Guests attended the Nov. 8 presentation of the recently-created mural at the Philippine Anthropological gallery of the Field Museum. This is a collaborative effort of a dozen local Filipino American and Philippine-based artists made possible by a MacArthur Foundation grant and coordinated by Filipino American Historical Society president Almira Astudillo-Gilles. (PINOY photo)

New Voter IDs received from COMELEC

The Philippine Consulate General in Chicago informs the Filipino community that it recently received from the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) a fresh batch of Voter’s IDs issued to Philippine nationals who registered as Overseas Voters from 2009 to 2012.
An earlier transmission of the Voter’s IDs by the COMELEC covered those who registered before 2009. The IDs of those with approved Overseas Voting Registration/Certification applications from May 2014 to October 2015 are not yet available.
The IDs may be picked up personally or by a duly authorized representative from the Philippine Consulate General’s office during office hours.
 Registered Overseas Voters may check the availability of their IDs by calling the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago at tel. no. (312) 583-0621 or the concerned Post (Philippine Embassy or Consulate) where the application for Overseas Voting registration was filed.
Other related inquiries may also be addressed to the COMELEC-Office for Overseas Voting at 7F Palacio del Gobernador Building, Intramuros, Manila at tel. nos. (632) 521-2952 and (632)522-2251 or email at
The list of names of registered voters whose IDs were sent to the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago will also be posted to its official website.                                                                                                                                 




By Mariano "Anong" Santos




“Lights Out” --Ted Koppel’s terrifying scenario of American vulnerability and unpreparedness

Left PHOTO: PINOY Editor/Publisher Mariano “Anong” Santos (L) with acclaimed journalist Ted Koppel who autographed his book, “Lights Out,” Nov. 9 at Barnes & Nobles in Skokie, IL.

It’s ominous. On Nov. 9, five days before the terrorist attack that killed 132 people in Paris (known as the “City of Lights”), something drew me strongly to be at Barnes & Nobles at Old Orchard in Skokie to hear award-winning journalist Ted Koppel make an hour presentation and a Q&A about his new book, “Lights Out.”

His book carefully expounded a three-part scenario of an inevitable cyberattack of U.S power grid, the unpreparedness of the United States and a grim challenge to survive the aftermath of a disaster of an unprecedented scale.

What happened recently in Paris appears like a playground brawl compared to what was laid out in Koppel’s book. The venerable “Nightline” anchor sees a major cyberattack lasting for months affecting millions of residents in various states. Hunger and thirst; chaos and violence are likely to prevail if the need to prepare remains unheeded.

It was pointed out that Russia and China have already penetrated the power grid making it vulnerable to terrorism and “hactivists.” North Korea, Iran and other rogue nations are getting to a point of similar capabilities. Koppel is hardly the alarmist who will force us to be overnight survivalists. But pay attention to what he has to say.

Given the tension that is happening with China and the U.S. in the South China Sea or the trouble that the North Koreans brought to Sony Pictures after the latter’s dark comedy film about the North Korean dictator was released, it is convincing that Koppel’s last words in his book, “the Internet, among its many, many virtues, is also a weapon of mass destruction,” are plausible, indeed.

As one reviewer of this book wrote: “Enemies believe America is only as good as its grid. We believe that America is only as good as it’s people. Ted Koppel’s Lights Out is the call to pick a side.”

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Inclusion after APEC? Hope Springs!


The Philippines’ hosting of the 27th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings is such a tremendous undertaking, culminating in the arrival in Manila of the leaders of 21 member-economies headed by the United States, China, Russia and Japan for discussions on trade and economic issues, as well as (the) terrorist attacks in Paris and possibly the conflict in the South China Sea. The leaders’ summit caps the yearlong meetings of Apec ministers and other officials on regional trade concerns involving policies and reforms, held in various cities nationwide through the efforts of a public-private partnership aimed at pushing the Philippine agenda forward from 1996, when it first served as Apec host.

P10 Billion

Small potatoes it’s definitely not: For what Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma called the “flawless, seamless, hassle-free hosting” of the leaders’ summit and ministers’ meetings in Manila and others held in Cebu, Iloilo, Subic, Clark and Boracay, as much as P10 billion has been budgeted. It cannot be ascertained if that amount will ever be broken down for the benefit of those who demand de numero behavior from the proponents of daang matuwid. Suffice it to say it’s generally accepted that such events require a tidy sum, that sum representing an “investment,” or, as put by Ambassador Marciano Paynor Jr., the director general of the Apec 2015 National Organizing Council, “something that stems out of our own membership in multilateral forums.”

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After Paris: Less Heat and More Light

By Jon Melegrito

Letter from Washington


It feels like the days after 9/11 all over again. Following the carnage in Paris, war hysteria and race prejudice are driving the national conversation about Syrian refugees.

At a public meeting in Spotsylvania – a county in Virginia about an hour away from Washington DC – two residents shouted down a trustee of an Islamic Center, who was making a presentation about a proposed mosque. “Every one of you are terrorist,” one man yelled. “Every Muslim is a terrorist, period.”

Listening politely, the Muslim trustee said later: “You keep hoping that, as we evolve in this country, that we will not completely put a blanket designation on any group ... especially for religion.” He was no doubt also talking about some presidential candidates who wanted to welcome only Christian Syrians, but not Muslims. This prompted a rebuke from President Obama who called it “shameful” that the candidates would put “a religious test to compassion.”

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