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By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

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ROLLING MEADOWS, Illinois (JGL) – Judge Joel L. Greenblatt has denied the request of Filipino American Sergio D. Buizing, accused of two

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 CHICAGO (JGL) -- EFREN C. Morillo, a 29-year-old scavenger at the dumpsite in Payatas, Quezon City in the Philippines, who

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The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) Region 3-East (R3E) invites you to its 2017 R3E Empowerment Conference

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By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2017 Journal GlobaLinks)

 

 

CHICAGO (JGL) – Dr. Arnold G. Alindada, the first Vice District Lions Governor from Davao City’s Kadayawan Lions Club, said that he had been to

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CHICAGO (JGL) – A Filipino American, who was arrested by the suburban Norridge, Illinois Police for two counts of armed kidnaping and two

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CHICAGO (JGL) – Filipino American Cook County Judge Jessica Arong O’Brien, who was indicted on two counts of loan mortgage and mail frauds

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"READY TO FORGIVE ADVERSARIES BUT NOT FORGET 'HUMBLING EXPERIENCE'"! 

By ROMEO P. MARQUEZ
Editor, The Filipino Web Channel

(Used with permission)

 

            “Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage.” 
                                                                      ― Richard Lovelace

 

TORONTO - The embattled editor and publisher of this city's largest Filipino newspaper was back in the saddle on Sunday, June 25, saying she's ready to forgive her adversaries but not forget the "humbling experience" that gave her temporary pause from ongoing legal disputes. 

Teresita Cusipag walked out of Vanier Centre for Women in Milton, Ontario to waiting friends and motored nearly an hour to her residence in Toronto's eastern suburb of Markham where she lives and holds office as head honcho of Balita, the 39-year-old fortnightly periodical known for its investigative reporting.

Her family gathered early in the day at their traditional home, the first time in nearly two weeks since Superior Court Judge Frederick L. Myers handed out his order sentencing her to 21 days in a provincial reformatory for contempt of court. 

The fact that her release - after completion of 13 days - was unforeseen, buoyed up the already bubbly day that had greeted family, friends, and followers once they learned of the impending discharge. They quickly organized get-togethers - one in mid-morning with family, and two, an impromptu dinner with staff and colleagues in the early
evening.

"It has been a humbling experience," says Ms. Cusipag, widow of veteran journalist Ruben Cusipag who passed away in July 2013, leaving her with the responsibility of carrying out his legacy of investigative journalism as a means to serve the community by ferreting out wrongdoing.

Over the years, Ms. Cusipag had imbibed the full meaning of what her late husband wanted and did. She plunged into it with the same firm commitment, guided only by strong moral principles being played out with every issue of the fortnightly Balita.

The lawsuits she's facing with her staff are, in a word, an insightful depiction of the extent to which she and Balita would go to stand and fight for principles. She accepted the responsibility, faced the consequences and served time less than what was imposed. 

"YOU'RE A HERO"

At the women's centre, detainees found out why Ms. Cusipag was being kept there for what they thought was a "cakewalk" in comparison to their terms that run for months and years. All the more when they learned that she'd be out this Sunday, June 25, whereupon they huddled to tell her that, in their words, she's a "hero".

"You're a hero," Ms. Cusipag quotes them as saying, "for fighting for principle. You're a hero," they repeated, "for standing up against politicians". A detainee named Natalia
gifted her with a drawing of a cartoon with the inscription: "Always Remember That Your (sic) Beautiful Inside & Out".

A day earlier, an envious left-leaning tabloid screamed: "Balita publisher jailed" in its latest issue that had been two weeks late in reporting the story. The sheet, published by Hermie Garcia and wife Mila Garcia who, ironically, languished in prison for their communist sympathies, had republished a faulty news account of Ms.Cusipag's June 12 ordeal.

Even then, the downer of the inaccurate news from the Garcias' Philippine Reporter failed to dampen the high spirits animating Ms. Cusipag. Everybody knew the tabloid was being driven by a personal and business agenda. That much was already evident in the speculation, passed on as news analysis, by Vancouver doomsayer Ted
Alcuitas. 

Alcuitas, a blogger, basically echoed the Philippine Reporter account, and added his own spin, to make it appear that Balita could be on a downward spiral. His article saying that "Cusipag was immediately whisked to an undisclosed provincial jail after sentencing" was erroneous.

He also affirmed the false report that the negative response from the judge "sent Cusipag and her supporters to tears". I was in the courtroom myself and the only
person I saw tearing up was Ms. Cusipag who had become very emotional at that moment.

On Monday, June 12, just before he pronounced his sentence, Judge Myers declared that "The court will compel obedience to its orders and punish disobedience. The
protection of the rule of law must be a paramount concern of society".

Ms. Cusipag had been found to have breached the injunction issued by Judge Sidney Lederman on July 13, 2016 for what Judge Myers called "very public attacks on the court and the rule of law" by online postings on her Facebook account.

"It is the court's true wish that you learn from this experience that you are bound by the law and you must comply with court orders even if you do not agree with them," Judge Myers wrote.

Ms. Cusipag said she harbors no ill-will as Judge Myers' decision was fair, given what was available evidence. At the same time, however, she chided her counsel, James Chow, for his failure to comply with a number of items the judge had needed during the proceedings for which she wasn't informed.

At the spontaneous dinner gathering that lasted past midnight, Ms. Cusipag said she was so touched by the outpouring of support sent to her via email by many people, some of whom she didn't know personally.

"Many of them are asking me for copies of Balita," she said. "Only one issue has been delayed and they're already missing it".

 It was the right nod that tells her to go on. Balita will continue. 

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By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2015 Journal GlobaLinks)

 

 

CHICAGO (JGL) –  It was an ominous confession nobody took seriously.

