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Genesis Professionals boss John Valmoria jailed by a British judge

John Valmoria is jailed in a British court for thieving £4,500 from Alzheimer's sufferer

Controversial Filipino businessman heads to prison 

John Valmoria seen here promoting a company known as QS Life 

The former boss of Genesis Hospitality in the Philippines and Genesis Professionals in the UK has been put in prison by a judge at Lincoln Crown Court in England. He had changed his plea to guilty at an earlier hearing at the same court last month.


Employment opportunities needed in typhoon devastated areas

Business boost needed to sustain Philippines post-Haiyan recovery 

Cash for work programmes, including clean-up activities, were a crucial part of the initial recovery after typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. © Ana P. Santos/IRIN

Progress made during recovery stages after the November 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines could be undermined without job creation strategies to secure stability beyond short-term livelihood projects, warn aid agencies and government officials.

Special embassy outreach in Birmingham

11 Jul 2014

Special Consular Outreach Mission at Birmingham Barrio Fiesta 2014

The Embassy is pleased to announce that it will undertake a special Consular Outreach Mission in conjunction with the Birmingham Barrio Fiesta 2014 as follows: 

12-13 July 2014 (Saturday and Sunday)


Open letter to President Barack Obama

Children help President Barack Obama to his feet after he sat on the floor to have a group photo with them during a U.S. Embassy meet and greet at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Manila, Philippines, April 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) 

His Excellency President Barack Obama,

MHC, a non-profit non-government organization that promotes the welfare of Filipino migrants greets the President on the coming 4th of July Independence Day.  On November 11, 2013, our organization pioneered the call for TPS designation of the Philippines through formal letters sent to your office, the Secretary of the Department of State and the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.


Philippine Embassy Outreach in Cardiff

The Philippine Embassy in London: Details of Outreach in Cardiff 

The Embassy is pleased to announce the following details for the Consular Outreach Mission in Cardiff, Wales, as follows:

Date : 26 July 2014 (Saturday)


Chevening Scholarships: More places for Filipino applicants

UK's Chevening Scholarships to significantly increase in the Philippines

Britain sees the Philippines as an important trading partner in the future 

Chevening House, the official country residence of the British Foreign Secretary after whom the program is named. Photo credit: Matthew Black 

The UK Government is significantly increasing the number of places in its flagship global scholarship programme for the academic year 2015-16.

This year (2014/15), a total of nine scholars from the Philippines will be pursuing graduate studies though the Chevening Programme. This is expected to at least double in 2015/16.

The Chevening Programme is a prestigious scholarship that allows overseas students to study a one-year masters degree course on various fields of study in world-class universities in the UK.


Competition for budding cartoonists 

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Philippine Komiks Convention (KOMIKON), in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs, have organised a comic strip competition, in line with the 10th anniversary of KOMIKON.


Two Filipinos voted most influential among Canadian newcomers

2 Pinoys gain national recognition in Canadian awards 

Anna Wolak & Alberto Rodil get national recognition as newcomers to Canada 

Costas Menegakis, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander on Thursday congratulated the winners of the Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards, which recognize newcomers who have made a strong contribution to their communities since arriving in Canada.


PLDT, Smart & SM Malls relaunch Smart Pinoy Store

Express Presence, Express Presents: PLDT Global relaunches SMART Pinoy Store for OFWs 

Some of the goodies Smart are using to tempt OFW's in their relaunch of the Pinoy Store

Many Filipinos venture into working abroad with prospects of higher paying jobs. What they do not realize are the social costs of being an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW), since being away puts a strain on family relationships due to prolonged absence and lack of communication.


Tagum City death squad exposed publicly in Congress

House resolution names former Mayor Uy as responsible for extrajudicial murders

Philippines: Resolution Directing House Committee on Human Rights to Investigate Extrajudicial Killings is adopted 

Rey "Chiong" Uy former mayor of Tagum and still a major political force in the city is named in a resolution of the House of Representatives as heading a death squad - with video and copy of the resolution below 

By Phelim Kine

The Philippines Congress took an important step on Wednesday against unlawful killings by local officials by calling for an urgent official probe into "death squad" killings exposed in a recent Human Rights Watch report. 


