Archive for June, 2009

Aklan, Philippines. May 26. 2009. It was reported in the Daily Telegraph today that a 67-year-old Australian man was shot dead in a beach resort in Central Philippines by a Filipino.

Jim Burney was having a drink with a friend when without any provocation, a man in another table approached him, pointed a gun directly to his head and shot him twice. He died on the spot.

The suspect, Pedrito Carlos, 35, fled in his motorcycle but was later arrested by the local police when he had an accident near the town church.

Police investigators were able to recover the gun used in the attack. As of press time, the motive for the killing has not yet been determined.

I’ve been reading your paper and thought I can share our experience on ANZAC night at Rooty Hill.

I am a graduate of BSDevCom, major in Dev Journalism from UPLB ‘81 and happily writing on the side as I help manage our computer software business (REA SOFTWARE PTY LTD) as Chief Financial Officer.

I used to work for the PNA, Office of Press Secretary in Malacanang during Cory’s time. I also went to graduate school and specialised in Descriptive
Linguistics. I covered science & technology, aviation industry and other issues assigned to the international airport (NAIA).

I am also very much interested to be part of your paper (despite your recent legal episode) as it is relatively rough on some edges and seem to need my expertise!

Many thanks in advance if you can give this a bit of space in your controversial but highly relevant paper! More power to you and your staff!

Marie Rea
Stanhope Gardens

Not too long ago, CNN published the story of Noriko Calderon, a 13-year old Filipina who was born and raised in Japan. Her parents, Arlan Cruz Calderon, 36 and Sarah Calderon, 38 were deported back to the Philippines from Japan on 13 April 2009. They both entered Japan in 1993 on fake passports. They met, got married and had a child whom they named Noriko.

Noriko grew up in an environment entirely different from what a Filipino child would have known. She studied in a Japanese school, mingled with Japanese children, watched Japanese television and learned how to speak Nippongo fluently. It was the only language she knew.

On April 13, Noriko’s parents were finally deported after fighting their case for three years in Tokyo’s High Court. They were seen off by their daughter Noriko at Narita Airport. It was a very sad scene. Noriko was crying, knowing that she would not see her parents for a long, long time. The couple Arlan and Sarah cannot go back to Japan until after five years but they asked to be able to visit their daughter once a year.

Activists claim that Japan’s strict immigration laws violate human rights. It makes us wonder if a similar thing could happen here in Australia.

Take the case of Raniel Avendano. He was then 19 years old when his parents faced deportation in December 2007. Raniel had been diagnosed to have suicidal tendencies and that was probably what prompted Immigration authorities to allow his parents to stay.

We should be grateful that Australian immigration laws do give some leeway for authorities to grant relief to parents in such situations.

Immigration laws vary in different countries. In some, they are notoriously complex. Individuals may be eligible for more than one form of relief. Anyone facing deportation proceedings or concerned about their status are well advised to consult an immigration lawyer.

In last month’s issue of Philippine Sentinel, we published a report derived from the internet that the suspect who shot Ms Santelices was slain. It was further reported that Orlando del Rosario, the alleged gunman was killed in a shootout with police and that the case was closed.

We gathered information from Tara’s best friend and other witnesses who were with her at the time of the shooting that del Rosario is just a fall guy. He was positively identified not to be the real gunman who shot Tara just to grab her laptop computer.

Tara’s parents are still suffering in pain that the real gunman is still alive and free and maybe waiting for his next victim.

According to her mother, Tara’s condition is stable and they are making preparations to bring her home soon from the hospital.

The new Consul General of the Philippines to New South Wales has arrived in Sydney to assume her duties as head of the Philippine Consulate General in this capital city.

The Honorable Eva G. Betita, the new Head of the Philippine Consulate, is a career diplomat of the Philippine Foreign Service. She is a senior official who was until recently an Assistant Secretary of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

Her assignment to Sydney is her third overseas posting. She was earlier detailed to the Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu and to the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco.