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Asian Journal February 17-23, 2012 edition

Asian Journal February 17-23, 2012 edition

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 President of US bishops un-leashes his wrath on Obama Administration .. p. 19
 Away from God and Community .. p. 11
DOJ starts probe of NBI chief for kidnapping, extortion
Ex-Envoy Arrested
“Becoming a Leader: The Heart andSoul of Leadership”
 A bouyant belief in the American Dream.
The irrepressible Ernie
 Deln multitasks with his grandaughter as he holds a book on Rizal in one hand and spins the globe with the other 
 A Scourge and a Travesty
Once upon a time, Mila-gros Tamboung of BarangaySan Roque, Libertad, Antique,would look at the bloom-ing forest canopy of MountPinupo in appreciation for the sustenance it provided toher village. Today, Milagrosis saddened with the miningactivities that many politicalforces are trying carry to out,despite the inevitable cata-strophic economic and envi-ronmental harm.This is indeed a tragedy.How can we mitigate environ-mental hazards brought about by mining in our country? Arethere any assurances for mini-mizing such hazards duringmining? Can the governmentmonitor the proper implemen-tation of responsible mining?
Do mining rms even bother 
caring about protecting theenvironment and people? Myanswer, sad to say, is a re-sounding NO!The rich people of the Phil-ippines, Cojuangco and Ang(San Miguel Stallwarts) mademoney on mining, and theymade a lot of it. The miningforay bodes especially wellfor the country, says Mark Mobius, who oversees about$50 billion as executive chair-man of Franklin Templeton by Ed Punay, PhilippineStar | MANILA, Philippines,2/16/2012 - The Departmentof Justice (DOJ) has startedthe preliminary investigationagainst dismissed NationalBureau of Investigation (NBI)Director Magtanggol Gat-
dula and other ofcials of 
the bureau over the allegedkidnapping and extortion of an undocumented Japanesewoman last year.Prosecutor General ClaroArellano created a three-man panel of state prosecutorsto immediately conduct theinvestigation on the formal
complaint led recently by the
victim, Noriyo Ohara.The panel composed of As-sistant Prosecutors Juan Pedro Navera, Hazel Decena-Valdezand Irwin Maraya were di-rected to determine if there is
 probable cause to le charges
of kidnapping and serious il-legal detention against Gat-dula, dismissed NBI-SecurityManagement Division chief Mario Garcia, his executive
ofcer Jose Odelon Cabillan,
their assets Chona Elen Es- plana and Virgelito Gutierrez;and Gatdula’s special assistantRaul Dimaano.Garcia and Esplana wouldalso undergo preliminaryinvestigation for grave coer-
cion, falsication and robbery,
while Cabillan and Gutierrez
were also facing falsication
and robbery charges, respec-tively.The DOJ cited the “interestof service and pursuant to the provisions of existing laws”as basis for the start of the preliminary investigation.
 Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Magtanggol Gatdula
Joe Son
Msgr. Gutierrez
Zena Babao
 Dance While the Music’s Playing .. p. 20
February 17-23, 2012
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 A Filipino American Legacy
Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. BayaningPilipino Awards goes global
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 Anti-Mining In Antique Province, Philippines (Part 2)
Ernie D. Delfin
Tourist Arrivals from the UK Exceeds100,000 for the First Time in History
My column for this week is a transcript of my speech delivered before the UCI Sage Scholars of theUniversity of California, Irvine (UCI) on February 7, 2012, about LEADERSHIP.
Thank you for the kindintroduction, Melissa.Thank you for this rare privilege to speak beforethe SAGE Scholars of theUniversity of California,Irvine. My speaking be-fore you tonight is indeeda great honor that cametotally unexpected as a priceless gift, especiallyconsidering my personaland peculiar background. Istill vividly remember myearly years in the USA, be-fore all of your were born,when I was a controller of a big hospital in Los Angeles,when I went to the com- pany’s Speech Pathologist,and asked: “Dr. Jones, Ialways wanted to improve myself to be able to succeed in this country, how do I get ridof my accent? And the wise doctor said, Ernie that is very easy to do, JUST GO BACK HOME TO THE PHILIPPINES!” …. But I never went back home to stay , except adozen or more vacation trips to the land of my birth. For you to appreciate more with
what I will share you tonight, with your indulgence, please allow me to briey tell you
about myself and the million miles journey that I have travelled the last half a century of my life, up to this conference hall where we are gathered now by your kind invitation.I was born in a farming village where there was no electricity until I was in the elemen-tary grades when one of the most visionary presidents of the USA, Pres. John F. Kennedy
For the rst time in history, tour-
ism arrivals from the United Kingdomreached104,466 in2011, 7.78%higher than theregistered visi-tors of 96,925in 2010.Arrivals fromthe UnitedKingdomcontributed toa record-breaking 3.917 million foreignvisitors to the Philippines in 2011.
