Items filtered by date: Saturday, 09 September 2017

‘Narco cop,’ 3 other drug suspects shot dead

Police Officer 1 Dominador Arciaga was on his way to the regional police office in Tuguegarao, Cagayan to get his salary when unidentified men in a black Toyota Innova shot him in Barangay Rizal West, San Isidro, Isabela before noon. File
MANILA, Philippines — A police officer with alleged links to the illegal drug trade and three other suspected drug personalities were killed in separate incidents in Luzon on Friday.

Police Officer 1 Dominador Arciaga was on his way to the regional police office in Tuguegarao, Cagayan to get his salary when unidentified men in a black Toyota Innova shot him in Barangay Rizal West, San Isidro, Isabela before noon.

Ramil Mauricio, 52, alias Panik, a former Bureau of Fire Protection personnel and resident of Barangay Poblacion South, Ramos, Tarlac, allegedly drew his gun when he sensed he had sold shabu to undercover agents.

An alias Panik and his unidentified companion, both residents of Barangay Cut-Cut, Angeles, Pampanga, reportedly shot it out with anti-drug operatives. Police said sachets of shabu and guns were recovered from the fatalities.

In Cagayan, Roger Gapas, councilman of Barangay Pinas, Claveria, was wounded in a gun attack also on Friday.

Gapas had just closed his store when the alleged gunman pretended to buy a bottle of liquor. He was shot through an opening of the window.

Gapas remained confined at the Far North Luzon General Hospital and Training Center in Luna, Apayao yesterday.

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Plunder raps eyed vs execs in Yolanda housing mess

Leyte Rep. Vicente Veloso told reporters he and his colleagues are gathering evidence for the criminal cases to be filed against the NHA officials and contractors. File
MANILA, Philippines — Plunder charges await officials of the National Housing Authority (NHA) and contractors over the alleged use of substandard materials to build houses for victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

Leyte Rep. Vicente Veloso told reporters he and his colleagues are gathering evidence for the criminal cases to be filed against the NHA officials and contractors.

“At the very least, they could be guilty of estafa and negligence. But we are studying possible plunder charges because the amount of taxpayers’ money involved is enormous,” Veloso said.

Last weekend, Veloso joined members of the House committee on housing and urban development chaired by Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Benitez in looking into the complaints of poor-quality houses for Yolanda victims.

“Piggery houses in Leyte are better than the housing units for typhoon victims we saw in Eastern Samar and in my province,” Veloso said.

He lamented that the NHA has not built a single housing unit for Yolanda victims in his district.

Nearly four years after the typhoon, Benitez said only 67,000 housing units have been built in Eastern Visayas out of the 205,000 targeted for around a million people displaced by the typhoon.

“Of the 67,000...built, only 23,000 were occupied. Many of the units are substandard... Typhoon victims refuse to accept them,” he said.

Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone, who authored the resolution calling for a congressional inquiry, said some NHA officials and contractors could be taking advantage of the victims.

“They (victims) tell us they survived the fury of Yolanda. But they may not survive the poor quality of the houses the NHA has built for them,” Evardone said.

He said the task of building houses for Yolanda victims should be transferred to local government units, noting that they are more concerned about the welfare of their constituents.

Another Leyte lawmaker, Yedda Romualdez, said that with the irregularities in Yolanda housing projects, “it seems that we are victimized once again by another typhoon.”

“We appeal to President Duterte to hold accountable the parties involved in the anomalies…I know the President is a no-nonsense action man and very much determined to address corruption,” Romualdez said.

The House committee on housing and urban development plans to expand its inquiry and involve the committee on good government and public accountability.

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QCPD probes teen suspect’s escape from Camp Karingal

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MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) is investigating the escape of a hit-and-run suspect from its headquarters at Camp Karingal last Thursday.

QCPD director Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar said yesterday he has ordered an investigation into the case of tricycle driver Ariel Pendon, 19, who escaped from the Traffic Sector 3 office at the police camp.

Eleazar relieved and placed under restrictive custody a police officer tasked to guard Pendon.

“We are conducting an investigation to determine what sanctions can be imposed,” he said in a phone interview.

Pendon was driving a tricycle when he hit a woman along Anonas street in Barangay Quirino 2-A at past 4 a.m. Wednesday. The incident was caught by a surveillance camera. He was apprehended the same day in Barangay E. Rodriguez.

