Sara Duterte hails new House Speaker Arroyo as a strong leader

By Nestor Corrales

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio congratulated newly-elected House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and even described the former President as “a strong leader” a day after the House of Representatives ousted Davao Del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez from the lower chamber’s leadership.

Arroyo was elected Speaker on July 23 by 184 House members, becoming the 21st leader of the House and the first woman to hold the post.
The House leadership was grappled with a daylong leadership row, hours before President Duterte delivered his third State of the Nation Address (Sona), as allies of Arroyo tried to install her as the replacement for Alvarez.

The Presidential daughter also alleged that Alvarez had boasted before a crowd that he, as House Speaker, could easily impeach the President.
Asked to comment on accusations that she had a hand in the removal of Alvarez as House Speaker, Duterte-Carpio said: “No comment.”

Vice President Leni Robredo on July 24 slammed the “wrong timing” and “embarrassing” sudden election of former President and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as House Speaker, which delayed President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) for over an hour.

But it was still Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez who sat beside Senate President Vicente Sotto III at the rostrum during the Sona. A special session was made after Sona, which formally elected Arroyo as the House Speaker by a vote of 184 members.

Vote for Jon Melegrito's video to win funds for Fil-Vets

There is an active campaign to raise greater awareness about our Filipino World War II Veterans and their contributions to the American story, and at the same time raise funds for FilVetREP’s education project.

Jon Melegrito, one of the AAPI Hero Award Video finalists, needs community support.  We only have 8 days left. A cash award of $1,000 will be given to the winner, along with the sponsoring organization (FilVetREP). Please vote and support Jon and the Filipino Veterans of World War II.

This is what you need to do: 
1.      Go to AARP AAPI Community in Facebook.  (If you're not on Facebook, please forward this to someone who's on FB)
2.      WATCH the 2018 AAPI Hero Award Video of Jon Melegrito (He is among the ten finalists)
3.      COMMENT on the video in the  AARP AAPI Community FB page
4.      SHARE the video with your FB friends and followers

Please note that SHARING the video is worth 1 point, and posting a COMMENT is worth 5 points. Deadline is August 15, 2018.

To make your comments count, please address the question: “How can we raise awareness about the Filipino veterans' contributions to the American story?" (Comments must be authentic reactions and stories; one-word and other short comments will not be counted.)

NOTABLE Filipino painters pose in front of their collaborative mural made for the Filipino American National Historical Society of Louisiana headed by Honorary Consul Robert Romero (in white barong) during the 17th Biennial FAHNS Confab July 11-14 hosted by the Midwest Chapter headed by Jelly Carangdang. The painters (Durian Collective) headed by Emmanuel Garibay (standing 2nd frm. L) presented "Kasaysayan" --highlighting the role of the arts in PH history. The group was hosted by FAHNS officer Almira Gilles (R). Pictured are (seated from L) Jun Impas, Leonardo Aguinaldo, Otto Neri. (Standing from L) Dr. Randy Gonzales, Garibay, Orley Ypon, Darby Alcoseba, the Consul and Ms. Gilles. (PINOY Photo by Anong)


Consular outreach at Seafood City Market, Sept. 1

CHICAGO--The Consulate General of the Philippines Chicago will hold consular outreach services for the Filipino American community on Saturday, September 1 from 9 AM to 5 PM at Seafood City Supermarket, 5033 N. Elston Ave., Chicago, IL 60603. Only CASH payment will be accepted for Consular Service fees.

The following are the provided consular services: ePassport, Notarials (Acknowledgement/Authentification), Civil Registry (Report of Birth/Marriage), Dual Citizenship and Overseas Voter Registration.

For PASSPORT APPLICATIONS, please register at . Appointment will be confirmed through email. No appointment or registration necessary. Up to 140 applications will be accepted by the Passport Service. First Come, First Serve. Incomplete applications or requirements will not be accepted. Submit your applications to the Passport Processor at the consular venue.

