Month: December 2015

Immigration scammer Imelda Fronda Saluma gets six years

Imelda Fronda Saluma Immigration scammer gets six years Toronto A 47-year old divorced mother of three was sentenced to six years in jail for defrauding victims more than $2.3 million. Imelda “Mel” Fronda Saluma, who pleaded guilty to the charges, was also ordered to pay restitution of $1.5 million to her victims. “I am unsure the time in jail will assist Ms. Saluma in wrestling with her demons or rehabilitate her”, wrote Justice Leslie Pringle in a decision on December 11, 2015. Justice Pringle called it a “sad day for everyone,” admitting that the sentence will not bring back the money “she squandered or erase the pain and hardship felt by the victims.” Saluma, who operated GoWEST Jobs International, reportedly defrauded her 600 victims more than $2.3 million. From July 1,2012 up to January 7, 2015 she collected over $2.4 million in funds involving the Canadian Temporary Foreign Worker Program with more than 900 victims around the world by issuing a fake Labor Market Opinion (LMO). She also got involved in asking friends to cash cheques for her, in National Money Mart, knowing that she did not have the funds available to cover the check. The total amount money collected from both fraudulent schemes netted her $2,423,350.00. While she refunded some amount of money, she still owed victims an outstanding balance of $1,995,750.00. Saluma grew up with family that...

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Philippines on the verge of another dictatorship

    Duterte presents himself as the people’s wolf, a beast to turn loose on perceived enemies. As Duterte is trending in the polls ahead of his rivals, veteran journalist Inday Espina-Varona analysis the reasons why. Varona is a former Marshall McLuhan awardee and visited Vancouver. Killing for peace in the Philippines By Inday Espina-Varona Asia’s Most Trusted Independent Catholic News Source Dec. 8, 2015 Almost three decades after overthrowing a dictatorship, the Philippines is once again flirting with strongman rule. Results of a national survey of presidential candidates found that close to 40 percent of voters prefer Rodrigo Duterte, the mayor from Mindanao who has publicly admitted to extrajudicial killings. Duterte led in all economic classes. To the surprise of pundits his highest approval rating came from the more comfortable and better educated classes. The rise of a self-confessed killer and womanizer, who utters a curse with every other sentence, is prodding the clergy and laity of the Catholic Church to re-examine their role in a democracy threatened by endemic poverty and human rights violations. Filipinos came out in their millions this year to welcome Pope Francis. They praised the pontiff’s every act of compassion. Why are they ignoring his admonitions against using violence to solve social woes? Smoke and mirrors Skewed power dynamics in the Philippines have fueled perverse aspirations among citizens. Duterte is strengthened by...

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