Forum topic "Rizal and the Proposed Federalism in the Philippines," Feb. 16

The Consulate General of the Philippines, in partnership with the Knights of Rizal (KOR) Central USA Chicago Area and Ladies for Rizal, invites the community to join them in their "Ika-22 na Pagkikita sa Konsulado" on Thurs., Feb. 16, 5:30 PM, at the Consulate’s Kalayaan Hall located at 122 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60603.

There will be a forum on the topic of "Rizal and the Proposed Federalism in the Philippines" on the occasion of the 145th Commemoration of the Martyrdom of GOMBURZA (secular priests Mariano Gomez, Jose Burgos, and Jacinto Jamora) and their role in the flowering of the Philippines' fight for Independence. For more questions call 312-583-0621 or email chicagopcg@att.net.


Attendees of the forum (from L-R) are Consul Melchero P. Lalunio, Jr., Jenna Archuleta of ADA, Dr. Robert M. Sargis, MD, PhD , ConGen Generoso Calonge and Deputy Consul General Romulo Victor M. Israel, Jr together with consulate staff members and the Fil-Am community. (Photo courtesy of Arneil D. Torres)

Forum raises awareness of Diabetes and Autism at Pagkikita sa Konsulado monthly event

CHICAGO--The American Diabetes Association (ADA), in partnership with the Consulate General of the Philippines, hosted a forum titled “Diabetes: Don’t Sugar Coat It” during the “Ika-21 Pagkikita sa Konsulado” on Jan. 19. It started with a short video clip on autism as well as a pledging to the oath titled “1 Pangako” in observance of the Autism Consciousness Week 2017.

Speaker Dr. Robert M. Sargis, MD, PhD led the discussion on this growing public health crisis including general prevention and attempts at treatment of the disease. Dr. Sargis said that Filipinos, in general, are among the higher risk groups for developing type 2 diabetes.

He is a professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Additionally he runs a laboratory that examines the role of environmental pollutants in the development of obesity and diabetes. Consul Melchor P. Lalunio, Jr. informed the guests of upcoming activities at the Consulate.

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 By the numbers: The nation Trump inherits

By Mariano "Anong" Santos

PINOY Publisher/Editor



Outgoing President Obama escorts Donald Trump to his installation as 45th US President, Jan. 20.

EDITOR: Comparing the Bush and Obama administrations allows us to gauge the effectiveness of liberal and conservative economic policies. Economic analyst, Bill Scher has these to share:

President George W. Bush’s record is highlighted by tax cuts largely aimed at giving the wealthiest Americans more money with which to invest, and a looser regulatory regime on businesses. President Obama implemented the Keynesian-style American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (also known as “the stimulus”), repealed the heart of the Bush tax cuts, greatly expanded the federal government’s role in health care with the Affordable Care Act, and tightened regulations on several industry sectors including finance and energy.

How do their economic records compare? Let’s start with the big one: jobs.
Bush lost 462,000 private sector jobs over the course of his eight years (the Wall Street Journal declared it the “Worst Track Record On Record” on jobs), while Obama has created a net of 11.6 million private sector jobs during his presidency, and nearly 15 million if you start counting after the Great Recession Bush handed Obama technically ended in mid-2009.

While Bush’s policies drove up the unemployment rate, Obama’s has pushed it down.

+Bush left with 7.8% of the workers unemployed in 2008, compared with 4.7% at the end of 2016 for Obama.

+Corporate profits when Bush left office was $671.4 billions while $1,679.4 billions at the end of Obama’s term.

+Median household annual income at the end of Bush last year (2008) in office was $55,376 while it was $56,516 at the end of 2016 for Obama.

On the driver’s seat

Similarly, Chicago columnist Eric Zorn has to say:

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Journalism is not a game or a joke


Jennifer Rubin
The Washington Post

Editorial Cartoon by Jym Andalis

Who elected the press?” is the title of a 1980 piece by Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc, who was editor in chief of the Inquirer for 25 years until she passed away on Christmas Eve of 2015. She wrote the piece when she was the editor of Panorama magazine. It was one of her pieces that displeased the Marcos dictatorship and was therefore censored—the last straw that caused her forced resignation. Truth to tell, I did put her in trouble then, with several of my own risky pieces in the magazine.

LJM’s “Who elected the press?” was on my mind while reading the Dec. 30 statement of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) titled “Di po laro ang pagbabalita, Mr. President!” (Journalism is not a game, Mr. President!) The statement is in crisp Filipino, with an English translation provided.

First, let me share excerpts from LJM’s piece that was written because Ferdinand Marcos and his minions tried to keep a tight grip on the press, which kept fighting back during the dictatorship’s waning years.

Mirror to society

“Who elected the press? No one…

“Yet it is the only private institution that is protected by the Philippine Constitution as it is by other democratic states… (She cited provisions in the Constitution.-CPD)

“By the fundamental law of the land, the press has the right, the authority, the moral obligation, the duty to ask questions, to dig up facts and winnow fact from fiction and present them to the public in the free market of ideas, to hold up a mirror to society reflecting both the potholes as well as the smooth, concrete highways, to focus on the raw display of power of public officials, to promote the living arts as well as the art of living, to record, dramatize, applaud and celebrate the events, the men and women who are sobering, civilizing and inspiring forces of society.

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By Jon Melegrito

Letter from Washington



Signs of the times

We’re not going away,” is a chant that resonated defiantly and jubilantly among the half-million voices at the Women’s March on Washington, a day after Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20.

My wife, Elvie, and I, along with a number of friends from our church, the FilAm community and from out of town, were there to join in what could be a sustained campaign of protest while Trump is in the White House.

From the chants, signs and placards, it was clear the issues that are setting a movement on fire include not only women’s concerns about reproductive rights, equal pay and sexual assault. They also include immigration and civil rights, hate crimes, police brutality, mass incarceration, voter suppression, religious discrimination, freedom of the press and environmental protection.

Threatened by a Trump administration that has made no bones about its intentions to undo progressive gains won in the last eight years, activists are gearing up for a “fight back” in the weeks and months ahead. The battle cry is simply: “We’re not going back!”

From conversations with marchers who converged in this city in January, I got the sense that Trump’s election has ignited a movement to overturn Trump’s agenda. Former activist friends who have been lying low during the Obama years are finding themselves energized, back in the trenches, seizing this moment to once again stand up and fight.

Already, AAPI national organizations are re-committing themselves to speak out on issues that affect their communities:


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