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PAALAM, KA JOE NAVIDAD

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April 25, 2016

PAALAM, KA JOE NAVIDAD

Joen42016Arlington VA--PAALAM, Joe Navidad, 68 yrs old, Los Angeles CA, a native of Davao, A human rights activist, a genuine community leader!

It is with deep sadness to inform everyone of the demise of a dear friend , Joe Navidad of Los Angeles , CA.

In the early 90’s we organized PESANTE , a US support group for for Philippine farmers demanding for a comprehensive and genuine land reform in the Philippines.

As the lead counsel of the 1987 Mendiola Massacre civil case, Joe,myself and a group of human rights advocates saw the need to form a US solidarity group in support of our brothers and sisters demand for justice and for ownership of the farm lands .

Paalam mahal naming kaibigan! ”

Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” Romans 14:8–Atty.Arnedo Valera.

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Jose “Joe Pogi” ” Navidad, 68

For Immediate Release
Alliance Philippines
April 25,2016

Comrade Jose “Joe Pogi” ” Navidad, 68

JoeNav2016Los Angeles— ” ….And miles to go before I sleep…”

It is with deep pain and sorrow, that we in the Alliance-Philippines (AJLPP) announce the passing of one of our founders, Jose Navidad last Friday, April 22, 2016

Joe “Pogi” Navidad was born on February 14, 1948 in the Philippines and died on April 22, 2016 in his home in Pasadena, CA.

Joe Navidad was the Executive Director of People’s CORE and a former founder and member of the National Committee of the International ANSWER Coalition (ANSWER Coalition ) founded on September 29, 2001. 

PCORE1998He was also a founding member and member of the International Coordinating Committee (ICC) of the International League of Peoples Struggle (ILPS) from 2001-2004.

He was also the founder of the Philippine Peasant Support Network (PESANTE-USA) and the National Coordinator of BAYAN International-USA or New Patriotic Alliance -USA based in the United States from 1993 to 2005. 

Funeral arrangement and are being made in coordination with his bereaved family. 

More details to follow.

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The Racism of Filipinos or FilAm Bashing

Article
April 22,2016

The Racism of Filipinos or FilAm Bashing

By Arturo P. Garcia

KmB at IWD MArch, March 06, 2016The PH Supreme Court, by issuing a temporary restraining order against portions of the laws on overseas absentee voting and a Commission on Elections (Comelec) resolution banning the practice of partisan political activity abroad during the overseas voting period, was widely welcomed in the US.

The Supreme Court decision dealt a big blow to the racism of some Filipinos who treat their fellow Filipinos as second-class Filipinos whose rights they can trample on.

Thus, Filipinos in the United States were extremely elated over the decision of the PH Supreme Court, in its last summer session for the year, partially granted a petition from Filipino-American Loida Nicolas-Lewis

FilAm Bashing or Filipino Racism

JFAV National Coordinator Arturo P.Garcia said, “this ruling affirms that the COMELEC is partial and is biased towards Filams and OFW abroad by stifling their basic freedoms.

This kind of FilAm bashing was practiced by the COMELEC on Senator Grace Poe.

Filams remember that the COMELEC acting in abuse of its discretion, disqualified Senator Grace Poe from running saying “she lied by saying she is a natural born citizen” and she was a American citizen and not a Filipino.

Luckily the Supreme Court intervened and stopped the COMELEC in their track and saved the day for Seantor Poe and for all Flipino-Americans.

Line of Attack

Grace Poe

The target of attack was focused on Senator Grace Poe. Her political detractors branded her as an “American Girl” and in the most unkind manner chided her “ for abjuring her citizenship” and “she was not a Filipino.”

The harshest attack came for Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. He made this a reason why he ran for President. He said,” I ran because I do not want An American to be the President of the Philippines.” A clear case of racism and FilAm bashing.

After the PH Supreme Court Decision, Duterte kept quiet. But this does not mean he will not use this issue. on the last Presidential debate in Cebu, Vice President Binay attacked Senator Poe with this diatribe.

Other candidates political operators kept harping on this issue like Senator Poe’s “fake social security number” and her husband’s and children’s American citizenship.

They are still appealing to the twisted notion of Filipino patriotism which can be best ascribed as racism. Treating Filipinos abroad as second class citizens is against real Filipino values.”

The Supreme Court Decision 

Through the TRO, the SC “enjoined the Comelec, its deputies and other related instrumentalities from implementing the following: (i) Section 36.8 of Republic Act No. 9189, as amended by RA 10590; and (ii) Section 74 (II) (8) and other related provisions of Comelec resolution No. 10035.”

