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FOR “KONTRA LIBING” PROTESTORS IN LOS ANGELES, IT’S PERSONAL

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September 12, 2016

FOR “KONTRA LIBING” PROTESTORS IN LOS ANGELES, IT”S PERSONAL

By Cecille Ochoa,PDI14231976_10154432768207808_1831084487345233384_o

LOS ANGELES – Former anti-Marcos activists came out at lunchbreak from their day jobs or retirements Sept. 7 to join the international protest rally against the planned burial of Ferdinand Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery) in Manila.

A crowd of old and young protesters held picket signs in front of the Philippine Consulate General on Wilshire Blvd.

Among the organizations represented in the protest were JFAV, FASGI, Knights of Rizal, KmB Pro People Youth, Pilipino Workers’ Center, and former members of the Coalitiona Against the Marcos Dictatorship, National Committee for the Restoration of Civil Liberties in the Philippines and Katipunan ng Demokratikong Pilipino.

Tess Mercado, 60, joined the global “Kontra Libing” protests to let the world know that Marcos’ repressive regime was a fact of Philippine history. “My family and I were apprehended and jailed in Laur, Nueva Ecija (Fort Magsaysay) because we were accused of being subversives–my husband, myself two months pregnant and my little son who was one and a half.”

Lillian Tamoria came to the rally because she fears repression returning to the Philippines. “I grew up in the U.S. and in the ‘70s I demonstrated against curtailment of civil rights in the Philippines. I fear the same repression during Martial Law will happen again.

“As an American, I have to show my outrage about this disregard for such atrocities by honoring Marcos as a hero,” Tamoria concluded.

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Enrique dela Cruz, Carol Ojeda-Kimbrough and Florante Ibanez were leading the anti-Martial Law movement in Los Angeles some 40 years ago. They shared the celebratory champagne of victory when martial law was formally lifted on January 17, 1981. Four years thereafter, they they celebrated Marcos’ exit to Hawaii where he stayed until his death in 1989.

Enrique, Carol and Florante since then have taken professorial jobs in different state colleges and universities that offer Asian and Philippine American studies. They found that the best way to remember the era of repression and civil rights violations in the Philippines was to teach about it in schools and write about it.

A professor at the Pasadena City College and formerly at the Loyola Marymount university, Florante Ibanez lamented that most of the students are not aware about the Philippines’ martial law era and the abuses suffered by Filipinos in the hands of the military at the time.

“I’m here in this protest rally today because I feel strongly that Marcos doesn’t deserve to be buried in a place of honor; he was a dictator!” said Ibanez who also works fulltime managing the computer science services of the Loyola Law School library. He was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to a four-year term on the California Library Services Board in 2014.

“It’s sad that many of our youth have not heard of the tortures, repressions and civil rights violations during that time. Their parents seemed to have lost memory of that era,” he added
Former UCLA and Cal State Professor Dr. Enrique dela Cruz interrupted his comfortable life as a retiree to join the rally proclaimed as “Kontra Libing!”

“I really don’t blame Bongbong Marcos for wanting to bury his father in the Libingan ng mga Bayani, but Duterte must have received a ‘down payment’ that he used during the last Philippines’ elections for his campaigns,” the well-known author said.

“I was very active about 20 years ago in Philippine politics and issues and now I expect the younger generation to bear placards and protests on this issue. I was just staying out of trouble at retirement but I had no choice but come out in the streets again to protest again,” he said.

Dr. de la Cruz received his Ph.D. in Philosophy (Mathematical Logic) from UCLA. He has written on Asian Americans, Filipino Americans and Philippine-U.S. RelationsPrior to coming to CSUN, he served as the assistant director of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, where he was instrumental in the development of the B.A. degree program in Asian American Studies. He is co-author of the “Forbidden Book: The Philippine American War in Political Cartoons,” which is a collection of political cartoons from 1898-1907.

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Carol Ojeda Kimbrough, recently retired from teaching cultural history at Cal State Fullerton and earlier from University of Southern California. In the 1980s she had enjoyed a corporate job at one of the largest oil companies in the U.S. until she decided to quit and pursue her doctorate studies.

