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Asian Journal September 21-27, 2012 edition

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US warns Asia-Pacic leaders over territorial rows
any summers past,Father George had readthe two novels written by Dr. Jose Rizal. He struggledthrough the original 1891 Spanishversion but breezed through the1961 and 1965 English transla-tions by the diplomat and national-ist Leon Ma. Guerrero.
The rst time he picked up the Noli Me Tangere, he could notkeep the book down, anxious to
learn what would happen to the
star-crossed lovers, CrisostomoIbarra and Maria Clara. Rizal’ssecond novel, El Filibusterismo,he savored slowly, like a forbid-den fruit. Translated by Guer-rero as “Subversion”, the Fili dealt with the problem of colonialism. Does evangelization,
its spiritual goals notwithstanding,
exculpate subjugating a nation? Doesthe task of civilizing a race, nobleas its intentions may be, justify thedestruction of indigenous cultureand national identity? For days,he lingered on the 7th chapter, onthe encounter between Simoun andBasilio and the former’s classic pleafor nationalism: “there are no tyrants
where there are no slaves.”
 Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines
September 21-27, 2012
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(Continued on page 10)
300 Taiwanese ‘cybercriminals’to be deported
(Continued on page 7)
 A Tale And Gift To Share
“A Special Tribute To The Virgin Of Peñafrancia”
(Continued on page 10)
 Balikbayan Box  Issues and Discussions(Part 2) .. p 14
 A Child: Defenseless,Yet Powerful ..
 p 11
Roland PaezMsgr. GutierrezBen Maynigo
Figuring Out the U.S. Presidential Race.. p 6 
(Continued on page 7)
Bam Aquino marries girlfriendin Tagaytay
Defying Marcos, Filipino Americansemerged as a force against tyranny
(Continued on page 16)
The Dark Nights of Father Madrid
 A Historical Novel by Dr. Ed Gamboa
 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2012 (Second Round, General Fiction)
Chapter 9: Te National Hero
The month of Sep-tember is a special monthfor Bicolanos around theworld. In every corner of the globe they would pause and offer specialtribute; a homage whichcelebrate the feast of Bi-colandia Patroness, Virginof Penafrancia. In Ha-
waii, Austria, Australia,Ireland, United Kingdom,Rome, Florida, Tidewater,
Virginia, Chicago, Le-
andro, Greater Los Angeles,
etc., and here in San Diego,the Bicolanos concluded thePenafrancia celebrationat St Michaels Church
last Sunday, September 16 sponsored by the
Pag-Iribang Bikolnon.The Bicolanos’ love andrespect to their Patronesswould never cease. Theycontinue sharing the giftof devotion. It goes onand on even after Sep-
“Expat-Bicolanos” further share a gift from God for oth-ers spiritual enrichment. Thisgreat gift is worth spreading.
 Aurora and Julio Ong 
Inquirer.net | MANILA,
Philippines, 9/16/2012 -- Oneof the Ten Outstanding YoungPersons of the World for 2012and an aspiring public servant,Paolo Benigno “Bam” AquinoIV claimed on Saturday,
September 15, Mary Fatima
“Timi” Gomez as the rst ladyof his life at the Chapel on theHill in Tagaytay City.
ABS CBN News| MANILA, Philip- pines, 9/18/2012 – Around 300 Tai-
wanese involved in
cybercrime will bedeported on Wednes-day, September 19, a source toldABS-CBNnews.com on Tuesday.The foreigners, who are cur-
rently detained at a gymnasium
inside Camp General Vicente Limin Canlubang, Laguna, will leavefor the airport at around 2 a.m.Their ight to Taiwan is sched-
uled to depart the Ninoy AquinoInternational Airport at around 6a.m.The Taiwan-ese are wanted byauthorities in their 
home country for 
their alleged involve-
ment in large-scalecybercrimes.Justice Secretary Leila de Lima
 previously ordered a halt to the
deportation supposedly after Presi-dent Aquino rebuked the Bureau of 
Immigration.De Lima also stopped the de-
 portation because she wanted to lecriminal charges against them.However, de Lima changed her 
mind on Friday and approved thedeportation.
On the 40th Anniversary of the Imposition of Martial Law, 9/21
Benjamin Pimente
l,Inquirer.net | SANFRAN-
CISCO,9/18/2012 – The impactof martiallaw was felt
 beyond the
Philippines.It was felt
even here
in America.