The high court, however, clarified that,” overseas Filipinos are prohibited from campaigning and conducting partisan political activities within Philippine Embassies, Consulates, and other posts where overseas voters may exercise their right to vote pursuant to the Overseas Absentee Voting System..”

In her petition, Lewis said while the contested provisions reflected the spirit behind the Omnibus Election Code, “the manner by which this is to be carried out fails to consider the unique context of overseas absentee voting, thereby resulting in the undue curtailment of the most cherished rights of freedom of speech and expression, and of information.”

The petitioner said,” the contested provisions prejudiced not only her right to freedom of expression, but also of others in future cases involving the information and education of the electorate. ”

Nicolas-Lewis said,” the contested provisions particularly violated Articles 1 and 4 of the Philippine Constitution, on due process and equal protection of laws, and freedom of speech, expression and assembly. She also stressed that there is no criminal jurisdiction over Filipinos abroad.

The petitioner said rules on campaigning abroad should be more relaxed than that in the Philippines.”

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From the Margins to the Margin of VIctory

Article
April 23,2016

From the Margins to the Margin of VIctory

By Arturo P. Garcia

13012639_10206509702766650_4250695187210728420_nThe Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) have given their Ambassadors and Head of Mission a dressing down this week.

It was because less than 9,000 overseas Filipinos have voted for the May 9 elections. This despite the fact that the overseas voting started last April 9, 2016

There are more than 1.3 million overseas voters around the world. At least 276,000 of them are in the United States.

Global Filipino Votes

Looking at this number, the Filipino global votes can be compared to a vote rich region in the Philippines or at least a vote rich province like Cebu or Pangasinan.

That is why the intervention of Lewis on behalf of the FilAm community and the recent PH Supreme Court decision that favor the Filipinos overseas cut the COMELEC into size is very timely.

Garcia added, “The Grace Poe For President Movement (GPPM) in North America and USA is elated that overseas Filipinos all over the world for now can continue campaigning for their preferred national candidates in the May 2016 elections despite the ongoing overseas absentee voting.”

From Being Marginalized to the Margin of Victory

For a long time since the overseas absentee voting was introduced to give Filipinos abroad a chance to vote in Philippine Presidential Elections, the number of voters dramatically increase to today’s number of 1.3 million voters.

From being marginalized, the Filipinos abroad now is a force to reckon with and can provide the margin of victory for a presidential candidate.

It can also make or break, a senatorial candidate and can give him or her a margin in the Magic 12. 600,000 votes out of 1.3 million overseas voters is enough margin to win a seat in the Senate.

With the multi-party system in the Philippines, political analysts, and everybody is expecting a very close fight.

With five candidates, the margin of victory is projected to only 600, 000 votes or 25% to 30% of the vote.

It started with the 1986 elections during Marcos time when Marcos won the elections over Cory Aquino with less than 600,000 votes. It was repeated when General Fidel Ramos won in 1992. It was repeated when Gloria Macapagal Arroyo won over Fernando Poe
Jr. with less than 800,000 votes has become a trend.

Now the Filipinos abroad can now exercise not only their economic power but also their political power by the power of the ballot and voting power.

Thus, Filipino dual citizens and green card holders must come out in force and vote. Practice your rights and provide the margin of victory to your choice candidate.

Let every vote counts!

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KmB at the Samahang Pilipino at UCLA Town Hall Meeting

JFAV Updates

April 21, 2016

KmB at the Samahang Pilipino at UCLA Town Hall Meeting, April 20, 2016

KmB at SP:UCLALos Angeles— KmB was at the Samahang Pilipino at UCLA Town hall Meeting for Pilipino Studies, April 20, 2016

A big thank you to @samahangpilipino for inviting us to their Townhall meeting last night.

What a productive dialogue–but it also lets us know that there is much work to be done. ‪#‎solidarity‬ ‪#‎PStudies‬ ‪#‎pilipinxstudies‬

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GPPM-NA/USA Commends PH SC stops Comelec FilAm bashing : Stops implementing ban on overseas campaigning

For Immediate Release
GPPM-NA/USA
April 20, 2016

GPPM-NA/USA Commends PH SC stops Comelec FilAm bashing : Stops implementing ban on overseas campaigning

Los AngelesGood News for FilAms in North America

Grace Poe

The GPPM-USA Convenor Arturo P. Garcia is extremely elated over the decision of the Supreme Court, in its last summer session for the year, partially granted a petition from Filipino-American Loida Nicolas-Lewis .

The PH Supreme Court, by issuing a temporary restraining order against portions of the laws on overseas absentee voting and a Commission on Elections (Comelec) resolution banning the practice of partisan political activity abroad during the overseas voting period.

