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Cayetano to lead PH defense of human rights record before UN

MANILA -- Senator Alan Peter Cayetano will lead the Philippine delegation that will present the country's human rights report before the United Nations Human Rights Council.
According to a report by Nimfa Ravelo on radio dzBB, Cayetano is expecting to defend the Philippines' human rights record, including casualties of the drug war that is the centerpiece of President Rodrigo Duterte's administration, on May 8.
"We're always ready to defend our country, the president's intentions and what's happening in our country. But we're also honest that there are human rights violations but they're not state-sponsored. So we have to be careful to communicate to the world what's really happening but to properly assign blame," Cayetano told reporters.
The senator said he is expecting that questions issues such as death penalty and the criminal liability of minors will be raised by other countries.
"Hindi kami umilag to discuss the campaign against drugs and for the law enforcement and the rule of law. We have a portion doon but limited 'yung time we only have three hours kasi including two hours I think for questioning so pinipili pa namin ano 'yung eemphasize but ang aming tantsa, there will be a lot of questions from other countries on the campaign against drugs, death penalty and criminal liability of minor. 'Yung extrajudicial killings it will fall on campaign against drugs," Cayetano said.
He said Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Presidential Human Rights Committee Undersecretary Severo Catura would also be part of the delegation along with 20 other officials.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has criticized Duterte for "a lack of understanding of human rights institutions."
This will be the third periodic review of the United Nations regarding the Philippines' human rights record. Then-Justice Secretary Leila de Lima headed the government delegation during the second cycle of the review. De Lima, now a senator, is detained at the PNP Custodial Center on illegal drug charges.
Aside from the government delegation, a 10-man panel of human rights activists will also travel to the event next month in an effort to urge the UN to look into the reality of the country's human rights violations.
Philippine Universal Periodic Review convenor Fr. Rex Reyes Jr. earlier said that among the issues the panel will discuss at the UN Human Rights Council are the spate of killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war and the protection of human rights defenders.
The Aquino administration would also be under the review since the third cycle of the UPR covers the period from May 2012 to September 2016.
The Commission on Human Rights, for its part, will submit its own report in October, when the UNHRC is expected to release its final recommendation. — GMA News


Rattlesnake Safety in the Regional Parks

A reminder from the East Bay Regional Park District that Spring and Summer are active snake seasons in parks and open spaces.    Park District staff advises that as the weather heats up, rattlesnakes especially become more active. They, like humans, like to explore when the weather gets warm.  Snakes are able to regulate their body temperature by moving in and out of shade. A warmer body allows a snake to move faster when trying to catch prey. Depending upon the kind of snake, they eat insects, slugs, frogs, birds, bird eggs, small mammals, and other reptiles.

Several kinds of snakes live in the Bay Area. Most snakes are harmless to humans and pets, but any snake will bite in self-defense. Because a rattlesnake bite is poisonous, it is considered a medical emergency: call 9-1-1.

Within the past week, the Park District staff has received six reports of rattlesnake sightings, including today when a 47 year old male who was bitten by a rattlesnake this afternoon near the top of Mission Peak Regional Preserve in Fremont.  The victim was taken by helicopter to the hospital and is recovering.  Over the weekend a pet dog was bitten by a rattlesnake at Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore on the Arroyo side along the trail.  A park ranger assisted the owner to his car so the dog could be taken to his vet.   Additional rattlesnake sightings were reported at Castlerock Regional Recreation Area in Walnut Creek in a picnic area, on the Delta DeAnza Regional Trail in Pittsburg as well as in the parking lot outside of EBRPD Police Headquarters at Lake Chabot Regional Park.   No snake bites were  reported with those incidents.

Park staff urges taking snake safety precautions when visiting regional parks especially at this time of year.   A Common Snakes brochure is available and may be downloaded from the Park District’s website,  Search for “common snakes.”

