Tag Archives: Filipino

Emil Guillermo: What the shooter’s girlfriend said; Statement of Marilou Danley

She’s lawyered up.

After arriving from the Philippines, Marilou Danley, a person of interest in the Vegas shooting, and the girlfriend of Stephen Paddock, was questioned by the FBI and Las Vegas PD officials. When it was over, her attorney Matt Lombard read this statement, transcribed here:

I am devastated by the deaths and injuries that have occurred and my prayers go out to the victims and their families and all those who have been hurt by these awful events.

I have faith in God and I will continue to pray for everyone who has been harmed or hurt. I am a mother and grandmother and my heart breaks for all who have lost loved ones.
I knew Stephen Paddock as a kind, caring, quiet man. I loved him and hoped for a quiet future together with him.
He never said anything to me. Never took any action that I was aware of that I understood in anyway to be a warning of something horrible like this was going to happen.
A little more than two weeks ago, Stephen told me he found a cheap ticket for me to the Philippines and that he wanted me to take a trip home to see my family.
Like all Filipinos abroad, I was excited to go home to see family and friends.
While there, he wired me money that he said was for me to buy a house for me and my family. I was grateful, but honestly I was worried that first the unexpected trip home and then the money was a way of breaking up with me. It never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone.
I have not made a statement until now because I have been cooperating with the authorities, and I voluntarily flew back to America because I knew the FBI and Las Vegas Police Department wanted to talk to me. And I wanted to talk to them. I will cooperate fully with their investigation.
Anything I can do to help ease suffering and help in any way I will do.  Please respect my privacy and my family’s privacy.
Thank you.

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Emil Guillermo: Full speed ahead #SDFRINGE; Going “Amok” at the San Diego International Fringe Festival June 23- June 29

Had a great prep at the SF Marsh on Monday, same night as the Warrior victory. If you were able to test your TIVO and come out to the show, thank you.
If you didn’t, you can take a road trip to San Diego and catch my one-man show at the San Diego International Fringe Festival, June 23-June 29th! I will be performing at Horton Plaza at the Art Institute Space,
141 Horton Plaza.

Tickets here: https://sdfringe.ticketleap.com/amok-monologues/

Make it a weekend, see me, and catch some great performances all over San Diego.

Emil Guillermo: Here’s where you can read and even listen to “Emil Amok,” like besides here at www.amok.com. Almost everything you’d want to know about what I’m up to, but somehow never bothered to Google. Or just click on the links to current tweets on the left of amok homepage for my latest amokness.

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Dear Amok readers:

You may have noticed, I  haven’t always been posting here on my site.

But click on this big link to see my writing at the Asian American Legal Defense Fund blog where I post columns each week.

My plan is to post my podcast here, a return to my radio days.

Real audio where you can hear stuff like I did on NPR.

So look for the podcast soon.

I am also working on some live performance projects.

A solo show on American Filipinos, “All Pucked Up.”

Some stand up for those with short-attention spans.

After dinner speeches for those with iron stomachs.

E-mail me at emilamok@gmail.com to book or for information on coming shows, mics, black box appearances, pop ups, etc.

In the meantime, I’m writing a lot about the campaign and other news  on the AALDEF blog,

And here on the Diverse blog.

And on Asian American issues in general   on the NBC News.com website.

So lots of places to go amok, besides right  here at amok.com.

Recently, it was National Dog Day, and I posted a picture of Willie, a mutt I named after my Dad.  Willie used to sing every time he  heard a ringtone of some sort.  And then the music died.

I miss both Willies.

 

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And of course, to read a little more about me,  go here.

Now pardon me, while I school this tall guy in how to play ball in a suit and tie.

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Emil Guillermo: Rachel Dolezal, Dylann Roof aren’t going to wreck my Father’s Day.

On the race beat, we were all wearying of Rachel Dolezal’s tale knowing there was something more important to talk about.

But Dylann Roof’s old fashioned racism with the fresh-faced millennial look wouldn’t have been my first choice among replacement subjects.

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Roof’s massacre was deplorable. And his  tirade against blacks, sounded like the things said about Filipino immigrants like my Dad in one of the most racist periods in California in the 20s and 30s.

It made for an unlikely Father’s Day gift I wasn’t expecting.

Click here to read my column  on the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund blog.

