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Dr. Cen Amores’ complaint dismissed APCO’s First President alleged assault against current VP Senior by Evelyn Zaragoza

Tuesday, 21 August 2018 16:34 Written by

 

Cora Paras, VP Senior of APCO was summoned to the Police Station to report her side re: alleged assault complain filed by Dr. Cen Amores, First President of APCO. On the 18th of June 2018, Cora Paras gave her statement and some of the Board Members present during the “Officers and Board Members’ Meeting only” were also interviewed by the police.
Cora Paras and some of the Board Members present during the meeting called PCHN as “There are untrue and incorrect rumours spreading in the community which I feel damaging my character and reputation, as well that of APCO.”
Cora said, “On the 20th of April 2018, the officers and members of the Board of APCO, Inc. a non-profit local Filipino organization, held a meeting at the Library in Liverpool starting at 6:00pm.
This meeting was approved and agreed upon by the Board as “Officers and Board of Directors’ Meeting Only”.
A week prior to the Meeting, a Reminder/Notice was put on the APCO loop by the Public Officer that Advisers (the Past Presidents should not join the Meeting to give Autonomy to the newly-elected Board of Directors to conduct their meeting independently with no interference and influence from any of the Advisers. They will be consulted for Advice only when needed. Cen Amores was one of the advisers.
Dr. Cen Amores who was insistent to go inside the meeting room. Cora said, “I politely told her, “No, Cen, sorry. Please read the Notice. We will call you when needed.” Unable to go inside the meeting room, she went to the police station with the alleged assault complain against Cora Paras.
PCHN requested Dr. Cen Amores to give her comment but her response as of this writing,, “At this stage, I have no comment.”
Dr. Cen Amores was recently awarded the Auburn Local Woman of the Year 2018. She was appointed one of the People of Australia Ambassadors (January to December 2012) during the term of former PM Julia Gillard.
(Related Story on Page 2)