For in the United States,
the rise of the dictatorshipof Ferdinand Marcos alsomarked the emergence of 
Americansas a force
after the
its reign of 
terror on
Sept. 21,
 Martial Law protestors in Mendiola face tear  gas (Image from titoguingonajr.blogspot.com)
ABS CBN News | VLADI-VOSTOK, Russia, 9/13/2012- Increasingly tense territo-rial rows in the Asia-Pacicthreaten the global economy,US Secretary of State HillaryClinton warned Sunday atthe end of a leaders’ summit
 plagued by divisions.
The annual gathering of Asia-Pacic Economic Co-operation (APEC) heads was
meant to build goodwill in
long-term efforts to tear down
trade barriers within their 
 bloc, which accounts for morethan half of the world’s eco-nomic output.While progress was madeto cut tariffs on environmen-tally-friendly goods, andcommitments renewed to ght protectionism, bitter territorial
disputes disrupted the two-day
event in Russia’s port city of Vladivostok.Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and ChinesePresident Hu Jintao did nothold customary talks on thesummit sidelines because of 
a row. Similarly Noda and
South Korea’s Lee Myung-Bak -- both allies of Washing-ton -- shunned each other.Philippine President Benig-no Aquino also failed to meetwith Hu, after declaring it histop priority beforehand. ThePhilippines and China haveendured months of bruisingdiplomacy over competingclaims to the South China
“Now is the time for every-one to make efforts to reduce
the tension and strengthen
the diplomatic involvement,”Clinton, who was lling in for US President Barack Obama,
told reporters as she prepared
to leave Vladivostok.“This region of the worldis the economic engine inwhat is still a fragile globaleconomy.“It’s not in the interestof the Asian countries, it’scertainly not in the interest of the United States or the rest of 
the world, to raise doubts and
uncertainties about the stabil-ity and peace in the region.”Clinton urged Seoul andTokyo to “lower the tempera-
ture” over sparsely populated
 PNoy congratulates M/M Bam and Timi Aquino IV 
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2012 – A team from the PhilippineConsulate General in Los Angeleswill conduct a Consular OutreachProgram in National City, Californiaon 6 – 7 October 2012:Location :Council of the Philippine Ameri-can Organizations of San DiegoCounty, Inc. (COPAO) Center, 832“E” Avenue, National City, CA91950Service Hours :9:00 am – 5:00 pmThe consular outreach programis being undertaken in cooperationwith the Council of the PhilippineAmerican Organizations of SanDiego County, Inc. (COPAO).The following consular serviceswill be rendered:· Applications for ElectronicPassport (ePassport), to be returnedto the applicant by mail.· Applications for the reten-tion and re-acquisition of Philippinecitizenship pursuant to RepublicAct 9225 or Dual Citizenship Law.Oath-taking will be scheduled on thesame day for qualied applicants.· Applications for Report of Marriage & Birth will be accepted but these will be processed in Los
Angeles and returned to the appli-
cant by mail.· Application for OverseasAbsentee Voting (OAV)
Appointment Scheduling Stepsfor ePassport Applicants
Visit the Philippine Consulatewebsite (www.philippineconsulatela.org) and download and accomplishthe ePassport application form;and, no later than 1 October 2012or until we receive 280 applica-tions, whichever comes rst, sendan advance copy of the completedePassport application form and data page (bearing the name and photo)of the expired or expiring pass- port to the Consulate by fax (213)639-0990. Thumbprints (if needed)and signature must be afxed andall pertinent data on the applicationform must be completed. INCOM-PLETE FORMS WILL NOT BEPROCESSED.
 Note:1. Personal appearance isrequired in all cases (including ap- plicants who are 65 years old and above and minors who are below 18 years old).2. Do not bring passport pic-tures. Passport pictures are to betaken by the Consulate.3. The applicant must wear decent attire (no sleeveless and/or collarless attire) and without eye- glasses/colored contact lenses.4. No facial piercings allowed.
Appointment Scheduling Stepsfor Dual Citizenship Applicants
Visit the Philippine Consulatewebsite (www.philippineconsulatela.org) and print the Dual CitizenshipApplication form; Complete theDual Citizenship Application form;and, no later than 1 October 2012,or until we receive 100 applica-tions, whichever comes rst, send anadvance copy of the completed DualCitizenship application form andsupporting documents to the Consul-ate by fax (213) 639-0990. Other than the thumbprint and photo which
will be done on site, all pertinent
data on the application form must becompleted. Otherwise, incompleteforms will not be processed.
