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Yasay in talks with Russian counterpart for PRRD Moscow visit next year
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(From left) Vice President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Secretary Maria Leonor V. Robredo, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio B. Evasco, Jr., Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr., and Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II, attend the Cabinet Orientation Workshop at the Premier Guest House in Malacañan Palace on July 11,Monday. (MNS photo)

(From left) Vice President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Secretary Maria Leonor V. Robredo, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio B. Evasco, Jr., Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr., and Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II, attend the Cabinet Orientation Workshop at the Premier Guest House in Malacañan Palace on July 11,Monday. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Dec. 6 (PNA) – Secretary of Foreign Affairs Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr. is in Moscow to talk to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on how both ministries would undertake the preparations for the proposed visit to Russia of President Duterte next year.

The bilateral meeting came at the heels of the meeting between President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Lima, Peru.

In a statement Tuesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Monday, the two foreign ministers also discussed the current state of bilateral relations and the prospects to enhance cooperation on a broad ranges of areas, spanning the political, security, economic, cultural and people-to-people spheres.

They both agreed to redouble efforts to conclude a number of agreements that would form part of the legal framework on which to build relations.

They also discussed regional and global issues including the priorities of the Philippine chairmanship of ASEAN in 2017, regional security architecture and UN issues.

This is the first visit to Russia of Secretary Yasay.

In the joint press conference held after the bilateral meeting, Secretary Yasay emphasized that this engagement is part of the continuing effort which build on the previous visits to Russia of Philippine foreign secretaries to strengthen Philippine-Russia bilateral partnership.”

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Simbang Gabi in Los Angeles celebrates its 14th anniversary
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Filipino priest don't celebrate mass, they belt out songs too when they hold Simbang Gabi masses in Los Angeles.

Filipino priest don’t celebrate mass, they belt out songs too when they hold Simbang Gabi masses in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles – The Our Lady of the Angels Pastoral Region of the Filipino Ministry of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will once again host the Annual Simbang Gabi Advent (night mass).

It is the 14th anniversary of the liturgical celebration of the Philippine tradition of culture, faith, and preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ. Our theme this year is “JESUS, MAKE USGENEROUSDISPENSERS OF YOUR DIVINE MERCY” translated in Tagalog, “HESUS, GAWINMOKAMING MASAGANANG DALUYAN NG IYONG BANAL NA AWA.”

WHEN: Thursday, December 15, 2016

TIME:  6:30 PM

WHERE:  Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

WHY: We consider our celebration a rich cultural heritage as well as a service totheFilipino American community.  The beginning of the 9 days novena before Christmas strengthen our family relationship and bring God’s presence to unityand peace.

PAROL PROCESSION:Ministers from parishes of the Pastoral Regions of Santa Barbara, San Fernando, San Gabriel, San Pedroand Our Lady of the Angelstogether withDignitaries, Civic,Business and Non-profit organizations will march with their banner and parol (lantern), a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem.

MAIN CELEBRANT:Most ReverendArchbishop Jose H. Gomez, D.D.Other Concelebrants will be the Bishops and Priests of the Archdiocese.

EXPECTED ATTENDANCE: 3,000.

PARKING: Cathedral parking – $8.00 or pay at adjacent lots.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:EmailLemAmit -filipinoministryola@gmail.com |CP: 323 793 5141.

 

 

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NAGKAMIT NG 4 NA “BEST OF” AWARDS ANG PECHANGA RESORT & CASINO: ANG JOURNEY SA PECHANGA GOLF PRO KINILALA BILANG 2016 MERCHANDISER NG TAON
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Nasa atin ang panahong magwagi, ngunit hindi namin binabanggit ng Emmy’s, ESPN’s o maging ang Oscars. Kamakailan lang, ang Pechanga Resort & Casino ay nagtamo ng award na pinakamataas na parangal mula sa tatlong kilala sa bansang magazines at organisasyon para sa ekselehenteng serbisyo sa mga bisita at mga amenidad. Tinalo ng Temecula resort/casino ang mahigit sa 20 kakumpitensya nito sa kanilang kaibahan.