 

Four months after the Mamasapano Massacre, former President Noynoy Aquino III, made a public confession delivered in a light-hearted manner -- an unsolicited advice to his successor who would jail him:  It should be at the “Fort.”

 

The problem was Mr. Aquino was very generic, not specific, with his wish as to the location of his jailhouse preference.

 

“Fort Santiago,” where Jose Rizal and Noynoy's great grandfather, who was a Katipunero (Katipunan Independence fighter), and his grandfather were all jailed, is now a Manila Park at Port Area. While “Fort Bonifacio” where his martyred father, Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., was jailed by Marcos for seven years and seven months, is no longer a sprawling military camp that I used to cover as a Manila Bulletin police reporter when it was housing the Southern Police Headquarters as part of Makati City. It is now a bustling commercial center known as GBC (Global Bonifacio City) that is being claimed by neighboring Taguig City instead of the adjoining Pateros town.

 

With his indictment by his very own appointed graft buster, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Friday (July 14) in connection with the botched Mamasapano raid that left 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos dead, Aquino’s self-fulfilling prophesy could now be a fait accompli.

 

Morales said Aquino violated a provision of the anti-graft law prohibiting any public officer from inducing or influencing another to perform an act that violated duly promulgated rules and regulations when he allowed suspended Philippine National Police Chief Alan Purisima to take part in an official police operation.

 

Aquino was also charged with as co-conspirator along with Purisima and sacked SAF commander Getulio Napenas. Both Purisima and Napenas were also charged   with violation of the same anti-graft provision brought against Aquino. 

 

10 YEARS, 4 YEARS IMPRISONMENTS 

 

The graft charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison while usurpation, four years.

 

“There is no gainsaying that President Aquino was fully aware that the Office of the Ombudsman had placed Purisima under preventive suspension at that time,” Morales said, referring to her order to suspend the former PNP chief over an anomalous gun license delivery deal.

 

She said text messages between Aquino and Purisima, which were disclosed during a Senate investigation, showed that the “suspended police chief played a major role in the botched operation.”

 

She said Purisima usurped authority by playing an active role “to the point that he was exercising a degree of authority and discretion over Napeñas and consequently, over the operation” in Mamasapano.

 

Morales said Aquino was complicit in Purisima’s usurpation when the former President “assented to or at the very least failed to prevent Purisima” from getting involved in the operation.

 

Aquino’s spokesperson Abigail Valte said he and his lawyers were studying the Ombudsman’s order “with the end view of filing a motion for reconsideration.”

“An initial reading shows that there may have been a misappreciation of some facts surrounding the incident, leading to some erroneous conclusions,” Ms. Valte, a lawyer by profession, also said. 

 

AD-LIB

 

During his May 6, 2015 visit to Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Aquino broke the ice before delivering his speech before a huge Filipino American crowd with an ad-lib on a self-deprecating information related to him by outgoing Philippine Consul General Generoso D.G. Calonge – that in May 1888, Jose Rizal visited Chicago on his way to Europe.

 

“Napagisip lang ako Mayo rin daw dumalaw dito [si Jose Rizal] pareho kami. So si Rizal natapos sa Luneta e. [Tawanan]” (I just thought that Rizal and myself came to Chicago on the same month of May. And Rizal ended up by firing squad in Luneta.), [Laughter]” Mr. Aquino added.

 

“Hindi ho kasi sa angkan ho namin ‘yung lolo ko ho sa tuhod, Katipunero. Nakulong po siya sa Fort Santiago. Lolo ko naman po, hindi ba nakulong din? Hindi ba naiwan ni Quezon doon, ikinulong naman sa Fort Santiago din ho pala. [My great grandfather was a Katipunan revolutionary. He was jailed at Fort Santiago. My grandfather was also jailed, isn't it? He was then abandoned there by [Pres.] Quezon. He was also jailed at Fort Santiago by the way.]

 

“Ang tatay ko naman ho ‘yung pangatlo sa — bawat henerasyon meron kaming nakukulong e. [Tawanan] Tatay ko ho Fort Bonifacio. Pitong taon at pitong buwan ho inabot naman ‘nung sa kanya. [My father [the late Sen. Benigno Aquino, Jr.] was the third -- in each of our generation, someone goes to jail. [Laughter] My father was jailed in Fort Bonifacio. Seven years and seven months were his jail term.]

 

“Sabi ko, ako lang ang pulitiko sa henerasyon ko, baka ako naman ang susunod sa kanila. [Tawanan] Kung ako naman ang makukulong, pakiusap ko kung pwede sa The Fort na lang? [Tawanan] [As I said, since I’m the only politician in my generation, I could follow in their footsteps. [Laughter]. If I go to jail, I just want to ask a favor, can you jail me at The Fort? (Contact reporter: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

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CHICAGO (JGL) – A retired and an incumbent Filipino politicians, who are both active in Philippine Lions clubs, have deferring views on the role politics

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CHICAGO (JGL) –  Dr. Ramon G. Lopez, the great grandnephew of Dr. Jose Rizal, urged Filipinos everywhere to remember the gintong aral (words of wisdom) that Dr. Jose Rizal wanted

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YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE IN THE CRIME SCENE TO COMMIT A CRIME!

 

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

(© 2017 Journal GlobaLinks)

 

“The more things change, the more they are the same.”

                                            Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

 

 

CHICAGO (JGL) – ON JUNE 8, 1953, concurrent Philippine Secretary Oscar Tombo Castelo of the Departments of Justice and

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CHICAGO (JGL) – U.S. Sen. John McCain and Philippine Sen. Cynthia Villar have confirmed their attendance at the 2017 Bi-National Business Conference

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CHICAGO (JGL) – A grandson of Wilma Duterte White, first cousin of President Rody Duterte, celebrated his 14th birthday and

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