legislation, paralyzing it for a 180-day waiting period. Her government suffered another blow on November 20, when the Constitutional Court ruled that a Lower House bill to amend the composition of the Senate breached the constitution of 2007. The ruling Pheu Thai Party refused to accept the judgement, opening Yingluck up to accusations by the opposition Democrat Party that her government had lost legitimacy by rejecting the court’s jurisdiction, and therefore the constitution. The argument is crucial to protest leader Suthep’s strategy, which is prove that there is a power
vacuum requiring the invoking of Article 7 of the constitution. Although vague and debatable, the article could pave the way for the appointment of a prime minister, endorsed by the king, who could then appoint a “People’s Council” and “People’s Government,” as demanded by Suthep. Leading figures in Suthep’s People’s Committee for Democratic Reform movement have already rejected Yingluck’s dissolution of parliament as failing to meet their demands, since she and her cabinet will remain as caretakers until a new election is held within 60 days. Suthep resigned his seat as a parliamentarian with the Democrat party in late October to head the protest movement. On Sunday, Democrat lawmakers announced their resignation en masse to join the protests. “The Democrats know that if there is a new election, they are not likely to win, and then the Pheu Thai Party can bring back the amnesty bill again and pardon Thaksin,” said Panitan Wattanayagorn, a political scientist at Chulalongkorn University.
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French troops enter Central Africa BANGUI, Central African Republic — French troops deployed in the strife-torn Central African Republic on Saturday, while the African Union said it would nearly double its force to try to stamp out deadly sectarian violence. Cheering residents honked horns, danced and banged on saucepans as some 200 French troops rolled into the mainly Christian town of Bouar in the west of the country. Weary of months of violence from a rebellion that overthrew the government in March, provoking bloody sectarian clashes between Muslim and Christian communities, the residents yelled out “Thank you!’’ and “Save us!’’ The communal violence, which has terrorized rural towns for months, flared in the capital Bangui on Thursday, leaving at least 300 dead in a wave of attacks, the Red Cross said. Central African Republic President Michel Djotodia declared a three-day period of mourning from Sunday for the victims. In comments on national radio he said the situation was under control and urged people to return to normal routines. Djotodia also expressed his gratitude to France for its military help. French President Francois Hollande, describing the bloodshed as “terrifying’’, announced he would send 400 more troops than previously envisaged, boosting a UN-mandated force to 1,600 troops by Saturday night. He said this number would
not increase and most troops would not stay more than six months. The French presidency also announced the African Union would boost the regional MISCA force to 6,000 troops from a planned 3,600. Hollande said the job of the French and African troops would be “to disarm militias who are acting like gangsters, raping women and even killing people in hospitals’’. “I believe we can quickly put a stop to the current atrocities and massacres,’’ Hollande said, adding the long-term goal was to “re-establish stability and, when the time is right, organize free and democratic elections’’. Muslim rebels battle Christian militia MISCA, currently 2,500-strong has been unable to stem the country’s descent into chaos since a motley coalition of mostly Muslim rebel fighters known as Seleka overthrew President Francois Bozize in March. The Seleka chief Djotodia became president, the first Muslim leader of the mostly Christian country. Although he informally disbanded the Seleka, the ex-rebels continued to wreak havoc. Local Christians responded by forming vigilante groups and the government quickly lost control of the sprawling, landlocked country. Reports have described a series of horrors, with security forces and militia gangs razing villages, carrying out public killings and perpetrating widespread rapes.
What Happened To Napoles?
t seems to me that everything is going in favor of Janet Napoles. Do you guys remember Janet Napoles? Well, as a refresher Janet Napoles is the alleged mastermind of the Pork Barrel Scam. Just recently it was the talk of the town. Media and the national government was feasting on her. But what happened? Well, for starters, it was overshadowed by the event in Tacloban. It was indeed a super typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda as people have suddenly forgotten Napoles. After which was a little bit of beauty pageant news which saw Megan Young and Arielle Arrida winning Miss World and 3rd runner for Miss Universe respectively. What Happened to Napoles? LET’S HAVE COFFEE ….. By You are such one lucky woman Janet. Now after the Typhoon and the beauty Don Augusto Orozco queen winners, Korina Sanchez, made it to the CNN Headline as the basher of Anderson Cooper. She got back on board though without much funfare. But above all this is the Pork barrel Scam. Which goes back to the question, What Happened To Napoles? ….. While Korina quietly slipped into the limelight again, Paul Walker, the famous star of the series The Fast and The Furious got into a horrible accident and succumbed to death. Paul Walker was a recent visitor in Manila promoting Fast and Furious and at the time of the accident, he just came from a fund raiser of which he is one of the organizer to help
Typhoon victims in the Philippines. So the next logical question is, What happened To Napoles? ….. Then came Manny Pacquiao beating Brandon Rios giving back a little bit of boxing glory back to Pacquiao and little relief to the Filipino people. We again as Filipinos celebrated the victory of our Filipino pride in the person of Manny. What a great relief. Not to be outdone, Kim Henares of BIR came into the picture to share center stage and slap Pacquiao with a freeze order on his accounts. Whew! After all of these we ask again, What happened to Napoles? ….. I was hoping the issue will resurface now. I mean the Napoles alleged Pork Barrel Scam but suddenly Nelson Mandela came into picture this time. We haven’t buried Mandela and now comes the Tony Leviste Pardon crops up. WOW! That’s a lot of issues coming in and going out. They keep on coming in and going out. One too many issues. Kaya ako nakakalbo eh. After all my question is still, What happened To Napoles? ….. In the meantime, the United Nations is looking into reports about hoarding of relief goods in Manila… Walang Tulugan Master German Moreno or Kuya Germs has placed an Star at Eastwood Walk for Anderson Cooper recognizing his efforts while doing broadcast in Tacloban…PNoy has appointed John Sevilla as OIC for Customs, What Happened To Napoles? LOL ( For comments please email me at email@example.com)