LETTER TO THE PCHN PUBLISHER:
To the Publisher
Philippines Community Herald Newspaper
Ms Evelyn Zaragosa
Dear Evelyn,
This is to cover the written Report/Statement to the Police I gave you after my Interview last June 18, 2018, in response to the Allegation of Assault filed against me by Cen Amores on the 20th of April 2018 . This was supposed to happen during our Officers and Directors Only Meeting on the 20/4/18 presided by Violeta Escultura, APCO President.
Most of the Directors and members present in that Meeting ( Mick Miguel, Rita Agostino( Treasurer), Fe Hayward, Linda Trinidad, Linda Price, ( Secretary) Richard Ford (Auditor) , Violy Miguel, Dian Ford and Roberto Sacilloto willingly went with me to the Police Station to be interviewed as well.
Untrue rumours already widely circulating around the Pilipino Community and local Organizations have reached me even before the Police confirmed and saw me about the Allegation. However, I did not react or comment about these rumours until after the Police Interview.
To clear my name and correct these rumours ruining my reputation and character, I deemed it necessary and my right to publish the true story.
I hope this will clear my name and APCO’s image.
Thank you for your attention and fairness to my request.
Truthfully yours,
Cora Paras
Vice President Snr.
APCO
“On the 20th of April 2018, the officers and members of the Board of APCO, Inc. a non-profit local Filipino organization, held a meeting at Liverpool Library starting at 6:00pm.
This meeting was approved and agreed upon by the Board as “Officers and Board of Directors’ Meeting Only”.
A week prior to the Meeting, a Reminder/Notice was put on the APCO loop by the Public Officer that Advisers (the Past Presidents – Cen Amores, Jhun Salazar, Ruben Amores, Pet Storey and Jimmy Lopez) should not join the Meeting to give Autonomy to the newly-elected Board of Directors to conduct their meeting independently with no interference and influence from any of the Advisers. They will be consulted for Advice only when needed.
A few days before the Meeting, Cen Amores called an Advisers’ meeting. During their meeting, majority confirmed non-attendance, respecting the “Officers and Board of Directors’ Meeting Only” except for Cen Amores who insisted to attend, “just in case.
A list of the Directors’ names was posted outside the door of the glass-enclosed mini-Conference Room together with the Reminder/Notice that Advisers will be consulted only when needed. Jimmy Lopez came, did not come in but only informed the Directors that photo shoots for APCO’s Souvenir Programme will start with the Affiliate members. Then he left.
Cen Amores with her husband, Ruben Amores came with the President, Violeta Escultura with 2 Board Members, Glorina and Ralph. Cen Amores and husband stayed outside the Conference Room. The President upon entering, and without greeting the Directors, asked why Advisers are not allowed to join in the Meeting – saying, Quote – “I invited them. I want them here, I am the President. This is my meeting. I want my way,” unquote.
I, as the Vice-President Senior, reminded her of the agreed nature of the Meeting. The President insisted that they come in, saying, “No, I want them here.”
I then put a motion to adhere to the agreed nature of the Meeting - “Officers and Board Members Meeting Only”. This was seconded by Mick Miguel, Votation followed. Eight (8) Directors voted “Yes” and three Directors voted “No”.
Majority won but the President again ignored it and said, “No, this is my meeting”.
At this instant, Cen Amores was approaching the door, obviously to get in, after Ralph Improgo came in to fetch a bag for the President outside the room. I was sitting near the door and stood to close but Cen Amores was insisting to get in. However, I politely told her, “No, Cen, sorry. Please read the Notice. We will call you when needed.” She was outside the door and I was inside holding on to the door knob with my left hand and locking it with my right hand. The door opens inward, so when I locked it, I couldn’t possibly touch her or physically push her as she alleged. I went back to my seat and because the President would not listen to the voice of the majority and was conducting the meeting with no decorum and in an undemocratic way, I wiih the Board’s agreement declared to walk out of the Meeting Room and wait for her to call for another meeting after.
The Librarian then came, as we were getting ready to go out and asked how many we were in the room. We said, 11. As the room only required 8-10 persons, she said, we exceederd the number and had to vacate the room. We all went out. On the way out, a few members (not on the Board) waiting, told us that Cen Amores with her husband went to the Police Station. We all asked, “Why?” Dian Ford with Roberto and Helen, said, “Because Cora Paras pushed her.” We were all surprised as we were not aware of that incident happening. Two Directors, Charles Chan and Cora Bojarski just came (late) and saw us leaving and asked, where we’re going. We said, we’re leaving. So, we went.
After a week, I received a phone call at 8:17pm on the 28th of April 2018 from the police station. I was asked to answer questions about the alledged assault claim against me. I said, I am not aware of such an assault and didn’t assault anyone. I am not answering any question and if he was really a Policeman, I will go to the Police Station and look for him with someone with me. He agreed.
After a month, on the 28th May 2018, I received a message from (Info Tech Svs), Thinking it was an harassment call, I ignored it.
On the 9th of June 2018, after 7pm, while I was out, 2 Constables went to my address and handed a card to my husband for me to call them.
I rang the police station and we agreed to meet on Monday, 18th of June 2018, 6:30pm to give my statement and to interview some of the Board members present during the “Officers and Board Members’ Meeting only” held on the 20th April 2018

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One man’s entrepreneurial dream brings hope to Filipino communities around the world

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Leading digital money transfer service WorldRemit is always on the lookout for local heroes around the world, and Australian-Filipino entrepreneur Marco Selorio is just one stand-out of many. He is currently working with communities in both nations to connect talented youngsters to their various cultural Philippine identities through a mutual love of dance and music.

 

In his wildest dreams, Marco never thought organising a community dance event for his brother’s crew would turn into a worldwide phenomenon. He certainly never imagined the huge impact the event would have in connecting young Filipino dancers to others just like them from around the world.

