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May 29, 2016

JOEN (1948-2016)

Los Angeles – ” Ang magbuhos ng dugo para sa bayan ay kagitingang hindi malilimutan.”

Memorial meetings in honor of the memory of Ka. Joe Navidad ( 1948-2016) were held in Los Angeles,California in the United States and different parts of the Philippines last May 28, 2016.

The Moro People’s Community Organization for Reform and Empowerment their TRIBUTE to a comrade, friend, colleague, mentor, community organizer, supporter, benefactor, uncle, brother, kasama, and a great man who gratified us, today, May 29, 2016, 3PM @ Albert’s Dinner House, Kabacan North Cotabato along National Highway, Southern Philippines.

This event will be simultaneously celebrated with us by Ka Joe Navidad’s family, relatives, comrades and friends in Digos City, Davao Del Sur, Sendong Survivors in Cagayan de Oro City and Yolanda Survivors in Roxas City, Capiz who were beneficiaries of People’s CORE’s cash assistance and relief services through the effort of People’s CORE Executive Director, Ka Joe Navidad.

Los Angeles Memorial Meeting

JoeNav22016We are also happy to inform everyone that a Public Memorial for Ka Joe R. Navidad was held last May 28, 2016, 12 Noon – 5PM at Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) – James Irvine Garden 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. To be initiated by the People’s CORE staff, family, relatives, friends, Alliance-Philippines,Justice for Filipino American Veterans(JFAV) and KmB, Pro-People Youth Los Angeles members.

JoeNavKa Joe Navidad, was the Founder and Executive Director of People’s Community Organization for Reform and Empowerment (People’s CORE), who touched our lives and empowered us through Moro People’s CORE. His commitment to help and serve the people with his charisma, passion, humor and wit inspired lots of Muslims and Indigenous People’s in Mindanao in particular and the entire communities local and abroad.

Maraming salamat Kasamang Joe Navidad! Thank you for the confidence and trust in supporting and helping us in establishing Moro People’s CORE to empower us and continue the struggle at home through Moro People’s Core vision http://moropeoplescore.org/who-we-are/vision-mission/

We are all proud of you! We love you and you will always be in our hearts! Unending thanks for your unconditional support and commitment to help and serve the people!

Moro People’s CORE will never be same again without you but we will always be inspired of your legacies in serving the people and continue the struggle!

We’re all proud of you!
You’ll always be in our hearts!
Rest in Power!
We LOVE You Boss!



For Immediate Release
4th HFT PH (118th) Independence Day Committee (4HFTIDC)
Contact: Arturo P.Garcia
Phone; (323)640-4056
May 29, 2016


Los Angeles—Mabuhay ang Ika-118 Araw ng Kalayaan ng Pilipinas!

3HFTIDPMore organizations have joined the 4th Historic Filipinotown PH Independence Parade Committee on June 4, 2016. At 9;00 AM

As of the press time, 32 organizations have joined the 4th HFT PH (118th) Independence Day Committee (4HFTIDC) that organized the parade and program on June 04, 2015.

The committee is inviting other organizations to join the 4th Historic Filipinotown parade on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 9:00 AM.

The ParadeBPUSA15

The last  assessment meeting of the 4HFTPIDC  is on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 6:00 PM at the Filipino American Service Group Inc. (FASGI) House at 135 N.Parkview St.Los Angeles,CA 90026.

Assembly time for vehicles, floats and contingents is at 8;00 at the assembly area in front of the Silver Lake Medical Center (SLMC), 1711 W.Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90026.

The vehicles, floats and contingents are requested to submit participation forms at the registration table at Burlington and Temple Street . It is first come first serve for organizations to line up from Bonnie Brae St to Union St at both sides.

The parade will start promptly at 9;00 AM around the Historic Filipinotown with the Pinoy Harley Riders Club c/o Tony B Reyes and the Nilo Lazaro and his 15 man- band from San Diego leading the parade.

More than 32 Participating organizations13064709_1086434011399471_1987925634195613361_o

The following organizations composed the 4HFT Independence Day Committee in alphabetical order:

ALLIANCE PHILLIPINES, ANSWER-Los Angeles, Burlington School,Binibining Pilipinas-USA 2016,Benguet 13/Benguet Organization of Southern California, Cordillera Association of Los Angeles, District 13 Office of Councilmember Mitch O’ Farrell, Echo Park Community Coalition (EPCC), EPCC Mayor Jerry Esguerra, Filipino American Community of Los Angeles Inc.(FACLA),Filipino American Service Group Inc. (FASGI), FILAMS FOR HILLARY,Filipino American Press Club of California (FAPCCA)

FILAM INQUIRER, Historic Filipinotown Neighborhood Council (HFNC), Justice for Filipino American Veterans(JFAV). Knights of Rizal (KOR)-Historic Filipinotown Chapter Kabataang Makabayan Pro People Youth (KmB), Nilo Lazaro and Band, LAKAMBINI NG KALAYAAN 2016, Medical Mission c/o Dr. Erllinda Grey, National union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP)More than 30 -USAOutreach for Christian Fellowship (OCF),Office of Califonia Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, District 51.