For the NOTARY CIVIL REGISTRY SERVICES, submit the documents to the Processor at the Consular venue. Applicants do not have to make an appointment. First Come, First Serve. Applicants can download the forms (SPA, Report of Birth, etc.) and list of requirements from

For the DUAL CITIZENSHIP APPLICATIONS, applications must be mailed to: Philippine Consulate General in Chicago, 122 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60603. Attention: Consular Outreach-Seafood City. A notice of appointment will be emailed by the Consulate a week before the outreach date. No walk-in applicants will be served. Deadline for applicants is August 17. Applications can be downloaded from For the Notary Services, missing requirements will not be accepted.

ANCOP Walk in Des Plaines, Aug. 25

Answering the Cry of the Poor (ANCOP) IL will hold their annual walk on Saturday, Aug. 25 at Lake Opeka, 1177 Howard Ave., Des Plaines, IL 60018 starting at 8 AM. The walk raises funds for its shelter, child sponsorship, and humanitarian relief programs. It is faith in action! Please register online at For details, contact Laurel Malibiran at 630-550-1312 or Pinky Santos at 224-730-2626.

Advisory to the Filipino community in the Midwest

The Consulate General of the Philippines in Chicago wishes to advise all
members of the Filipino community within its consular jurisdiction that PAYSMART LIMITED PHILIPPINES ("PAYSMART") is NOT a registered corporation or partnership under the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the Philippines. PAYSMART is also NOT authorized to solicit investments from the public as the said entity did not secure prior registration and/or license from SEC to solicit investments as prescribed under Section 8 of the Securities Regulation Code.

The Consulate General echoes the SEC's reminder to the Filipino community
to exercise caution and prudence and conduct thorough research and verification before investing their money in "these types of schemes which may turn out to be Fraudulent Investment Schemes, involving the sale of unregistered securities."


CIRCA PINTIG is holding auditions

CIRCA Pintig, the Chicago-based community theater company is looking for actors and singers (males and females, ages 16-50) as well as production crew for its upcoming musical play “Game of Trolls: Reimagined.”

Written by Liza Magtoto, the play was originally staged by the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) and is now adapted into the Filipino American context. It tells the story of Heck, a troll whose iack of attachment to any belief makes him the perfect keyboard warrior for Bimbam, the manager of a ‘call center’ that runs an online pro-martial law campaign. Heck uses his trolling skills to unleash callous words against anyone who critiques the horrors of martial law.

Ghosts of Martial law victims haunt him from the internet cloud as the fear of their stories being erased from history lurks in the chaotic world of digital media. The encounters force him to reflect on his own beliefs and his relationship with his mother, a former Martial Law activist.

Playdates scheduled for October 26-28 and November 2-4 and 9-11.
Audition dates are August 23, Thursday @6-8pm, August 25, Saturday and August 26 Sunday @ 2-5pm at the Hana Center, 4300 N. California Ave.
PLEASE prepare a song (32 bars) and a short monologue (2-3 minutes, comedic or dramatic). Auditionees will also be asked to read short excerpts from the actual script. To reserve a spot, please call Louie at (312)451-6974 or send an email to

We also welcome those who are interested to volunteer in backstage
and theater production work. Visit us at or through Facebook:


42nd PIBNA Basketball Tournament in Libertyville,IL Sept. 1

The Philippine American Postal Athletic Association (PAPAA)-Chicago headed by Chicago directors Ted Hernandez and Sid Garcia are hosting the 42nd Philippine Inter-city Basketball of North America (PIBNA) games on Labor Day weekend on September 1-2. The venue will be at the Libertyville Sports Complex located at 1950 US-45 Libertyville, IL 60048.

Champions of the 35 yrs & Older Age Division pose with Mr MVP EJ Agravante, Coach Justin Arrieta, Chicago Director Sid Garcia, Ted Hernandez, PAPAA officers Ben Lucero & Ex-PBA Manny Eleosida. (Photo by Leo Zarzuela)

The association expects 70-80 teams from their 15 chartered city members namely (Canadian side) Toronto, Montreal, Hamilton, Ottawa & Windsor (American side) New York, Jersey City, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Charleston, Middlesex, Virginia, Boston, Maryland and Michigan.

Out of the 12 divisons offered, they are in need of 3 teams: the Girls –Open (no age limit), the Girls-16 yrs old & under and, 20 years old & under.
They welcome other Chicago basketball organizations to form a team on for these 3 divisions to participate in the forthcoming PIBNA games. For more information, call Sid Garcia at (224) 715-1574.

