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For Immediate Release
4th HFT PH (118th) Independence Day Committee (4HFTIDC)
Contact: Arturo P.Garcia
Phone; (323)640-4056
May 26, 2016


BPUSA15Los AngelesMabuhay ang Ika-118 Araw ng Kalayaan ng Pilipinas!

More organizations have joined the 4th Historic Filipinotown PH Independence Parade Committee on June 4, 2016. At 9;00 AM
As of the press time, 30 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 Parade

3HFTIDPThe last meeting of the 4HFTPIDC meeting is on Monday, May 30, 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 parade will start promptly at 9;00 AM around the Historic Filipinotown with Nilo Lazaro and his 15 man- band from San Diego leading the parade.

Participating organizations4HFTPIDC

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

ALLIANCE PHILLIPINES, ANSWER-Los Angeles, Burlington School,Binibining Pilipinas-USA 2016,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,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 Journalist Of The Philippines (NUJP)-USA, Outreach for Christian Fellowship (OCF),Office of California Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, District 51.

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 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.

For more information please contact Bernie at FASGI at (213)497-9804 and art at (323)640-4056 or email us at





May 25, 2016


Joe %22Pogi%22 NavidadJOEN (1948-2016)

Los Angeles – The  ALLIANCE-PHILIPPINES (AJLPP) Invites ALL to ;


On May 28, 2016 at 12 noon to 2:00 PM  at the  Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) – James Irvine Garden
244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Join in the celebration of the life of Comrade (Kasama) Joe Navidad, Founder and Executive Director of People’s Community Organization for Reform and Empowerment (People’s CORE), BAYAN International-USA, Alliance-Philippines.

Public Parking ($10) is available at Joe’s Parking on 2nd Street (between San Pedro and Alameda) adjacent to the JACCC



May 24, 2016


By Vicente Rafael

( Note; This is a Facebook repost from the post of Sylvia Morningstar from an article of Vicente Rafael. Our own edits– EPCC Ed.)


“Everyday we’re treated to new announcements directly from Digong himself, unfiltered and sans spokesperson: the ‘hypocritical Church’, ‘immediate burial’ for Marcos, support for medical marijuana, family planning and K-12, living in Davao instead of Manila, and many more, liberally peppered with cuss words, jokes, and spoken in the creole of the south — the mix of Bisaya, Tagalog, English.

All of it unedited, improvisational, erratic, informal, yet no less commanding like a patriarch at the head of the table regaling his family with endless stories.

He infuriates and compels, attracts and repels, drawing you into an imaginary circle of intimacy only to subject you to his intimidating presence.

“The contrast with PNoy (and Mar) could not be more striking. The last administration observed highly developed protocols, and the president studiously stayed behind a wall of spokespersons. PNoy’s disciplined and decorous discourse was his trademark, but in times of crisis, his downfall. His Filipino, like his English, was elegant but ponderous to the point of beng pedantic so that his attempts at humor usually fell flat.

“He was ‘decente’ and easily legible to the upper reaches of society and the international community. But he was utterly without street cred and so widely perceived–fairly or unfairly–to be bereft of empathy. His distance was also the guarantee of his consistency: what you saw was what you got, and so in an odd sort of way, PNoy’s seeming inaccessibility underwrote his claims to transparency: things were objective, you can see it on the website, nothing was hidden.

“With Duterte, it’s too soon to tell. But the sense one gets is that his seeming approachability and much vaunted ‘authenticity’ (which is open to interpretation) is as much an asset as a drawback. Disdaining the trappings of power–he said that he doesn’t want an inauguration hoopla and will take his oath in his office, won’t live in the Palace, and perhaps live in Davao rather than Manila–he’s studiously cultivating the image of a simple probinsyano.

“Yet, there’s nothing simple about provincial ways. They have their own complex operations designed to shield themselves from outside intrusion. In Digong’s case to be provincial does not mean to be ‘humble’ or ‘unassuming’.

It means being expelled from school yet getting the valedictorian to work for you. It means claiming the right of the oppressed and exacting your revenge: molested by an American Jesuit and condemned by the bishops, Digong can now position himself as the aggrieved victim calling out the abuses of the Church.

