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PHL, Vietnam to push for early talks on code of conduct in disputed sea
Dummy NGOs have fakeaddresses, says NBI
Senator Pia Cayetano walks with President Aqui-no towards the plenary hall for his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) - File Photos
By Jocelyn R. Uy, Philip- pine Daily Inquirer | MA- NILA, 7/24/2013 -- StartingAugust, visitors from 151countries can enter the Philip- pines without a visa and canextend their stay up to 30days, according to the Bureauof Immigration (BI).
BI ofcer-in-charge Seig-
fred Mison said on Tuesdaythe visa-free entry privilegehas been extended from 21 to30 days as part of the govern-ment’s efforts to draw moreforeign tourists to the country.The Department of Tour-ism is targeting 5.5 millionforeign tourists for 2013 and
double the gure by 2016.
ABS CBN News |MANILA, 7/23/2013 – The brother of Senator Pia Cayetano, TV direc-tor and Taguig City 2ndDistrict Rep. Lino Cay-etano, revealed the story behind how her sister ended up walking withPresident Aquino towardsthe plenary hall for hisfourth State of the NationAddress (SONA).On “Bandila”, Rep.Cayetano said he was sup- posed to be her sister’s date,
and being a rst-time attendee
to the SONA, he did not wantto be late.When the announcementwas made that the Presidentwas already on his way to the plenary hall, Cayetano saidhe rushed to his seat, and itskipped his mind that hissister was waiting for him atthe entrance.“Ako po ay hindi bati-kang senador, ako po ayisang bagong kongresista, sonoong sinabi na, ‘Umupo nakayo, padating na ang Presi-dente ng Pilipinas,’ tumakboako sa loob dahil ayoko na-man na mahuli. I didn’t real-ize na my sister ay nag-iintaysa labas,” he said.Senator Pia, who was wait-ing outside the hall, ended upwalking with the President be-cause of his brother’s absence.By ANCOP USA | NEWJERSEY, 8/2/2013 -- The 3rdCFC ANCOP USA GlobalWalk is set on August 24,2013. This was announced by Eric Villanueva, CFCUSA National Director and AN-COPUSA President, duringa recent teleconference of regional coordinators.(In the Philippines and inother countries where Couplesfor Christ exist, the Walk will be held on August 25).“Let us work hard to havemore walkers this year so thatwe can continue sending poor children to school and build-ing houses for poor families,”exhorted Villanueva.This year’s Walk will beThe tourism agency esti-mated that up to seven million jobs would be generated for Filipinos if the targets wereachieved.Mison noted that the newvisa policy was adopted pur-suant to a circular from theDepartment of Foreign Af-fairs issued on July 1. He said by Rudy D. Liporada, ASIAN JOURNAL | San Diego, 8/2/2013 -- Pedro Villegas,SDGE Director of Community Relations debunked the myth that the San Diego Gasand Electric is against the use of Solar Energy systems being installed by residents and businessmen. “We in fact support these installations,” he said, “because they help reduceelectric bills especially for those who go to tiers three and four in their wattage use.”Director Villegas was responding to a comment that the SDGE was against the use of Solar Panels as a source of renewable energy during the forum held last July 28, 2013at the Kalusugan Center in National City. The forum was primarily held to reiterate theincrease on electric bill rates effective September this year.Chuck Waller, SDGE Market Advisor, presented available programs to help custom-ers of the company conserve and save on their electric bills. Rudy D. Liporada, a Renew-able Energy Consultant for SolarMax Technologies, also made a presentation on howSolar Energy systems could save residents 80-90% on their bills.
