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On to Washington DC for Justice and Equity!

JFAV UPDATES
January 28, 2016
On to Washington DC for Justice and Equity!

JFAV Lobby, 2013Los Angeles –On behalf of the Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), we would like to inform you that after our consultations with our East Coast comrades and friends we have set our lobby to the US Congress this February and March, 2016.

1. We have set our lobby days from February 29 to March 2, 2016. Thus we ask our prospective lobbyist to get their tickets now while it is cheap and arrive at Washington DC from February 27 0r 28.

The tickets are from $ 296 to $ 315 and will rise as your flight date gets nearer. So we advice you to book it now.

2. We should meet up on the afternoon or night of February 28 for a final briefing so we can start our first day of lobby on Monday, February 29.

3. We advice you to get your tickets and fly to the Reagan National Airport because it is nearer DC and our meeting area that we will inform you later.

4. UCLA Samahang Pilipino, JFAV/PCORE. KMB and Ugnayan New York will join in the lobby efforts. Our first for 2016- an election year. We do not know the exact number of lobbyist but on our meeting on February 2, we will be able to know it by then.

— We will also conduct trainings for our lobby at the US Congress this coming February 29-March 1, 2016.
5. We remind all allied and friendly organizations to continue gathering petitions for JFAV. We need it for our lobbying. Please submit it to KmB or JFAV via People’s CORE by fax (213)241-0995 or mail at People’s CORE c/o JFAV at 1610 Beverly Blvd. Suite.No.2. Los Angeles, CA 90026
6. Please also continue your fund-raising   for this JFAV efforts for our Filipino World War II Veterans and their relatives for justice and equity. We need the money for our lobby and upcoming JFAV activities.

This is all as of  now and please be guided accordingly.

Al P. Garcia

JFAV National Coordinator

Justice League

FILIPINO WORLD WAR II VETERANS: TOO LATE THE HERO?

JFAV UPDATE

January 27, 2016

FILIPINO WORLD WAR II VETERANS: TOO LATE THE HERO?

Los Angeles–Do you know who Magdalena Estoista Leones is?

She was the only Filipina veteran of World War II awarded the Silver Star in 1945.

I learned about her in San Francisco when I attended the re-opening of the Filipino Veterans section in the Veterans Building in the San Francisco Civic Center.

When the building closed for seismic retrofitting about three years ago, the veterans’ archive was shut down. But when the building reopened this week, half the archive was restored. Still, something else was missing.

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Rudy Asercion, the intrepid community activist, veterans’ advocate and keeper of the archives at the Veterans building was there.

But as he cleaned up after the opening reception last Saturday, there was a sense of disappointment about the turnout.

“In 2004 this place would have been packed,” he said to me in a rare unguarded moment.

Just a handful, maybe 50 or so people, were at the ceremonial re-opening of the Filipino Veterans Education Center.

Maybe it was the long three-day weekend. Maybe it was the threat of rain. More than likely it could be the sense that the Filipino veterans have already won their battle.

When the vets were ignored by the government, there was heat in the community. “Equity” was the battle cry, and the Filipino vets had replaced Ferdinand Marcos as a hot button and galvanizing force in the American Filipino community.

What better rallying point but for the moral high ground represented by the Filipino Veterans, sent to war, promised pay, benefits and citizenship, only to have the promise rescinded by the U.S.?

And to have it all paced by a metronome of death that marked the passing of each veteran who died without being made whole.

After years of community urging the big break finally came when President Obama signed the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation Act of 2009.

Veterans got $15,000 if they lived in the U.S.; $9,000, if they still lived in the Philippines. It was a one-time lump sum benefit for all those who could prove their service.

But who knew there would be one more hill to climb.

Of the more than 250,000 Filipinos who served, only 18,000 have been officially recognized and deemed eligible for the lump sum payments.

The majority didn’t make it. They are dead.

But there are about 4,000 still appealing for a variety of reasons, mostly over bureaucratic snafus and lost documents.

They still have some life.

Like the goal line stand trying to push a hurtling fullback over a wall of bodies to score the winning touchdown, there’s a chance. But it doesn’t look good for most of the 4,000.