Pinoy Harley Riders Club (PHRC), People’s Community Organization For Reform and Empowerment (People’s CORE), Pilipino Workers Center of Southern California(PWC-SC), Pangasinan Brotherhood-USA, Philippine Independence Day Foundation-Carson City, Search to Involve The Pilipino Americans (SIPA),Queen of Asia Pacific (QAP), Southern California Filipino Dental Society(SCFDS), San Carlos Association of Los Angeles (SCALA), SUNDAY JUMP, Sapphire Media Regency (SMR),Veterans Van c/o BAGYO and Vita Plus.

Other organizations have been invited to join the last Planning meeting of the 4HFTIDC on May 30, 2016 at 6;00 PM at FASGI, 135 N.Parkview St.Los Angeles, CA 90026


The parade participation is free. But the organizers are not responsible and legally liable to any untoward incident that may happen during the Parade. Joining the Kalayaan Parade is the sole responsibility of individual and organizational participants.

Participating groups must sign and submit their participation forms  via email or at the day of the parade at the registration table on June 4, 2016 at the parade starting area.

For more information please contact Bernie at FASGI at (213)497-9804 and Art at (323)640-4056 or email us at alpiegarcia@gmail.com. Also visit our website at www.jfavusa.org for more details.




May 29, 2017


(The EPCC NEWS reprinted an article on Mr.Philip Lustre on the Philippine Constitution as talks are going around especially on Facebook on federalism and PP Duterte’s pronouncements that there will changes in the 1987 Constitution to accomodate his wishes as the 16th President of the Republic. – Editors)

I remember my college professor, who, in our Political Science 101 subject in early 1970s, gave only two kinds of constitutions, or fundamental laws of the land: the written and the unwritten.

The British Constitution is a prime example of an unwritten constitution. Its fundamental laws have been products of customs and traditions, which have been handed down from one generation to another generation.

The U.S Constitution is a prime example of a written constitution. Its founding fathers saw the necessity to put its fundamental laws in written form. It serves as the ultimate social contract between the governors and the governed.

Being a former U.S colony and a young nation in the community of nations, the Philippines adopted a written constitution. The first constitution is the 1935 Constitution. It is called as such because the Filipino people ratified it in 1935.

It was the fundamental law that became operational when the Philippines became a Commonwealth, or autonomous, state in 1935 in preparation for self-rule, or independence, ten years later.

The 1935 Constitution had remained the fundamental charter after the Philippines has gained independence from the U.S. in 1946.

Because of the colonial nature of the 1935 Constitution, the government of Ferdinand Marcos (he was not yet the dictator then), initiated a constitutional convention in 1971 to draft a new constitution that would reflect the republican, not colonial, nature of the Philippines.

But Marcos declared martial law in 1972 and manipulated the convention to come out with a constitution that would serve as the blueprint of the martial law government or the Marcos dictatorship.

Marcos did everything to manipulate the ratification of the 1973 Constitution. In the Javellana vs. Executive Secretary case, the Supreme Court, then under the respected Chief Justice Roberto Concepcion, ruled that the 1973 Constitution was not properly ratified by the Filipino people under the established norms of ratifying constitutions.

In fact, it was declared ratified under fraudulent circumstances. It only became operational when somebody in the Supreme Court inserted the encompassing phrase that the 1973 Constitution had no judicial obstacle to become effective and operational.

The 1973 Constitution was amended six times to insert provisions to strengthen the one-man rule of Marcos. Because of those frequent amendments to favor Marcos, wags claimed that a third kind of constitution existed: the frequently rewritten constitution.

The 1973 Constitution was totally shelved when the near bloodless 1986 EDSA People Revolution took place and ousted Marcos from power.

For a while, Cory Aquino had a revolutionary government and her government operated under what was termed as the “Freedom Constitution.”

The Freedom Constitution has been replaced by the present 1987 Constitution, which the Filipino people have ratified on Feb. 7, 1987.

This narrative goes to open minded millennials, who have the passion to know our political history. Forget the Marcos loyalists, who possess twisted minds.

They will never understand what actually happened in our history.
They will even revise our history.

Please ignore them completely.