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Asian Journal May 20, 2011 edition

Asian Journal May 20, 2011 edition

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Published by ASIAN JOURNAL
HEADLINE: Sick man of Asian looking a bit better p 1; COPAO geared for Phil Faire – 2011 Festival of Festivals p1; LOWER YOUR NETS by Monsignor Fernando Gutierrez - Ecology and God’s Temple ... p 15; LIGHT & SHADOWS by Zena Sultana Babao - Morris West’s
The Clowns of God... p 8; GK UPDATE: Making Business Sense - Providing the Best for the Least .. p 11; FEATURE STORY: Alex Lacson’s Treatise on
“12 Little Things Global Filipinos Can Do to Help Our Philippines” by Simeon G. Silverio, Jr p 1; GK1World’s Tony Olaes Meets GK e-Rotary p 1; LEGAL BUZZ by Atty. Andrew Agtagma - What is “At-Will” Employment,
and Why It Matters p 2; PHILIPPINE NEWS: DOJ issues advisory on illegal drug couriers p 2; CALIFORNIA COMMUNITIES: Utility, Telecom Companies Boost
Minority Contracting p2; SAN DIEGO NEWS: Blue Line Closed from Bayfront / E Street to 12th & Imperial Transit Center on Weekends p 4; PHILIPPINE NEWS: Yokohama Tire Phils to hire at least 3,000 workers p4; IMMIGRATION 911 by Atty Susan V Perez - Establishing U.S. Citizenship for children born abroad p5; AT LARGE by Miles Beauchamp - Vacation Time is Here p 6; PHIL-AM NEWS by Atty Rogelio Karagdag, Jr - Wrong Advice Worries Mom p 7; Nordstrom announces 2011 Asian Pacific American Heritage month initiative p 7; AS THE BAMBOOS SWAY by Rudy Liporada - The ‘If’ Word, Noses, Bin Laden, etc p 8; SHOWBIZ WATCHER by Ogie Cruz - Banggaan nina Mommy Dionisia at Sen. Santiago!!! p 13; FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Alexander the Great's Last Words p 14; Memoirs of a Filipino American Doctor: Class ‘61 in Shining Coral p 15; ‘Brain dead’ woman recovers after husband refuses to withdraw life support p 15; BALINTATAW by Virginia H. Ferrer - Ako ang iyong Kaibigan p15; MGA TULANG TAGALOG ni Romeo Nicolas - Bayaning Buhay p 16; TAKE IT FROM MY BARBER by Benjamin Maynigo - Marcos' Fake Medal Redux (Part 4) p 17; Get More Nutritional
Bang for Every Bite p 18; Fort Rosecrans
National Cemetery to Celebrate 111th Memorial Day p 19; STREET POETRY by Michael R Tagudin - The Brightness p 19; LIFESTYLE by Joe Son - Have you seen a fruit
that grows on the trunk? p 20; 8 Ways to Improve Your Memory p 22; CLASSIFIED ADS p 23
HEADLINE: Sick man of Asian looking a bit better p 1; COPAO geared for Phil Faire – 2011 Festival of Festivals p1; LOWER YOUR NETS by Monsignor Fernando Gutierrez - Ecology and God’s Temple ... p 15; LIGHT & SHADOWS by Zena Sultana Babao - Morris West’s
The Clowns of God... p 8; GK UPDATE: Making Business Sense - Providing the Best for the Least .. p 11; FEATURE STORY: Alex Lacson’s Treatise on
“12 Little Things Global Filipinos Can Do to Help Our Philippines” by Simeon G. Silverio, Jr p 1; GK1World’s Tony Olaes Meets GK e-Rotary p 1; LEGAL BUZZ by Atty. Andrew Agtagma - What is “At-Will” Employment,
and Why It Matters p 2; PHILIPPINE NEWS: DOJ issues advisory on illegal drug couriers p 2; CALIFORNIA COMMUNITIES: Utility, Telecom Companies Boost
Minority Contracting p2; SAN DIEGO NEWS: Blue Line Closed from Bayfront / E Street to 12th & Imperial Transit Center on Weekends p 4; PHILIPPINE NEWS: Yokohama Tire Phils to hire at least 3,000 workers p4; IMMIGRATION 911 by Atty Susan V Perez - Establishing U.S. Citizenship for children born abroad p5; AT LARGE by Miles Beauchamp - Vacation Time is Here p 6; PHIL-AM NEWS by Atty Rogelio Karagdag, Jr - Wrong Advice Worries Mom p 7; Nordstrom announces 2011 Asian Pacific American Heritage month initiative p 7; AS THE BAMBOOS SWAY by Rudy Liporada - The ‘If’ Word, Noses, Bin Laden, etc p 8; SHOWBIZ WATCHER by Ogie Cruz - Banggaan nina Mommy Dionisia at Sen. Santiago!!! p 13; FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Alexander the Great's Last Words p 14; Memoirs of a Filipino American Doctor: Class ‘61 in Shining Coral p 15; ‘Brain dead’ woman recovers after husband refuses to withdraw life support p 15; BALINTATAW by Virginia H. Ferrer - Ako ang iyong Kaibigan p15; MGA TULANG TAGALOG ni Romeo Nicolas - Bayaning Buhay p 16; TAKE IT FROM MY BARBER by Benjamin Maynigo - Marcos' Fake Medal Redux (Part 4) p 17; Get More Nutritional
