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Asian Journal March 16-22, 2012 digital edition

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Why a Person Must Saveand Invest .. p. 9
The True Light and the Dracula Hormone .. p. 11
“Phl is perfect place to study faith and globalization” -- Tony Blair
Carpenter’s son from Batangasis top PMA graduate
 by MaryAnn LL.Reyes, ThePhilippine Star | MANILA,3/13/2012 -- No to in-laws.This is
the rst of 
10 unwrittencommandments which John
Gokongwei, founder of theGokongwei group of compa-nies, followed in running thefamily business “the Gokong-
wei way.”Lance Gokongwei, presi-
dent of JG
SummitGroup, sharedhis and his
father’s secrets
in running
a successful
conglomer-ate and in
effectivelytransitioning from a companythat is basically family-owned
to one publicly-owned andlisted.
At an Ateneo forum yester-
 Lance Gokongwei
Tom Puertollano (in front) with the PMAClass of 2012 Top 10 Cadets (PDI photo)
Ernie Delfin
Msgr. GutierrezBen Maynigo
 Defending theCrown .. p. 4
March 16-22, 2012
(Continued on page 19)
Tyranny and Disorder in the Corona Impeachment Hearings
10 commandments of the Gokongweis
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 Fort Santiago
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Philippines featured in HistoryChannel’s ‘Hidden Cities’
Japan envoy thanks Filipino nurses in Fukushima
Good NewsPilipinas | MA- NILA, 1/11/12-- History Chan-nel host Antho-ny Morse spenttwo weeks herelast August toshoot an hour-
long episode of “Hidden Cities,”
a show that aimsto take a look 
at a country’sforgotten trea-
sures.The episode,which aired on theHistory Channel at9 p.m. on Wednes-day (January 4),
featured Manila,
Corregidor, Pala-wan and Kalinga,
and an interviewwith former First
Lady Imelda Mar-cos.
Ivan Man Dy of 
Old Manila Walks, by Vincent Cabreza,Inquirer Northern Luzon
| FORT DEL PILAR,Baguio City—A son of acarpenter from Lipa Cityin Batangas will receive
the Presidential Saber 
from President Aquino onMarch 18 as this year’s topgraduate of the Philippine
Military Academy.
Cadet First Class TomPuertollano ranked rstamong the 187 members of the PMA “Bagwis” Class of 
2012. Puertollano, 21, is join-ing the Philippine Army.The only woman in the top
10 is Cadet First Class Ange-line Esmeria of Taguig City,who placed fourth. The class
has 19 women members.
The other graduates in the top 10
are: Cadets First Class Jose MariCabrera of Cebu City, second, and
the top graduate joining the Philip-
 pine Air Force; Lucien Jay Caiman
Christine O. Avendañ
Kristine L. Alav
e, Philippine
Daily Inquirer, 3/12/2012 --Filipino nurses have stayed put in Fukushima, Japan, siteof one of the worst nuclear di-
sasters in history, to help their elderly patients.In a speech marking the
rst anniversary of the GreatEast Japan Earthquake,
Japanese Ambassador to thePhilippines Toshinao Urabe
on Sunday gave thanks to the
Philippines and its citizens
who had helped in the after-math of the disaster.Urabe specically thankedthe Filipino nurses who have
stayed in nursing homes to
help care for elderly patients,despite the threat of nuclear contamination and after-
“Just last week, I wasvisiting Fukushima. I wantedto pay tribute to the Filipino
nurses. They stayed on despitethe nuclear disaster because
they couldn’t leave the help-
less elderly people,” Urabesaid at a ceremony on the
campus of the University of the Philippines in Diliman,
Quezon City.
 Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Toshinao Urabe. IN-QUIRER PHOTO/ MARIANNE  BERMUDEZ 
By: Conrado de Quiros
Philippine Daily Inquire
1:44 am | Monday, March 5th,2012
istory repeats
itself yet again,rst as tyranny,second as travesty.
Miriam Santiago did it
 before, in Erap’s impeach-
ment trial. She interro-gated a witness, a younglawyer named Jasmin
Banal, who resigned froma law rm after she found
it to be setting up dummy
corporations for Erap and
his cronies. Santiago tried
to shoot down Banal’s
credibility by showing
irrational behavior on her 
 part. She got Banal toadmit that she was getting
a higher salary from therm she left than from the one she subsequently joined. Santiago concluded: “So youdeviated from the usual career path, since you and I and all UP law graduates virtually pursue the same career path after graduation. Isn’t that so? We try and get the highest
salary we can get.”
When Raul Roco’s turn came, he asked Banal what the motto of the UP law schoolsaid, and she replied, “It is the business of a law school to teach law in the grand man-ner.” Roco asked, “So that means we as lawyers should be motivated by a sense of ideal-ism, would that be correct?” Banal said yes. “And when you transferred from a higher- paying job to a lower-paying job, that could be motivated by a sense of idealism?” Banalsaid yes. Roco concluded: “I thought (I should raise that point) because I was surprised
Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago as a pop culture figure. Poster 
 Art by Warren Espejo (2010 photo courtesy of Spot.ph)
 by Tony Blair, Good NewsPilipinas | 9/5/2011 -- ThePhilippines is in many ways
the perfect place to explorethe complexities surround-
ing the relationship between
faith and globalization, both
 past and present. As a society
deeply inuenced historically
 by Spanish, Indonesian, Ma-laysian and indigenous cul-
tures, it nds itself in the 21st
century occupying a delicate
and profoundly important role
in both Asian and Western
trade and foreign affairs. I amtherefore pleased to announcethat the Tony Blair FaithFoundation (TBFF) has justestablished a deep and exten-sive partnership in the Phil-ippines: A schools initiativeto make inter-faith dialoguea part of social education, a
 program presently in 17 other 
nations; and a consortium of universities that will join theglobal Faith and Globaliza-
tion course that was begun atYale in the USA and is nowin eight countries around theworld.
Enormous possibility
The Philippines is a great
 place to have such ideas. It isa fascinating country on themove, facing big challenges
 but with enormous possibility
which it is starting to fulll.
It has a new president with astrong mandate and the de-termination and capability tosucceed and a people behindhim willing him on. It is a na-
tion of 100 million, situated inthe middle of the rising East,
with resources, culture and
 beauty to exploit. Its people
are hard-working and smart.
Its poverty remains real, but
so does its potential.
Faith is also a big part of the coun-
try. It is predominantly Christian
and Catholic; but it has a signicant
Muslim population. In the past yearsthe Philippines has witnessed a trag-ic dispute in its Mindanao region,
where the majority of the Muslim
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day, the younger Gokongwei
said that during his father’s
generation, his aunts (married
to his dad’s brothers) and hismother were involved in the
 business, but the elder Gokon-
gwei soon discovered that this
was not always ideal.
“There were situations where someof the marriages did not work. Loy-
alties change. Sometimes relation-
ships between the different in-lawsfrom the second generation becomestrained. Feelings get hurt. It is
tricky deciding which in-law is more
deserving, which is smarter, which
would do a better job,” he said.
And so for the second generation,led by Lance, the rule of no in-lawswas instituted – with some excep-
tions.The second commandment is no
moonlighting. Lance said the familyrule is that if one is working for JGSummit, one can only own passive
assets that do not require their atten-tion such as property, shares, bondsand the like.
“If you work for the company, youmust be either fully in the busi-
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By Aurora Vega - Buzon
 Norman, is a 19 y/o high schoolsenior and a legal permanent resi-
dent for 4 years. One evening, heand his friends decided to go on a“dare,” and his friends dared him togo inside a Target store and “pick up” a video game and a packet of 
gum. He was charged with, and pled
guilty to, theft. He was convicted
and granted three years probationwith no jail time.
Mitchell, a permanent resident for 6 years, is a freshman in collegeand has decided to join a fraternity.During pledge-week, one of histasks was to wash the cars of thesenior frat brothers, and deliver each car to their respective owners.While driving one of the cars, heinadvertently ran a red light and was pulled over for a trafc stop. The
cop had a police dog with him, and
the police dog was alerted for thescent of marijuana. Upon friskinghim, the police found a small plasticof marijuana in his front pocket.Further investigation showed thatMitchell had a prior conviction threeyears ago for possession of stolen property (a wallet), for which he got
sentenced to 10 days and three years probation. This time, he was onlycharged with and pled guilty to pos-
session of marijuana.
Both Norman and Mitchell, beingstill permanent residents and not yetUnited States citizens, are subject to
removal (deportation) for their saidconvictions. However, they may beeligible for discretionary relief.
Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) § 212(a),
“any alien convicted of acts whichconstitute the essential elements of acrime involving moral turpitude . . .
[is inadmissible].” Likewise, under 
§ 237(a), “any alien who at any timeafter admission is convicted of twoor more crimes involving moralturpitude, not arising out of a singlescheme of a criminal misconduct,regardless of whether connedtherefor and regardless of whether the convictions were in a single trial,
is deportable.”Once an alien in proceedings is
found to be removable or inadmis-sible, s/he, if eligible, may requestone or more types of discretionaryrelief. The alien has the burden of  proving that s/he is eligible for relief 
under the law, and usually that s/he
deserves such relief as an exercise of 
Waiver of Inadmissibility. Section212(h) of the INA provides that the
Attorney General may, in his discre-
tion, waive the application of sub-
 paragraph 212(a)(2)(A)(I) (crimes
involving moral turpitude), 212(a)(2)(B) (multiple criminal convic-tions), 212(a)(2)(D) (prostitution andcommercial vice), 212(a)(2)(E) (cer-tain aliens who have asserted immu-nity from prosecution), and 212(a)(2)(A)(i)(II) (an offense of simple possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana). The 212(h) waiver  provides that certain grounds of inadmissibility may be waived in thecase of an alien who demonstratesthat: 1) the activities for which he
is inadmissible occurred more than
fteen years before the date of thealien’s application for a visa, admis-sion, or adjustment of statues; 2) the
admission would not be contrary
to the national welfare, safety, or security of the U.S.; and 3) the alien
has been rehabilitated. INA 212(h)
(1)(B) provides that certain groundsof inadmissibility under section212(a)(2)(A)(i)(I)-(II), (B), (D)-(E)of the Act may be waived in the caseof an alien who demonstrates thathis removal from the United Stateswould result in extreme hardship tohis United States citizen or lawful
resident parent, spouse or child.
