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San Diego Asian Journal. Visit us at www.asianjournalusa.com.
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10/07/2012

 
Presidentiables say ‘no’ to snap elections
 By Aurea Calica, Philstar 
MANILA, 6/4/08 -- Presi-dential hopefuls have collec-tively shot down the proposalto hold snap elections, withonly two years left beforePresident Arroyo ends her term.Senators Loren Legarda,Manuel Roxas II and Pan-
lo Lacson said the proposal
 poses serious constitutionalissues and would entail a revi-sion of the Constitution.Other lawmakers like Sen-ators Miriam Defensor San-tiago and Francis Escuderocrossed party lines and agreedthat holding a snap electionless than two years away fromgeneral polls would be legallyimpractical.Santiago and Escudero
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 By Evelyn Macairan, Philstar 
 
MANILA, 6/3/008 -- A mem- ber of the Catholic Bishops’Conference of the Philippines(CBCP) yesterday threatenedto withhold communion fromall unscrupulous traders if they do not change their “sa-tanic” ways of hoarding riceand manipulating prices.Marbel, South CotabatoBishop Dinualdo Gutierrez,who previously headed the
 A teacher from the Gregorio del Pilar Elementary School in Tondo,Manila arranges the desks inside a classroom in preparation for school opening. Photo By MANNY MARCELO
‘No commu-nion for ricehoarders’
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A Philippine Independence Day Lesson
 An unknown chapter in thestruggle for Philippine freedom
 By Arnell Ozaeta PhilStar, 05/29/08
BACOOR, Cavite – In acall for national awarenessand renewed appreciation of 
the signicance of the Philip
-
 pine ag as a symbol of na
-tionhood, Caviteños attemptedyesterday a Guinness feat for 
the longest ag twirling.
Belgium holds the Guin-ness record for the longest
ag twirling staged by 630
 people on Aug. 26 last year.To highlight this year’s Na-tional Flag Day, Alda Cabrera, provincial public information
ofcer, said more than 20,000
Caviteños joined the “Hamonng Katapangan,” featuring thelongest line of people simulta-neously waving the Philippine
ag.
Participants assembledalong a 17-kilometer stretchof Aguinaldo Highway fromSM Bacoor to SM Dasmariñasfor the event, which kickedoff this year’s Kalayaan Fes-
Caviteños try to break 
fag twirling record
On August 26, 1896, the Spaniards discovered the underground Katipunanand the Philippine Revolution almost immediately, though prematurely,
 began. Andres Bonifacio ed to Balintawak where he issued a call to open
rebellion. Four days later, the Spanish government t declared martial law inManila and seven adjoining provinces. Hundreds of people were arrested,tortured, and deported or put to death, with Dr. Jose Rizal as the mostnotable victim. - See page 6
The birth ofthe PhilippineNational Anthem
 ROSES & THORNS  By Alejandro R. Roces PhilStar, 06/06/08
This day, June 5, in the year 1898,historical accounts tell of GeneralEmilio Aguinaldo being visited by ayoung pianist and composer, a Cav-iteno by the name of Julian Felipe.He brought with him a letter written by General Mariano Trias, introduc-ing him as a good musician and com- poser. Felipe was then asked to playa musical composition, Hymno deBalintawak, which was composed by
 Historic partnership: Teaming up for “FilVote 2008”, a Filipinovoter mobilization campaign in the U.S., are, from left, FASGI Execu-tive Director Susan Espiritu-Dilkes, ABS-CBN International Man-aging Director Olivia Finina De Jesus and ABS-CBN International  News Bureau Chief Regina Reyes. (Bryan Reynoso)
Partnership aims tomobilize Fil-Amparticipation in U.S.elections this year
REDWOOD CITY, CA,May 30, 2008 – ABS-CBNInternational’s BalitangAmerica, the only Filipinonews program in the U.S.aired daily on cable andsatellite, and the FilipinoAmerican Service Group, Inc.
(FASGI), a non-prot social
service agency based in LosAngeles, recently teamedup to form “FilVote 2008”.The project is an electioncampaign effort designed tomobilize Filipino voter reg-istration and participation inthe 2008 U.S. elections.A Memorandum of Agree-ment to seal the partnership
Balitang America, FASGIteam up for FilVote 2008
Scott Vinson wins place inChula Vista council seat run-off
Scott Vinson won a place in the November run-off for seat no. 4 of the Chula Vista Council by placing a strong second,with less that 200 votes
 shy of rst place, during 
last Tuesday’s Primaryelections. He is married to Filipina-American busi-nesswoman, Carmelita“CL” Vinson. Immediate-ly, he received the endorse-ment of one of his defeated opponents, Pat Moriarty. Filipino-American candi-dates Arlie Ricasa and Al Villamora did not win intheir quest for an eleec-tive position while Mitz  Lee retained her seat in a school Board. Pat Moriarty and Scott Vinson
June 6 - June 12, 2008
San Diego Fil-Ams
Celebrating 110 years of Philippine Independence
Entertainment
Filipino friend remembersCharlton Heston
 FLAG DAY: Caviteños wave Philippine ags as they join the ‘Hamon
ng Katapangan,’ an attempt to beat Belgium’s record for the longest 
 ag twirling, along a 17-kilometer stretch of Aguinaldo Highway re
-cently. - Photo By MANNY MARCELO
Health
California Border  Healthy Start sows“seeds of change” 
 
