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Asian Journal January 6-12, 2012 edition

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Why Volunteer And  How To Do It More Effectively .. p. 6 
When the Magi Gave Their  Best They In Turn Received the Very Best .. p. 11
Malacañang pushes Aquino version of FOI bill
Corona and other Arroyo Justices resig-nation will restore SC credibility
Storm Hit Near My Island Of Paradise
Filipino-American midwife is CNNHero of the Year for 2011
Dr. Ofelia Dirige
Msgr. Gutierrez
Ben Maynigo
Citizens’ Caucus .. p. 4 
January 6-12, 2012
GK Walang Iwanan Typhoon Relief in Mindanao
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Sharing and Lending a Hand - A Part Of Filipino Culture
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The Parshooters Golf Club Of San Diego Concluded Its 2011Fil-Am Tour With Resounding Success
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 National City, CA - ParshootersGolf Club of San Diego success-fully achieved another milestone by completing its 18th Annual Club
The Parshooters Golf Club of San Diego in action. Front row standing left to right: Santi Rabanal, Laurence Lazaga, Jim Quitania, Ed Hernandez, Al  Nunag, Lito Parani, Vic Oliquiano, Dan Riego, Popo Bautista, Ed Bassig, Joe Tuquero, Juan Luna, Lito Ferrer, Jun Calalay, Nori Gamboa, Nestor Mendiola,Gus Martinez, Amor Garingo, Doy Longanilla, Jess Trapse, Ted Delunas, Flor Villegas, Camilo Abalos, Armando Bareno, Art Buangan, Manny Jacinto.Second row sitting down, left to right: Ted Calaustro, Doming Abella, Billy Javate, Bob Navales, Joe Ico, Pres. Matt Mazon, Ed Madriaga, Rino Belisario, VicOropilla, Rene Nicanor, James Lorenzo. Members not in the picture: Phillip Gabriel, Femie Cupit, Jim Esperon, Nick Sunga, Carl Pangilinan, Joey Pangili-nan, Bob Hernandez, Nick Abrenica, Bong Banaga, Ben Cueto, Raul Gonzalez, Jack Horcher, Romy Quinto, Andy Velbis. Renton Valledor, Eddie Mendiola.
Championship on December 13,2011 at the Eastlake Country Club inChula Vista.The event was highlighted by theattendance and induction ceremonyof National City Mayor Ron Mor-
 No Limitation By Ted Laguatan,Global Balita
| 1/6/2012--If RenatoCorona had been more sensitive toissues involvinghonor and pro- priety, he wouldhave immediatelydeclined whenformer PresidentGloria MacapagalArroyo (GMA)offered to mid-night appoint himas Chief Justice. He knew the lawand he knew that his appointmentwas illegal if not immoral. Insteadof refraining, he accepted the offer.
Likewise, the Arroyo appointedJustices should not have engagedin the dark conspiracy to le-galize Corona’sappointment.Ignoring publicfeelings about propriety andlegality, theyarrogantly and blatantly utilizedtheir majoritynumbers to rulerepeatedly in favor of the Arroyos
and other special interests—as if say-
 By Cathy Yamsuan, Cyn-thia D. Balana, Norman Bordadora | Philippine Daily Inquirer 
| MANILA, 1/5/2012-- President Benigno AquinoIII has issued marching orders
to ofcials of Malacañang to
 push ahead with its versionof the Freedom of Informa-tion (FOI) bill, which seeks to provide the public access togovernment documents, theundersecretary in charge of coming up with the adminis-tration’s take on the transpar-ency measure told reporterson Wednesday.Senators and membersof the House of Representa-tives
welcomed Malacañang’s
move to prioritize the FOI bill, saying they would en-sure that the measure would be signed into law during theAquino administration.The Palace version re-moves the provision on thecreation of an informationcommission, which wouldhave been the arbiter ondisagreements on whether a piece of information could be disclosed on the basis of  public interest.Layer of bureaucracyUndersecretary ManuelQuezon III of the PresidentialCommunications Develop-ment and Strategic Planning
Ofce (PCDSPO) said Mr.
Aquino saw the commissionas another layer of bureaucra-cy that could get in the way of achieving transparency.
At a news brieng in Mala-cañang, Quezon announced
what he said was very goodnews.“In our discussions today,we presented the results of our studies and the various con-sultations that the Presidenthad instructed us to do. Andthe President’s marching or-ders to us was—and this washis words—to ‘push aheadwith Freedom of Informa-tion,”’ the undersecretary said.
