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Cancer patient and mobile signing services

Published in Health and Wealth

Last Saturday afternoon, September 9, 2017, my good friend and fellow member of the Peninsula Toastmasters Atty. Cesar Fumar called me for our MOBILE SIGNING SERVICES to notarize and follow-up authentication of legal documents he prepared for his client Estrella (name was changed for protection and privacy), stage four pancreatic cancer patient who was given six months to live.


Atty. Fumar asked me if I could meet his client the following day (Sunday) or on Monday. I explained to Atty. Fumar that as evangelist at the GOLDEN GATE CHURCH OF CHRIST in San Francisco, California, I don't handle MOBILE SIGNING SERVICES on Sundays unless the client can come to our home after 6:00 pm for emergency services.


Then, last Monday afternoon, September 11, 2017, Atty. Fumar called me again when I was at the Philippine Consulate Office for the submission of notarized Affidavits and Special Power of Attorney (SPA) and follow-up in the authentication of notarized documents. He requested if I can meet his client Estrella within 30 minutes. I told Atty. Fumar that I'm waiting for the release of the authenticated Affidavits and SPAs by 4:30 pm. About 6:45 pmMonday, Atty. Fumar and I met Estrella who was already bed-ridden. Atty, Fumar brought out the legal documents he prepared like General Durable Power of Attorney, Declaration of Trust with enclosures and two sets of GRANT DEED covering parcels of agricultural land located in Barngay Anonang, Mucipality of Leon, Province of Iloilo, Philippines.


After Estrella signed the documents, I had her signed my Journal of Notarial Acts with her right thumb marks. Then, I notarized the documents. The two sets of GRANT DEED must be submitted to the Philippine Consulate Office for authentication. Because Estrella can't travel to go to the Philippine Consulate Office in San Francisco, I got copies of her California I.D. to be submitted with the notarized GRANT DEED. I can do this as special accommodation because I'm accredited Notary Public by the Philippine Consul General in San Francisco. California.


The following day, Tuesday, I submitted the two sets of notarized GRANT DEED at the Front Desk (on the 2nd floor) for review (about 1.5 hours waiting at the Front Desk). Then,I took the elevator to the 6thfloor and paid $50 cash ($25 per set) to the Cashier for authentication fees. I was advised to wait and come back for the release of the authenticated documents near the adjacent release counter (also on the 6th floor)by 4:30 pm. The authenticated documents were finally released by 5:00 pm (after more than four hours waiting).


Due to the urgency of the situation, I delivered the authenticated documents to Estrella through her sister Emma by 8:00pm Tuesday. They were very happy for the prompt and excellent services. They were also extremely thankful for the 50% discount and multiple documents and volume discounts we gave them.


As evangelist and accredited Notary Public, this was very emotional MOBILE SIGNING SERVICES we rendered together with Atty. Cesar Fumar. . I silently prayed for Estrella, her sister and her family for comfort and strength before and after my visits in their home in Daly City, California.


FREE GUIDELINES: To avoid mistakes and unnecessary expenses, make sure to request and read your FREE copies of “Updates and Guidelines on the Submission of Documents for Authentication at the Philippine Consulate in SF” and “UNIQUE SITUATIONS, CONVENIENCE AND SAVINGS ON MOBILE SIGNING SERVICES.” For your FREE copies, just send a self-addressed-stamped envelope to: MOBILE SIGNING SERVICES, 730 Madrid Street, San Francisco, CA 94112. Tel. (650)438-3531 or (415)584-7095 or email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


*ART GABOT MADLAING is a commissioned Notary Public and licensed Real Estate Broker (BRE #00635976) in California since 1981. He is accredited Notary Public by the Philippine Consul General in San Francisco. Art is founder of FITNESS FOR HUMANITY (aka FITNESS FOR CHRIST) and ACAPINOY. He is evangelist at the GOLDEN GATE CHURCH OF CJHRIST in San Francisco, California.

BIR poised to hi P1.83-T revenue target

Published in Business

QUEZON CITY — Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Caesar Dulay is optimistic of hitting the agency's P1.829 trillion 2017 collection goal with greater cooperation from taxpayers and strengthened collection by regional offices.


