December 5, 2013 |
Fresh from a weekend teleconference on nonprofit aid to the typhoon-ravaged Philippines, Aida Rivera, Pennsylvania chairwoman of the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations, said Tuesday that local groups had joined a growing movement to seek "temporary protected status" for Filipinos in the United States. That designation, called TPS, can be granted by the president whenever an armed conflict or environmental disaster temporarily prevents a country's nationals from returning home safely.
November 18, 2013
The hands and cloths clasped to the faces of the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines last week were a visceral measure of the destruction wrought by the storm. The combination of an extraordinary natural event and a region ill-equipped to withstand it left the people so overwhelmed that they could not so much as bury the dead in their thousands. It wasn't until Thursday, a week after the storm struck the islands, that the first mass burial took place in the all but destroyed city of Tacloban.
May 14, 2013 |
DAMASCUS, Syria - Syrian rebels on Sunday released four Filipino U.N. peacekeepers they abducted last week in a dramatic incident that prompted warnings from the Philippines that the nation might pull out its contingent from the Golan Heights. Meanwhile, a Syrian official said President Bashar al-Assad's troops have the right to enter the Israeli-occupied Golan whenever they wish - a veiled threat toward Israel to stay out of Syria's conflict. Also Sunday, Damascus rejected Turkey's allegations that Syria was behind two car bombings Saturday that killed 46 people in Turkey and wounded dozens more.
September 19, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - A group of Filipino nurses who said they were mocked for their accents and ordered to speak "English only" won a nearly $1 million settlement against a central California hospital where bosses and coworkers were allegedly urged to eavesdrop on the immigrant workers. The $975,000 settlement, announced Monday by lawyers from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, is believed to be the largest language-discrimination settlement in the U.S. health-care industry, according to the Asian Pacific American Legal Center.
September 2, 2012 |
They were barely noticed amid the boom of European immigration to Philadelphia in 1912. The 50 or so Filipino seamen, veterans of the U.S. Navy, remembered the city so fondly from their shore leaves they put down roots here. Once settled, though, they were met with discrimination. To protect themselves and preserve their Pacific island heritage, they formed the Filipino-American Association of Philadelphia. A century later, more than 20,000 Filipinos live in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey, primarily Northeast Philadelphia and Cherry Hill.
February 3, 2012 |
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine military said it killed three of Southeast Asia's most wanted extremist leaders in a U.S.-backed air strike that significantly weakens an al-Qaeda-linked network that used islands in the southern Philippines as a hideout and training base. The dawn strike targeting an extremist camp on a remote island killed at least 15 people, including Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan, a top leader of the regional Jemaah Islamiyah extremist network, said a military spokesman, Col. Marcelo Burgos.
December 21, 2011 |
ILIGAN, Philippines - The government shipped more than 400 coffins to two flood-stricken cities in the southern Philippines on Tuesday as the death toll neared 1,000 and President Benigno Aquino 3d declared a state of national calamity. The latest count listed 957 dead and 49 missing and is expected to climb further as additional bodies are recovered from the sea and mud in Iligan and Cagayan de Oro cities. Several morgues reported being overwhelmed and running out of coffins and formaldehyde for embalming.
November 17, 2011 |
MANILA, Philippines - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, America's outspoken advocate for democracy, found out Wednesday how vibrant democracy can get in the Philippines, as students bombarded her with questions on subjects from the contents of her purse to her daughter's life. After back-to-back meetings with President Benigno Aquino III and other officials to tackle heavy issues, Clinton dropped by a town-hall-like forum with student journalists and bloggers, organized by the Philippines' GMA network.
August 21, 2011 |
From his apartment on the Radnor estate where he works as a butler, Hyen David is building a business based on a feeling he knows well - missing home. The Philly-Pinoy grocery store he and his wife, Rowena, operate in Bridgeport stocks snacks, foods, and beauty products from the Philippines that local Filipinos have driven from as far as central New Jersey to buy. Their Philly-Pinoy outdoor restaurant near the waterfront in Brooklyn, N.Y., serves Filipino cuisine to the cruise ship workers longing for a taste of home.
November 27, 2007 |
Pedro and Salvacion Servano, Filipino immigrants facing deportation for misstating their marital status on visa applications, were placed yesterday under an order of supervision that restricts their movements but allows them to stay in this country, at least temporarily. After a meeting at the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Philadelphia, the Servanos were required to surrender their Philippine passports. They were told they cannot leave Pennsylvania for more than 48 hours without permission from the agency and are required to report back to the office in 60 days.