In the face of the economic downturnexperienced across Europe, the PhilippinesDepartment of Tourism (PDOT) Londontirelessly implements innovative promo-tional projectsand marketingcampaigns to drivetourists to thecountry.In 2011, PDOTLondon assistedand organized noless than threedozen individualfamiliarization,
 press and lming trips for TV personali-
ties, journalists and photographers. The
MANILA, Philippines - Former ambassador Francisco “Paqui”Ortigas III was arrested yesterday bythe police on a complaint of con-
cubinage led by Madrigal heiress
Susana Bayot, his wife of 43 years.Ortigas, 67, was arrested by opera-tives of the Southern Metro Manila-Criminal Investigation and DetectionGroup (CIDG) armed with a warrantof arrest issued by Pasig Metropoli-tan Trial Court Branch 72 Judge Joy Nerves Casihan-Dumlao.The former ambassador to Mexicohad just come from a meeting withhis lawyers at the Tektite Towersat the family-developed Ortigas business district in Pasig City when policemen led by Chief Inspector Bernouly Abalos picked him up.Abalos said Ortigas and hislawyers Alfred Molo and ElizabethLoriega voluntarily went with themto work on posting bail of P10,000for his temporary liberty.
Susana Bayot; “Paqui” (inset)
Worldwide search for Fili- pino organizationsdoing extraordinary service kicks off thismonth
REDWOODCITY, CA, February10, 2012 – “Where thereare Filipinos, there are heroes,and it’s time to honor them.”With this campaign line,
rm belief and an internation-
al network of regional teamsin place to make it happen, theGawad Geny Lopez Jr. Baya-ning Pilipino Awards is going
global this year, the rst time
since its inception in 1994.
“It is a huge and momentousinitiative to reach out to Filipinos allover the world and recognize their 
“The government shouldnot force Americans toact as if pregnancy werea disease to be avoidedat all costs.” --
Cardinal Timothy Dolan
Geny Lopez, Jr.
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British Tour-ists ..
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results speak for itself. TV celebrities like
Carol McGifn of Loose Women, Camilla
Andersen of Travel Channel and Profes-sor Brian Cox experienced the numerousattractions of the country and raved about itonline, on magazines, and on their respec-tive shows with entire episodes devoted tothe Philippines.PDOT London also embarked on multi- platform advertising campaigns to raiseawareness for the destination in the UK:the most prominent are the 50 London taxicabs and four Route-master buses carryingthe Philippines tourism banner. Numer-ous competitions were also run on TV and broadsheets like the ‘Holiday of a Lifetime’aired over Travel Channel, with 300 30-second spots for a month.
The ofce also focused on strengthening
its core activity markets. Diving public-ity for the Philippines was at an all-timehigh with the destination almost a constantfeature on Dive, Diver and Sport Diver magazines every month. Almost all UK diving operators that specialise in Asiareport that the Philippines is in their top
ve selling destinations.
Another integral part of PDOT London’s projects is its internet marketing strategy,with its social media accounts generatingmassive interest. Members of the Tour-ism Philippines UK Facebook Fan Pageexceeded 7,500 last year and video viewson Youtube totalled 200,000. The highly-successful website, tourismphilippines.co.uk generated 286,120 page views lastyear and each month, the e-newsletter reaches 12,000 consumers, travel trade andmedia subscribers.PDOT London fostered stronger relation-ships with the travel trade by implementingmore joint-promotional activities in 2011
than in recent years. The ofce conducted
staff training for Audley Travel, Black To-mato, Kenwood Travel, Kuoni and LuxuryHolidays. Further sales calls and meetingswere also held with over two dozen opera-tors throughout the year at trade events likethe PATA Exchange and Taste of PATA.Many operators were also invited to thecountry for special events such as the Phil-ippine Travel Exchange and Dive Seafari,resulting in the inclusion of the destinationin their brochures.Trade and consumer shows provedvery effective for PDOT London with thecountry garnering massive exposure. ThePhilippines is usually nominated as the des-tination of choice by attendees at variousevents like the London Dive Show, DiveBirmingham, Destinations Holiday andTravel Show and the World Travel Market,to name a few. At these shows, huge quanti-ties of promotional DVDs, destination
yers, maps and brochures, all produced bythe ofce, are distributed.
This sustained drive of PDOT Londonto implement the most effective marketing program, especially with the new tourism brand campaign --- “It’s More Fun in thePhilippines,” will hopefully see tourismarrivals in 2012 even higher.
