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Casino Investors in PH Issued Summons by Las Vegas Court PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 05 March 2012 21:49

 

 

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

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C HICAGO (jGLi) – The Aruze USA, Inc. and Universal Entertainment Corp., both companies owned by Japanese casino investor Kazuo Okada, were issued summons by the Eight Judicial District of Las Vegas, Nevada, to answer within 20 days the civil complaint filed by the Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts, Limited in connection with the $110,000 entertainment expenses extended to Filipino gaming officials by Okada who is putting up multi-billion dollar casino resorts in Manila, Philippines.

 

A deputy clerk has sent out summons on behalf of Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez of Department ll (eleven) of the district court of Clark County last Feb. 26 for Aruze USA, Inc., a Nevada subsidiary of Tokyo, Japan-based Universal Entertainment Corporation, which has a 19.66% ownership stake of Wynn Resorts.

 

A separate summons was also sent out to Universal Entertainment Corp. last Feb. 22.

 

Under the County Court District rules, if a civil defendant fails to file an answer to the summons, a “judgment default will be taken against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint.”

 

In a 47-page complaint for request for business court assignment and “exempt from arbitration – declaratory relief,” the Wynn Resorts, Ltd., which retained Pisanelli Bice PLLC led by James J. Pisanelli of Las Vegas, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz’s Paul K. Rowe of New York, New York and Glaser Weil Fink Jacobs Howard’s Robert L. Shapiro of Los Angeles, California, asked the court to declare Mr. Okada, a director and up until October 2011 a vice chairman of Wynn Resorts, in violation of fiduciary duty and related offenses committed against Wynn Resorts.

 

OKADA’s ACTS POSE AS DIRECT ASSAULT ON WYNN RESORTS’ PROBITY

 

T he complaint said Mr. Okada “surreptitiously undertook these acts despite admonishments that all Directors closely adhere to Company policy, scrupulous business practices/ethics, and the law, both foreign and domestic. The public’s confidence in gaming’s integrity depends upon strict observance of these principles. Okada’s conducts pose a direct assault upon, and a present threat to Wynn Resorts’ reputation for probity, which is central to maintaining its stature in the gaming industry as well as its current and future licensing.”

 

Wynn Resorts, a corporation organized under Nevada laws and is based in Nevada and publicly traded on NASDAQ, says it is a world-class developer of destination resort casinos and owns Wynn Macau, Ltd. and Wynn Las Vegas, LLC, which owns Encore resort casinos in Las Vegas. Wynn Macau is a Cayman Islands company, publicly traded on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

 

The complaint said that when Mr. Okada made “payments for the benefit of foreign gaming officials, who could advance his personal business interests” and when he “elected to compete against Wynn Resorts, undertaking a campaign to convert Wynn Resorts’ assets for his own benefit, and that of his affiliates,” Wynn was compelled to “defend against Okada’s acts of aggression by among other things, the initiation of remedial and defensive Board actions and the prosecution of this action.”

 

The complaint said the problem started when Okada abandoned his “duty of loyalty to Wynn Resorts with his plan to develop gaming operations in the Philippines. When Okada approached Mr. Wynn with an idea of creating a casino resort in Manila Bay, [n]either Mr. Wynn nor the Board of Directors was willing to pursue such opportunities in the Philippines.”

 

OKADA OBTAINED 4 GAMING LICESES WITHOUT PUBLIC BIDDING

 

U ndeterred, Okada pressed on his personal agenda “without full disclosure to Mr. Wynn or the Board. He asked that a city ledger account, Universal City Ledger, at Wynn Resorts be opened in the name of his company.”

 

Mr. Okada used the University City Ledger “to facilitate his pursuit of his personal business interest in the Philippines and to promote the false appearance of an affiliation with Wynn Resorts to his Philippine business contacts.”

 

In 2008, Okada was able to obtain “four provisional gaming licenses without public bidding” from Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), which regulates, authorizes and licenses games of chance, cards, numbers, particularly casino gaming in the Philippines.