Close to that decade in 1976, while she was in the U.S., Carol received the devastating news via phone that her first husband, Rolando Federis, a young activist fighting against Marcos’ martial law was abducted on his way to organizing in Bicol.

In 1986, Carol met Adora Faye De Vera, who survived the abduction but not before suffering from daily physical torture and rape in the hands of her captors. She lived after the head of the military operations took interest in her while Carol’s husband and another activist, Flora Coronacion, were killed.

Deeper context

Carol, along with Florante campaigned for the restoration of civil rights back home with others from the Coalition Against the Marcos Dictatorship. Enrique together with his wife, Prosy, a retired regional director of a large regulation agency and now a community journalist, led the LA chapter of the National Committee for the Restoration of Civil Liberties in the Philippines (NCRCLP).

“There is a deeper context to this rally and our point is that Marcos was no hero,” expounds Kimbrough. The tens of thousands of individuals and families who suffered under his regime are clamoring for moral redemption–that’s a whole generation!”

In 1986 Kimbrough became part of a class action lawsuit filed in Hawaii on behalf of the 10,000 torture victims or their surviving relatives. There were three other class action lawsuits originally filed in several U.S. cities.

Represented by Philadelphia attorney Robert A. Swift, Kimbrough said their lawsuit was settled in 2011 “which awarded me a check for $1,000 – is that the value of the life of a Filipino?”

n a 1991 news report the Los Angeles Times ran the lead plaintiff in this lawsuit “is the mother of Liliosa Hilao, a Filipino student leader who, according to court documents, was illegally arrested, raped by seven soldiers and tortured to death in Manila in 1973. Philippine military officials contend Hilao committed suicide by drinking acid”.

“When you accord him a hero’s burial, where is the remorse for these atrocities? asked Kimbrough.

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Lolita Andrada Lledo survived incarceration after joining the underground movement in the 1980s as she organized workers against human rights violations in the Philippines. “We were the lost generation, after we offered our lives for freedom from suppression,” she said

After being released from a military prison and finding no income opportunities for her, Lledo immigrated to this country and now works for the Pilipino Workers Center in LA. She’s now engaged in assisting caregivers learn and assert their rights as workers, most of whom were part of the EDSA revolution.

Myrla Baldonado, who works with Lledo, remembers participating in various protests about the presence of the U.S. military bases in Olongapo as championed by Marcos. In 1983 she was arrested for subversion and after being accused of keeping weapons which “were planted” on her during the arrest. She spent three years in prison in Olongapo, during which she alleged there was “an attempt to ask the Philippine government for her extradition to the U.S.”

She said she was subjected to physical and mental torture in prison and was sexually molested. “Twenty years after that harrowing experience, I had to seek rehabilitation counseling because I couldn’t escape its psychological impact.”

At 63, Baldonado has stayed unmarried but has adopted three children in the Philippines. “I’m waiting for the results of the other class action lawsuit that some 45,000 of us have filed against Marcos.”

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LA Fil-Ams join in global protest against Marcos hero’s burial

BIG PROTEST IN SAN FRANCISCO: NO HEROES BURIAL FOR MARCOS

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September 11, 2016

BIG PROTEST IN SAN FRANCISCO: NO HEROES BURIAL FOR MARCOS

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SAN FRANCISCO – More than a hundred protesters crowded in front of the Philippine Consulate here at noon Wednesday, Sept. 7, responding to a call for “global demonstrations” against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to bury Ferdinand Marcos in the nation’s Heroes’ Cemetery.

The protest was likely the largest among the demonstrations that took place in New York, Washington, DC, Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, the Marianas and European cities.

Young and old alike, community leaders, Filipino World War II veterans, former anti-Martial Law activists and current leftwing militants carried signs saying “Dictator Marcos not a hero,” “No Marcos burial at LMNB,” Philippine flags as well pictures of people who were “disappeared,” tortured and imprisoned by the Marcos regime.

“No burial for the dictador,” they later tore pictures of the late dictator. Many wore white T-shirts saying “Never Again, Never Forget” and “No to Marcos burial at Libingan ng Mga Bayani.