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Chino Roque to be 1st Filipino in space MANILA -- After more to the United States to take (NASA). The AXE Apollo than three days of grueling part in a five-day intense Space Academy (AASA) AXE Apollo Space Acad- astronaut training that em- Space Camp officially emy (AASA) tests at the ployed the same methods ended with the graduation AASA Space Camp, Cross- and equipment used to hone of 107 astronaut aspirants, fit, trainer Chino Roque including three Filiwas declared the first pinos, at the Rocket Filipino qualified to go to Garden of the Kenspace by no less than legnedy Space Center endary spaceman Buzz in Orlando, Florida. Aldrin during awarding Aside from Alceremonies held at the drin, the graduation Rocket Garden of the ceremony was atKennedy Space Center tended by XCOR in Orlando, Florida. Aerospace COO Roque, a psychology Andrew Nelson graduate from De La Salwhose rocket engine le University (DLSU), company is manuwill be the first ever Filifacturing the shuttle pino to travel to space to fly the 24 AASA in 2015. He will join winners to space. 24 other winners on the Also in graduation Space Expedition Cor- Chino Roque (right) won a chance to rites were Space poration shuttle. Roque go on space travel after becoming the Expedition Corpowon the chance to go to a official representative of AXE Apollo ration (SXC) CEO space travel after besting Team Philippines. With him is space and shuttle owner two other Filipinos, Evan legend and astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Michiel Mol, SXC Ray Datuin and Ramil Test Pilot Mission Santos, in the air combat Control COO Harry training, G Force training the skills of astronauts from van Hulten and SXC Direcand assault course. the National Aeronautics tor of Commercial Space The three Filipinos flew and Space Administration Marlous Mens.
Nur’s camp warns peace deal may renew firefight MANILA -- The Nur Misuari-faction of the Moro National Liberation Front on Monday warned of renewed conflict in Mindanao following the signing of the power-sharing annex of the peace accord between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front on Sunday. “They can sign everything, kung gusto nilang ipagpatuloy eh di mag giyera ulit,” said MNLF spokesman Absalon Cerveza. (If they want to go with this (peace accord), then we might as well go to war again). Cerveza said the signed power-sharing agreement between the GRPMILF could open another avenue for the MNLF to pursue its goal for an independent state in Mindanao. He also claimed that several Islamic
states have already signified their support to Misuari. He, however, did not identify Misuari’s alleged supporters. Meanwhile, Malacanang said on Monday that Misuari’s passport has been cancelled since October following the filing of rebellion charges against the founding MNLF chairman in connection with the Zamboanga City siege that left more than 200 people dead. “It (Misuari’s passport) was cancelled in October this year on the basis of his being a fugitive from justice,” Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said. A warrant of arrest was also issued against Misuari on Oct. 18 and no bail was recommended.
On Sunday, the government said that Misuari cannot represent the MNLF or the Bangsamoro people to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation since he is a fugitive from justice. “We oppose any action on the part of Misuari that would convey any semblance of him being representative of the MNLF or the Bangsamoro people. Even the MNLF is not one in backing him up,” Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Sonny Coloma said. Asked if the government will ask for Misuari’s deportation in case he managed to slip out of the country to attend the OIC meeting, Coloma said there are existing protocols in bringing fugitives back.
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Aquino orders probe on Leviste Parole MANILA — The freedom of former Batangas governor Antonio Leviste may be shortlived. President Benigno S. Aquino III has expressed dismay with the parole given to the convicted killer and ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) to probe the process involved. “The President said, ‘I am not happy with the decision and I’m having the whole matter investigated,’” Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said during an interview with state-run DZRB. Coloma admitted that the President only learned about the parole granted to Leviste in the newspapers. “He wanted to know the whole background how the decision was made,” the Palace official said in Pilipino. Leviste was released from the New Bilibid Prison last Friday after being granted parole along with 34 other inmates. The 73-year-old Leviste, who was convicted for killing his former aide in 2009, obtained freedom after being able to serve the minimum required sentence. The penalty was six years minimum to 12 years maximum.
Leviste’s old age was also considered in the Christmas parole granted by the Pardon and Parole Administration. Asked if the government would cancel the parole granted to Leviste despite having supposedly met the requirements for such, Coloma said: “That’s why the President ordered an investigation into the matter. He was not really happy with it.” Prior to the President’s statement, Malacañang said the parole given to Leviste was in accordance with the law. Even Justice Secretary Leila de Lima claimed that the family of the victim did not object to Leviste’s parole application. Back in 2011, the President expressed dismay at the illegal trips Leviste made outside the national penitentiary. Aquino later announced the resignation of his friend, Bureau of Corrections chief Ernesto Diokno, after receiving a report about the liability of several prison officials for Leviste’s out-ofprison caper. He said then that the Leviste incident should compel authorities to correct prison regulations.