 

An independent investigation and risk assessment of investing in the gaming industry in the Philippines commissioned by Wynn Resorts and disclosed in January 2011 showed that that official corruption in the Philippine gaming industry is “deeply ingrained,” doubts were raised that newly-elected President Aquino’s stated plan for reform would eliminate corruption from the gaming industry; country’s legal/regulatory frameworks were not closely aligned with American compliance and transparency standards; and despite general refusal by witnesses to discuss Okada’s role in the Philippines (many refused to comment), other information created reasonable suspicion that persons acting on Okada’s behalf had engaged in improprieties.

 

Later on Feb. 24, 2011, after the Wynn board discussed the findings of the independent investigation and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Mr. Steve Wynn, the chairman of Wynn Resorts, informed the board that Mr. Okada invited him to meet with President Aquino, an invitation the board urged Mr. Wynn to decline and to cancel. It also sent a message that the Wynn Resorts would not invest in Universal’s Manila Bay project.

 

EMBARASSED AND ANGRY AT P-NOY’S SNUB BY WYNN

 

E mbarrassed and angry, Okada proceeded to announce he and Universal planned to lure high-limit, VIP gamblers from China to its Manila Bay resort-casino, the same customer base as Wynn Macau, and a direct competition with Wynn Macau.

 

Universal purportedly intends to construct two casinos and three hotels in Manila by December 2013, opens them in early 2014, intends to spend $2.3-billion on the project, and hopes to turn $2-billion in sales in its first year of operation. Okada plans to open more casinos in Asia in 2015.

 

The complaint said to promote his own interest, Okada launched a campaign to misappropriate Wynn Resorts’ assets and secrets for his and his affiliates’ use, among them arranging several people as interns at Wynn Macau to learn and siphon Wynn Resorts’ Wynn Macau’s “know-how.”

 

When Mr. Okada promoted the “local business practices that involved having third parties make payments to government officials rather than someone doing so directly (acts prohibited not only under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and by Wynn Resorts’ Code of Conduct and other policies),” Wynn Resorts held training among the board members to be familiar with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Code of Business Ethics. Mr. Okada never attended this training.

 

This prompted the Wynn board to retain the legal services of former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Louis J. Freeh, who went to Tokyo, Japan on Feb. 15, 2012 to interview Mr. Okada in the presence of his U.S. counsel.

 

PAGCOR CHIEF UNDER GMA & P-NOY BOTH ACCEPTED PERKS

 

O n Feb. 18, 2012, Mr. Freeh among others reported to the board the following:

 

The Universal City Ledger account established by Okada revealed 36 separate instances, from May 2008 thru June 2011, where Okada or his associates/affiliates made payments exceeding US$110,000 that directly benefited senior PAGCOR officials.

 

Payments included luxury lodging, extravagant dinners, shopping, and cash (US$5,000 each) to spend for, among others, former PAGCOR Chairman Efraim C. Genuino and his family and friends and current PAGCOR Chairman Cristino L. Naguiat.

 

Naguiat, his wife, their three children, their nanny, other PAGCOR officials, one of whom brought his family, stayed at Wynn Macau and were provided with the most expensive accommodation (US$6,000 a day a room), food and star treatment.

 

Freeh said this Okada’s conduct constituted prima facie evidence of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

 

There is also substantial evidence that Okada, his associates and companies have arranged and manipulated ownership and management of legal entities in the Philippines under his control that may have enabled the evasion of Philippine constitutional and statutory requirements that may subject Mr. Okada to “civil and criminal penalties under Philippine law.”

 

Wynn asked the court for compensatory and special damages, including attorneys’ fees, against Mr. Okada; declaration that Wynn Resorts acted lawfully and in full compliance with its Articles of Incorporation and other governing documents; disgorgement of profits, punitive damages, award of reasonable costs and attorneys’ fees and prejudgment and post-judgment interest on the foregoing sums at the highest permitted by law; and additional relief this Court deems just and proper. # # #

 

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Two More in Marriage Fraud Sentenced PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 March 2012 16:30

 

 

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

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C HICAGO (jGLi) – Two more American women, who entered into fraudulent marriages arranged by Filipino-American Maria Flordelis Pulido-Cruz, were each sentenced Wednesday (Feb. 29) to six months house arrest.

 

Keisha McGary, 36, and DeShawn Barksdale, 40, both former co-employes of Ms. Cruz at the Traffic Court of Cook County in Chicago, Illinois, were also sentenced to two years’ probation.