Before the brieng with the media,
Quezon sat in a meeting with Mr.Aquino, presidential spokespersonEdwin Lacierda, Budget SecretaryFlorencio Abad, Energy SecretaryRene Almendras and
Secretary RickyCarandang, head of the PCDSPO.The FOI bill, one of the campaign
Family and Friends Support
(The spirit and strength behind the success of our children’s entrepreneur- ship)
Seven years ago ayoung man of 22 yearsold left their own travelagency business andstarted cooking for aHawaiian BarbecueRestaurant. He slavedand toiled for six yearslearning all about theHawaiian BarbecueRestaurant business. Asa reward for his hiddendreams and hard work,he was promoted to manage and helpestablish several of this franchise storesin the San Diego County, CA area.As the saying goes, “TIMING ISEVERYTHING”, Jason Jacob Mal-icsi (known as JJ to his friends) on hisseventh year of his chosen career nowowned his own successful “HawaiianBarbecue Restaurant” at Grand PlazaMall, South Las Posas Rd., Ste 152,SanMarcos, CA 92078.What is behind the success of the business?
 JJ with mom and sisters
 by KD SuarezPhilippine Daily Inquirer MANILA, Philippines, 12/12/11 - For advocating maternal and child health for poor Indonesians, Filipino-American midwife Robin Lim was declared the 2011 CNN Hero of the Year on Sunday (Monday morning in Manila) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Ange-les, USA.She was declaredCNN Hero of theYear in a star-studdedgala broadcast world-wide on the cablenews channel, best-ing 9 other nomineesfrom around theworld.“Ibu Robin”(“Mother Robin” in thelocal language)established birthing clin-ics in Bali andAceh, Indo-nesia, wheremothers re-ceive free pre-natal care, birthing services, and even medical aidto anyone in need.
She turned a personal tragedy - the death of her sister due to pregnancy complications - into something
 By Cesar D. Candari, MD, FCAP, Emeritus
| Henderson, NV -- I wasin Cagayan de Oro and Iligan Cityyears ago arranging for the venue of our Lions Club Medical Mission inMindanao. The horrendous devasta-tion that swept these two cities in therecent tropical storm Sendong /Washi (International name) conveysa very sad story. The death toll so far is estimated to more than a thousand, almost 400,000 people are dis- placed and damaged nearly P2million in agriculture, and tens of 
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The all-volunteer team of Gawad Kalinga is providing sustained feeding programs in Relief Centers in CDO and Iligan until Jan 2012. GK is in need NEED VOLUNTEERS at 5 persons per team willing to stay for 3 days in our relief centers. Pls Contact Harvey : 0917-8888427. To help, visit www.gk1world.com
GK is focusing on three modes of intervention during this relief stage of theresponse according to Luis Oquinena:1. Delivery of relief goods to remoteareas2. Establishing 3C (child care centers) inselected evacuation centers where we con-duct feeding and play therapy to victims3. Establishing a soup kitchen in selectedareas.
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Legal Buzz
Read Atty. Jean Tinsay’s previous articles by visitingour website at
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 LEGAL BUZZ by Jean S. Tinsay, Esq.
Almost everyone who is in theUnited States chasing their Americandream aspires to become a natural-ized U.S. citizen. With citizenship
comes certain benets, one of which
is that you no longer need to fear that you may be subject to deporta-tion. Thus, as soon as one is eligibleand meet all the requirements, it
is advisable to le a naturalization
application. There is, however, aclass of foreign-born children whoautomatically become U.S. citizens
without the need for ling a natural
-ization application.The Child Citizenship Act of 2000which went into effect on Febru-ary 27, 2001 provides for automaticcitizenship for certain foreign-bornchildren of U.S. citizens. To be eli-gible, a child must meet the follow-ing requirements:The child must have at least oneUnited States citizen parent (by birthor naturalization);The child is under 18 years old;The child has been admitted to theUnited States as a lawful permanentresident or has adjusted status;The child is currently residing permanently in the United States inthe legal and physical custody of theU.S. citizen parent.The law also applies to adoptedchildren provided they meet theabove-requirements. As to the legalcustody requirement, the USCIS presumes that the U.S. citizen parenthas “legal custody” in cases wherethe child is a legitimate or legiti-mated child. For those children whomeet the requirements, citizenship isacquired automatically by operationof law on the day of admission to theUnited States as an immigrant or onthe day the last condition for acquir-
ing citizenship is satised. There is
no need to apply for naturalization.However, if the child wants evidenceof his U.S. citizenship he can either apply for a U.S. passport with the
Department of State or for a Certi
-cate of Citizenship with the USCIS.To illustrate, let us take the caseof 25 year old Mateo who was bornin the Philippines in 1985. At thetime of his birth, his parents werenot married. Subsequent to his birth,
Mateo’s father who was a benecia
ry of a family-based petition led by
Mateo’s grandparent immigrated tothe United States. A few years later,his father returned to the Philippines,married his mother and immediately
led an immigrant petition for Ma
-teo and the mother. In 1994 Mateo’sfather became a naturalized U.S.citizen. When, Mateo was 11 yearsold he came to the United States asa lawful permanent resident withhis mother. During the Labor Dayweekend, Mateo had one drink toomany at his cousin’s house. Whiledriving erratically on his way home,he noticed a police car following
 Automatic Citizenship
him. In his fear of getting caughtdrinking and driving he tried to
elude the police before he was nal
-ly apprehended. Mateo now facescriminal charges of DUI and evadingthe police. Mateo is worried that hemay be deported due to the criminal
charges led against him.