Relatives of former political prisoners as well as political prisoners like Susan Araneta of Berkeley, California and Jerry Socco, now of San Bruno, California, took turns relating their experiences under the Marcos dictatorship.
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Conchita Lopez-Taylor widow of Eugenio Lopez Jr., who was imprisoned after Martial Law was declared and escaped from prison with Serge Osmeña in 1977, said, “I don’t believe that Marcos is a hero and should be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

For five years. It was very difficult to be put to jail without any charges and in indeterminate time at that. The first he was taken into custody, we didn’t have any idea of what was going on. He was at his Meralco office when they approached him to come with them to ask a few questions and he just never came home. They were very difficult years.”

Passerby Matthew Payton, a new US resident originally from the UK said, “I was walking down the street when I saw the demonstration against Marcos against the burial that I already heard about in the news. I know enough that this is important, that this grievance against the burial of Marcos in the heroes’ cemetery is very real and appropriate.”

Jailed, then deported

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Filipino American demonstrator Melinda Paras was imprisoned and then deported by the Marcos government. She was a student member of Kabataang Makabayan who went into hiding “because everyone was being rounded up.”
Melinda Paras and daughter Lorena
Her grandfather was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ricardo Paras. “I visited my grandfather’s house in Paco, Manila, which turned out to be a mistake for they were waiting for me there, operatives from the Philippine Constabulary and Armed Forces of the Philippines. They took me to Camp Aguinaldo then to Camp Crame. I was in jail for about two months and with the intervention of some American senators I was deported back to the United States.”

Paras grew up in Wisconsin with a Filipino father. “Marcos did horrible crimes to eliminate opposition and democracy. I know that democracy is somewhat flawed but still when you had no opposition, no newspapers and no one can oppose you, it was horrible dictatorship and he should rot in hell.”

Carmen Abellera and her father were just visiting the Philippine Consulate and chanced upon the protest. She agrees with the protesters that Marcos should not be buried as a hero.

After being deported, Paras helped found Katipunan ng Mga Demokratikong Pilipino or KDP (Union of Democratic Filipinos). “I was a leader for many years. When we deposed him, we thought we are going to have democracy again. But it is looking very shaky now. I would like to say that I won’t forget and I hope the Filipino people won’t forget either,” she said.

Paras came to the protest with her daughter, Lorena, 16, who said, “It was really empowering to learn that my mom was such a strong woman having been through all of these and survived. I was actually named after Lorena Barros who was her friend. Lorena was the head of MAKIBAKA [Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan) who joined the New People’s Army and died fighting.”

From the North but not pro-Marcos

Carmen Abellera of La Union province but now resides in Pacifica, California, was just visiting the consulate with her father. “It is okay for me to see them holding a rally for they are just voicing out what they feel and have in mind. After what he did after declaring Martial law and accumulated all these properties and unexplained wealth, and there were some people that were still not given justice even after, these are the things that come to mind about Marcos,” she stated.

“That is why I am not in favor of burying him in the LNMB. Even though I come from Northern Philippines touted to be solidly behind Marcos, I am not a regionalistic person. Since I have already been here in the U.S. for 42 years, I came to learn that it doesn’t matter where you came from. You have to distinguish what is right from wrong,” she went on.

“I want them to bury him in his hometown in Batac Ilocos Norte. I was in Hawaii in 1991 and went to see his remains. That was too long ago and I think it is about time that they finally give him rest,” Abellera concluded.”

Millennial protester

Millennial Patrick Racela, 24, a member Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor of San Francisco State University, was born in Walnut Creek, California, but had been to the Philippines three times.

“When I was in high school, I had a lot of reports and one thing I did a report on the Philippines. I found out of the People Power uprising in 1986 and the historical background of how it came to be with Marcos declaring Martial law, that was how I initially learned of the Marcos dictatorship,” Racela recalled.
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“I would hear a lot of stories from my grandparents, and they were supporters of Marcos too. But doing my independent research and getting to understand by having a moral perspective that even though he built bridges and constructed roads, it does not erase the fact that he was responsible for committing various human rights violations against innocent people.”