 

While Ms. McGary was ordered to pay $1,000 fine, United States District Court Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan of the Northern District Court of Illinois in Chicago waived the fine for Ms. Barksdale “because of her (Barksdale’s) financial problem.”

 

Both of them will be wearing electronic monitoring device (EMD) during their six months’ home confinement. But Ms. Barksdale will not be paying the $3-a-day cost to pay the EMD’s monitoring company.

 

While McGary was required to perform 20-hour community service, Ms. Barksdale is required to perform 200 hours of community service. They will also both be paying the mandatory $100 court fees.

 

Both of them apologized for their mistakes in entering into fraudulent marriages for a fee of $10,000 each from two Filipinos, who wanted to become permanent U.S. residents.

 

It was sometime in July 2003 when Cruz proposed to McGary while they were at work if she would marry someone identified only as “KE,” who was willing to pay her a down payment of $3,000 and a $400 a month for one year.

 

When McGary agreed, Cruz introduced her to KE. The following day, McGary and KE were wed in a civil matrimony with Cruz as the lone witness.

 

The newlyweds secured Illinois state ID cards that showed their same address at Elk Gove Village, Illinois, opened joint bank accounts and obtained life insurance policies to show to the U.S. Citizens and Immigration Service that they were living together when they were not.

 

BARKSDALE ADMITTED HELPING BUT WITHOUT MONEY INVOLVED

 

T his scenario was replicated by Ms. Barksdale in a sham marriage to another foreign national identified only as “GF.” They also applied for several utility bills bearing their identical addresses although they were living apart.

 

When they were separately interviewed by the U.S. CIS, Barksdale capitulated by admitting she merely wanted to help GF obtain his green card but falsely answered “no” when asked if she were offered money for the marriage.

 

On the other hand, when U.S. CIS interviewed McGary, she portrayed her marriage to “KE” as legit and falsely claimed they were living together. She never admitted, accepting money for the marriage fraud.

 

While McGary was assisted by Gerardo Gutierrez, Ms. Keri Ambrosio was the private defense lawyer for Barksdale.

 

McGary and Barksdale were the fifth and sixth defendants, who were convicted in a marriage conspiracy involving ten defendants. The first to be sentenced was Cruz, who got a 33-month jail sentence. Cruz’s sentence was followed by the two-year sentence for immigration lawyer, Manny Aguja, and the one-year-and-and-one-day jail sentence for Aguja’s twin brother, Marc Aguja, and the six-month house arrest for Latrice Wilson.

 

The seventh defendant, Sonia Maki, is slated for sentencing on March 6 at 10 a.m. while the eighth, Eugene Wilson, will be sentenced on May 3, 2012 at 11 a.m.

 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason A. Yonan said he is still contacting the lawyers of the two other defendants, Celeste Ligutan-Lopez and Maria Fernandez, to schedule their sentencing dates. # # #

 

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Last Updated on Saturday, 03 March 2012 16:39
 
Fil-Am Fugitive Arrested in California PDF Print E-mail
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By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

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C HICAGO (jGLi) – Manila-born Filipino American Giovanni “Popoy” Spiller was scheduled to appear in court for status hearing of the first degree murder filed against him before Cook County Criminal Circuit Judge Henry R. Simmons in Chicago, Illinois 15 years ago when he cut off the electronic monitoring device clamped in his leg and fled to the Philippines.

 

On Monday, Feb. 27, the Chicago Tribune announced the arrest of Spiller at his suburban home in southern California last week, ending an international manhunt that had tracked the suspect from Chicago to Memphis and the Philippines.

Spiller, who later changed his name to Johnny Harrington to escape detection, will be due back in court on March 7.

 

Spiller was accused in the cold-blooded shooting death of Filipino-American businessman, Roberto “Bobby” Castillo, on Nov. 29, 1996, outside Golden Cue, a pool hall, at 3241 West Montrose Avenue in Chicago’s northside.

 

One of Castillo’s two children, Carlo, who was then 22 years old, told this reporter that his 53-year-old father, a real-estate businessman, and two friends were in the Golden Cue that day. Witnesses told Carlo that Popoy, who was also inside the Golden Cue, had a heated exchange with his father. Carlo added Popoy challenged his father to a fight but his father declined the dare.

