JFAV STATEMENT ON THE 74th PEARL HARBOR DAY, DECEMBER 7, 1941, CONTINUE THE FIGHT FOR JUSTICE AND EQUITY!

For Immediate Release
Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV)
Contact Person: Al P. Garcia
Phone: (213) 241-0995
December 07, 2015

JFAV STATEMENT ON THE 74th PEARL HARBOR DAY, DECEMBER 7, 1941, CONTINUE THE FIGHT FOR JUSTICE AND EQUITY!

JFAV Lobby in the US Congress,2013

Los Angeles“ A day that will live in infamy.”

That is how US President Frnaklin D. Roosvelt described the Japanese air strike on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 07, 1941. In several hours the whole US Asiatic fleet and air force were destroyed on the harbor and on the ground.

The incident cause the United States entry into World War II on the side of the allies. Three hours after Roosevelt address on the US Congress, they declared war on Japan.

Few people especially the Americans, on the same day, the Japanese planes attack the Philippines. They destroyed the American ships anchored on Sangley Base and the planes at Clark Air Base and bombed almost all the cities in the Philippines.

Japan Invades the Philippines.The die-In at the 15th JFAV Annual veterans Day Protest March:Rally in Hollywood, November 11, 2015

Two days later they invaded the Philippines, landing in Aparri, Cagayan, Laoag, ilocos Norte and Agoo, La Union after failing to land in Lingayen, Pangasinan.

But today, Pearl Harbor is not even remembered, Today, the United States and Japan are close allies against China. The bad thing, the Philippines is siding with Japan and the US in containing Chinese aggression in the South China Seas and the contested islands, atolls and rocks of Sensuku and Spratleys.

Yes, for the justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) and the Filipino Americans in the United States, the day that will live in infamy is not Pearl Harbor but February 18, 1946 when the 79th US Congress disenfranchised the 250,000 Filipino-American veterans who fought for America during World War II.

Remember Pearl Harbor, Fight for Justice and Equity

For JFAV ,It is more than the sneak attack on Pearl harbor for less than 3,000 Americans died on Pearl harbor in 1941. But to strip the 250,000 FilAm Veterans of their rights, privileges and benefits, it is more than a stab in a back but a kick in their faces including their survivors.

For 69 years now the remaining 28,000 Veterans and their 70,000 survivors are still unrecognized as American veterans. We remember Pearl Harbor for it was the start of a war that the Philippines never wanted but suffered for more than four years.

We remembered Pearl Harbor for it is an important date for our nation’s struggle for freedom and democracy. More than one million FIlipinos died in the war. That includes 17,000 American soldiers who died for the liberation of the Philippines from 1944-1945.

The whole Philippines was destroyed including Manila. And yet this is how American repay us? To not recognize the wartime services of our veterans for monetary considerations?

It prod us more and inspire us  to fight for equity and justice for our Filipino World War II veterans.

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