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A6 PHILIPPINE ASIAN NEWS TODAY February 1 - 15, 2016 OPINION Rey Fortaleza - Publisher Carlito Pablo - Editorial Consultant Jun Cordero - Associate Editor Writers - Crisanta Sampang ; Columnists - Geoff Meggs, Ben Berto, Editha Corrales, Mon Datol, Fr. Jerry Orbos SVD, DeeDee Sytangco, Alan Samuel, Erie Maetro, Ed Malay, and Willie J. Uy (Manila Bureau Chief) Alvin Barrera - Graphics and Layout Rolly Fortaleza - Graphics Design Julian Fortaleza - Sports Editor Dean Guzman, Charles De Jesus - Christian Cunanan - Photographers Reyfort Publishing & Entertainment Office Add: 9955 -149th Street, Surrey, B.C. V3R 7N2 Email: [email protected] Website: Tel: (604) 588-news (6397) Fax: (604) 588-6387 NOW AVAILABLE: Alberta Province Efren Saylon Tel: (780) 707-1477 Copyright of letters and other materials submitted and accepted for publication remains with the author, but the Publisher may freely reproduce them in any other forms. Opinions and views expressed are of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the PHILIPPINE ASIAN NEWS TODAY. E-mail: [email protected] Bulong Pulungan What PNoy wishes for his birthday By Deedee Siytangco Reprinted from Manila Bulletin ANGEL THOUGHTS No matter how educated, talented, rich, or cool you believe you are, how you treat people ultimately tells all. Integrity is everything. —Anonymous Happy birthday, President Benigno S. Aquino III tomorrow, an auspicious day since it’s the start of the Year of the Monkey, according to the Chinese calendar! May you have everything you desire and wish for this special day! But what do you think the President would want for his birthday? I bravely asked him the question and he answered: “I want peace and truth to prevail!” For his birthday, he plans to have dinner with his family and a few close friends. Apart from celebrating his birthday, the party is meant to also thank them for their wholehearted support, a source dear to him said. As for his plans when he turns 56, the President told us he would “probably be working a bit.” On the campaign trail, integrity is what presidentiable Mar Roxas, IMMIGRATION NEWS clients and government officials. • Another Toronto resident was charged with defrauding more than $2.3 million from 600 prospective Filipino immigrants who had paid up to $10,000 each for assistance in coming to Canada as temporary foreign workers. While law enforcement authorities have been successful in discovering cases of fraud such as those highlighted above, it is entirely possible that other unscrupulous individuals currently remain undetected. Therefore, individuals wishing to come to Canada on a permanent or temporary basis are encouraged to perform background checks on representatives who offer services, by asking the following questions: Is this representative authorized to represent me? Unless an individual is authorized to do so, it is illegal for him or her to charge another person for representation on a Canadian immigration file. • Lawyers or notaries must be a member of a Canadian Continued from A5 The latest case of immigration fraud It is alleged that, between 2007 and 2013, the two Regina residents gave false job offer documents to foreign nationals. Officials claim the accused targeted people applying for permanent residence in Canada. If convicted, the individuals could be made to pay up to $100,000 in fines and could be sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison. This incident is the latest in a series of cases of immigration fraud that have become public over recent months. • In January, 2016, it was found that a man in Halifax, Nova Scotia had helped thousands pretend they were in Canada to get around citizenship rules. • Last year, a man in Vancouver was found to have produced altered passports and fraudulent identities for up to 1,200 individuals. • Earlier in 2015, three Toronto re 6