Knights of Rizal members at the New York Philippine Independence Day parade.  (File photo)

This is about the published story (not in the Filipino Reporter) on the expulsion of one ex-senior officer and suspension of two former leaders from the U.S. chapter of the Knights of Rizal (KOR).

I’m not a member of KOR (I like the organization but I have other responsibilities in my community, so I politely refused repeated invites for membership).

But, because one suspended member is my good friend (Paul M. Verzosa) and the wife of the other is also my good friend with whom I have an agreement to take selfie each time we meet in a community David), I’m “intruding” in a published organizational affair of KOR.

My other reasons are two:

One: the U.S. KOR Commander who was the “defendant” in the complaint, I would say is not Greek to me (in fact, his other organization awarded me with an “Outstanding Journalist” plaque not too long ago.

Two: I was able to read the complaint document, which I think, contained 33 alleged “sins” of the defendant, which, was supposedly written by the expelled brilliant former senior KOR U.S. leader.

(I don’t remember if it was before or after the document was sent to Manila.)

Ok, since “everyone is entitled to my opinion,” let me express them now.


With due respect, if KOR is indeed on suspension/expulsion mode, and is bent on keeping the good name of its organization and it should like any other group, it is my opinion and suggestion that they suspend their member in Malacañang indefinitely in the pendency of the examination and even possible prosecution for crimes against humanity against him by the International Criminal Court.

It seems that the alleged “sins” of this KOR member is far far more serious than the act of complaining by the expelled and suspended members, and more condemnable than even the 33 combined alleged sins of the complained U.S. KOR Commander.

If KOR listens to our suggestion, it would only be fair to those who are already expelled or suspended.

Ang nadinig kong tanong ng isang member, “Bakit ang mga nagsumbong ang pinarusahan ng expulsion at suspension at hindi yung isinumbomg?”


Peace initiative in Korea

If this peace effort succeeds, unlike the two previous ones...would be good for the world and especially, Southeast Asia, including the Philippines.

Commentary: Historic. No country can stand on its own.

It has to recognize it is part of a global family with rights and obligations to one another.

No country can kill its own people extrajudicially without expecting condemnation from civilized nations.

And retribution from an international mechanism of justice.

Even the hard-headed Kim Jong-un has realized this modern-day history reality.

(Excerpt from Reuters)

SEOUL (Reuters) — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in embraced after pledging on Friday to work for the “complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” punctuating a day of smiles and handshakes at the first inter-Korean summit in more than a decade.


Expulsion of Filipino ambassador in Kuwait

The decision of the Kuwaiti Government declaring the PH ambassador in that country “persona non-grata” and ordering the Filipino official to leave the country in a week’s time, though, unpleasant and disturbing, is essentially, a slap on the face of PH President Rodrigo Duterte.

It could be a manifestation that the Philippine president is, indeed, no longer respected by his peers or equals outside the PH as has been observed and reported worldwide because of several reasons, topped by extrajudicial killings and the ongoing International Criminal Court examination against him and 11 of his senior administration officials.



Sister Patricia Fox (left) talks to her counsel Maria Sol Taule.  (Photo by Mark Saludes)

71-year-old Australian missionary ordered to leave PH

In Manila, the Bureau of Immigration has ordered a 71-year-old nun missionary from Australia to leave the Philippines in 30 days for allegedly engaging in “partisan political activity.”

Sister Patricia Fox has been working as a missionary in the PH for the past 27 years helping the poor.

The BI decision prompted two outspoken Filipinos to make the following comments:

PH Permanent Representative to the UN Teddy “Boy” Locsin Jr.:

“This is wrong and brings shame to our country.”

“Now we are afraid of an old nun. What does that say about national stability? And a nun working with aborigines.”

Journalist Luis V. Teodoro, former Dean of College of Communication, UP Diliman, QC:

“A 72-year-old president with no respect for human rights and who’s facing accusations of crimes against humanity is far far more dangerous than a 71-year-old nun who has been fighting for 27 years for the rights of the poor and marginalized. Hands-off Sister Patricia Fox!”

The above incident prompts me to ask: What’s happening with my native country?



Congrats Atty. Jonathan Wong

We have a new lawyer from the Fil-Am community.

Councilman Jonathan Wong of Mahwah, N.J. passed the New York bar.

The soon-to-be (after oath-taking in June) attorney’s mother, Grace Wong, was very proud and happy, (of course), when she relayed the news to FR.

Best to you in your client and, now, wife-hunting projects, Atty. Jon.


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