Dulay said they are trying their best to meet the target "with the cooperation of taxpayers." He admitted that revenue collection is "very tight" but pointed out that "the regions are doing very well."

"They are really working hard," he said.


Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) data show that as of end-August this year, BIR registered a 9 percent year-on-year uptick in collections to P1.157 trillion from year-ago's P1.058 trillion.


Dulay's optimism is partly due to the initial outcome for September. "We had a very good month in September. Our growth is...we have 97 percent collection," he said.


The BIR chief also cited the impact of the tie-up with the Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank).


On Thursday, BIR and Landbank officials announced the program that allows Landbank savings and current account holders to pay their taxes online through the Landbank LinkBiz Portal.


Taxpayers first need to enroll their eBIRForms through the BIR website. After this, they need to visit the Landbank website and access its e-Banking tab, where they can see the tab for the LinkBiz Portal.


Landbank president Alex Buenaventura, in an interview by journalists at the launching, said they will eventually expand the program to all Bancnet card holders.


He said that Landbank accepts BIR payments over-the-counter and the volume payments from January to September this year has reached P43 billion.


"These people are the ones who will benefit from this program because they don't have to go to Landbank branches anymore just to pay their taxes," he said.


Buenaventura said tax payments made through this mode will be posted real time. Dulay hailed the benefit of this program in boosting BIR's revenue collections, citing that the agency is ready to address any eventualities.


"We encourage them (taxpayers who are Landbank account holders) to make use of this facility so they can avoid the penalties (for late payments)," he added.


BIR collects around 70 percent of government revenues. The agency has strengthened its revenue collection to ensure that government programs get the necessary funding, particularly those for infrastructure projects.



MARILOU DANLEY: MARILOU DANLEY poses at the western end of the Rizal Monument at the old Luneta, now Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines. She posted this photo in her now deleted Facebook account. (Contributed photo)


LAS VEGAS (JGL) — A millionaire known to be a casino player but without previous criminal record on the use of guns strafed concert goers from his 32nd floor room in Mandalay Hotel here on Oct. 2, killing 59 people and injuring 527 others, including two Filipino Americans, in what could be the worst mass murder in US history .


Those injured were by gunfire or shrapnel, some trampled in the pandemonium that followed adjacent to the Las Vegas Strip as police scrambled to locate the assailant.


The gunman, Stephen Paddock, 64, later shot himself fatally before police could storm his room in the hotel casino resort. A search on his room and later in one of his homes yielded several high-powered guns and ammunition.


RIZAL MONUMENT: THIS IS THE FULL view of the Rizal Monument at the old Luneta, now Rizal Park, where Marilou Danley had her photo taken. (Contributed photo)


The FilAm who was injured was identified as Las Vegas-born Arthur "Arty" Andrade, 21, who was on a double-date with his girlfriend, his friend and the latter's girlfriend when he was shot in the stomach, his family told ABS-CBN News. The other FilAm was not immediately identified by the Philippine Consulate General's office in Los Angeles and the Department of Foreign Affairs but said he had sprained ankle and has been discharged from the hospital. 


Andrade underwent surgery and is confined at a local hospital, according to his family.


Las Vegas is home to some 120,000 Filipinos, according to the Philippine General Consulate in Los Angeles, California. 


In Manila, the Department of Foreign Affairs urged Filipino residents and tourists to call the consulate and give their whereabouts and contact details. 


COUPLE: STEPHEN CRAIG Paddock is shown in this photo. Stephen Paddock went on a shooting spree Sunday (Oct. 1st) night from his Mandalay Bay hotel casino on the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, killing 59 people and injuring 527. (Facebook photo)


"Sa dami ng Pilipino doon, we have 131,000 Filipinos in southern Nevada alone. Most of these kababayans based in the Las Vegas area, napakahirap i-trace kung isa-isahin," DFA spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar told Manila reporters.


