By Assemblemember Rob Bonta Growing up, I remember celebrating the 4th of July with my family. My parents would tell my brother, sister and me about the importance of fighting for justice for everyone in our nation, no matter where they were born. We lived near the home of Cesar Chavez in La Paz, the headquarters for the United Farm Workers of America in the Central Valley. My parents worked alongside civil rights leaders like Chavez, Philip Vera Cruz, Pete Velasco, and...

As I See It By ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO July 4th or 4th of July is Independence Day of the United States of America. While it used to be Philippine Independence Day too, it was changed to Philippine Republic Day and then to Filipino-American Friendship Day! It is a huge event for many Filipino-Americans to rekindle their origin and heritage, remembering their long-standing friendship and relationships even before July 4, 1946. With the election of Pres. Rodrigo “Digong” Du...

As I See It by ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO Most employees want to retire even before their full retirement age, so they can spend time with their families and enjoy life to the fullest to compensate their long years of working for various institutions. My brother Orlando retired from teaching at the age of 62, i.e. optional retirement. My friend and colleague Mr. McFarren retired at the age of 66, his full retirement age. But… there are seniors, who upon reaching the age of reti...

As I See It By ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO To succeed in life, students and young adults need to follow their passion and love for work. Many fail because they do not track down what their interests are. They fail because they do not pursue their passion. They fail because they don’t love their work. In 2016, Alyssa Lynch, Superintendent, Metropolitan Education School District (MetroEd) in San Jose, spoke before 435 graduates during the 2016 National Job Corps Commencement exerc...

No Limitation By: TED LAGUATAN Immigration laws are relatively new. These man-made laws were instituted long after countries and national boundaries were in existence. When there were no immigration laws, people moved freely from one area to another. Famine, wars, natural disasters, plagues, poverty, personal problems, economic reasons and political oppression are the usual reasons for migration. Today, even with these immigration laws, people still move and leave th...

Telltale Signs By: RODEL RODIS The affectionate Filipino term for a deportable alien in the U.S. is “TNT”, short for “Tago ng Tago” or always hiding. It also stands for “Takot na Takot” or very afraid. These two translations of the acronyms accurately describe their ever fearful state ever since President Trump’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents began rounding up TNTs from countries all over the world in the last two weeks. The February 13 New York Ti...

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Donald John Trump, the newly inaugurated President of the United States, must be wondering right now: “What the heck happened?” Barely a day in office, hundreds of thousands of protesters marched in front of the White House. They chanted, “Hey Hey, Ho Ho! Donald Trump has got to go!” An estimated 3.2 million Americans marched across America. And many more millions protested in countries around the world. The spontaneity was amazingly contagious;...

Street Talk By GREG B. MACABENTA The U.S. will be undergoing some interesting times with the assumption to the presidency by Donald J. Trump. A legend in his own mind, Trump could well have written the dictionary definition of his surname: “Trump – To outrank or defeat someone or something, often in a highly public way… In the card game bridge, the trump card is the most powerful card in a particular round and defeats all the others — sort of like when your needs or ...

PerryScope By PERRY DIAZ President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte won the presidency hands down by 39% plurality and 16.6 million votes. His closest rival, Mar Roxas, got 23.4%, which is only 9.9 million votes. Not only did Duterte win the presidency, he also took control of the House of Representatives when a vast majority of congressmen from other parties – there were only three from Digong’s party – abandoned their parties and joined Digong’s party, the Partido Demokratiko...

Street Talk By: GREG B. MACABENTA The Miss Universe pageant which reels off in the Philippines this January and will culminate in the final selection of winners in Metro Manila on January 30 is much more than just a contest among the world’s most beautiful women. It is a tug-of-war between two starkly contrasting images of our beloved country. On one hand, there is the brewing picture of a “narco state” given to slaughtering anyone associated with drugs, whether drug...