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Asian Journal Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2011 edition

Asian Journal Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2011 edition

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 Jose Ma. Montelibano: My People .. p. 9 Man’s Inhumanityto Man.. p. 11
Lacson: Ongpin is ‘fronting’ for Mike Arroyo
(Continued on page 17)
Mayor Girlie Javier-Ejercito (second from left) at the press con- ference of “El Presidente” with Nora Aunor and husband Gov. ER
 Another Successful Gawad Kalinga Event 
 A Great People
In Asia, the Philippines is thebest place to be a woman
Is Kalantiaw a Hoax?
RUNWAY to Dreams
GK Visionary Tony Meloto (3rd fromleft) with Cornell University alummi at aGawad Kalinga Build 
International publication Newsweek magazine reportsthe Philip- pines is the best placein Asia for women.Thecountryranked17th over-all in Newsweek’s “The Bestand Worst Places for Women,”which analyzed 165 countries.
The report looked at ve
areas that affect women’slives — treatment under thelaw, political power, work-force participation, access toeducation and access to healthcare.The Philippines garneredan overall score of 86.3 outof 100, and is the only Asiancountry to be includedin the Top20.Chinacame insecond place(23rd), fol-lowed by Mongolia (32nd).In a statement, Malacañangsaid it is heartened by the re-sults of the Newsweek report.
“This is an afrmation of 
the respect our culture hasalways accorded to Filipinowomen — one that manifestsitself as well as in our gov-ernment’s efforts to promote
 Empowerment at home and abroad.
 Each year, Filipina Women’s Network in DC picks the top 100 Filipinas in the US On June 19,1978 a 30-centavo postage stamp wasreleased in honour of “Rajah Kalan-tiaw”.
Global Filipino
Msgr. GutierrezBen Maynigo
 Not Accepting The StatusQuo, Transforming Our Country .. p. 8
Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2011
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Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2011
Girlie Javier-Ejercito: Mayora, Ang InangTunay Na Nag-Aaruga Sa Pagsanjan
 Baliktanaw II 
by Dr. Romy Protacio, PhD
When I conceptualized
the rst edition of my book,
“Baliktanaw: The FilipinoMovie Stars of Yesteryears”,I had in mind a collectionof memoirs of movie iconswho molded the PhilippineCinema. It was an interest-ing journey of reliving mem-ories and getting to know
these lm legends. The
adventure made me realizethat a person can be part of a nation’s history just by do-ing something with passion.One can be the best at whathe or she does and affectthe lives of people, even awhole nation. And their livescan shine, even when they areno longer in the limelight.
My search for people who ledexemplary lives also led me to
By Joseph Roley-Arzaga
 On a warm Saturday evening in the Gaslamp District of San Diego, with the sounds of aSan Diego Padres game across the street, the Culy Warehouse was transformed into a worldclass venue showcasing music, art, and fashion talents from some of the best talent in theFilipino-American Community. The event entitled“RUNWAY to Dreams” was conceived out of the desireto unite the Filipino-American community in celebra-tion of the many accomplishments and creativity of theFilipino spirit.This Gawad Kalinga USA hosted eventwas the brainchild of Tina Balch and Rachel Norbil-Duerme, two local businesswomen bothof whom are active in the Fil-Am community.Over lunch they discussed what they could doto expand the perception of Filipinos and their accomplishment in the fashion, arts and musicworld while at the same time allowing Fil-Am’sto connect with their homeland in order to better understand the Spirit of Bayanihan. From thatconversation the idea of creating a fashion showwas born.
 LIKE IT IS By Peter Wal-ace
, Manila Standard Today |MANILA, 9/30/2011 -- I haveoften wondered why the Phil-ippines is so poorly regardedinternationally (the lowestlevels of foreign investmentand smallest number of tour-
ists conrm this).
There’s so much that isattractive about the Philip- pines—but it’s not known.The image of the Philippinesis of bungling cops unableto break down a bus door soeight tourists die. The imageof New Zealand is of a coun-try that rescues, nurtures andsends a penguin back home
 By Marlon Purifcacion,
 Journal Online
THE P660-million behestloans granted by the state-owned Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) toformer Trade Minister Ro- berto Ongpin in 2009 is nodifferent with the anomalous purchase by the Philippine National Police of two pre-owned helicopters allegedly belonging to First GentlemanJose Miguel Arroyo because both questionable transactionswere done without thoroughevaluation as to their propri-ety, legitimacy and conformitywith existing laws and regula-tions.Thus said Senator Pan-
lo Lacson who vowed to
confront Ongpin relative towidespread talks that he wasfronting for Mr. Arroyo, thusenabling him to get specialtreatment in the procurementof the alleged behest loanseven if it was disadvantageousto the interest of the govern-ment.Lacson stressed that justlike the anomalous procure-ment of the two choppers, theP660 million loans grantedto Ongpin may have beengranted without the DBPexercising “due diligence” before approving the loans,demonstrating a case of mas-sive corruption by the former 
DBP ofcials led by former 
 president Reynaldo G. Da-vid, former chair of the DBP board Patricia A. Sto. Tomas,and senior executive vice- president and chief operating
ofcer Edgardo F. Garcia.