 

Emil Guillermo: Mayweather changes mind on rematch with Pacquiao in Showtime interview, says, “We fight 100 times, I’ma win 100 times, Manny Pacquiao is just not a better fighter than me.” See clip of new interview.

Floyd Mayweather is taking back the offer of a rematch with Manny Pacquiao, saying earlier statements to ESPN were true, but he’s since changed his mind.

Mayweather’s new stance was revealed in an interview with Showtime to be cablecasted this weekend.

Mayweather calls Pacquiao a “coward” and said if Pacquaio was hurt he didn’t show it in the ring.

“His right hand was fast, and he was throwing them both (left and right) strong and fast,” Mayweather said to Showtime.

Mayweather said Pacquiao’s embarrassed. “He’s a beaten fighter,” Mayweather said of the Filipino champ. “Come on this is ridiculous…I won…We fight 100 times, I’ma win 100 times. Manny Pacquiao is, he’s not a better fighter than me.”

Pacquiao still faces scrutiny over his disclosure of his shoulder injury. AP is reporting Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett confirmed Pacquaio filled out the form himself and understood the questions.

“It’s not just the fact he didn’t fill out the question completely, it was that he wasn’t honest and they didn’t tell us a month ago when he had the shoulder injury,” said Bennett to AP.

Pacquaio could be out 9-12 months recuperating from his injury. But he may be encumbered by legal issues resulting from the failed injury disclosure.

Mayweather may have decided it wasn’t worth toying with a rematch just yet.

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Emil Guillermo: NEW UPDATE–Pacquiao facing class action in U.S. for failing to disclose shoulder; Pacquiao to have surgery on shoulder, ESPN says. Mayweather wants a rematch with the man he calls a “motherpucker.” Just say no?

The shoulder injury of Manny Pacquiao now appears real according to ESPN. And Pacquaio  is said to be having surgery for a rotator cuff issue that would take up to a year to heal.

That means Pacquiao was a one armed man in the “Fight of the Century.”  And I still had him beating Mayweather.

Fortunately for Mayweather, I’m not a judge.

But Mayweather apparently does not want his 0 in 48-0, besmirched.

He must have a re-match!

 

I swore after Pac/Bradley I that I was done  with this stuff.  But apparently I couldn’t stay away.

But think about this scenario:

Mayweather fights for 49 in September and wins, takes time off, and comes back in a year for 50 against a healed-up Pacquiao, who will insist Mayweather fights in Asia, maybe in Manila for another “Thrilla.”

What do you think?  is it time for the “Rematch of the Century”?

You got an extra C-note for the PPV?

Mayweather here calls Pacquiao  “tough as a mother….”

A Mother’s Day greeting?

 

UPDATE ON LAWSUIT:

A class action suit filed in Federal Court in Las Vegas is asking for $5 million in damages for Pacquiao’s failure to disclose his injury.

Suit names as defendants Pacquiao, Top Rank’s Bob Arum, and Pacquaio aide Michael Koncz.

Two specific plaintiffs are named, but the suit could potentially include all those who paid to attend live or on pay-per-view, or those who even gambled on the fight.

See details here.

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Emil Guillermo: Who broke the stare pose first? Pacquiao? Mayweather? Was that really Round One? Oh, fight already…

n the televised “stare off” in the Mandalay Bay, the two fighters went face-to-face.

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Pacquiao always look like he is holding back a grin.  Mayweather looks like a killer.  I see Pacquiao blink a few times during the staredown. Floyd is stone-faced.

But who breaks down the whole pose first?

I see Pacquiao move in. He is always moving, like in his fights. And then Mayweather moves toward Pacquiao.   That’s when Pacquiao breaks off, turns to the cameras and smiles.

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So who broke down first?

I just don’t think it’s as definitive as ESPN commentator Teddy Atlas believes, that Pacquiao  broke down first and lost a “psychological edge.”

But Atlas has his bias toward Mayweather and thinks Floyd’s straight right will come in get the left-handed Pacquiao in the head when the Pacman exposes himself while overreaching  with his straight left.

Possible. But Manny says he’s preparing different strategies for Mayweather, who will have to deal with Pacquiao’s quickness and mobility.

Manny isn’t a straight-up boxer. He creates new angles, comes from out of nowhere.  Mayweather is more stationary, counterpuncher.

He’ll have to move to catch Pacquiao in order to beat him.

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