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WAILUKU, Hawaii — A Kahului Filipino-American father was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole, after he was convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting of his 19-year-old son.
Because he also was convicted of using a semi-automatic firearm to commit the crime, Joe D. Antonio was ordered to serve at least 20 years in prison before being eligible for parole, according to a report by The Maui News.
Antonio, 47, who is also known as Jose Antonio Sr., has been incarcerated since he turned himself in at the Wailuku Police Station within an hour of the fatal shooting at 10:40 p.m. Dec. 16, 2008, at the family’s two-bedroom cottage on South Kamehameha Avenue.
Jose “JR” Antonio Jr. was found lying on the ground just outside the home with five gunshot wounds in his body.
Police recovered seven bullet casings and the father’s .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol at the scene.
“I just want to apologize once again to my family,” Joe Antonio said in court on Oct. 20, turning to several family members in the courtroom. “Sorry for causing the pain. I’m not the perfect father. I’m not the perfect husband. I’m not the perfect person. I just want to ask for forgiveness.”
According to testimony during Antonio’s non-jury trial that began in June, there were arguments in the home in the hours before the shooting.
Antonio’s wife Zenaida confronted him that afternoon about going to the Philippines with a woman who was allegedly his girlfriend.
Later that evening, after Antonio had been drinking with relatives and friends in the garage of the main house on the property, he and his son argued over a video game cord running from a living room computer to the son’s bedroom, where he was playing an online game.
The father had repeatedly asked the son to remove the cord, saying someone might trip over it.
The two also argued over $1,400 the father had borrowed from the son, in part for gambling debts.
At one point, the father slapped the son’s cheek and both threw money at each other that the father tried to repay to the son.
The son lifted one end of a couch and punched a hole in a closet during one confrontation, where he also reportedly questioned his father’s infidelity.
The father twice pulled out the video game cord that night, breaking it the second time.
Joe Antonio said he heard his son swearing in his bedroom when the cord broke.
Antonio testified he was afraid when he went into his bedroom, got and loaded his gun, and went outside.
He said his son had kicked open the screen door and was swearing, and had a hand on the father’s neck before he fired, emptying the pistol.
Then Antonio went into the house, got his keys and drove away.
“It’s a terrible family tragedy beyond anything you could imagine,” said defense attorney Philip Lowenthal. “There’s no question Mr. Antonio loved his son.”
Lowenthal asked 2nd Circuit Judge Joel August not to impose the 20-year mandatory-minimum term, saying the prosecution hadn’t presented evidence to prove the pistol was a semi-automatic firearm.
Semi-automatic firearm
But Deputy Prosecutor Melinda Mendes said that, in finding Antonio guilty, the judge had found that the evidence showed a semi-automatic firearm was used.
Although Antonio asked for his family’s forgiveness, “I haven’t heard him say, ‘I’m sorry I killed my son’ today,” Mendes said. “This tragedy was of the defendant’s own making.”
August said the court received “many, many letters” from family members of Antonio and his wife, with letter writers hoping Antonio wouldn’t receive a lengthy prison sentence.
“This court has virtually no discretion to determine the length of the sentence,” August said.
He said Hawaii law mandates a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole for a second-degree murder conviction and a 20-year mandatory minimum term for using a semi-automatic firearm to commit second-degree murder.
August found Antonio guilty of both charges in July.
At the time of the shooting, Antonio had worked as a pressman at The Maui News for 18 years.
His son had graduated from high school and was living at home and working as a stock clerk at Safeway in Kahului.
“Ultimately, this case represents emotion over reason,” August said. “It grew out of extreme anger over perceived disrespect for parental authority and reached a level which no reasonable person in a well-ordered society is prepared to accept or condone. It is truly a tragedy for everyone concerned.”



Ryan Pateña, the only son of veteran performer Carmen Pateña, died of brain cancer on Nov. 2 at Compassionate Care Hospice in Jersey City, N.J. He was 34.
Born in Manila on Oct. 13, 1976, he was a graduate of Humanities High School in New York.
“Ryan’s a very loving son, very compassionate,” says his mother, known as Asia’s Ambassadress of Songs. “He never gave me a problem. I will surely miss him.”
Ms. Pateña, a former New Yorker who returned to the Philippines a few years ago to resume her singing career, cancelled all her engagements back home to be on her son’s bedside.
She flew to New Jersey on Oct. 21 — 12 days before he passed away.
  The remains was cremated on Nov. 8.
Aside from Ms. Pateña, Ryan is survived by his uncle, the Rev. David Pateña, and closest friends Marilou Geling, and Dave and Matti Cameron of Raritan, N.J.

Nominations are now being accepted for the premier Filipino-American ceremonial title in the United States, the 2011 Philippine Independence Day Parade Grand Marshal.
The search was launched immediately after the annual meeting of the newly-elected Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI) board of directors where Sofia Abad (photo below), a board member, volunteered to chair the search committee and her appointment by the new president Joji Jalandoni was approved unanimously by the board.
