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A FilAm’s View on Hillary’s Primaries Comeback

By Rene Villaroman/Asianjournal.com

On Tuesday, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton broke the 11-state winning streak of Sen. Barack Obama and Roqueresurrected a campaign that was on the verge of losing steam. Although Clinton won Rhode Island, Texas and Ohio, Obama retained his lead in the delegate count with 1,562 to Clinton’s 1,461 with 12 states to go. Clinton, however, said that no American President had won without winning the state of Ohio.

“I don’t feel that Sen. Clinton dished out provocative negative ads,” Niño observed. “She was really stat ing the facts about her rival so it would unmask who Sen. Obama really is; the difference between his (Obama) factual beliefs or only posturings or rhetorics.”

When Asian Journal asked Niño if it is likely that Clinton would pick Obama as running mate if she wins the nomination, Niño was cautious in his prediction. “It’s still too early to predict at this point in time. If Sen. Obama agrees for the sake of unity and a sure win (for Democrats), then it would be a dream presidential tandem,” he offered.

Niño says that Clinton should continue her aggressive campaign without let-up and always mention her experience in domestic and foreign policy. As for the FilAm voting bloc, Niño suggests spreading the word around that Sen. Clinton “can deliver; that her husband Bill can guide her,” Niño said. “It’s like two heads are better than one.”

Niño was even willing to go out on a limb and predict that Sen. Clinton would “definitely win the nomination.” As for the next battleground, Pennsylvania on April 22, Niño is confident that Sen. Clinton would prevail there too. Pennsylvania, like Texas and Ohio, are states fueled by an industrial economy, and home to thousands of blue-collar workers; these are the same demographics that had helped Sen. Clinton win the populous states, including New York and Massachusetts.

The two contenders have some six weeks to campaign in the next battleground, Pennsylvania on April 22, and to make private appeals to super delegates, who will attend the convention, but are not chosen in primaries or caucuses.



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Nevada Hepatitis Scare Addressed

By Cynthia De Castro/Asianjournal.com

LOS ANGELES — After a round of testing on Saturday, news reports revealed that eight more former patients at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada have tested positive for hepatitis B and C. These patients said they did not have hepatitis before being treated at the center. If officials determine that the patients were infected from their procedures at the facility, it will bring the number of hepatitis cases to 14 people who have contracted hepatitis C after receiving anesthesia from the center.

This development came as a sixth medical center owned and managed by Dr. Dipak Desai, one of the State’s most powerful physicians, was closed. Desai and partner Dr. Clifford Carol operated and managed all of the closed facilities, namely: The Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada, Desert Shadow Endoscopy Center, Spanish Hill Surgical Center, Gasteroenterology Centers of Nevada in Henderson, North Las Vegas, and Tenaya Way.

Health officials have not confirmed if the five other locations have exposed patients to these viruses, adding they were closed as a precautionary measure.

After a few hours debating with the City Council, the two doctors running the center, Desai and Carol, have lost their appeal to reinstate their business license. If they are convicted of being grossly negligent or reckless, they could face more than 20 years in prison.

Notification letters for 40,000 patients of the Endoscopy Center from March 2004 to January 2008 were mailed last week from the Southern Nevada Health District. They are believed to have been exposed to the disease when anesthesiologists reused syringes to administer medications. Officials recommend these former patients be tested for hepatitis B and C, as well as HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.  They are still trying to contact about 1,400 people, who doctors do not have current addresses for. It’s being called the largest notification of its kind in US history.

“These people are getting tested now,” Brian Labus, with the Southern Nevada Health District, said. “If we have positive tests, then we will be concerned about the people that they may have been in contact with, just like we would in a normal disease investigation.”

Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) officials say they first learned of the problem in early January, when a routine investigation process found that practitioners at the Endoscopy Center were using the same syringe on more than one patient — exposing those patients to the blood of other patients. A City investigation of the center found physicians telling nurses and technicians to reuse syringes and vials to save money.

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the Endoscopy Center.

Nevada healthcare had a terrible reputation even before this incident.  But public trust in doctors and nurses may now be at an all-time low. Already, the state ranks among the worst in the nation for numbers of doctors and nurses per capita, the number of uninsured patients, and the number of unvaccinated children. Nevada now has the indignity of having the nation’s largest patient notification of a potential hepatitis C outbreak. (AJ)

(For more information, the Southern Nevada Health Dis-trict Hotline is (702)759-4636 (INFO)

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Galing Pinoy: Man For All Seasons

by Cynthia De Castro/Asianjournal.com

ALL-American educator Henry Brooks Adams once said that “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” This golden nugget of wisdom is at the core of FilAm educator Mark Pulido’s vocation.

Currently serving his second four-year term as the president of the ABC Unified School District Board of Education, Mark Pulido is a super achiever and perfect role model in his community. He is also the District Director of the 27th District under State Senator Alan Lowenthal at the California State Senate.

Pulido made history when he was first elected as president in 2001. He was the first to run without opposition in the district. He was re-elected overwhelmingly four years later in 2005. Under the ABC Unified School District are around 20,000 students in 30 schools and countless infant/children and extended-day care centers in the cities of Artesia, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, as well as portions of Lakewood, Long Beach, and Norwalk.

A second generation FilAm, Mark’s parents migrated from the Philippines in 1952. His dad, Rudy Angeles Pulido, came from Naic, Cavite together with his family to join Mark’s grandfather who served the US Navy in 1927 until his retirement. Mark’s mother, Ester Lagmay, also migrated in 1952 since her father joined the US Army.