Meanwhile, the victim is recuperating in an undisclosed hospital.

Eleazar explained the suspect was not detained as he initially introduced himself as a 17-year-old. Police officers were readying charges of reckless imprudence resulting in physical injury and driving without a license against him.

He escaped at past 6 a.m. the following day when most of the police officers at Traffic Sector 3 attended a physical fitness test. He told the police officer on duty he will just use the restroom but did not return.

It was later that day when police obtained his birth certificate, which stated he was an adult.

Police charged the suspect before the city prosecutor’s office. He remains at large.

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Duterte set to release Trillanes bank deposits

Amid claims by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV that his son has a triad tattoo, President Duterte shows reporters a rose tattoo on his arm during a visit to a military hospital in Cagayan de Oro City yesterday. Looking on is Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Duterte will soon give his nemesis Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV a dose of his own medicine, as he threatened to expose the latter’s alleged wealth hidden in foreign bank accounts.

Akala mo ikaw lang? Kaya ko rin (You think you’re the only one? I can do it also),” the President said, twitting Trillanes, in his speech during the closing ceremony of the Mindanao Business Conference held in Cagayan de Oro City last night.

 

Trillanes has been hitting  the President and his family for over a year now, alleging ill-gotten wealth and the involvement of presidential son Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and son-in-law Manases Carpio in the smuggling mess at the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

“I'm coming up with Trillanes’ bank deposits (which are) all over,” the Chief Executive said, adding that the opposition senator has huge amounts of money kept in various foreign bank accounts, aside from money held in domestic accounts.

“I'm giving you in a few days the number of deposits that he has with his bank accounts in Hong Kong, China, Australia and the US,” Duterte said, as he is just gathering more information on these bank accounts abroad.

The President insinuated that Trillanes’ money in foreign bank accounts would show they are “ill-gotten.”

‘Fake news’

Hindi totoo ’yan. Fake news ’yan. Sinungaling ’yan si Duterte (That’s not true. That’s fake news. Duterte is a liar),” Trillanes said in a statement last night, in response to Duterte’s allegations.

“Hinahamon ko siya na ilabas niya ’yung detalye at agaran ako pipirma ng waiver para malaman ang katotohanan (I dare him to reveal the details and I would immediately sign a waiver so we’ll know the truth),” he added.

Shortly before the May 9, 2016 elections, Trillanes alleged that Duterte has over P211 million in bank deposits, which was amassed during the latter’s term as mayor of Davao City.

The senator recently linked the younger Duterte and Carpio to the so-called “Davao group” that allegedly influences the release of contraband without being checked at the BOC.

He even accused the vice mayor of being a member of the Chinese triad that engages in international smuggling and drug trade.

Trillanes

In the hearing of the Senate Blue Ribbon committee on the P6.4-billion shabu shipment from China and BOC corruption last Thursday, Duterte and Carpio appeared and denied allegations that they were involved in smuggling activities.

Broker and whistle-blower Mark Taguba also cleared Duterte and Carpio of any involvement in the issues at the BOC.

The President has repeatedly said that all he needs is concrete evidence linking his son to smuggling and he would immediately step down from office.

Trillanes: Duterte needs psychiatric help

Meanwhile, Trillanes yesterday advised Duterte to immediately seek psychiatric help for he is starting to lose his mind.

Reacting to the latest statements made by the President against him, including advising members of the military and the police to challenge him to a duel, Trillanes said it was clear to him that Duterte is feeling the pressure and panicking, making him lose his mind as a result.

“These are the words of someone who is no longer thinking and that is why I said that he is having a meltdown,” Trillanes said.

He added that the President is probably stressing out over the responsibilities of his office, the proof already being presented in public about his illegal activities, which makes the senator question the Chief Executive’s psychological capacity to govern the country.

“This is not how a sane person speaks. Our people have reason to be concerned,” Trillanes said.

During his speech at the Araw ng Digos celebration last Friday, Duterte also showed a gun tucked in his waist and even claimed that it was not licensed.

Trillanes advised the Presidential Security Group (PSG) to disarm the President because an insane person cannot be allowed to carry a gun.

Trillanes said that the PSG would be held accountable if the President ends up shooting himself or someone else. – With Marvin Sy

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Irma turns Caribbean island paradises into nightmares

This Sept. 7, 2017 photo provided by the Dutch Defense Ministry shows storm damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, in St. Maarten. Irma cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees. Significant damage was reported on the island that is split between French and Dutch control. Gerben Van Es/Dutch Defense Ministry via AP
ST. JOHN'S, Antigua — Strung like beads along the northeast edge of the Caribbean, the Leeward Islands are tiny, remote and beautiful, with azure waters and ocean breezes drawing tourists from around the world.

The wild isolation that made St. Barts, St. Martin, Anguilla and the Virgin Islands vacation paradises has turned them into cutoff, chaotic nightmares in the wake of Hurricane Irma, which left 22 people dead, mostly in the Leeward Islands. Looting and lawlessness were reported Saturday by both French and Dutch authorities, who were sending in extra troops to restore order.

The Category 5 storm snapped the islands' fragile links to the outside world with a direct hit early Wednesday, pounding their small airports, decapitating cellphone towers, filling harbors with overturned, crushed boats and leaving thousands of tourists and locals desperate to escape.

The situation worsened Saturday with the passage of Category 4 Hurricane Jose, which shuttered airports and halted emergency boat traffic through the weekend.

Looting, gunshots and a lack of clean drinking water were reported on the French Caribbean territory of St. Martin, home to five-star resorts and a multimillion estate owned by President Donald Trump.

Federal officials deployed C-130s to evacuate U.S. citizens from the French Caribbean island of St. Martin to Puerto Rico. Nearly 160 were evacuated on Friday and approximately 700 more on Saturday.

The amphibious assault USS Wasp evacuated hospital patients from St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands to St. Croix and Puerto Rico. The Norwegian Cruise Line turned a cruise ship into an ad-hoc rescue boat, sending a ship with 10 restaurants, a spa and a casino to evacuate 2,000 tourists from St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Norwegian Sky cruise ship was due to arrive Tuesday and take its charges to Miami.

More than 1,100 police, military officials and others were deployed to St. Martin and the nearby French Caribbean territory of St. Barts, where they used helicopters to identify the cars of people looting stores and homes. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced Saturday night that France would be sending more Foreign Legion troops, paratroopers and other reinforcements to St. Martin starting Sunday.

Philippe said the several hundred gendarmes, soldiers and other security forces there were working in "difficult conditions" and needed help.

The government told all residents to stay inside and put the island and St. Barts on its highest alert level as Hurricane Jose rolled through the area.

The island is divided between French St. Martin and Dutch St. Maarten, where the Dutch government estimated Saturday that 70 percent of houses were badly damaged or destroyed, leaving much of the 40,000 population in public shelters as they braced for the arrival of Jose.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the situation remained "grim" on the island where widespread looting had broken out and a state of emergency was in force.

Rutte said some 230 Dutch troops and police were patrolling St. Maarten to maintain order and deliver aid and a further 200 would arrive in coming days. The government evacuated 65 dialysis patients from St. Maarten's hospital, which also was hard hit by Irma.

The islands' woes increased as the airport on St. Barts was closed, and those in Anguilla and St. Martin were open only to the military, rescue crews and aid organizations. Others, including St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, banned flyovers.

Late Saturday, St. Maarten Prime Minister William Marlin said about 1,600 tourists had been evacuated and efforts are being made to move 1,200 more.

Marlin said many countries and people have offered help to St. Maarten, but authorities are waiting on the weather conditions to see how this can be coordinated.

Before the hurricanes, St. Maarten's Princess Juliana International Airport was one of the former Dutch colony's major tourist draws thanks to a runway that ended just a few meters (yards) from the sandy crescent of Maho Beach, where people could stand and watch as arriving jets skimmed low over their heads.

After Irma, aerial footage shot by Dutch marines showed that Maho Beach's sands had washed away and the airport was badly damaged. The Dutch military are using the runway, which was inundated by high tides during the hurricane, to ferry in aid supplies but say it's not yet open to civilian flights as there are no runway lights or air traffic control. The Canadian low-cost airline and tour agency Sunwing evacuated some Canadian tourists from St Maarten to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic on Saturday.

Ports in St. John, St. Thomas and elsewhere remained closed.

As Jose neared, the last airplane flew in to St. Martin's battered Grande-Case airport Friday carrying workers to help re-establish the island's water supply and electricity. French authorities said some 1,105 recovery workers were deployed on St. Martin and St. Barts. A tanker with 350 tons of fresh water was also on its way.