Initially, Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, a Filipino Australian, was listed as a person of interest in the incident but was later cleared as she was vacationing in Hong Kong and the Philippines with friends days before the incident. The Bureau of Immigration in Manila disclosed that Danley arrived in Manila on Sept. 23.

Danley, 62, whose maiden name is Bustos, voluntarily returned to Las Vegas to help police authorities in the investigation as she claimed innocence and advance knowledge of the plans of Paddock. She was met by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (BFI) agents at the Los Angeles International Airport.

"I knew Stephen Paddock as a kind, caring, quiet man," Marilou Danley said in a statement read by her attorney Matthew Lombard. "I loved him and hoped for a quiet future together with him," she said.


"He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood in any way to be a warning that something horrible like this was going to happen," she added.


BROTHERS: STEPHEN CRAIG Paddock (right) is shown with his brother, Erick Paddock. Stephen Paddock went on a shooting spree Sunday (Oct. 1st) night from his Mandalay Bay hotel casino on the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, killing 59 people and injuring 527. (Courtesy of Eric Paddock)


Danley added that two weeks ago, Paddock had told her he found a cheap plane ticket for her to visit family in the Philippines.


"Like all Filipinos abroad, I was excited to go home and see family and friends," that statement said. "While there, he wired me money ($100,000), which he said was for me to buy a house for me and my family."


She said she became concerned at that point, thinking he wanted to break up with her.


"It never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone."

Danley said she was devastated by Sunday night's attack on concertgoers -- the worst mass shooting in modern US history -- and her prayers went out to all the victims.


"I am a mother and grandmother and my heart breaks for all who have lost loved ones," she said.


Danley's profile in LinkedIn describes her as “Gambling & Casinos Professional” and resides in Reno, Nevada. Public records show that she is 62 years old (born, Dec. 12, 1954), four feet, 11 inches tall and weighed 111 pounds.


Paddock open fired from his 32nd floor large suite of Mandalay Bay hotel casino at about 10:08 p.m. overlooking a crowd of more than 22,000 concertgoers. The victims were across the street attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert when bullets rang out. 

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department SWAT responded to the call, breached the hotel room and found the gunman dead.


Although early press reports indicated that Ms. Danley is now off the hook because she was outside the United States when the mass shooting happened, LVMPD Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told a news conference, “We are still continuing to ask her several questions. She is out of the country. She is in Tokyo (Japan), not in the Philippines.”



Police said Paddock had no criminal record. The gunman killed himself before police entered the hotel room from where he was firing, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters.


"We have no idea what his belief system was," Lombardo said. "I can't get into the mind of a psychopath."


Federal officials said there was no evidence to link Paddock to militant organizations.

"We have determined to this point no connection with an international terrorist group," Aaron Rouse, special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) field office in Las  Vegas, told reporters.


The Clark County Fire Department estimated that approximately 406 people were transported to area hospitals and 50 were dead following Sunday evening’s shooting.


Among the dead were a nurse and a Las Vegas police officer who was off-duty at the time. His name was withheld pending notification of next of kin. There were also two on-duty officers injured, one of whom was upgraded recently from critical to stable condition. The other sustained non-life threatening wounds.


This is still an active investigation, Sheriff Lombardo said. The Federal Bureau of Investigations is asking for anyone with videos or photos concerning the shooting to call 1-800-CALLFBI or (800) 225-5324.


LVMPD and Clark County Coroner’s Office have set up a hotline for family or friends to report a missing loved one connected to this incident.


The hotline is only to take reports on missing people. The number is (866) 535-



LVMPD also opened up a family reunification center at its headquarters at 400 S. Martin L. King Blvd. in Building B. The identification process of all of the injured and the deceased will take time, so authorities are asking the public for patience.


Paddock, 64, lived in Mesquite, Nevada retirement community, where amenities include golf and tennis. He was a multimillionaire real-estate investor and liked to travel to Las Vegas to play high-states video poker.


Investigators are still puzzled why Paddock would bring with him 17 guns inside his hotel room and spray bullets upon an outdoor country music festival below.