PAPPA-Chicago, formerly (PNBAA), needs support and cooperation. They are seeking business friends and relatives to advertise in their PIBNA 2019 souvenir program . for more info contact head coordinator Manny Eleosida at (224) 321-3660. Please visit, share and like them at their PIBNA 2018 Facebook account.

The Chicago Historical Society, led by its head Ruben Salazar, (3rd from L) conducted a tour guide to delegates for the 17th Biennial Conference of the Filipino American Historical National Society (FAHNS) July 11-14 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rosemont. The group is shown at the Field Museum of Natural History, one of the historical sites they visited in the tour. Fields has 10,000 Philippine artifacts in its collection.

AUGUST 2018 


Is the POTUS-- Putin’s Trump card?

By Mariano "Anong" Santos

PINOY Publisher/Editor

Russia’s strongman, Vladimir Putin, openly declared after his meeting in Finland with POTUS that he really wanted Donald Trump to win the 2016 presidential elections…and how?!

The POTUS made no secret about his love for Putin even to an extent he often expressed his disdain for his country’s own intelligence agencies who are looking into the Russian meddling in our electoral processes—a sacred component of the U.S. democratic system.

If there is one consistent action of the fabulist POTUS is his extreme admiration for Putin.

Russian Roulette

“Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump,” by veteran journalists, Michael Isikoff and David Corn, is an important resource in understanding the ongoing investigation of special prosecutor, Robert Mueller.

When the book came out last March, former vice president, Joe Biden, said after reading some of the revelations, “If this is true, this is treason!” After Helsinki, many Republicans echoed that sentiment.

Indictments involving Russian spies and operatives involved in the Trump campaign—Michael Flynn, Paul Monafort, Carter Page—just to name a few-- unravel the success of the Russian dark operation. They successfully put their favored man in the White House.

(Read more “Is the POTUS-- Putin’s Trump card?...)


Editorial Cartoon by Jym Andalis

Federalism for PH? Not so fast!

Guest Editorial
By Richard Heydarian
Inquirer News Service

In theory, federalism aims for unity by recognizing diversity, redistributes fiscal and legislative powers to the peripheries, and encourages local government units to become captains of their own destinies.

On paper, everything looks beautiful. But reality is a completely different matter. And this is where social science, rather than law, can make more substantive contributions to the ongoing debate on Charter change in this country.

After all, the crafting of a new constitution isn’t only a legal matter. Instead, it’s primarily a leap of faith into a new realm of political economy, namely the interface of power and finite resources.

“...According to the latest Pulse Asia survey (March 23-28), almost 7 out of 10 Filipinos oppose a shift to a federal government.

Clearly, there is no public clamor for it, only widespread and profound public confusion as well as skepticism.”

Like any other Filipino citizen, I’m hungry for political transformation. I’m sick and tired of empty slogans and the perpetuation of an unjust, extractive status quo.

As a probinsyano, born and raised in Baguio, I have carried, perhaps subconsciously, a liminal grievance against “Imperial Manila.”

Our political system is an oligarchy disguised as a democracy. Our society simply has too many poor, oppressed and marginalized citizens to deserve the label of democracy.

Yet, I can’t help but remain skeptical vis-à-vis the ongoing push for federalism, for at least five reasons.

First of all, is there a public clamor for Charter change? What’s the evidence?
(Read more "Federalism for PH? Not so fast!"...)



Letter from Washington

By Jon Melegrito


Now is the time for all Americans to come to the aid of their country

June was crazy enough with the caging of children. But July was even crazier with President Trump playing poodle to Vladimir Putin, and possibly committing “treason.” This betrayal finally alarmed some Trump supporters in Congress, enough to say out loud what they’ve always wanted to say but were afraid to.

So, they came up with something rare albeit modest: a unanimous bipartisan rebuke of Trump for toadying to the Russian strongman. The Senate voted 98-0 to approve a resolution introduced by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) that the U.S. should "refuse to make available any current or former diplomat, civil servant, political appointee, law enforcement official, or member of the Armed Forces of the United States for questioning by the government of Vladimir Putin."

We expect more from Congress, of course, but not from a wimpy GOP-led body that is so scared of Trump’s base, which is what remains of the Republican Party today.