By Saturday, damage was estimated to have already reached 1.2 billion euros ($1.44 billion).

France said it hoped to allow commercial boats to go to and from St. Martin and nearby Guadeloupe on Monday, when waters are expected to calm.

French President Emmanuel Macron came under criticism for his government's handling of the crisis.

Once known for pink sandy beaches that attracted celebrities and royalty, the island of Barbuda is now a disaster zone. Virtually all of its 1,500 residents left for the sister island of Antigua, a 1.5-hour boat ride away, ahead of Jose with assistance from

"The biggest problem in Barbuda now is the fact that you have so many dead animals in the water and so on, that there is a threat of disease. You could put all the people back in Barbuda today ... but then you'll have a medical crisis on your hand," Foreign Affairs Minister Charles Fernandez said.

U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson announced a package of 42 million pounds (about $55 million) for the relief effort in the British overseas territories of Anguilla, British Virgin Islands and Turks & Caicos

"The UK government is doing everything it possibly can to help those affected by the hurricane," he said.

But Anguilla's former attorney general, Rupert Jones, criticized Britain's response to the disaster.

"It is an insufficient drop in the Caribbean ocean for islands subject to devastation and inhabited by its own citizens," he wrote in an email. "The rebuilding effort is bound to cost a vast amount more and it is hard to see this making a real difference to the three islands."

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Weissenstein reported from Havana, Cuba. Danica Coto in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thomas Adamson and Angela Charlton in Paris and Mike Corder in The Hague contributed.

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Irma begins to batter Florida with hurricane-force winds; tornadoes reported

Hurricane Irma is edging closer and closer to Florida as millions of residents -- more than 200,000 of whom are without power -- brace for the impact of the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade.

The National Weather Service measured a 74-mph gust in the Florida Keys on Saturday night, marking the beginning of hurricane-force winds that forecasters say will steadily intensify in the coming hours. A tornado watch is in effect across the area, and two such twisters have already been reported.

As of 12 a.m. Sunday, Irma's center was about 80 miles southeast of Key West with sustained winds of 120 mph. It was moving northwest at 6mph, and is expected to turn north and head up the western coast of Florida, making landfall on Sunday.

"Only minimal strengthening of Irma is being forecast before it hits the Florida Keys and the west coast of Florida on Sunday," ABC meteorologist Daniel Peck said. "But while winds have been adjusted a bit lower, they are still at powerful and dangerous levels. Life-threatening and significant storm surge is still a huge concern along with very heavy rain and flash flooding."

The worst and most extreme winds from Irma will begin to impact the Florida Keys shortly after midnight, with the center of Irma expected to pass over the Keys between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. ET, Peck said.

 
 

The storm, which was downgraded to Category 3 after making landfall as a rare Category 5 hurricane in Cuba overnight, has sent 75,000 people into shelters in Florida. More than six million people have been warned to evacuate its path.

A slew of counties and cities in south Florida have issued curfews. Counties include Broward, Flagler, Orange, Palm Beach, Volusia, and Seminole. The cities of Miami, Miami Beach, North Miami Beach, Homestead, Key Biscayne, Melbourne Beach, Coral Springs, and Coral Gables also issued curfews.

Palm Beach and Broward counties entered a curfew earlier this afternoon, and Charlotte County and the City of Miami Beach will enter one later tonight.

Some 10,000 flights have been cancelled in anticipation of Irma, about 7,000 of them in Florida alone.

President Trump tweeted a video from a Cabinet meeting Saturday, telling people to "get out of" Irma's way.

"Property is replaceable but lives are not. and safety has to come first. Don't worry about it, get out of its way," Trump said.

PHOTO: Hurricane Irma approached Florida, Sept. 9, 2017. ABC News
Hurricane Irma approached Florida, Sept. 9, 2017. 
PHOTO: Hurricane Irma approached Florida, Sept. 9, 2017. ABC News
Hurricane Irma approached Florida, Sept. 9, 2017. 

Florida Gov. Rick Scott called the storm unprecedented.

"This is a life-threatening situation," Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Saturday. "Our state has never seen anything like it."

The governor stressed the dangers of what he called a "deadly, deadly, deadly storm surge."

