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PLANNING FOR THE 16TH JFAV VETERANS DAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2016

JFAV UPDATES

October 26, 2016

PLANNING FOR THE 16TH JFAV VETERANS DAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2016 

Los Angeles–We discussed intention and reminded each other why we do this work for Filipino-American WWII veterans. #JFAV16 March is only 19 days away!14753487_1220325381374802_364283104430089594_o

We organize because #70StillNoEquity and because the Rescission Act must be fully reversed for full equity and justice.

Final two meetings will be on November 1st and 10th from 7:45 – 9:45 pm.

Thank you Claremont Colleges Kasama, MSMU, and UCLA Samahang Pilipino for your solidarity and Pilipino Workers Center for providing the space. See you all on Veterans Day at 10 am on Hollywood and Ivar!

#ProPeopleYouth #KmB#LosAngeles #Activism #LA #VeteransDay #Filipino #Pilipinx#HistoricFilipinotown

Justice and Equity, NOW!

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ALLIANCE-PHILIPPINES SUPPORTS MILF DEMAND: PASS THE BBL BEFORE FEDERALISM REFORMS

ALLIANCE NEWS
October 26, 2016

ALLIANCE-PHILIPPINES SUPPORTS MILF DEMAND: PASS THE BBL BEFORE FEDERALISM REFORMS

Los Angeles- Support the rights of the Moro People for Self-Determination!

The Alliance-Philippines based in the United States supports the demand of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim who said, ” the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) should come before the Philippines shifts to a federal form of government.”

Murad made the statement in a speech delivered for him by MILF Central Committee secretary Ahmad Amer at the forum on Global Autonomy, Governance, and Federalism on Wednesday,October 19, 2016

The Alliance reiterated its supports to the MILF and believed that the PRRD government must not use the MILF as a trojan horse to pass the federal system of government during PRRD’s term and tinker with the 1987 Freedom Constitution.

Pass the BBL before Federalism Reform

The Alliance supports Muran’s assertion, “since the Bangsamoro has a separate, historical experience and narrative from the rest of the Filipinos, the negotiated political settlement that took almost 18 years of long, protracted negotiations must necessarily lead to a unique solution, which we simply referred to as the [Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro] or CAB,”

“The implementation of the CAB, particularly its political track, which means the passage of the [BBL], must precede this shift from unitary to federal form of government,” he added.

The CAB was signed on March 27, 2014 following negotiations between the Aquino administration and the MILF.

Implement the CAB Now!

The CAB recognized the legitimacy of the cause of the Bangsamoro people in southern Philippines and provided for the creation of a new autonomous political entity, the BBL.

“While federalism is generally good for the entire Philippines, we should not lose sight of the uniqueness of the Bangsamoro situation,’ Murad said.

“We cling to the CAB as the solution to the centuries-old Bangsamoro problem, and any legislation that discards it, or simply selects provisions out of it, is to us mutually disadvantageous,” he added.

Self -Determination, Solution to Centuries Old Problem

“The MILF holds on to the commitment of President Duterte to implement the CAB first with the passage of the BBL, and then the prospective Bangsamoro government shall serve as a template of a Philippines federal state,” Murad said.

Congress’ passage of the BBL, which would have established a new political entity for the Bangsamoro people, was stalled after the deadly Mamasapano incident in 2015.

The PH Congress under the US-Aquino III Regime failed to pass the BBL and was overtaken by the May Presidential Elections of 2016. The MILF has a prolonged ceasefire with the Philippine government pending the BBL approval.

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