Cancellation of Removal. INA§240A relief of cancellation of removal is available to qualify-ing lawful permanent residents andnon-permanent residents. For lawful permanent residents, cancellation of removal may be granted if the alien(i) has been a lawful permanentresident for at least 5 years; (ii) has
continuously resided in the United
States for at least 7 years after hav-ing been lawfully admitted (how-ever, the commission or convictionof an offense stops the clock andtolls the alien’s residence period);and (iii) has not been convicted of an “aggravated felony”. Cancella-tion of removal for non-permanentresidents may be granted if the alien:
(i) has been continuously present
for at least 10 years; (ii) has been a person of “good moral character”during that time; (iii) has not beenconvicted of an offense that wouldmake him or her removable; and (iv)demonstrates that removal wouldresult in exceptional and “extremely
unusual hardship” to his or her im-
mediate family members (limited tothe alien’s spouse, parent, or child)
who are either U.S. citizens or law-
ful permanent residents.
 Norman and Mitchell need toconsult with an immigration attorney
to nd out whether they may beentitled to discretionary relief fromremoval.
 Atty. Aurora Vega-Buzon is a partner in Chua Tinsay & Vega, A Professional Legal Corporation
(CTV) - a full service law firm withoffices in San Francisco, San Diego
and Philippines. The information presented in this article is for gen-eral information only and is not, nor intended to be, formal legal advicenor the formation of an attorney-cli-ent relationship. Call or e-mail CTV  for an in-person or phone consulta-tion to discuss your particular situ-ation and/or how their services maybe retained at (415) 495-8088; (619)955-6277; auvega@ctvattys.com
Discretionary Relief fromRemoval
the business, you must be activelyinvolved, with full-time commitmentand focus,” he explained. No conict of interest is the thirdcommandment. As a family mem-
 ber, one cannot set up a business
involved in supplying or transactingwith the JG Group of Companies.“Around 20 years ago, my familylearned this lesson. In one of thefamily manufacturing companies weacquired, one sibling was involved
in an outside business supplying the
company. Another was involved ina business that sold the nal productfor commission, and another wasinvolved in a business that sold the
scrap. As each party was concernedwith his own interests, nobody was
thinking of the interest of the family
 business,” Lance said.
The fourth commandment is “nowork, no pay from the company.”“The family member must work to receive a salary. There should beno fake pay. You must have a real,full-time position in the company. Inmy family, we do not receive allow-ances after graduating from college.If as a parent you want to give your child money from your own salaryor dividends, that’s your prerogative.But the family is not going to payfor this,” he pointed out.Fifth is that personal assets should be kept separate from company as-
Lance said that personal expensesshould be paid from one’s own pocket – including personal trav-els via the family-controlled CebuPacic and personal hotel stay at thefamily-owned RLC hotels, and even
shopping at the Robinsons retailstores.
Sixth is pay must be based on
contribution to the business. He said
that in order for the family member to live and think independently, thefamily business must pay the rightsalary for the right job, but the pay
must be adequate enough so that the
family member will not be depen-dent on the parents for support.“The amount you will receive is
 based on merit and not who you are
in the family totem pole,” Lance
The seventh commandment of theGokongwei group is that being fam-ily is no guarantee of employment.“There comes a time when thereis not enough jobs for everyone inthe family. Oftentimes, professionalsmay even be better in running the
day to day operations,” he said.
Eighth is avoiding working direct-ly under one’s parents, specically atthe start of a career.“When I rst started, I did notreport to my father. I worked for myuncle and another manager. If you
are too close to the person, you usu-
ally won’t get good feedback. The
 parent might spoil the child or hemay be too harsh. There is also dan-
ger of bringing issues and arguments
home,” he noted.
 Ninth is “give the next genera-tion wings.” Also part of this rule is“have a xed retirement age” for the
“I have seen many families where
the patriarch passed on the respon-
sibilities to the next generation suc-cessfully and some passed it on too
late,” Lance cited.The tenth and the most important
rule is that “there can only be one boss.” He explained that this rule isrelated to succession. The role of thefamily and owners is to prepare a
 board to appoint a successor.
“You must establish a process to
appoint the leaders. My dad and his brothers established a clear process
on who can decide who the next
leaders will be. They created an out-side board whose role is to appoint
and re the CEO. This is critical so
that a business can smoothly pass on
from generation to generation, andachieve longevity,” Lance stressed.
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