FilAm Bashing

FilAm4GPGarcia said, “this ruling affirms that the COMELEC is partial and is biased towards Filams and OFW abroad by stifling their freedoms.

This kind of FilAm bashing was practiced by the COMELEC on Senator Grace Poe. Luckily the Supreme Court intervened, saw the lights and saved the day for us”

Garcia added, “The Grace Poe For President Movement in North America and USA is joyful that Overseas Filipinos all over the world for now can continue campaigning for their preferred national candidates in the May 2016 elections despite the ongoing overseas absentee voting.”

Through the TRO, the SC “enjoined the Comelec, its deputies and other related instrumentalities from implementing the following: (i) Section 36.8 of Republic Act No. 9189, as amended by RA 10590; and (ii) Section 74 (II) (8) and other related provisions of Comelec resolution No. 10035.”

On to the May 9 Campaign in the US

The high court, however, clarified that,” overseas Filipinos are prohibited from campaigning and conducting partisan political activities within Philippine Embassies, Consulates, and other posts where overseas voters may exercise their right to vote pursuant to the Overseas Absentee Voting System..”

In her petition, she said while the contested provisions reflected the spirit behind the Omnibus Election Code, “the manner by which this is to be carried out fails to consider the unique context of overseas absentee voting, thereby resulting in the undue curtailment of the most cherished rights of freedom of speech and expression, and of information.”

The petitioner said,” the contested provisions prejudiced not only her right to freedom of expression, but also of others in future cases involving the information and education of the electorate. ”

Nicolas-Lewis said,” the contested provisions particularly violated Articles 1 and 4 of the Philippine Constitution, on due process and equal protection of laws, and freedom of speech, expression and assembly. She also stressed that there is no criminal jurisdiction over Filipinos abroad.

The petitioner said rules on campaigning abroad should be more relaxed than that in the Philippines.”

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JUSTICE FOR AKAI GURLEY! END POLICE IMPUNITY!

 

JFAV UPDATES

April 18, 2016

JUSTICE FOR AKAI GURLEY! END POLICE IMPUNITY! 

Rally For Akai GurleyLos Angeles–“We demand an end to impunity for all officers who kill civilians.

We demand Peter Liang to be held accountable. We demand that all police officers should be held accountable.

We demand justice for Akai Gurley and all our sisters and brothers who have fallen to state violence.” – Eddy M. Gana Jr., KmB Chairperson at the 4/9/16 National Week of Action: Justice for Akai Gurley.

Our oppression as people of color is connected, and so the liberation of Asian-American communities cannot be achieved without also the liberation of Black communities.

We ask the API community to no longer be divided. We ask for an organized movement to dismantle anti-Black racism.” – Eddy M. Gana Jr., KmB Chairperson at the 4/9/16 National Week of Action: Justice for Akai Gurley.

Justice For Akai Gurley
#JusticeForAkaiGurley #Justice4AkaiGurley#BlackLivesMatter #AsianAmerican #Filipino #FilAm#Solidarity #Racism #Community #LosAngeles#ANSWER #ProPeopleYouth #SocialJustice

Photo Credit: Johana Deleon of ANSWER Coalition – Los Angeles

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THE POLITICAL FANATICISM OF THE FILIPINOS DURING ELECTIONS

EPCC NEWS
April 18, 2016

THE POLITICAL FANATICISM OF THE FILIPINOS DURING ELECTIONS

By Arturo P.Garcia

I saw first hand the effects of political fanaticism of Filipinos at an early age.

I saw thousands of angry Filipinos in my neighborhood came out one night in the 1960’s , marched and burned the political ads of Senator Rogelio Dela Rosa when he withdraw in favor of Vice President Diosdado Macapagal,

They shouted invectives at their idol and marched with caretelas (horse drawn carriages ) .

My father just laughed and said to me , “ See how crazy are the Filipinos about candidates? That;s Filipino politics!”

Growing up, I got used to the fanaticism of Filipinos towards their candidates. And our family is not an exception. For during the campaign, my grandfather who is at odds with my aunt and my uncles, won’t talk to them or let them set foot on his house until the election time is over. They both have different candidates to support. And they just get together after elections on Christmas time..

I saw that again in 1986, when the Marcos loyalist acted up and mounted at least nine military coup against then President Aquino. And the last time was in 2002, when the Erap loyalist tried to mount EDSA 3 attacking Malacanang only to be crushed by the military.

But today, another type of political fanaticism is at hand. This time a the age of social media. The loyal followers of Digong Duterte has infected the social media with this kind of political fanaticism.

They will defend their candidates by any means necessary. They even fill the walls of their political adversaries and threaten them , cajoled and send memes to silence them into submission.This is what we call cyber-bullying.

