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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Peace is possible if people work for it

by: Renato Mabunga
First posted in:
September 26, 2012

Greed of the few endangers happiness of the many

The world marked the International Day of Peace last week, on September 21, the same day the Philippines marked the 40th anniversary of the declaration of martial law.

This year, the United Nations called on countries around the world to work for “sustainable peace for a sustainable future.” The UN statement highlighted the use and


by: Atty Lope Lindio

Gikuyugan ni Bidang ang iyang dalagan’g si Cading nga may 16 lamang ang panuigon didto sa doktor.

Doctor: Unsa may ato Nang Bidang?
Bidang: Kini man gud si Cading. Maora ug nangala’. Ug ming supang usab ug dyutay. Unya magmolu nga lain iyang lawas kada buntag!

Today in History: The Balangiga Massacre in 1901

Photo of Company C, 9th US Infantry Regiment with Valeriano Abanador (standing, sixth from right) taken in Balangiga. The provenance of the photograph is uncertain. - Image Source:

The Balangiga massacre was an incident in 1901 in the town of the same name during the Philippine-American War. It initially referred to the killing of about 48 members of the US 9th Infantry by the townspeople allegedly augmented by guerrillas in the town of Balangiga on Samar island during an attack on September 28 of that year. In the 1960s Filipino nationalists applied it to the retaliatory measures taken on the island. This incident was described as the United States Army’s worst defeat since the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876. Filipinos regard the attack as one of their bravest acts in the war.

Illegal dismissal of managers and executives – Atty JBJ

Source: DIRECT FROM THE LABOR FRONT By Atty Josephus Jimenez

Business executives and managers are also employees. When they are illegally dismissed or are subjected to unfair labor practices or denied of their basic rights, they can seek redress before the labor tribunals. Whilst labor laws are generally designed to protect the most vulnerable sectors of the working class, that is the rank-and-file, the casual workers, the project employees, the contractuals, and the other ‘’children of the lesser gods’’, it does not follow that managerial employees and executives are without rights arising from labor laws. This legal truism has been demonstrated time and time again, in an array of labor jurisprudence. Many of the Supreme Court rulings along this line have been promulgated just a few months ago.

Understanding Religions: Prophet Muhammad of Islam

Annie BesantThe Life and Teachings of Muhammad, Madras 1932, p. 4:  “It is impossible for anyone who studies the life and character of the great Prophet of Arabia, who knows how he taught and how he lived, to feel anything but reverence for that mighty Prophet, one of the great messengers of the Supreme. And although in what I put to you I shall say many things which may be familiar to many, yet I myself feel whenever I re-read them, a new way of admiration, a new sense of reverence for that mighty Arabian

ACFIL’s Ang Tambuli September 2012 Newsletter

Ang Tambuli – is the official  Newsletter of ACFIL,  started  last 2002 up to the present to form and inform the Filipinos in the region regarding the political, social & migration issues especially to those who have the difficulty in comprehending the Italian language. This was financed by the Provincia di Torino for two years and the last 6 years, ACFIL continued the action independently due to the strong demand of the community taking out also the logo of the Provincia di Torino.

Get a copy of the September 2012  issue of  Ang Tambuli  from this link  ACFIL-s-Ang-Tambuli-July-2012-Newsletter.

When politics comes in conflict with one’s work – Atty JBJ

Source: DIRECT FROM THE LABOR FRONT By Atty Josephus Jimenez
As the political tempest is currently heating up, the work environment should brace up for possible problems that may arise from some employees’ exercise of their political rights to vote and to be voted upon, while at the same time continuing to work as personnel of their respective employers. For instance, if a company manager, supervisor or rank-and-file employee decides to run for public office, can he be compelled to resign by his employer? Can he insist to continue working with his employer while also serving as a public official? These and many related issues must now be addressed proactively by both labor and management. And if they cannot agree, a policy guideline from the DOLE may be very useful, to avoid unnecessary suits and labor disputes.

USA: A sense of disrespect on a Philippine official at FACLA

Words and photos by Dionesio C. Grava
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On the occasion of the celebration of Philippine National Heroes Day Austin G. Baul, president of the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA), exhorted the audience to “bring out the heroes in all of us” in order that we may achieve unity in the Filipino American community.