Ang mga mambabasa ng SoCal Gaming Guide ay tinukoy ang Pechanga Resort & Casino bilang Best Casino sa Southern California. Pinagbotohan ng mga mambabasa ng magazine, 22 tribal casinos sa Southern California ang kasali para kilalanin sa taunang Reader’s Choice 2016 BEST CASINOS na isinagawa nitong Agosto.

Ang Pechanga ay nagtamo rin ng award sa Best Overall Gaming Resort, Best Golf Course, at Best Craps mula sa Casino Player Magazine. Paulit-ulit na nanalo sa Casino Player’s Best Of na serye, ang buong-serbisyong resort at Journey sa Pechanga golf course ang mga katalista na nagpanalo sa mga mambabasa ilang taon na. Itinalaga bilang pinaka mataas na pampublikong kurso sa California ng GolfWeek magazine, ikinagiliw ng mga mambabasa ang sagradong tribal na aspeto ng kurso gayundin ng nakaeenganyong bahagdan.

Pinagkalooban ng Southern California PGA ang Journey sa Pechanga ng First Assistant Golf Professional, Bill Crist, sa 2016 Merchandiser of the Year. Ang kurso na may 2,600 square foot pro shop ay may mga club, balls, shoes, apparel, gadgets, magazines, at anumang kailangan ng isang golfer mapa street o golf chic sa pagitan lamang ng minuto. “ Ang pagkakaloob ng mapagkaibigang serbisyo sa mga customers ay laging pinakamataas na prayoridad para sa amin sa Journey Pro Shop, “ ayon kay Bill Crist. “ Sakaling hindi namin dinadala ang kailangan ng isang golfer, gagawin namin ang lahat upang makakita nito. “
“ Sa Pechanga pinag-iibayo naming magkaloob ng totohanang kakaibang eksperiyensa sa lahat ng aming bisita – sa casino floor, sa hotel, sa spa at sa golf course, kaya’t upang makilala ng mga bisita para sa aming mga pagpapakasakit ay isang karangalan, “ ayon kay Rudy Prieto, Pechanga Resort & Casino General Manager.

Ang 200,000 square foot casino floor ng Pechanga ang nagbadya ng pagtaas ng antas sa mga casino sa buong bansa, ang pagkakaroon ng pinakamalaking casino floor daig pa ang Las Vegas resort, gayundin bilang pinakamalaking resort-casinos sa kabuuan ng Estados Unidos. Piling-pili na 3,400 slot machines, 130 table games, 700-seat Bingo hall, 43-table-poker rooms, nakatalagang lugar upang manigarilyo at naglalakihang matataas na limit ng amenidad, ang prestihiyosong awards ay nararapat lamang.
Upang maranasan ang lahat ng award winning na mga amenidad at gaming sa Pechanga Resort & Casino, bumisita sa pechanga.com

Patungkol sa Pechanga Resort & Casino
Inaalok ng Pechanga Resort & Casino ang isa sa mga pinakamalaki at malaganap na kasiyahan na pang resort/casino kahit saan sa United States. Ibinotong numero unong casino ng mga mambababasa ng USA Today at hinirang na “Four Diamond property” ng AAA mula pa noong 2002, ang Pechanga Resort & Casino ay nagbibigay ng walang katumbas na marangyang bakasyon. Naghahandog ng mahigit sa 3,400 sa pinaka mainit na slots, table games at world-class entertainment, 517 mga kwarto sa hotel, kainan, spa at championship golf sa Journey sa Pechanga, ang Pechanga Resort & Casino ay tampok na destinasyon na tumutugon at humihigit sa kagustuhan ng mga panauhin nito at ng komunidad. Ang Pechanga Resort & Casino ay pag-aari at palakad ng Pechanga Band ng mga Luiseño Indians. Para sa karagdagang impormasyon, tumawag ng toll-free sa 1-888-PECHANGA o bumisita sa www.Pechanga.com. Sundan ang Pechanga Resort & Casino sa facebook at sa Twitter @PechangaCasino.