Fortunately, for Mateo he is al-ready a U.S. citizen and thus cannot be deported from the United States.Mateo automatically became a U.S.citizen when the Child CitizenshipAct of 2000 took effect in Febru-ary 27, 2001. At that time, he metall the requirements for automaticcitizenship, he was admitted to theUnited States as a permanent resi-dent, he had one U.S. citizen parent,he resided in the United States inthe physical and legal custody of his parents and he was under the age of 18 when the law took effect.
 Atty. Jean S. Tinsay is a partner inthe Law Firm of Chua Tinsay and 
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by Cesar D. Candari, M.D. FCAP  Emeritus
| Henderson, Nevada Introduction: There is that deep dread-ful feeling that Filipinos will plummetto the bottom of the unknown. The fol-lowing brief history of the Philippines,is probably closest to the truth aboutourselves.This is a summary of interestingtidbits of history of the Philippines for every Filipino American to know. Theseare opinion pieces put together in acoherent fashion and reckoned in unitsof time - the glimpses of Philippineconditions from Spain’s colonization tothe present democratic Philippines. Itmay educate many Filipinos wherever they are today.In all honesty, the country nowa-days is being subjected by oddity of events that it becomes a less-attractive place to live in permanently. As a retired physician, I thought of our country asmy favorite place of retirement; manyother Filipinos working abroad havesimilar plans. We all now know that itis a politically beleaguered homelandthat several are having second thoughtsabout it.
 Under Spanish Rule: In 1521, when
Magellan used re in burning the homes
of our forefathers in Mactan off CebuIsland, Lapu-Lapu rose and took uparms. He and his warriors killed Magel-lan and several of his European soldiersalong the shores of Mactan Island.Lapu-Lapu was a hero and he could beconsidered the forerunner of a national-ist – even if the archipelago at that timewas bogged down in tribal wars. It isadmitted that a Filipino nation was not born despite the defeat of Magellan. Wewere under the Spanish rule for morethan three centuries (1565-1898), after Spain sent a second expedition to Cebu.As they say, the rest is history. Theintolerable abuses of the Spanish regimeresulted into the formation of a groupof reformist movement that later pavedthe way for the Philippine Revolution.Local revolts against Spanish imperialcorruption, racial discrimination, andchurch abuse happened intermittently before but only succeeded late in thenineteenth century. Some of the initialrevolts called for reform of the econom-ic-political system but not for outrightindependence. Rebellions were waged
 by native rebrands in many parts of 
the archipelago. Not one succeeded. Ayoung doctor-writer, Jose Rizal, used his pen to expose the brutalizing, depressiveand inhumane treatment of the Spanishcolonizers. Dr. Rizal was arrested and
then executed by a ring squad at Ba
-gumbayan on December 30, 1896. Dr.Rizal, who was just 30-years old whenhe was executed, aroused the Filipinosto support the rebellion, spurred by theKatipunan that was organized by our heroes Andres Bonifacio and EmilioAguinaldo. Dr. Rizal strongly dis-agreed with Bonifacio to engage in war.Between Bonifaio and Aguinaldo, how-
ever, they engaged in an ugly inghting
resulting in the execution of Bonifacio.They failed to coalesce their forces and
ght side by side against the enemy and
the leaders lost their souls to greed andthirst for power.In 1898 The American-SpanishWar ensued. Commodore GeorgeDewey invaded Manila Bay and over- powered the dull Spanish Navy. TheSpaniards eventually surrendered to theAmericans.American Time: On June 12,1898, in Cavite el Viejo (now Kawit),Cavite, Philippines, the KKK (Katipu-nan) patriots of General Aguinaldo proclaimed the Philippine Declaration of Independence. With the public readingof the Act of the Declaration of Indepen-dence, Filipino revolutionary forces un-der Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimedthe sovereignty and independence of the Philippine Islands from the colonialrule of Spain. However, on December 10, 1898, the Americans annexed thePhilippines with Spain by the Treaty of Paris. This brought about the Filipino-American war in February 1899 thatlasted for three years. 4,000 Americansoldiers lost their lives; Filipinos wereoutgunned, 250,000 to 1,000,000 were
killed in the ghting. This led to the
capture of Aguinaldo by U.S. forces onMarch 23, 1901, and swore allegiance tothe U.S. On July 4, 1902, U.S. PresidentTheodore Roosevelt proclaimed a fulland complete pardon and amnesty to all people in the Philippine archipelago that
had participated in the conict, effec
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