 

It was while his father was walking away when Popoy shot his father in the back as well as other parts of the body, Carlo said.

 

A .45 CALIBER PISTOL USED IN SHOOTING

 

Police investigators said Popoy used a .45 caliber pistol in the shooting.

 

Carlo said the feud between his father and Popoy started when his father and Popoy had an argument at “IC” (Imus, Cavite) restaurant in nearby Irving Park Road a month before the shooting incident. IC restaurant had since closed.

 

Castillo is a native of Taal, Batangas, while Spiller is a native of Manila born to a Filipino mother and a Black-American father.

 

Bobby Castillo’s widow, Irene Castillo, was quoted by the Tribune as being “very glad to hear” of the arrest of Spiller.

 

Spiller was arrested by the FBI on Feb. 21 in the San Jacinto Valley community of Hemet after a tip to Chicago Tribune “Fugitives from Justice” website by a person, who contacted the Chicago police. Hemet is 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

 

Spiller is now being held at Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside, California, pending extradition to Chicago.

 

The Tribune said, Spiller’s “case featured a low bond, an apparent lack of cooperation by the Filipino government and spotty law-enforcement oversight that allowed the manhunt to drift for years.”

 

During his arraignment in January 24, 1997, Spiller entered a not guilty plea.

 

Spiller was arraigned following his surrender on Dec. 18, 1996. He fled shortly after the shooting incident at about 6:20 p.m. in front of Golden Cue pool hall.

 

Although out on bond, Spiller, reportedly a former truck driver, was restricted from leaving his Chicago home. An electronic monitoring (EM) device was clamped on his ankle to monitor his movement 24 hours a day. Only in time of emergency can Spiller be allowed to leave home.

 

If he violated the electronic monitor procedures, his $20,000 bond deposit would be canceled and confiscated by the authorities. If he is rearrested after violating the electronic monitoring procedures, he will be jailed and will be denied bond until the duration of the trial of his case. # # #

 

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 February 2012 20:37
 
Woman Employee In Marriage Fraud With Filipino Gets 6-Month House Arrest PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 February 2012 17:37

 

 

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

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C HICAGO (jGLi) – Latrice Wilson was a co-worker of Filipino American Maria Flordelis Pulido-Cruz at the Cook County Traffic Court in Chicago, Illinois, where Cruz earned $38,000 a year.

 

Their workplace relationship took a deeper turn when Ms. Cruz asked Ms. Wilson, 38, if she was willing to marry Filipino Ernesto Isip for $10,000.

 

On Wednesday, Feb. 23, Ms. Wilson, who would later lose her good-paying job after she was charged with marriage fraud, paid for her indiscretion when she was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan of the Northern District of Illinois to six months home confinement with electronic monitoring device tacked in her ankle.

 

Ms. Wilson was also sentenced to a two-year probation, to pay $1,000 fine and to perform a 20-hour community service if she does not have a job. If she has a job, she does not have to perform community service.

 

It all started when Maria Cruz got a call from Isip’s Filipino wife, Arlene Isip (a.k.a. Arlene Hernandez), who was referred to Cruz by Filipino-American lawyer Manny Aguja’s secretary and co-defendant Celeste Ligutan-Lopez.

 

According to court documents, Isip and his wife, Arlene, were married in the Philippines. They came to the United States in 2003 and settled in the northern neighboring state of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

 

When Arlene, a nursing graduate, started to “find ways in which they could remain in the country,” an acquaintance referred her and her husband to Manny Aguja, who told them it was difficult for him to sponsor their stay in the United States.

 

When Manny Aguja suggested to them that the easiest way to remain in the U. S. was for them to marry a U.S. citizen and they had to file for divorce first, Arlene said she did not know any U.S. citizen to marry.

 

At this point, Manny asked his secretary for the phone number of Maria Cruz and gave the number to Arlene.

 

MANNY AGUJA ALSO ACTED AS DIVORCE LAWYER ALSO

 

A fter Arlene called Maria, Maria told Arlene’s husband Ernesto if he could give her $10,000 that will be paid to her co-worker, Latrice Wilson, at $3,500 down payment and $500 monthly installment, thereafter, they would have a deal.

