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  • Ghost town in Connecticut sells to Filipino church

    07/16/2017 2:00:21 PM PDT · by DFG · 29 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | 07/16/2017 | AP
    Over two decades, one prospective buyer after another passed over the abandoned village in the Connecticut countryside. There were requirements to preserve its historical character and problems with the septic system, not to mention rumors that it was haunted. So when a Filipino church came forward and bought the deteriorating collection of Victorian-style buildings last week, local officials were elated the village would be saved from rotting away. An official with the church, Iglesia Ni Cristo, says it is not daunted because it has a history of repurposing shuttered buildings for its fast-growing membership. "We purchase a lot of abandoned...
  • Pedophile Ring 'Child Porn King' Arrested in Largest Ever Bust

    05/10/2017 4:13:58 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 19 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 5/9/2017 | AP and MAX MARGAN FOR MAILONLINE
    Vile images have emerged from inside the home of an American man suspected of exploiting Filipino children and using webcams to sell videos, images and livestreams. David Timothy Deakin, 53, was arrested at his Philippines home last month in what was potentially the largest ever seizure of illicit digital content in the country. Children's underwear, toddler shoes, cameras, bondage cuffs, fetish ropes and stacks of hard drives can be seen scattered throughout the two-bedroom townhouse. One photo shows food wrappers, cigarette butts, plastic cups and perfume spread across the work space of the suspected child cybersex operator. In another image,...
  • Police say Vallejo woman kidnapped for ransom; suspects arrested

    07/10/2016 8:54:15 AM PDT · by DFG · 4 replies
    Vallejo Times Herald ^ | 07/09/2016 | Matthew Adkins
    Four suspects were arrested Friday night and Saturday morning in connection with kidnapping a woman and holding her for ransom. The Vallejo Police Department was contacted July 1 by John Babb, 36, of San Francisco, who reported his mother, Elvira Babb, 57, of Vallejo, was kidnapped, explained Lt. Jeff Bassett. Babb said he received a text June 30 from an unknown number, advising they had his mother and demanding cash. Police say the caller also threatened to kill Elvira if Babb contacted the police or did not produce the money.
  • China takes Philippine atoll

    03/01/2016 6:17:32 PM PST · by · 130 replies
    Philstar ^ | March 2nd, 20016 | Jaime Laude
    MANILA, Philippines – The Chinese have taken over another traditional Filipino fishing ground near Palawan where they have stationed up to five ships to keep local fishermen at bay, sources said. Now effectively under Chinese control is Quirino or Jackson Atoll, which has been a rich source of catch for a long time for fishermen from Palawan, Southern Luzon, Western Visayas and even Manila. Gray and white Chinese vessels have not left the atoll, which Filipino fishermen also call Jackson Five, because of the existence of five lagoons in the area. The Chinese are claiming almost the entire South China...
  • Laundry Worker Returns Money Found in Washed Clothes

    05/20/2014 3:09:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, May 20, 2014
    The sum had been raised by friends to help the man move to another houseAn Asian laundry worker returned nearly Dh8,800 to its owner in Saudi Arabia after he found the sum in trousers he had just ironed, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. The worker also found a piece of paper with the money saying that the sum had been raised by friends to help a man move to another house. “The worker called his sponsor who phoned the owner of the trousers to tell him about the SR8,800…the thankful customer was given back all his money,” Sada daily said...
  • Filipino Caregiver a Favorite to Win ‘X-Factor Israel’

    01/08/2014 10:30:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | January 7, 2014 | ISAAC SCHARF
    Rose Fostanes, one of Israel’s thousands of foreign workers, has discovered instant fame on reality TV and receives support from around the worldA 47-year-old Filipino caregiver has emerged as the newest star of Israeli reality television, putting a human face on the thousands of foreign workers who toil away in menial, back-breaking jobs in this country Israeli viewers of the country’s myriad of reality shows have grown accustomed to successful candidates from various backgrounds, including black-clad ultra-Orthodox Jews, Ethiopian immigrants and a German convert to Judaism who became a celebrity chef. But they’ve never seen someone like Rose Fostanes before.
  • Filipino war veterans' claims

    10/19/2012 8:46:00 PM PDT · by Rabin · 13 replies
    Asia News Network ^ | October 19, 2012 | Nimfa U. Rueda
    More than 250,000 Filipinos fought for the United States during the war and were promised equal treatment as American veterans after the war. Weeks after Obama took office in 2009, Congress approved a stimulus package that included one-time payments of $15,000 to Filipino veterans in the United States and $9,000 to those living in the Philippines. Obama's administration yesterday created a working group to look into the plight of Filipino veterans.... presidential assistant Chris Lu.
  • My Filipino right-wing bud goes ballistic (when asked if he spoke Spanish):)

