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Asian Journal September 14-20, 2012 edition

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 Aquino signs order on West Philippine Sea
 A Historical Novel by Dr. Ed Gamboa
The Dark Nights of Father Madrid
 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2012 (Second Round, General Fiction)
Chapter 8: A Call to Social Justice
September 14-20, 2012
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September 14-20, 2012
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Miriam believes Puno involvedin anomalous PNP deals
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PASACAT Extravaganza Sept 28-29 At The Lyceum
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FilAm Fest ScholarshipOffers Money and 
Confidence .. p 19
 In Search of theFilipino Face of 
Christ ..
 p 11
 Albert Lopez
Msgr. Gutierrez
Zena Sultana Babao
 Beneath the
 Surface .. p 16 
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Senate inquiry will not solve jueteng issue – prelate
Give Up Tomorrow to make PBS debut onOct 4 in time for FilAm History Month 
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n the run, again. But he had always been running since he became afugitive. Ever since that night, thatfateful night in ’76. That night when Eddie,the sacristan, woke him up about news of themassacre.“Father, wakeup! They are killingthem! Father, wakeup!”, cool Eddie wasuncharacteristicallyagitated.“What?”, Father Madrid switched onthe bedside lampand reached for hisglasses.“The PC, they’rehere. And they areshooting, Father.”Eddie was grab-
 A sakada is a sugarcane plantation worker. Many of the sakadas live in Negros Occidental, otherwise known as the Sugarbowl of the Phil-ippines. Their labour, called “sag-a” is backbreaking. They are paid in minimum wage, they almost have no rights. Services such as healthcare and education are available only when their employers provide for access to such services. The sakadas and their families and sometimestheir descendants are indentured to the sugarcane plantation owners and their descendants. There are exceptional plantation owners, the oneswho treat them humanely and with dignity but they are the exception rather than the rule. -- C.P. Adorio, Sunday Painter Gallery. “Next time you put some sugar in your coffee don’t take it for granted” -- Sidney Snoeck, who posted the photo above in his blog “My Sari Sari Store.”
By Karen Boncocan,INQUIRER.net, RadyoInquirer 990AM | MANILA,Philippines. 9/10/2012 – Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz, a staunch anti-gamblingcrusader, said he felt that afresh investigation on the il-legal numbers game “jueteng”in the Senate would not stillyield results.In his interview withRadyo Inquirer 990AM on
The Philip- pine Star | MA- NILA, Philippines,9/10/2012 - Sen.Miriam Defen-sor Santiago saidMonday that she iscertain that Interior and Local Govern-ment Undersecre-tary Rico Puno isinvolved in anoma-lous deals in thePhilippine NationalPolice (PNP).“There is rea-sonable ground to believe that heis involved or he is atleast, if not necessar-ily involved, that hehas knowledge andtherefore consent of certain anomalousdeals concerning thePNP. That is clear,”Santiago said in aninterview in ABS-CBN’s morning newsshow.