Govt, MILF conclude ‘power sharing’ gab MANILA -- The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front on Sunday concluded the annex on power-sharing—the second to the last document needed to complete a comprehensive peace agreement for the Bangsamoro people. Both parties have expressed confidence that the comprehensive peace pact will be signed by January 2014. They also agreed to leave out the issue of Bangsamoro waters in the power-sharing annex and instead hammer out an additional document dealing with the ticklish issue. “With this significant progress, the Parties are confident that they will finish the Annex on Normalization and an addendum on the matter of Bangsamoro Waters in order to complete the comprehensive peace agreement between the government and the MILF in January 2014,” the government-MILF joint statement read. The four-day meeting in Kuala Lumpur ended Sunday evening with the signing of the power-sharing annex, which defines the powers reserved for the national government, and those that will be devolved to the Bangsamoro, and those which will be jointly implemented. “The signing of the Annex on Power Sharing ensures the achievement of a genuine and viable autonomy for the Bangsamoro. It has been a very difficult round but we were able to overcome a lot of obstacles, showing the parties’ shared commitment to finish and deliver on our peoples’ desire for peace,” presidential peace adviser Teresita Deles said in a statement from Kuala Lumpur. “We consider the signing of the annex on power sharing as a special gift of the Season for the Filipino people, an indication of the collective hopes and dreams of our
people for just and lasting peace,” Deles added. Government chief negotiator Miriam Ferrer earlier said there are at least 10 concurrent or joint powers relating to the administration of justice, the management and protection of various resources, disaster risk reduction and management, trade and economic development, and matters important to the practices and way of life of Muslims such as the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca), halal certification, and Shari’ah courts, among others. MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal earlier described the power-sharing annex as the heart of the peace negotiations. Under the framework agreement signed in October last year, the peace agreement, once signed, will lead to the creation of the Bangsamoro – a political entity that would replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Earlier this year, both panels signed the annexes on transitional arrangements in February and on wealth-sharing in July. Ferrer said both sides must act quickly in hammering out a comprehensive peace pact. “The Aquino administration has less than 1,000 days left -- let us make the most of these days, before we get caught again in the whirlpool of the next electoral campaign, or our national attention and resources again be consumed by the next super typhoon, earthquake or other devastating events,” she said. Only the annex on normalization remains to be signed, but both panels have already agreed in principle to a gradual and phased disposition of weapons and decommissioning of MILF combatants. Ferrer said by 2016, a substantive number if not all MILF rebels will already be decommissioned.
Saro gang leader also linked to pork scam MANILA —The head of the gang at the Department of Budget and Management that is engaged in producing photocopies of Special Allotment Release Orders (Saros) was also involved in the P10-billion pork barrel scam, according to a source in the DBM. The source, who is privy to the probe by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), told the Inquirer a member of the gang wanted to turn whistle-blower and had provided DBM officials with the name of their “supremo.” The gang member, an administrative aide with salary grade 4, had also asked the DBM’s union representative for help, the source added. “He asked for protection against the gang that is headed by a woman who was also implicated in the pork barrel scam and whom they call “supremo,” the source said. The source described “supremo” as a division chief who had access to documents, including Saros in the office of Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos. The gang leader, according to the source, provided technical support to Relampagos.
“All documents brought to Usec Relampagos passed through her and she pointed out insufficiencies in the requirements,” the source explained. Relampagos and three of his staff—identified as Malou, Leah and Lalaine—were included on the list of lawmakers and other individuals charged by the Ombudsman in connection with the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam. Earlier, the NBI named Relampagos as a respondent in a plunder case in connection with the alleged theft of P900 million from the Malampaya Fund. Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, now a Pampanga representative, and three members of her Cabinet were also charged in the case. The source talked to the Inquirer on condition he would not be named due to the sensitivity of the issue. He acknowledged that the “peddling of Saros had long been an ongoing enterprise by some unscrupulous employees and no one had been penalized.”
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Porsche Macan: Cayenne’s spicy sister An entirely new vehicle joins the Porsche family in the form of the Macan SUV. Slotting under the Cayenne as the brand’s first compact SUV, the vehicle was first conceived in 2010, internally called the Cajun (Cayenne Junior). The Macan name comes from the Indonesian word for tiger. It features design very similar to the Cayenne, bearing the distinctive Porsche façade and sloping rear tailgate. Unlike the Cayenne, the Macan features a wraparound bonnet and short but broad LED tail lamps. Buyers can choose from several variants, beginning with the Macan S, equipped with a 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine delivering 340 bhp and also features an active all-wheel drive with an electronically controlled, map-controlled multi-plate clutch. This all-wheel drive is fitted on all Macan models. A seven-speed double-clutch transmission transfers power as required via Porsche Traction Management (PTM) and enables the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds. The vehicle reaches a top speed of 254 km/h, and its fuel consumption figures are between
9.0 and 8.7 litres/100 km. The top model in the Macan line, the Macan Turbo, is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 biturbo engine. It delivers 400 bhp and catapults the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seco n d s . Although the top speed is 266 km/h, the Macan Turbo delivers fuel consumption figures of between just 9.2 and 8.9 liters/100 km. Inside, the Macan features an interior inspired by the Panamera, featuring a sloping center console with much of the switches on either side of the stickshift. Generous use of carbon fiber inlays can be paired with the bold red leather interior or more subdued neutral shades. The range of equipment fitted on the Macan as standard is extensive, and includes the allwheel drive, PDK, multi-function sport steering wheel with shift paddles, large wheels, highperformance audio system and an electrically operated tailgate.
FORD launches new global Mustang DETROIT - Nearly 50 years after launching its affordable sports car, Ford Motor Co is unveiling a global redesign of the Mustang to try to burnish the U.S. automaker’s image and spur sales of its more expensive models. Top Ford executives, including Chief Executive Alan Mulally, will fan out across six cities to take the wraps off the 2015 Mustang on Thursday. The car will be shown in Dearborn, Michigan, Shanghai, Sydney, Barcelona, New York and Los Angeles. This will be the first Mustang sold in Europe and Asia. The second-largest U.S. automaker expects most sales to come from North America, but the car’s mystique should prompt new consumers to visit Ford showrooms in other markets. A new influx of buyers could help Ford increase sales of its other high-performance models, such as the Focus ST, boosting profit margins and the Ford
brand image, analysts said. “We kept seeing them show up even though we don’t sell them in China, Australia and other places,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s head of North and South America, said of the Mustang on the sidelines of the Los Angeles Auto Show last month. “People are figuring out a way to get it into the country, even though it’s not sold there, which tells you something,” added Hinrichs, who previously led Ford’s operations in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The Mustang was redesigned to appeal to a global audience, in keeping with Mulally’s effort to cut costs by building models that can be sold around the world with a few tweaks.
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When may a Petition continue if the Petitioner Died?
t is important to know that a petition may continue despite the death of the petitioner under certain circumstances. This benefit came into law under Public Law 111-83 signed by President Obama and was incorporated in the Immigration & Nationality Act Section 204 (l). Under this new law, an alien may continue the processing of a family based petition if the alien seeking benefits: A. Resided in the United States at the time of death of the “qualifying relative” or pe-
required from another titioner. By: Atty. Crispin C. Lozano individual who qualiB. Continues to reside in fies as a “Substitute the United States from the time of death of the “qualifying rela- Sponsor.” tive” or petitioner continuously up to the uestion: Who can qualify as Subtime of decision on the pending petition. stitute Sponsor? C. Is at least one of the following in a famnswer: An individual may ily based petition: qualify as a Substitute Sponsor if she 1. The Beneficiary of a pending or ap- or he is related as spouse, parent, motherproved immediate relative visa petition. in-law, father-in-law, sibling, child at least 2. The Beneficiary of a pending or ap- 18 years of age, son, daughter, son-in-law, proved family based petition including the daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-inP r i n c i p a l law, grandparent, and grandchild. uestion: Does the Surviving Relative and any need to be physically present in the derivative Beneficia- US? nswer: Yes. One of the most imporries. u e s tant conditions of this new law is that t i o n : it only applies to those surviving relaIs an Af- tives who reside in the United States at the fidavit of time of death of the qualifying relative and S u p p o r t continuously reside in the United States up R e q u i r e d to the present. for a Famuestion: What should I do if I believe I ily Based am qualified for this immigration benpetition? efit? nswer: nswer: You should consult with an Ye s , experienced immigration attorney to an Affi- represent you because the USCIS is very davit of strict in implementing the new law. O u r Support is Law Office has successfully get approval
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on numerous cases where the petitioner has already died. uestion: If the beneficiary is in the Philippines, will the processing of the petition continue? nswer: Unfortunately if the beneficiary is in the Philippines, the petition may only continue if there is an approved humanitarian revalidation which is very hard to get.
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. On June 3, 2013, we received an approval from USCIS of a petition that continued despite the death of the petitioner under Public law 111-83. . On May 8, 2013, we received an approval of adjustment of status for a client who has a problem with entry document but has Sec. 245(i) eligibility. . On January 25, 2013, we received an approval from the Immigration Court for an adjustment of status for an alien who originally entered as a Philippine Government Official under A2 visa. . On November 30, 2012, we received an approval from Immigration Court of waiver for use of different name upon entry to the U.S. and adjustment of status. . On October 25, 2012, we received an approval of green card from the Immigration Court based on Cancellation of Removal of a client under the Violence against Women Act. She originally entered under a Fiancée visa but the marriage did not worked and she ended up filing a self petition. . On October 23, 2012, we received an approval of green card for a client whose petitioner has already died. She took care of her petitioner father before he died 10 years ago. She thought this will never be possible until the new law came into effect. . On September 21, 2012, we received approval of adjustment of status and waiver of misrepresentation for a client who used a different name or passport upon entry to the U.S. . On May 25, 2012, we received an approval from the Immigration Court for a waiver of misrepresentation for a green card holder who entered the U.S. as single but actually married at the time of entry. The grant of waiver stopped his removal and allows him to Maria Victoria Strong was granted Permanent Resident apply for naturalization. by USCIS based on petition by her spouse. Atty. Crispin. Crispin Caday Lozano is an active memC. Lozano represented the couple with USCIS. ber 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, a Real Estate Broker and a Bachelor of Business Administration Cum Laude graduate. He has offices in San Francisco, Hayward, San Jose, and Cerritos, California. You can contact him at 1-877-456-9266. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org/. Visit our website at www.crispinlozanolaw.com/. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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U.P. Concert Chorus on U.S. Tour They are back! The University of the Philippines Concert Chorus, UPCC, or simply Korus, the official choir of the University of the Philippines is back to Sacramento after sixteen years. But they made such a great impression to us that we will never forget when they last visited. This December 2013, the UPCC will embark on their 21st International tour and will visit Seattle, Washington, California with concerts scheduled in Vallejo, Union City, Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Diego, among other cities. The tour, S’Aliw Himig, Isang Lakbay Taglamig 2013, translated as Musical Entertainment, Winter Tour 2013, is scheduled as follows in Northern California. On Sunday, December 22, 2013, at 4:00PM, The Filipino Community of Solano County Inc., and Friends of Korus Foundation Inc., will hold a UPCC concert. It will be at the Filipino Community Center, 611 Amador Street (corner Florida Street), Vallejo, CA. Tickets are $20 general admission and $50 sponsor – reserved seating. For tickets and information, please call Marie Berenguer (707)642 5364; Norma Placido (707) 643-8057 or Eloise Scott (707) 642 5643. On Saturday, December 28, 2013, there will be a concert at 6:00 P M at the Union City Apostolic Church, 33700 Alvarado Niles Road, Union City CA 94587. Donation is $20 and for more information, please call Jim Navarro
