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

For Immediate Release
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.”






April 18, 2016


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



April 18, 2016


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!