Bang for Every Bite p 18; Fort Rosecrans
National Cemetery to Celebrate 111th Memorial Day p 19; STREET POETRY by Michael R Tagudin - The Brightness p 19; LIFESTYLE by Joe Son - Have you seen a fruit
that grows on the trunk? p 20; 8 Ways to Improve Your Memory p 22; CLASSIFIED ADS p 23

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 Morris West’sThe Clowns of God... p 8
 Ecology and God’sTemple ... p 15
by Ardee Lee
“After our successfulFilipiniana Night last May 14,2011, we are now all gearedto celebrate the 113
th
Indepen-dence Day of the Philippines
COPAO geared for Phil Faire – 2011 Festival of Festivals
Merly Ferrer COPAO President 
One of the Festivals depicted at the PhilFaire.
on May 28, 2011.” This wasannounced by Merly Ferrer, president of the Council of Phil-ippine American Organizationsof San Diego (COPAO) under 
Gawad Kalinga E-Rotary Club.
GK1World CEO Tony Olaes (standing, 3rd  from right) meets with the GK e-Rotary Club in Cerritos, CA on May 18, 2011to raise awareness of the Gandang Kalikasan livelihood and enterpreneurship programs for the poor. To the left of Tony is GK leader Rick Munda.
GK1World’s Tony Olaes Meets GK e-Rotary
The original and first Asian Journal in America
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 Making Business Sense: Providing the Best for the Least 
... p 11
(Continued on page 8)
May 20 - 26, 2011
(Continued on page 11)
By
 Eric EllisThe Sydney Morning Herald 
PERMANENT sick manof Asia? Or tiger in waiting?Once Asia’s richest coun-try save Japan but now withreasonable claims to be oneof its poorest, the Philippinesconfounds.Progress in the Philippinescan be measured in unex-
 pected ways. The rst time I
arrived in Manila, the Marcoskleptocracy was collapsing, anAquino had just been assas-sinated at the airport and hiswife was still a Boston house-wife in a yellow dress. One of Marcos’s goons, moonlight-ing as an airport immigration
ofcial, tried to sell me his
 badge for $US100, his clear implication being that if thisoffer were refused, passagethrough immigration would be problematic. I paid, a ”visafee” with a souvenir. With themoney trousered, he brisklywaved me through.Around this time Alan
Bond was ghting John Elliott
for control of mega-brewer San Miguel Corp, controlledthen – and still – by Marcoscrony Eduardo Cojuangco.Bond lieutenants told me thePhilippines was the most cor-rupt country they had done business in, which is sayingsomething.This most recent time,however, immigration was adoddle, so that’s progress atleast. This time it was FinanceMinister Margarito ”Gary”Teves who confounded, in acountry where politicians haverarely been garbed in glory.He was interviewed not in
the ministry, where nance
ministers are normally foundin most countries, but in thegleaming tower of Land Bank of the Philippines, one of thecountry’s biggest, which hechaired.The interview was straight-forward enough: he claimedthe ”dynamic” Philippineshad loads of potential, had been overlooked by foreigninvestors and really should belooked at again as an equal toSingapore and even Taiwan.Teves said Manila’s corrup-tion image was overblown.
‘Sick man of Asia’ looking a bit better
 Alex Lacson’s Treatise on“12 Little Things Global FilipinosCan Do to Help Our Philippines”
By Simeon G. Silverio, Jr.