    02/23/2012 4:46:48 PM PST · by max americana · 57 replies
    vanity ^ | 2/23/2012 | Max Am
    Right after lunch, I met up with my Filipino bud whose girlfriend will be working at this Sunday's Oscar's telecast for a local television crew from ABC. We were close to Union station in L.A. and we were talking how much gas it costs to get to Anaheim and I told him there was A train that costs $7 to Anaheim. He didn't believe me so we went to the Metrolink window.. There was a black lady from Metrolink who did not understand the mexican woman who INSISTED that someone there speak spanish to her. The employee looked around and...
  • Manila asks Japan to receive Filipinos from S Korea in emergency

    11/27/2010 8:46:20 AM PST · by FromLori · 6 replies
    JapanToday ^ | 11/27/2010
    The Philippines has sounded Japan out on the possibility of evacuating tens of thousands of Filipinos in South Korea to Japan in case of an emergency situation on the Korean Peninsula, an official said Friday. Edwin Lacierda, spokesman of President Benigno Aquino, told a news briefing at the Presidential Palace that part of the government’s contingency plan is to evacuate the country’s nearly 60,000 nationals in South Korea to the ‘‘nearest’’ safe place, which is Japan. Lacierda said the Foreign Affairs Department is already in talks with the Japanese ambassador in Manila to seek Japan’s permission ‘‘to allow our nationals...
  • Dismissed cop takes tourists hostage in Manila (demands reinstatement with benefits)

    08/22/2010 9:10:07 PM PDT · by rawhide · 8 replies ^ | 8-22-10 | Dennis Carcamo
    (UPDATE) MANILA, Philippines – A dismissed police official has taken hostage 25 passengers of a tourist bus, including some children, in Manila this morning, a radio report said. The report said Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza, formerly with the Manila Police District-mobile division, was sacked from service for drug charges. Armed with an M-16 assault rifle, Mendoza boarded a Hong Tai tourist bus that was parked at the Luneta Grandstand in Manila. Mendoza allegedly demanded to be reinstated to his previous post with benefits, the report added. As of posting time, SWAT members have already surrounded the bus where Mendoza and...
  • Airmiles Andy jets off with model friend - who IS single

    08/08/2010 5:33:15 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 52 replies · 3+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 10:22 PM on 8th August 2010 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    When Prince Andrew was pictured on a yacht getting touchy-feely with a woman half his age, the denials came thick and fast. They're just friends, said a source, and anyway, she's married. But now it turns out 25-year-old Alexandra Escat is in fact single - and the pair have since been seen jetting off together. The Duke of York, 50, was seen engrossed in a playful conversation with the Filipino model on a luxury yacht last week.
  • (Killer Karaoke In The Philippines) Sinatra Song Often Strikes Deadly Chord

    02/09/2010 6:06:28 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies · 977+ views
    The New York Times ^ | February 6, 2010 | NORIMITSU ONISHI
    Sinatra Song Often Strikes Deadly Chord By NORIMITSU ONISHI GENERAL SANTOS, the Philippines — After a day of barbering, Rodolfo Gregorio went to his neighborhood karaoke bar still smelling of talcum powder. Putting aside his glass of Red Horse Extra Strong beer, he grasped a microphone with a habitué’s self-assuredness and briefly stilled the room with the Platters’ “My Prayer.” Next, he belted out crowd-pleasers by Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck. But Mr. Gregorio, 63, a witness to countless fistfights and occasional stabbings erupting from disputes over karaoke singing, did not dare choose one beloved classic: Frank Sinatra’s version of...
  • Scores of Filipino troops, [Islamic] militants die in clash

    08/12/2009 10:47:07 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 6 replies · 636+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 08/13/2009 | Jim Gomez
    Philippine troops suffered some of their worst losses in an offensive against al-Qaida-linked militants on a southern island in which at least 23 soldiers and 20 guerrillas were killed, officials said Thursday. Troops continued to scour the battlefield following clashes Wednesday with Abu Sayyaf militants in two of their jungle camps on Basilan Island, and the tally of slain guerrillas could rise, said regional military commander Maj. Gen. Benjamin Dolorfino. "It was a slugfest," Dolorfino told The Associated Press by telephone. "It was really close-quarter fighting so we couldn't use our artillery," he said, adding troops were pursuing small pockets...
  • Stimulus bill to reward Filipino vets