Nominations must be mailed to Abad and must be postmarked no later than Nov. 15, 2010 to be considered. 
Nominations received after Nov. 15 will not be considered.
Nomination forms are available by calling the chairperson and co-chairpersons of the 2011 PIDCI Grand Marshal nomination committee: Sofie Abad at 347.453.8951 or 718.849.4581; Fe Martinez at 973.222.0085; Nida Cortez at 646.644.4101; PIDCI president Joji Jalandoni at 201.401.7559; or from any member of the PIDCI board of directors.
The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) steering committee is now accepting nominations for the Outstanding Filipino American Achievers in America awards.
The awards will be presented during the the 3rd annual poinsettia grand ball on Dec. 12, from 7 p.m. to 12 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Stamford, 700 Main Street, Stamford, Connecticut.
This year’s search aims to honor and salute those who distinguish themselves in their respective fields of endeavors.
In December 2008, NaFFAA-Region I honored about 70 organizations during the 1st poinsettia grand ball and, in December 2009, the Filipino American Young Lawyers. 
This year, the steering committee created 10 categories representing different sectors of society:
• Arts and culture sector, which includes any individual in the performing arts, visual arts, music and other cultural areas, who have made significant  contribution or rendered a positive impact upon culture and the arts;
• Business sector, which includes corporate or entrepreneurial luminaries (general manager and up), and entrepreneur (single proprietorship); any individual or company with exceptional performance in their business, dedication to their customers’ satisfaction, financial stability and success in their own right, as well as generous contributors to the Filipino community and its charitable missions, either in the United States or in the Philippines.
• Civic sector, which includes any leader of the community who leads or have led social or civic organizations in a dignifies and transparent manner of governance, and who has rendered excellent “community service” to the Filipino people in particular, and the Filipino community in general, either in the United States or in the Philippines.
• Government sector, which includes executive level service (director or head of office), executive level service (congressman or any elected position), judicial level service (judge and up) and military service (captain and up ), who have brought honor and favorable recognition to the Filipino-American community and, who, by their exemplary service, further serve as excellent role models and symbols of pride and success for the community.
• Healthcare sector, which includes any individual, group or entity that has made significant contributions in terms of medical care related to their profession and area of expertise, as well as engaged in excellent community health services such as medical missions, health fairs, seminars, workshops and special projects for the good and welfare of the Filipino people or community here in the USA and in the Philippines;
• Media sector, which includes anyone in the print or broadcast media, who has rendered outstanding or significant service addressing the needs and concerns of the Filipino community, through information or opinion that has proven useful and reliable. The recipient must have brought honor and favorable recognition  to the Filipino-American community , and serves as a symbol of pride not only to the Filipino community but also among the American or mainstream community;
• Philanthropic sector, which includes any individual or group, whose unselfish, substantial and nonstop contributions and active participation in all Filipino-American community, and serves as a symbol of pride not only to the Filipino community but also among the American or mainstream community;
• Professional sector, which includes any professional in the fields of accountancy, engineering/technology, law, medicine, medical technology, nursing, physical therapy, education, or any four-year course, who has successfully passed their bar/board examinations, and has secured outstanding achievements in their chosen  profession or field of work;
• Religious sector, which includes any individual (priest, pastor, layman, group of leader) or group/organization (legitimate)/institution/congregation who has a sense of piety which implies devout adherence to religion, in belief and in practice, who possesses an exceptional and exemplary quality of spiritual and religious integrity, and who seeks to inculcate in others the adherence to strict moral standards of conduct
• Young men and women sector, which includes any young, professional, aged 18 to 40 who are achievers/excels in his/her chosen profession, who has served and contributed excellent and tremendous services to the community through the years, or to any organization to which he or she belongs.
• Special citation or award has been created, representing the highest award from the National Federation of Filipino American Associations entitled  “Missionaries of Hope,” which will be awarded to a group, organization, institution or association with impeccable moral and financial underpinnings, and which has engaged in highly successful charitable, advocacy activities and good works, as evidenced by its significant contributions through service in the home, community or to mankind in general, in such fields as health, education, livelihood, housing, livelihood, disastrous calamities, and other worthy community services over a sustained period of time; and whose involvement has reflected favorably upon our cultural heritage, and has a positive impact on the betterment of the Filipino community, especially here and in the Philippines.
• Nominees, when selected, will be introduced at a cocktail party, date and venue to be announced soon  for the first time in their honor, prior to the actual awards ceremony, to allow the awardees to experience greater camaraderie and develop stronger bonds among themselves. There will also be pictorials and interviews. 
Members of the awards steering committee are:
Nena Lozada Kaufman, chair; Nimfa Tinana, Lito Pernia, co-chairs; J.T.S. Mallonga, Esq., Merit Salud, Esq., Gino Ang, Marlene Stern, Cora Reyes and Roger Alama, members.
Deadline for submission of nominations is Nov. 30, 2010.
Call 917.528.1212 or 201.658.0476; or send your nomination via e-mail directly to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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