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New report reveals booming Asian American older adult population in Los Angeles
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Census data show aging community’s growing needs and challenges, including poverty, language barriers, and health

old AsiansLOS ANGELES – The face of Los Angeles County’s older adult population is changing. According to a new report released today by AARP and Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, Asian Americans are among the fastest-growing 50-plus populations countywide. “A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans 50 and Older (Los Angeles County)” documents the rapid growth of the Asian American older adult population and the challenges they face, including poverty, language barriers, and health concerns.

According to the report, the Asian American older-adult population in Los Angeles County grew 56% from 2000 to 2010; among racial groups, only the county’s Latino population age 50-plus grew at a faster rate. Among Asian Americans age 50-plus by ethnic group, Chinese, Filipino, and Korean Americans are the largest populations, while Bangladeshi, Fijian, and Pakistani Americans are the fastest growing. Today, Los Angeles County is home to more Asian American older adults than any other county nationwide.

“As Asian American older adult populations grow, so do their needs,” said Daphne Kwok, AARP Vice President of Multicultural Leadership, Asian American and Pacific Islander Audiences. “The first steps to ensuring that the needs of our increasingly diverse and underserved communities are met is the collection and analysis of disaggregated data.”

Among these critical concerns are economic challenges, language and educational barriers that limit access to critical services, and health issues.

Among those age 65 or older living in Los Angeles County, Korean and Cambodian Americans are more likely than any racial group to have low incomes and live below the poverty line; data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey show that more than half of Korean and Cambodian American seniors countywide have low incomes, while nearly a quarter are poor. Nearly half of Asian American seniors living alone live below the poverty line, a rate higher than any other racial group countywide.

According to Census Bureau data, approximately 62% of Asian Americans age 50-plus in Los Angeles County (almost 300,000 people) are limited English proficient (LEP) and face some challenge communicating in English that impacts their ability to access basic services. A majority of Cambodian, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, and Thai American older adults are LEP. Among 50-plus households in Los Angeles County, Asian American older-adult households have the highest rate of linguistic isolation.

According to the report, many Asian American older adults lack access to health care despite having chronic health conditions. Asian American older adults in Los Angeles County are more likely than Whites to experience high blood cholesterol and diabetes. Yet prior to the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), Asian Americans 50 to 64 years of age were more likely than average to live without health insurance. Almost 57% of Asian American older adults needing to see a professional for mental health or substance abuse issues do not receive treatment.

 “Asian Americans are often overlooked in public policy discussions regarding older adults,” said Amy Phillips, Director of Senior Services at Little Tokyo Service Center and co-Chair of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council’s (A3PCON) Older Adults Task Force. “Reports such as this one are important in helping to raise the visibility of our community’s growing needs.”

The report relied heavily on recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

“Census Bureau data disaggregated by ethnic group were critical to this analysis,” said Jeffer Giang, Research Analyst at Asian American Advancing Justice-Los Angeles and primary author of the report. “Yet more data on vulnerable populations, including Pacific Islanders and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people, are needed if we’re to fully understand the challenges our communities face.”

“A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans 50 and Older (Los Angeles County)” (PDF) can be downloaded at aarp.org/aapi or advancingjustice-la.org.

About Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice – LA) is the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI). Founded in 1983 as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Advancing Justice – LA serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year.  Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building, Advancing Justice – LA focuses on the most vulnerable members of Asian American and NHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice.

About AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into ‘Real Possibilities’ by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name.  As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @aarp and our CEO@JoAnn_Jenkins on Twitter.

 

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Ceasefire is possible with Duterte presidency: Joma Sison
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-- Presidential candidate Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and running mate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano arrive at the Makati Business Club forum on Wednesday. Duterte talked about his plans on how to fight crime and corruption, and said he is not the man he is portrayed to be by some.(MNS photo)

— Presidential candidate Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and running mate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano arrive at the Makati Business Club forum on Wednesday. Duterte talked about his plans on how to fight crime and corruption, and said he is not the man he is portrayed to be by some.(MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – A ceasefire between the Communist Party of the Philippines and the Philippine government is possible if Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is elected president, said CPP founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison.