(510) 468 3402. Sponsors are Itleong/Vera Cruz Coalition, Rotary Club of FUN Sunset, Knights of Columbus Oakland Diocese Chapter, St. James the Apostolic Church and the University of the Philippines Alumni Association. The following day, Sunday, December 29, 2013, Eskwela Natin and the Friends of Korus Foundation Inc., proudly present the UPCC in concert at 7:30 P. M. at the Saint Ignatius Loyola Parish Church, 3235 Arden Way, Sacramento CA. Tickets are $25 or $100 VIP sponsor with two reserved seats. Partial list of sponsors are the University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Sacramento and Vicinities, Sacramento Pasay City/Manila Sister City, Eskwela Natin in cooperation with other organizations: American Legion Post 604, Bayanihan of Sacramento, USA, Crossings TV Channel, Filipino C o m munity of Sacramento and Vic i n i t y, Filipino Fiesta of Sacra-
After all the eating, after all the games, after all the fun. Some of the participants take time for a group picture after a successful Christian Family Night held at the Embassy Suite in the City of Milpitas (Cont. from page 1..SOME FILIPINOS COULD STAY) Also, he said the embassy has also been actively consulting with Filipino community leaders and other stakeholders, including the Department of Foreign Affairs and other concerned agencies in Manila. “The consultation process is still ongoing. When the decision on what action to take is finally made, it would be based on what the Philippine government believes would be best for our country and our people,” he said. Cuisia noted the US Customs and Immigration Services (CIS) had said last Nov. 15 that certain immigration relief measures can be extended to
Filipinos affected by Yolanda, on humanitarian grounds. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) The US CIS said the US Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a country for TPS “due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately.” It said TPS may be [given] to eligible national of certain countries who are already in the US. The Secretary may designate a country for TPS due to the follow-
mento, Filipino Women’s Club, Golden State Lions Club, Maharlika Lions Club, Operation Yolanda, Sinag-tala Filipino Theatre and Performing Arts Association, Valley Hi Lions Club, and the Visayan Association of Sacramento and Vicinity. What started as a major fund raiser for Eskwela Natin, Sacramento, became a major fund raiser for Operation Yolanda, a community wide effort to raise funds for the victims of typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda which devastated the Philippines in one of the worst, if not the worst, super typhoons. To be part of this humanitarian cause and for ticket information, please contact any member of the sponsoring organizations or Dolores V. Diaz at (916) 3962351 or Ester Carrasco at (916) 386-2716.
The Christian Family Organization ( BUKLOD officers). 1st Row: Julie Usal, Sandy Palad, Manny Palad ( II District Minister of Northern California), Noel Gasmen, Gigi Gasmen, Chit Balgos 2nd Row: Sam Usal, Sam Castillo, Maritess Angeles, Liza Lapena, Nanette Castillo, Rebecca Bernal, Melinda Vilale, Millet Laqui, Nette Ayala, Melissa & Jun. 3rd Row: RJ Angeles, Nilo Lapena, Beng Mora, Edgar & Genie Embalsado, Lanie & Geofrey Cortes, Patrick & Zedar, Michael & Mitzi Gabriel, Nelson Ayala, Osias Balgos & Carlos Bernal.
ing temporary conditions including an “environmental disaster” such as earthquake or hurricane. During a designated period, TPS beneficiaries or those preliminarily eligible for TPS upon initial review of their cases are: • not removable from the United States • can obtain an employment authorization document (EAD) • may be granted travel authorization Atty. Crispin C. Lozano, an immigration attorney based in California said that TPS would allow Filipinos here in the U.S. to work and support their families in the Philippines who were impacted by the Typhoon.
Remittances account for almost 10 percent of the Philippines’ Gross Domestic Product. Now, more than ever, those funds are needed to help support the recovery process. TPS is a temporary benefit that does not lead to lawful permanent resident status or give any other immigration status but will allow immigrants to work in the U.S. and travel outside the U.S. A signature campaign is ongoing to emphasize the urgency of this matter to President Aquino and Ambassador Jose Cuisia to request the U.S. President Obama to request TPS classification for Filipinos. Visit our website at www.crispinlozanolaw.com/ to sign up for the petition.
SIGN THE PETITION NOW!!! Petition for Temporary Protected Statuts for Filipinos in the US The decision to designate a country for TPS rests with the executive branch of the U.S. federal government. To start the process the Philippine government should make the request of the U.S. government through its diplomatic channels. After the request is made, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the appropriate agencies such as the Department of State, will then decide whether to grant the request. The current TPS designated countries include El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Syria. The Philippines may qualify for TPS designation considering the great damaged suffered by the country from Bohol earthquake and Typhoon Yolanda. It would impose a great burden on the rescue and restoration effort in the Philippines to require the country to reabsorb its nationals from abroad, many of whom may have homes that were destroyed by the Typhoon. TPS exists to provide a safe haven for those who are reluctant to return to potentially danger-
ous situations, and to assist nations who are under extraordinary and temporary conditions and face difficulties in receiving their nationals safely. A grant of TPS would allow Filipinos here in the U.S. to work and support their families in the Philippines who were impacted by the Typhoon. Remittances account for almost 10 percent of the Philippines’ Gross Domestic Product. Now, more than ever, those funds are needed to help support the recovery process.
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The Guitarist and the Harmonica Player. Brother Everlisto Quebral Sr, while playing guitar and entertaining participants of the Christian Family Night.