 

Manny Aguja first filed a petition for Dissolution of Marriage between Ernesto and Arlene Isip on April 5, 2004, citing failed marriage due to “irreconcilable differences” although they “are still together today.”

 

After “perfecting” the divorce papers for Ernesto Isip, Manny Aguja’s completed Ernesto’s immigration paper work for co-defendant Latrice Wilson, arranged by Cruz, falsely filing information that they were about to live “together and (are) intending to live together.”

 

Latrice Wilson’s fraudulent marriage is only one of about five fraudulent marriages in a conspiracy brought to court by Northern Illinois’ United States Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald and his assistant Jason A. Yonan involving Ms. Maria Cruz, Atty. Manny Aguja and Aguja’s twin brother, Marc Aguja, Celeste Ligutan-Lopez, Maria Fernandez, Sonia Maki, DeShawn Barksdale, Keisha McGary and Eugene Wilson.

 

Earlier, Maria Cruz, a native of Dipolog City in the Philippines, was sentenced to 33 months in prison as marriage "arranger" while Attorney Manny Aguja was sentenced to 24 months and  Manny’s twin brother Marc got “one year and one day” imprisonment term. The twins were both ordered to pay $10,000 fine each. Manny also gave up his law license.

 

Michael Wing, Judge Der-Yeghiayan’s courtroom deputy, told this reporter Keisha McGary will be sentenced on Feb. 29 at 10:30 a.m. while DeShawn Barksdale will also be sentenced on the same day later at 11:30 a.m. Sonia Maki is slated for sentencing on March 6 at 10 a.m. while Eugene Wilson will be sentenced on May 3, 2012 at 11 a.m.

 

Celeste Ligutan-Lopez and Maria Fernandez still have no sentencing dates.

 

Latrice Wilson was the first among the six of the ten defendants, who pleaded guilty to marriage fraud following their arrest in November 2009. The others, who followed Wilson’s guilty pleas, were Maria F. Cruz, 50, formerly of Chicago and currently living in American Canyon, California, and formerly a Cook County Traffic employee; Sonia Maki, 44, of Chicago; DeShawn Barksdale, 40, Maria Fernandez, 54, of Oakbrook, Illinois; and Keisha McGary, 34, of Chicago and a Cook County employee.

 

The four other defendants pleaded guilty later to one count each.

 

If any of the defendant went into trial and was found guilty, each of them could have earned a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment and $250,000 fine for each count for violation of marriage fraud under Title 18, U.S. Code Sec. 3013. # # #

 

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Last Updated on Friday, 24 February 2012 18:15
 
The ABS-CBN and UGAT Foundations’ Search for Global Heroes: Time to Rise and Shine PDF Print E-mail
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The News UpFront: (TOP STORY) as of Friday, February 24, 2012 


W ith a flood of stories detailing corruption in high places in the
Philippines and the sordid spectacle of the country's top leaders locked in bruising political combat, these are worst times to be a Filipino. Yet out of that sorry state now comes a worldwide initiative to flush out authentic Filipino heroes who have cast aside the pervasive ills that have defined Filipinos for ages. The top Philippine network ABS-CBN is leading the way to rekindle pride, uplift souls and restore dignity.

 

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SEARCH FOR GLOBAL HEROES

Time to Rise and Shine

 

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)

 

 

TORONTO - Saying it obliquely is perhaps the most-effective, least antagonistic manner to focus attention on some pernicious character traits that plague Filipino individuals and institutions.

 

On Feb. 17, officials in Toronto announced the team-up of the Manila-based network giant ABS-CBN and UGAT (Ugnayan at Tulong para sa Maralitang Pamilya) Foundation in a world-wide search for Filipino organizations that exemplify everything good about the Filipino.

 

Indeed, these are times to rise and shine and let go of the ills. It'll be a big therapeutic pause to stay out of the sordid spectacle in the Philippine capital where the country's top leaders are locked in high-level mudslinging and bloodless combat for political power.

 

Today is probably the worst moment to be a Filipino. The heroic struggles of many Filipinos worldwide are eclipsed by the unending bickering, the finger-pointing, the extensive corruption in high places and the constant infighting for selfish ends and personal gains in the homeland.