 Publisher & Editor 
 Asian Journal San Diego
The Original and First Asian Journal in America
Last in a series of articlesSan Diego, CaliforniaMay 20, 2011
W
e were at the house of my good friend Ernie Deln the dayafter the Pacquiao-Moseley ght. We were having a bar-
 beque with close friends, and I had a chance to speak withAlex Lacson, who became a Filipino icon after writing the best-sell-ing book, “12 Little Things Global Filipinos Can Do to Help Our Philippines.” Alex was on a speaking tour in the U.S. after attendinga grand Gawad Kalinga event in Las Vegas.
“They smell good,” I told Ernie as he brought in a huge container of mari-nated meat skewered on sticks. He had prepared chicken, pork, beef and evenvegetables for the feast, not to mention the des-serts and otheitems his daughter had brought.“Wait till they are cooked,” Ernie smiled.We helped him remove the husks of the sweet cornson the cob as we put them on top of the grill. Thesweet smell of the smoke wafted in the air.
“Wala bang IUD
(Is there an IUD)?” I asked.Alex and Ernie laughed. Chicken intes-tines skew-ered on sticks are barbecued and sold by street vendorsin the Philippines. They look like the Inter UterineDevices, hence the name for the delicacy.“My wife is still preparing them,”Ernie joined in my joke.Munching on the newly broiledsweet corn, Alex took out a copyof his book, wrote a dedication,and gave it to me.The book enumerated the “12little things global Filipinoscan do to help our Philippines”with simple explana-tions and tips on howthey can be implemented.It is an inspiring read, whichmotivates an ordinary personto do exactly what the bookswanted: help the Philippines.
The rst little thing: “Help
your family or relatives back home.”
(Continue on page 9)
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 LEGAL BUZZ by Atty. An-drew Agtagma
| SAN DIEGO,5/20/2011 -- I have lost count of how many times a potential client
would come to my ofce to com
-
 plain that they were recently red,
 but had never been absent or lateto work, and never received a poor performance review. Whenthese clients ask if they have acase, they are often surprised tolearn what employers are allowedto get away with.The reason that employers aregiven great leeway is because of the “at-will” employment rule.In California, the “at-will” ruleapplies to almost every em- ployee, and thus plays a major role in deciding whether or not anemployee can bring a successfullawsuit. While many employeesare familiar with this rule, fewunderstand what it means.The “at-will” rule says that em- ployees can quit their job for anyreason or no reason. This allows
employees the exibility to adapt
to their circumstances. If youwake up one morning and decideyou want to travel the world,your boss can’t stop you. On aless whimsical note, even after anemployer has spent a lot of timeand money training an employee,the employee can parlay his newskills into a higher-paying jobwith a competitor.But there is a downside to the“at-will” rule. An employee canquit for any reason or no reason, but the employer can also
 re
anemployee for any reason or noreason. This statement comes as asurprise to many potential clients, because a commonly held mis-conception is that employees can
only be red for “good cause.”
Part of the misconception stemsfrom human nature: we want to believe that our job is safe, andthat the only way it can be takenfrom us is if we do something todeserve losing it. The miscon-ception also stems from the factthat the “at-will” rule does notapply to all employees. It doesnot apply to employees who havea written employment contract
that species how long their job
will last, or to union employees.Take, for example, an employeewho is hired to work on a project
for ve years. If his contract is
terminated prematurely, he willhave a breach of contract lawsuitunless the employer has a legiti-mate reason—i.e., good cause—toterminate him.In the case of union employees,the collective bargaining agree-ment will usually state that an
employee can only be red after 
going through a progressive dis-ciplinary process. In this process,the employee might be given a
verbal warning rst, followed by
a written warning. If the mis-conduct continues, the employee
is next suspended, given a nal
written warning, and then ulti-
mately red. Of course, some
misconduct is serious enough to justify immediate termination— stealing from the company, for example—but for things likeexcessive absences or being late
to work, termination is justied
only after employees has beengiven a chance, through progres-sive discipline, to improve their  performance. Unless one of thesescenarios applies, you are prob-ably an “at-will” employee.Even though employers havea lot of leeway on how theytreat their “at-will” employees,this does not mean that theycan mistreat employees withoutconsequence. Employers whohave unhappy employees or have a high turnover rate often
nd themselves at a competitive
disadvantage against employerswho treat their employees fairly.Having to constantly train andretrain employees is expensive,lowers morale, and limits pro-ductivity. Regardless of what the“at-will” rule allows, therefore,employers have a vested interestin treating employees well. Butfrom the employees’ standpoint, itis the marketplace, rather than thecourts, that will keep employersin check.Atty. Andrew Agtagma is agraduate of U.C. Berkeley (BoaltHall) School of Law. He worksclosely with the Law Firm of Chua Tinsay and Vega (CTV)and its clients to provide counselin his areas of expertise, whichinclude employment law, personalinjury, and general civil litiga-tion. He can be reached by phoneat: (650) 589-5700, or e-mailat: contact@lawcenter-esq.com.