Sison said he had a conversation with Duterte recently and they were able to discuss several issues.

He said the issues include a dialogue between CPP and the national government and the release of political prisoners from past administrations.

Sison added that he may return to the country, after two decades of living in exile in the Netherlands.

The CPP was organized more than 47 years ago while the Philippine government ended formal peace talks with the communist party in April 2013.

Duterte is close to the revolutionary movement and is a former student of Sison at the Lyceum of the Philippines.

If Duterte wins, Sison said he is confident that the Davao politician will be able to fulfill his promises.

Revolutionary government

On Wednesday, Duterte said he is planning a revolutionary government since the current Constitution could no longer address the problems of the country.

“Ako magtindog ug bag-o nga gobyerno. Haros jud ni. Ilisdan nako ning gobyerno. Magrebolusyon ko kung naa nako didto kay dili ni para sa tao. Dili ni matabang kaning Konstitusyon nato. Wala gyud [Magtatayo ako ng bagong gobyerno. Sira talaga ito. Papalitan ko itong gobyernong ito. Magrebolusyon ako kapag nandoon na ako kasi hindi na ito para sa tao. Hindi ito kayang solusyonan ng Konstitusyon natin. Hindi talaga],” he said, drawing laughter from the crowd.

Before deciding to run for president, Duterte has expressed his desire to set up a revolutionary government to pave the way for a federal form of government.

“Pag naa nako, muingon ko na, I will revolt from the inside, dili revolt na magpatay ta. Naa nakoy back-up sa katawhan, back up sa tanan, ang military, pulis musunod na na [Kapag nandoon na ako, I will revolt from the inside, hindi revolt na magpatayan tayo. Kapag may back-up ako sa tao, sa lahat, ang military, pulis susunod na iyan],” he said.

Rivals react

His rivals slammed his pronouncement.

Former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said that it only proved how problematic the Duterte-NPA connection is.

“Napatunayan ang koneksyon ng NPA, ng mga komunistang NPA sa kay Mayor Duterte. Kung gusto ninyo manaig ang komunisto dito sa ating bansa, kung gusto ninyo na lumakas ang boses ng NPA na rebelde sa ating bansa, malinaw kung sino ang dapat ninyong piliin,” he said.

Vice President Jejomar Binay then said that a radical change is not the answer to the country’s problems.

“Rebolusyon o radical change, iyon ba ang pagsagot sa problema sa pamamahala, eh papatayin ang tao? Nakakatakot naman iyon,” he said.

Senator Grace Poe then told the mayor not to play with the feelings of the people by flip-flopping on his statements.

“Iyon na nga ang palaging sinasabi niya—bubuwagin, tatanggalin. Ah bukas, hindi. Huwag namang paglaruan ang damdamin natin. Mabuti nga maraming naniniwala sa kanya. Sana patunayan niya na talagang kapani-paniwala at tapat ang sinasabi niya,” Poe said.

The Palace, meanwhile, earlier expressed alarm at a photo taken Monday of Duterte speaking before rebels with the CPP flag in the background behind him.

It was taken when the CPP released five policemen it held. (MNS)

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AMLC hits PhilRem with money laundering raps
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MONEY LAUNDERING: Senators in a huddle during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, on the alleged $100 million that was laundered in the Philippines. Photo shows (from left to right) Senators Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, Sergio Osmeña III (seated), Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto, Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, Alan Peter Cayetano, Teofisto “TG” Guingona III and Vicente “Tito” Sotto III. In his opening statement Guingona said that he "cannot agree to an executive session because subject funds belong to the Bangladesh government which did not invoke confidentiality."(MNS photo)

MONEY LAUNDERING: Senators in a huddle during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, on the alleged $100 million that was laundered in the Philippines. Photo shows (from left to right) Senators Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, Sergio Osmeña III (seated), Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto, Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, Alan Peter Cayetano, Teofisto “TG” Guingona III and Vicente “Tito” Sotto III. In his opening statement Guingona said that he “cannot agree to an executive session because subject funds belong to the Bangladesh government which did not invoke confidentiality.”(MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) filed money laundering complaints against PhilRem Service Corp. before the Department of Justice on Thursday.