But in order for Congress to check executive power, voters need to send more Democrats in November. Even former FBI Director James Comey, a Republican, said so.

While a majority of Americans (60 per cent) believe Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election, and continues to do so, the President refuses to totally embrace U.S. intelligence agencies’ assessment of this present danger to the country’s national security. One possible explanation: Trump’s personal interests come first. His narcissism won’t allow even a hint that his election was illegitimate.

(Read more "Now is the time for all Americans to come to the aid of their country"...)




By Fr. Tirso Villaverde

The Wisdom of God

At the end of June and the start of July, I went back to the Philippines. While I was there, something disturbed me. Namely, a statement was made that put into question the wisdom and intelligence of God.

This was based on the fact that in creating the world and all of humankind, God created human beings to be “flawed.” Namely, God was put into question because He created human beings in His image and likeness but then allowed those same human beings to turn against him by committing the Original Sin.

above photo: Fr. Tirso visits Coron Island in Palwan.

As much as this incident disturbed me and even made me angry as was the case with many others, I did not feel the need to respond to it using the same tactics. Instead, there was something else that made me even more convinced that the comments made came from a misguided understanding of God’s wisdom and intelligence as well as the story of Creation itself. Let me attempt to explain by using an unrelated experience during that same trip to the Philippines.

“ex nihilo”

With every trip to the Philippines, I try to visit someplace new. More often than not, with each new part of the Philippines that I visit, I am constantly amazed at how much wondrous beauty can be found in various parts of the Philippines. Such was the case with my recent trip.

..."But, it must be clear that God’s wisdom should never be measured using the same standard as we might use to measure the intelligence of a human being."

While there, I had the opportunity to visit two regions that I had never visited before. First, I went to the Bicol province and saw Mount Isarog near the city of Naga. I also took a hike to see Malabsay Falls near Naga. I also went to Legazpi City and saw for the first time the grandeur of Mount Mayon. Further, I also had the opportunity to visit the region of Coron in Palawan.

(Read more "The Wisdom of God'"...)



By Alberto Gonzales

Immigration Attorney

(708) 916-3077


The Gathering storm: Stricter immigration rules on the horizon

Note: This article is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship or to constitute legal advice. This article provides a general overview only and should not be relied upon in lieu of consultation with an immigration attorney.

Maria entered the U.S. on an F-1 Student Visa in 2015 from the Philippines. She began attending her school in Chicago. In year 2017, her father lost his job in the Philippines. As a result, Maria lost her primary means of financial support for her studies. Without informing her Designated School Official (DSO) and without requesting a work permit, Maria started working as a nanny for a neighbor. Maria intends to travel to the Philippines in May 2019.

Since her F-1 Visa has expired, she will also need to apply for a new visa before she returns to the U.S. Can she do so?

There are two new immigration changes that have come or that are coming into effect in the next few months that will have significant impact on thousands of immigrants in the U.S.

The first change concerns the expansion of the ability of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to initiate deportation/removal proceedings. The second change concerns the re-definition of triggering events for “unlawful presence” for visa holders admitted for “duration of status.”

In the past, when USCIS denied an application or petition for benefits, the foreign applicant or beneficiary is generally not placed in deportation/removal proceedings. However, USCIS can refer for deportation/removal proceedings an applicant/beneficiary who endangered national security/public safety, was a recent entrant, or had a prior deportation/removal record.

Nevertheless, in a June 28 USCIS memorandum, amongst other changes, USCIS will begin to actively issue Notices to Appear (NTA) against foreign applicants/beneficiaries “where, upon issuance of an unfavorable decision on an application, petition, or benefit request, the alien is not lawfully present in the U.S.”

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by Eliseo "Jojo" Prisno

CRPC, MS Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor


Important things to know about Roth IRA

When I reviewed profiles with clients last month, I received some clarifying questions on Roth IRAs that were brought up a few times. A client of mine who is above 71 years old wanted an excess distribution (money beyond her Required Minimum Distribution mandate) because of an upcoming extra-ordinary expense. The client’s initial thinking was to take it from her roll-over (Traditional) IRA.

However, because of the potential tax increase, I suggested to take money out from the Roth IRA established years ago. The client was confused when I explained that taking money from the Roth IRA is a tax-free scenario and thus making her tax situation on status quo. I’m will further explain on this topic.