Waller said that “300,000 residents will denitely be affected by the pending in-
crease.” He emphasized three ways on how customers could shave off some of their  bills. “Apart from changing our behaviors like being conscious on unplugging appliances
SDGE Director debunks Solar Energy myth
 Pedro Villegas, SDGE Director of Community Relations (rightmost-second row), says SDGE supportsSolar Energy systems. Chuck Waller, Market Adviser (leftmost-second row, reiterates electric bill increasescome September, 2013. Both represented the Company at a Filipino forum held July 27, 2013 at the Ka-lusugan Center directed by Dr. Ofelia Dirige (fourth from right-front row). Photo courtesy of Nedy Lao
August 2-8, 2013
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Ben MaynigoMsgr. GutierrezZena Babao
 Jesus Christ is theWord.. p 10
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CFC ANCOP USA Global Walk Set For August 24, 2013Tourists’ initial stay in PHextended from 21 to 30 days
CULTURE: Invalu-able to Nationhood  .. p 6 
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Three G’s: Godliness,Greed and Gambling .. p 11
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Muslim teachers instructed not to wear veilsduring classes
Filipino artists band together tosend message of peace to China
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How PNoy became Pia’s ‘accidental’ escort at SONA 
By Matikas Santo, IN-QUIRER.net | MA- NILA, 7/23/2013— The Philippineshas a new messagefor China amid itscontinued maritimedispute with thecountry: “FU”.This messagehowever does notmean any profan-ity, but instead is a call for “peace, love, unity and re-spect.”An independent group of artists from theUnited Statesand the Phil-ippines have banded together and calledthemselves “TheFilipinos Unite”(FU) movementwith the aim of using music tocall for Filipinos all over theBy Nancy C. Carvajal, ,Philippine Daily Inquirer |MANILA, 7/24/2013 -- Na-tional Bureau of Investiga-tion agents have so far failed
to track down ofcials of 
dummy nongovernment orga-nizations (NGOs) allegedlyused by Janet Lim-Napolesto defraud the government of P10 billion in ghost projects. NBI spokesman CecilioZamora said Tuesday theaddresses provided the Secu-rities and Exchange Commis-sion when the NGOs appliedfor registration were “manu-factured or nonexistent.”Zamora said agents whowere tasked to issue subpoe-
nas to the 20 NGOs identied
 by the whistle-blowers of the state funds scam failed toissue the invitations because“the addresses of the NGOswere fake.”“It’s either the address isnonexistent or if the addressis correct the occupants weredifferent,” he said.Zamora declined to dis-close the addresses of the NGOs involved.By Dona Z. Pazzibugan,Inquirer.net | MANILA,Philippines—The Departmentof Education (DepEd) hasasked teachers of subjects inArabic Language and IslamicValues Education (ALIVE)in public schools not to wear face veils in the classroom asthis would get in the way of effective teaching.“Once the ustadja (teacher)is in the classroom, she isrequested to remove the veil,”said Education SecretaryArmin Luistro in an order 
dated July 16.
Luistro said wearing a veilwould keep students from see-ing the teacher’s face in class.“In support of effectivelanguage teaching, recogni-tion and discrimination of letters and their sounds areenhanced. Lip formation
signicantly helps in the cor-
rect production of the letter sounds,” Luistro said.Seeing the teacher’s facewithout the veil would benecessary “for proper identi-
cation of the teachers by the
 pupils, thus promoting better teacher-pupil relationship,” headded.Luistro made the requesteven as he reiterated DepEd’sstanding policy of protectingthe religious rights of students
GMA News | MANILA,8/2/2013 -- The Philippinesand Vietnam want the Associa-tion of Southeast Asian Na-tions (ASEAN) to take a “giantstep” by pushing China toagree on early negotiations for a code of conduct in the disput-ed South China Sea instead of  just having consultations thisyear, Foreign Secretary Albertdel Rosario said Thursday.Del Rosario said he and hisVietnamese counterpart, PhamBinh Minh, agreed in their meeting in Manila on Thursdayto convince the ten-member  bloc in a scheduled meeting inHua Hin, Thailand on August13 -14 that efforts to craft thecode of conduct, which aimsto stop aggressive actions and prevent clashes in the disputedsea, should be expedited.“We want them to takea giant step on China,” DelRosario told reporters. “It’ssupposed to be a consultationmeeting but we want to be ableto bring it to a negotiationsstage.”ASEAN and several gov-ernments, including the UnitedStates and Japan, have calledfor the immediate drafting of a code of conduct which manyhope can prevent skirmishesamong rival claimant countriesfrom becoming violent in theSouth China Sea.Many governments fear that the territorial rifts can trig-