Immigration Matters & News

Home Office win Appeal Court fight over minimum income rules

4,000 applications on hold set to be refused 

The British Home Office has welcomed a Court of Appeal judgement, upholding the lawfulness of the income threshold under the new family migration rules

The Home Office has won its case over the minimum income rules for bringing a relative into the UK

Last Friday's judgement (reproduced in full bellow) by Lord Justice Maurice Kay, Lord Justice Aikens and Lord Justice Treacy deals a final blow to hopes of having the £18,600 limit set aside.


Getting married to a British citizen

Marriage to a UK Citizen,_kyoto_credit_hideyuki_kamon_336.jpg 

Getting married to British person can entitle people to live in the UK 

Author: Louise Smith, barrister 

Marrying a UK citizen will generally entitle a foreign national to live and work in the UK. However, this entitlement is not automatic and there is certainly no immediate entitlement to citizenship for a foreign spouse.


Home Office guidance on latest suspensions of colleges & universities from sponsorship register

Home Office immigration action against education institutions 

In the wake of the news that exploded about 3 British universities and several colleges losing their ability to sponsor students from outside the European Union, the Home Office has published an explanatory document which Balita Pinoy has re-published below along with the 57 colleges blacklisted 


Court of Appeal Judgement: Family EV (Philippines) and others

The full judgement in the case of the Philippine family from Kent denied leave to remain in the UK

Left to right: Appeal Court Judges Lord Justice Lewison, Lord Justice Jackson and Lord Justice Christopher Clarke have just released their judgement in the case of the Filipino family denied leave to remain in the UK; the hearing was held on the 7th May 2014 with the judgement just released   

Below is the complete judgement in the Court of Appeal case of EV and her family from the Philippines who were finally denied the right to remain in Britain.

This is an important ruling in respect of UK Immigration Law, and should be read with that in mind for future cases as well as that of people applying to stay in the UK. 


Pinoy family lose Court of Appeal fight to stay in Britain

Filipino family's lost appeal brings to light 2 important factors

Public services for non-legal stayers in UK severely curtailed

Article 8 appeals virtually finished

Appeal Court Justices at the High Court in London reject Filipino family's last ditch attempt to stay in the UK 

A Filipino family have lost their fight in Britain's Court of Appeal to stay in the UK with indefinite leave to remain as Lord Justice Lewison, Lord Justice Jackson and Lord Justice Christopher Clarke rejected the family's claim that their 3 children would have a better education here rather than in the Philippines.


British Minister under fire as immigration speech torn to shreds

LSBF say minister was misleading parliament in speech

College calls in heavyweight educational expert to advise 

Blood flows along campus corridors

Home Office hits back - states there was widespread fraud & other failings at LSBF

Universities attacked in speech respond, top London School of Business & Finance (LSBF), Glyndwr University and bottom left University of West London along with the University of Bedford have had their sponsorship status revoked or suspended - the LSBF have effectively retorted by saying Minister Brokenshire's speech contained errors  

James Brokenshire, British Minister for Immigration & Security, launched a withering attack on several universities, along with 48,000 suspected student visa fraudsters, in a strongly worded speech to parliament. 


Canadian Government welcomes Royal Assent of Bill C-24

The government celebrates the passage of reforms to the Citizenship Act

"Our government expects new Canadians to take part in the democratic life, economic potential and the rich cultural traditions of Canada" said Chris Alexander 

Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced today that reforms to the Citizenship Act received final passage and Royal Assent. The reforms will strengthen the rules around access to citizenship to ensure that new citizens are better prepared for full participation and integration into Canadian society, with the goal of fostering in new Canadians a stronger attachment to Canadian values and traditions.

Crime News

Bent accountant stole £1.85-M from property group

An accountant who conned a property and real estate consultancy out of nearly £2million has been jailed for four years today, 7 July, at Southwark Crown Court after pleading guilty to fraud.

Miriam Clarke defrauded property company DTRE as she worked as an accountant of £1.85M

Miriam Clark, 47, of Bleak Street, Wincanton, Somerset was employed on a freelance basis at London based DTRE, which was set up in 2009. 


John Valmoria pleads guilty in British court to stealing £4.5K from Alzheimer's patient

Manggagantso umamin 

John Valmoria photographed here in his guise promoting a company known as QS Life 

Fraud trial ends dramatically as Valmoria changes plea - was already suspended by the Health & Care Professionals Council

Flipino businessman and basketball promoter John Valmoria has pleaded guilty to stealing £4,500 from an elderly resident at the care home in Lincolnshire he was managing. 