ABC News meteorologists are forecasting storm surges of 10 feet in Tampa and Sarasota, and 10 to 15 feet from Fort Myers to Naples. Somewhat lower storm surges of 3 to 6 feet may occur from Miami to Key Largo.

Winds were already picking up in Florida early Saturday, with gusts between 40 and 60 mph.

Hurricane-force winds with gusts over 115 mph are possible in the Keys by daybreak Sunday.

Power outages, halted flights and empty ATMs in Florida

PHOTO: The Interstate remains empty as the outer bands of Hurricane Irma reached South Florida early Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 in Miami. David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP
The Interstate remains empty as the outer bands of Hurricane Irma reached South Florida early Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 in Miami. more +

As of 11:30 p.m. ET Saturday, more than 200,000 customers of various Florida utility companies were without power. Florida Power and Light said 196,350 of its customers were without power. Keys Energy, which serves the Keys, said all of its 29,000 customers were without power. Another 10,000 customers of other utilities were in the dark around the state.

The state's residents should anticipate days-long power outages, FEMA said.

Ahead of Irma's arrival in the Sunshine State, the last flights departed Friday night from Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Miami's airport officially remains open, while Fort Lauderdale's airport is closed for Saturday and Sunday.

Many ATM machines across southwest Florida were out of cash by late Friday night after people stocked up in case Hurricane Irma causes power outages that make debit and credit card transactions impossible, The Associated Press reported.

Irma 'is going to devastate the United States': FEMA

The National Hurricane Center on Friday cautioned that Irma's winds would likely be strong enough to uproot trees, bring down power poles and rip off the roofs and some exterior walls of well-built frame homes.

"Obviously Hurricane Irma continues to be a threat that is going to devastate the United States," Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said at a press conference Friday morning. "We're going to have a couple rough days."

Millions evacuate; many others take shelter 

PHOTO: A child plays outside the Germain Arena as families wait to take shelter from Hurricane Irma in Estero, Fla., Sept. 9, 2017. Bryan Woolston/Reuters
A child plays outside the Germain Arena as families wait to take shelter from Hurricane Irma in Estero, Fla., Sept. 9, 2017. more +

Approximately 6.3 million Floridians are under mandatory or voluntary evacuations, the Florida Division of Emergency Management said Saturday. When evacuation orders in South Carolina and Georgia are included, the number climbs to 6.8 million.

PHOTO: An aerial photo shows the damage from Hurricane Irma on the Caribbean island of St. Martin, Sept. 6, 2017.Dutch Defense Ministry via AFP/Getty Images
An aerial photo shows the damage from Hurricane Irma on the Caribbean island of St. Martin, Sept. 6, 2017.

Germain Arena, a large shelter between Naples and Fort Myers along Florida's west coast, is already at capacity Saturday as hundreds of people were in line waiting to get in.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Giménez said Saturday morning about 25,000 residents are sheltered in Miami-Dade alone, a number he called "unprecedented in our history." 

"We must remain vigilant," Giménez said. "The storm will still strengthen ... and we will be impacted." 

PHOTO: Hurricane Irma evacuating traffic streaming out of Florida creeps along northbound Interstate 75 after a vehicle accident in Lake Park, Ga., Sept. 6, 2017.Erik S. Lesser/EPA
Hurricane Irma evacuating traffic streaming out of Florida creeps along northbound Interstate 75 after a vehicle accident in Lake Park, Ga., Sept. 6, 2017.more +

Palm Beach County has issued a curfew to prevent looting and other criminal activity as the storm approaches, according to a press release. The curfew goes into effect Saturday at 3 p.m. It is unclear when it will be lifted. Broward County set a curfew for 4 p.m. Saturday and said no unauthorized vehicles will be allowed on the roads.

PHOTO: Annette Davis kisses her son Darius, 3, while staying at a shelter in Miami after evacuating from their home in Florida City, Fla., ahead of Hurricane Irma, Sept. 9, 2017. David Goldman/AP
Annette Davis kisses her son Darius, 3, while staying at a shelter in Miami after evacuating from their home in Florida City, Fla., ahead of Hurricane Irma, Sept. 9, 2017. more +

Irma turns to U.S. after pummeling the Caribbean leaving at least 20 dead

At least 20 people have died and thousands were left homeless after Irma battered a string of Caribbean islands on Wednesday, according to the AP. At the time, Irma was a Category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph.