Dr.Sylvia Claudio got a taste od Duterte fanatic’s tirades on FB and she responsed: “Just got the classic ‪#‎Duterturd‬ response. A picture of someone’s dick. I haven’t even started. I say that is one premature dick.‪#‎NO2DU30‬

Another friend of mine wrote: “ReplytoQuery: Yes, he apologized — after letting his followers go berserk with trying to rationalize and/or justify his rape joke, one of them so carried away he tweeted it would be an honor if his daughter were raped by the candidate.

Day after day of letting his followers run amok on his behalf. Then, apropos of nothing but a few reports in the international/Western media, he tacks into the wind and without a thought for all the labor of his fans, goes back on his word. His spokesperson tries to pass him off as the victim, saying it was because he did not belong to the elite, though of course, he’s been in power for more than two decades. What you see is what you will get. ‪#‎narcissist‬ ‪#‎powerlust‬‪#‎fakemacho‬“-Ninotchka Rosca.

I am just happy on how my friends( my real friends in the social media are holding out in the face of the political fanaticism of some of the candidates especially the die-hard Duterte fans or followers.

I am also happy in the GPPM North America/USA, we maintain our decency and sense of fairness and not be drown out by these political trolls. For these political trolls, social media is a place of discourse and not a bully pulpit to harass, intimidate or vent anger to people who does not share your ideals.

These fanaticism is fleeting and last only during elections especially the Presidential elections in the Philippines. If you do not like them, just press the unfriend button or unfollow button and even if they are our friends but hey have crossed the line of indecent comments, just unfriend them then waste time in unworthy discussions.

Let’s maintain our demeanor and these things will pass!

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GPPM-NA/USA VEHEMENTLY DENOUNCES DUTERTE’S MORBID AND MACHOSISTIC REMARKS ON “RAPE” AND MURDER OF AN AUSTRALIAN LADY MISSIONARY

For Immediate Release

GPPM-North America/USA

April 17, 2016

 

Los Angeles-  “ Morbid, Machosistic and Fascist!’

Grace Poe

Arturo P, Garcia of the Grace Poe For President Movement (GPPM)-North America/USA  said, ” we raise  our collective voices in condemning  in the highest possible terms,  the sadist and machosistic remarks of Davao Mayor Digong Dutette on how “he should be the first to fall in line to rape “ the woman Australian missionary who was killed in a hostage crisis in Davao City.

“When he  ( Duterte ) speaks, he speaks what is in this mind. Will you vote for a fascist philanderer whose wish is rape a good looking Causcasian woman who looked like an American actress?” Garcia  asked.

“ We  are one with Presidental bet Grace Poe is ‎incensed at the morbid and uncouth remarks made by rival Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on a rape victim in his city’s jail 26 years ago.” Garcia added.

TULOY POE ANG LABAN!Senator Poe’s Statement on Rape

“Ito ay magaspang at hindi katanggap-tanggap, at nagpapakita ng kanyang kawalan ng paggalang sa kababaihan. Ang rape ay isang krimen at walang nakakatawa rito. Dapat tayong mapoot sa lahat ng pang-aabuso sa kababaihan,” said Poe in a statement.

In an hour-long speech in a rally at Amoranto sports complex‎ in Quezon City, where he was egged on by rabid supporters, Duterte said: “Nagalit ako kasi ni rape. Pero napakaganda niya at dapat ang Mayor muna ang nauna.”

Poe said that as a woman, he was offended at Duterte’s remarks.KSCI LA TV18

“While some may seem impressed with the mayor’s nonchalance and tough talking stance, he should be reminded that at all times, women, men and the LGBT alike should be treated with dignity and respect,” said Poe.

Duterte’s remarks were meant for an Australian lady minister who was killed and raped during a hostage taking at the Davao City jail by a group of inmates led by Federico Pugoy (who was incarcerated for a holding hostage a bus).in 1989.

 

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Poetswritersinc first Connecting Generations in LA!

JFAV UPDATES

April 18, 2016
Beyond Baraque

Poetswritersinc first Connecting Generations in LA!

Los Angeles–Thank you to everyone who came to @poetswritersinc first Connecting Generations in LA!

We were incredibly moved by the intersectional, beautiful letters from teens at St. Bernard High School & WWII veterans and their family members from FASGI!

Major thanks to Mike, Traci, Angela, Manong Franco, Manang Beverly, Rose, Ivonne, Yonathan, Rosalinda, Josh, and all the students/seniors who participated in the workshops and all the wonderful people who came.

We’re so honored! Thank you for the love! Thank you for supporting WWII veterans! Thank you for sharing your powerful stories!

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