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Pimentel asked to explain why JV Ejercito has not been suspended
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PIMENTEL ADMINISTERS OATH TO NEW S.E.N.A.D.O. OFFICERS: Senate President Koko Pimentel (8th from right) administers the oath of office to the newly elected officers of the Samahan ng mga Empleyadong Nagkakaisa Sa Adhikain Ng Demokratikong Organisasyon (S.E.N.A.D.O.), Tuesday, October 18, 2016. In photo are (from left), Pedro Tolentino, Jun Nicolas, Jr., Joseph Maico, Ollie Sulit, Ditas Ampa, Jocelyn Tomarong Celda, Atty. Joseph Babia (President), Joyce Dela Cruz, Maryjane Uskaner, Caloy Begino, Daks Millamena (Vice-President), Pedro Samaniego, and Roger Pacete. (MNS photo)

PIMENTEL ADMINISTERS OATH TO NEW S.E.N.A.D.O. OFFICERS: Senate President Koko Pimentel (8th from right) administers the oath of office to the newly elected officers of the Samahan ng mga Empleyadong Nagkakaisa Sa Adhikain Ng Demokratikong Organisasyon (S.E.N.A.D.O.), Tuesday, October 18, 2016. In photo are (from left), Pedro Tolentino, Jun Nicolas, Jr., Joseph Maico, Ollie Sulit, Ditas Ampa, Jocelyn Tomarong Celda, Atty. Joseph Babia (President), Joyce Dela Cruz, Maryjane Uskaner, Caloy Begino, Daks Millamena (Vice-President), Pedro Samaniego, and Roger Pacete. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Oct 19 (Mabuhay) – State prosecutors have asked Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III to explain the delay in implementing the suspension order against Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito in connection with his pending graft trial.

In a motion submitted to the anti-graft court’s Fifth Division, state prosecutors also asked the office of San Juan City mayor Guia Gomez to explain why it has yet to suspend city administrator Ranulfo Barte Dacalos and City Legal Officer Romualdo Corpuz Delos Santos, who are among Ejercito’s co-accused in the case.

State prosecutors argued that the August 22 resolution of the Sandiganbayan on Ejercito and his co-accused’s suspension has become final and executory since the Supreme Court has also not issued a writ of preliminary injunction in response to the writ of certiorari filed by the senator and his co-accused.

They also noted that none of the accused have filed a motion for reconsideration to appeal the court’s decision.

The Sandiganbayan ordered the suspension of Ejercito and his two co-accused for 90 days in connection with the graft case they are facing over the the allegedly anomalous purchase of firearms in 2008.

Despite the finality of the Sandiganbayan’s suspension order, state prosecutors said they have yet to receive notices from the offices of Pimentel and Gomez that the three officials have already been suspended.

Pimentel informed the Sandiganbayan in a letter sent late August that the suspension order was referred to the Senate Committee on Rules.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday after the hearing for his travel motion, Ejercito said Pimentel is still awaiting developments regarding the demurrer of evidence he has filed before the Sandiganbayan.

“The Senate President is waiting for the result on the demurrer. It (the decision) will depend on that,” he said.

A demurrer to evidence seeks the dismissal of the case halfway through the trial based solely on the evidence presented by the prosecution.

Ejercito said the suspension order against him will become moot and academic if the anti-graft court grants his demurrer to evidence. (MNS)

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Baler under state of calamity
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PAGASA Weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio points to the eye of Typhoon "Lawin" during a press conference on Tuesday. Lawin (International name Haima), which entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility Monday afternoon, is predicted to make landfall in Cagayan province on Thursday morning. (MNS photo)

PAGASA Weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio points to the eye of Typhoon “Lawin” during a press conference on Tuesday. Lawin (International name Haima), which entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility Monday afternoon, is predicted to make landfall in Cagayan province on Thursday morning. (MNS photo)

BALER, Aurora, Oct. 19 (PNA) – This capital town of Aurora was placed under a state of calamity late Tuesday afternoon due to the effects of typhoon Karen.

In a special session, the SB unanimously approved the recommendation of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) to declare Baler under a state of calamity to be able to release calamity funds needed to assist the victims of typhoon Karen.

On motion of councilor Francisco B. Zubia III which was affirmed by the rest of the SB members in session, they declared this town under a state of calamity until such time that the effects of the disaster have been mitigated and situation in the area has stabilized.

