Monthly Archives: January 2017

THE SMELLY FISH DURING THE MISS UNIVERSE 2017 IN MANILA

CULTURAL NOTES
January 30, 2017

THE SMELLY FISH DURING THE MISS UNIVERSE 2017 IN MANILAMU2017

By Arturo P. Garcia

It began with a faux pas and ended with a disaster for Miss Philippines candidate Maxine Medina for Miss Universe 2017 in Manila.

But it was the biggest missed opportunity for Miss. Medina. She had the opportunity to use the Filipino language by speaking it and use the interpreter for the first time.

The Philippines was the only country in the world, where it’s people does not use their own language in official functions. It should have been the first time; our language could have been used in an international event. But Medina shunned even our own language in this international event.

Days before the finals, Maxine Medina made the error of saying, “the terno was actually invented by our former first lady Imelda Marcos. She invented these butterfly sleeves and the use of it to cover their faces.” She said it in a video shot during the ancillary event in Vigan where the Miss Universe candidates paraded in terno.

Even if Medina apologized for her error and even Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach covered up for her, her misinformed error haunted her to the finals. A lot of Filipinos cannot forgive her for that historical error that gives tribute to the “steel butterfly” that damaged the country for decades.

In the finals, she called for an interpreter but in the end she spoke in English after the interpreter called the question in Filipino. But in the end, her answer was not only academic but also an elementary answer that even Sherlock Holmes will not appreciate.

What makes matters worse; she admitted candidly “ I used the interpreter to buy time so I can formulate my answer.” Did it made her smart? No, it only added to her lack-luster performance as the representative of the Philippines.

Miss Universe 1973, Margie Moran Florendo said, “She should answered in Filipino. There’s no problem about it. She could have done it better.”

The acerbic actress who was a former beauty queen from Cebu Annabelle Rama- Gutierrez was more frank and unforgiving, “”Kasi Mali siya eh. Nag-interpreter tapos hindi naman niya ginamit. Nag-Ingles-Ingles siya mali-mali pa,” said Rama, the mother of former Miss Philippines-World Ruffa Gutierrez.

“Kung ako nakasali dyan, Bisayain ko lahat sila,” she added.

I cannot help but to laugh for Annabelle Rama was right. Why not speak your own language in your own land? But I think Medina is afflicted with the identity crisis of all subjugated and colonized people. They play for the colonial masters and the colonized crowd, thus they fear to speak their own language.

They hold the view, that if they speak flawless English, they are better than other candidates they hold in low regard because they cannot speak English well.

As if the English language is an edge in the Miss Universe Contest which is not even a factor.

And look at the winner Miss France who spoke elegantly in her own language and speaks poor English. What a revelation to hear and see how our own Miss Philippines behave the despite the call for her to speak her own language.

Dr, Jose Rizal pointed out, “ ang hindi magmahal sa kanyang salita, ay higit sa hayop at malansang isda.”

I saw a smelly fish at the Miss Universe 2017 in Manila.

I saw that smelly fish in a terrible Filipina beauty in that contest.

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A NIGHT WITH “SIKAT KA KAPUSO ABROAD

FAI NEWS
January 24,2017

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By Arturo P. Garcia

They defied the storm, the angry winds and the flooded streets during California’s strongest storm.

They came all the way as far as southwest from Texas and San Diego and up north from Vallejo and the Bay area, young and old, families, couples and individuals just to watch “SIKAT KA KAPUSO ABROAD” last Sunday, January 22.

They came more than 3,500 strong and filled the Terrace Theater of the Long Beach Convention Center in downtown Long Beach. What is common among them? They are all Filipinos and Filipino-Americans in the United States!

Can you beat that, ABS-CBN KAPAMILYA? Well, eat your heart out KAPAMILYAS. This show proved that GMA KAPUSO is not only ahead in the Metro Manila but is also at the heels of the ABS-CBN and is burning their pants off.

Die-hard Alden Richards fans shrieked their hearts out and will erupts into cheers every time the emcee mentioned his name and during the program everytime he came out to be with co-stars and perform at the stage.

No doubt, he is the biggest star of the night. The PAMBANSANG BABE of the Philippines. IT’s just phenomenal, the adulation of the crowd towards Alden Richards of the KALYE SERYE fame.

But what keeps the energy of the crowd high was the antics, song and dance performance and the audience participation led by Betong Sumaya alias Antonietta.