“Provincialism thus has its advantages. By privileging local rules and methods of power, it tends to hold itself apart from national and international standards.

Human rights? Imperial impositions! Feminist demands? Bayaran lang yan! Congress? An inconvenience at best, an obstacle to local autonomy at worse! Death squads? You must mean effective instruments of justice and peace! Misogyny? It’s just the way we joke around here, and you wouldn’t get it.

“To privilege the provincial as a base of power is thus a way of setting yourself up in a state of exception. Sovereign in your own way, the usual rules don’t apply to you because in your province, you are king with the right to decide on who will live and who will die. Different conditions, different rules.

“Of course, there are also similarities: both have chosen kabarkada and kaklase for their Cabinet appointments, for example. But throughout this transition period, what we have seen so far is a dramatic contrast in rhetorical styles–storytelling for Digong, carefully worded press releases and speeches from PNoy.

“And by looking at their respective ways of speaking, we also get a sense of their distinct styles of governing–for Digong, the local is the national, the provincial is the world; for PNoy, the local is subsumed by the national, and the national is connected to a larger world. At least on those two levels of speaking and governing, we are seeing some change.

Whether it will be for the better or the worse is difficult to say for now.”


Requirements for Filing An Application for FWVP

May 24, 2016
On The Filipino World War II Parole Policy
70 YEARS OF THE UNJUST RESCISSION ACT OF 1946Los Angeles –On May 9, 2016 The Department of Homeland Scurity (DHS) formally announced that it will begin the the much deserved “Filipino World War II Veteran Parole (FWVP) policy on June 8, 2016.
The FWVP program help expedite the reunification of certain family members of Filipino WWII Veterans:
Requirements for Filing An Application for FWVP:
To submit an application under the FWVP policy, an individual must fulfill the following requirements:

1) A beneficiary of an approved I-130 Petition for Alien Relative ( or a spouse or unmarried children under age 21 of a beneficiary;

2) the qualifying relationship with the petitioning relative must have existed on or before May 9, 2016;

3) the petitioning relative is residing in the US( or if deceased was residing in the US at the time of his death:

4) the priority date on the approved Form I-130 is not yet current and:

5) establish that petitioning relative is either a Filipino WWII Veteran or the surviving spouse of th Filipino WWII Veteran.




JFAV Updates

May 20, 2016



Los Angeles— Comrade ROGELIO L. Ordonez, a militant nationalist author, died on Thursday at age 75.

Known as Roger O. in local literary circles, Ordoñez was serving as professor in the Polythecnic University of the Philippines, where he started teaching during the tenure PUP President Dr. Nemencio Prudente, at the time of his death.

A poet, essayist and short story writer, Ordoñez served under National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin in the Philippine Free Press and later at the Philippine Leader Magazine, until its closure during martial law.

Born in Alapan, Imus, Cavite, Ordoñez was a multi-awarded author whose stories have been translated and anthologized abroad. His writings can be accessed at:

His remains lie at the Holy Trinity Chapel in Sucat, Parañaque. He will be cremated on Sunday.

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Dont Wave a Big Stick With the New Philippines President


May 19, 2016

Dont Wave a Big Stick With the New Philippines President

Ninotchka Rosca

Ninotchka Rosca is a Philippine-born writer, activist and advocate for women’s rights. She is the author of “State of War” and “Twice Blessed.”

UPDATED MAY 19, 2016, 3:20 AM

The day after Rodrigo Duterte’s election as president of the Philippines became fait accompli, his advisers were busy adjusting his campaign’s flimsy economic program to prevent capital flight, currency depreciation and a drying up of foreign investments.

Speak softly and be aware of the country’s economic and psychic vulnerabilities, and Duterte’s very real grudges with the United States.

The Philippines has a predominantly service economy, dependent on overseas connections. Nearly 14 percent of its gross domestic productcomes from tourism, 11 percent from remittances from Filipino workers overseas, and call centers and other business processing — mostly for U.S. corporations — comes in at 10 percent.

This economic inflexibility does not mean that the United States is in a position to wave a big stick at the incoming Philippine president to counter his overt hostility to U.S. presence in the country’s internal political discourse.