Resolution no. 069-2016 was likewise approved by Mayor Nelianto C. Bihasa.

This town was heavily hit by Karen which brought extensive damages to properties and livelihood in which a great number of population were affected and in need of emergency assistance, including those individuals and families whose houses were destroyed.

Based on the report from the MDRRMO, damage to agriculture brought by typhoon Karen when it made a landfall Sunday in this capital town of Aurora has initially reached to more than PHP53.48 million.

Gabriel Llave, MDRRMO chief, said some PHP52.47 million worth of palay crops were devastated by the typhoon in some 1,076.25 hectares of land, affecting some 672 farmers here.

Llave also said the onslaught of typhoon Karen caused damage to 14.35 hectares of corn farm lands with an estimated PHP874,415 loss.

He said the livestock sector has an initial damage worth some PHP135,250.

The strong winds and heavy rains brought by the typhoon destroyed some vital infrastractures in this town with an initial estimate of some PHP1.6 million.

Karen also totally destroyed 350 houses and partially damaged 2,353 houses here.

Lifelifelines such as electricity, communications and other related systems were also disrupted.

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City of Carson culminates Filipino-American History Month celebration with special Tribute to Larry Itliong
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California:. Larry Itliong, arriving at AWOC meeting in Central Valley,  sitting in a car with the door open, smoking a cigar. Early 1960's. ©1976 George Ballis/Take Stock / The Image Works        "The Image Works"  ( photo courtesy of

California:. Larry Itliong, arriving at AWOC meeting in Central Valley, sitting in a car with the door open, smoking a cigar. Early 1960’s. ©1976 George Ballis/Take Stock / The Image Works “The Image Works” ( photo courtesy of

On October 22, the City of Carson and various organizations will join the entire community in honoring the life’s work and legacy of Larry Itliong – a Filipino-American labor leader and organizer.

A tribute march will start at 9 a.m. on October 22 around the vicinity of Veterans Park located at 22400 Moneta Avenue in Carson followed by a labor awards ceremony. This year’s Larry Itliong Labor Awardees are Tony Doroño, co-founder of the Filipino Migrant Center, and the  UCLA Labor Center, home of the national immigrant youth movement. Entertainment is led by saxophonist, composer, and arranger, Michael “Cody” Dear from UCLA.  The event is free and open to the public.

 Larry Itliong was responsible for organizing immigrant farm workers and cannery workers for over 30 years.  He helped establish the Alaska Cannery Workers Union in the 1930s and helped get a contract that called for eight-hour days with overtime pay.
In 1965, Larry Itliong led the successful “Great Delano Grape Strike” to protest the low wages and miserable working conditions.  In 1966, he led the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee and merged with the National Farm Workers Association led by Cesar Chavez to form the United Farm Workers union.

In 1970, Larry Itliong founded and became the president of the Filipino American Political Association (FAPA), the first national political Filipino American organization and a crucial alliance between Filipino professionals with 30 active chapters throughout the United States.

“The City of Carson is the first city to recognize the contributions of labor union leader Larry Itliong.  We are proud to have this annual event and proud to have been instrumental in the movement to get AB 7 passed in Sacramento to have October 25 recognized as Larry Itliong Day throughout California,” said City of Carson Mayor Albert Robles.  “On behalf of a grateful City, we give special thanks to Councilmember Elito M. Santarina for his leadership in getting Carson to be the first City in the Country to recognize Larry Itliong Day,” added Robles.

On October 2010, Carson City Council passed a resolution establishing October 25 as Larry Itliong Day in Carson.  City officials are encouraging the community to take part in observing this special day by attending the October 22 event honoring the life’s work and legacy of Larry  Itliong who promoted and fought for the well-being of all of California’s Farm Workers. On June 30, 2015, Assembly Bill 7 (AB 7) was signed into law by Gov. Brown establishing October 25 as Larry Itliong Day in all of California.

The program presents a talented line-up of performers, including CecileandMighty Show, Sampaguita Youth Dance Troupe, Lorian Fausto, Ciamara Morales, Jamie Bacani, Gee G Starr, Jane Provido, Michelle Delos Reyes, Michael Walker, Zack Pogz Villegas Aquino, Michael Pronda, Maaikee Kiyoe Pronda, Sid Bautista Castañeda, Anna Alano, and Binibining Pilipinas USA Pageant Best in Talent winners Caitlin San Diego and Sheri-Lynne Ducusin. Additionally, Binibining Pilipinas USA Christelle Abello, BPUSA Miss Tourism Czarina Hermoso, and their BPUSA Royal Court will also be appearing for meet and greet and photo ops.