He said further: “I was shocked to learn that he was going to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. We are witnessing a whitewashing of Philippine history and particularly for us as Filipino American, it is already hard enough because we can barely have our own history taught in school. What should be done is the proper education to teach the youth and students to help them understand that Marcos was a dictator who was responsible for grave human rights violations.”

World War II veteranJFAV Lobby, 2013

World War II veteran Leonardo Torres said in Tagalog, “Marcos should not be buried in the Heroes’ Cemetery because as far as we know in Laguna he was not a real veteran, he just joined in when Gen. MacArthur came back. Yes, he should be buried, but not at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.”

“The order of President Duterte to have Marcos buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani paints a very bad image of Filipinos around the world,” said lawyer and anti-Marcos activist Ted Laguatan. “The interest of the Filipino people is foremost in our minds. Not the interest of President Duterte or the Marcoses. To create and impose the fiction that Marcos, who is known all over as a shameless dictator is a hero, is a lie. You cannot carry on with a lie.”

Laguatan added: “Marcos was never a hero even in the military records in Washington. DC. All accounts that he was a hero were all fiction. Even his medals were fake. And this not a healing process if you are imposing among your countrymen lies. It is even a divisive hurting process far from being a healing process.”

Meanwhile, former Philippine Air Force staff sergeant Ricky Sindayen, now based in Oregon, said he was assigned to the Presidential Security Command in Tarlac as part of security for of Ferdinand, Bongbong, Imelda and Imee since 1966. He claimed to have escorted the remains of Ferdinand Marcos from Hawaii to Guam before landing in Laoag. Sindayen was in the Philippine consulate to extend his expired passport when he chanced upon the rally. He was scheduled to fly back to the Philippines.

“I was happy that President Duterte decided to bury President Marcos because he (Duterte) was just following the law, regardless of whether Marcos was a hero or not, as long as the one being considered was a soldier. It is time for him to rest in peace,” Sindayen contended.

“It is all right for them to protest and stage a rally against the burial of President Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Everybody has rights and each has his own belief. We may not agree every time on issues even among families, but it good to agree to disagree,” Sindayen said.

San Francisco Kontra Libing Coalition, included EDSA People Power@30 Committee, Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), Active Leadership to Advance the Youth, Anakbayan Silicon Valley, Association of Widows, Advocates, and Relatives for Equality (AWARE), BAYAN Northern California, former members of the Coalition Against the Marcos Dictatorship, Filipino-American Book Club, Filipino Arts & Cinema International (FACINE), Friends of Akbayan USA, GABRIELA San Francisco, Global Filipino Diaspora Council, Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor (San Francisco State University) and former members of Katipunan ng mga Demokratikong Pilipino (Union of Democratic Fillipinos).

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FILIPINOS IN DC HAVEN’T FORGOTTEN MARCOS AND MISDEEDS

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September 11, 2016

FILIPINOS IN DC HAVEN’T FORGOTTEN MARCOS AND MISDEEDS

By Jon Melegrito

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled as dictator in the Philippines from 1972 until 1986, may have been dead for 27 years but the memory of his brutal rule is still very much alive.

“In life and in death, Marcos still wanted to divide and rule the country,” said Jun Cristobal of Washington, D.C. in a Facebook post.
While others with similar sentiments weighed in on social media, about 25 former anti-Marcos activists braved 92-degree temperatures to stage a small but raucous protest rally last Wednesday in front of the Philippine Embassy.

Joining them was former Maryland Assembly Delegate David Valderrama, who condemned President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to allow Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB), the nation’s cemetery for heroes.

“No way are we going to let this tyrant desecrate a hallowed ground where heroes and martyrs are buried and honored for their patriotism and noble service to their country,” he said. “Marcos is a criminal, not a hero.”
Wheelchair-bound and ailing, the 83-year-old retired politician recalls holding a bullhorn at a street corner near the old Philippine Embassy on Massachusetts Avenue more than 30 years ago, railing at Marcos for his crimes of “gross plunder and mass murder.”

“I’m back here again, in front of the embassy,” he says. “Although my family advised me not to come because of excessive heat, I want to be here to let the President know how I feel.”