Page 2June 6-12, 2008 Asian Journal - (619) 474-0588 Visit our website at http://www.asianjournalusa.com
 BABE’S EYE VIEW  By Babe Romualdez  PhilStar, 05/04/08
History has shown the likesof Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalinand more recently, SaddamHussein who ordered the mur-der of millions of innocentmen, women and children.But of all the horror stories Ihave heard of, there is nothingmore repulsive, more hideousand more stomach-turningthan what this Austrian Jo-sef Fritzl did to his daughter Elisabeth — locking her upfor 24 years in a secret base-ment, sexually abusing her and fathering seven children by her, burning one of the babies that died after birth.Hitler and Saddam Husseinare megalomaniacs, admitted-ly insane to a great extent —  but this appalling crime goes beyond all reason and sanity.Like many others, I had asleepless night after read-ing that story. My mind wasreeling with disgust, anger and disbelief. Being a father myself, one cannot imaginehow someone could have thestomach for this kind of mon-
strosity against his own esh
and blood — keeping her trapped like an animal, abus-ing her over and over again.The thought simply makesone’s stomach churn.The whole world wasshocked. Most especiallysince not too many milesaway from Amstetten inAustria was the discovery of asimilar incident two years agoabout Natascha Kampuschwho was kidnapped when shewas 10 and imprisoned for eight years before she escapedfrom her captor. But what isalso terrible is that no onenoticed or suspected anythingunusual about Fritzl — who pretended he had a happymarriage and was even hon-ored for 50 years of marriedlife, having six other childrenfrom his wife. But underneaththat disgustingly sociable andfriendly creature was hidden ahorrible, twisted beast.Authorities said the base-ment had a concealed net-work of tiny, soundproofedwindowless rooms. A con-crete door separated the “pris-on” from the rest of the house‑ electronically locked witha code known only to Fritzl.Just imagine how Elisabethmust have screamed for helpevery time she was sexuallyabused — only to realize thatno one could hear her criesfor mercy. Austrian law beingwhat it is, Fritzl will mostlikely get 15 years for rape — less than the number of yearshe subjected his daughter andtheir children through a hell-ish experience.It was the main topicof conversation in the golf course where many of mygolf mates, themselvesfathers, agreed that Fritzl is probably the most revoltingman they have heard of. Ev-eryone was in full agreementthat this man should be tor-tured and made to experiencehell on this earth — before heis burned alive. There should be a special place in hell for  people like this evil creature
 because this is denitely the
worst of all crimes. It was not just the incest rape or the in-carceration — it was the most
horric kind of betrayal from
a man who was supposed to be a child’s protector. It ismurder — for he killed hisdaughter’s innocence, subject-ing her to a thousand deathsevery time he raped and as-saulted her.
Many are horried at the
evil that men can do, but noneas sickening as this. We hear about this religious sect in theUnited States forcing teen-aged girls to marry 50-year-old men or their own relatives.Then there’s this Frenchwom-an beaten and raped by her father for 28 years from thetime she was eight, forced to bear him six children, burnedwith acid every time she triedto escape — her stepmother watching her ordeal.Let’s not kid ourselves — in the Philippines, there aremany cases of incest rape.Like for instance, in familieswhere the wife is an OFW andthe fathers force their owndaughters to be “substitutewives.” One cannot imag-ine the shame, the pain andtrauma these girls have to putup with.We’re fortunate there aregood people in this coun-try like Gina Lopez and her Bantay Bata Foundation whodedicate time and resources tohelp abused children not onlythrough emotional, education-al and physical support butmost of all, by giving them arenewed reason for hope inthis world. Of course, there isalso the Caritas Foundationwhich we have been support-ive of all these years, takingcare of abused and neglectedchildren.It doesn’t take a psychia-try expert to know that thiswoman in Austria will never  be the same again. She willnever be able to completelyrecover from those 24 yearsof traumatic experience. Shewill probably relive this awfulepisode over and over again.A couple of years ago, afriend asked me to help hiscousin who was repeatedlyabused by her stepfather. Iwas so moved by his story Idid everything I could to helphis cousin relocate abroad. Ayear later, I got a note fromthis poor woman, and I willnever forget the words shewrote: “I cannot thank youenough for helping me, butthe pain remains. Every time Ilook out the window, I wouldsee raindrops. But actually,it’s the tears in my eyes.”Bringing a child into thisworld is a great gift and blessing from God. No onehas a right to bring anyoneinto this world if you cannottake care of them and plan for their future. Because alongwith this gift comes the greatresponsibility to nurture and protect that child. For a par-ent not to be able to take careof his child is, for me, alreadya sin in itself. But to subjecther to abuse and degradation — like what happened to thisAustrian woman — is simplyunthinkable, and the mostgruesome kind of evil that anyman can do.
* * *
The evil that men do
 Vegas-stylecasino, tourismcomplex projectunderway
 PhilStar 
The Philippine Amusementand Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) isreinventing itself.The groundbreaking of the Bagong Nayong Pilipino-Manila Bay Integrated Cityor Tourism City shows thatPagcor is no longer into justgambling but is now offeringfull-scale entertainment.Pagcor chairman and chief 
executive ofcer Efraim
Genuino led the groundbreak-ing ceremony at 4 p.m. yes-terday of the Tourism Cityat the Reclamation Area inParañaque City. They burieda capsule that contained the plans for the construction.
The rst phase of the
construction of Tourism Citywould cover 90 hectares of the Reclamation Area. Pagcor hopes to complete the projectand make it operational withintwo years.
Pagcor is usually associ-ated with gambling but under the leadership of Genuino, it
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