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PNP chief Bato: ‘Kumpare’ called to reinstate Marcos
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MANILA, Dec 1 (Mabuhay) – Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said Thursday the “higher official” who called him to reinstate to Supt. Marvin Marcos was his “kumpare.”

Dela Rosa, however, did not name the person.

“Kumpare, kumpare ko lang dyan. Basta kumpare ko lang,” the PNP chief said when pressed on the matter during a press conference at Camp Crame.

“Nakiusap lang na tumawag sa kanila yung grupo ni Marcos at nagpatulong kung pwedeng hindi sila ma-relieve dahil kawawa yung pamilyang maiiwan. Marami silang ma-transfer dito sa Crame,” he added.

Dela Rosa did not express regret on his decision to reinstate Marcos.

“Yes tama (ang desisyon) kasi yung tumawag naman sa akin e nagsabi na ‘’Pre yung grupo ni Marcos napapatulong na kawawa iyong pamilya nila kung maiwan doon, matanggal sila doon at mapunta dito sa Crame so baka pwede mong mareconsider yung decision mo na tanggalin sila doon,”’ he recalled the conversation.

“Sabi ko yes walang problema, for humanitarian purposes, I’m willing to do it,” he added.

He said he is ready to accept whatever the reaction of the public on his decision.

“Wala naman akong nakikitang problema na dalhin sila doon so that’s my decision. I may be hounded, I may be praised for that decision, tanggapin ko lahat. That’s my own decision, my own volition to reinstate them,” he said. (MNS)

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DFA: Only 240 out of 2,000+ illegal OFWs in Qatar meet deadline of amnesty 
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MANILA, Dec. 1 (PNA) – Over a thousand illegal overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Qatar are feared to be arrested by immigration agents as the deadline for illegal aliens ends December 1.

This after the Philippine Embassy in Qatar reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) that only 240 out of more than 2,000 illegal OFWs have coordinated with them.

“As of embassy’s last report, they have issued 240 travel documents to OFWs availing of amnesty,” DFA spokesman and incoming Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia, Charles Jose said on Thursday, in a text message to the Philippine News Agency.

He said the Philippine embassy in Qatar has repeatedly informed illegal OFWs of their rights as well as the consequences should they not avail of the amnesty offered by the host country or get an exit visa to avoid deportation and put them in the list of undesirable aliens.

“Our embassy is assisting our OFWs who would like to avail of the amnesty by way of, among other things: 1) coordinating with Qatar government to facilitate their exit; 2) issuing travel documents to those who need them; 3) opening the embassy on November 30, even though it’s a holiday, to render assistance,” Jose explained.

Today, December 1 is the last day of the three-month amnesty given by the Qatari government.

A marching order to Qatari immigration officers was issued to arrest all illegal aliens starting December 2.

In August, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has announced a three-month amnesty for illegal residents to leave the country without facing any legal consequences of their overstay.

A first in 12 years and the third ever in Qatar, the grace period came into force on September 1 and ends on December 1, 2016.

Foreigners who are residing in the country in violation of the provisions of Law No. 4 of 2009 Regulating the Entry, Exit, Residence and Sponsorship of Expatriates can exit the country without legal consequences.

About 6,000 illegal residents had availed of the scheme in the first three months between March 21 and June 20 during the last amnesty announced in 2004.

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Duterte asks support for Mindanao peace & development
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President Rodrigo R. Duterte clarifies that law enforcers can neutralize an illegal drug suspect only if the latter displays a violent resistance during his keynote speech on the 89th founding anniversary of the National Bureau of Investigation at the NBI Gymnasium in Manila on Monday (Nov. 14, 2016). (MNS photo)

President Rodrigo R. Duterte clarifies that law enforcers can neutralize an illegal drug suspect only if the latter displays a violent resistance during his keynote speech on the 89th founding anniversary of the National Bureau of Investigation at the NBI Gymnasium in Manila on Monday (Nov. 14, 2016). (MNS photo)

MANILA, Nov. 30 (PNA) – President Rodrigo Duterte appealed to the Muslim people to help his administration achieve peace in Mindanao that in the end would bring economic prosperity in the region.