Shortly after his election, Duterte acceded to demands of a hero’s burial by the Marcos family. The Philippine Supreme Court, however, issued a restraining order – now extended to Oct. 18 – delaying the planned burial until the court decides on the legality of Duterte’s controversial action.

An affront

The noontime rally, part of a nationally coordinated action, was organized by US Pinoys for Good Governance (USPGG), the Coalition Against the Marcos Dictatorship and the Movement for Free Philippines (MFP). CAMD and MFP led the opposition to the martial law regime in the 70s and 80s.

A letter addressed to Duterte and signed by the organizers and various individuals, was personally handed to Darrel Artates, the Philippine Embassy’s Minister of Public Diplomacy.

The letter reads in part: “Burying Ferdinand E. Marcos alongside our nation’s heroes who fought for our freedom is an affront to the thousands of lives tortured and murdered during his reign. A hero does not take away freedom, he campaigns for it and fights for its survival for the sake of others. Laying him to rest at the Heroes’ Cemetery is a disdainful act that will send a message to the future of our nation – our children – that the world we live in rewards forceful and violent hands.”

Artates assured the protesters that the letter will be delivered to the President.

‘No heroes burial’

During the hour-long demonstration, protesters chanted “No Heroes Burial for Dictator Marcos.” They waved signs that read “Marcos was a crook, not a hero” and “Marcos stay in Ilocos.”

They also displayed a mock coffin to symbolize the thousands who died under martial law, and several black and white pictures of Marcos victims, including activist Emilio Javier and political prisoner Ninoy Aquino.

“Marcos does not belong in a cemetery where heroes and martyrs are buried,” said Eric Lachica of USPGG, who led the rally. “He should be laid to rest in Batac, Ilocos Norte.”

Maurese Oteyza Owens of Arlington, Virginia and an active MFP member during the martial law years, explained why it’s important to speak out, in light of Marcos loyalists’ claims that he deserves a heroes burial because he was a soldier and president: “We can’t be quiet. We must make noise about what Marcos did so people won’t forget.”

Speaking on behalf of MFP members, many of whom were refugees from the Marcos dictatorship – including the family of MFP Founder Raul S. Manglapus – Owens cited the Marcos regime’s human rights violations and atrocities, his fake medals and his plunder of the nation’s coffers. “Because he was ousted from office by a sovereign act of the people, Marcos is clearly disqualified from being buried in the LNMB.”

Vi Baluyut, a retired federal senior executive and CAMD supporter, recalls joining anti-Marcos demonstrations in the past. “We can’t be silent about the atrocities his regime committed,” she said. “And we can’t be silent about this attempt to sweep them all under the rug. He was a dictator, it’s as simple as that.”

Adds Wally Reyes of Arlington, Va. and a former MFP member: “If the greatest thief gets buried in the LNMB, then future generations will not understand the difference between heroes and thieves.”

At the end of the rally, the protesters led by USPGG member Bambi Lorica sang “Bayang Magiliw” (the Philippine National Anthem).

They vowed to continue their campaign next Friday when Secretary of Foreign Affairs Perfecto R.. Yasay, Jr. addresses the Filipino American community at a Talakayan (open forum) hosted by the Philippine Embassy. “We plan to appeal to the Secretary to urge President Duterte to reconsider his unwise decision,” Lachica said.

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ASEAN, A LAMEDUCK REGIONAL ORGANIZATION?

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September 10, 2016

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By Arturo P. Garcia

British statesman Sir. Winston Churchill described diplomacy as “ the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they will ask for directions.”

During the 1960’s decades after World War II, when the Philippines was second to Japan as an economic power and despite American help, then President Diosdado Macapagal founded the Association of Southeast Asian Countries or the ASA.

The Philippines then acquired prominence in International diplomacy. Thus when Macapagal formed in 1961 called the Association of Southeast Asia (ASA), a group consisting of the Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand it was diplomatic marvel for the Philippines.

It was then the height of the Cold War between the Western Bloc led by the US and the Eastern Bloc led by the USSR. In fact there was a military alliance in Southeast Asia called the South East Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) also known as the Manila Pact formed in 1954.