Santiago made thestatement as the Senatecommittee on consti-tutional amendments,
 DILG Usec Rico Puno
documentary lm directed by
Michael Collins and produced byMarty Syjuco will have its broad-cast/TV debut on October 4 as partof the PBS.org/POV 25th Anniver-sary season.The documentary has won 15awards so far and has been mak-ing an impact in the Film Festivalscene.“It is a proud moment for 
Pinoy/API lmakers on the global
scene,” according to Eseel Borla-za, a publicist with David Magdael& Associates of Los Angeles.San Diego Asian Film Festivalsponsors named the documentary
 Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz
[SAN DIEGO, CA]PASACAT, the longest stand-ing Philippine dance companyin San Diego will presenttheir bi-annual Extravaganzaon September 28 and 29 withthree performances at the Ly-ceum Theater, Horton Plaza.Preparations began inJuly for the volunteer cast of 
twenty-ve dancer/singers and
nine musicians with a 20-hour  per week rehearsal scheduleall in an effort to perfect their craft of presenting the richand diverse cultures of the7,107 islands of the Republicof the Philippines.PASACAT will present atwo and one-half hour produc-tion of popular and traditionalmusic and traditionally baseddances with live musical ac-companiment.The repertoire will includea PASACAT favorite, RyanCayayab’s Musika which callsthe youth to listen, for it isthe youth who hold the keyto keeping our culture andmusic alive. “When you havea gifted group of dancers whoknow how to sing, we haveto take advantage of this tomake the Extravaganza not just for the eyes to enjoy butthe ears as well,” says Anama-ria Labao Cabato, PASACATPhilippine Star | MANILA,Philippines, 9/12/2012 - Pres-ident Benigno Aquino III has
ofcially named the maritime
areas on the western side of the Philippines, where the dis- puted Scarborough Shoal andKalayaan Island Group arealocated, as the “West Philip- pine Sea.”“By virtue of the powersvested in me by the Constitu-tion and by law, do herebyorder... The maritime areas onthe western side of the Philip- pine archipelago are herebynamed as the West PhilippineSea,” President Aquino said inAdministrative Order No. 29,signed last September 5.The AO states that areasincluded in the West Philip- pine Sea are the Luzon Sea“as well as the waters around,within and adjacent to theKalayaan Island Group andBajo de Masinloc, also knownas Scarborough Shoal.”China and the Philippinesare currently dispute over theownership of Bajo de Masin-loc also called Panatag Shoal.Tension between the twosparked last April after aPhilippine Navy ship caught
Chinese shermen poaching
in the shoal. As the Philippine Navy personnel attempted to
arrest the Chinese shermen,
three Chinese maritime shipsintervened.The Philippine govern-ment and the Department of Foreign Affairs have beenreferring to the area as theWest Philippine Sea instead of South China Sea.The AO said “The namingof the West Philippine Seais without prejudice to thedetermination of the maritimedomain over territories whichthe Republic of the Philip- pines has sovereignty and jurisdiction.”Aquino ordered the Na-tional Mapping and ResourceInformation Authority (NAM-RIA) to produce and publishcharts and maps of the Phil-
ippines reecting the West
Philippine Sea.He also ordered all gov-ernment agencies to use themap that will be produced by NAMRIA.
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 NEW YORK — Today U.S. DistrictJudge Susan Bolton issued an opinionthat upheld the controversial “papers, please” provision of the harsh Arizonaimmigration law SB 1070, threateningthe civil rights of women immigrantsacross the country. Last month, a circuitallowed similar provisions to stand inGeorgia and Alabama. Judge Boltonruled today that police in Arizona canenforce the “papers, please” portion of the immigration law.“Civil rights and immigration expertshave clearly stated that the ‘papers, please’ provision of SB 1070 encourag-
es racial proling and promotes stigma
and bias against immigrants, and yet to-day a U.S. district judge chose to ignorethose warnings,” said Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the NationalLatina Institute for Reproductive Health(NLIRH), one of the two organizationsthat lead the National Coalition for 
“Papers, please” provision upheld, endanger-ing women immigrants’ civil rights
Immigrant Women’s Rights (NCIWR).“Provisions like this force women immi-grants into the shadows and ignore theenormous social and economic contribu-tions women immigrants make to their communities. Women are the backbonesof their families and communities, anddraconian immigration policies like ‘pa- pers, please’ disproportionately impactwomen immigrants living, working andraising families. It’s a real blow thatJudge Bolton’s opinion upheld this pieceof the law.”“The ‘papers, please’ component of this law threatens to create a dangerouslevel of mistrust between law enforce-
ment ofcials and women immigrants
who fear detention,” said Miriam Yeung,executive director of the National Asian
Pacic American Women’s Forum
(NAPAWF). “Today’s decision showsan immediate need for comprehensiveimmigration reform that protects womenimmigrants and their families.”This decision reinforces how Arizonacontinues to lead the nation in troublingimmigration policy. Last week, Gover-nor Jan Brewer issued an executive or-der outlining the state’s refusal to com- ply with the federal immigration policythat gives young immigrants withoutdocuments the opportunity to work 
legally in the United States for the rst
time. Instead, Brewer has ordered stateworkers not to issue driver’s licenses or 
other public benets to undocumented
immigrants, further limiting the optionsof these young people.
