Archive for December, 2008

When Philippine Tribune talked with Ms Tess Lopez, she declared that the $300,000 owed to her by the Filipino Multi-Purpose Centre (MPC) has not yet been paid. Her money was supposed to have been returned on September 28, 2008. Attempts to contact the managers of MPC proved futile until she finally caught up with MPC solicitor Ed Yunon. According to Ms Lopez, Mr. Yunon told her “Hiyang-hiya na nga ako.” (I am deeply embarrassed.)


UNITED States Air Force F-16 fighter pilot Monessa Catuncan doesn’t just maneuver an aircraft whenever she’s on air. She also carries the Philippine flag and the pride of the country it represents and the people in it.

The F-16 Fighting Falcon or most commonly known as the “Viper” is a state-of-the-art fighter aircraft. It has been a high performance weapon system for the US and allied nations for it has been used in numerous air-to-air combats. This specific aircraft has exceeded all the potential threat fighter aircrafts. Its feature as an offense-defense weapon is very precise that it can perform on any weather condition. This kind of plane is a complicated device meant to be handled by highly qualified pilots. The F-16 or the Viper has played vital roles in most of America’s wars with the most recent being in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. An F-16 fighter plane is what Monessa Catuncan navigates. But before Monessa even set foot to the elite US Air Force, this humble Pinay, like almost everybody else earned her way to success.


The Philippine Consulate General in Sydney will conduct the registration of Filipino Overseas Absentee Voters (OAV) who will cast their votes for the 2010 Philippine national elections for president, vice president, and senators. The OAV registration period is from 1 December 2008 to 31 August 2009.

Filipino citizens and dual citizen Filipino-Australians domiciled in New South Wales will register at the Philippine Consulate in Sydney, those in the other states and territories of Australia at the Philippine Embassy in Canberra.


Swiss Animal Protection/EAST International. When undercover investigators made their way onto Chinese fur farms recently, they found that many animals are still alive and struggling desperately when workers flip them onto their backs or hang them up by their legs or tails to skin them. When workers on these farms begin to cut the skin and fur from an animal’s leg, the free limbs kick and writhe. Workers stomp on the necks and heads of animals who struggle too hard to allow a clean cut.

When the fur is finally peeled off over the animals’ heads, their naked, bloody bodies are thrown onto a pile of those who have gone before them. Some are still alive, breathing in ragged gasps and blinking slowly. Some of the animals’ hearts are still beating five to 10 minutes after they are skinned. One investigator recorded a skinned raccoon dog on the heap of carcasses that had enough strength to lift his bloodied head and stare into the camera.


It is a mix of sadness and anticipation that I write to let you know that I am leaving as Consul General of the Philippine Consulate Sydney sometime before the end of the year to assume my new position as Philippine Ambassador to Switzerland.

Thank you for the support you and the Philippine Tribune have given to me and the Philippine Consulate.

With best regards and kind wishes,

Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro