PerryScope By PERRY DIAZ Twenty-four years after the Philippine Senate rejected the extension of the American bases, the Philippine Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). EDCA is an “executive agreement” between the U.S. and the Philippines that would allow the American military to once again set foot on Philippine soil. It didn’t take long for the Philippines to act; she immediately offered eight strategic locatio...

Legal Matters By ATTY. CRISPIN CADAY LOZANO Many seamen who came to the United States married a U.S. citizen spouse but could not 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 adjust status. However, if...

As I See It By ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO For my column this week, I would like to feature the side of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) in response to the published article in this paper entitled “Concerned INC members cry ‘human rights violation’ on January 7-13, 2016. The INC representatives whom I interviewed last Friday afternoon were Atty. Rommel San Pedro, Paralegal Krystal Quarles, INC Member Don Orozco, and INC Media Officer Bob Pellien. The four representatives said there ...

PerryScope By PERRY DIAZ Seventy years after the end of World War II, the shameful act of sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army has finally come to a “negotiated” end between Japan and South Korea in what many believe was driven by the geopolitical realities in the volatile East Asia. The Japan-South Korea détente began when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke before a joint session of the U.S. Congress on April 29, 2015. Although he did not address the iss...

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. Effective October 1, 2015, an application for adjustment of status Form I-485 can be filed earlier, sometimes years in advance, of the actual avail...

Dual Voice By FEDERICO A. ESPIRITU In my 62 years of lifetime, it was only last January 5 that I actually saw presidential tears and that rolled down from the President of the United States (POTUS) at that. I was not all lone witness but it evoked kindred thoughts as it happened before my eyes. Hundreds of millions of global televiewers peered on President Barack Obama shedding tears. The Oval Office resident must have reminisced the shattered flesh pierced by blazing bul...

PerryScope By PERRY DIAZ In 1914, more than a century ago, the German Army was advancing into French territory along a 27-mile stretch of land known as the “Western Front.” The French and the British armies were fiercely defending French territory in trenches along a 200-foot narrow strip called “No Man’s Land” that separates them from the Germans who were dug in on the other side. Firing at each other incessantly, they seemed to be oblivious of what was going on in thei...

As I See It By ELPIDIO ESTIOKO Who said that high school graduates now residing abroad can’t unite, are not getting involved, or not capable of rallying for a cause? Well, they can! They, actually, are capable of doing all these and they have shown it in so many ways… the latest being the golden jubilee reunion this year. Graduates of UCHS Batch ’65 from Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia started meeting as early as November of last year to plan, in partners...

Dual Voice By FEDERICO A. ESPIRITU This question kept my waning eyes wide awake one typical nocturnal contemplation trying to get some sleep instead of uselessly counting sheeps: Do young Filipino-American kids of this generation still love to read books? Baby boomers, like us, enjoyed the thrills, titillation and wisdom out of stirring romance with books. Our forebears perseveringly forged their beacon of knowledge, heroism and gallant leadership out of inspiration from...

PerryScope By PERRY DIAZ Last November 17, 2015, Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares had a reason to be jubilant! By a 5-4 vote of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET), the disqualification complaint against her was thrown out. With the vote of five senators, Grace beat three Supreme Court justices in a “contest” that should have delved into the legality of Grace’s citizenship and residency. Instead the five senators ignored the facts and waded into the murky waters of political e...