Some safety tips when visiting Regional Parks:
Always hike with a friend so you can help each other in case of emergency.
Look at the ground ahead of you as you are walking. 
Look carefully around and under logs and rocks before sitting down.
Avoid placing your hands or feet where you can’t see clearly. 
Check the immediate area around picnic tables, campsites, and barbecues before using them or camp area.  If you encounter a rattlesnake in these areas, notify park staff.  Do not disturb it. Stay calm.  Give it plenty of room and leave it alone.
Also bring plenty of water for yourself and your pets as many parks do not have direct water supply.  
Keep pets on the designated trails and away from snakes if they see one.  

Learn to recognize a rattlesnake.
Rattlesnakes have a triangular head, much wider than the neck, thick body with dull skin, black and white bands on tail, blunt rattle at tip. May or may not shake rattle in warning. Rattle sounds like bacon sizzling.
Contrast to a gopher snake, which is not venomous.  A gopher snake’s head is narrow, and only slightly larger than the head. The body is slender and usually shiny. The tail is pointed.

If you see a rattlesnake on a trail:
Leave it alone. Do not try to capture or harm it. All park wildlife is protected by law.  Wait for it to cross and do not approach.  Then move carefully and slowly away.

What to Do if Bitten by a Snake:
If bitten by a rattlesnake, stay calm and send someone to Call 911. The victim should remain calm by lying down with the affected limb lower than the heart. Do not waste precious time on tourniquets, “cutting and sucking,” or snake bite kits. If you are by yourself, walk calmly to the nearest source of help: another person, a park employee, or a phone to Dial 911. Do Not Run. 

If bitten by any other kind of snake, leave the snake alone. Wash the wound with soap and water or an antiseptic and seek medical attention.

 If you are not sure what kind of snake bit you, check the bite for two puncture marks (in rare cases one puncture mark) associated with intense, burning pain. This is typical of a rattle snake bite. Other snakebites may leave multiple teeth marks without associated burning pain.
While snake sightings are common in the regional parks, it is generally a rare occurrence to be bitten by one.  But it does happen, so please be aware of your surroundings while enjoying the parks.  

Snakes are an important resource in the natural environment. They are prime controlling agents of rodent, insect, and other reptile populations. They must be enjoyed from afar and left where they are found. It is illegal to collect, kill, or remove any plants or animals from the East Bay Regional Park District.   Please help us to protect wildlife and their environment for present and future generations.