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SLIDESHOW: Photos: Hurricane Irma tears through the Caribbean, heads to Florida
PHOTO: A view of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Sint Maarten Dutch part of Saint Martin island in the Caribbean, Sept. 6, 2017.Netherlands Ministry of Defense via Reuters
A view of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Sint Maarten Dutch part of Saint Martin island in the Caribbean, Sept. 6, 2017.more +

At least three people died from the storm in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.

The U.S. evacuated some 800 U.S. citizens from the island of St. Maarten on Saturday. Evacuees interviewed by ABC News upon arriving in Puerto Rico told stories about hiding in their hotel bathtubs fearing for their lives as the storm raged, a bank robbery and a gang of men with "long swords" who reportedly showed up at a hotel.

Maureen Puckerin told ABC News the monster storm sounded like someone banging on a door accompanied by a deafening whistle that she said was "something I never want to hear again."

Puckerin said a group of men armed with what she called "long swords" had stormed her hotel and beaten up a tourist.

Others described looters stealing purses from hotel guests and how the Dutch military had arrived at their hotel in search of men who had just robbed a bank.

The Turks and Caicos islands were also hit hard as Irma passed over the tiny archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. A government spokesperson told ABC News the British overseas territory had sustained "catastrophic" damage.

The National Hurricane Center warned of a storm surge up to 20 feet on Turks and Caicos with 8 to 12 inches of rain for the low-lying islands through Sunday.

Long, the FEMA administrator, said Friday that the agency's primary goal is to "stabilize the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico" by restoring power, maintaining security and bringing in life-sustaining supplies.

ABC News' Daniel Peck and Max Golembo contributed to this report.

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St Augustine Parish Golf Tournament

Thanks to all who have supported the St Augustine Fundraising Golf Tournament for the renovation of the Church Altar. Headed by Fr. Ed Dura and Sponsored by Johann Yuzon of Goldilocks as well as the Jubilee Golf Club Officers and Members. The just concluded tournament was held last Saturday August 19, 2017 at the beautiful Crystal Spring Golf Course in Burlingame. Thanks to Philippine Airlines, Simex International, SFPGA golf club, Thanks God Its Tuesday(TGIT) headed by Bert Dela Rama, and Josie Paranal family for their generous sponsorship to honor the late former Jubilee GC member Joe Paranal and to all the Volunteers.

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Rotary Club of Daly City-Colma Evening Induction Dinner at Fort McKinley

 

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District 5150 DG Ron Gin inducting the RC Daly City-Colma Evening Officers (L-R) Willie Santa Maria, PN, Gerry Palabyab, PE, Dori Liwanag, E-Sec, Donnamarie Howe, Sec, Sheila Conducto, Treasurer, Directors Marilyn Beckleheimer, David Howe and Rudy Acersion.(photos by Rtn.Manny Lim)

 

South San Francisco, CA – The newly revived Rotary Club of Daly City-Colma Evening of RI District 5150 held its induction dinner ceremonies last August 24, 2017 at the Fort McKinley restaurant in South San Francisco.  The well attended event was graced by Past RI President Mat Caparas, RI Director Elect Raffy Garcia III and the RI District 5150 Governor Ron Gin. Also present during the dinner event were David Canepa, San Mateo County Supervisor and Councilor and former Colma Mayor Joanna Del Rosario, representing the City of Colma. The City of Colma gave special citations honoring the newly revitalized Rotary Club that is composed of Filipino American businessmen and community leaders from Daly City, Colma and around San Francisco Bay Area.

Inducted into office were James Calacal, President, Gerry Palabyab, President Elect, Willie Santamaria, President Nominee, Donnamarie Howe, Club Secretary, Dori Liwanag, E-Secretary, Sheila Conducto, Treasurer, David Howe Director, Marilyn De Castro Beckleheimer, Director, and Rudy Asercion, Director. Also inducted as Honorary members were Leo De Guzman (Past District Governor and Paul Harris Fellow) and Joe Santos (Paul Harris Fellow).Screen Shot 2017 09 10 at 12.37.57 PMPhoto: 

               Pres. James Calacal taking his Oath

 

