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Just say no: Legal advice from the internet

“MY brother’s neighbor’s girlfriend’s uncle had the same exact case and it got approved and they did not use an attorney.” I’ve heard this many times to have developed a well-curated response: Nothing. A person who has set out to hear only what s/he wants to hear can hear nothing else...

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Are pain pills safe?

BILLIONS of people around the world use painkillers, and some of them like water, because they are readily available over the counter and mostly inexpensive. There is a survey that showed 1 in 20 people take as many as 6 tablets of painkillers for pain or headache. Some even consume more than 365...

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State department reports many Filipino family-based visas go unclaimed, resulting in the case being shred and priority date lost

RECENTLY, officials from the U.S. State Department discussed the monthly Visa Bulletin and the movement of priority dates.  (A priority date is a person’s “place in line” for an immigrant visa, and is typically based on the date the petition was filed.  The monthly Visa Bulletin reports...

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American citizen finally receives her US passport

The United States Department of State is understandably cautious before they issue a person a U.S. passport.  They are determined to avoid issuing a passport to person, who is only fraudulently claiming to be a citizen of the United States.  Since these fraudulent claims do occur, it is often...

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PH doubts US list of high kidnap risk countries

The Philippines’ Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) questioned the United States State Department list of countries with high kidnapping list as it included the country among the 35 countries in the travel advisory. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año doubted the accuracy of the list...

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Duterte to journalists: You attack to get paid

President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday, April 13, claimed some journalists are being paid to produce “false reports” to serve their “clients” while he dismissed reports about the increase of his wealth while in public service. “They accept (payment) from clients to (write) political...

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Comelec warns overseas voters: Beware of fake news

As the overseas absentee voting (OAV) program commenced on Saturday, April 13, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) eyed the possibility of fake news proliferation as observed in the previous elections. COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez assured the public that the commission is on the alert for...

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Family, community, and God’s calling: Getting to know Bishop Aclan

ON March 5, the Vatican named Monsignor Alejandro “Alex” Aclan the newest auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, making him the second Filipino to ever be presented as bishop in the United States.   “I really see that as an acknowledgement of the church and the Vatican, of the...

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The Department of Tourism (DOT), through its regional offices, has coordinated with various local government units and other concerned government agencies to ensure that tourist destinations are equipped to handle the influx of tourists and pilgrims this Holy Week.  As part of the preparations, all...

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Store manager needs bankruptcy relief

CLIENT no. 1 is 50 years old and is the manager of a big retail store. He’s been working there for 30 years. His spouse got into an accident and is now on disability. He owns a house with $200,000 of equity. He has, believe it or not, 11 children from age 2 to 18.… The post Store manager needs...

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Holy Week reflections: If Good Friday is here, have faith that Easter is coming!

HOLY WEEK is a good time for us to slow down a little and introspect on the meaning of this season in our life. This is particularly important these days when our day-to-day existence has been saddled with challenges, noise, hatred, doubts and fear because of the complexity and toxicity of today’s...

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Watchdogs cite lax medical and mental health treatment of ice detainees

by Sarah Varney It’s Saturday morning and the women of the Contreras family are busy in Montclair, Calif., making pupusas, tamales and tacos. They’re working to replace the income of José Contreras, who has been held since last June at Southern California’s Adelanto ICE Processing Center, a...

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2018 Tax changes that affect divorcing couples

THE Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was recently enacted into law, impact various issues in a divorce case.  These changes are effective beginning 2018 through 2025. Spousal Support.  Spousal Support will no longer be deductible by the paying spouse and will not be taxable income to the supported...

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US to fly, sail, operate anywhere int’l laws allow despite China warning

The United States on Friday, April 12, maintained it will continue its operations in the South China Sea (SCS) despite China’s protest about American forces stirring trouble in the waters. “The U.S. will fly, sail and operate everywhere international law allows. That’s it. Wish we had a longer...

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The bucket list: Ask for help

15th of a series “Don’t be shy about asking for help. It doesn’t mean you’re weak, it only means you’re wise.”  — Anonymous WE live in the Age of Information. You could say it is both a blessing and a curse to live during what could very well be “the best of times, the worst of…...

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Will a domestic violence finding affect my claim for sole or joint custody of our Children?

AN action under the DVPA (Domestic Violence Protection Act) seeking a restraining order often is necessary to protect parties from abuse or domestic violence perpetrated by the other spouse or significant other.   At times, it is effective in preventing harm to one of the parties.   At the same...

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Choices in life and the law of karma (Part II of II)

MISTAKES in life happen for us to learn important lessons. These events allow us to become better and stronger. Bad choices make us more resilient and wiser. Negative situations simply show us what must not be. Again, I will emphasize on choices. Most of the hardships we go through were results of...

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Store manager needs bankruptcy relief

CLIENT no. 1 is 50 years old and is the manager of a big retail store. He’s been working there for 30 years. His spouse got into an accident and is now on disability. He owns a house with $200,000 of equity. He has, believe it or not, 11 children from age 2 to 18.… The post Store manager needs...

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Palm Sunday: a celebration and building of God’s Kingdom!

WE just ended Lent, and we start Holy Week, the most sacred time of the year in our Christian life. We begin it by reenacting Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and contemplating his Passion according to the Gospel of Luke.  What is significant about these rituals? What do they mean to us? How would...

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Firing employee after 12-week medical leave may be disability discrimination

OUR client, Teresa,* has always lived with a serious lung condition since childhood. Although Teresa knew that her condition limited her activities, she did her best to live a productive work life. She finished her schooling in the Philippines and worked in several skilled jobs there before she came...

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