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President Noynoy Aquino’s Spiritual Adviser Commends Overseas Filipinos for Speaking Up PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 27 August 2012 16:40

 

 

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

(© 2012 Journal Group Link International)

C HICAGO (jGLi) – Prior to U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance, there were the propaganda movements in Madrid, Spain, and the “Steak Commandos” in the U.S. during martial law.

 

Fr. Arnold Abelardo, the spiritual adviser of then Sen. Benigno Aquino III during the 2010 presidential elections, believes outspoken Filipinos overseas should not abandon the role of speaking up their minds when such opinions may not find print in Philippine newspapers or may not be verbalized in radio or television outlets.

 

Father Abelardo, a Claretian Missionary priest, told a handful of Filipino Americans, who attended a mass and prayer rally at St. Timothy Church at 6326 N. Washtenaw Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, marking the 29th death anniversary of President Aquino’s martyred father, Sen. Benigno Aquino, Jr., that “U.S. Pinoys are appreciated in the PhilippinesKung may mga taong hindi nakakapagsalita sa Pilipinas, ang U.S. Pinoys ay siyang nagsasabi nito. (If there are people, who cannot speak their minds in the Philippines, the U.S. Pinoys can do so here.)”

 

Like Filipino exiles before them, U.S. Pinoys can now use Facebook, Twitter and Internet to open a debate that leads to international debate that can influence the U.S. government and the United Nations, the Catholic priest said.

 

He said although “China has the muscle, the Filipinos have the spirit or the soul. If you want to show anger to China, huwag kang kumain (you fast from eating Chinese food). Sometimes, when you don’t want to eat the food served on you by your mother to show your anger, you don’t eat the food.”

 

Father Abelardo added the good thing about incumbent President Aquino is that he has not sold out the Filipinos, unlike his predecessor former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who entered into a compromise with the Chinese government by getting entangled in the NBN/ZTE mess and other agreements that appeared to have ceded parts of the Philippine territory to China in the Philippine Western Sea.

 

CHINA BE DECLARED A “TERRORIST COUNTRY”?

 

O ne of those who attended the prayer and vigil rally, Bart SG. Tubalinal, a Chicago-based publisher-editor of Fil Am Megascene, believes in the straight path being trodden by President Aquino, who should be given another six-year term as Mr. Aquino might not be able to accomplish what he has set out to do. The Philippine Constitution, however, only limits a Philippine President to a one-term six years in office.

 

Another Chicago community organizer, Marlon L. Pecson, wants to elevate China’s bullying of the Philippines, Vietnam and other countries up to an international level that will qualify China as a “terrorist country.” It will frame China within the countries that are opposed by Global War against Terrorism waged by the United States, NATO and other allied countries against Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries involved in the September 2001 attack on the Twin Towers in New York.

 

Filipino lawyer Carlos A. Cortes, Jr., said one reason the United States Senate has not ratified the 1982 United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is so that the U.S. will not be bound by the treaty in limiting its navigation beyond the 12-nautical miles limit of UNCLOS signatory countries. On the other hand, US’s non-ratification will tie its hand in vetoing motion that could oppose China’s overreaching its territory in the Philippine Western Sea (formerly South China Sea).

Although Father Abelardo has no comment on the boycott of China-product movement called by U.S. Pinoys and some Vietnam- and Laotian-American sectors, Filipino-American leader Loida Nicolas Lewis called for fasting from 12- to 24 hours to enlighten the new government, which will take over China before the end of the year, so China will stop its bullying of the Philippines.

 

In Washington, D.C., on Aug. 21, leaders of the Filipino, Vietnamese, Laotian and Asian-American communities and their allies held a “Prayer Rally for Peace in the Southeast Asian Sea” in front of the Martin L. King Memorial MLK at sunset to protest the recent bullying actions against Asian neighbors and the widespread human rights violations by the government of the People’s Republic of the China (PRC).

 

The rallyists at the ceremonies in the nation's capital were led in prayer by Catholic priest Fr., Andrew Gonzalo and Protestant Pastor Mariano Gabor, both from Maryland. Short speeches were also given by their leaders to announce their boycott of Made in China products.

They honored the martyrdom of Reverend King on April 4, 1968 and of Philippine Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr. who was assassinated on August 21, 1983, at the Manila airport when he returned from exile to protest the Marcos dictatorship.

 

The Filipino and Vietnamese American leaders were dressed in yellow, displayed their banners and national flags, prayed and sang songs.

 

They called for a nationwide campaign to persuade American consumers to boycott "Made in China" products and to choose better alternatives like "Made in USA."

 

The Filipino, Vietnamese and Lao leaders plan to protest at future visits of PRC Chinese government officials in Washington until the PRC government complies with international laws that protect territorial sovereignty of the Philippines and Vietnam over their seas and that uphold human rights of the Chinese people.

 

In April 2012, China's government blocked 100,000 Chinese tourists from visiting the Philippines and embargoed Philippine banana and pineapple imports after the Philippine government protested China's creeping invasion of the West Philippine Seas around PH Scarborough Shoal area.

 

The US Senate in June 2011 and recently passed resolutions deploring China's aggression in the Southeast Asian Sea and increased tensions in the area that may lead to military conflict.

 

In 1955, Rev. King presided over the Montgomery Bus Boycott to protest racial segregation and to seek equal rights in America for black Americans. King gave his historic "I have a Dream" speech on August 28, 1963 during the March on Washington rally.

 

Sadly, the MLK granite monument materials were mined, designed, and produced in China starting 2007. It caused wide spread controversy and protests from African Americans, artists, human rights activists and labor leaders when the monument opened on August 28, 2011. # # #

 

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Prince Harry Goes Naked in Las Vegas and Greenwich: Where the Earth Goes East and West PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 27 August 2012 16:38

 

 

By ROMEO P. MARQUEZ

Member, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), Asian-American Journalists Association (AAJA) and National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada (NEPMCC)

 

H ere are my latest news videos from London:

 

1. Prince Harry Goes Naked in Las Vegas

Prince Harry, third in line to succeed the British throne, has caused some controversy in the United Kingdom when his picture, naked with an unidentified woman, also nude, was published by the Sun, the largest newspaper daily in Britain

 

This video is a compilation of all the pictures taken from websites:  ">

 

2. Greenwich: Where the Earth Goes East and West

The vertical line that splits the earth into east and west starts at Greenwich, a suburb of London. It's called the Prime Meridian, located at the top of a hill where the Royal Observatory is also situated. Here's a look at where GMT or Greenwich Meridian Time started. 

 

The video is at: ">

 

My news and food channels can be viewed by clicking the links:

1. The Gotcha Journalist Channel's Currents & Breaking News at http://www.youtube.com/user/TheGotchaJournalist#g/u

2. The Filipino Web Channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/FilipinoWebChannel#g/u

3. Filipino Web Entertainment Channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/FilWebEntertainment#g/

4. EatsNRestos Channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/EatsNRestos/videos

 

Other stories for the mainstream available at: http://digitaljournal.com/user/130094/news

 

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Filipina Who Voted Illegally May Get Green Card PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 25 August 2012 17:31

 

 

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

(© 2012 Journal Group Link International)

C HICAGO (jGLi) – “A person who behaves with scrupulous honesty only to be misled by a state official should be as welcome in this country in 2012 as she was when she entered in 2004.”

 

With this ruling (in Keathley v. Holder, No. 11-1594), a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals of the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, Illinois, stopped the removal of 33-year-old Elizabeth Dag Um Keathley from the U.S. for voting in federal elections in 2006 even after she declared to an Illinois state official that she was a Filipino citizen.