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20 foreign language Oscar contenders to screen at Asian World Film Festival in Culver City
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Los Angeles  2016 ?- Twenty films submitted to represent their countries in the Motion Picture Academy?s Foreign Language Film category will be among the 34 motion pictures at the 2nd Annual Asian World Film Festival which runs from October 24 to November 1 at the ArcLight Theater in Culver City.

In association with CJ Entertainment, this year?s festival will include a special screening track ?Korean Film Days,? featuring five films from South Korea, including the Oscar® contender The Age of Shadows. The closing night film will be South Korea?s Operation Chromite. Keon-Seop Park, a visionary producer who opened the door to the New Korean Cinema in the ?90s, will be honored on that night with the Cinematic Legacy Achievement Award. The three other films screening as part of CJ Entertainment?s Korea Film Days are Asura, The World of Us and The Map Against the World. All five films were released in 2016.

The other Oscar contenders are Armenia?s Earthquake, Bangladesh?s The Unnamed, India?s Interrogation, Iraq?s El Clasico, Japan?s Nagasaki Memories of my Son, Jordan?s 3000 Nights, Kazakhstan?s Amanat, Kyrgyzstan?s A Father?s Will, Lebanon?s Very Big Shot, Malaysia?s Redha, Nepal?s The Black Hen, Palestine?sThe Idol, Pakistan?s Mah e Mir, Russia?s Paradise, Singapore?s Apprentice, Taiwan?s Hang In There, Kids!, Thailand?s Karma, Turkey?s Cold of Kalandar andYellow Flowers on the Green Grass from Vietnam.

The AWFF is generously sponsored by Aitysh Film, Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions, Etihad Airways, Variety, Sony Entertainment Television – Asia, The Los Angeles Film School, Consulate General of Lebanon in Los Angeles, CD Video Manufacturing, Inc., Chicago Music Library, Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP, BDO USA, Samsson, Casa Mexico Tequila, Final Draft, QuickFilmBudget, Arclight Cinemas, The Culver Hotel, Beverly Hills Luxury Interiors, City of Culver City, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, World Nomad Games 2016, Korean Film Council, Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Affairs Council, 5 Star Moving, Los Angeles American Heritage Month, Lebanese Minister of Culture, Berri?s Kitchen and United World Colleges.

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20 foreign language Oscar contenders to screen at Asian World Film Festival in Culver City
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Los Angeles  2016 ?- Twenty films submitted to represent their countries in the Motion Picture Academy?s Foreign Language Film category will be among the 34 motion pictures at the 2nd Annual Asian World Film Festival which runs from October 24 to November 1 at the ArcLight Theater in Culver City.

In association with CJ Entertainment, this year?s festival will include a special screening track ?Korean Film Days,? featuring five films from South Korea, including the Oscar® contender The Age of Shadows. The closing night film will be South Korea?s Operation Chromite. Keon-Seop Park, a visionary producer who opened the door to the New Korean Cinema in the ?90s, will be honored on that night with the Cinematic Legacy Achievement Award. The three other films screening as part of CJ Entertainment?s Korea Film Days are Asura, The World of Us and The Map Against the World. All five films were released in 2016.

The other Oscar contenders are Armenia?s Earthquake, Bangladesh?s The Unnamed, India?s Interrogation, Iraq?s El Clasico, Japan?s Nagasaki Memories of my Son, Jordan?s 3000 Nights, Kazakhstan?s Amanat, Kyrgyzstan?s A Father?s Will, Lebanon?s Very Big Shot, Malaysia?s Redha, Nepal?s The Black Hen, Palestine?sThe Idol, Pakistan?s Mah e Mir, Russia?s Paradise, Singapore?s Apprentice, Taiwan?s Hang In There, Kids!, Thailand?s Karma, Turkey?s Cold of Kalandar andYellow Flowers on the Green Grass from Vietnam.