ger a major armed confict and
disrupt the freedom of naviga-tion in the busy shipping lanes.“Consultation probably isnot enough. We need to talk about negotiations,” Del Rosa-rio said.The Philippines, Vietnam,Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwanhave competing claims over the South China Sea, parts of which are called West Philip- pine Sea by Manila.“We want to convince theothers that it would be morefruitful if we tried to seek a ne-gotiating meeting very quicklyafter the consultations,” headded.ASEAN groups Thailand,Indonesia, Malaysia, Philip- pines, Singapore, Brunei,Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos andMyanmar.In 2002, ASEAN and Chinasigned a non-bonding code of conduct that calls on all claim-ants to exercise restraint andstop new occupation in theSouth China Sea.However, its non-bindingnature and lack of provision tosanction misbehaving claim-ants renders the accord uselessagainst aggression.China claims “indisputablesovereignty” over the entirewaters, where undersea gasdeposits have been discoveredin several areas, even as itoverlaps with the territories of its Asian neighbors.Manila has sought interna-tional arbitration to try to de-clare as illegal China’s massiveclaim.
 —Michaela del Callar/  RSJ, GMA News
 
Page 2 August 2-8, 2013 Asian Journal - (619) 474-0588 Visit our website at http://www.asianjournalusa.com
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by Atty. Jean Tinsay, Esq.
Legal Buzz 
Read Atty. Jean Tinsay’s previous articles by visitingour website at
www.asianjournalusa.com
(Continued on page 4)
 by: Jean S. Tinsay, Esq., Chua Tinsay
Vega Law Ofces | SAN DIEGO-SAN
FRANCISCO-MANILA, 7/27/2013Jen was 10 years old when her parents brought her to the United States. Whenshe was about to graduate high school
and lling out her college applications,she was shocked and horried to learn
from parents that they were in the Unit-ed States illegally. She put aside her dreams of going to college and helped
her parents clean houses and ofces.
She met and fell in love with Jerry oneof their workers and they eventuallygot married. Like Jen, Jerry was also brought here from Mexico as a child.When Deferred Action for Child-hood Arrivals (“DACA”) came out lastyear, allowing certain individuals whocame to the United States as children torequest for deferred action, Jerry appliedand his DACA request was granted.Jenny, however, has not submitted aDACA application up to now. Severalyears ago, in a heated argument withJerry, the neighbors called the police totheir apartment. When the police came,they noticed scratch marks on both of Jerry’s arms. Jenny was charged withdomestic violence. Fortunately, for her the charges were reduced and she waseventually convicted with disturbing the peace, a misdemeanor. She is afraidthat her domestic violence charge andcriminal conviction for disturbing the peace would make her ineligible for DACA.DACA provides a much welcome andneeded relief to thousands of individu-als who were brought here to the UnitedStates as children. If found eligible for DACA, the individual is granted work authorizations allowing them to legallywork in the United States, and can thenobtain a Social Security number and adriver’s license. Most importantly eligi- bility under DACA grants the individual“authorized stay” in the United States.What that means is that the individualwho is covered by DACA is not deport-able.One of the key eligibility requirementsto qualify for DACA is the individualmust not have been convicted of a
felony, signicant misdemeanor, or 3 or more “non-signicant misdemeanors”
occurring on different dates and aris-ing out of different acts, omissions, or schemes of misconduct, and do not oth-erwise pose a threat to national securityor public safety.For purposes of DACA, the federal
criminal classication governs in deter-
mining whether an offense is a felonyor a misdemeanor. A “felony” is an of-fense punishable by a potential sentenceof more than 1 year. A misdemeanor isan offense punishable by a potential sen-tence of more than 5 days but not more
than a year. A “signicant misdemean-
or” for purposes of the DACA includes
a misdemeanor as dened by federal law
and for which the maximum term of im- prisonment authorized is 1 year or less but greater than 5 days and regardless of the sentence imposed, involves burglary,domestic violence, sexual abuse or exploitation, unlawful possession or use
of a rearm, driving under the inuence,and drug distribution or trafcking. A“signicant misdemeanor” may also in-
clude any other misdemeanor for whichthe individual was sentenced for morethan 90 days.In Jen’s case, while she was chargedwith a crime of domestic violence, shewas convicted of the offence of disturb-ing the peace, a misdemeanor. Whatdetermines eligibility is not the criminalcharge, but the criminal conviction.
