As I See It
By ELPIDIO ESTIOKO
Milpitas residents, city officials, and community leaders believe they belong to a big family shaping the city’s development progress.
This must be the reason why the City Council, in their October regular session, unanimously approved hosting its 60th anniversary celebration events in 2014 to include a “Family Day” on Sunday, January 26, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to be held at the city’s Civic Center Plaza.
HRABOVE, Ukraine—A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 298 people was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the aircraft.
An official from the carrier said passengers included 154 Dutch nationals.
“There were 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board the plane,” Malaysian Airlines vice president Huib Gorter told reporters at a press conference at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport from where the doomed flight had taken off.
He gave a preliminary breakdown of the passenger’s nationalities, saying: “154 were Dutch, 27 were Australian.”
In addition, 23 others were from Malaysia, 11 were Indonesian, six were British, four were German, another four were from Belgium, three were from the Philippines and one was Canadian.
Around 50 passengers remained unidentified, Gorter said.
Jose Antonio Vargas thanks supporters after brief detention at Texas Border Patrol station
By JUN MEDINA
Filipino journalist and immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas was released by Texas Border Patrol agents after being detained for several hours at McAllen-Miller International Airport on Tuesday while trying to board a flight to Houston on his way to Los Angeles.
News of China's construction of a military base on Mabini Reef in Philippine territorial waters has spurred the call by US Pinoys for Good Governance (USPGG) for global protest rallies on July 24 to denounce China's "creeping invasion" of the Philippines.
The largest rally is set to take place in front of the China Consulate in Makati City sponsored by the West Philippine Sea Coalition led by former Interior Secretary Rafael Alunan III and former National Security Adviser Rolio Golez.