 

Chief Judge Frank H. Easterbrook, along with Senior Judge Kenneth Francis Ripple and Judge Michael Stephen Kanne, in an opinion handed down Aug. 22, said, “If the Immigration Judge (in Chicago) does credit Keathley's statements about what occurred, the Department of Homeland Security should give serious consideration to withdrawing its proposal that she be declared inadmissible and be removed from the United States. The petition for review is granted, and the matter is remanded for proceedings consistent with this opinion.”

 

A copy of the decision forwarded to this reporter by Ms. Keathley’s Chicago-based lawyer Richard Hanus said in departing from a similar case “considered and rejected in Kimani v. Holder, No. 11-1497, which is being released contemporaneously,” the panel said while Anthony M. “Kimani falsely represented himself to be a U.S. citizen when registering to drive and vote, Keathley contends that she represented herself to be a citizen of the Philippines, presenting both her Philippine passport and her K–3 visa.”

 

Mr. Kimani, a citizen of Kenya, entered the U.S. in 2000 on a visitor’s visa that expired but he never left. Kimani then married a U.S. citizen and applied for visa for permanent residence. In 2003, he registered to vote and voted in general elections in 2004, misrepresenting himself as a U.S. citizen.

 

A NATIVE OF PANGATUCAN, BUKIDNON IN THE PHILIPPINES

 

In the case of Ms. Keathley, she married John Keathley, a U.S. citizen, in a marriage ceremony performed in the Philippines in 2003. In 2004, Ms. Keathley was issued a nonimmigrant K-3 visa so that she could live in the U.S. while awaiting decision for John’s request for her permanent residence as immediate relative of a U.S. citizen. Keathley is a native of Pigtauranan, Pangantucan, Bukidnon in the Philippines.

 

After arriving in the U.S., Elizabeth applied for and received a driver’s license. The State of Illinois also sent her a voter registration card and she voted in the November 2006 congressional elections.

 

When she was interviewed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) for her permanent residence application, she disclosed that she voted in the elections. Immediately, her application for green card was denied for violating 18 U.S.C. Sec. 611 “by voting in a federal election (that) renders her inadmissible, and thus ineligible for any benefit as John’s spouse. An immigration judge ordered her removal and the Board of Immigration Appeals affirmed."

 

The opinion said, “while Kimani checked a box on the driver's-license form, claiming U.S. citizenship, Keathley contends that she left that box unchecked until the state official who superintended the process—an official knowing that she is not a citizen—asked her if she would like to vote. Keathley says that she answered “yes”.”

 

The opinion said, Keathley contends that, because the state official knew that she is an alien, the question about voting and the state's decision to send her a voter registration card led her to believe that voting would be lawful. She did not know about Sec. "611, and after she learned that aliens can't vote she asked the State of Illinois to revoke her registration (it did). Although by then she had voted, “she contends that she did not violate Sec. 611 because the state officials' advice gave her a good defense of “entrapment by estoppel”—a misleadingly named doctrine that as we observed in Kimani should be called ‘official authorization’ instead. That name would better fit the doctrine's actual nature and scope.”

 

“ENTRAPMENT BY ESTOPPEL” ALSO APPLIES IN IMMIGRATION CASES

 

A lthough the Immigration Judge found her generally credible, the IJ did not make findings on these specific issues because he believed that entrapment by estoppel, as a doctrine of criminal law, is irrelevant in immigration proceedings. The BIA agreed with that conclusion. Both the IJ and the BIA erred, the opinion said.

 

It added, “a provision in the Immigration and Nationality Act withholding benefits from an alien who has “committed murder” requires the agency to decide, not only whether the alien killed someone, but also whether the killing was justified (and thus not “murder”). Just so with Sec. 1182(a)(10)(D)(i) and Sec. 611. If Keathley has a good defense, she has not violated Sec. 611 and remains eligible for adjustment of status.

