Free Recycling & Shredding Day, Feb. 7
EVANSTON, Ill. – First Bank & Trust in Evanston announces its free shredding day to local residents who can bring in their personal papers and electronic equipment to be recycled.
Community Shredding Days are held on the first Saturday of every month at different First Bank & Trust branches. Customers are invited to bring up to 25 pounds of personal papers to be shredded and recycled, as well as old electronic devices such as computers, laptops, hard drives, and printers. Stop by between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 7 at 820 Church Street, Evanston.
Chicago Fil-Ams hail nurse’s acquittal from sexual abuse
By Grace Garcia
CHICAGO--Dioscoro A. Flores, 39, a Filipino American registered nurse employed at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Hospital (RIC) was acquitted Jan. 12 from allegations of sexual abuse of his quadriplegic patient after 15 months of lengthy trial.
This comes as a victory to the Fil-Am community who rallied to help to support Flores ’ defense.
“Numerous people all over the world have gotten in touch with Roy to congratulate him and to express gratitude that the American legal system works, “said Grace Villamora, collaborator of the Friends of Roy Flores Defense Fund.
Trial Judge Maura Slattery Boyle found Flores, “not guilty” beyond reasonable doubt on Jan. 12. Chicago Attorney Daniel H. Wolff represented Flores.
Flores, a native of Oton, Iloilo , was charged and arrested in October 2013 of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, battery, and neglect of a handicapped patient.
Consul General Generoso Calonge leads members of the community and officials of various government units who attended the seminar on human trafficking Jan. 24 at the Rizal Center in a pledge to combat the exploitation of young people, women and impoverished individuals from modern slavery and prostitution. Sponsors of the program includes the US & Cook County Dept. of Justice, the Consulate General, and Filipino American Council of Chicago, Knights and Ladies of Rizal. (PINOY Photo)
Publishing PINOY for 15 years—it's all worth it!
By Mariano “Anong” Santos
LEFT PHOTO:PINOY reported the saga of putting politicians like Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla to jail.
PINOY is 15 years old. In your hands is the first issue that ushers in our 16th year—sweet 16, indeed! It is a great time to express our thanks to all our readers who turn to the pages of our newsmagazine for reliable information and insightful commentaries to help them be aware of the happenings that matter in the community, in this nation, in our homeland—the Philippines, and in the world as a whole.
PINOY is most grateful to our advertisers who carefully invested their hard-earned dollars in a media that truly gives them the exposure to help them flourish in their businesses. This mutual caring leads us to continually serve our readers' needs with respect and integrity. During this challenging age of fast-changing technology, responsible delivery of information is constantly put to a severe test. Instagram and Twitter may deliver the news fast but is it reliable and relevant?
After Pope Francis' visit: Tale of 2 churches
Not just celebration but introspection. That is what Pope Francis' visit should (have brought) about for Filipinos, Christian and non-Christian alike, Catholic or Protestant, church-going proselytizers or radical propagandists.
For instance, what does it say that Asia's largest Roman Catholic country is likewise one of its most corrupt? That in a country where 80 percent of whose 100 million people are Roman Catholic, the gap between rich and poor is so appalling that Louis Vuitton and Hermes shops, and Jaguar and Lamborghini dealers, coexist with children begging on street corners, homeless families living under bridges, and slum-dwellers feeding off food remnants in the garbage?
That in a nation where more and more mothers die during childbirth, the clergy has zealously opposed the Reproductive Health Law that broadens access to contraceptives? This, despite evidence that family planning helps poor couples cope with poverty and actually lowers abortion rates?
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Three Days in January: King, Pope, & Hero
By Jon Melegrito
Letter from Washington
It was a memorable three days here in the nation's capital. It began on a Sunday with Filipinos in the DC area witnessing at least part of Pope Francis' historic visit to the Philippines through telecast. And it ended on a high note on a Tuesday, with a Purple Heart Presentation in honor of a 94-year-old Filipino World War II veteran and a very upbeat State of the Nation speech by President Obama before a joint session of Congress. In between, the nation paused to commemorate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. We also quietly marked our 71st birthday, preceeded a day earlier with a much livelier celebration of my granddaughter Maya's eighth natal day.
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