He really prepared the set for the performers and co-stars, the GMA powerhouse: Dennis Trillo and Jennelyn Mercado, Tom Rodriguez and Lovi Poe and of course-Alden Richards.

The rumored couple, Dennis Trillo and Jennelyn Mercado regaled the crowd swith famous Filipino ballads. The crowd erupted when Jennelyn Mercado introduced Dennis Trillo as “MY PAPA” for his number.

Tom Rodriguez gamely gave his songs and dance number in a very versatile way. This guy cannot only act but can really sing as he dedicated his songs to his family who where there to watch him.

16195893_1058487610929676_849874626746532888_nLovi Poe is an equally masterful singer and dancer. She really is a Poe, a worthy daughter of “THE KING”, Fernando Poe Jr. who must be proud to see her and the crowd adulation to this temptress of a beauty.

Most of all, the loudest cheers was reserved for BABE ALDEN RICHARDS, who can surely dance and sing. He still has a long way to go but his songs and dance routine really shook up the theater into near frenzy.

Lighting was superb in the theater and all got their money’s worth with the GMA performers. The thousands of cell phone flashlight added to the glitter of the sbow when Alden asked the people to lit up the theater with their cellphone light.

Well, Filipinos loved to sing and the crowd sung with the singer and you can hear and feel the crowd sing and respond to the soulful music. Almost everybody were singing with the KAPUSO stars.

The beauty of Pilipino love song and the English OPM showed its terrible beauty that night.

The SIKAT KA KAPUSO ABROAD stars thanked the crowd for defying the storm, the flooded streets and the wild winds that brought the most powerful in California’s history. That’s the Filipino spirit!

We were proud the GMA starts complemented of our hard drive to the convention center, slicing through the flooded streets, doing several detours and wading through the flooded parking lot.

That was my first time in the Long Beach Convention Center. The crowd showed the displeasure for the more than 45 minutes of games and intermission before the two-hour program. Many boos and anger were expressed, but in the end the crowd bear it “ because the sponsors brought the stars to perform” in the theater.

Well, what will satisfy the Filipinos yearning for the homeland but to see their favorite stars to perform in the states? I really commend the GMA7 for the good repertoire, choice of songs and for bringing the powerhouse stars in Long Beach.

It’s really a night worth going out in the raging storm to be with our kababayans and our favorite movie stars from the Philippines.

Good Work, SIKAT KA KAPUSO ABROAD!

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ANTI-TRUMP/HATE MARCH IN LA DREWS THOUSANDS, JANUARY 20, 2016

FAI NEWS
January 20, 2017

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By Arturo P. Garcia

Los Angeles—“ SAY IT LOUD, SAY IT CLEAR! IMMIGRANTS ARE WELCOMED HERE!”

Despite the steady pouring rain, more than 5,000 anti-trump protestors marched from Olympic and Figueroa junction to City Hall, DTLA in a massive show of force to protest Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States last Friday, January 20, 2017 in downtown Los Angeles (DTLA).

Led by a board coalition UNITED AGAINST HATE INAUGURATION MARCH, scores of thousands of activist from labor unions, non-profit organizations and people’s organizations marched under the rain that did not let up from last night.

The marchers assembled at 10 in the morning at the intersection of Figueroa and Olympic Blvd. and started marching at around 11:30 AM. The steady downpour will stop for several minutes but will again drenched the protestors who were all ready for the stormy weather.

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With their wet banners, flags, raincoats,jackets and umbrellas, the thousands of activist defied the stormy weather. At the rear of the march, a giant replica of orange-headed Trump was paraded and was mocked by the crowd.

As the passed 5th Street and Broadway, pro-Trump supporters showered the marchers with confetti from the top floors of the tall building with word LOSERS inscribed on the papers.

Party for Liberation and Socialism (PSL) activist Carol said, “Who are the real sore losers? Is it the marchers who drew marching crowds of people or those people who are littering the streets.”

Filipino Americans Vs. Trump

When asked about the march she said, “ This is a sizeable crowd (more than 5,000) despite the fact that it was raining. “

ANSWER-LA and PSL is one of the co-organizer of the march that ended at City hall, DTLA. The KmB Contingent joined the PSL banner during the march.

Another march started earlier at the corner of Olympic and Broadway at around 10 AM. It was led by Todos A La Marcha 20 De Enero, a mostly immigrant rights groups espousing immigrant rights.