Thus with the birth of ASA and the dissolution of SEATO in 1967, ASEAN itself was created on 8 August 1967, five countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand, signed the ASEAN Declaration, more commonly known as the Bangkok Declaration The creation of ASEAN was motivated by a common fear of communism and a thirst for economic development.

ASEAN grew when Brunei Darussalam became its sixth member on 7 January 1984, barely a week after gaining independence.[17]ASEAN achieved greater cohesion in the mid-1970s following the changed balance of power in Southeast Asia after the end of the Vietnam War.

The region’s dynamic economic growth during the 1970s strengthened the organization, enabling ASEAN to adopt a unified response to Vietnam’s invasion of Cambodia in 1979.

After the East Asian Financial Crisis of 1997, a revival of the Malaysian proposal, known as the Chiang Mai Initiative, was put forward in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It called for better integration of the economies of ASEAN as well as the ASEAN Plus Three countries, China, Japan, and South Korea.20160402_LDD001_facebook

But as years past and as ASEAN grew, it became more and more a lame duck organization. Here are the reasons why:

1)The ASEAN can even take a united stand against China on the issue of its aggressiveness in the South China Seas against 5 ASEAN nations namely the Philippines, Vietnam Malaysia, Brunei,Taiwan and Indonesia and the Japanese islands in Shenshuku

Laos,Burma and Cambodia and even Thailand are toeing China’s line that own the South China Seas and never dares to take a united ASEAN position unfavorable to China. Why? Even the Philippines and Vietnam are circumspect on the issue despite the ruling of the International Arbirtral Tribunal (APT).

Only Malaysia,Vietnam and Indonesia supports the Philippine position of the disputed West Philippines Sea and the China’s rabid agression in the area. Other ASEAN nations are just fence-sitting.

2) The ASEAN as an economic partnership with no military might is becoming more and more an adjunct of the US policy of “Pivot Asia “ and the Trans Pacific Partnership or TPP.

In fact, Vietnam and Thailand in fact have joined the TPP earlier and enjoyed “Most Favored Nation” status in the United States, far ahead of its ASEAN neighbor. Vietnam was also a recipient of US military aid and assistance. In fact, more than the Philippines,

3) The ASEAN toes the US line on the maritime disputes against China. Thus, the ambivalent stand on the maritime issues but follow the US lead on “ peaceful settlement of the dispute” and the obedience to the arbitral ruling on the South China Seas.

The ASEAN also supports the US and the “freedom of international navigation “ escalating the militarization of the area. To the consternation of China and the USSR.

Thus, the presidency of ASEAN now in the hands of the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is a lame duck organization in reality. Duterte’s promise to make it as an “economic regional power” is a pipe dream as long as the US controls ASEAN.

In the end, Duterte’s declaration to “follow self-reliant foreign policy” is the key to Philippines progress sans ASEAN. Duterte also pointed out, “ ASEAN interests must also serve “our national and people’s respective interests.”

For ASEAN is a lame duck organization controlled by the US. The same US dog with different collar.

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SIKAP MIXER, September 9, 2016

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September 11, 2016

SIKAP MIXER, September 9, 2016 

Los Angeles– SIKAp, Mixer at FAR BAR, Little Tokyo , DTLA14292310_10104449654244081_3637307512679628289_n

It was awesome catching up with everyone! Stay tuned for an upcoming common share this October. If You Would like receive updates about SIKAP,

please contact us at propeopleyouth@gmail.com. Until next time!

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JFAV FORCES READY FOR SEPT.US WIDE AND GLOBAL PROTEST VS MARCOS BURIAL

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September 06, 2016

JFAV FORCES READY FOR SEPT.US WIDE AND GLOBAL PROTEST VS MARCOS BURIAL

San Francisco–The Kontra Libing Coalition in San Francisco is ready for the September 7, 2016 rally at the PH Consulate at 447 Sutter St. Downtown San Francisco.14202535_10154449365619054_1257266571727921164_n

According to Ago Pedalizo of the JFAV-San Francisco and Violy Reyes of AWARE-SFO, the Filipino World War II Veterans and widows as well as relatives of WWII Veterans are ready for the mass action.

San Francisco Kontra Libing Coalition, included EDSA People Power@30 Committee, Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), Active Leadership to Advance the Youth, Anakbayan Silicon Valley, Association of Widows, Advocates, and Relatives for Equality (AWARE), BAYAN Northern California, former members of the Coalition Against the Marcos Dictatorship, Filipino-American Book Club, Filipino Arts & Cinema International (FACINE), Friends of Akbayan USA, GABRIELA San Francisco, Global Filipino Diaspora Council, Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor (San Francisco State University) and former members of Katipunan ng mga Demokratikong Pilipino (Union of Democratic Fillipinos)

In Los Angeles, JFAV Los Angeles  and the KmB Pro People Youth held meeting to prepare for the September 7 mass action in front of the LA Consulate General at 3435 Wishire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90010.

JFAV National Coordinator is also the Kontra Libing Coalition (KLC) in Los Angeles and the Movement Against the Dictator’s Interment (MADI-)-USA coordinator in Southern California and other cities of the United States.14188309_1152509948105297_8574518707638296635_o

Other organizations committed for the protests action besides JFAV were Kabataang makaBayan (KmB) Pro People Youth, Alliance Philippines, Knights of Rizal (KOR) of the Historic Filipinotown Chapter (KOR-HFT) , Philippine Peasant Support Network-USA  ( PESANTE-USA) USP4GG- Southern  California, National Union Of Journalist of the Philippines (NUJP)-USA, Pilipino American Kultural Society in Action (PAKSA,) Seniors For Pilipino American Community Empowerment( S4PACE),Pilipino Workers Center(PWC)-SC.

 

-In Washington DC, the activist of the Movement for A Free Philippines (MFP). the Anti Martial law Coalition (AMLC) , the American Coalition of Filipino American Veterans (ACFV) and USP4GG led by Eric Lachica and Jun Melegrito are  leading the rally at the Philippine Embassy at Bataan St. Washington DC on September 7, 2016.14212654_1340685869282398_8013393941733609277_n

– In New York City,  Nintochka Rosca of A3FIRM  and Analiza Caballes of Ugnayan Youth For Social Change NY/NJ s well as Loida Nicolas Lewis of USP4GG  are leading the rally at the Phil.Center/Philippine Consulate in 5th Ave, in New York City.

-In Chicago,Illinois, Filams in he Midwest , led by Jerry Clarito of AFIRE and other community leaders are also will protest at the PH Consulate in Chicago.

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JFAV JOINS GLOBAL PROTESTS AND US WIDE ACTIONS VS DICTATOR MARCOS BURIAL AT THE LMNB

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September 07, 2016

JFAV JOINS GLOBAL PROTESTS AND US WIDE ACTIONS VS DICTATOR MARCOS BURIAL AT THE LMNB

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The Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) , an alliance of veterans, widows, youth and student organizations in the United States joins the US-wide and global protests against Dictator Marcos burial with honors at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LMNB) as ordered by President Digong Duterte.

US-Wide protests is led by the Kontra Libing Coalition (KLC) and coordinated by different cities ad organizations against the burial of the Dictator . The burial is now in the Philippine Supreme Court for oral arguments pending the final decision.

Marcos, A Fake War hero-JFAV

13895510_1142492962491378_7607403294268249341_nJFAV particularly protests the fake heroism of Major Ferdinand Marcos who faked all his medals. Marcos awarded himself 33 medals that the US Department of Veterans Affairs(DVA) did not award to him. Filipino World War II Veterans and widows are greatly ashamed of him.

He did it by his political connections while he was a Senator in 1963 and as President. The worst, he forced his fellow veterans like Col. Diego Sipin and Col.Conrdo Rigor to sign affidavits to get his medals.

He even unashamedly copied their personal accounts and presented their heroism as his won. He even threatened his fellow officers to falsify his records.

Join Us in our Protest on September 7.

In 1982, at the height of Asian nations protest against Japanese atrocities, he even made the preposterous claim that Japanese General Yamashita “surrendered to him in Baguio City in September 2, 1945″

We call all freedom loving Filipinos to join our global and US wide protests on September 7, 2016!

MARCOS IS NO HERO! NEVER AGAIN MARTIAL LAW!