The National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights is the leading national 
collaboration to specically focus on
women and gender issues in the publicdiscourse on immigration. The coali-tion represents more than 60 leading organizations with a presence nationallyand in every state.
By: Aurora Vega-Buzon
aphne, a night man-ager at the Shangri-LaHotel in Manila, wasrecruited by Hotel Manage-ment Incorporated (HMI)to work at a hotel in MyrtleBeach, South Carolina. HMIrecruits workers from Ja-maica, Costa Rica, Honduras,and the Philippines, to work as seasonal workers in varioushotels in different cities andstates throughout the UnitedStates.
Daphne was housed in a dorm-room style housing where 40 other hotel workers lived and shared aroom with 3 other female work-ers. Every day, all workers ride in ashuttle from the housing to the hotelwhere they work, and they wereshuttled back to the housing after their shifts.Daphne works 85 hours a week,at $6.50/per hour. Payments for housing and transportation allow-ances were automatically deductedfrom their paychecks. HMI alsodeducts other “fees” to cover thecosts of their recruitment, placementand air fare from the Philippines.Thus, Daphne gets only about $380/month which is barely enough for their food and other basic necessi-ties. Daphne does not know that theminimum wage is $7.25, and thatshe is entitled to overtime pay.Christian, a high school mathteacher from Bacolod, was alsorecruited to work in the UnitedStates by International TeachersPlacement (ITP). As placement fee,ITP collected roughly $12,000 fromChristian to “guarantee placement”.Within 11 months, Christian ar-rived in the United States with 4other teachers who, like him, weretold will teach at various middleschools in Illinois. They were met atthe airport by ITP’s president, Mr.Greg Dela Paz who brought themto an apartment where several other teachers recruited by ITP lived.Mr. Dela Paz told Christian andthe other teachers that they can stayin the apartment and share in the
rent, or nd their own housing. One
week later, Mr. Dela Paz told Chris-tian and the 4 other teachers thattheir teaching positions had been
lled but they will be assisted in ap-
 plying in other schools in Illinois or neighboring Iowa.Daphne and Christian may beeligible to apply for T or U visa clas-
sications, as victims of trafcking
and/or other qualifying criminalactivity.What is a T or U Visa? The T Visa
classication is available to per-
sons; (i) who have been subject to
“severe trafcking,” dened as the
“use of force, fraud or coercion for 
sex trafcking, or the recruitment,
harboring, transportation, provision,or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force,fraud, or coercion for involuntaryservitude, peonage, debt bondage,or slavery;” (ii) who are physically present in the United States.; (iii)who the Secretary of the Depart-ment of Homeland Security (DHS)in consultation with the AttorneyGeneral agree have complied with areasonable request by federal, stateor local law enforcement agency toassist in the investigation or pros-
ecution of such trafcking or in the
investigation of crimes where acts
of trafcking are at least one central
reason for the crime; or who is un-able to cooperate in the investigationor prosecution due to a physical or  psychological trauma; or who is un-der 18; and (iv) who would “suffer extreme hardship involving unusualand severe harm upon removal.