 

“Our opinion in Kimani observes that state motor-vehicle registrars lack authority to put aliens on the voting rolls. The power to register someone supposes some authority to ascertain whether legal qualifications have been met, and officials are supposed to inform applicants about the eligibility rules for voting. 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1973gg(a)(5). These officials thus are entitled to speak for the government on that subject. What they say is not conclusive, but the official-authorization defense does not depend on the public official being right when giving approval.

 

“Our opinion in Kimani concerned someone who represented himself to be a (U.S.) citizen; but we must assume that Elizabeth Keathley represented herself to be an alien. That's why (she says) she thought the official's conduct implied (though wrongly) that aliens could vote.”


Attorney Hanus initially introduced the legal defense  of “entrapment by estoppel” that absolves an individual of legal responsibility in criminal proceedings but this was rejected by the Immigration Court.

This prompted Mr. Hanus to seek the support of Professor Albert W. Alschuler, a legal scholar of Chicago’s suburban Evanston, Illinois-based Northwestern University, when they appealed the court’s ruling before the Board of Immigration Appeals to confirm the relevance of the defense in their defense. But the BIA likewise rejected this defense.

Alschuler compared Ms. Keathley’s act of voting as “no more a violation … than the action of a non-citizen, who, with a terrorist’s gun on her back, is coerced to enter the voter’s booth and vote.”

 

In Illinois, an unauthorized voting is a Class X felony offense that could have meant a few years imprisonment for Ms. Keathley before she could have been removed.

 

Ms. Keathley, of Bloomington, Illinois, cannot be reached for comment. # # #

 

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Last Updated on Sunday, 26 August 2012 09:48
 
The Buzz of Camden Town in North London PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 August 2012 11:26

 

By ROMEO P. MARQUEZ

Member, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), Asian-American Journalists Association (AAJA) and National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada (NEPMCC)

 

C amden, the northern suburb of London, is world-famous for its weekend markets and the huge number of shops, restaurants, pubs, fashion houses and more. It's also referred to as "the birthplace of alternative fashion".

 

The whole town comes alive on weekends, as this video shows on The Gotcha Journalist Channel's Currents & Breaking News:

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My news and food channels can be viewed by clicking the links:

1. The Gotcha Journalist Channel's Currents & Breaking News at http://www.youtube.com/user/TheGotchaJournalist#g/u

2. The Filipino Web Channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/FilipinoWebChannel#g/u

3. Filipino Web Entertainment Channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/FilWebEntertainment#g/

4. EatsNRestos Channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/EatsNRestos/videos

 

Other stories for the mainstream available at: http://digitaljournal.com/user/130094/news

 

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/ News That Fears None, Views That Favor Nobody /
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Landmarks Along England's River Thames PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 August 2012 11:22

 

 

By ROMEO P. MARQUEZ

Member, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), Asian-American Journalists Association (AAJA) and National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada (NEPMCC)

 

A boat ride from Westminster Pier, which is close to the British Parliament, proves to be an exciting one-hour travel though River Thames. There are numerous landmarks along the way to Greenwich Park, including the many bridges that span the mighty river.

 

Here's the news video taken Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at The Gotcha Journalist Channel's Currents & Breaking News:

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Other stories available at: http://digitaljournal.com/user/130094/news 

 

My news channels can be viewed by clicking the links:

 

1. The Gotcha Journalist Channel's Currents & Breaking News at:

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheGotchaJournalist#g/u

2. The Filipino Web Channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/FilipinoWebChannel#g/u

3. Filipino Web Entertainment Channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/FilWebEntertainment#g/

 

For other stories and photos, please visit: 

1. http://currentsbreakingnews.blogspot.com/ 

2. http://torontonewsroom.blogspot.com/

3. http://timecircumstance.blogspot.com/

4. http://travelsthemes.blogspot.com/ 

5. http://gotchajournalist.blogspot.com/ .

 

PHILIPPINE VILLAGE VOICE/The Filipino Web Channel - Redefining Community News

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