    02/17/2009 11:02:19 PM PST · by Coleus · 37 replies · 1,037+ views ^ | Tuesday, February 17, 2009 | ELIZABETH LLORENTE
    President Obama's signature today on the stimulus bill will grant Filipino World War II veterans long-awaited recognition and compensation for their service alongside U.S. forces against the Japanese. The measure calls for a one-time lump sum payment of $15,000 for Filipino veterans who are U.S. citizens, and $9,000 for non-citizens. It sets aside $198 million for the veterans. And, in what many Filipino-American organizations say is more important, it recognizes the role they played defending the U.S. flag in the war. "The recognition is the most important," said Jose Red, an 84-year-old veteran who lives in Jersey City. "We've been...
  • Priest with secret marriage pleads guilty to half-million-dollar embezzlement

    10/30/2007 10:26:11 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 316+ views
    CNA ^ | October 29, 2007
    Richmond, Oct 29, 2007 / 10:47 am (CNA).- A retired Roman Catholic priest faces forty years in jail for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from two rural Virginian parishes, the Associated Press reports. On Friday Father Rodney L. Rodis, 51, pled guilty to one count of mail fraud and one of money laundering.  Father Rodis embezzled money from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Bumpass and St. Jude Church in Mineral between 2002 and 2006, prosecutors said.  He wired at least $515,231 to relatives in his native Philippines to purchase property.Authorities said Father Rodis established bank accounts and a post...
  • Filipino/Filipino Americans plan $500 MILLION dollar lawsuit against ABC

    A group of Filipinos and Filipino-Americans is preparing a 500 million-dollar class suit against ABC Network in the United States in response to a slur against Philippine medical schools and Filipino medical professionals, aired in the premiere episode of the fourth season of “Desperate Housewives”. In that episode, the character Susan Mayer (played by actress Teri Hatcher) questioned the credentials of her gynecologist over a disputed diagnosis. Mayer said she wanted to check the doctor’s diploma to make sure it didn’t come “from some med school in the Philippines”. The class suit is being filed by the Northern California chapter...
  • Filipinos fight to be recognized as U.S. vets

    09/05/2007 10:41:32 PM PDT · by Coleus · 93 replies · 1,208+ views ^ | September 5, 2007 | ELIZABETH LLORENTE
    They lived in the Philippines, but they were members of the U.S. armed forces. More than 200,000 of them fought during World War II. Tens of thousands died before the final hard-won triumph over Japan. But in the decades following the war, the title of U.S. veteran -- and resulting compensation -- has eluded them.  Now, Filipino-American World War II veterans, aided by their adult children, have stepped up a decades-long fight to get Congress to recognize them as bona fide U.S. veterans – a move that would qualify them for VA benefits."Our community has been lobbying for this...
  • The Filipino Lions are Coming

    08/21/2007 8:08:10 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 5 replies · 282+ views
    Moro International Center via ^ | August 20, 2007 | Laura Mansfield
    New video shows jihadists in Philipines training A video showing jihadists in what appears to be the Philipines has been advertised heavily on the Arabic language message boards. The video, which claims to have been produced by the Moro International Center, shows jihadists in the Philipines making statements and training. A full translation is in progress. A copy of the video can be downloaded from Translation: The Filipino Lions are Coming Last week's video from the jihidist groups in the Philipines entitled "The Filipino Lions Are Coming" shows old speeches by leaders of the Abu-Sayyaf Group, Abdurajik Janjalani, aka...
  • Bishop: Dolls, magazines turn girls into sex objects

    07/04/2007 5:19:51 PM PDT · by Coleus · 10 replies · 1,955+ views
    With popular children’s doll lines featuring sexy clothing and gossip magazines aimed at preteens, society is turning girls into sexual objects earlier and earlier.   This was the lament of a senior Catholic bishop, who said such premature sexualizing of girls at a tender age should be one of the most serious issues confronting Philippine society. “The messages they receive through popular culture is that to be attractive, to be accepted by society, you have to dress and behave in a sexual manner. There are now lingerie clothing lines for preteen girls, and bras for girls under 10, T-shirts with...
  • Filipino remittances hit $12.8bn

    02/16/2007 3:17:45 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 10 replies · 1,157+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, February 16, 2007
    Globally, remittances make up about $230bn Money sent home by Filipinos working overseas last year totalled a record $12.8bn (£6.5bn), the Philippines' central bank has said.The remittances - a 20% rise on 2005 - account for about 10% of the country's economy, the bank added. Most of the eight million overseas workers are in the US or Middle East. According to the World Bank, the Philippines is the fifth-largest recipient of foreign remittances behind India, China, Mexico and France. It has forecast that Filipinos will send home about $14.1bn this year. Their remittances play an increasingly significant role in...