The U Visa classication, on the
other hand, provides temporary im-
migration benets to certain victims
of qualifying criminal activity who:(1) have suffered substantial mentalor physical abuse as a result of having been a victim of “qualifyingcriminal activity;” (2) possess cred-ible and reliable information estab-lishing that s/he has knowledge of the details concerning the qualifyingcriminal activity upon which his/her  petition is based; and (3) have beenhelpful, is being helpful, or is likelyto be helpful to a certifying agencyin the investigation or prosecution of the qualifying criminal activity; and(4) the qualifying criminal activityoccurred in the United States, inUnited States territories or posses-sions, or violated a federal law that provides for extraterritorial jurisdic-tion.Qualifying criminal activityincludes one or more of the follow-ing, or any other similar activities inviolation of federal, state, or localcriminal laws: abduction; blackmail;domestic violence; extortion; falseimprisonment; felonious assault;female genital mutilation; being heldas a hostage; incest; involuntaryservitude; kidnapping; manslaugh-ter; murder; obstruction of justice; peonage; perjury; prostitution; rape;sexual assault; (abusive) sexual con-tact; sexual exploitation; slave trade;
torture; trafcking; unlawful crimi-
nal restraint; witness tampering; or attempt, conspiracy, or solicitation tocommit any of these crimes.A person granted a T or a U Visa
classication may obtain employ-
ment authorization, which is incidentto the T or U status. In addition, a person granted a T or U Visa clas-
sication may further be eligible
to adjust status to that of a LawfulPermanent Resident, upon meetingcertain criteria and requirements.A careful evaluation by an ex-
 perienced law rm will assist an
individual in determining whether s/he is eligible for a T or a U visa clas-
T or U Visas for Victims of
Trafficking or Crime
Page 3 Asian Journal - (619) 474-0588 Visit our website at http://www.asianjournalusa.comSeptember 14-20, 2012
by Rudy D. Liporada
The component on preventivehealth care of the Affordable Care Act(ACA) or ObamaCare, according toMr. Joel San Juan, CEO of OperationSamahan, is paramount. “Keeping the people healthy and practicing preven-tive health care should be the way togo,” he said. He cites the condition of his mother who, although now havingAlzheimer’s, “is still strong and aboutat the age of 94.” Mr. San Juan wasone of the speakers at the Health Care
Reform for Asian Pacic Americans
San Juan Emphasizes Preventive Health Care of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
(HCR-APA) workshop held at theClarion Hotel – National City, lastSeptember 7, 2012. According to Dr.Ofelia Dirige, president and CEO of the Kalusugan Community Services,the workshop aimed to give a com- prehensive view of the ACA and howit impacts the APA community. “Itcould even be a deciding factor in theupcoming elections,” Dirige said.The ACA is a federal statute thatwas signed into law by PresidentBarack Obama on March 23, 2010.Its main components are provid-ing affordable medical insuranceto everyone and minimizing healthservices cost. The controversy andfor which critiques of Obama arehell bent on attacking ObamaCarerests on possible increasing costs for medical providers, lower income for medical practitioners, and possibletax increases. As it is, according toSteven Smith, Professor of Law andDean Emeritus of California WesternSchool of Law – San Diego and alsoa panelist, “90% of Medicare comesfrom Federal Taxes.With affordable insurance, the morethere will be possible clients comingto health centers and medical entre- preneurs might have to expand their facilities and increase their staff. Andwith decrease cost of services, theexpansion of said facilities and staff might not be economical. Also withreducing cost of services, medical practitioners will be reducing their in-come. This might call on governmentsubsidies which could mean increaseof taxes.“To avoid or lessen the controver-sy,” according to San Juan, “we mustconcentrate on keeping ourselveshealthy.” The less sick people, theless people will need medical carethat impacts the ACA. This is echoed by Nick Macchione, director of theCounty of San Diego’s Health andHuman Services Agency. Macchi-one said that “we could control our  behavior in caring for our health.”He emphasizes having exercise andthe proper diet. And “this is not onlyabout health, it is about well being,”Macchione added.Other speakers during the workshopincluded Kamal Muilenberg, associatedirector of San Diegans for Health-care Coverage; Leslie Toy, a policyadvocate under the Health AccessProject; Jacob Smith Yang, organiza-
 Joel San Juan, CEO of Op-eration Samahan (photo by Chris Ferraro)
tional director of the Asian Pacic Is-
lander American Health Forum; JoleoMonsalud, life and health contractor for insurance and annuity companies;and Palma Hooper, president of the
Southwest Center for Asian Pacic
American Law.Moderator for the forum was Dr.Aurora Cudal. Overall coordinatorswere Dr. Ofelia Dirige, Dennis-Michael Broussard, and Fe Seligman.Techno-logistics was provided byChris Ferraro.The Philippine Nurses Associationof San Diego was represented in theworkshop in the persons of ErlindaOrtin, Chona Lutap, Tessie Porciun-cula, Erlinda Mascardo, and VickyBarbano. Other attendees includedCOPAO president Merly Ferrer; andJane O’Sullivan of Every WomanCounts.