The council accused the owners and top officials of the remittance firm of money laundering as spelled out in Sections 4(a), (b), and (f) of the Anti-Money Laundering Act, as amended.

The accused were PhilRem President Salud Bautista, Chairman of the Board and Treasurer Michael “Concon” Bautista, and PhilRem Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer Anthony Pelejo.

The case involves the illegal transfer of  $81-million Bangladeshi funds to the Rizal Corp Banking Corp., the council has noted in its 17-page complaint-affidavit

The AMLC cited the unauthorized access to the Bangladesh Bank’s system amounted to “hacking” or “cracking,” punishable under Section 33 (a) of the Electronic Commerce Act.

The stolen funds were credited to fictitious bank accounts under the names Michael Cruz, Jessie Christopher Lagrosas, Alfred Vergara, and Enrico Vasquez, which were all opened on May 15, 2015, the AMLC said.

Fictitious dollar and peso accounts of William So Go were opened on February 5, 2016 and July 30, 2014, respectively, were also involved. All bank accounts were maintained at the RCBC Jupiter Business Center Branch in Makati City.

Go denied owning those peso and dollar accounts and sued the RCBC Jupiter branch manager and the senior customer service representative.

Of the stolen Bangladeshi funds, $65,668,664.37 was withdrawn from the Cruz, Lagrosas, Vergara, and Vasquez accounts on February 5 and 9, 2016, then transferred to the “Go/Centurytex” account, according to the AMLC complaint.

Eventually transferred to PhilRem

The complaint also detailed how the stolen funds were eventually transferred from the RCBC Jupiter branch to PhilRem.

From the $65,668,664.37, the AMLC noted $13 million was transferred to the RCBC account of Abba Currency Exchange Inc., on February 9.

On February 5, 9, and 10, the balance of $52,668,664.37 in the Go account was transferred to the PhilRem account at RCBC-Unimart Greenhills.

On February 9, $15,215,922.26 from the Vasquez account was also transferred to the PhilRem account at RCBC-Unimart Greenhills.

On February 11, 2016, Abba Currency and Beacon Currency Exchange Inc. transferred $10 million and $3 million to a separate PhilRem account at RCBC-Pasig branch.

The funds transferred by Beacon Currency came from Abba Currency.

In total, $61 million was eventually converted and transferred to PhilRem’s peso account at the RCBC-Unimart Greenhills branch, according to the AMLC.(MNS)

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DFA: Beheading of Canadian national by Abu Sayyaf ‘cruel, inhuman’
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24kidnap.jpg -- Eastern Mindanao Deputy Commander Col. Harold Cabreros and police Chief Supt. Frederico Dulay show an artist's sketch of one of the Samal Island kidnapping suspects during a media briefing in Davao on Wednesday. Motorized boats used during the kidnapping were recovered but abductors remain unidentified.(MNS photo)

24kidnap.jpg — Eastern Mindanao Deputy Commander Col. Harold Cabreros and police Chief Supt. Frederico Dulay show an artist’s sketch of one of the Samal Island kidnapping suspects during a media briefing in Davao on Wednesday. Motorized boats used during the kidnapping were recovered but abductors remain unidentified. (MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday strongly condemned the beheading of Canadian hostage John Ridsdel by the Abu Sayyaf Group, calling the act “inhuman” and “cruel.”

The DFA also extended its deepest sympathies to the family of Ridsdel and the government and people of Canada, assuring that Philippine authorities are doing their best to rescue the remaining hostages and go after their captors.