Even Rudy, normally optimistic shook his head.

It certainly isn’t going to happen if the community and politicians think the job is done.

Ready for a final push?

If it’s going to happen, it will depend on how informed the public is, which is the reason why Asercion is hoping the new veterans education center would attract a new generation of American Filipinos who don’t know about the vets or the role Filipinos played in the so-called Pacific theatre of World War II.

“This is the only place for videos, audio recordings, artifacts, transcripts written accounts of what they did in the war, 1934 up to 2014 when all the claims were evaluated and denied,” Asercion said. “We have that in the research facility. But our main goal is to have it up on the Internet so people can do research on their Lolos and they can say, ‘ Oh the government, they screwed us.’ That could be good.”

Yeah, that could be good.

And let’s not forget the lolas, like Magdalena Leones.

You’ll see her Silver Star on display at the center.

But will all this be enough to once again galvanize a community to urge politicians to make a final push for the 4,000 still marching for a resolution?

Or is it too late?

Emil Guillermo is the author of “Amok: Essays from an Asian American Perspective,” which won an American Book Award. A journalist and commentator, he writes from Northern California. Contact: www.amok.com;

www.twitter.com/emilamok

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On to Washington DC for Justice and Equity!

JFAV UPDATES
January 26, 2016
JFAV: On to Washington DC for Justice and Equity!

JFAV Lobby in the US Congress,2013Los Angeles— On behalf of the Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), we would like to announce to all our activist, advocates and friends  that after our consultations with our East Coast comrades and friends we have set our lobby to the US Congress this February and March, 2016.

1. We have set our lobby days from February 29 to March 2, 2016. Thus we ask our prospective lobbyist to get their tickets now while it is cheap and arrive at Washington DC from February 27 0r 28.

The tickets are from $ 296 to $ 315 and will rise as your flight date gets nearer. So we advice you to book it now.

2. We should meet up on the afternoon or night of February 28 for a final briefing so we can start our first day of lobby on Monday, February 29.

3. We advice you to get your tickets and fly to the Reagan National Airport because it is nearer DC and our meeting area that we will inform you later.

4. UCLA SAmahang Pilipino, JFAV/PCORE. KMB and Ugnayan New York will join in the lobby efforts. Our first for 2016- an election year.

We do not know the exact number of lobbyist but on our meeting on February 2, we will be able to know it by then.

5. We advice and ask all our allied organizations to continue gsthering petitions and submit them to People’s CORe and JFAv and we will present them to our lobby at the US Congress.
6. Lastly we would like to  remind all allied and friendly organizations to continue fund-raising for this JFAV efforts for our Filipino World War II Veterans and their relatives for justice and equity!

This is all as of  now and please be guided accordingly.

Al P. Garcia

Justice League

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ALLIANCE-PHILIPPINES DENOUNCES THE PH SUPREME COURT AS A COURT OF TRAITORS ON ITS DECISION ON EDCA

For Immediate Release
Alliance-Philippines
Contact: Arturo P.Garcia
Phone: (323)253-1818
January 14, 2015

ALLIANCE-PHILIPPINES DENOUNCES THE PH SUPREME COURT AS A COURT OF TRAITORS ON ITS DECISION ON EDCA

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Los Angeles- “ A court of injustice is always an instrument of injustice.”

The Alliance-Philippines, a progressive organization of Filipino-Americans based in the United States is extremely disappointed with the decision of the Philippine Supreme Court that upheld the legality of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (Edca) between the Philippines and the United States.

The Alliance –Philippines West Coast Coordinator Arturo Garcia said, “the Supreme Court is just being to its essence as a creation and an instrument of US Imperialism. From the bloody death sentences of Filipino revolutionary patriots like Makario Sakay and his lieutenants in 1907 to its upholding of the legality of the VFA and now Edca, the Philippine Supreme Court remained true as an instrument of injustice in the country.”

 

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SC Destroyed The Balance of Power

Garcia further said, “the high court have also irreparably damaged the existing institutions like the Senate and sided with the President on the matter of jurisdiction by its ruling that under Section 25, Article 18,o fht 1987 constitution.