His brother, Erick Paddock, told reporters, “I can’t even make something up. There’s just nothing.”


Country music star Jason Aldean was performing for more than 22,000 fans on the Route 91 Harvest Festival when Paddock launched the attack.


Sheriff Lombardo ruled out connection to international terrorism although Islamic State group had claimed responsibility. 

Paddock was a “lone wolf” assassin. He said three scenes are still being processed: the 32nd floor room in Mandalay Bay where the shooting emanated; Paddock’s house in Mesquite; and another house in north Nevada.


In Mesquite, police found more than 18 firearms, explosives and electronic devices. 

Lombardo said there were 16 firearms in the room where Paddock killed himself, some with scopes and some that appeared to have been modified to convert them to fully automatic weapons.


Lombardo said the gunman apparently used a "device similar to a hammer" to smash the windows from which he fired.


Police found at least 18 additional firearms, some explosives and thousands of rounds of ammunition at Paddock's home in Mesquite, about 90 miles (145 km) northeast of Las Vegas, along with "some electronic devices that we are evaluating at this time," Lombardo told reporters.


Meanwhile, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) issued the following statement after the shooting at the Route 91 Music Festival in Las Vegas:


“In the strongest terms, NaFFAA condemns the senseless attack that took over 50 lives and injured over 500 more in Las Vegas this weekend,” said Brendan Flores, NaFFAA National Chairman. 

“My hometown of Clark County is home to over 145,000 Filipino Americans, and is a vibrant and diverse community. I have faith that they will come together to overcome this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the innocent lives lost and wounded in the shooting. As I said in response to the Charlottesville attacks, we must join together in the spirit of community to act as lights in the face of darkness.”


Amie Belmonte, NaFFAA’s Desert Mountain Region Chair (NV, AZ, UT), added: “As we struggle to make sense of the devastating attack on innocent lives that occurred in our beloved Las Vegas community, one thing is crystal clear: We are eternally grateful for the first responders, the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, and all other selfless individuals who risked their lives to come to the aid of victims on the ground. It is their stark bravery that offers a glimmering light of hope in the shadow of this cowardly act of hate.


As NaFFAA’s Desert Mountain Region Chair, we offer our prayers and sympathies to the victims, pledge our support to anyone from our community affected by the attacks, and encourage those who are able to donate blood to do so. In situations like this, such donations can mean the difference between life or death for those recovering from the attack.” (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. '; document.write(''); document.write(addy_text20731); document.write('<\/a>'); //-->\n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )


Published in National News



(Photo from Instagram | @whitehouse)


WASHINGTON/MANILA (PhilAmPress) – White House has confirmed officially that United States President Donald Trump will visit Manila next month to attend the Association of Southeast Asian (ASEAN) leaders summit where he is finally meeting for the first time Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.


Last week, President Trump’s travel to the Philippines was already reported by Philippines Today as announced by US Ambassador to Manila Sung Kim in a speech at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) in Intramuros, Manila.


The White House announcement came on the heels of a reversal by Mr. Duterte on his pronouncements on the United States by now praising it as an ally and thanking it for helping the Philippines in many ways, including the war on terrorism in Marawi City and the campaign against illegal drugs.


It also came in the wake of the launch of new week-long joint military exercises between the Filipino and American forces.


The U.S. embassy said the military drills "will increase overall US and Philippine readiness, improve bilateral responsiveness to crises in the region, and further reinforce our illustrious decades-long alliance."


"(The operation) perpetuates a long and lasting partnership founded firmly on common heritage between freedom-loving countries," said Philippine Marines spokeswoman Captain Maria Rowena Dalmacio. 


About 900 U.S. troops are taking part in the training in various locations in  Luzon, including the former U.S. military base of Clark. Some 2,000 Filipino soldiers are part of the training.


Also, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, taking the place of the President in the United Nations assembly and meetings with US officials like Senators Cory Gardner and John McCain, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was a recent guest in Malacanang.


Duterte surprised Tillerson last month with a warm reception in Malacanang, describing himself as a "humble friend" of the United States.