“We join you in grieving for the lives lost in this senseless act of violence, the DFA statement said. “The DFA strongly condemns this cruel and inhuman act perpetrated by the Abu Sayyaf group, and reiterates its strong resolve to oppose terrorism in all of its forms.”

“We support our brave men in uniform – some of whom have sacrificed life and limb – who remain relentless in rescuing the remaining hostages and bringing these nefarious elements to justice,” it added.

Abu Sayyaf gunmen, who were holding Ridsdel and another Canadian Robert Hall in the jungles of Southern Philippines, demanded $6.5 million or about P300 million for each hostage – the largest ransom the extremist group has ever asked for in years.

The figure was reduced from the original P1 billion being demanded by the group for each hostage last year.

They threatened to behead the hostages if their demand is not met by April 25.

Hours after the deadline passed, police said two men on motorbike dropped Ridsel’s head in a plastic bag near the Jolo city hall in Sulu.

Ridsel and Hall were abducted by the group on Sept. 21, 2015 in the resort island of Samal in Davao del Norte province.

Also held captive are Filipina Marites Flor, said to be Hall’s partner, and Norweigian Kjartan Sekkingstad, the manager of the Ocean View Samal Resort. A P300-million ransom is also being demanded for Sekkingstad’s freedom.

The Abu Sayyaf, listed as a terrorist organization by the Philippines and the United States, has been behind numerous terror attacks and kidnappings of foreigners in the Philippines. It is notorious for beheading its captives if their demand for ransom is not met.

Philippines-US counter-terrorism cooperation has successfully led to the killing of key local terrorists from the Abu Sayyaf in Mindanao but the group continues to thrive even as its members have dwindled in recent years.

Due to the spate of kidnappings of foreigners in Mindanao, the US, Canada and Britain have issued travel warnings to their nationals, discouraging them from going to the country’s southernmost region, particularly in Sulu, a known stronghold of the ASG.  (MNS)

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Acting DOJ chief links new ‘tanim-bala’ controversy to May polls
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Incoming passenger Rey Salado puts a bullet of unknown caliber in a plastic evidence bag at the Ninoy Aquino Interntional Airport Terminal 3 Arrival area on Wednesday. Salado admitted ownership of the bullet and said he was keeping it as a good luck charm to ward off evil spirits.(MNS photo)

Incoming passenger Rey Salado puts a bullet of unknown caliber in a plastic evidence bag at the Ninoy Aquino Interntional Airport Terminal 3 Arrival area on Wednesday. Salado admitted ownership of the bullet and said he was keeping it as a good luck charm to ward off evil spirits.(MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Acting Justice Secretary Emmanuel Caparas on Tuesday said the resurgence of the “tanim-bala” controversy seemed to be connected to the upcoming May 9 elections.

In a media briefing in Manila, Caparas said it seems the controversy is being used as a “diversion” meant to “veer” the public attention “away from the elections.”

“We know that there are elections coming up and among the activities in the elections, there are some activities there that will take place that tend to veer away from the election itself, that tend to take advantage, or, you know, unduly use the day of election as an event to do things that are, you know, some are for mischief others are for unlawful purposes,” he said.

He cited the start of classes as an example, during which certain things are already “expected” to happen prior to school opening.

“Normally, pagka-pasukan sa school, what can you expect sa pasukan a week before? Iyong mga magulang natin pupunta sa mga mall, bibili ng kailangan ng mga anak nila,” he said.

“You can expect that on the day itself, there will be plenty of traffic. So these are things that we expect because of an event that’s taking place,” he added.

Caparas appealed to the public to no longer revive the controversy surrounding the “tanim-bala” incident.

“Itong tanim-bala na ito, issue na patay na iyan eh… Huwag na po sana nating palakihin ito,” he said.

