Author: Ted Alcuitas

Death of young father ‘devastates’ family

Facebook photo of Ordinario family. Abuloy raises more than $10,000 Vancouver, B.C. – A tragic biking accident has claimed the life of Ronald ‘Nonoy’ Ordinario, leaving behind a wife and three children. Ordinario, an avid cyclist and basketball enthusiast, was sideswiped by a dump truck in Richmond on Nov. 5 as he was returning home from one of his three jobs. The 37- year old father who came to Canada from his home province of Davao to follow his sister Jane and other siblings, was a founding member of Migrante B. C. , a grassroots organization advocating for the rights of migrant workers. He was credited with organizing the Men’s Basketball League of Migrante which is now an annual event for the past six years. He leaves behind his wife, Nie-Ann Amante, sons Rainier (9) and Rhyan (6), and a 3 month- old Reanna, his mother, three sisters and another brother. A crowd funding initiative through Go Fund Me website has raised more than $10,000 which will be given to the family, according to organizers. The Filipino tradition of ‘abuloy’ which literally translates as ‘aid’ is still practiced abroad where Filipinos are located. Instead of giving flowers, mourners give financial aid to the bereaved family. The social media is now adapted, giving even friends from far-away to contribute. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to...

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Immigration scammers target Filipinos

Monina Relano warns kababayans about immigration scam photo:Phil Hossack/Winnipeg Free Press WINNIPEG FREE PRESS November 18, 2015 Winnipeg, Manitoba (Ed’s note) “You can fool some people some time but you can’t fool people all the time.” This time, the scammers picked the wrong person to fool. Monina Relano, a retired school teacher, is a feisty woman who will stand up for what is right. During the height of the Marcos dictatorship in the 80s, she stood up against the tyrant and was a pillar in the only anti-Marcos organization in Canada – the August 21 Movement (ATOM). ATOM, an acronym for the date of the assassination of Senator Benigno ‘Ninoy’ Aquino (father of the current President Benigno Aquino 3rd) was formed in Winnipeg to expose Marcos. The organization was responsible for the visit to Winnipeg of Ninoy’s brother, Butz Aquino, as well as other prominent anti-Marcos personalities like Dr. Mita Pardo de Tavera and Heherson Alvarez who played important roles in the cabinet of President Corazon Aquino. Here is the Winnipeg Free Press story: More than 45 years after Winnipeg resident Monina Relano moved to Canada from the Philippines, she got a phone call Tuesday saying there was a problem with her immigration paperwork. “I was scared,” said Relano. Though she’s been a Canadian citizen since 1975, she was taken aback by the authoritative voice on the phone. The man...

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Filipinos mob Trudeau, gets promise to solve garbage problem

Filipino environmental activists demand Canada takes back its garbage. (National Post) MANILA – (Nov. 19,2015) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed to address the trash problem which has been an irritant between the two countries for the past two years. Trudeau, who is in Manila for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, said he has already been informed about the trash problem and a solution is now “being developed,” reports ABS-CBN News. The previous Harper government ignored the issue and did not raise it with President Benigno Aquino’s state visit to Canada before the federal elections. Dubbed an “Apec Hottie” on social media, Trudeau was mobbed by journalists and other fans as he was leaving the media centre surrounded by security personnel. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is mobbed by screaming fans as he leaves the media centre. Some 55 containers of trash were intercepted in 2013 because these were misdeclared as scrap plastics, in violation of the Tariff Code. Trudeau vowed to close the loopholes in the law that allowed the importation of Canadian dump into Philippine soil, but he remained vague whether or not he would take the garbage back. Instead of shipping these back to Canada, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) has decided to dump the trash in Capas, Tarlac at the Philippines’ expense. The Ontario-based Chronic Inc. shipped the containers to Manila through its Valenzuela-based consignee,...

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Workers win first round against Tim Hortons

Jona Pineda alleges her boss agreed to help her apply for permanent residency only if she could get a former employee, Richard Pepito, to drop his complaint with the B.C. Employment Standards Branch. (CBC) VANCOUVER– Filipino and Mexican temporary workers in Fernie and Dawson Creek have won their bids to have their complaints against Tim Horton’s proceed to a hearing. The complainants, employed under the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, argued they were discriminated against because of their race, ancestry and place of origin. Filipino couple Filipino couple Jona and Chris Pineda, filed the original complaint against the Fernie franchise in 2013, accusing them of cheating in their overtime pay. They were later joined by four other Filipino workers in their case at the B.C. Human Rights Commission. The Pinedas’ won an extension of their temporary permits from Immigration Canada which means they will will be in the country to testify at the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal hearing. They can also apply to become permanent residents. The union alleged the Filipino workers were denied overtime premiums, given less-desirable shifts and threatened with being returned home. The Mexican workers alleged they were subjected to inferior working conditions, racist and derogatory comments and forced to live in sub-standard living conditions. None of the allegations has been proven. Named as respondents were Tim Hortons Inc. (TSX:THI); TDL Group Corp., a subsidiary that oversees restaurant...

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Trudeau namamalengke ( goes to market)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took time off from APEC meetings to talk to market vendors wearing a Philippine jacket. (Posted by Jose Ramon Villanueva. Reposted by Ed Finlan). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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