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United for the elderly

Daly City, CA – May is Older Americans Month, designated to raise awareness of the needs and contributions of people who are 60 years and older. Fifty-two years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Older Americans Act creating federal funds and administration of services for the elderly.  Reauthorized in 2011 and then in 2016, the law has survived administrations less inclined to provide social services to senior citizens.
The US Dept. of Health & Human Services established the Administration on Aging to advocate for and coordinate delivery of service to the constituency from the federal level.  The County Area Agency on Aging advocates and supports services for older adults at the local-most level.  
San Mateo County, home of the highest concentration of Filipinos in the continental United States established its Commission on Aging in 1969 to “maintain, enhance and improve the quality of life for older adults in San Mateo County through the promotion of independence and self sufficiency, mental and physical health, and social and community involvement.”
Currently four Filipino Americans sit on the 17-member body empaneled to advise the County Board of Supervisors on pertinent matters.  They also go out in their communities to inform about county resources and how best to gain access.
Beyond public services, private non-profits step up to close gaps to protect the elderly.  
All-volunteer ALLICE Alliance for Community Empowerment bridges resource providers with the community at twice yearly events free and open to the public and purely on donation.  Two of its members sit on the County Commission on Aging, testament to their passion to serve by representing their population.
Every spring, the non-profit all-volunteer team focuses on families in partnership with faith-based organizations.  This year, the Kumares & Kumpares, as they call themselves, are collaborating with Grace United Methodist Church in San Francisco to educate the congregation on ways of enhancing family dynamics.
“We look at this event as a service that should not be missed,” Rev. Alex Cambe, Grace United Methodist Church pastor shared his elation at hosting the 11th Our Family, Our Future 1-3:30 p.m.Saturday, May 13, at the church on 2540 Taraval Street in San Francisco.
“Being a faith community we set examples not just by saying out loud in the pulpit but more importantly by practicing it as followers of Christ,” Cambe explained.  “As the Holy Scripture teaches, it is requiring us to seek justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8). This is who we are as a United Methodist Church particularly here at Grace. We have not perfected yet but we are trying to be better. And practice makes it so. For such cause, our church will be more than happy to host this especially for future ‘ministry’ together.”
“We’re thrilled to present our dramatization of healthy interaction with community-based resource providers present to consult about their free programs and services at the beautiful and welcoming church led by Reverend Cambe,” said Jennifer Jimenez Wong, 2017 ALLICE president and a licensed marriage and family therapist.  
The team is dedicating this coming event to their departed pioneer Kumares Alice Bulos and Erlinda Galeon, who passed away last year.  They were committed to bring enlightenment and healing to couples and families, to their last days.
For many the Philippine Consulate General is an important lifeline.  To troubled families unfamiliar with area support systems, the consulate has been a bridge to service agencies. 
This is why the Consulate has been a founding sponsor of ALLICE, joined today by Seton Medical Center – Part of Verity Health System, Union Bank and Pilipino Bayanihan Resource Center.
General Henry S. Bensurto Jr. will deliver the keynote address.  Founding partners retired KTVU Channel 2 News South Bay bureau chief Lloyd LaCuesta and KGO TV news reporter Frances Dinglasan will once again co-host the program.  
San Mateo Behavioral Health & Recovery Services, Philippine News, Philippines Today, Positively Filipino, GMA News Online,, The Filipino Channel, Lucky Chances, Moonstar, Noah's Bagels and Chalet Ticino are this event’s donors.
Some 15 service providers led HICAP of San Mateo and HICAP of San Francisco will attend. Kaiser Permanente Filipino Association will provide free health screenings.  Refreshments will be served.  Raffle prizes will be drawn.
ALLICE is an all-volunteer nonprofit based in San Mateo County dedicated to promoting healthy interaction through education. Founded in 2003, members form a multidisciplinary team united in passion to prevent intimate and family violence.  Allen Capalla, Bettina Santos Yap, Cecile Gregorio Ascalon, Cherie Querol Moreno, Edna Murray, Elsa Agasid, Jei Africa, Jennifer Jimenez Wong, Joanne del Rosario, Jose Antonio, Leonard Oakes, Malou Aclan, Nan Santiago, Nellie Hizon, Ofie Albrecht, Paulita Lasola Malay, Sarah Jane Ilumin, Teresa Guingona Ferrer and Father Mark Reburiano each represent a specific population, from private to public entities, tech and legal offices, health and finance corporations, marketing and faith organizations.
For more information on the event, call Philippine Consulate General Grace United Methodist Church , or Pilipino Bayanihan Resource Center .  See the psa elsewhere in this issue or visit


New York Times editor on Rodrigo Duterte: ‘What he’s doing is so beyond awful’ (Part 1)

