I was checking my Facebook page one day when I saw a post from Rich Abarquez. He was asking the public why there was no unity among us Filipinos. Rich Abarquez is a smart and educated young man. He has been actively participating in the affairs of our community and had been awarded the Maharlika Award for his activities. However, he seems to be frustrated with the situation he finds himself in, and he is reaching out to everyone who will read his message, to provide him with some answers, or at least a decent explanation to his question.

President Aquino declared a national day of mourning for the 44 members of the police Special Action Force who gave up their lives pursuing two high- value terrorists. He addressed the nation on the same day that the government peace panel flew to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to finalize with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front the decommissioning or “normalization” aspect of the peace deal.

Dear Editor,
Canadians across the nation are all shocked and saddened at the terrible acts of violence that took place last week. We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the Canadian Armed Forces members who succumbed to injuries caused by these attacks. We count on our Armed Forces to protect our nation and diligently carry out their duties so that we can live in a peaceful country.

When the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association came out with an appeal for donations, a couple of gentlemen launched the ice bucket challenge a few weeks ago. People went on a rampage, nominating their friends left and right, to take on the challenge or cough up the money for the association.

terry-lakeThere are up to 70,000 British Columbians living with Alzheim­er’s disease or a related dementia and as our baby boomer popula­tion continues to age, this number is expected to grow. This situation is not unique to British Columbia and is becoming a global epi­demic as recently highlighted at  the G8 Dementia Summit held in London, England. January is Alzheimer aware­ness month and an opportunity to share information and increase awareness about this degenera­tive disease.

harper-editorialThe Senate scandal that has been plagu­ing the Harper government for days on end could not have happened at an oppourtune time – the days leading to Halloween and the Calgary Convention.

The recent decision on the human trafficking case involv­ing Filipina caregiver Leticia Sarmiento is a classic example of the futility of getting justice fairly. B.C. Supreme Court Judge Richard Goepel sentenced Orr to 18 months in jail while the Crown asked for five to six years . Defense recommended a conditional sentence of two years less a day.

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