Accustomed to the urbanized administrations of Benigno Aquino III, Gloria Macapagal and others, U.S. officials have had little practice in the native bedrock modes of people like Duterte, who has lived most of his life deep in the rural culture of Mindanao.

He is a man of the “duro” — the piercing retort to intimidation — which is how one faces public ridicule or criticism, deserved or undeserved. He used it when the ambassadors of Australia and the United States scolded him for joking that he should have been first among the attackers who raped a missionary. He used it when Singapore decried a fake report that its prime minister had endorsed his candidacy. The duro tests how far opponents will go in response. Will they go “amok” and take it to the edge, or fall silent? This is how respect, and shame — “kahihiyan” — is framed in the culture. “Bigyan ng kahihiyan,” as it is said in the Philippines: Do not accept disrespect in public.

This is why hardly anyone apologizes or backs down from a mistake in Philippine politics.

So it is risky for the United States to assume that the Philippines’ dependence on the U.S. military for defense against Chinese incursion allows it to wave a big stick over the incoming Duterte government. Few believe the United States will go down to the wire before the Chinese challenge. That’s a conviction rooted in the history of how American troops abandoned the archipelago to Japanese occupation during World War II. The Rescission Act of 1946, which effectively nullified Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1941 promise that all those fighting against the Japanese in the Philippines, would be considered part of the U.S. Commonwealth Army, is a historic experience of how the United States does not deliver on its promises. The act deprived Filipinos and Filipino-Americans access to veteran benefits, a situation only partly corrected to this day.

A stronger and more overt U.S. commitment toward defense of the disputedSpratly Islands would help, combined with a reduction of U.S. military privileges in the Philippines. Last year’s murder of the transgender woman Jennifer Laude by a U.S. marine underscores how disadvantaged Philippine law enforcement is under the Status of Forces Agreement.

So, speak softly and be aware of the country’s economic and psychic vulnerabilities. Let others – nongovernmental agencies, international human- and women’s-right groups, and the Philippines’ own formidable cause-oriented organizations – carry the big stick over concerns about death squads, acceptance of rape, a possible abandonment of democratic values. Their battles will undoubtedly be uphill; but for them, what battle hasn’t been? It has been largely through their efforts that governance has advanced, by fits and starts, from 20th century feudalism toward a semblance of modernity.

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May 18, 2016




Los Angeles–Presenting. The 4th Historic Filipintown Philippine (118th) Independence Day Committee.

At KAPISTAHAN GRILL, May 12, 2016 dinner-meeting.

Preparing for the parade around Historic Filipinotown on June 04, 2016.

As of the press time, there are already 27 organizations participating in this year’s parade.

Thank you to District 13 Office of Councilman Mitch O’ Farrell for confirming your participation.

Still waiting for ASM Jimmy Gomez District 51 Office’s confirmation. He will be the guest speaker at the parade’s end at FASGI House,  135 N.Parkview St. Los Angeles, CA 90026 on June 04, 2016



May 17, 2016


By Arturo P. Garcia

There are different reactions to the offer of the presumptive President Digong Duterte to the National Democratic Front and the Communist Party of the Philippines of four cabinet positions .

For the incoming Duterte, it is as a sign of goodwill and confidence building leading the peace talks and eventually an end to the 47 years of hostilities of communist insurgency.

But Duterte made it clear that “the communist must realized that I am the government. I am their enemy. But I extend my hand, let’s talk peace.”

But while motions are in place like the return of Prof Jose Ma. Sison to lead the peace talks with the Duterte government in Manila and the visit of Duterte to Europe with the NDF, the communist have made it clear its position on Duterte. They say:

“ While engaging the Duterte regime in peace negotiations and possible alliance in order to advance the national and democratic aspirations of the Filipino people, the revolutionary forces will continue to relentlessly advance the people’s armed resistance and democratic mass struggles. While open to cooperation and alliance, they must relentlessly criticize and oppose any and all anti-people and pro-imperialist policy and measure. There will be no honeymoon with the Duterte regime.

While incoming GRP President Duterte has displayed progressive aspects, the revolutionary forces are also aware that he is mainly a part of the ruling class political elite.

