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					A10                                                                                                                                                       (Nat’l/Norcal) Week of March 19 - 25, 2010

Bad blood boiling in Makati politics                                                                     SOCIAL from A1
                                                                                                         City may claim greater po-
                                                                                                         litical empowerment than
                                    BY Beting LAYgo DoLor                                                their equally populous coun-
                                           Contributing Editor
                                                                                                         terparts across the bay in Daly
                                                                                                         City. Longtime elected official
     MANILA -- The stranglehold of the Binay         council, one of Mercado's first steps after         Manny Fernandez has been
family in the business district of Makati City       breaking from the Binay camp was to remove          joined by Jim Navarro on the
could well be drawing to a close if the incum-       the younger Binay as majority leader of the         City Council. If victorious in
bent vice mayor has his way.                         city council. Junjun Binay countered by ask-        November, New Haven Uni-
     Based on the latest Social Weather Stations     ing the Supreme Court to declare his removal        fied School District trustee
survey, the results of which were released this      as illegal, alleging that there was no quorum       Gertrude Geronimo, who is
week, Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado has a slight        when he was axed.                                   dean of Adaptive Learning
lead over Councilor Junjun Binay, only son of             The case remains pending as of press           at Foothill College, may join
the incumbent mayor.                                 time.                                               them on the Council.
     Based on an SWS survey covering the pe-              After being appointed Makati OIC mayor               FA4J makes it a point to
riod March 7 to 10 with 2,520 Makati residents       in the wake of the Edsa Revolution of 1986, a
surveyed, Mercado leads over Binay in the first      Binay has always served as mayor of the city.       state that over 30 percent of        Group spearheads voter registration: a commitment to serve
district by 41 percent against 38 percent. In        Jejomar Binay served the maximum three terms        registered Philippine-born           marginalized FilAms
the second district of the city, the vice mayor      before his wife, Dr. Elenita Binay, took over       voters in California live in
leads with 37 percent over the councilor's 33        for one term. Jejomar Binay then came back          Alameda, Contra Costa, San           to discrimination against and      newcomers a few years less
percent.                                             to win three more consecutive terms which           Francisco and Santa Clara            alienation faced by Filipinos.     than Judith Olaes, who has
     The race remains a close one, however, as       ends this year.                                     (Daly City is in San Mateo           For three decades, Galedo has      been administrative assistant
all SWS surveys have a statistical margin of              Opponents claim Mayor Binay -- now run-        County). They also note that         invoked the “bayanihan” or         since 1985.
error of plus or minus two percent.                  ning for vice president under former President      over 50 percent of Philippine-       “people helping people” spirit,         ACCOMPLISHMENTS
     Mercado appears to have gained a lot of         Joseph Estrada's Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino          born registered voters in Cali-      steering her team toward civic          In announcing their new
ground against the younger Binay, who scored         -- skirted the Constitutional ban on political      fornia never voted or voted just     engagement and advocacy,           name, Villanueva cited some
with more than 60 percent of the electorate in a     dynasties.                                          once in the last four general        leadership development, ca-        of the organization’s accom-
much earlier survey conducted by Pulse Asia.              Junjun Binay is recovering from a personal     elections prior to 2008.             pacity building for community      plishments:
     SWS and Pulse Asia are considered the           tragedy after his young wife died at childbirth           The health survey results      organizations, and direct ser-          •    served over 160
country's premier survey companies. Their exit       last year. But he said he "is ready to serve as     would surprise few leaders and       vices. And she does so under       youth through prevention
surveys almost always reflect the final results      mayor" if elected.                                  activists, and its significance      the radar.                         education, peer support and
in national and local elections.                          Mercado, however, says the people of           is unquestioned. The FA4J is              Her visibility rose to na-    leadership development pro-
     Considered as also-rans in the Makati           Makati "have had enough" of the Binay fam-          urging the community includ-         tional prominence during the       grams with almost 100 percent
mayoralty race are former Senator Agapito            ily. The same line is used by the Genuino and       ing survey respondents, elect-       1999 racially motivated killing    rate of moving on to the next
'Butz' Aquino and lawyer Erwin Genuino, who          Aquino camps.                                       ed officials, health advocates,      of Joseph Ileto, a Southern        grade and learning “healthier
only scored in low single and double digits,              The elder Binay has not been performing        policymakers and other stake-        California FilAm postal worker     decision-making”