               Pres. James Calacal taking his Oath

Rotary International (RI) is a 112 year-old international organization based at Evanston, Chicago, Illinois, which main purpose is to serve humanity through international fellowship and friendship, youth development, vocational and professional development and community services. The new set of the officers and members of the Rotary Club of Daly City-Colma Evening look forward to fulfilling its share in making these Rotary International objectives a reality in RI District 5150. For RCDCC info please call 650 393 9306 /gpp

 

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Trump rescinds DACA - Statement from Bishop Oscar Solis

Bishop joins end-of-DACA-protest

 

Salt Lake City, UTAH – Bishop Oscar Solis, installed 10th bishop here on March 7, has issued a statement on behalf of the Diocese of Salt Lake City regarding the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind DACA Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an administrative relief from deportation which protects eligible immigrant youth from deportation.
Past president Barack Obama created the program in June 2012, through an executive order. The average DACA recipient, according to a survey by the Center for American Progress and the University of California, San Diego, came to the United States at the age of six. Most of them are now in their 20s. They have no criminal record and 91 percent are employed. 
In February, President Donald Trump said he would treat the “incredible kids” who have been protected by DACA “with heart.” At the end of August, he made a statement at the Oval Office, “We love the Dreamers” and “We think the Dreamers are terrific.” On Tuesday, Sept. 5, he’s scheduled to make a statement putting an end to DACA – some 800,000 law-abiding, longtime residents of the United States could be in danger of deportation.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops early on Sept. 5, appealed for a spirit of hospitality, stating “Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” (Mark 9:37). “Today’s actions, stated Solis, represent a heartbreaking moment in our history that shows the absence of mercy and good will, and a short-sighted vision for the future.”daca protest
Bishop Solis, 63, from Nueva Ecija, is the first FilAm bishop ordained in the United States, and is the first FilAm and first Asian American to lead the diocese in Utah.  “The Catholic Diocese of Sal Lake City,” he said,” is saddened by the administration’s decision to abandon immigrant youth in our nation. We believe in the rule of law,” he added, “but we also have a moral obligation to protect the life and dignity of every human being, including youth brought to the United States in their parents’ hope of finding opportunity and safety for their children. The young people who qualified for the limited protections of DACA were innocent children with no intent to violate our laws. They are part of the fabric of our society and nation. Many have achieved their dreams of undergraduate and graduate degrees and serve as health care professionals, bankers, construction workers, plumbers, and members of our U.S. military.”
Since 2004, the Catholic Church in the U.S., including the Diocese of Salt Lake City, has been advocating for comprehensive immigration reform. “We renew our call to our Utah Congressional delegation,” continued Solis, “to support and protect migrants by, as a first step, providing youth with permanent legal status that cannot be lost through the arbitrary whims of politics.”
 
Bishop Solis asks our community to pray that our congressional leaders will be inspired by God’s wisdom, compassion, and call to welcome the stranger. “The Diocese has the honor of serving hundreds of DACA recipients through Catholic Community Services (CCS) and Holy Cross Ministries and we have witnessed firsthand their contributions to our economy, their academic achievements and their roles as leaders in our parishes and communities. CCS of Utah and Holy Cross Ministries continue to support DACA recipients and will be offering consultations and renewal appointments to the DACA community free of charge. For more information, you may call the Pastoral Center at .

 
 
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Safeguards in place for DACA 'Dreamers'

SAN FRANCISCO -- Illegal Immigration Allies discussed on August 30 in San Francisco the safeguards for the "Dreamers" who are affected by the inevitable end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

With the Trump Administration announcing the end of DACA last Tuesday, the ILRC, the Immigration Legal Resource Center, has provided advice for undocumented immigrants who are on edge with their citizenship status.

According to the ILRC, Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), also known as work permits, are generally valid until they expire or the government demands they be returned. If an undocumented immigrant is allowed to keep their work permit, they have the right to work legally until its expiration.

The ILRC explained that employers have no right ask its workers if they are DACA recipients. Employers do not have the right to fire or put an employee on leave until the work permit is expired.

The ILRC advised the Dreamers to apply for a Social Security Number, a driver's license and other identification cards. According to the ILRC, SSN are valid numbers for life despite the expiration of DACA or one's work permits.

Also, the ILRC urged the undocumented immigrants to know their rights. They are advised to exercise their constitutional rights to not open their doors to immigration agents and answer any of their questions.

Despite the rescinding of DACA, President Donald Trump gave an opportunity for Congress to revise their own bill to protect the Dreamers within six months.

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