 Note:1. Oath-Taking will be sched-
uled on the same day for qualied 
applicants.2. Applicants should take their oath as Dual Citizens in DECENT  ATTIRE. The Consulate shall refuseoath-taking to applicants wearing 
inappropriate outt such as:
· Sleeveless shirts· Skimpy clothes· Shorts· Sandos· Slippers 
Appointment Scheduling Stepsfor Report of Marriage (ROM) &Birth (ROB)
Visit the Philippine Consulatewebsite (www.philippineconsulatela.org) and print the ROM or ROBform; Complete the ROM or ROBform; and, no later than 1 October 2012, send an advance copy (oneset only) of the completed form andsupporting documents to the Consul-ate by fax (213) 639-0990. Incom- plete forms will not be processed.
The Consulate regularly updatesthe appointment schedule posted onthe website upon receipt of com- pleted applications.The nal list of all applicants withconrmed appointment schedule will be posted at the Consulate’s website(www.philippineconsulatela.org) by2 October 2012.All applicants are required toPERSONALLY APPEAR duringtheir appointment time for data veri-cation, nger printing and photo/signature capture and must bring alloriginal documents.All applicants are advised totransact their business directly withConsulate ofcials and not throughtravel agencies.
 Fees must be paid in person at the
scheduled appointment. The Con-sulate will only accept payments incash, postal money order or cashier’scheck. Personal checks will not beaccepted.Payments should be paid directlyto the collecting ofcer/cashier of the Consulate during the outreach
 program and inside the venue only.
Please be informed that the Consul-
ate has not authorized other people
or entities to collect fees for allconsular services rendered.
ePassport :$60 processing fee + $6 for pass- ports to be returned to the applicant
 by mail
Dual Citizenship :$50 processing feeCivil Registry :$25 processing fee + $6 for docu-ments to be returned to the applicant
 by mail 
Contact Information
For information on consular mat-ters, interested parties may contactthe Consulate (Attn: Consul RuelGunabe) at (213) 639-0980 or (213)637-3020.
Information SectionPhilippine Consulate GeneralTrunkline: 213 639 0980Directline: 213 637 3028Website: www.philippinecon-
Consular Outreach In National City, CA 6 – 7 October 2012
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 Election 2012
BY JUDY BARRETT , CaliforniaCatholic Conference | SACRA
MENTO, CA, 9/12/2012 -- “Humantrafcking exists all over the UnitedStates, but California is a hot spotfor domestic and international hu
man trafcking because of its large
 population, international borders,
large economy, extensive ports andmetropolitan regions.” (www.case
act.org, the website of CaliforniansAgainst Sexual Exploitation)Prop 35, the Californians AgainstSexual Exploitation Act, is amongthe eleven ballot initiatives Califor 
nia voters will decide this Novem
 ber. This is an initiative we can allagree on—it is well-crafted and has
 broad support. It is endorsed by the
Democratic, Republican and Green parties. A long list of state, countyand city ofcials and law enforce
ment agencies, faith communities,women’s organizations and advoca
cy groups as diverse as Soroptimistsand Truckers Against Trafcking
have urged a “yes” vote.
With all of this broad-based sup
 port, why go to the trouble and ex
 pense of a ballot initiative? Why not
simply pass a bill in the state legisla-
ture? Answer: The proponents want
to raise our awareness about the
sexual exploitation of human beings,especially very young human beings,and that can be better accomplished
through a ballot initiative.
“Human trafcking” is dened asa criminal business that prots fromenslaving people into sexual servi
tude or forced labor through fraud,force or coercion. It is the fastestgrowing and second largest criminalindustry in the world, second only todrug trafcking.Here are some of the disturbingfacts about human trafcking for sexual exploitation. Warning: thesefacts are indeed disturbing:The average age a child is traf 
cked for sex in the US is 12 to 14
years old.
Los Angeles, San Francisco andSan Diego have the dubious distinc
tion of being on the FBI’s list of thethirteen highest child sex trafcking
areas in the US.
100,000 children are commerciallyexploited in the sex trade every year in the US. “Sex trade” means prosti
tution and/or pornography.A child exploited through prostitu
-tion is estimated to be raped by some
6,000 “buyers” during the course of her victimization—often as many as10 to 15 per night.Briey, Proposition 35 will raisecriminal penalties for human traf 
ckers to up to 12 years in prison,instead of the maximum of 5 yearsunder current law, and the possibil
ity of increasing the sentence to 15years to life if the crime involves aminor. Additionally, Prop 35 wouldrequire all convicted sex offendersto disclose their internet accounts,require nes from trafckers to payfor services to help victims, andmandate law enforcement trainingon human trafcking.Prop 35 is a step in the right direc
tion to stop the abuse of women andchildren by the sex trade.