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WBC picks Pacquiao over Floyd MANILA -- The World Boxing Council (WBC) has surprisingly put Manny Pacquiao as its top contender in the welterweight class being ruled by Floyd Mayweather based on the latest ratings released by the Mexico City-based governing body. Pacquiao wasn’t even rated in the last rankings that was released during the boxing body’s annual convention in Bangkok last month and his sudden inclusion has obviously something to do with efforts to make a megabuck matchup between them happen in 2014. Now at No. 1 in the 147lb class, Pacquiao moved ahead of No. 2 Luis Abregu of Argentina, who was the
top-rated contender in the November, 2013 list, and Amir Khan of England, who slid to No. 3 after being rated No. 2 previously. Khan is being floated as the most likely foe of Mayweather when he makes his return to the ring on May 3 in Las Vegas although the unbeaten American has yet to make an official announcement. Pacquiao, like Mayweather, is also penciled to see action and Top Rank chief Bob Arum said the Filipino icon is set to fight again on April 12 at the MGM Grand against a foe who will be named before the end of the year. Major backers of Pacquiao and Mayweather have been trying to agree to pair them
together but efforts have failed a few times in the past owing to a bevy of reasons. Pacquiao is coming off a rousing victory over Brandon Rios in Macau and the WBC may have felt that now is the best time to revive the negotiations since they are both shopping for dance partners. If ever a fight is made, the WBC stands to gain financially as it will collect a fat sanction fee from the promoter not to mention that only ring officials aligned with them get to work the fight. Even though Pacquiao has agreed to undergo random drug testing, that doesn’t mean it will be a lot easier to cut a deal in place.
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Viloria ready for rematch with Estrada FORMER World Boxing Organization/World Boxing Association flyweight champion Brian Viloria is ready for a rematch with Mexico’s Juan Francisco Estrada in Macau on Feb. 22 on a Top Rank fight card of promoter Bob Arum. In an overseas telephone conversation with the Manila Standard, Viloria said he expects to find out from his manager Gary Gittelsohn what progress has been made with the Estrada camp on the planned rematch, which was first indicated by Arum. “I’ve been keeping myself busy, working out on my own for a month, running every day,” Viloria told the
Standard. He said he will begin training at the Wild Card Gym of Freddie Roach on Monday and will continue to work with Roach’s assistant Marvin Somodio. Viloria told us Somodio “is a great guy and I’m really happy about his training a lot of top notch fighters. Now, I am feeling good and well rested and ready to go again.” He said if the rematch pushes through, he won’t make the same mistakes he made when he lost the title to the tough Estrada last April 6 in Macau. Viloria was winning comfortably over the first five rounds before he decided to
slug it out with Estrada and paid the price, losing by a split decision. “I will stay with my gameplan and not try to please too many people. There is no need to slug it out. I’ve got to fight smart,” the twodivision world champion said. Viloria revealed that his wife Erika, a nurse in California, is four-and-a half months pregnant and they are very excited as they look forward to their first child. “I’m not getting any younger. It’s about time,” Viloria who turned 33 last Nov. 24, said.
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As the Chinese economy continues nese communities. do they buy the trophy properties -to boom, Chinese are looking abroad Others seek homes near colleges $15 million and up -- that make the to spend money on real estate. their children can attend. news,” said Tan. Where are they buying? And the wealthiest of these Chinese Cities like Detroit and Memphis are New York and Los Angeles top the buyers are looking for economically more appealing to Chinese looking list of U.S. cities they are most inter- strong cities, using U.S. real estate to for predictable, steady cash flow, acested in, according to Juwai.com, a diversify their investments. cording to Juwai. They’re snapping website where Chinese buyup foreclosures and other ers browse global real estate heavily discounted properlistings. ties, fixing them up and rentMore surprisingly, Philadeling them to local residents. phia and Detroit come in at They hire local managers to No. 3 and No. 4. take on the day-to-day mainThe top 10 list is rounded out tenance and collect the rents. by Houston, Chicago, Las In the case of Detroit, the Vegas, Atlanta, San Diego buyers often don’t even do and Memphis. repairs right away, accordChinese buyers purchased ing to Rachel Saltmarshall, $8.2 billion worth of U.S. Detroit came in at No. 4 on the list of president of the Detroit property in 2012, according top U.S. cities for Chinese homebuyers. Association of Realtors. to Juwai. It ranked cities by They’re buying at tax sales how many searches they atand foreclosure auctions and tracted from Chinese house hunters. “They look at these as a safe haven holding the properties, sometimes This is a welcome clientele for for their money,” said Pam Liebman, keeping them vacant, hoping that the U.S. sellers. The median home CEO of broker the Corcoran Group. city’s comeback is imminent. price among Chinese buyers was Wei Min Tan, a broker with RutenDowntown Detroit is going through $425,000 in 2012, compared with berg Realty in Manhattan, said that a renaissance, according to Kelly the overall median U.S. home price most Chinese buy to rent out, or for Sweeney a local real estate broker of $199,500. sporadic use themselves. And the transactions are often quick “They often have kids in school for Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel. and clean: 70% of the Chinese buy- somewhere nearby and they fly into “The Chinese are making bulk purers pay cash, according to the Na- New York, spend a few days and chases of inexpensive properties, tional Association of Realtors. then go on to visit their kids,” he $25,000 or less, in the rings around Buyers have different reasons for said. downtown,” he said. “They’re bankpicking a city. He added that most of these New ing on the downtown resurgence spiNew York, Los Angeles, Chicago York City sales are in the $1 mil- raling out into those rings.” and San Diego have substantial Chi- lion to $3 million category. “Rarely (Cont. from page 1...THAT’S A LIE..) “Yolanda’s” devastation in Leyte. But Roxas was quick to clarify that the letter was neither meant to ask for the resignation of Romualdez nor a condition for all the relief, equipment, and manpower assistance from the national