What Is a Roth IRA?

A Roth IRA is an individual retirement plan that is subject to the rules that apply to a traditional IRA. It can be either an individual retirement account or an annuity. Regardless of your age, you are able to establish and make nondeductible contributions up to the date of your tax filing (April 15th). You do not have to report Roth IRA contributions on your return. To be a Roth IRA, the account or annuity must be designated as a Roth IRA when it is set up.

Like a traditional IRA, the growth is not subject to current income taxes. Unlike a traditional IRA, you cannot deduct contributions to a Roth IRA. But, if you satisfy the requirements, qualified distributions are tax-free. Contributions can be made to your Roth IRA after you reach age 70½ and you can leave amounts in your Roth IRA as long as you live.

Can I Contribute to a Roth IRA?

If you are single, head of household, or married filing separately and you and your partner did not live together, with an income up to $117,000, you can contribute up to the maximum. Income Between $117,000 and $132,000, portions of your contributions may be phased out. An income above $132,000 will be ineligible for Roth IRA Contributions

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Sto. Nino de Agosto 18th Anniversary Fiesta, Aug. 18

The Sto. Nino de Agosto 18th Anniversary Fiesta will be celebrated on Sat., August 18 at 9:00 AM at the St. Matthias Church, 2310 W. Ainslie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625. The celebrant is Rev. Leoncio Santiago, Chaplain of the Captain James Lovell Federal Health Care Center and concelebrant is Rev. Larry McNally, Pastor of St. Matthias Parish. For more info, call Hermana Mayor at (773) 517-0048.


U.S. Census Bureau Needs Interviewers

The Census Bureau’s Chicago Regional Office is currently seeking Field Representatives in Cook County, IL to interview respondents.  Pay ranges from $14.08 - $15.80 per hour, depending on location.  Testing will be held on July 19 at 10:30am. Please call 1-800-865-6384, Extension 15 to register or email


NADP Fellowship available

CHICAGO--The ILLINOIS Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) announces the New Americans Democracy Project, a four to six month fellowship program for young people who are interested and passionate in exploring a career in social justice and electoral/political work.

Previous experience is not required, although candidates will have been active in their communities on issues that matter to them. Fellows will be working with community volunteers and conduct extensive outreach. This is not a 9-5 job, but will require commitment and flexibility.

Applicants who speak languages of targeted immigrant communities are especially encouraged to apply: Spanish, Arabic, Korean, Hindi, Urdu, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tagalog, etc.

This is a paid fellowship that runs until November 16 and will pay fellows a stipend of $550 per week (which includes a $50 reimbursement for phone & mileage).

Participants will receive training in the skills of community organizing, and non-partisan voter registration and "Get-Out-The-Vote" (GOTV) efforts from the ICIRR staff. This program will run from August to mid-November 2018.
To apply, fill out an application on the ICIRR website and email a resume to Celina Villanueva at Please contact Celina for any additional questions about the Fellowship.


KOR 7TH USA Assembly, Aug. 31- Sept. 3

The 7th USA Regional Assembly of the Knights of Rizal will be held at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on Aug. 31 to Sept. 3. The event will be hosted by the USA Western Area Command of Nevada Chapter and Arizona Chapters. Registration is $285 per delegate. Make check or money order payable to: Knights of Rizal LVAZ, and mail to Sir Dante Ulanday, 7244 Forest Village Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89113.


Warning on Immigration and Visa-related fraud

CHICAGO--The Philippine Consulate General in Chicago on July 28 is informing the community that it has received news from the Dept. of Foreign Affairs regarding a modus operandi on immigration and visa-related fraud.

An INTERPOL General Secretariat advisory disclosed that a number of applicants for visa and residence/work permit were scammed by entities that posed as immigrant law firms, visa travel companies or governmental agencies. Victims were made to pay up to US$10,000 for administrative processes, but did not get the visa or document they applied for.

Applicants are strongly encouraged that before engaging the services of agencies or individuals for the processing of their visas or residence work permits, they contact the Visa National Centers, Immigration Bureaus or their nearest Embassies/Consulates to ask or confirm whether these agencies or individuals are currently licensed with outstanding track records.

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