The AWFF is generously sponsored by Aitysh Film, Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions, Etihad Airways, Variety, Sony Entertainment Television – Asia, The Los Angeles Film School, Consulate General of Lebanon in Los Angeles, CD Video Manufacturing, Inc., Chicago Music Library, Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP, BDO USA, Samsson, Casa Mexico Tequila, Final Draft, QuickFilmBudget, Arclight Cinemas, The Culver Hotel, Beverly Hills Luxury Interiors, City of Culver City, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, World Nomad Games 2016, Korean Film Council, Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Affairs Council, 5 Star Moving, Los Angeles American Heritage Month, Lebanese Minister of Culture, Berri?s Kitchen and United World Colleges.

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20 foreign language Oscar contenders to screen at Asian World Film Festival in Culver City
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Los Angeles  2016 ?- Twenty films submitted to represent their countries in the Motion Picture Academy?s Foreign Language Film category will be among the 34 motion pictures at the 2nd Annual Asian World Film Festival which runs from October 24 to November 1 at the ArcLight Theater in Culver City.

In association with CJ Entertainment, this year?s festival will include a special screening track ?Korean Film Days,? featuring five films from South Korea, including the Oscar® contender The Age of Shadows. The closing night film will be South Korea?s Operation Chromite. Keon-Seop Park, a visionary producer who opened the door to the New Korean Cinema in the ?90s, will be honored on that night with the Cinematic Legacy Achievement Award. The three other films screening as part of CJ Entertainment?s Korea Film Days are Asura, The World of Us and The Map Against the World. All five films were released in 2016.

The other Oscar contenders are Armenia?s Earthquake, Bangladesh?s The Unnamed, India?s Interrogation, Iraq?s El Clasico, Japan?s Nagasaki Memories of my Son, Jordan?s 3000 Nights, Kazakhstan?s Amanat, Kyrgyzstan?s A Father?s Will, Lebanon?s Very Big Shot, Malaysia?s Redha, Nepal?s The Black Hen, Palestine?sThe Idol, Pakistan?s Mah e Mir, Russia?s Paradise, Singapore?s Apprentice, Taiwan?s Hang In There, Kids!, Thailand?s Karma, Turkey?s Cold of Kalandar andYellow Flowers on the Green Grass from Vietnam.

The AWFF is generously sponsored by Aitysh Film, Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions, Etihad Airways, Variety, Sony Entertainment Television – Asia, The Los Angeles Film School, Consulate General of Lebanon in Los Angeles, CD Video Manufacturing, Inc., Chicago Music Library, Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP, BDO USA, Samsson, Casa Mexico Tequila, Final Draft, QuickFilmBudget, Arclight Cinemas, The Culver Hotel, Beverly Hills Luxury Interiors, City of Culver City, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, World Nomad Games 2016, Korean Film Council, Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Affairs Council, 5 Star Moving, Los Angeles American Heritage Month, Lebanese Minister of Culture, Berri?s Kitchen and United World Colleges.

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PNP chief Bato dela Rosa to join Duterte’s China trip
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Philippine National Police Chief General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa (center) and other police officials salute as they wear local Igorot tribe headdress while singing the national anthem during a visit at the PNP Camp Dangwa in Benguet in this picture taken last Saturday. .(MNS photo)

Philippine National Police Chief General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa (center) and other police officials salute as they wear local Igorot tribe headdress while singing the national anthem during a visit at the PNP Camp Dangwa in Benguet in this picture taken last Saturday. .(MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said Monday he will join President Rodrigo Duterte on his state visit to China.

“He (Duterte) asked me to be there also. Mauna ako sa kanya. Nasa Brunei pa siya, hindi ba? Mauna ako. Baka mamaya nandun na ako,” Dela Rosa said with a laugh.

The PNP chief, however, refused to say what his agenda is in joining the visit.

“Hindi (ko masasabi). Mga classified ‘yun. Pagdating namin, pag-usapan namin. Tingnan ko kung ano ang pwede kong i-share sa inyo. Pero all others hindi muna siguro. Depende,” he said when asked about the matter during a press conference.

He joked that China police might identify the drug lords there.

“Baka identify na ng China police ‘yung mga drug lord doon at pagdating ko doon meron ng boxing ring at magsuntukan na lang kami doon,” he said joking.

Dela Rosa earlier said that most of the illegal drugs and raw materials used for the manufacture of the illegal drugs are from China.

In July, China said it is willing to cooperate with the Philippines in its campaign against illegal drugs.

Also in July, Duterte himself said he will raise the issue of illegal drugs with China following the involvement of Chinese nationals in the illegal drug trade.

Dela Rosa earlier visited Colombia and Thailand. (MNS)

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