By: Aurora Vega-Buzon
Twenty years ago, Abel who was20 years old, entered the UnitedStates using his cousin’s passportwhich has a United States visa. Theylooked alike and were the same age.He overstayed his tourist stay butwent home after one year. Ten yearslater, Abel re-entered the UnitedStates on a student visa, now usinghis real name. He later married hisclassmate, a United States citizen.They submitted a spouse petitionand Abel’s adjustment applicationfor permanent residence. During theinterview, and thinking that it hap- pened so long ago, Abel disclosedhaving entered the United Statesusing his cousin’s passport andidentity.Five years ago, Marcela enteredthe United States on a valid oneyear tourist visa and was given threemonths of authorized stay. It was before Thanksgiving at the start of the holiday season, and her aunt toldher she can get her a part-time job atthe big discount store in New York where she (aunt) worked. Marcela
lled out an application form and
upon her aunt’s direction put “U.S.”in the box asking for her citizenship.After the holidays, the store decidedto hire Marcela permanently and was
again asked to ll up some forms
 – this time, the immigration formI-9. Marcela also started dating ahandsome co-worker and within theyear, they got married. The spouse
 petition led by her husband was
approved, but Marcela’s adjustmentapplication was denied. USCISinvestigation revealed that in the I-9
(the second form Marcela lled-up),
Marcela checked the box for “U.S.Citizen or National.”Abel’s misrepresentation twentyyears ago constituted visa fraud.Marcela’s misrepresentation is moreserious – a false claim to UnitedStates citizenship.Visa Fraud. A United States visa isa document, obtained at any UnitedStates embassy or consulate, grant-ing a non-U.S. traveler permission toapply for admission into the UnitedStates at a port of entry. A UnitedStates visa authorizes the border of-
cial to grant the alien holder entry
into the United States, but doesnot guarantee entry into the UnitedStates.An alien who, by fraud or will-fully misrepresenting a materialfact, seeks to procure or has soughtto procure of has procured a visa,other documentation or entry into
the U.S. or other benet provided
under the Immigration and Nation-ality Act (INA), is inadmissible.This “misrepresentation of materialfact” is visa fraud. Other forms or types of visa fraud include: the saleor transfer of otherwise legitimatevisas, misrepresentation of reasonsfor traveling, or forgery or altera-tion of a visa. Common visa fraudsare lying in visa applications, or inanswering questions at the port of entry; using someone’s identity or name; presenting a false green cardor claiming to be a green card holder at the port of entry; denying thatone has children and omitting their names in applications for immigrantor non-immigrant visas; etc.A misrepresentation is material if disclosure of the truth would haveled to an investigation that mighthave uncovered facts warrantingdenial of a visa. “Material misrep-resentation” is determined on a case by case basis, and the issue of mate-riality relates to the person’s state of mind. In certain cases, as in Abel’scase, a waiver of inadmissibility isavailable as a relief to cure his visafraud committed twenty years ago.False Claim to United StatesCitizenship. Falsely claiming U.S.citizenship is where a person falselyrepresents or has falsely representedhimself/herself to be a United States
citizen to obtain a benet under the
Immigration Act or any other federalor state law. Examples of falselyclaiming U.S. citizenship include:representing to an employer thatone is authorized to work in theUnited States by stating that one isa United States citizen; marking off an I-9 Employment Form that states“U.S. Citizen” after 2009 (I-9 forms prior to August 7, 2009 states “U.S.Citizen or National and there is caselaw holding that checking this box isnot necessarily a false claim to U.S.citizenship); and replying “U.S.”
 Visa Fraud and False Claim toUnited States Citizenship
to a question regarding citizenshipor country – to a policeman, or im-
migration ofcer at the border.
A false claim to United Statescitizenship is a ground for inad-missibility, and is a permanent bar to admission to the United States,under present laws. This means thatan alien found to have made a falseclaim to United States citizenshipis forever barred from immigratingto the United States. What’s more – it is also a ground for deport-ability. Unlike visa frauds, thereis NO waiver available for falseclaims to citizenship. Alien appli-cants, as well as green card holders/ permanent residents, should bevery careful in their representationsabout their citizenship in any forms,including private employment ap- plications.Atty. Aurora Vega-Buzon is a partner in Chua Tinsay & Vega,A Professional Legal Corporation
(CTV) - a full service law rm withofces in San Francisco, San Diego
and Philippines. The information presented in this article is for generalinformation only and is not, nor in-tended to be, formal legal advice nor the formation of an attorney-clientrelationship. Call or e-mail CTV for an in-person or phone consultationto discuss your particular situationand/or how their services may beretained at (415) 495-8088; (619)955-6277; auvega@ctvattys.com
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