Human Trafcking and Prop. 35: A Step in the Right Direction
SCAPAL | San Diego,9/19/2012— There is much at stake in thisupcoming Presidential election, notonly for the candidates but for thevoters as well. Civil rightsgroups are warning voters, particu
larly voters of color and with limitedEnglish speaking skills, to beaware of individuals and groups whointend to suppress and/or intimidatethem from casting their vote onElection Day.Southwest Center For Asian Pa
cic American Law (SCAPAL) hasa Voter Language Assistance Pro
gram which focuses on protectingand advocating for the voting rightsof Asian American voters. Its PollMonitor Project is recruiting com
munity activists to be nonpartisanPoll Monitors on ElectionDay, Nov. 6th. SCAPAL’s pollmonitoring project was developedto assesscounty compliance with
Poll Monitors Needed To Protect Asian American Voters At The Polls In November
Section 203 of the Federal VotingRights Act, which requires jurisdic
tions to provide assistance to votersin Chinese, Filipino, and Vietnameselanguages and with Section 14201 of the California Elections Code, whichrequires the county to post a fac
simile ballot in Japanese in certain precincts. Poll monitors are trained
as observers, monitoring polling
 places on Election Day for writtenand oral assistance in the required
Asian languages as well as iden-
tifying incidents of voter suppres
-sion and voter intimidation against
voters, especially limited English procient minority voters.Our Poll Monitors will be trainedon how to identify all of these issuesat a Poll Monitor Training Ses
sion on Monday, Oct. 22nd, from6:00 p.m.to 8:00 p.m. at CaliforniaWestern School of Law, RoomLH1. Poll monitors who are bilin
gual in Chinese, Filipino, Japanese,and Vietnamese are encouraged tovolunteer. SCAPAL will be using
 both bilingual and English only
speaking poll monitors. Poll moni
-tors must attend the training session
on Oct. 22nd. To reserve a seat for the training, please email SCAPAL
or call PamHooper, President of SCAPAL at858.752.2220.On Election Day SCAPAL willassign each poll monitor to observe
and report on two poll sites during
the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00
“This is a meaningful way for APIs to participate in the electoral process. Our poll monitors willactually be protecting the rights of Asian Americans to cast a free andeffective ballot in the November election,” said Pam Hooper, Presi
dent of SCAPAL.
 NAAC | San Bruno, CA, 9/17/2012- The National Asian American Coali
tion (NAAC) is a Pan-Asian advocacyorganization that offers nonpartisanguidelines and advice on state issuesand propositions affecting Califor 
nia’s six million Asian Americans. NAAC’s 2012 Voter Guide containsan easy-to-understand analysis of allthe propositions on the California ballot and how they affect the AsianAmerican community. In 2012, one of 
the most prominent ballot initiatives
receiving scrutiny from the minoritycommunity is Proposition 33, whichaffects how much car insurance willcost for every Californian.All Californians are required by lawto buy car insurance. Proposition 33allows car insurance companies tooffer discounts to new customers whowere covered by any car insurancecompany over the previous ve years.
The good news is that this proposition
would treat drivers as continuouslycovered if they were not insured because of military service or if theylost their jobs (for up to 18 months).The bad news is that this discountwould allow insurance companies toincrease the cost of insurance to newinsurance consumers or people whohave not had insurance for ninetydays. So, if you buy car insurance for the rst time, your insurance prices
will probably be higher.
Many well-respected consumer organizations oppose Proposition 33,such as Consumer’s Union, the Cali
fornia Nurses Association, and theConsumer Federation of California.On the other hand, 99% of Proposi
tions 33’s funding has come from just
one person, George Joseph. Joseph
is founder of the Mercury InsuranceGroup of Los Angeles.The President and CEO of the NAAC, Faith Bautista stated, “Toensure effective Asian American inputover the next month, we will invite
George Joseph to meet with Asian
American leaders to discuss Proposi
tion 33’s effect on minority communi
ties. We will offer the same invitationto Proposition 33’s opponents. If these meetings yield any new infor 
mation, the NAAC will update theAsian American community throughthe Asian American media.”It is important to note that the cur 
rent California insurance system hurtsalmost all Californians. Proposition33 does not address the fundamentalissue that causes car insurance to costalmost twice as much as it should.
