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"NO TO U.S. MILITARY AID TO THE PHILIPPINES!"

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2018 Journal GlobaLinks)

 

CHICAGO (JGL) – A daughter of Mindanao was nine years old when martial law was declared by President Marcos 46 years ago but she still

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TRIAL SET APRIL 2, 2019; "A.Q." TAGGED AS "OFFENDER" IN HER INDICTMENT

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

(© 2018 Journal GlobaLinks)

 

CHICAGO (JGL) — The United States government has denied anew the request of the business manager of Filipino televangelist Pastor Apollo

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GROUP DISCUSSES EVENTS IN HOMELAND

 

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2018 Journal GlobaLinks)

 

CHICAGO (JGL) – A human rights group that brought human rights crusaders from the Philippines to Chicago, including Sen. Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes, IV, Fathers Albert “Paring

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By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2018 Journal GlobaLinks)

CHICAGO (JGL) – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner hailed the Filipino World War II veterans as the "greatest heroes in the Filipino community" as they “served bravely and honorably to

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By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2018 Journal GlobaLinks)

 

CHICAGO (JGL) — When then Navy Captain John Sidney McCain III’s plane was shot down during the Vietnam War, McCain’s father, Adm. John S. McCain, Jr. told his aide, Filipino American Ricardo Javier Sanvictores, 
he “didn’t know if his son was dead or alive.”

The recollection of the exchange between Admiral McCain, Jr. and now 80-year-old retired Navy man, Mr. Sanvictores, became a hot topic on social media following the death on Aug. 25 of the Admiral's son, Sen. John S. McCain III.

SEN. JOHN SIDNEY McCAIN III


Bobby Manasas of Burke, Virginia and Manila, Philippines told Bobby M. Reyes of Los Angeles, California and Sorsogon, Philippines on their Facebook page that while President Trump was disinvited to the funeral of Sen. McCain, Mr. Sanvictores, a native of Taytay, Rizal, Philippines and now living in his retirement home in North Port, Florida, may yet get an invitation.

That is because according to this feature article or you may click this link, https://bit.ly/2LwfkA3, written by veteran journalist Don Moore in 2014, Sanvictores was quoted as saying, We did everything for Adm. McCain. We cleaned his house, made his meals and took care of his clothes,” the 75-year-old (now 80 years old) retired Navy-man recalled 55 (now 60) years later. “In those days McCain was a two-star admiral in charge of the Navy’s Amphibious Base at Little Creek, Va. where Navy SEALS are trained for combat.”

 

4 U.S. PRESIDENTS & A PINOY:

VALET AND NAVY MASTER CHIEF Ricardo Sanvictores (third from left) is flanked in 1993 by four of the seven presidents he served during the 30 years he worked in the White House. From the left: President Jimmy Carter, President George H.W. Bush, President Bill Clinton and President Gerald Ford. (Photo used with permission)


Sanvictores said he spent a lot of time flying around the world with Adm. McCain Jr. serving as his steward. He did a little of everything for the admiral.

A native of Taytay, Rizal in the Philippines and now a resident of North Port, Florida, Mr. Sanvictores told Mr. Moore: “What I remember most while serving him (Admiral McCain) was when he received word from the Navy that his son has been shot down over Vietnam,” he said. “At that time the admiral didn’t know if his son was dead or alive.” At that time, Mr. Sanvictores said the elder McCain was in England as U.S. Naval Commander in Europe.


WITH REAGAN:

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN shakes Ricardo Sanvictores' hand in January 1983. The president had requested he wear his Master Chief's Navy uniform for the photo op. (Photo used with permission) 


The elder McCain became a four-star Admiral and Commander, United States Pacific Command. McCain's father and grandfather were the only father-and-son to gain four-star ranks.

When McCain's father retired from the Navy, Sanvictores was asked if he would like to serve on the White House staff.

Initially I started out in the President’s mess peeling potatoes,” Sanvictores recalled,” telling Mr. Moore.

He would be at the White House six months before President Nixon resigned.

SANVICTORES IN 2014:

MR. RICARDO JAVIER SANVICTORES is shown here being interviewed by Mr. Don Moore in his North Port, Florida home in 2014. (JGL Photograb from video interview)


Mr. Sanvictores would later serve in the White House staff under seven U.S. Presidents, including Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush I, George W. Bush II.