CTV is a full service law rmwith ofces in San Francisco, San
Diego and Manila. The informa-tion presented in this article isfor general information only andis not intended as formal legaladvice, or to serve as the basis for an attorney-client relationship.CTV can be reached at: (415)495-8088; (619) 955-6277.
What is “At-Will” Employment,and Why It Matters
Los Angeles, 16 May 2011 – The Philippine Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued an Advi-sory Opinion explaining to the public the issues surrounding therecruitment, arrest, detention andconviction of Filipinos caughttransporting illegal drugs abroad.As with its previous AdvisoryOpinion regarding the basicrights of citizens in military/ police checkpoints, AdvisoryOpinion No. 2 is in line with thethrust of the DOJ to take a pro-active stance in criminal justiceconcerns, including the issue onFilipino illegal drug couriers or “drug mules”.The DOJ’s Advisory is ad-dressed both to Filipinos whowillingly accept offers to becomeillegal drug couriers and to thosewho were involuntarily caught inthe criminal activities of syn-dicates through various modus
DOJ issues advisory on illegal drug couriers
operandi. In either case, theAdvisory lays down basic rulesthat all Filipinos should bear inmind once they are apprehendedabroad on suspicion of transport-ing illegal drugs.Below are the ten (10) advi-sory points issued by the DOJ,couched in simple and straight-forward language for easy com- prehension by the general public:1. “Carry at your own risk”2. Knowledge is immaterialand intent is not a requirement in
drug trafcking.
3. Be vigilant of the modusoperandi of drug courier syndi-cates.4. In the unfortunate event of arrest or detention for drug traf-
cking, have presence of mind
and do not resist arrest.5. Assert your legal rights,inquire on the legal remedies andrequest for consular assistance.6. Presumption of innocencewill always apply.7. The laws of the country of arrest apply.8. If sentenced, the govern-ment can only be of limitedassistance.9. ”Blood money” cannot be paid to erase the liability of a person convicted of a crimeinvolving illegal drugs.10. Take full responsibility of your actions.The DOJ’s Advisory Opinion No. 2 was issued at a time whenmore and more Filipinos are being arrested and convicted invarious countries allegedly for  being drug couriers. It seeksto warn Filipinos of the legalconsequences of being involved,voluntarily or involuntarily, inthe criminal activities of illegaldrug syndicates.BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA – California utility and telecom-munications companies have boosted their contracting with
rms owned by people of color,
women, and disabled veterans,the Greenlining Institute’s lat-est Supplier Diversity ReportCard shows, but contracting stilldoesn’t match the state’s grow-ing diversity.The just-released report is based on data reported to theCalifornia Public UtilitiesCommission pursuant to Gen-eral Order 156, which seeks tostrengthen the state’s economy by encouraging contracting withdiverse businesses. Highlightsinclude:
Spending with minority-
Utility, Telecom Companies BoostMinority Contracting
Major Improvements Still Don’t Match State’s Diversity, Greenlining’s 2011Supplier Diversity Report Card Finds
owned business enterprises in-creased by 30 percent and totaledover $2.5 billion last year.
Three companies – San
Diego Gas and Electric, AT&Tand Verizon -- now allocate morethan one quarter of their spend-
ing to MBEs. Pacic Gas and
Electric also showed a markedincrease.
Spending with minority
women-owned enterprises grewdramatically.“The large increases in con-tracting with diverse businessesare encouraging,” said report co-author Samuel S. Kang, Green-lining’s general counsel, “butcontracting still doesn’t nearlymatch the diversity of a state thatis now nearly 60 percent peopleof color, so there’s much morework to do.”Telecom companies are par-ticularly in the spotlight due toAT&T’s pending bid to purchaseT-Mobile. “If AT&T’s merger with T-Mobile is approved, itwill give the company enormous
inuence over major rms that
it buys supplies and servicesfrom,” Kang said. “That wouldgive AT&T a huge opportunity toshow those suppliers across thecountry, particularly in high tech,
the benets of diversifying their 
supplier base and reaching out toall communities.”
 
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