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• The child habitually resides in a Convention country (the Philippines is a signatory to the Hague Convention) • The U.S. citizen habitually resides in the U.S. and either adopts child in a Convention country or brings the child to a Convention country for adoption. • Adoption abroad or custody abroad for U.S. adoption must be by the U.S. citizen and spouse jointly, or an unmarried U.S. citizen at least 25 years old as of the filing date of the petition • The child’s natural parents (or parent, in the case of a child who has one sole or surviving parent because of the death, disappearance, abandonment, or desertion by the other parent), or other persons or institutions that retain legal custody of the child, have freely given their written irre- vocable consent to the termination of their legal relationship with the child and to the child’s emigration and adoption. • If a child has two living natural par- ents, the natural parents are incapable of providing proper care for the child. • The purpose of the adoption is to form a bona fide parent-child relationship; the child’s relationship with the natural parents has been terminated.
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OS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Superior Court has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the “chairman and of-
TRO issued against FACLA president
7 court date.
ficers” of Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) after complaints of physical threats, libel and slander were filed against them by other FACLA officers.
Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant issued
the TRO last April 27 because of alleged “criminal behavior” on the part of FACLA Chairman and President Gregorio Gatus (aka Greg “Meng” Ga- tus), who also faces libel and slander charges filed by Rosalinda Nery, Rita Dinsay, Clarita Julian and Paul Julian. Gatus and a co-defendant, Abelardo “Benjie” Lopez, another FACLA officer, have been
accused of making “death threats” against one of the officers.
The libel and slander charges were filed back in November. In the complaint, FACLA Vice President Purita Dinsay al- leged that Gatus called her a “prostitute and a thief,” while Press Relations Officer and board member Rosalinda Nery alleged Gatus of accusing her of selling fake im- migration documents. Last April 15, FACLA Sgt.-at-Arms Oliver Sulit accused Gatus and Lopez of threatening him. Sulit alleged that he re- ceived a message on his cell phone telling him that “Your life is in danger…remember this message.” Sulit claimed that the mes- sage came from Lopez.
According to the complainants, who were also officers of FACLA, they were “illegally” stripped of their positions last Feb. 11 by Gatus and the “new appointed officers” of FACLA, which is one of the most, if not the most, controversial Filipino organizations in Los Angeles. The com- plainants also said that after they were “wrongfully removed” from FACLA, they have since locked out and prevented from entering the FACLA premises. In his order, Judge Chalfant required Gatus to appear on May 7 to show cause why he and his co-accused should not
BY ROMY BORJE
face the charges and why they should not be prevented from conducting business at FACLA. The lawyer for the plaintiffs, Atty. Joel Ward of Culver City, also said that further restraining orders and damages against Gatus are anticipated on the May
Gatus, for his part, denied all the allega- tions. In my conversation with Gatus, he
told me, “Wala kaming ginagawang illegal sa FACLA. Nasunod lahat ng By-Laws at
sa Constitution ng FACLA. (Translation: “We don’t do anything illegal at FACLA. We followed what’s in the By-Laws and the Constitution of the organization.”)
MOTHER Movement Meets the Media at Manila Terrace
The acronym of MOTHER is Move- ment to Help Eradicate Rape and other child abuse. A very appropriate and bold impact to mothers and children, a civic and hu- manitarian, Perla S. Reyes, saw the long- felt need to have an organization called MOTHER. This was well-conceived with her previous stint in Riyadh, and in
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