Compiled and Edited By Grace Garcia


Fil-Ams graduate from San Francisco Police Academy

Two Fil-Ams successfuly passed their rigorous eight month training at the San Francisco Police Academy and graduated on Jan. 2 to become full fledged police officers.
Tasawan Kovitprakornkul, a jiu jitsu champion and personal trainer, admitted in a Philippine Daily Inquirer interview that she is passionate about law enforcement and said she found her the vocation for her. She immigrated from the Philippines to the US with her family in 1991.
Another Fil-Am who graduated from the SFPA is Edgar Parker III, a father of two, who said that his training included stress simulations to prepare him for his future encounters as a police officers. Parker immigrated to the US from the Philippines at age 15.


Activist Carlos Celdran's conviction upheld by Court of Appeals

The Philippine Court of Appeals on Jan. 2 upheld the conviction given by the PH Regional Trial Courts of tour guide and activist Carlos Celdran.
In 2010 Celdran held up a placard during a mass at the Manila Cathedral dressed up as national hero Jose Rizal that read "Damaso," referring to the antagonist priest Fr. Damaso in "Noli Me Tangere." The novel depicted the abuse of the Spanish friars who belonged to the Catholic Church.
Celdran was demonstrating his views of the Catholic Church's opposition to the Reproductive Health bill. This act was deemed "offensive to the feelings of the faithful." He was charged in 2013 with violating Article 133 of the Penal Code of the Philippines.•



Senator Miriam Santiago launches book "Stupid is Forever"

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago's launched her book "Stupid is Forever," last December, which is a compilation of jokes about Filipino politicians.
She said she wrote the book because of the "decided lack of humor" in discourses on the economy and politics.
There was a long line of buyers waiting from outside the bookstore.
Here are a few examples from her book:
"Politicians never get lost in thought because it's unfamiliar territory."
"Most people live and learn. Politicians just live."
Recently, Sen. Santiago filed a bill on Jan. 13 seeking to permanently disqualify a convicted plunderer from public office.•



Family of dismissed PMA cadet Aldrin Cudia appeals to SC

The family of Aldrin Cudia, the dismissed cadet from the Philippine Military Academy, are petitioning the Philippine Supreme Court to overturn Cudia's dismissal.
Cudia was dismissed last year in February by the PMA Honor Committee for lying about why he arrived late to class. He was found guilty of violating the Honor Code for dishonesty. Ultimately, he was unable to graduate with his class. Ironically, his grades in conduct ranged from 96 to 100, according to a Philippine Daily Inquirer report.
Cudia's father, Renato, wrote a letter to the High Court's Third Division, Cudia's asking the Supreme Court to give his son "what he deserves for toiling for four years… so that the taxpayer money spent for him during his time in the academy would not be for nothing." •


(Photos from Philippine Daily Inquirer)

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