Consequences of Criminal Con- victions on DACA Applications
Had Jen been convicted of a domesticviolence crime, she will not likely beeligible for DACA since that conviction
would be construed as a “signicant
misdemeanor.” However, Jen wasconvicted of disturbing the peace, a mis-demeanor. For DACA purposes, Jen’s
conviction is for a “non-signicant mis-demeanor.” The term “non-signicant
misdemeanor” includes any misdemean-or punishable by imprisonment of morethan 5 days but not more than a year that
is not identied per se as a “signicant
misdemeanor.”While Jen does not appear to beineligible to apply under DACA, keep inmind that DACA is a type of prosecuto-rial discretion and each DACA requestwill be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. It would be best for Jen to consult
an immigration lawyer before she les
her DACA application.Jean S. Tinsay is a partner in the LawFirm of Chua Tinsay and Vega (CTV)
- a full service law rm with ofces in
San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramentoand Manila. The information presentedin this article is for general informa-tion only and is not, nor intended to be,formal legal advice nor the formation of an attorney-client relationship. Call or e-mail CTV for an in-person or phoneconsultation to discuss your particular situation and/or how their services may be retained at (415) 495-8088; jtinsay@ctvattys.com.A POINT OF AWARENESS By Pre-ciosa S. Soliven (The Philippine Star) |4/14/2013 -- (Part I)The media and Malacañang have gen-erally focused on the negative aspectsof the Sabah story. For more than twoweeks, our local dailies and televisionhave been reporting President Benigno“P-Noy” Aquino III’s frustration on therefusal of Sulu Sultan Jamalul KiramIII to make his people, who have settledin Lahad Datu, their real “homeland,”to return back to Sulu. People are alsowondering why President Aquino, thehighest authority in the Philippines,does not help negotiate a fair settlement between the Sulu Sultanate and theMalaysian government, whose regular  payment of a paltry sum to rent Sabah
signies that true ownership belongs
to the Sulu Sultanate. Instead, he hastreated Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram IIIlike a child, “Do as I tell you. Comehome or else...” P-Noy was only 2 yearsold when President Diosdado Macapa-
gal led the Philippine claim to NorthBorneo on June 22, 1962.
The better road to peace . . .
Western scientists have conrmed that
in ancient times North Borneo and thePhilippines, connected by land-bridgehave been considered as one country.Philippine STAR columnist AmyPamintuan quotes the website of the“Royal Hashemite Sultan of Sulu (and North Borneo / Sabah),” Malaysiashould either increase its rent for Sabahor return the land to the sultanate.“They’re not talking peanuts. The
amount listed is $1,500 or P77,445.36
as current annual rental for 73,711square kilometers of land rich in naturalresources. Considering that Sabah con-tributes $30 billion annually to Malay-sian GDP, according to the sultanate, therent should be 10 to 12 percent of the
amount, or $3-3.6 billion a year.