FOG to hold
by Rudy D. Liporada
The Fore Organized Golf (FOG)
will hold an Asian Pacic Open golf 
tournament on October 7, 2012 atthe Carmel Mountain Ranch CountryClub. According to the organizer,Femie Cupit, “the holding of the tour-nament is designed to raise funds for the Bone Marrow Foundation.Expecting 144 players to partici- pate, Cupit says that “a major prize of $10,000.00 will be awarded to who-ever makes a hole-in-one. Trophieswill also be awarded to both men andladies division on the categories of closest to the pin, longest drive, andlowest gross.”The Bone Marrow Foundation,founded in 1992, has for its goalto improve the quality of life for children and adults who are undergo-ing transplantation as a life savingtreatment for leukemia, Hodgkin’sand non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas,multiple myeloma, aplastic anemia,
severe combined immunodeciency,
neuroblastoma and other geneticdisorders including cancer. The FOGis only one of the many organizationsthat are donating to the coffers of theFoundation.Check-in time for the tourneywhich will start at 8:00 a.m. will be at6:30 a.m. For more information, onecan call Femie Cupit at 858-220-5487or Romy Quinto at 858-405-5577.One can also visit www.foreo-ganizedgolf.com.Femie Cupit is the Founder and
Chief Operating Ofcer of the Fore
Organized Golf. Romy Quinto and Nori Gamboa are also her partners inthe FOG.
 For more information, see AD on
 page 23, Asian Pacic Open.
 Femie Cupit 
You are invited to participate ina unique meet-and-greet event thiselection year!Candidates will be given an oppor-tunity to visit each table and spend atleast 5 to 8 minutes for Q & A withcommunity leaders – think speeddating with a political focus!Topics are open to a wide-rangeof interests and issues in the Asian
Pacic American community, in-
cluding business, culture, education, professional and public services, toname a few.
The candidates who are conrmed
to participate are Scott Peters (Con-gressional); Carl DeMaio and BobFilner (Mayoral); Sherri Lightner (City Council District 1); MartyBlock and George Plescia (StateSenate); Ruben Hernandez, MaryEngland, Brian Maienschein, andDr. Shirley Weber (State Assembly);Dave Roberts and Steve Danon(County Supervisors); Mark Powell,John Lee Evans, Marne Foster, andBill Ponder candidates running for 
Trustee in San Diego Unied School
District; and Scott Hasson and Ber-nie Rhinerson in San Diego Commu-nity College District B. Congress-man Brian Bilbray (Congressional)and Ray Ellis (City Council District1) were invited but could not attend.Where: Jasmine Seafood Restau-rant, 4609 Convoy St., San DiegoCA 92111When: Tuesday, Sept 18, 2012Schedule: 5pm - 6pm Registra-tion, Networking, Appetizers and No-Host bar.6pm - 8pm Conversation TimeCost: $10 per personPlease RSVP to Tim Nguyen bySeptember 10 at timnguyen858@gmail.com or mitz@mitzlee.com.
 APAC Nightof the RoundTable

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