Mr. Sanvictores said when former President George W. Bush would be in Boca Grande, Florida vacationing, the former President would call him to come over and visit him on the beach. “I go over and see him when he calls.”

Mr. Sanvictores and his wife are now living in North Port. They have three grown-up children, Ricardo, Jr., Richard and Sarah.

He enlisted in the US Navy in 1960 and was discharged in 2004 as Master Chief. To view Mr. Moore's video interview with Mr. Sanvictores, clidk  here.

To view the War Tales fan page on Facebook of Mr. Moore, readers may visit this page or you may click this link, www.DonMooresWarTales.com. (Contact reporter: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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"I support her, of course, because we are precisely of the same orientation."

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

(Exclusive)
(© 2018 Journal GlobaLinks)

CHICAGO (JGL) – Like father, like daughter.

Philippine National Commission for Culture and the Arts Chair Virgilio “Alma Rio” S. Almario told the philamessenger.com in an exclusive video interview Friday (June 15) in

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By GEORGE REYES

A HISTORIC AGREEMENT on agricultural cooperation between the Philippines and South Korea was reached on the eve of another memorable occasion marking 70 years of friendship between the two countries.

Agriculture Secretary MANNY PIÑOL and Acting Minister Kim Hyeon-soo of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) of South Korea today (Monday) signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Agricultural Cooperation which took a long time for discussion and negotiations.

The first Comprehensive Agreement on Agricultural Cooperation, which will now serve as the “Mother Document” of all succeeding cooperation agreements, was reached as the Philippines and South Korea mark the 70th year of friendship next year.

Official ties between Manila and Seoul began on March 3, 1949 when the Philippines became the fifth country to extend diplomatic recognition to South Korea, six months after its inauguration on August 15, 1948.

BOND TESTED DURING KOREAN WAR

This bond was cemented a year later at the outbreak of the Korean War, when the Philippines deployed more than 7,000 soldiers to join an international coalition to help South Korea defend itself from the invasion of the communist North.

Sec. Piñol said the MOU is one of the major agreements before today’s Bilateral Meeting between President Duterte and President Moon Jae-In.

In spite of existing cooperation projects implemented by the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Sec. Piñol noted that both sides overlooked the fact that there was no Mother Document that set the parameters of the cooperation.

ONE YEAR IN THE MAKING

Last year,  Sec. Piñol travelled to South Korea to present to then MAFRA Minister Kim Jae-Soo the draft MOU for their consideration. But the change in government, however, delayed the progress.

With the signing of  MOU on Agricultural Cooperation, various activities are now being lined up, including technology transfer on mechanization and irrigation, the Agriculture secretary said.

Philippine Ambassador to South Korea Raul Hernandez and DA Agriculture Attache Maria Alelia Maghirang and several Philippine and South Korean officials witnessed the signing of the agreement. (PM)

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BENEFICIARIES STILL ASKED TO RENEW DACA!

 

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2018 Journal GlobaLinks) 

 

CHICAGO (JGL) — The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program may come to an end next week, according to Mony Ruiz-Velasco,

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –Wherever they may be, Filipinos are the bearers of our nation’s beliefs, values, customs and traditions that make our culture unique. But physical distance and the

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The Consulate General of the Philippines in Chicago, in partnership with the Newberry Library, warmly invites the Filipino American community and the general public to

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By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2018 Journal GlobaLinks)

 

 CHICAGO (JGL) –- A Filipino American family of five, including a father and his four daughters, perished Friday (July 6) when a Ford F-350 pick-up truck

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By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2018 Journal GlobaLinks) 

CHICAGO (JGL) – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner hailed the Filipino World War II veterans as the "greatest heroes in the Filipino community" as they “served bravely and honorably to

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FAMILY BONDING WOULD HAVE ALLOWED JINGGOY TO TRAVEL

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2018 Journal GlobaLinks)

CHICAGO (JGL) – Bailed-out former Senator Jose “Jinggoy” P. Estrada believes that he and fellow Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Ramon Bong Revilla, Jr. are victims of

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