NEW YORK CITY -- The New York Times editorial condemning Rodrigo Duterte “as a man who must be stopped” was the paper’s second against the recalcitrant Philippine president.
Publishing the editorial entitled, “Let the World Condemn Duterte” was a “huge decision” and had the strong support of the editors, said senior staff editor Pedro Rosado in a meeting with officers of the Filipino American Press Club of New York on April 29. The meeting was followed by a tour of the Times building on 41st Street off Times Square.
“Our Asia bureau did the bulk of the investigation,” Rosado said. “Whether or not there was a huge decision to do that, absolutely.”
When Duterte won the presidency in May 2016, and eventually took his oath in June, Rosado blogged about this unprecedented election result.
“When he was elected, it was a year before or eight months before the US election, I was fascinated, outraged, and freaked out about this man being elected,” he said. “I had tweeted a whole series of things.” He was, in essence, sounding off some sort of warning before the US elections. “It was such an obvious point for people to say — look what could happen. We can’t have this.”
Rosado shared his personal thoughts on Duterte. “This man is literally killing people in the streets. There’s no way to dance around it. Regardless of what your political bent is, that’s fact.”
He talked about Times photojournalist Daniel Berehulak who won a Pulitzer award for the article, “They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals,” published on December 7, 2016. He photographed chilling images of drug suspects murdered by policemen in the name of Duterte’s anti-drug campaign, their bodies left on pavements, in the suspects’ homes, or piled in morgues with other dead bodies.
“One of our photographers just won the Pulitzer and we did a podcast with him. It’s called ‘Inside the times.’ We spoke to him before he spoke at the Pulitzer and he broke down and cried,” shared Rosado.
Berehulak, an Australian photographer and a regular Times contributor, pitched the story to the International desk, “and they said go for it.” His coverage of the Philippines’ anti-drug campaign gave him his second Pulitzer recognition.
Berehulak decided make it more of a visual essay once he saw what was happening, he said. “The impact was just so overwhelming that it was difficult to tell a story in words, it’s easier to tell the story in photos.”
Rosado continued to share more of his views. “What’s happening there and what Duterte is doing is so beyond awful. I get the real sense he’s not going anywhere. He’s gonna do pretty much what the other dictators do: Consolidate power and decide, oh I like this. I will keep on killing people.”
On the latest editorial dated April 25, 2017, he said, “I can’t say it was as dramatic as when we called the US president a liar but, yes, not only is it very strong. It’s also putting us in a situation where we become another target for another powerful person in the planet.”
Two days after the Press Club tour, about a dozen Duterte supporters held a protest rally outside the entrance to the Times building. They called on the newspaper to apologize for the latest editorial and to stop “bullying” the Filipino people and the president.
Malacanang called the Times editorial against Duterte “reckless, irresponsible and baseless.”


HBO celebrates Asian Pacific Heritage Month with premiere of HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries

NEW YORK – In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, HBO debuted HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries, a collection of three short films by emerging APA directors, on May 1 across various HBO platforms. Exploring a range of controversial issues, the award-winning shorts examine crime, addiction and family turmoil within the APA community. Visionaries will be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and HBO Zone throughout the month of May.

About the films:
· “Monday,” directed by Dinh Thai, follows a young drug dealer who finds himself struggling with the moral implications of his illicit profession.
· “Wonderland,” directed by Tiffanie Hsu, explores the lonely and surreal world of a 12-year-old girl whose mother (played by Joan Chen) is a gambling addict.
· “Toenail,” directed by Jingyi Shao, centers around a career-obsessed yuppie having to care for his ailing father on the eve of a major promotion.

The films were the winners of HBO’s first Asian Pacific American Visionaries Short Film Competition, a contest dedicated to discovering and showcasing up-and-coming American filmmakers of Asian Pacific descent. HBO will launch the 2017-18 edition of the competition this summer. For official rules and guidelines, visit

“Asian Pacific American Visionaries is a great example of HBO’s industry leadership in not only furthering the dialogue about race and representation in Hollywood, but also taking action,” said Jackie Gagne, Vice President of Multicultural Marketing. “We’re proud to provide an unprecedented platform for emerging APA filmmakers to showcase their talents and share their unique stories with a global audience.”


McDonald’s Invents an Unnecessarily Superfluous Utensil for New Signature Crafted™ Recipes

Anthony Sullivan, TV’s greatest pitchman, teams up with McDonald’s on infomercial celebrating the release of the Frork in restaurants on May 5

OAK BROOK, Ill. — (BusinessWire – May 1, 2017) — Today, McDonald’s USA revealed the Frork, a quasi-utensil, fry-fork hybrid designed solely for scooping up the quality ingredients that may fall while eating a new Signature Crafted™ Recipes sandwich.

McDonald’s is continuing to raise the bar with the national rollout of its Signature Crafted Recipes sandwiches, which feature premium ingredients and unique flavor combinations, including Pico Guacamole, Sweet BBQ Bacon and Maple Bacon Dijon. Each sandwich is served with delicious toppings for customers to enjoy, even when they fall out. McDonald’s is tackling this so-called dilemma with the Frork, a silicone fork-shaped utensil topped with an opening where the customer can insert three-to-four World Famous Fries. The fries become the prongs of the Frork— edible, utilitarian and desperately innovative.

