Illinois regulators accuse Fil-Am physician of improper prescriptions

By Mariano “Anong” Santos
PINOY Newsmagazine Special

Chicago—The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations has suspended the license of a Filipino American doctor who allegedly prescribed narcotics improperly to patients he suspected were drug dealers.

In a report of NBC News on October 7, Dr. Ernesto Estor Jr., a family physician connected with two medical groups and two Chicago area hospitals stated that state regulators “yanked the license” of Estor for allegedly “prescribing more than 569,000 doses of controlled substances over a year and a half.”

Dr. Estor told U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration investigators he had "legit" patients and "west side" patients, but he was "cutting down on the druggies."
The NBC report also said that the “order says Estor's patient records show him prescribing commonly abused opioid painkillers, cough medicine with codeine, and sedatives without proper physical exams. A pharmacist raised concerns about Estor's prescribing in at least one case.”

Until recently., Dr. Estor was part of a group of physicians at Broadway Medical Group in Chicago’s uptown area and at Prima Medicus, LLC., at the city’s northside.
He was also known to treat patients at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago and St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Illinois. He was also a visiting physician employed by several Filipino American–owned home health care providers in the Chicago area.

A graduate of the University of the East Medical School in Metro Manila, he also took residency certification courses on Family Medicine at the University of Illinois in Rockford. His online resume states that he is multi-lingual, speaking English, Pilipino, Vietnamese, Spanish and Polish.

On-line ratings on quality of medical services gave numerous positive comments on Dr. Estor. “Very satisfied,” “excellent bedside manner,” ”very down to earth, nice and comfortable,” ”very knowledgeable and helpful, “I highly recommend Dr. Estor,” are some of his patients’ comments online.

NBC sought comment from Estor's attorney about the allegations but its email wasn't immediately returned.

PIWC Elections, Oct. 30

The Philippine Independence Week Committee (PIWC) chairperson of its Board of Trustees, Dalisay "Dely" Villalon announced the holding of its election on Sunday, October 30 at 2 pm at the St. Hillary Catholic Church on California and Bryn Mawr Avenues in Chicago. Delfin Masankay and Lourdes Mon have filed in their candidacy for the chairmanship for the year 2018. Active PIWC volunteers for the past two years are qualified to vote in the election. Lourdes Livas is the 2017 PIWC overall chairman. She announced recently a change of venue for next year's dinner ball. It will be at the Marriott Hotel on Cumberland in Chicago. For particulars, call Dely at 224-623-9847 or email her at at

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Asian Americans call on battleground voters to support Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8

By mariano "anong" santos

pinoy newsmagazine special

CHICAGO—In the coming November 8 presidential elections, Illinois is already conceded to vote for Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton who was born in Park Ridge, a suburb northwest of this city. Clinton is also way ahead of her main rival, Republican bet Donald Trump, in recent national polls.

But Asian Americans in the area are leaving nothing to chance. On the October 19 night the much-loved Chicago Cubs were playing the Los Angeles Dodgers but a dozen Filipino American fans sacrificed not watching their hometown baseball favorite, instead, joined volunteers of the Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) phone bank to call on voters to support Clinton.

The AAPI phone bank was part of a national grassroots effort in the Hillary campaign that is occurring across the United States. It mobilizes the Asian American community to unite and help “Get Out the Vote” (GOTV) on elections Day.

Campaigning for Hillary Clinton, Asian American volunteers held a phone bank Oct. 18 to help elect Clinton, their choice for the Nov. 8 elections. Holding “Filipino-Americans for Hillary” posters are community leaders Geri Aglipay, Rudy Urian, Clarita Santos and Matthew de Leon . Standing in middle with red dress is Teresa Mah, the first Asian American elected to the Illinois General Assembly. (PINOY Photo)

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The danger of Trump's rigged election talk

guest editorial
Rex Huppke
Chicago Tribune

Editorial Cartoon by Jym Andalis

It only takes one.

We should know that, but years have passed since April 19, 1995, and many have forgotten or are too young to remember the day the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was blown up by a truck filled with explosives.

The truck was placed there by Timothy McVeigh, a man whose rage was nurtured by a steady stream of anti-government rhetoric. A man convinced our political system was at war with self-described "patriots" like himself. A man convinced the U.S. government was — to borrow a term we're hearing regularly from GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump — rigged.

The blast killed 168 people, including 19 children and babies. It was the culmination of years of anti-government fervor that had bubbled up during the farm crisis of the 1980s, when economically stressed people in rural parts of the country were wooed by blame-the-feds rhetoric coming from charismatic snake oil salesmen.

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By Jon Melegrito

Letter from Washington


A Push to the Finish Line for the Congressional Gold Medal legislation

Advocates for the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal (CGM) have done their due diligence by getting the U.S. Senate to pass S.1555 in July, and securing 305 cosponsors (a super majority) for the companion House measure, HR 2737, early in October. The fate of this legislation, which would grant recognition to Filipino and American veterans for their service and sacrifice, is now in the hands of House Speaker Paul Ryan and a small group of senior House leaders.

To have it passed, Speaker Ryan must schedule the bill for a vote and have it approved by the House. It then goes to President Obama for his signature.

But there’s a very small window for this to happen. Congress is on recess right now because of the elections. This means no business is conducted in Capitol Hill, because all 100 Senators and 435 Representatives are all out campaigning. A number of them are running for re-election.

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