government to enter Tacloban City. “The President was being careful in taking over because he does not want anything to be misconstrued,” Roxas told reporters in a press briefing at Camp Crame. Roxas was reacting to the statements of Romualdez during a congressional hearing last Monday wherein the latter accused both President Benigno S. Aquino III and Roxas of politicking the Yolanda response. He instead accused Romualdez of being the one who injected politics in the Yolanda response. Lack Of Support In the congressional hearing, Romualdez also claimed that Tacloban City did not receive enough support from the national government, even expounding about the letter that Roxas supposedly forcing him to sign. Roxas, however, emphasized that he pushed for the signing of the letter in the absence of any resolution or ordinance from the Tacloban City government that authorizes the national government to take over the Yolanda response in the City. “The purpose of that is if they continuously insist for a national government, can they formalize because we do not want anything to be misconstrued… because we are recognizing the personalities involved and that we cannot really deny that it is the real situation,” said Roxas. The Romualdezes of Leyte are close allies of the Marcoses, the political foes of the Aquinos. Roxas also virtually called Romualdez a liar when the lat-
ter insisted about the political motive of the letter. The Proof In fact, the Interior Secretary said the conversation about him asking Romualdez to sign a letter was recorded. “This is what I said: ‘You have to understand you are a Romualdez, the President is an Aquino, so we are being very careful in just taking over because we don’t want anything to be misconstrued, misunderstood’,” said Roxas, reading the transcript of the meeting with Romualdez and with some 30 other people on November 14. Roxas said he will submit the transcript of the meeting when he attends the next congressional hearing. The letter remains unsigned as of today, although Romualdez repeatedly declared that he would sign it in front of President Aquino. And even if the letter remains unsigned, Roxas said all the assistance that Tacloban City needed were deployed and distributed, including the 531,000 food packs of the 2.8 million food packs distributed in Eastern Visayas since last month. “This is just a clear proof that that letter was never a condition for the entry of national government help in Tacloban City,” said Roxas. Crooked Lies But what apparently pissed off Roxas was the alleged claim of Romualdez that until today, not a single assistance from the national government was given to Tacloban City. “I understand him, I sympathize with him but his being a typhoon victim does not give him a license to twist the truth. So I am here to correct all the lies that I heard,” said Roxas. The official even accused Romualdez of being the one who injected politics in the Yolanda response.
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Angelika Dela Cruz: Her passion for public service IF Angelika dela Cruz is passionate about public service (she’s currently the Barangay Chairman of Lungos, Malabon), it’s because it’s been her dream to enter politics and serve people ever since she was 19 years old. But her showbiz career got in the way. This was what Angelika told us during the Christmas party for the press tendered b y Perry Lansigan’s PPL Entertainment Inc. last Monday, Dec. 2, at Primero Casa Filipino in Quezon City. “Nag-concentrate muna ako sa showbiz career ko. At gusto ko kasi pag pumasok ako sa public service ay ready na ako, hindi half-baked lang but totoong handa na ako,” the actress said. Before the last barangay elections, Angelika felt she was more than ready to fulfill her political ambition. She won but not before someone tried to harm her. Asked if she felt this attack on her person was
politically motivated, “Oo naman po, alangan naman na galit lang siya kay Giselle (her kontrabida character in her last GMA7 teleserye).” So now she has enforced a tighter security measure for her and family. She has many projects for her barangay. “Problema ko kung ano unahin ko. But the medical missions have to be regular. At kaka hit papaano, may pamaskong handog kami para sa mga tao,” she said. Of course, Angelika will continue her showbiz career. “Hanapbuhay ko ’yan eh. Kakayanin ko, ’yun lang mangangarag ako sigurado. Papayat ako, which is okay lang.” In deference to the situation in Eastern Visayas due to super-typhoon “Yolan“Yolan da,” PPL decided to hold a simple Christmas party for the press so they can use the funds to help build classrooms in Estancia, Iloilo in collaboration with Dingdong Dantes’ YesPinoy Foundation. Estancia was one of the most devastated areas in Iloilo and this was visited last Nov. 28 by Dingdong himself and fel fellow PPL artists Max Collins and Rochelle Pangilinan. Dingdong said all the classrooms in Estan Estancia were destroyed by the super- typhoon but despite this, classes had resumed. “Ka “Kahit walang bubong mga classrooms nila, pumasok sila starting Nov. 25. I think they deserve to have their classrooms back,” he said. Also at the Christmas party were Jolina Magdangal-Escueta, Wendell Ramos, Rochelle Pangilinan, LJ Reyes, Arthur Solinap, Geoff and Gabby Eigenmann, and Carlo Gonzalez.
Phil Younghusband denies dating KC Concepcion FOOTBALL player Phil Younghusband denied rumors romantically linking him to actress KC Concepcion, only days after his former girlfriend, “Darna” star Angel Locsin, publicly reacted to the supposed blooming relationship. The 26-year-old Azkals striker took to Twitter on Friday to address the rumor, as he answered a follower’s question whether he is dating Concepcion. “Admit it! Angel, Phil and KC What is true between [you and] KC Concepcion? Are you two dating?” the follower asked. “No truth to the rumor,” Younghusband responded. “I only met KC once and I was with Angel for a ‘Buzz’ interview a long time ago. Hope this ends the chismis.” Younghusband was referring to the defunct ABS-CBN talk show “The Buzz,” which Concepcion formerly co-hosted. Locsin, who confirmed her separation from Younghusband in October, was recently for her reaction to rumors that her boyfriend of over a
year is now courting Concepcion. Noting she has yet to confirm whether there is truth to the rumor, Locsin said, “I’m willing to
give it the benefit of the doubt. It’s just that, as his ex, parang ang bilis.” “Come to think of it, it’s his life,” she added. “I have nothing to do with [Phil] anymore.” Concepcion has yet to speak on the matter. Younghusband, throughout his relationship with Locsin, was vocal of his hopes of settling down with the actress. “I plan to marry Angel. She’s the one, and I know I want my future to be with her,” he said at the time.