The high court essentially gave the President tremendous power over the Senate by ruling that, “No court can tell the President to desist from choosing an executive agreement over a treaty to embody an international agreement, unless the case falls squarely within Article 18 Section 25,” the high court said.

“In the field of external affairs, the President must be given a larger measure of authority and wider discretion, subject only to the least amount of checks and restrictions under the Constitution,” the high court added.

The SC Decision, A Great Sell-Out

By voting 10-4, the decision written by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, the high court said Edca is an Executive Agreement, not a treaty and by the controversial decision the high court has turned the whole country into being a giant American base in the Pacific. “

Garcia added, “As it is, EDCA is not constitutionally infirm. As an executive agreement, it remains consistent with existing laws and treaties it purports to implement,” the high court kowtowed to the foreign interests and its local puppets”

The high court in effect disagreed with the position of the Senate that Edca must be submitted to the Senate for ratification.The Senate by way of Resolution 105 informed the high court that Edca must be concurred in by at least two-thirds of all members of the Senate.

It has proven itself much like the Marcos Supreme Court from 1972 to 1986 that is beholden to foreign interests and to the dictator until it was dissolved after the EDSA People uprising of February 1986.

By its decision, the Supreme Court has exposed itself as a non-independent court and a puppet court of traitors that serve US Imperialism and it will be its legacy to be a sell-out court of justice and dependence to foreign powers.”

END

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JFAV CONDEMNED THE PH SUPREME COURT TREASONOUS DECISION ON THE LEGALITY OF EDCA

For Immediate Release

Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV)

Contact: Arturo P.Garcia

Phone; (213)241-0995

January 13, 2015

JFAV CONDEMNED  THE PH SUPREME COURT TREASONOUS DECISION ON THE LEGALITY OF EDCA 

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Los AngelesNot all legal decision is moral.

The Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) is very terribly disappointed with the decision of the Philippine Supreme Court that upheld the legality of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (Edca) between the Philippines and the United States.

JFAV National Coordinator Arturo Garcia said, “It’s a terrible insult and a big blow for national sovereignty and pride that all of our Filipino World War II Veterans fought for during World War II.”

This decision will live in infamy and shame. Until today that the US government has not paid our Filipino World War II veterans their benefits and have not recognized them as American veterans for 7o years, the the Supreme Court acted as a pimp to sell out our territory,sovereignty and independence to the American imperialist.”

The SC Decision, A Great Sell-Out

JFAV Lobby in the US Congress,2013

By voting 10-4, the decision written by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, the high court said Edca is an Executive Agreement, not a treaty and by the controversial decision the high court favored the American imperialist opened the whole country into being a giant American base in the Pacific. “

JFAV added, “the high court by  saying that “as it is, EDCA is not constitutionally infirm. As an executive agreement, it remains consistent with existing laws and treaties it purports to implement,” the high court kowtowed to the foreign interests and its local US puppets”

The high court in effect disagreed with the position of the Senate that Edca must be submitted to the Senate for ratification. Further, it used the 1987 constitution against itself by citing a certain provision against its general principles.

The Senate by way of Resolution 105 informed the high court that Edca must be concurred in by at least two-thirds of all members of the Senate.”

Garcia added, ” Instead,the Supreme Court opened the floodgates for EDCA to more abuses of the US, military,stockpile weapon, deploy troops “on rotational basis”, not pay rent and without any assurance to defend the Philippines.”

Presidential Power Over the Senate

CYkGDWHUsAAaJrdThe high court essentially gave the President power over the Senate by ruling that, “No court can tell the President to desist from choosing an executive agreement over a treaty to embody an international agreement, unless the case falls squarely within Article 18 Section 25,” Garcia added.

Garcia further said, “the high court have also irreparably damaged the existing institutions like the Senate and sided with the President on the matter of jurisdiction by its ruling that under Section 25, Article 18, the President can enter into an executive on foreign military bases, troops, or facilities if “(a) it is not the instrument that allows the presence of foreign military bases, troops or facilities, or (b) it merely aims to implement an existing law or treaty and holding that the Edca is one such executive agreement.”