Addressing the troops in Butig, Lanao del Sur on Wednesday, the President said he does not want to wage war with fellow Filipinos and this is the reason why the government has embarked on peace initiatives on different fronts.

But with the renewed violence in Mindanao, particularly in Lanao provinces as a result of Maute Group’s terrorist activities, the President said he may lose his patience and make harsh response.

He said he does not want to fan more violence to fight terrorism and illegal drugs pleading the Moro people to support his government attain peace and stability.

“Hindi ako nananakot ng tao. I am pleading to my Moro brothers and sisters: Please help us. We will build a nation,” the President said.

Duterte announced that he will open the barter trade in Zamboanga City soon.

“If you want I will restore the barter trade. I will open Zamboanga again. Walang problema iyan,” he said.

The Chief Executive vowed to introduce reforms in Mindanao once a peace deal is achieved to improve the living conditions of the people.

He also said he will prioritize the region in giving assistance once foreign development aid comes.

President Duterte particularly pleaded to all the Moro political leaders, men of influence, and scholars to continue participating in the ongoing peace efforts to find solutions to the region’s problems.

He said he is open for the adoption of Sharia Law in some areas where it will be suitable as long as it is fair for both the Muslims and the Christians.

Reiterating his thrust to adopt a federal form of government, he said his government will begin the structure for federalism next year setting aside however provisions of the Constitutions that are not acceptable.

With regard to the military offensive against the Maute Group, the President said in an interview in Cagayan de Oro City that the military will continue the offensive against the terrorist organization.

“They (military) have to go on with the operations. What is there to stop? Wala naman nagpapakita ng sincerity diyan so the fight goes on,” he said.

The President visited the members of the Presidential Security Group confined at Camp Evangelista Station Hospital in Cagayan de Oro City who were hurt by the explosion of an improvised explosive device in Marawi City on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

 

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Duterte says fight goes on against Maute Group
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AFP media briefing on military operations vs Maute group: continuation of military operations in the outskirts and nearby localities of Butig town in Lanao del Sur to ensure the safety of residents, following the government's recovery of the town from the Maute group, in a media briefing at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Thursday (Dec. 1, 2016). (PNA photo by Joey O. Razon)

AFP media briefing on military operations vs Maute group: continuation of military operations in the outskirts and nearby localities of Butig town in Lanao del Sur to ensure the safety of residents, following the government’s recovery of the town from the Maute group, in a media briefing at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Thursday (Dec. 1, 2016). (PNA photo by Joey O. Razon)

MANILA, Nov. 30 (PNA) – A day after President Rodrigo Duterte hinted of considering talks with the Maute Group, the Commander-in-Chief said on Wednesday that the military offensive against is members will continue because of the group’s “insincerity” in talking peace with the government.

The military launched the latest offensive against the Maute Group on Saturday after the ISIS-linked group seized parts of Butig town in Lanao del Sur, the second time it has done so within the year.

In an interview with reporters at Camp Evangelista Station Hospital in Cagayan de Oro City, the President said that he is doing everything to prevent a war because he does not want to wage war against fellow Filipinos as much as possible.

“To the Maute Group, I said I do not want to declare war against Filipinos, but I told them that they have to stop,” he said.

“I did not threaten them, I only said that I hate war. I do not want to wage war, but do not force my hand into it,” President Duterte said.

He said that he cannot be forever traveling to Mindanao every month to talk peace only for the killings to start upon turning his back.

When asked what he told the troops engaging the Maute Group in Butig, he said that he ordered them to continue the fight.

“They have to go on with the operations. What is there to stop? Nobody had shown sincerity there, so the fight goes on,” President Duterte said.

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