Monday, August 27, is listed in the Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines as National Heroes Day, one of the nationwide regular holidays and special non-working days for the year 2012. But even as Mr. Baul lauded some achievers including caregivers and professionals as his kind of heroes during the August 31 event, there was also a sense of apprehension that a serious act of incivility may have been committed against the office that Los Angeles-based Deputy Consul General Daniel R. Espiritu, the invited guest speaker, represents.

Cebuano Short Story: ANG PILOK SA KANDING

Kon bation ang pagkaparaygon, kini mopainit, mohiusa sa mga binuhat nga gituhog ug kaibog aron kab-oton ang pagbating manggunit. Adunay parayeg nga manimhot, adunay manggakos ug mananday na lang, adunay mga binuhat nga dili gayud matagbaw hangtod ang ilang tinan-awan mosulirap nga magdala ug hangos.

“Hay, kining parayeg, pagkadili ba gayud matugkad. Bisan pa sa dili maihap nakong pagpanugkad ning tuhod kong mahiligon mamarayeg. Haw-ang man tuod ang akong

POEA: Manning agencies found recruiting at Luneta face charges

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POEA News Release

21 September 2012

Manning agencies found recruiting at Luneta face charges Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has filed appropriate charges against 19 manning agencies found conducting illegal recruitment activities at Luneta Seafarer’s Center in Ermita, Manila last week.

Today in History: Pres. Ferdinand Marcos placed the country under martial law

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Proclamation No. 1081 was the declaration of martial law in the Philippines by President Ferdinand E. Marcos. Once in effect, it covered the entire republic on September 21, 1972. It was announced to the public two days later.

Under the pretext of a staged assassination of his former Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile (now Senate President) and an ensuing communist insurgency, Marcos ruled by military power through martial law, altered the Constitution in the subsequent year, made himself both Head of State as President and Head of Government as Prime Minister, manipulated elections and the political arena in the Philippines, and had his political party–Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) (English: New Society Movement) control the unicameral legislative branch of government called the “Batasang Pambansa”. All these allowed Marcos to remain in power.

USA: The Gomez paradox endures

Words and photos by Dionesio C. Grava

Maita Gomez, aka Margarita Favis Gomez, was one of Pitoy Moreno’s top models, a Miss Philippines-World, the scion of a rich landed family and had a family of her own (she was then married to Perez-Rubio with whom she had a daughter, Melissa) when she decided to join the underground movement in the fight against the Marcos dictatorship.

Events: Finlit Seminar in Turin

Finlit Seminar


This time it will be in collaboration with Iganap Guardians Torino Chapter and Federal Land Europe. The said seminar will be done on September 23, 2012 at Via Morgari 14, Torino from 8:30am to 5:30pm.


By: sallybajadecuballes
ACFIL NewsLetter

The Philippine Consulate General of Milan will be conducting their Mobile Consular Services on October 14, 2012 at Via Morgari 14 Torino, Italy from 9:00am to 5:00pm. ACFIL will be the host/organizer of the said event.

For those who wants to renew/apply a new passports, application forms are already available at the Chaplaincy’s office from Thursday to Saturday (4 to 6pm) and Sunday ( 10am to 5pm); Danny Murillo’s remittance center ( daily from 9am to 7pm) and at Forex on Sunday from 11am to 5pm. For other consular services like driver’s license, report of birth,

Dubai: Indian national kills Pinoy for stalking his sister in Facebook

Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News A file photo of the Dubai Courts. Picture for illustrative purposes only.

Man accused of killing sister’s alleged stalker
Victim was found with 28 stab wounds in a hotel’s basement

By Bassam Za’za,
Legal and Court Correspondent

Dubai: A man has been accused of killing a hotel worker, stabbing him 28 times, because the latter


Rotary International 45° parallel scholarship candidates

by: Minda Teves

Since 2008, Rotary International 45° parallel ( ROTARACT)) together with ACFIL ( PHILPANEL) have been granting scholarship to 7 Filipino Youth here in Turin .It took four long years of hard labor both for the scholars and the sponsors to see the fruit of such sacrifice. Compliments to KRISTINE BAUTISTA one of the scholars, who patiently reached the end of the duration of the grant with flying colors.

Now, the SAVE A MIND project will continue with Rotary International 45° Parallel only for the year 2012-2014. ACFIL’s role this time is only to submit