APRIL 2016

Compiled and Edited By Grace Garcia


PNoy appoints new PH Air Force Chief

President Aquino has appointed Lt. Gen. Edgar Fallorina as the New Philippine Air Force chief March 9. He will take over from Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Delgado who has met the mandatory military retirement age of 56. Another reason Delgado is stepping down is because the election ban on government appointments had started recently, according to an Inquirer News report.
Previously, he was the deputy chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). He is a skilled helicopter pilot.
In the latest press briefing, Delgado said that the PAF is acquiring two aircrafts from the US to help increase transport and humanitarian assistance in case of disaster response.

(ABOVE Photo: Ph air force chief edgar fallorina)

Fil-Am sues employer based on discrimination

LOS ANGELES---A Filipina employee of the Bellagio Hotel working as a cage cashier on the Vegas Strip has sued the hotel for discrimination.
Vilma Miel claimed her male manager called her an “old woman” and also said to her that Filipinos “originated from monkeys,” according to an Inquirer News report.
Suffering from carpal tunnel syndrom, Vilma went to the Philippines for treatment. When she got back to work, they put her on suspension and eventually fired her. She claimed that her employer discriminated her on her disability.
She is suing based on age, natural origin and disability discrimination, the report added.

Caregiver wins $500,000 compensation award

A Filipino was awarded a half a million dollar compensation award for unpaid wages and  damages after he was fired from his job as a caretaker. From 2011 to 2014 Ronnie San Diego took care of six clients 24/7 at a care home in addition to  cleaning rooms and preparing food for them, according to an Inquirer News report. He was paid a flat rate salary of $2000 in compensation for each month even though he was supposed to be paid hourly. His Filipino lawyer Richard Taguinod noted only managerial positions were supposed to receive a flat rate salary.  San Diego had no working visa or immigration documents, the report added. His lawyer said that the employer was probably aware of his immigration status and took advantage of him.

(above Photo: ron san diego)

Teenager makes her mark in LA

LOS ANGELES--A Filipino-American teen finished in fifth place over 120 competitors during the annual LA Voice Singing Contest.
Mika Gorospe, won the Rising Star Award for Outstanding EEI Next Gen. She is the youngest to enter into the top ten, according to an Inquirer News report. She wowed the audience and judges with “Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”by Aerosmith and “One Night Only” by Jennifer Hudson.
Mika is managed under Wynn Star exclusively.
Looking into the future, she has set her sights on breaking into the entertainment industry in the Philippines, hoping one day to audition for the GMA Artists Center.




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