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Monthly Archives: March 2020

By Greg B. Macabenta The coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic is just one more crisis, among the many, that the world has experienced in the 20th century and in the present millennium. Each crisis has been a test of leadership, underscoring the need for a great leader, someone who can rally the citizenry, inspire them and keep up their spirits in the face of discouraging odds. Someone on whose wisdom they can depend on, whose words they can believe, and in whom they can entrust t...

By Elpidio R. Estioko Much has been said about the pandemic known as the corona virus (in short COVID – 19). My friend Romy Morales, a former Philippine journalist now residing in Barrow, Alaska, wrote in FB:  “… we are fighting an invisible enemy”  known only as a virus and it brought us increasing number of deaths and growing statistics of infected individuals all over the world! People are scared, they are afraid of the future and they are hoping the pandemic will be co...

By William Casis Malacañang on March 23 mourned the passing of a cardiologist, an anesthesiologist and an oncologist who contracted COVID-19 while treating infected patients. In a press statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo urged the public to pray for all health workers who risk their lives fighting the pandemic which has affected a total of 462 Filipinos, including 33 deaths. Cardiologist Israel Bactol from the Philippine Heart Center, anesthesiologist Gre...

By Daniel Llanto China launched two new research stations on the disputed West Philippine Sea, violating an agreement the Chinese president signed with other claimant-states at a recent Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting. Chinese news agency Xinhua reported on March 20 that the two research stations were built on China’s large man-made islands in the West Philippine Sea — Kagitingan or Fiery Cross and Zamora or Subi Reef. The report said the resea...

By Macon Araneta Congress approved on late night on March 23 a Palace-backed measure declaring a national emergency that will allow President Rodrigo Duterte to re-align funds under this year’s national budget to address the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Voting 284 to 9 with no abstentions on third and final reading in a special session, the House of Representatives led by Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano convened into the committee of the whole to approve House Bill 66...

(San Francisco) – The United States Census Bureau will begin mailing invitations to every household this month, asking residents to fill out the upcoming 2020 census questionnaire. Once a decade, the federal government attempts to count the population by collecting demographic data, such as gender, age, race and city of residency. The information is then used to determine how much federal funding and how many representatives in Congress each state gets. Currently, California ...

By Perry Diaz While I personally believe that China is a threat to Philippine sovereignty, a lot of opinion makers seem to think otherwise.  What’s the matter, folks? Are you still wearing your “nationalist” blinders or is it simply you can’t see beyond your noses? First, we isolated ourselves when the framers of the 1987 Constitution inserted a provision that bans the stationing of foreign troops in the country.  Yet, the American bases as Clark Field, Subic Bay, Sangl...

By Atty. Johnson Lazaro Approval of a fiancée visa is never a slam dunk.  Like a romantic relationship, a fiancée visa application deserves great care and nurture.  Many things can go wrong from filing, to the adjudication and ultimately to the visa interview.  One must not assume that a loving relationship is enough to get an approval.  A plethora of issues can harm an otherwise approvable fiancée visa petition. A K-1 fiancée visa application permits a U.S. citizen to ...

By Atty. Crispin Caday Lozano An approved marriage based petition may be revoked if the USCIS or the U.S. Consulate has a reasonable basis that was not considered at the time of the approval.  Until you are admitted to the U.S. as an immigrant or you adjust status, USCIS may revoke the approval of the petition at any time, for good and sufficient cause. Some petitions may be automatically revoked, such as when the petitioner withdraws the petition, divorces the benefici...

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