The best solution to these high insur-
ance costs is the adoption of a “nofault insurance” system. No faultinsurance excludes costly attorneys,lengthy litigation, and years of timespent in courts. It allows drivers,without the need for a lawyer, toquickly and efciently secure thefunds for their personal injuries andcar repairs.Unfortunately, Proposition 33 justmakes car insurance more expensivefor new immigrants, lower middleincome families, and new drivers.All of the propositions and other issues facing California voters will bethe subject of discussion at NAAC’s Ninth Annual Asian American Em
 powerment and Economic Develop
ment Conference on October 15th atthe South San Francisco ConferenceCenter. Forty Asian American mediaoutlets will be covering the event withapproximately one thousand AsianAmericans are expected to attend.The one thousand Asian Americansattending will be able to make their voices heard by participating in a sur 
vey focusing on Proposition 33 andother controversial ballot measures,including Propositions 30, 32, and 38.
 NAAC is a 501(c)(3) non-protorganization that engages in consumer and small business advocacy on be
half of our nation’s 18 million AsianAmericans. NAAC has provided itsanalysis on propositions and current political issues since 2008.Headquartered in San Bruno, CA,the NAAC has a full-time regulatoryand congressional liaison ofce locat
ed in Washington, D.C. It has a major consumer ofce in San Diego and isin the process of setting up ofces inHercules and the Inland Empire.
 Asian American Advocacy Organization Opposes Prop 33
The 6th Annual TCWF/Field  Health Policy Poll 
By Mark DiCamillo and MervinField
California voters, much more thanthe national public,* offer a positiveassessment of the Affordable CareAct (ACA), the nation’s health reform
Statewide, 54% of voters here sup
 port the law, while 37% are opposed.This higher level of support is largelydue to California’s greater share of Democrats and ethnic voters whostrongly back the legislation. In addi
-tion, there is greater than two-to-one
support for the law among the rela
tively large proportion of Californiavoters who are currently uninsured or say that they or a family member havegone without coverage in the past two
A majority of Californians (53%)view the law as an important rst stepin reforming the nation’s health care
system but believe that many more
changes still need to be made. By a51% to 40% margin, voters say thatCongress should stop efforts to repeal
the law, and a nearly two-to-one
majority (60% to 32%) disapproves of attempting to cut off the law’s funding
as a way to stop its implementation.
While nearly half (46%) do notexpect the law to signicantly impact
their own lives, uninsured voters andthose who have gone without health
coverage recently are more likely to
say they will be positively than nega-
tively affected by the law. In addition,larger proportions of voters withineach of the state’s major ethnic voter  populations examined in the survey,including Latinos, African-Ameri
cans, Chinese-Americans, Filipino-Americans, Korean-Americans andVietnamese-Americans, believe their family will be better off than worseoff under the law.
“The survey demonstrates that
California voters are engaged in thedebate over health care reform,” saidDiana M. Bontá, president and CEOof The California Wellness Founda
tion. “These ndings offer usefulinformation to our state’s policymak 
ers currently working toward fullimplementation of the AffordableCare Act in 2014.”
The survey also measured voter 
opinions about the California HealthBenet Exchange, which beginning in2014 will include enabling residentsto shop for health insurance throughan online website. While voter aware
ness of the Exchange is very low(17%), nearly three in four (74%)
 believe an online website where they
can shop for insurance will be helpfulin buying a health plan that best ts
their needs.
The survey asked the Exchange’starget market audience – individu
als who are currently uninsured, areMedi-Cal recipients or receive cover 
age through the individual market – if 
they would be interested in shopping
for health insurance on the Exchangein 2014. The large majority (75%)expressed a personal interest in doing
The survey also explored voter opinions about actions the CaliforniaHealth Benet Exchange could takeregarding the kinds of health plansthat insurance companies could offer on the Exchange.Majorities think it would be ex
tremely important for the Exchangeto encourage insurance companiesto offer more health plans that give primary care doctors a bigger role incoordinating patient care, especiallyfor patients with chronic conditions(59%). Another 52% say it is ex
tremely important to change the wayhealth plans are structured by reward
ing doctors and hospitals more for thequality of care they provide than thenumber of patients they treat.These are the top line ndings fromthe 2012 TCWF-Field Health PolicySurvey conducted among 1,579California registered voters in sevenlanguages and dialects from July 12-29, 2012. The survey is the sixth in aseries of annual studies of voter viewsabout health policy issues in Califor 
nia conducted by The Field Poll under a grant from The California Wellness
Strong support overall for law. Bigdifferences among sub-groupsCalifornia voters are highly sup
 portive of the nation’s health reformlaw. Statewide, 54% of voters now
say they support the legislation while
37% are opposed. These overall nd
ings are similar to Field Poll surveysconducted in 2010 and 2011, although
Californians Strongly Support Nation’s Health ReformLaw But Believe More Changes Are Needed To TheHealth Care System

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