Mark has been a high achiever. Born and raised in  California, he was never  content with just being on the sidelines. He was very active in school serving as UCLA Student Body President where he earned his Bach-elor’s degree in History and Asian American Studies. He also served as an after-school tutor, college recruiter, and established a peer-counseling program. From college, Mark went on to get a Master of Public Policy degree from The University of Chicago.

“My parents taught me ear-ly to value family, hard work and education,” said Mark.

Mark has been heavily involved in Filipino associa-tions through the years. He founded the Club Kaibigan while he was in Whitney High School. In college, he was a past president of the UCLA Samahang Pilipino. Mark volunteered for many organizations and social service agencies in the Historic Filipino Town area of downtown Los Angeles before it had that historical designation.  He tutored Filipino American students at Virgil Junior High School, Belmont High School and Marshall High School through his involvement with an organization called PREP and in partnership with SIPA. And while taking his master’s, he was an active member of the University of  Chicago Samahan.

Pulido was the founding National Youth Chair of the National Federation of Fili-pino American Associations and  is a lifetime member of the Philippine Society of South East Los Angeles – PHILSELA. He also did his part in helping WWII veterans through  volunteer and advocacy efforts with Filipino Civil Rights Advocates and FASGI. Mark served on the Board of Directors of the Filipino American Heritage Institute, which operates the Filipino American Library.

Mark met his wife, Gloria Perlas, at Whitney High where they became high school sweethearts. They attended college together at UCLA and were married in 1969. That same year, they went home to visit the Philippines. They now have a 6-year old daughter, Malia.

Pulido’s consistent outstanding performance has earned for him many honors and awards like the UCLA Chancellor’s Marshall Award, Ninoy Aquino Award 1993, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship 1994, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Institute Fellowship 1996, Filipinas Magazine Award for Youth Leadership 1998, Los Angeles County Democratic Party  Man of the Year 2002,  and the Los Angeles New Millennium Lions Club – Citizen of the Year 2006.

Mark lives with an attitude of gratitude and reciprocity. He believes that he has been the recipient of so many blessings from the community and it’s time that he gives back of himself.

“I have been living in Cerritos for the last 35 years. I want to give back directly to the community that gave us so much. And I believe that the best way for me to serve is in education. I have worked directly with youth most of my life, ranging from sports coach to college recruiter and academic tutor to career mentor. All my adult life, I have fought for youth, education and our community.”

“I am so very honored and humbled to have been given this important responsibility to lead, serve and work hard to provide the best public education possible for our students in this district. From the bottom of my heart, I thank the community for this opportunity to continue serving the children, families and residents of ABC,” Pulido stated.

They say every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Truly, Mark Pulido has autographed his work with excellence.


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I’m Going to Beat Manny – Marquez

by Joseph Pimentel/Asianjournal.com

LOS ANGELES — World Boxing Council Champion Juan Manuel Marquez is confident that his training will allow him to defeat Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao.

“I don’t know how it’s going to end,” said Marquez through a translator during a media conference call last March 4. “Mentally and physically, I’m ready for this fight. I think I’m going to beat him.”

Marquez and Pacquiao are set for a rematch at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on March 15. The two boxers last met four years ago. After being knocked down three times in the first round, Marquez collected himself, and counter-punched his way to a draw.

There was no rematch after the first fight due to promo-tional gaffes. After winning two fights after his bout with Pacquiao, he took a risk and lost to Indonesian boxing Champion Chris John. Mar-quez went on to win his next four fights.

Pacquiao on the other hand continued to rise in popularity. He’s been dubbed the “Mexican Assasin” after defeating a slew of Mexican boxers including Erik Morales twice, Jorge Solis, Oscar Larios, Hector Velasquez, and most recently, Marco Antonio Barrera.

Now, four years later, Marquez is now touted as the “last Mexican standing” to Pacquiao.

Marquez admits he took Pacquiao lightly the first time around, something that he will not do come the second match.

“I was pretty confident [in the first fight]. My punches were connecting well against Pacquiao in the first half of round one,” he said. “I thought it was going to be an easy fight.”

However, Pacquiao hit Marquez with a devastating left cross that knocked him down.

“I got up because I have a lot of heart and conditioning. Losing the first fight never crossed my mind,” he said. “I  was defending two championship belts. It cost me a lot of effort and sacrifice to win those belts. I wasn’t about to let it go in three minutes.”

Marquez’s trainer Ignacio Bernstein recalls what he told his fighter after the first round. “Stick with the game plan,” recalled Bernstein through an interpreter. “I was angry at [Marquez]. He was fighting so loose like Pacquiao was an easy fighter. This was not supposed to be the way he should be fighting. I knew Manny. He’s like a wildcat. He attacks and throws a lot of different punches.”

Marquez recalls that he learned a lot from the first fight especially after the knockdowns.

“You need to be in the fight 100 percent,” he said. “You can’t take everything for granted.”

Marquez said that after he collected himself, he felt like he won all the rounds.

Judges declared it a draw.


Marquez began his training in Mexico in mid-December. For the past several months, he  has been working on ways to combat Pacquiao’s aggressive nature. He even brought in three southpaws to spar with, a luxury he didn’t have preparing for the first fight with Pacquiao.

“We’re really worried about Manny’s left hand,” said Bernstein. “His left hand is like a bullet it’s strong and fast.”

“Manny’s also developed a left and right hook so he’s definitely a better fighter than before,” he added.

Marquez is not worried. He said that he’s also a different fighter from the last time they met.

“From the first fight to this fight, I’m a better fighter,” said Marquez. “I’m more experienced. I’m conditioned, stronger and have more speed. This is going to be a completely different fight than the first one.”

“People are going to see a great fight,” he added.  “I’m putting everything in it.”


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