According to the senator,the former and current DBP
ofcials who participated in
the questionable approval of the more-than-half-a-billion peso loans to Ongpin should be held liable, and should behauled in court for failingto protect the interest of the
DBP, a state-owned nancial
institution.“Kung kakasuhan, tala-gang makakasuhan sila. May participation sila sa approvalng loan. Baka walang duediligence. Parang procurementng PNP, walang due diligencena ginawa. Baka disadvanta-geous sa DBP, which is a gov-Ruminations byCesar D. Candari,MD FCAP Emeri-tus, Asian Journal| SAN DIEGO,9/30/2011 --Legend, albeit
not veriable, are
not inanimate. It
is an unveried
story handed downfrom earlier times,especially one popularly believedto be historical.I wrote in my book, Success isa Journey, tidbitson Philippine history.It had fascinated anumber of friendswho knows their Philippine history.Our country is basi-cally composed of Filipinos who may be aware of their his-tory but do not havea little bit of under-standing or intereston it. Some Pinoysare out of their historical benighted-ness. Not cheeky, I
Page 2Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2011 Asian Journal - (619) 474-0588 Visit our website at http://www.asianjournalusa.com
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challenge denials of I-130 petitions
led by U.S. citizen spouses who
died before the second anniversaryof the marriage, as well as denialsof the I-485 applications of their 
surviving spouses led before the
deaths of the U.S. citizen spouses.The Hootkins class covers allwidow(er)s whose U.S. citizenspouse died before the couple’s2- year wedding anniversary, and
whose citizen spouse led an I-130 petition and afdavit of support
(Form I-864 or I-864 EZ), so long asthe widow(er) also demonstrates that(1) the Form I-130 petition is now pending with or was adjudicated by
a USCIS ofce located within the
 jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit; or (2) at the time of the citizen spouse’sdeath, either the citizen spouse or the alien spouse resided within the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit.Widow(er)s who are members of the class under Hootkins have until
April 5, 2012 to le an I-360.
If you are a widow(er) who has not
led an I-360, or whose I-130/I-485
have been previously denied - youare urged to consult an attorney for 
any protective I-360 ling before
the critical deadline on October 28,
2011; and/or to nd out if you are
a class member under the Hootkinssettlement.
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The following is a list of suggested
red ags that may be signs of a hu
man trafcking situation of victim.
It is important to note that this is notan exhaustive list. Indicators listedare intended only as potential red
ags to keep in mind. In addition,
each indi-cator takenindividual-ly may notimply a
situation, but whentakenwith other indicators,may cu-mulatively paint alarger  pictureof human
Lastly,manyof theseindicatorsapply tovictims of  both trans-nationaland local
as well as both sexand labor 
PotentialIndicatorsinclude individuals who:Have few or no personal posses-sionsTravel through town frequently
Have few or no personal nancial
recordsAsk about their whereabouts and/or do not know what city they are inAre not in control of their own
identication documents (ID or 
 passport)Owe a large debt and are not ableto pay it off Have their communication re-stricted or controlled. They may not be allowed to speak for themselves,a third party may insist on translat-ing, or they may seem watched or followed.Have an attorney representingthem that they don’t seem to knowor didn’t seem to agree to represen-tationHaveinjuries,signs of  physicalabuse,and/or signs of tortureHavesigns of malnour-ishmentHave been“brand-ed” by a
with the
-er’s nameLack thefreedomto leaveworkingor livingcondi-tionsExhibit behaviorsinclud-ing fear,anxiety,depression, submission, tension,and/or nervousness
Potential Trafcking Indicators
By: Aurora Vega-Buzon
A widow or widower of a U.S.Citizen, whose spouse died beforeOctober 28, 2009, has until October 
28, 2011 to le a self-petition for special immigrant classication as a
widow or widower.If you are the widow(er) of a U.S.citizen who died before October 28,2009 you may beeligible to immigrate to the UnitedStates if: (1) you and your deceasedspouse were married for less than 2years when your spouse died; and
(2) you le Form I-360 by October 
28, 2011.Public Law 111-83 signed byPresident Obama on October 28,2009, which permits the approvalof a visa petition for an alien who
is seeking an immigration benet
through a deceased qualifying rela-tive, also abolished the requirementthat widow(er)s of U.S. citizens be married at least 2 years at the
time of death, to be eligible to le a
self-petition for immediate relativestatus. Prior to Public Law 111-83,widow(er)s of U.S. citizens can
only le an I-360 self-petition if the
marriage lasted for at least 2 years;
and the Form I-360 is led within 2
years from the death of the U.S. citi-zen. With the passage of Public Law111-83, widow(er)s of U.S. citizensmarried for any length of time in the
 past can le an I-360 self-petition,
 but must still do so within 2 yearsfrom the death of the U.S. citizenspouse. However, the requirementthat the widow(er) must not haveremarried was not changed.Thus, the absolute deadline for a widow(er) whose U.S. citizenspouse died at any time before Octo- ber 28, 2009 - is October 28, 2011.If a widow(er) misses this deadline,and the death of the U.S. citizenspouse was more than 2 years ago,such widow(er) would no longer 
 be able to le a self-petition. But,if the U.S. citizen spouse led an
I-130 petition prior to the death, theI-130 is automatically converted toan I-360 petition upon the death of the petitioner, and there is no need
to le a new I-360 on or before the
In ling the I-360, a widow(er)
must note several important consid-erations: (1) While the I-360 must
 be led by the deadline, a widow(er)
is not required to complete the im-migration process by that date; and(2) Cases considered “pending” as of October 28, 2009 (enactment date of Public Law 111-83) are exempted.“Pending” cases include those thatwere actually pending with theUSCIS; and those that were denied before the passage of Public Law111-83 but comes within the Ninth
Circuit class denition in the case of 
Hootkins v. Napolitano.The Hootkins class action lawsuit
was led on August 30, 2007, to
Widow(er)s of U.S. Citizens
Must File Self-Petitionby October 28, 2011
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“The Workshop at Macy’s”, the retailer’s minority- and women-owned businessdevelopment program, returns to identify and foster up-and-coming vendors
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