“Another proposed option is a jointadministration of Sabah by the sultanateand Kuala Lumpur, with all earningsto be split: 50 percent will go to Sulufor development projects such as roads,hospitals, schools and public safety fa-cilities, while Sabah and Kuala Lumpur will get 25 percent each.”Mr. President, isn’t this a worthy basis of negotiation that would upliftthe status of our Muslim brothers andtriple the development of Mindanao?Sir, lets choose the BETTER ROAD TOPEACE, than mere talk and signing of treaties?Sen. Salonga recounts the backgroundof the Sabah claim
The following year — 1963 — after President Macapagal led the Sabah
claim, Sen. Lorenzo Sumulong’s privi-lege speech denounced the Philippineclaim but Sen. Jovito Salonga delivereda point by point rebuttal to Sumulong’sspeech.1704 — The Philippines and whatis known today as Borneo used toconstitute a single historical, cultural,economic unit. Authoritative Westernscientists have traced the land bridgesthat connected these two places. The in-habitants of the Philippines and Borneocome from the same racial stock, theyhave the same color, or used to havesimilar customs and traditions. North Borneo, formerly known as Sa- bah, was originally ruled by the Sultanof Brunei in 1704. In gratitude for helpextended to him by the Sultan of Suluin suppressing a revolt, the Sultan of Brunei ceded North Borneo to the SuluSultan.HERE, OUR CLAIM BEGINS. Over the years, the various European coun-tries, including Britain, Spain and the Netherlands acknowledged the Sultanof Sulu as the sovereign ruler of NorthBorneo. They entered into various treatyarrangements with him.Baron de Overbeck and the natural boundaries of Sabah territory“In 1878, a keen Austrian adventurer, by the name of Baron de Overbeck, hav-ing known that the Sultan of Sulu wasfacing a life-and-death struggle withthe Spanish forces in the Sulu Archi- pelago, went to Sulu, took advantage of the situation and persuaded the Sultanof Sulu to lease to him, in consider-ation of a yearly rental of Malayan$5,000 (roughly equivalent to a meager 
US$1,600), the territory now in ques-
tion. The contract of lease — and I callit so on the basis of British documentsand records that cannot be disputedhere or abroad — contains a technicaldescription of the territory in terms of natural boundaries, thus:“...all the territories and lands beingtributary to us on the mainland of theisland of Borneo commencing from Pan-dassan River on the northwest coast andextending along the whole east coast asfar as the Sibuco River in the South andcomprising among others the States of Peitan, Sugut, Bangaya, Labuk, Sanda-kan, Kinabatangan, Muniang and all theother territories and states to the south-ward therefore bordering on Darvel Bayand as far as the Sibuco River with allthe islands within 3 marine leagues of the coast.” ( International Law stipulatesthat territories may be indicated bynatural boundaries.)The British North Borneo Company
and 1946 Philippine independence
Overbeck later sold out all his rightsunder the contract to Alfred Dent, anEnglish merchant, who establisheda provisional association and later acompany, known as the British NorthBorneo Co., which assumed all therights and obligations under the 1878contract. This company was awarded aRoyal Charter in 1881. A protest againstthe grant of the charter was lodged bythe Spanish and the Dutch Govern-ments and in reply, the British Govern-
ment claried its position and stated in
unmistakable language that “sovereigntyremains with the Sultan of Sulu” andthat the company was merely an admin-istering authority.
In 1946, the British North Borneo Co.
transferred all its rights and obligationsto the British Crown. The Crown, on
July 10, 1946, just six days after Philip-
 pine independence, asserted full sover-eign rights over North Borneo. Shortlythereafter former American Governor General Harrison, then Special Adviser to the Philippine Government on For-eign Affairs denounced the cession order as a unilateral act of violation of legalrights. In 1950, Congressman Macapa-gal, along with Congressmen ArsenioLacson and Arturo Tolentino, sponsoreda resolution urging the formal institutionof the claim to North Borneo. Prolongedstudies were in the meanwhile under-
taken, and in 1962 the House of Rep-
resentatives, in rare unanimity, passeda resolution urging the President of thePhilippines to recover North Borneoconsistent with international law and procedure. Acting on this unanimousresolution and having acquired all therights and interests of the Sultanate of Sulu, the Republic of the Philippines,
through the President, led the claim to
 North Borneo.Other basis of the proposition
The historical facts about Sabah Filipinos must know
 
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