respectively.                                        well in the vice presidential surveys, which                                             shot dead in the line of duty by        •    campaigned to pro-
     There is bad blood between Mercado and          show Senator Mar Roxas maintaining a double         holders to attend the Report
                                                                                                         Back presentation and discuss        an avowed white supremacist.       tect funding for youth violence
the Binays.                                          digit lead over closest rival Senator Loren
     Mercado claims that incumbent Mayor             Legarda.                                            the findings. The event is set       The hate crime gained global       prevention from proposed City
Jejomar Binay "broke a gentleman's agree-                 The SWS and Pulse Asia surveys show that       for 1:30 p.m., Sunday, March         attention prompting President      Council cuts
ment" to support the vice mayor in this year's       if the elections were held today, Roxas would       21, at St. Anne¹s Church So-         Clinton to send condolences             •    served low-wage
elections, with the younger Binay becoming           win handily with anywhere from 45 percent to        cial Hall on 32223 Cabello St.       before naming a Chino Hills,       workers of whom 86 per-
his running mate.                                    47 percent of the vote. In the presidential race,   (and Dyer Street), Union City.       California, post office in honor   cent received benefits such
     Binay countered that his followers "are         Noynoy Aquino still leads over Manny Villar,        Light lunch will be served.          of the slain mail carrier.         as unemployment insurance,
afraid" of Mercado and they asked him to have        but with the former's once impressive lead cut      For more information, call                Galedo and the FAA sus-       Medicare/MediCal, disability
Junjun run in his place.                             to single digits.                                   Stephanie at (510) 316-9982 /        tained their campaign for jus-     and veterans’ benefits
     As presiding officer of the Makati City                                                   , or Chris       tice for Ileto and his family,          •     assisted a worker-
                                                                                                         at (510) 487-8552 / ccara@           which culminated with the          led group launch the Justice
                                                                                                              conviction of and two life sen-    for Manong campaign to chal-
CAREGIVER from A1                                                                                              “There is so little informa-   tences meted on the assailant.     lenged discrimination against
                                                                                                         tion about the health issues of           Despite her low profile       older workers at the Oakland
      “McNamara did not see the two women                 The victims’ families, on the other hand,      the Filipino community specif-       beyond the “East Bay,” the         Airport,
he hit until it was too late because of their dark   said the sheriff’s statement “is unacceptable."     ically, that any information we      impact of Galedo’s work has             •    conducting outreach
clothing, poor lighting, and roadway condi-               “I cannot accept what they said," Ordona’s     get is really important,” said       not gone unnoticed. She has        to and providing worker rights
tions," Chew said.                                   brother, Rolando, said. “When you are driving       Lillian Galedo, FA4J execu-          received awards, citations and     education for the exploited
      “The person who initially hit her stopped.     you must be aware of your surroundings what-        tive director. “It is likely that    fellowships from the Wal-          workers
The feeling is that after the driver hit her and     ever time of the day it would be."                  what we learn in this survey         lace Gerbode Foundation,                •    helped low-income
she was launched into lanes going the opposite            “It seems they’re telling us now that my       is applicable to the Filipino        the Bannerman Foundation           workers through naturalization
direction, a couple of those people stopped.         sister is responsible for her own death," he        community in general. For us         and Eureka Communities, as         and family reunification
And it's somewhat debatable that the others          added.                                              in the greater Bay Area, this        well as commendations from              building a network for
who went on understood what was going on,"                Pacific Coast Highway was later closed be-     is information about a com-          Asian and Filipino American        voter mobilization with a group
he continued.                                        tween Kanan Dume Road and Malibu Canyon             munity that’s right in our back      organizations.                     in Southern California
      Chew said detectives would like to talk        Road for about six hours while an investigation     yard, our neighbors. What we              Though Galedo has                  •    organizing and ad-
to the drivers who hit her and didn't stop, but      was conducted. The roadway was reopened             hope to do at the Report Back        slowed down because of a           vocating for equal status for
it's not expected any criminal charges will be       about noon, according to a deputy at the sta-       is get input and feedback from       health setback, her team mod-      Filipino WWII veterans and
filed. "It was an accident," he said, "not a hit     tion. - GMANews.TV                                  the community to better inform       els her passion and commit-             •    campaigning for fair,
and run."                                                                                                our results.”                        ment: Geraldine Alcid directs      just and humane immigration
                                                                                                               GUIDING LIGHT                  programs, Christopher Cara         reform.
