As I See It By ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO Simbang Gabi (Night Mass) signals the cleansing process for Christians as they prepare themselves towards celebrating Christmas Eve. The nine-day series of masses give parishioners the time to know themselves, reflect on what they have done to their families and others, and what they will be doing as a true believer and follower of Jesus Christ. Christmas is a tradition worldwide! It is the time for people to rejoice, have fun, bond ...

Dual Voice By FEDERICO A. ESPIRITU The following is the continuation of Couples for Christ Brother Arnel Santos guest column ran in Dual Voice last week: I was hearing all these messages in my mind, once again, while attending “Marriage is Beautiful!” For I looked at the participants and I saw in their faces an assertion that what Cardinal Maung Bo has been speaking about at the IEC, can actually be done. “Marriage is Beautiful!” is a testament that there are many vict...

PerryScope By PERRY DIAZ Just as Rep. Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo was enjoying her razor-thin victory over Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in the vice presidential race, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is under pressure from some quarters to disqualify Leni from taking over the vice presidency because her party -- the Liberal Party -- failed to submit its Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) on time. Huh? What is SOCE all about that non-compli...

Probate, Wills & Trusts By ATTY. ROBERT L. FERRIS MARIA’S FAMILY: When Maria passed away she was survived by her 31 year old son Raymond and her 33 year old daughter Susan. Maria made a will leaving her house in Daly City to her two children. The house was worth about $700,000 and had a mortgage of $335,000. If the house was sold, after paying off the mortgage and the cost of sale, Raymond and Susan would each received about $175,000. Susan was married and lived in S...

Telltale Signs By RODEL RODIS Diehard Rody Duterte supporters appear willing to ignore recent disclosures that their beloved candidate, the front-runner in the Philippine presidential elections next week, has a P227 million peso account with the Bank of the Philippine Islands. They also seem just as willing to ignore his recent creepy confession that when he saw the lifeless body of Australian missionary Jacqueline Hamill in 1989, his first thought was outrage at the crim...

Legal Matters By ATTY. CRISPIN CADAY LOZANO The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in coordination with the Department of State (DOS), has revised the procedures for determining visa availability for applicants waiting to file for employment-based or family-sponsored preference adjustment of status. An application for adjustment of status Form I-485 can be filed earlier, sometimes years in advance, of the actual availability of visa numbers. Th...

Legal Matters By ATTY. CRISPIN CADAY LOZANO Q: Can a person ordered removed in absentia have his case reopened? A: The law allows two main situations where individuals who were ordered removed or deported in absentia can reopen their cases: (1) they did not receive notice of the hearing, and (2) they did not appear at their hearing because of exceptional circumstances. Q: Where must the Motion to Reopen be filed? A: The motion should be filed with the immigration c...

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...

PerryScope by PERRY DIAZ The conventional wisdom in geopolitical circles is that a war between the United States and China is not going to happen -- not now, not tomorrow – simply because their economies are intricately intertwined with one another like the fabled Gordian Knot. Destroying each other would be like committing a suicide pact. And why would they do that? Are they out of their minds? No, but like other nations or kingdoms before them – and I’m talking at ...

Legal Matters By ATTY. CRISPIN CADAY LOZANO There is a limited situation wherein seamen who came to the United States and married a U.S. citizen spouse could adjust their status to that of lawful permanent resident. The first question to answer is: Do they have Sec. 245(i) eligibility? If they are the direct or derivative beneficiary of a petition or labor certification dated April 30, 2001 or earlier and they have been in the U.S. since December 21, 2000, then they can a...