Secret recording exposes Juliette D'Souza's criminal lifestyle

Covert recording shows D'Souza in criminal behavior while on bail Updated 25 June with second recording

Juliette D'Souza was sentenced to 10 years over charges relating to 20 counts of obtaining property by deception and 3 counts of fraud.

2 recordings made in early August 2013 shows she had not ceased her criminal behavior while on bail Juliette D'Souza was recently jailed for the maximum 10 years in jail (30 May) by a judge at Blackfriars Crown Court in London for defrauding many people in a faith healing scam. 

That is not the end of the matter; she also is the subject of many complaints by Filipinos who state she has defrauded them of thousands of pounds promising to get either visas or British passports by claiming she was high up in the Home Office.



Arrest made as Ponzi scheme targetting Filipinos investigated in UK

Bristol police make arrest over alleged major Ponzi fraud involving the Rican Investment Group

Richard Cannon is understood to have been arrested and is being held in prison prior to a crown court appearance

The director and boss of the Rican Group of "investment" companies based in the English west country city of Bristol is believed to have been arrested and has been remanded in custody until the 1st July 2014.


Motoring News

50 years of the Volkswagen Transporter 

Volkswagen Transporter: From 1964 to today, beloved by Australian's backpacking round Europe - more photos & video below

  • First Transporter launched at the Earls Court Commercial Motor Show in 1954
  • Over 11.5 million Transporters built to date
  • From 786 UK sales in 1954 to 18,350 in 2013 - enduringly popular with British business
  • The van which helped build Britain and launched a million road trips
  • This year marks a significant milestone in the history of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles: sixty years ago, the first ever right-hand drive Transporter arrived in the UK.


Nissan releases prices for new Pulsar

New Pulsar on sale this autumn

  • All-new Pulsar priced from £15,995 OTR
  • Four trim grades: Visia, Acenta, n-tec and Tekna
  • Competitive pricing will boost Nissan's C-segment return
  • Class leading technology and interior space

British Government targets cash for crash gangs

Outlaw insurance payouts for whiplash injury before medical exams, urge MPs

Ireneusz Marek Staniak was jailed for 9 years for an insurance fraud crash that left a man dead  

Launching a report that reviews the Government's plans to tackle fraudulent and exaggerated motor insurance claims, particularly for whiplash injuries, Louise Ellman MP, Chair of the Transport Committee said today.



All new Jeep Cherokee released

The all new Jeep Cherokee is where legendary off-road capability meets premium driving dynamics in a stylish, high quality and efficient package 

When it goes on sale in the UK this month, the new Cherokee will introduce smart new technology to the mid-size SUV segment, instantly becoming one of the most user-friendly cars in its class

Initially the new Cherokee will be available with a choice of 140 and 170hp 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engines. The more powerful engine is linked to a nine-speed automatic gearbox, a first for the mid-size SUV (Jeep classification 4.5-4.8m) class.


New Mercedes is flexible as a van, mini-bus & taxi

A new extra-long Traveliner variant of the Mercedes-Benz Citan urban delivery van will soon be available to order, with a total of seven seats, offering outstanding flexibility.

The new variant is ideal for alternating between carrying crew and cargo in commercial applications, use as a taxi, or for a mix of professional and private use: as a highly flexible Traveliner with up to seven seats, the Citan is able to cater to a multitude of different requirements.


Property News

UnionBank 220th public auction of Luzon properties with images - 26 July 2014 

UnionBank of the Philippines will conduct another half-day Public Auction of real estate properties on 26 July 2014 (Saturday) at Function Room No. 1, 28th Floor UnionBank Plaza, Meralco Avenue corner Onyx Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City


UnionBank 220th public auction of Luzon properties - 26 July 2014 

UnionBank of the Philippines will conduct another half-day Public Auction of real estate properties on 26th July 2014 (Saturday) at Function Room No. 1, 28th Floor UnionBank Plaza, Meralco Avenue corner Onyx Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City





Iraq: Examining the Professed Caliphate

Saddam's overthrow began what became a vacum in the Middle East which is now being filled

Saddam Hussein, Iraq's dictator being hanged 

Analysis by Stratfor 

The Islamic State, previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, has changed its name, but otherwise the militant group remains the same. Over the past weekend, a spokesman for the group announced that it had established a caliphate stretching from Diyala province, Iraq, to Aleppo, Syria. The caliphate is a political institution that the Islamic State claims will govern the global Muslim community. "Iraq" and "Levant" have been dropped from the organization's name to reflect its new status.




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