                                                                                                               The name Filipino Advo-        heads youth services, Jerico
ARROYO from A1                                                                                           cates for Justice cannot but be      Abanico counsels youth and             FA4J will celebrate its
     In its annual report on human rights in 194 countries and regions, released March 11, the           uttered in the same breath as        Katie Joaquin leads organizers.    37th year at an anniversary
State Department denounced the human rights situation in a range of countries, including North           the name of Galedo, who came         Roxanne Pesadeso and Jean          and awards dinner May 7.
Korea, Myanmar and China in the Asia-Pacific region.                                                     on board shortly after Filipinos     Tolentino are the coordinators.
     In the Philippines, the report said, there were "arbitrary, unlawful, and extrajudicial killings    for Affirmative Action was           Longtime worker Eduardo Val-            Continuing coverage on
by elements of the security services and political killings, including killings of journalists, by       founded in 1973 in response          ladares has been counseling
a variety of actors."
     Also in Manila, Western observers criticized the Philippine government for "insufficient"           FR. PABS from A1
openness as the country prepares to choose its next president with a new automated voting
system.                                                                                           heath care needs.
     The U.S.-based National Democratic Institute mission said at the end of a week-long visit         “My two kidneys are not functioning anymore. All I need is one kidney, and that is enough
that it recognized "substantial efforts" are being made to improve on previous elections, which   to survive,” he says.
it said had frequently been marked by "violence, intimidation and widespread fraud."                   A Puerto Rican family has graciously and warmly opened its home in Staten Island to this
     However, it urged the state poll watchdog Commission on Elections (Comelec) to do more to    faithful man of God.
ensure the machines, which are to be used for the first time to count ballots and pool and transmit    “I survive with the help of my friends and God of course” he tells ‘Philippine News.’ He
results from more than 350,000 precincts, are fraud-proof and have adequate backup.               may be physically ill, he adds, but spiritually he is strong.
     "The perception, whether fair or not, is that the Comelec has not done so. When it concerns       Legions of friends and former parishioners offer their material help, if not their prayers.
elections, perceptions can be as important as reality," it said.                                       Fr. Pabs is appealing to anyone who is willing to be tested to become a potential kidney
     This perception has "inhibited public confidence in the elections and generated anxiety aboutdonor. He is also pleading for financial support, as he still doesn’t know how much all these
the automated election system."                                                                   expenses would cost.
                                                                                                       “I don’t know yet how much it would cost us because I only have the Medicaid, and I don’t
                                                                                                  know whether that is enough to cover all the cost for my kidney transplant,” he says. “I was
                                                                                                  informed that some of the candidates for the kidney transplant submitted it to their insurance
                     Fifty million voters are set to go to the                                    to cover it.”
                      polls on May 10, when 17,000 posts                                               Seven years ago, he came to the U.S. to relieve a shortage of priests in New York. He devot-
                                                                                                  edly served the archdiocese, he says.
                         from president down to municipal                                              Since he was removed from St. Peter’s due to health issues, he was stripped of all his pastoral
                           council seats will be contested.                                       duties, salary, and health insurance. He no longer calls the parsonage his home. He continues to
                                                                                                  place his fate on the kindness of his ethnic and religious communities, and on prayers.
                                                                                                       “I have mixed feelings about everything that has happened,” he says, not sounding bitter
     The report said the Comelec has yet to reveal to candidates and voters what backup plan      nor blaming anyone for his predicament.
they have in place in the event the automated system fails.
     "The biggest challenge and contribution that the Comelec can make is to communicate
openly and frankly," Thomas Barry, NDI's deputy regional director for Asia, told a news con- ARNEL from A1
ference. -- AFP                                                                                                                                      British Ricky Hatton in May 2009 caused an
                                                                                                  in 2007 when members of the US-based band uproar for its deviation from the prescribed
                                                                                                  discovered him on YouTube, belted out before musical arrangement.
AFTER from A1                                                                                     a crowd of almost 51,000 boxing fans his some-          Aside from Nievera, pop girl group "La
                                                      President Gloria Arroyo joined in cel- what slow rendition of "Lupang Hinirang."