The controversy resurfaced last week when an elderly couple were barred from boarding a US-bound flight after the Office for Transport Security (OTS) reported finding a live .38-caliber bullet in one of their bags at the departure area of Terminal 1.

In December, the National Bureau of Investigation submitted a report to the Department of Justice confirming the “laglag-bala” racket committed by airport personnel.

Caparas, at the time, clarified that no syndicate was involved in it.

The scheme involves the planting of live bullets in the bags of unsuspecting travelers by airport personnel for extortion purposes. Caparas said the NBI task force interviewed resource individuals and went over documents on reported cases in the last five years. (MNS)

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PNoy vows ‘full force of law’ vs. Abu Sayyaf
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Liberal Party (LP) chairman President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the meeting with the local leaders and the community at the Fontana Convention Center in Clark, Pampanga on Monday (April 25).(MNS photo)

Liberal Party (LP) chairman President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the meeting with the local leaders and the community at the Fontana Convention Center in Clark, Pampanga on Monday (April 25).(MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) — President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday vowed to apply the “full force of the law” against the Abu Sayyaf militants following the beheading of Canadian hostage John Ridsdel.

“The President has directed the security forces to apply the full force of the law to bring these criminals to justice,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a statement.

Malacañang also extended its condolences to Ridsdel and the Canadian government, which had condemned the act, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calling it an “an act of cold-blooded murder.”

“We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Canadian government and to the family of Mr. John Ridsdel who died in the hands of the ASG bandits,” Coloma said.

“There will be no let-up in the resolute efforts of the joint PNP-AFP task group in pursuing intensive and wide-ranging military and law enforcement operations to neutralize these lawless elements and thwart further threats to peace and security,” the Palace assured.

John Ridsdel, 68, a former mining executive, was captured by Islamist militants along with three other people in September 2015 while on vacation on a Philippine island.

The Philippine army said a severed head was found on a remote island on Monday, five hours after the expiry of a ransom deadline set by militants who had threatened to execute one of four captives. (MNS)

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Bongbong leads latest Pulse survey
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Presidential candidate Sen. Miriam Santiago (right) and vice-presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (left), the son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, gesture to supporters during a campaign rally in Batac, Ilocos Norte, Tuesday, at the start of the campaign for the May 10 national elections.(MNS photo)

Presidential candidate Sen. Miriam Santiago (right) and vice-presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (left), the son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, gesture to supporters during a campaign rally in Batac, Ilocos Norte, Tuesday, at the start of the campaign for the May 10 national elections.(MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. maintained his lead in the vice-presidential race, the latest Pulse Asia survey showed.

The Pulse Asia “Pulso ng Bayan” survey, conducted from April 16 to 20, shows Marcos getting 29 percent, followed by Liberal Party bet Leni Robredo with 24 percent.

Erstwhile frontrunner Senator Francis Escudero got 18 percent, while Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Gringo Honasan, and Antonio Trillanes IV got 16 percent, 4 percent, and 3 percent, respectively.

Marcos dominated the National Capital Region (39 percent) and Balance Luzon (37 percent), while Robredo got the biggest support in Visayas (33 percent).

Cayetano, the running mate of current presidential race frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, dominated Mindanao with 34 percent.

In terms of socioeconomic classes, Marcos and Robredo both got strong support from classes ABC (36 percent and 32 percent, respectively) and class D (30 percent and 25 percent, respectively).

Cayetano got the highest support from class E with 23 percent, just a few points ahead of Marcos and Robredo, who got 22 percent and 21 percent, respectively.

Pulse Asia said Escudero was the top alternative among voters, with 27 percent of respondents saying they would vote for the him if their first choice for vice-president does not continue his/her candidacy.

He is followed by Robredo with 15 percent, Marcos and Cayetano with 14 percent each, Trillanes with 7 percent, and Honasan with 4 percent.

Based on a multistage probability sample of 1,800 registered voters 18 years old and above, with biometrics, the survey has a ± 2.3% error margin at the 95% confidence level. (MNS)

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