Month: November 2016

Vancouver Pinoys join rallies worldwide protesting Marcos burial

Bury Marcos in Ilocos! By Ted Alcuitas Vancouver, B.C. – Rain did not stop  protesters  from standing before the Philippine Consulate offices in Vancouver today to be in solidarity with the Filipino people to denounce the burial  of the  the dictator Marcos’ body at the Heroes Cemetery. Led by Pinoy Global Diaspora Canada, the Vancouver rally is part of  worldwide events in 15 other centres and throughout the Philippines. Angered by President Rodrigo Duterte’s support for the burial which they believe is in connivance with the Marcos family, massive protests erupted in the country and has spread like wildfire. There is a growing sentiment that the burial is a prelude to the restoration to power of the Marcoses. Bongbong Marcos, an ally of Duterte,  lost his vice-presidential bid to Leni Robredo and is contesting the results.   All photos by Philippine Canadian...

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OFWs hindi na magbayad ng P500 terminal fee

OFWS exempted from fee The online news portal of TV5 MANILA – Returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) whose tickets were purchased abroad will be exempted from paying airport terminal fees starting March 2017. Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal said airlines have agreed to automatically relieve OFWs who purchased their return tickets to the Philippines abroad from paying terminal fee. At present, the P500 terminal fee of returning OFWs is integrated with their ticket fee and is refunded through MIAA refund counters in Philippine airports, which cause inconvenience to OFWs. “Airlines have already agreed in principle, so, hopefully by March 2017, OFWs will now be exempted from paying terminal fee,” Monreal told the “Kapihan sa Manila Hotel” organized by Samahang Plaridel Monday. The exemption will be implemented by March next year in order to give time for airlines to update their systems and programs for this policy. The move was described by OFW advocate and former labor undersecretary Susan Ople an “early Christmas gift” for OFWs. Ople’s group was among the first that strongly lobbied authorities against keeping the terminal fee in the OFWs’ payment, saying the refund system was cumbersome to the migrant workers and violated their rights. “The heartless policy of then MIAA General Manager Angel Honrado shall soon be laid to rest, hopefully never to be resurrected. The law is very clear:...

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Panoorin ang ‘The Apology’

Updated, November 29, 2016. 2:27 PM Updated, Nov. 30, 9:20 AM   Vancouver screenings: Saturday, Dec. 3 @ 4 PM/ Sunday, Dec. 4 @ 7:30 PM Vancity Theatre – 1181 Syemour St. at Davie St. Toronto: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, starting Dec.2 for one week   ‘The Apology’ – Profiles of three women of courage By Ted Alcuitas Tiffany Hsiung’s award-winning National Film Board of Canada (NFB) feature documentary The Apology is coming to Toronto for a one-week run at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema starting December 2 and screenings at the Vancity Theatre in Vancouver on December 3 and 4. Hsiung will be present to take questions from the audience in Toronto on December 6 and 8, with Q&As at both Vancouver screenings as well. This deeply moving and powerful documentary feature  follows the trajectory of three survivors who were  kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the  Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. “I’m not holding my breath for an apology,” Hsiung told Philippine Canadian ( by phone from Toronto. “I am more hopeful that more people will learn about their stories and pass it on and it will no longer be a secret..and create a another form of justice. I think we can do that.” Did she do the film because of her own personal experience with sexual abuse? Hsiung said it was a combination of a...

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