MARCH 2017


...."Illinois businessman wanted for murder"

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It was reported that Panaligan and a business partner were sued in 2009 by Patel’s two clients who claimed a breach of trust and of fiduciary duties related in a transaction involving the sale of the Naperville, Illinois-based Vital Wellness Home Care, now owned partly by Panaligan.

The long-standing case was reportedly settled with the Illinois Supreme Court ruling in favor of Patel’s clients who were awarded a substantial amount of money.

above right pic: Two images released by the police show a man in trench coat and walking with a cane. Police identified the man as the murder suspect, John G. Panaligan.

Police chief Wernick credited the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force, the Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Marshal Service for the investigative assistance accorded to his police force leading to the formal charges against Panaligan.

It was pointed out the suspect has no previous criminal record and that he was born in the Philippines. Police postings described Panaligan as an Asian with black hair, brown eyes, stands 5 feet five inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds.
Northbrook police asked anyone with information to contact its investigations unit at (847) 664-4181.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Marshals Service which describes the suspect as “extremely dangerous” offers a $3000 reward for any information leading to Panaligan’s arrest. Call (888) 869-4590.


FACC New officers

The president of the Filipino American Council of Chicago (FACC), Dr. Rufino Crisostomo, announced the appointment of Elaine Lehman as its new executive director. Caesar Yabut replaced Jimmy Alban as treasurer while Thelma Bascos was replaced by Jerry Clarito who initially took the place of Alfonso Bascos' slot in the board of directors. Lehman disclosed that the group which meets at Rizal Center in Chicago is in the process of revising once again its constitution. FACC, which at one time had as many as 150 member-organizations, making it the largest federation of its kind in the area, is down to six affiliated groups.


KNIGHTS OF RIZAL (KOR) Central USA Delegates, Allan Capati, Rudy Tapalla, Lito Capati, Anong Santos are part of 500 delegates to 21st International Assembly of the Knights of Rizal in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. Feb. 25.



....."ConGen Calonge recalled to Manila"

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ConGen Calonge has made his "Pagkikita sa Konsulado" every third Thursday of the month at the local consulate to discuss issues and to present concerns affecting the Filipinos and Filipino Americans within his 18-state jurisdiction as one of his signature projects.

The Chicago consulate also boasts of the fact that it had the highest turn-out, percentage-wise, in the most recent Philippine elections among the Philippine foreign posts.

Under the Calonge tenure, the consular outreach has increased considerably resulting, among other improvements, to more former Filipino nationals electing to be dual citizens of the Philippines.

ConGen Calonge will also be remembered as one who initiated the formation of a Consulate-based Knights of Rizal Chapter composed mainly of consular officials.
"If there is association deserving of our support, it is this fraternity mandated by a Republic Act," he during last year's. inaugural of the "Maynilad" Chapter, which hosted recently the marking of the. 145th year anniversary of the execution of Fathers Mariano Gomez, Jose Burgos and Jacinto Zamora on Feb. 16.

Meanwhile, unofficial report has it that Ambassador Rowena Sanchez who served as a consul in the 1990s in Chicago is being eyed to replace ConGen Calonge.



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