 

But thanks to ABS-CBN and UGAT, our attention is being re-directed towards the uplifting of our souls and the elimination of the many negatives around us. 

 

The occasion may be coincidental but it is very timely in launching what to me is essentially a global call for an end to that affliction so pervasive in many Filipino communities, the so-called "crab mentality" - a malady fueled by jealousy, envy, fault-finding, rebuke and parochialism. 

 

Crab mentality is a national disease. It is, says Wikipedia, a "desperate lust to pull other people down, denigrating them rather than letting them get ahead or pursue their dreams. It is an unwillingness to allow someone to get out of dire or bad life situations, often being foiled by friends and family members who keep sucking them back in."

 

Most Filipinos knew it by heart; in fact, they're one of its unrelenting practitioners in the Filipino Diaspora so much so that it seems already part of the fabric of their society, be it in the family, community or national level.

 

Initiating the search may well be the beginning of an institutional foray to root it out of the Filipino psyche. Yes, by laying the ground rules, the network is basically trying to contain the scourge.

 

Those that qualify will receive the Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Global Bayaning Pilipino, an award named after the late "Father of Philippine Broadcasting" who was so moved in 1994 by the courage of an unidentified Filipina maid in Hong Kong to save a child and got run over by a car and killed in the process.

 

The fresh new approach - targeting the elimination of crab mentality and its many forms -  has been launched in Toronto and apparently in eight other capitals in America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Nominations are accepted until March 15. (http://www.globalbayaningpilipino.com). 

 

While the organizers didn't say in exactly the same words as I write here, it is obvious that they are putting out the clarion call for unity and the slaying of this ailment that has defined Filipinos every where.

 

The positive spin makes an attractive cloak but when one comes down to it, the award amounts to a blanket condemnation of the very things Filipinos abhor but continue to practice. It is in fact an exercise in reverse psychology.

 

This is the most opportune time to train the national spotlight on those working for change. We've been so long engrossed in mutual destruction. The political leadership has failed to inspire us, instead it engaged in gutter politics against other branches of government.

 

Network officials said the award is intended "to honor extraordinary heroism by ordinary Filipinos in the service of their countrymen". 

 

As a Filipino I am proud to hear this. As a new transplant to Canada, I feel empowered knowing there are corporate institutions like ABS-CBN and community organizations such as UGAT willing to re-shape our views of ourselves as a people and rekindle pride and dignity among us.

 

At this point, to purge Filipino communities of crab mentality would be an act of heroism. In that context, the “Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Global Bayaning Pilipino (sic)” is a welcome development since it puts a premium on the selection process through a list of requirements that touches the core of what a Filipino truly is.

 

Q uite appropriately, the award is named after Geny Lopez Jr., a "bayani" or hero himself, having endured years of incarceration by the dictator Ferdinand Marcos during the martial law regime until his daring escape from prison in 1977. 

 

But more than this honorary, the award is in keeping with a family tradition begun by his father, the nationalist Don Eugenio "Ening" Lopez Sr., to promote and preserve Filipino heritage, instill pride and develop a unified Filipino spirit.

 

I knew father and son from a distance, having worked at The Manila Chronicle (now defunct) at a very young age, first as proofreader and later as staff reporter, a stint cut short by Marcos who closed it down in September 1972, seized its assets and reopened it through his brother-in-law Kokoy Romualdez as the Times Journal.

 

My 93-year-old father (now living in California) accumulated 25 years as pressman at the paper's printing press in Aduana, Intramuros, where the Chronicle was headquartered until it embraced a new technology at that time and moved to a swank new office in Pasig.

 

Given this background, Filipino communities here and elsewhere are in good, reliable hands and trustworthy partners. The “Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Global Bayaning Pilipino (sic)” is a reflection of a historical commitment towards community- and nation-building.

 

It is the next best thing to being recognized globally as a true modern-day hero. # 

 

To view my other channels, here are the links:

 

1. For Filipino community news, visit The Filipino Web Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/FilipinoWebChannel#g/u

 

2. For mainstream news in Canada and the United States, visit The Gotcha Journalist's Currents & Breaking News Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheGotchaJournalist#g/u

 

3. For Filipino entertainment news, visit The Filipino Web Entertainment Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/FilWebEntertainment#g/u

 

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/ .

 

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