Marco has always had a passion for business. After graduating from economics and commerce at ANU University, he handed his degree to his parents and began his first entrepreneurial venture called Hoopdreamz, coordinating basketball and community events for Filipino-Australians.

However, it was organising a life-changing urban dance event for his brother’s hip-hop crew that ignited an annual calendar of dance events, becoming a celebration for Filipino families to celebrate and connect with their youth.

“Kids loved the music and the family vibe and parents were comfortable being there with their kids,” Marco said.

“They really enjoy that atmosphere, the families and communities coming together to be entertained by the talent in the community.”

After a successful two years, Marco took his events business, known as MAS Presents, to the next level by organising the first World Supremacy Battleground dance competition in Sydney, which saw masses of Filipinos come together to support their favourite teams. This was just the beginning of the global expansion, allowing the event to reach six continents in 2015. However, Marco stills believes he has so much more to offer to the youth of the Philippines, believing this is one of the reasons why he has maintained such a strong connection to his country of birth.

“I really like going back because the environment is so different to Australia and it excites me more to do events over there,” he said.

Currently, Marco estimates the event has featured around 73,000 dancers since its inauguration in 2002, with Filipino talent having seen success both in Australia and around the world. It is now a global platform providing recognition for the dancers and musicians, and in some cases work and prize money for entertainers from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“The Filipino community really get behind the dancers, they are especially loud for those from their home city and their province and some of the teams who have won gold have become TV stars and they get recognised,” Marco said.

“It gives them a lot of exposure and they get a lot of opportunities, and at the same time, it gets them out of the streets, so instead of hustling drugs, the competition keeps them focused and away from those vices.”

Marco also said money people send to the Philippines is essential in helping to break the youth out of the poverty cycle, explaining that even a small amount helps.

“What someone might earn in an hour as a salesperson here in Australia, would be what someone would earn after an entire day of work in the Philippines in the same job,” he said.

“I think a lot of Filipinos send money back home, and the ones who migrate from the provinces often tend to send more money.”

Digital money transfer company WorldRemit has realised this need to better service the Philippines and they now offer a wider reach to regional areas through instant cash pickups at local businesses such as the Palawan Pawnshops. In 2017, an estimated AUD$1.8billion of remittances were sent to the Philippines from Australia in total, and in the same year, the Southeast Asian nation was WorldRemit’s largest receive market globally.

Despite most of his family having now migrated to Australia or the USA, Marco continues to remit money home to support any of his extended family members with their education.

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Marco also said money people send to the Philippines is essential in helping to break the youth out of the poverty cycle, explaining that even a small amount helps.

“What someone might earn in an hour as a salesperson here in Australia, would be what someone would earn after an entire day of work in the Philippines in the same job,” he said.

“I think a lot of Filipinos send money back home, and the ones who migrate from the provinces often tend to send more money.”

Digital money transfer company WorldRemit has realised this need to better service the Philippines and they now offer a wider reach to regional areas through instant cash pickups at local businesses such as the Palawan Pawnshops. In 2017, an estimated AUD$1.8billion of remittances were sent to the Philippines from Australia in total, and in the same year, the Southeast Asian nation was WorldRemit’s largest receive market globally.

Despite most of his family having now migrated to Australia or the USA, Marco continues to remit money home to support any of his extended family members with their education.

As a result of Marco’s efforts in the Philippines, the nation has recently been sending their most talented dancers as national representatives for the international competitions, with these dancers winning a number of the divisions, demonstrating the power of the arts in the nation.

The connections and relationships these competitors form between fellow dancers helps engage the youth with cultures around the world. For the Filipino-Australian community, Marco said there is one thing the Filipino people draw from both cultures, influencing how they work and assimilate into society.

“Learning about the Australian culture, we always give it a go and we are always are on the go,” he said.

“That’s the kind of attitude I have learnt here in Australia, and it works both ways because I am able to maintain the morals and values of being a Filipino, but I get the best of both worlds being here.

“I do feel proud to be Filipino, even though Australia is my home.”

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