“In the field of external affairs, the President must be given a larger measure of authority and wider discretion, subject only to the least amount of checks and restrictions under the Constitution,” the high court added.

JFAV Commends Dissenters and Petitioners Vs Edca

JFAV commends the four justices who dissented against the majority ruling namely Justices de Castro, Arturo Brion, Marvic Leonen, and Estela Perlas Bernabe dissented from the majority and who sided with the Filipino people.

JFAV agreed with the  four justices who dissented and the petitioners who said the government violated several provisions of the Constitution, including the ban on foreign military bases and facilities without Senate concurrence.

Nationalism, the spirit of independence and national dignity still lives with them and all their ancestors who fought for freedom like the Filipino American World War II Veterans.

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GPMM -USA COMMENDS THE PH SUPREME COURT; AFFIRMS TRO FOR GRACE POE AND CONSOLIDATES ALL CASES.

For Immediate Release
Grace Poe For President Movement (GPPM)
Contact: Jun Caringal
Phone: 714-331-0954
January 12, 2016

GPMM -USA COMMENDS THE PH SUPREME COURT; AFFIRMS TRO FOR GRACE POE AND CONSOLIDATES ALL CASES.

Los Angeles- “Its a tactical victory for the sovereign will of the people.”

Former Navy Captain, Jun Caringal of the GPPM said, ” The Pro-Roxas COMELEC schemes against Senator Grace Poe is finally exposed and was rebuffed by the affirmation of the Supreme Court of the TRO’s for Grace Poe.

Thus, the Grace Poe For President Movement (GPPM) hailed the Supreme Court for the affirmation of the TRO and consolidation of the cases that the COMELEC refused to do.”

Meanwhile , Mayor Jerry Esguerra of Piltown Inc, commended the high court ” for acting expeditiously unlike the COMELEC that abused its discretion and acted against Poe in undue haste and with extreme prejudice.”

Pro-Roxas COMELEC Self-destructs

“The GPPM vehemently condemn in the strongest term the Pro-Roxas COMELEC in its dirty political maneuvers to favor the administration’s candidate and pressure the high court to decide in favor of its dirty tactics.” Esguerra added.

Meanwhile Dr.Orly Cagampan also said,” The problems will not be exacerbated if only the COMELEC did not delay for almost two weeks and pressure Poe’s legal team up to the last moment.

Their plot backfired on them when the Supreme Court granted the double TRO for Senator Poe and consolidated all the cases against Poe that the COMELEC refused to do.

In the first place, these problems will not happen if they did not implement theirOPLAN PaPOETok to “disqualify Senator Poe and proceed in their ” election by default.” Cagampan ended.

END

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WHY THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT IS INUTILE WHEN IT COMES TO THE INTERESTS OF ITS PEOPLE ABROAD.

JFAV UPDATES
January 02, 2015

WHY THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT IS INUTILE WHEN IT COMES TO THE INTERESTS OF ITS PEOPLE ABROAD.

By Arturo P. Garcia

JFAV NATIONAL COORDINATOR

JFAV March,Nov.11, 2015

Los Angeles– There are some questions that I really appreciate when some youth and students as well as common FiIlipino American asks when it comes to the Filipino World War II Veterans.

One rarely asked questions is -” Why did it take so long for the Veterans to fight for their rights in America?”

Few people even the so-called historians in the Philippines and here in the United States know that the fact that Filipino Veterans were disenfranchised by the Rescission Act of 1946 an are not recognized as American Veterans by the 79th US Congress was deliberately hidden from the public by the Philippine Government.

The Filipino Veterans Fought for Their Own Issue in AmericaJFAV Lobby, 2013

It was only through the efforts of some well-meaning Filipino government officials and of all people-President Cory Aquino who requested President Bush Sr that the US Government fulfilled one of its promise to naturalized the Filipino Veterans as American citizens in 1991.