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Statement of the Los Angeles Kontra Libing Coalition -Los Angeles and the Movement Against the Internment of the dictator(MADI) -USA Against a Hero’s Burial for Dictator Marcos

JFAV UPDATES

September 07, 2016

Statement of the Los Angeles Kontra Libing Coalition -Los Angeles and the Movement Against the Internment of the dictator(MADI) -USA Against a Hero’s Burial for Dictator Marcos

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Los Angeles, California We, in Los Angeles, California–together with all other groups all over the Untied States and abroad, vehemently  oppose the proposed hero’s burial of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery), not because we harp on the past, but because we care about our country’s future.
For FilipinoWorld War II Vetrans and widows, Marcos is a fake war hero, he sullied the honorable names of our Filipino World War II Veterans  and their families . By falsifying their war records and presenting the heroism of his superior officers like Col.Diego Sipin and Col. Conrado Rigor as well as others as his, MArcos is a shameless fake hero.
The US DVA has not awarded a single war medal to Marcos during World War II. Contrry to his claims he was awared 33 medals for his heroism. In fact all the medals he got was after World War II. He even awarded himself the Medal of VAlor when he was the President, a very shameless act!
A hero’s burial for Marcos glosses over the crimes he committed against the Filipino people during the 14 years he usurped power.When he was finally booted out of the country by a people power uprising in 1986, he fled with an estimated $10 billion worth of plundered loot hidden worldwide.
The dictator left the economy in shambles, with $28 billion of external debt, an inflation rate of over 50%, 58.9% incidence of poverty, and a negative economic growth rate. Marcos dealt brutally with those who opposed his one-man rule. Human rights groups,  estimates the number of opponents killed by the Marcos dictatorship at tens of thousands , the number tortured at 34,000 and the number imprisoned at 70,000.
A hero’s burial for Marcos erases the memory of the Filipino people’s hard-fought and heroic struggle for freedom from his tyranny. Many true heroes gave up their lives in brave defiance of his illegitimate authority, and in courageous struggle against corruption and injustice.
A hero’s burial for Marcos plays into the hands of Marcos loyalists, who are waging a political comeback, as with the recent vice-presidential electoral bid of the dictator’s son,
 A hero’s burial erases from memory the sins of the Marcos dictatorship, and removes another obstacle in the path of the Marcos loyalists’ political ambitions.Most importantly, a hero’s burial for Marcos negates the hard and important lessons learned from his dictatorial regime’s negative example. The Filipino people deserve to move on – away from corruption, away from the old politics of patronage and people’s disempowerment, away from tyranny and abuse of power, away from the sordid state of affairs that was the Marcos era..
These principles continue to be relevant 30 years after the fall of the dictator in a country where poverty, inequality, injustice and impunity in public office remain rampant. These principles are even more relevant at this time when talk is rife of martial law as the solution to the country’s problems, given President Duterte’s declaration of the ‘state of emergency and continued cynical statements against due process and human rights

We support the petitions filed before the Philippine Supreme Court to stop the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani set for September 18. President Duterte should not hide behind technicalities that, he argues, make it permissible for Marcos to be buried in a cemetery reserved for heroes.
To declare our vehement protest against a hero’s burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos, we assemble at noon on September 7, 2016 in front of Philippine Embassies and Consulates worldwide,
Marcos is not a hero! No to
Marcos burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani!
SIGNED: ( For identification purpose only)

KONTRA LIBING COALITION (KLC)-Los Angeles
1.Movement Against the Dictator’s Internment (MADI)-Los Angeles
2.Alliance-Philippines (AJLPP)
3.National Union of Journalist of the Philippines (NUJP–USA
4.Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV)
5. Kabataang makaBayan (KmB) Pro People Youth-Los Angeles
6. Philippine Peasant Support Network (PESANTE)-USA
7. Knights of Rizal(KOR)-Historic Filipintown,Los Angeles
8. US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG)
9. BANTAY PILIPINAS-USA

10. Seniors 4 Pilipino American Empowerment (S4PACE)
11. Pilipino American Kultural Society In Action (PAKSA)
 
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