                                                                                                                                                     Diva" also received a failing grade from the Na-
only threw a minimal of 399 punches, 108 of ebrations, saying: "The nation again rejoices              The singer, wearing a brown long-sleeved tional Historical Institute for its version of the
those punches actually connected.                with and congratulates the people's champion, polo with native prints, started well in the song
                                                                                                                                                     anthem during Pacquiao’s match with Puerto
     “He is strong,” Pacquiao said about Clot- Manny Pacquiao, in forging another victory for but faltered when he tried to raise the pitch
                                                                                                                                                     Rican Miguel Cotto in November 2009.
tey’s hard punches. “I know he is a very tough the Philippines."                                  — a practice frowned upon by NHI — of the               Other singers
opponent.”                                            "With unity and hard work, Manny has final part of the anthem. The crowd cheered
                                                                                                                                                          The NHI earlier noted that if properly sung
     After the defeating his legitimate wel- again triumphed for his country."                    nonetheless.                                       with a two-fourths beat and 100 metronomes,
terweight opponent, Pacquiao had a massive            Commenting on the absence of crime dur-          Cheers and jeers                              the national anthem should last 53 seconds.
victory concert at the Texas Rangers Ball Park, ing the fight, police spokesman Superintendent         "What happened to your voice and to the Pineda’s version was 89 seconds long.
right across the street from Cowboys Stadium, Rommel Miranda said: "This really shows that anthem?" asked a fan of the singer on his Fa-
                                                                                                                                                          Among the singers reprimanded by the
where he sang numerous songs for his fans.       the whole nation was united."                    cebook fan page.                                   NHI for deviating from the song’s original form
     Pacquiao plans to go back to the Philip-         For many observers, the only remaining           "Ba’t iniba mo ‘yung [last notes] ng anthem were Charice Pempengco, Jennifer Bautista and
pines to officially start campaigning for his foe left for the champion is the unbeaten Floyd (Why did you change the last notes of the an-
                                                                                                                                                     Christian Bautista. The latter is remembered for
congressional race this coming April.            Mayweather who, like Pacquiao, has been them)?" asked another. "Parang malalagutan na
                                                                                                                                                     leaving out several lines of the anthem during a
     Talks about the highly anticipated fight tagged by some pundits as the "best pound-for- ng hininga (You sounded like you were running
                                                                                                                                                     boxing match of Gerry Peñalosa in Muntinlupa
between Pacquiao and former Pound-for-pound pound fighter in the world".                          out of breath)," still another said.               in 2007.
king Floyd Mayweather Jr. is currently on hia-        The champion's mother, Dionisia Pacquiao,        Some, however, praised Pineda for a job            All three singers have apologized, claiming
tus till after the Mayweather and Sugar Shane however, said she would prefer her son to retire well done.
                                                                                                                                                     they had not intended to change some notes.
Mosley fight on May 1.                           right away.                                           "Good job Arnel! Your patriotic rendition          Singers like Sarah Geronimo, Lani Misalu-
     In Manila, Filipinos rejoiced at Pacquiao's      "I tell my son 'Please stop. What happens of ["Lupang Hinirang"] was awesome. You
                                                                                                                                                     cha and Kyla, whose versions of the anthem at
victory pleased that no power outages occurred if something goes wrong with your body?' I made me so proud to be Pinay," a fan said.
                                                                                                                                                     different Pacquiao matches had lasted for over
on the day of the match.                         prayed to God that nothing happens to him," "I love you Arnel Pineda. Beautiful anthem,
                                                                                                                                                     a minute, have also been criticized by the NHI
     Said Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes: "If she told DZBB.                                       beautiful voice," another said.                    for turning the national anthem into a ballad.
people don't get to watch Manny Pacquiao, it's        She brushed aside talk about a big-money         The institute has criticized a number of           In the U.S., comic Roseanne Barr was
big trouble. That is a national catastrophe."    match with Mayweather, saying: "Why should Filipino singers who had sung the Philippine
                                                                                                                                                     booed and widely criticized for her comedic
     As in previous Pacquiao fights, the streets we try to chase after the biggest prize? We have national anthem in recent fights of Pacquiao
                                                                                                                                                     rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” at the
were empty as millions of fans were glued to enough. God has given him enough blessings for supposedly creating their own interpreta-
                                                                                                                                                     1990 baseball game opening. Many Americans
television sets and radios. Police reported a already."                                           tion of the song.                                  said her singing was disrespectful, likening
"zero crime rate" -- a phenomenon seen during         Asked about his mother's comments, Pac-          Crooner Martin Nievera’s rendition of it to the “burning of the American flag.” —
previous Pacquiao fights, when even hardened quiao said: "We will talk about that after I get "Lupang Hinirang" in Pacquiao’s fight against
                                                                                                                                                     GMANews.TV; ABS-CBN
criminals and guerrillas followed the event.     home." – With AFP

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