For the past four decades, he has served the system as a bureaucrat and implemented its laws and policies. He has worked with foreign and local big capitalists, plantation owners and big landlords who expect returns under his regime. The masses of workers, peasants and farm workers in Davao City have long-suffered from the oppressive and exploitative conditions in the big plantations and export-oriented contract-growing businesses.

In his policy pronouncements, Duterte has yet to declare a clear deviation from the dominant neoliberal economic thinking which has brought about grave hardships to the Filipino people for more than three decades.”

Revolutionaries and reactionaries of the ruling classes all over the world sees the significance of peace talks. Each side use the peace talks to gain advantage over each other. Mainly each side uses their position of strength to win. Or use the peace talks . from the position of weakness to gain respite, rest or to pose to fight again.

During the World War II, Russia used the Ribbentrop-Molotov Agreement of 1939 to prepare for the eventual attack of the Nazi on the Soviet Union. And when Germany tore the agreement and launched the “ Operation Barbarossa” to invade the Soviet Union in June 1941, they were defeated.

The Paris Talks of 1969 was used by the Vietnamese to stop the bombing of the North and the eventual launched offensives in 1973 and in 1975 to unify their nation and end the 20 years war against the United States.

The Cory Aquino Government used the GRP-NDF failed peace talks in 1986-1987 to spy on the NPA forces and gain 25% data on the NPA and launched OPLAN LAMBAT-BITAG that almost decimated the NPA forces.

The Sri-Lankan government used the peace talks from 2002 to 2009 to eventually crush the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) that fought for 60 years and erased the rebel resistance in the island for good.

We can judge now what is the motive of the Duterte Regime in its peace talks with the communists. Its too early to judge.

But we can remember what Mao said about the peace talks. They are at best, “sugar-coated bullets” That is why Mao also suggested the way to genuine peace talks is “talk, talk, fight, fight.” And not surrender.

Sugar coated bullets kills but it kills best than real bullets. It’s a slow killer like diabetes.

Giving concessions and not real changes . They are sugar-coated bullets. Let s see how the peace talks and Digong’s change will go.



May 18, 2016


By Arturo P. Garcia


Some quarters are vehemently opposing and questioning presumptive President Digong Duterte’s offer of four cabinet post to the National Democratic Front (NDF) as a confidence building measure for peace talks and presumably to end to the 49 year old insurgency in the Philippines .

These are unfounded fears very common among die-hard anti-communists like Senators Trillanes, Lacson, Hontiveros,De Lima and other that abounds in the Philippine society. These people are the ones that oppose any peace talks with the communist and the Muslim rebels for time immemorial. In fact they always argue for repression and counter-insurgergency.

They are people as Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kwan Yew characterize as “ people with bunkers in their minds.”

The world changed, but they never changed. They forgot that there has been socialist leaders and nations in the world and they co-exist with the capitalist world. Like the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Cuba, the former Soviet Union (USSR) , Brazil , Chile and other nations , one time or another.

Other socialist leaning countries with workers parties have came into power like in Britain, Germany, France, Greece, Portugal and other European nations and their people respected these parties unlike the die hard anti-communist in the Philippines

In fact , a lot of well know Filipinos have been allies and have worked with the communist in the Philippines ever since. The likes of Constancio Padilla, Lorenzo Tanada, Emmanuel Pelaez, Blas Ople, Leopoldo Salcedo have been one time of another been communist allies or communist party members since the 1940’s.

Before martial was declared and during martial law, many well known personalities have cooperated and worked with the communist, the National Democratic Front (NDF) and the NPA .

The Lopezes, Senators Serge and John Osmena. Ramon Mitra Jr., Gerry Roxas, Jovito Salonga, Jose W. Diokno, Eva Estrada Kalaw have worked with the revolutionaries to name a few. Gerry Roxas has the distinction of having accepted the post of the President of the Preparatory Committee of the NDF before he died of cancer in the Unite States

Many activists during their youth had their rites of passage, working with the NPA’s, the NDF or the CPP . The likes of Vice President Jejomar Binay, Heidi Yorac, Ruben Torres, Sen. Francis Pangilinan, Sen.Serge Osmena, Sec. Rene Velasco, Sec. Nani Braganza, Sec. and Amb. Bobbi Tiglao, Usec. Efren Moncupa, Cong Miro Quimbo, Cong. Kit Belmonte, Mayor Ed Pamintuan, Atty. Ruel Pulido, Philhealth Pres. Alexander Padilla, Erin Tanada, UP Prof. Raymund Agapito, Dani Consumido,Gary Olivar, Jerry Barican and many others

Even past President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, presidential candidate Fernando Poe Jr . and Mayor Digong Duterte worked with the revolutionaries in serving the people during their hey days.

So, what’s the problem in working with the communists? It is an unfounded fear. It was build up during the height of the cold war when anti-communism became an unofficial religion in the Philippines and in the United States.

In fact during the term of President Carlos Garcia, RA 1700 or the Anti-Subversion Law was passed making the membership in the communist party punishable by death. RA 1700 was repealed during the term of President Fidel V, Ramos in the late 1990’s.

Then why fear the unknown? Besides as US President Franklin Roosevelt said during the depression, “The only thing we must fear, is fear itself..”

As singer Bob Dylan said in a song, ”Times They are A Changin.”



For Immediate Release
4th HFT Independence Day Committee (4HFTIDC)
Contact: Arturo P.Garcia
Phone; (323)640-4056
May 17, 2016


13064709_1086434011399471_1987925634195613361_oLos AngelesMabuhay ang ika-118th Araw ng kalayaan ng Pilipinas!

More Filipino-American organizations are joining the 4th Historic FIlipinotown (118) Independende Day Parade on June 4, 2016

The 4th Historic Filipinotown PH Independence Parade Committee(4HFTIDC) cordially invite all FilAm organizations and other community organizations to join the 4thHistoric FIlipinotown Kalayaan Parade, June 4, 2016. At 9;00 AM

Assembly time for vehicles, floats and contingents is 8;00 AM at the assembly area in front of the Silver Lake Medical Center (SLMC) up to Bonnie Brae St. The parade will start promptly at 9;00 AM parade around the Historic Filipinotown or the Temple-Beverly corridor.

Parade Route

The route of the parade is from Temple right to Bonnie Brae St. Right to Beverly, right on Park View St. Left on Temple, left on Robinson Street , left on Beverly and left on Parkview.

The Parade end and the 4th HFT (118th) PH Independence Day program will be held at the Filipino American Service Group Inc..135 N.Parkview St.Los Angeles, CA 90026.

The 4HFTIDC planning meeting will be every Monday at 6:00 PM at the Filipino American Service Group Inc.(FASGI) House at 135 N. ParkviewSt.Los Angeles, CA 90026.

25 Participating OrganizationsJFAV March,Nov.11, 2015

More than 20 organizations so far composed the 4HFT Independence Day Committee: District 13 Office Of Council Member Mitch O’ Farrel, Philippine Consulate General of Los Angeles, Historic Filipinotown Neighborhood Council (HFNC), People’s CORE ,Filipino American Service Group Inc. (FASGI), Southern California Filipino Dental Society (SCFDS), Knights of Rizal (KOR)-HistoricFilipinotown Chapter ,Pangasinan Brotherhood -USA Inc, Justice for FIlipino American Veterans(JFAV), Search For Pilipino Americans (SIPA).

The Philippine Institute of Language Arts and Culture Inc. (PILAC), FIlipino American Community of Los Angeles Inc. (FACLA),Outreach For Christian Fellowship,City of Carson and the Philippine Independence Day Foundation, Inc, ANSWER-LA., Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust (LANLT),Pilipino Workers Center (PWC),

LAKAMBINI NG KALAYAAN 2016, Binibining Pilipinas 2016, Queen of Asia and Pacific (QAP),Cordillera Association of Los Angeles ,Sapphire Media Regency(SMR),Cordillera Association of Los Angeles,
FILAM INQUIRER, Alliance-Philippines, San Carlos Association of Los Angeles(SCALA), Burlington School.

Organizations have been invited to join the Planning meeting of the 4HFTIDC every Monday at 6:00 PM at FASGI House, 135 N.Parkview St.Los Angeles, CA 90026.

Let us all actively take part on the 4th Historic Filipinotown PH Independence Day Parade on Saturday, June 04, 2016.