It was the dedicated efforts of Filipino World War II organizations and leaders in the United States since 1984 who led the crusade for equity and justice and the Filipino American community that the issue of veterans equity and rights came to fore. And yet the Philippine government has the temerity to claims some of its tactical victories like the lump sum in 2009.

But the lump sum in the ARRA law is the same as the “apology ” and promised compensation of the Japanese Abe Government to the more than 200,000 Korean comfort women during World War I.

Now, both the South Korean and Japanese governments passed off as a ” good agreement.” But the agreement was viewed by many as an insult and another scheme to to make the Japanese government unaccountable for its war crimes against Asian countries.

Inspiring Rebuke

At JFAV Fund Raiser at SUNDAY JUMP. November 01, 2015 at KAPISTAHAN GRill, HFT, DTLA

What was inspiring was the rebuke given by remaining and living Korean comfort women to their government and Japan for the agreement where they were not even consulted and was made behind their backs.

Their question is simple: “Why are killing us for the second time?”

People asks why the Philippine government has not done the same for FiIlipina comfort women?

The answer is simple. The Philippine government and some of its leaders like President Aquino II are beholden to the Japanese government and sad to say, their willing puppets.

Just remember that Aquino III choose to attend the inauguration of the Japanese owned- Mitsubishi Plant in Laguna than the arrival honors for the departed SAF44 killed in a bloody combat the Mamasapano last January 25, 2015. Can you beat that?

Again, in the conflict between Japan and China over the Shensuku Islands, Aquino III again sided with Japan angering China which claims the islands as a territory of China.

Well, these so-called patriots even say;”Why do we beg America for benefits when we fought for the Philippines?” Even insulting our WWII veterans as beggars. The same way they say “why don’t we protest China’s aggression and protest American intervention?’

Yes, Juan Dela Cruz,patriotism is always the defense of scoundrels. And now they love Japan even if they caused the Philippines terrible hardships during World War II. They have forgotten Bataan and Corregidor and the Rape of Manila in 1945 reasoning “Past is past.”

Aquino’s Demeaning Collaboration with Japan

Former U.S. President Harry S. Truman signed The Rescission Act of 1946, which exclusively disenfranchised Filipino veterans and their families access to their rightful benefits. This racist law has endured for 69 years, but we demand NO MORE! Justice and equity for our lolos and lolas now!

Former U.S. President Harry S. Truman signed The Rescission Act of 1946, which exclusively disenfranchised Filipino veterans and their families access to their rightful benefits. This racist law has endured for 69 years, but we demand NO MORE! Justice and equity for our lolos and lolas now!

When the JFAV San Francisco Coordinator Ago Pedalizo asked Aquino III during his appearance with Balitang America (BA) in San Francisco about the plight of Filipino Veterans, Aquino II feigned ignorance on the issue saying “I did not know about that” and promised “I will study it.”

Well,it’s only six months remaining in his (Aquino’s) term and yet the Philippine government has not done any thing for the remaining 28,000 Filipino American Veterans and more than 68,0000 survivors in America and the Philippines. Is Aquino still studying the veterans issue or not?

All Filipino Presidents from Roxas to Aquino III only did the same thing. To placate Americans and follow its policies from”containing China” to the worst of passing the VFA, the EDCA and bringing back the bases in the future.

Collaboration and FilAm Bashing

People should know that the Aquino Family has a history of being Japanese collaborators from Pre-World War II up to the present as well as the other political dynasties of the Philippines.

So, JFAV was not surprised that another Filipino was beheaded in Saudi Arabia. And all the DFA can say to OFWs is “please follow the law.”

And then we ask, on the case of Filipino-American bashing and the case Senator Grace Poe, we are Filipinos and modern heroes when we remit our money to the Philippines?

And yet we are not Filipinos and are Americans and “traitors” because we were “naturalized American citizens” when it comes to the exercise of our right and even our right to vote and run for public office, is that so?

Are Filipino-American World War II Veterans  “traitors ” too when they became “naturalized American citizens” and came to America from 1992 to the present.?

Well. these are the reasons why the Philippine government is inutile when it comes to the rights of overseas Filipinos especially the FIlipino-American Veterans of World War II.