To announce the Frork, McDonald’s turned to legendary pitchman Anthony Sullivan, who shares McDonald’s passion for solving consumer problems with unique products. Sullivan recently starred in McDonald’s first-ever infomercial, which aired in New York on Sunday, April 30, and is now posted to McDonald’s YouTube channel.

“Anthony Sullivan here,” said Anthony Sullivan. “Will the Frork change your life? Probably not. Will the Frork improve your Signature Crafted Recipes eating experience? I mean, sure… maybe!”

“We started with All Day Breakfast, updated our Chicken McNuggets, offered new Mac sandwich sizes for every occasion and now we’re introducing Signature Crafted Recipes because they are inspired by our customers,” said McDonald’s Chef Michael Haracz. “And while the Frork is supremely superfluous, it shows that McDonald’s is willing to do whatever it takes to help them enjoy every last bite.”
The Frork works with all three new Signature Crafted Recipes – premium sandwiches that put flavor at the forefront, also giving customers a choice through recipe, protein and bun selection. Signature Crafted Recipes are available for an average price of $4.99 - $5.19 at participating McDonald’s.

Pico Guacamole: Smooth and creamy meets chunky and spicy with white cheddar cheese, guacamole made with 100% Hass avocados, freshly prepared Pico de Gallo, crisp leaf lettuce and creamy buttermilk ranch sauce made with real buttermilk and sour cream blended with shallots, garlic and spices. Served with a fresh lime wedge.
Sweet BBQ Bacon: Sweet BBQ meets savory, with grilled onions, thick-cut Applewood smoked bacon, creamy white cheddar, delicious BBQ sauce, all topped with golden crispy onions.
Maple Bacon Dijon: A satisfying combination of sweet and savory, with grilled onions, thick-cut Applewood smoked bacon with sweet maple seasoning, white cheddar, crisp leaf lettuce and a creamy Dijon sauce.

The Frork and Signature Crafted Recipes can be found near you:

Starting April 30, the people can all 1-844-MCD-FRORK (1-844-623-3767) to learn how to get the Frork and coupons to try all three Signature Crafted Recipes.
On May 5, Frorks will be given away at select McDonald’s locations nationwide with the purchase of a Signature Crafted Recipes sandwich, while supplies last. Customers can call the same toll-free line or visit to find the nearest participating McDonald’s.
Finally, from May 4 – May 8, with the purchase of a Signature Crafted Recipes sandwich, customers will receive a free medium fry and soft drink at participating McDonald’s.


NaFFAA proudly celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Washington, DC – The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is proud to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month this May. According to the US Census Bureau, Filipinos make up nearly 20% of the overall Asian American community, with almost 4 million Filipinos living in the United States.

Congress established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week in 1978 through a joint congressional resolution. The month of May was selected to recognize the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in May 1843, as well as the completion of the transcontinental railroad in May 1869. Congress then expanded the week to a month-long observance in 1992.

“Filipino Americans have played an important role in the history of this nation in many sectors of society, ranging from business, entertainment, health, law, politics, and beyond. NaFFAA celebrates AAPI Heritage Month by not only highlighting the achievements of Filipino Americans and other AAPIs, but by also promoting solidarity with diverse groups across the country,” said Brendan Flores, NaFFAA National Chairman. “We’re proud of our community’s contributions, and feel energized by the next generation of Filipino Americans getting involved.”

With NaFFAA’s 20th anniversary approaching this October, the organization is focused on three core areas: leadership development, civic engagement, and national advocacy. Building on the energy of AAPI Heritage Month, NaFFAA will host its first-ever Federation Forum leadership development summit in Washington, DC from May 14-15. The forum will empower leaders and help provide them with the tools, best practices, and capacity needed to better serve their communities.

About NaFFAA
The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. Established in 1997, NaFFAA has been the standard bearer for promoting the welfare and well-being of the 4 million Filipinos and Filipino Americans throughout the United States. NaFFAA’s vision is to serve as the voice of all Filipinos and Filipino Americans by uniting, engaging, and empowering diverse individuals and community organizations through leadership development, civic engagement, and national advocacy.


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