Some commentators have attributed his softer tone to the Trump administration refraining from criticism of Duterte's signature war on drugs.


Secretary Cayetano, who met Tillerson in Washington on Wednesday, said the Philippines was open to receiving foreign observers to examine its human rights record and war on drugs, which has killed thousands.


In Washington, Secretary Cayetano told Sen.  Gardner of Colorado that the Philippines wanted to go beyond security issues and intensify economic cooperation with the US.

“For so long, it was security that defined Philippine-US relations and we think it is about time we started looking at the socio-economic milieu as another defining characteristic of our relationship,” Cayetano told Gardner.


“Let us use the present to re-examine the relationship with the objective of advancing our core interests together,” Cayetano added.


This was a reversal of the President Duterte’s announcement during the Philippines-China Trade and Investment Forum in October 2016 that the Philippines would cut its military and economic ties with the US.


For his part, Gardner expressed optimism on the availability of opportunities to increase trade, investment and other economic exchanges with the Philippines.


He said a “robust and dynamic” Philippines-US relationship contributes to the strength of the national economies of both countries.


Cayetano also briefed Gardner about the Philippine government’s efforts to engage international partners on human rights and counterterrorism.


Mr. Trump’s visit will be part of his five-nation swing in Asia on Nov. 3 to 14, with stops in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. 


The US leader is expected to take part in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in the Philippines, where top officials from the bloc's global partner nations like China, Japan, Australia, and Canada are set to attend. 


Trump is set to tackle trade issues and the North Korean nuclear threat during his Asian trip, the White House said last week.


"The president's engagements will strengthen the international resolve to confront the North Korean threat and ensure the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," it said in a statement.


President Trump will be accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump in his travel to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Hawaii from November 3-14, the White House said.


The President will participate in a series of bilateral, multilateral, and cultural engagements—including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Manila, it was reported.


Demonstrating his continued commitment to the alliances and partnerships of the United States in the region, President Trump will discuss the importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific region to America's prosperity and security.


White House said the American leader will also emphasize the importance of fair and reciprocal economic ties with America's trade partners.


The President's engagements will strengthen the international resolve to confront the North Korean threat and ensure the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, according to the White House.


During a visit to ASEAN's Jakarta headquarters in April, Vice President Mike Pence had promised allies -- anxious about waning US engagement in the region -- that Trump would attend the bloc's summit in Manila this November.


Since then Trump's souring bromance with Duterte -- prompted, in part, by Duterte's rights record and his vow in July to never visit "lousy" America -- had thrown those plans in the air.

"He invited us so we're going to see," Trump said, while announcing he would go to Japan, South Korea, China and, maybe, Vietnam for a regional APEC economic summit.


Republican Senator Cory Gardner, who met Duterte in the Philippines earlier this year, has urged Trump to attend the ASEAN summit in Manila.


"I think it's very important that the president travel to the region to the summit," Gardner said. "Now more than ever the United States needs to show its leadership not just in rhetoric, but in action, in visible ways."


Early in his tenure, Trump courted controversy by praising Duterte for doing an "unbelievable job on the drug problem."


In his reversal of stance on US, Duterte voiced rare praise for the US during the 116th anniversary of the Balangiga massacre in Samar, calling it an important security ally, and dismissing historic grievances and his slew of past tirades against Washington as "water under the bridge".


Last year, at his first international summit in Laos, the maverick leader stunned regional leaders when he showed them pictures of that Balangiga massacre in which many Filipinos and Americans were killed.


Then U.S. President Barack Obama cancelled a bilateral meeting there with Duterte, who had called him a "son of a bitch" days earlier for expressing concern about his bloody war on drugs.


On Thursday, Duterte said he had been advised to tone down his anti-American rhetoric and had positive words for the U.S. military, with which he has repeatedly threatened to sever ties, besides accusing it of supplying ineffective combat hardware and of making the Philippines a potential target for war.


"This is all water under the bridge, I was under advice by the Department of Foreign Affairs, that I would temper my language and avoid cursing, which I am prone to do if I get emotional," Duterte said in a speech.

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