Please think about this.

Happy New Year to all!

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WHY THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT IS INUTILE WHEN IT COMES TO THE INTERESTS OF ITS PEOPLE ABROAD.

JFAV UPDATES
December 31, 2015

WHY THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT IS INUTILE WHEN IT COMES TO THE INTERESTS OF ITS PEOPLE ABROAD.

By Arturo P. Garcia

JFAV, November 11, 2013

Los Angeles– There are some questions that I really appreciate when some youth and students as well as common FiIlipino American asks when it comes to the Filipino World War II Veterans.

One rarely asked questions is -” Why did it take so long for the Veterans to fight for their rights in America?”

Few people even the so-called historians in the Philippines and here in the United States know that the fact that Filipino Veterans were disenfranchised by the Rescission Act of 1946 an are not recognized as American Veterans by the 79th US Congress was deliberately hidden from the public by the Philippine Government.

The Filipino Veterans Fought for Their Own Issue in America

It was only through the efforts of some well-meaning Filipino government officials and of all people-President Cory Aquino who requested President Bush Sr that the US Government fulfilled one of its promise to naturalized the Filipino Veterans as American citizens in 1991.

It was the dedicated efforts of Filipino World War II organizations and leaders in the United States since 1984 who led the crusade for equity and justice and the Filipino American community that the issue of veterans equity and rights came to fore. And yet the Philippine government has the temerity to claims some of its tactical victories like the lump sum in 2009.

But the lump sum in the ARRA law is the same as the “apology ” and promised compensation of the Japanese Abe Government to the more than 200,000 Korean comfort women during World War I. Now, both the South Korean and Japanese governments passed off as a ” good agreement.”

Inspiring Rebuke

What was inspiring was the rebuke given by remaining and living Korean comfort women to their government and Japan for the agreement where they were not even consulted and was made behind their backs.

Their question is simple: “Why are killing us for the second time?”

People asks why the Philippine government has not done the same for FiIlipina comfort women. The answer is simple. The Philippine government and some of its leaders like President Aquino II are beholden to the Japanese government and sad to say, their willing puppets.

Just remember that Aquino III choose to attend the inauguration of the Japanese owned- Mitsubishi Plant in Laguna than the arrival honors for the departed SAF44 killed in a bloody combat the Mamasapano last January 25, 2015. Can you beat that?

Again, in the conflict between Japan and China over the Shensuku Islands, Aquino III again sided with Japan angering China which claims the islands as a territory of China.

Aquino’s Demeaning Collaboration with Japan

When the JFAV San Francisco Coordinator Ago Pedalizo asked Aquino III during his appearance with Balitang America (BA) in San Francisco about the plight of Filipino Veterans, Aquino II feigned ignorance on the issue saying “I did not know about that” and promised “I will study it.”

Well,it’s only six months remaining in his (Aquino’s) term and yet the Philippine government has not done any thing for the remaining 28,000 Filipino American Veterans and more than 68,0000 survivors in America and the Philippines. Is Aquino still studying the veterans issue or not?

All Filipino Presidents from Roxas to Aquino III only did the same thing. To placate Americans and follow its policies from”containing China” to the worst of passing the VFA, the EDCA and bringing back the bases in the future.

Collaboration and FilAm Bashing

People should know that the Aquino Family has a history of being Japanese collaborators from Pre-World War II up to the present as well as the other political dynasties of the Philippines.

So, JFAV was not surprised that another Filipino was beheaded in Saudi Arabia. And all the DFA can say to OFWs is “please follow the law.”

And then we ask, on the case of Filipino-American bashing and the case Senator Grace Poe, we are Filipinos and modern heroes when we remit our money to the Philippines?

And yet we are not Filipinos and are Americans and “traitors” because we were “naturalized American citizens” when it comes to the exercise of our right and even our right to vote and run for public office, is that so?

Well. these are the reasons why the Philippine government is inutile when it comes to the rights of overseas Filipinos especially the FIlipino-American Veterans of World War II.

Please think about this.

Happy New Year to all!

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