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APRIL 5-8, 2008 | VOL 18 - ISSUE 28 | 5 SECTIONS 64 PAGES

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FBI & ICE Arrest Pinoys for Human Trafficking
and forced to work in two local residential elder care facilities. The FBI arrested Filipino Rodolfo Demafeliz, 39, and his assistant, Rolleta Riazon, 28, Thursday morning prior to boarding a flight to Manila, according to an FBI press release. The third person involved, Evelyn Pelayo, was also arrested at her residence in Los Angeles on Thursday. The three were charged after criminal complaints filed in the US District Court in Los Angeles on April 2. “The luring of persons into the United States on the promise of legitimate work and a better life, only to be held in what is, essentially, modern-day slavery is, reContinued on PAGE A9 CRISIS BURDEN. A Filipino worker carries a sack of rice at a market in Manila, on Wednesday April 2. A sharp rise in the price of rice has hurt consumer pocketbooks and raised fears of public turmoil in the many parts of Asia where rice is a staple. AP Photo by Aaron Favila

By Joseph Pimentel Asianjournal.com

LOS ANGELES – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have charged three people in connection with a human-trafficking scheme involving Filipino nationals brought into the US

Countless Asian Americans Without Health Insurance
These ethnic groups “are doing much worse than other subgroups in terms of health insurance and access to health care,” the study said. Korean Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are less likely to be insured than other Asian American groups such as Japanese or Asian Indians and twice as likely to be uninContinued on PAGE A17 Pacquiao Marquez

RP Corruption Toll: P30B a Year
THE World Bank (WB) estimates that the Philippine government loses about P30 billion a year to corruption. “By one estimate, an average of 20 percent to 30 percent of the value of every contract is lost to corruption or inefficiency – about P30 billion a year,” a draft report of the World Bank presented at the recent Philippine Development Forum (PDF) 2008 revealed. The report also said the Philippine government’s stability has dropped substantially in the last decade, from

By Cynthia De Castro Asianjournal.com

LOS ANGELES – Tens of thousands of Pacific Islanders, Korean Americans and Southeast Asians lack health insurance according to a study released by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum on April 1.

Pacquiao Marquez Match Hits Record PPV Filipino Tourists Hurt FilAm Dance Crew No. 1 in Pasadena Crash
By Joseph Pimentel Asianjournal.com

11.0 in 1998 to 9.5 in 2004 then later to 5.0 in 2007. Governance indicators were measured by the International Country Risk Guide (ICRG). The report said that despite the presence of a strong civil Continued on PAGE A13

Galing Pinoy showcases the triumph of the Filipino spirit -- the Filipino’s innate perseverance to rise above. A double entendre, Galing Pinoy literally translates to both coming from (or brought to you by) the Filipino and Filipino ingenuity.

Music to Our Ears

By Cynthia De Castro Asianjournal.com

LOS ANGELES – The East Coast is all- agog these days for the much-anticipated first apostolic journey of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States from April 15 to 20. The plans for the five-day visit will include a meeting with President Bush at the White House, an address at the United

Nations in New York, and a stop at Ground Z e r o . What is especially exciting to the American public, especially Jennifer Pascual the Catholics, are the major events Continued on PAGE A16

LOS ANGELES – The numbers are in. The Pacquiao-Marquez rematch last March 15 in Las Vegas generated over $20.2 million dollars in pay-per-view (ppv) revenue, according to Golden Boy Promotions. About 400,000 homes paid $49.95 to watch Pacquiao win a very narrow Continued on PAGE A13

7-year-old boy still in critical condition

By Joseph Pimentel Asianjournal.com

By Rene Villaroman Asianjournal.com

PASADENA – A 7-year-old Filipino boy was critically injured and his father was seriously hurt when a Toyota Corolla jumped the curb and hit the victims while they were crossing Colorado Blvd. at

Fair Oaks. The Toyota Corolla was subsequently involved in a collision with a Nissan Altima. The Filipino family had only arrived in the US hours before the tragedy. Old Town Pasadena was their first sightseeing destination. “The child was in “full arContinued on PAGE A17

LOS ANGELES – A San Diego-based dance crew with three FilAm members won the inaugural Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew competition on MTV last March 27. More Continued on PAGE A14

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WEAThER Market Summary
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High 64F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Night: A few clouds. Low 51F. SUNDAY: Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the mid 60s and lows in the low 50s. MONDAY: Sunny. Highs in the upper 60s and lows in the low 50s. As of April 4– 3:59pm

AI Says Bye to Malubay
LOS ANGELES – Say goodbye, Malubay. Ramiele Malubay – the diminutive singer with the big voice – was booted from “American Idol” as the show trimmed the competition to eight hopefuls. Malubay, 20, of Miramar, Fla., crooned Dolly Parton’s “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind” on Tuesday night’s show. Paula Abdul enjoyed the performance. Randy Jackson thought it was OK. But Simon Cowell – not so much. “Overall I thought it was forgettable, and I think it was very reminiscent of something you would see and hear on a cruise ship,” the acerbic judge told Malubay. Brooke White and Kristy Lee Cook were the other lowest vote-getters. (AP)

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Ramiele Malubay

Trial of Co-Accused FilAm Volunteer Seeks in Palatine Obama Delegate Spot But first, she earn Murders Delayed icaSAN FRANCISCO – Angel- one of three spotsmustBarack for Jongco, an attorney with
By Joseph G. Lariosa Special to the Asian Journal

Peso-Dollar RATE
As of Friday, April 4, 2008

P41.755= $1
PSE INDEX
PHISIX

OIL PRICE HIKE. Members of a Filipino drivers’ group hold placards outside the office of Caltex Philippines in the financial district of Makati on Thursday April 3. The group is protesting against the continued rise in the price of oil and demanded the government to scrap its deregulation of the oil industry. AP Photo by Aaron Favila

CHICAGO, Il – The trial of a co-accused in the murders of seven Brown’s Chicken restaurant employees, including two Filipino high school Continued on PAGE A13

the Bay Area civil rights organization Public Advocates, is running her first political campaign. She hopes to go to Denver as one of the 241 district-level delegates from California to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in August.

Obama pledged delegates in California’s 12th Congressional District (CD 12) by winning an election on Sunday, April 13, in South San Francisco. To succeed, Jongco will have to emerge as one of the top two women out Continued on PAGE A6

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