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Jessy Mendiola: Kapamilya’s ‘It Girl’ “It’s hard to believe that I’m the network’s favorite,” actress Jessy Mendiola said of her status as the Kapamilya network’s current “It Girl.” “Whatever I’ve achieved now is the result of hard work. I’m very dedicated to my craft.” Jessy plays the title role in ABSCBN’s drama program, “Maria Mercedes.” She is also with comedienne Pokwang in the latest Star Cinema film, “Call Center Girl.” The 20-year-old actress is likewise among the country’s more popular product endorsers. “If the network indeed plays favorites, I would’ve gotten this big break (‘Maria Mercedes’) some two years ago
while I was just starting. I love what I’m doing that’s why I still accept work even with only a few hours of sleep. I guess my bosses took notice of me dahil panay ang segue ko,” she told the Inquirer during a recent media gathering. In October, she was appointed tourism ambassador to South Korea by the Korean Tourism Organization (KTO). According to KTO Manila office director Sanyong Zhu, Jessy was chosen because “at an early age, she is already one of the most influential celebrities in Philippine society. She has more than 580,000 Twitter followers, who could be potential supporters of Korean tourism like herself.”
Jodi Sta. Maria, Iwa Moto patch things up MANILA – All’s well that ends well between Jodi Sta. Maria and Iwa Moto a year after they got embroiled in a controversy. Citing Moto’s interview with an entertainment blog site, “Buzz ng Bayan” on Sunday reported that the two patched things up when Sta. Maria reached out to Moto after the sexy actress gave birth to her child with Pampi Lacson. Lacson is Sta. Maria’s former husband, and also the father of her only son Thirdy. The “Buzz ng Bayan” report said Sta. Maria sent Moto a breastfeeding book. Moto then reportedly thanked the “Be Careful With My Heart” actress by sending her a text message. Moto said she admires Sta.
M a ria for what she did a n d t h a t s h e a l s o regrets saying hurtful words to Sta. Maria in the Actresses Iwa Moto (left) and Jodi Sta. Maria (right). past. I n Sta. Maria’s alleged affair, June 2012, Moto said in a tele- until they eventually bevision interview that Sta. came a couple. Maria had an affair with Moto, at the time, also reher former boyfriend, Mike iterated that she did not Ablan, while the actress cause the separation of Sta. was still married to Lacson. Maria and Lacson. The sexy actress met Lacson to confront him about
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The San Francisco Post letter since it could be deemed as a resignation letter. The mayor said he practically “begged” national officials for help, but to no avail. “I could not understand why I could not get help from the national government... Kung kaya ng police at military na ma-secure ang President, bakit ‘di kami nabigyan ng security para ma-secure ang siyudad?” Romualdez said. Romualdez also said he said he “lost everything” in the typhoon and was able to save only the clothes on his back. He said he was staying at Patio Victoria near Tacloban’s coastline because he was monitoring the typhoon. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who was presiding the briefing, said Roxas will be asked to present his side on the issue in the next hearing. No date has been set for the next hearing. Roxas’ camp said it would issue a statement yesterday afternoon but early last night said the statement would instead be issued today.
(Cont. from page 1..ROMUALDEZ TELLS HOW) City, tinanggal pa yung chief of police,” he said, referring to Chief Supt. Elmer Soria, chief of PNP Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) who was relieved after he said there were some 10,000 fatalities in Leyte alone. Soria gave the estimate three days after Yolanda made landfall. Romualdez said national government officials were asking him to issue an ordinance to declare a curfew in the area. “They wanted an ordinance immediately for a curfew. And I said it is difficult to have an ordinance for a curfew because we have no fiscal’s office, no court. If these people violate the curfew and be arrested, how can they post bail? Why don’t we just have checkpoints? And this went on and on, and yet every day, we were meeting every day, every morning. I could not understand why we could not get that support,” he said. He said that in one meeting, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas asked him to “legalize everything” by passing an ordinance allowing the national government to conduct relief and rescue efforts in the city. “I told him, why is it illegal? As far as I know, the President is the president of the Philippines and he is also president of Tacloban City. I don’t see anywhere in the law that you need a letter or ordinance from me for you to come in and do what you are doing,” he said. “He answered me: ‘You have to remember, we have to be very careful because you are a Romualdez and the president is an Aquino,’” he said. Romualdez belied reports that he was asked to resign as mayor. He said Roxas just asked him to write a letter saying that he could no longer perform some of the functions of the mayor of Tacloban, and the letter would allow the national government to step in and help the city. He said his lawyers advised him not to write the
DEATH TOLL NOW 5,924 The official death toll from Yolanda was 5,924 as of yesterday. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the 128 additional fatalities are all from Tacloban City. NDRRMC operations officer and spokesman Rey Balido said number of fatalities in worst-hit Leyte province is now 5,087 people including 2,321 in Tacloban City. Balido said the number of missing still stands at 1,779 people who are mostly unidentified. He said some of the missing may turn out to be among the unidentified fatalities already documented. Balido said the number of fatalities may further increase, citing the number of still missing victims “though we don’t know if some of the missing are already part of those already recovered. It (number of fatalities) may increase when we find the missing,” he said.
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