NO TRUMP, NO KKK, NO FASCIST USA!

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A DAY AT THE WOMEN’S MARCH IN LA

CULTURAL NOTES
January 21, 2016

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By Arturo P. Garcia

All the roads led to Pershing Square.

As early as 8:00 AM groups of women walked to the bus stop at the corner of Temple and Rampant Streets in Historic Filipinotown. They brought with them their placards, doing selfies and taking pictures of their group along the way.

At the bus stop, around 8; 30 AM, I set foot on Bus 10 and saw half of the bus filled with people going to the rally. They were in pairs, in groups, individuals or with the family with their own placards.

The bus was detoured at Grand street as the drivers announced,” Hill street was closed, so you can get out at 5th and Grand.” He stopped the people who were trying to get out of the bus at Grand and Temple.

As the bus goes on, hundreds of people were walking on both sides of Grand Street, the finance capital of Los Angeles heading towards Pershing Square.

16112760_10154962427119806_9215199419489454493_oAs we alight at 5th and Grand, Grand street was about to be closed as the barriers goes up. The multitudes of people were gathering around Pershing Square along Broadway, 5th, 4th, 3rd, Olive, and Hill Streets. Pershing Square is now filled to the brims and the people are overflowing at these streets.

I had to worm my way literally to Hill Street where the head of the march was. I have to use my PRESS card to let people get out of my way and reach the head of the march that was forming up. The marshals were respectfully to let me in the cordon of security once I waived my press card.

Both sides of Hill Street were overflowing with people. But we have to wave off the steady stream of people who wanted to join the march. Despite our best effort telling them to go around and not to meet the head of the march, they kept on coming.

It was only when we form a phalanx of security and will not let people in when they stopped trying to get into the head of the march. At the head of the march was a platoon of women motorcyclist and the big banner: WOMEN’S MARCH LOS ANGELES.

I asked the organizer what’s keeping the March start. She replied,” We are waiting for the VIP’s and we will go”. Every time the motorcyclist revved up their engines r, the crowd goes into ecstatic cheers. But those were only false alarms. The march has not started yet.

As exactly 10:30 AM, the motorcycles revved up and the march started, around an hour and a half late. But people were happy and chanted; HEY, HEY, HO, HO, DONALD TRUMP HAS TO GO!

It was not only a sea of people but also a sea of signs, banner, flags, multi-colored balloons and all kinds of messages. The most common picture was an angry Vagina, Trump in orange hair, clenched fists, of all colors and dimensions.16142375_10155563196822908_2813492193303340328_n

People never tired of chanting and the crowds on both sides of the sidewalks and inside the march kept on their replies. It was like the Immigrant Rights March in 2006 that drew more than 2 million people in Los Angeles.

The March organizers said that the police estimated the crown at 500,000 people. But it was not only in LA that the women’s march occurred. In more than 650 cities all over America, they all marched against Trump.

One chant stand out during the march; SAY IT LOUD, SAY IT CLEAR, IMMIGRANTS ARE WELCOMED HERE! This was really Los Angeles.

As I made my way to the subway and took the North Hollywood train, the train was also filled to the brims. The train did not pick up any passengers from the 7th and Metro until Wilshire because it was filled with people.

Luckily, a lot of passengers alighted at Beverly Station where I got off.

Well. That was my day at the Women’ March In LA. And I loved it!

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MISS UNIVERSE CONTEST IN THE PHILIPPINES, A DISTRACTION FOR EJK OR STATE-SANCTIONED KILLINGS BY THE DU30 REGI

For Immediate Release
ALLIANCE PHILIPPINES
January 20, 2016

MISS UNIVERSE CONTEST IN THE PHILIPPINES, A DISTRACTION FOR EJK OR STATE-SANCTIONED KILLINGS BY THE DU30 REGIMEMU2017

Los Angeles—“ Circus and Killings just like during the Roman Empire.”

The Alliance-Philippines based in the United States vehemently condemned the holding of the Miss Universe Contest in the Philippines as the Extra-Judicial Killing (EJK) intensified and have reached more than 6,800 deaths as well as corruption goes unabated under the DU30 Regime.

Using the Dictator Marcos play book on “circus and killing” , the DU30 Regime hold the Miss Universe Contest, 2017 just like what Marcos did in 1974. This was also the time honored tradition of the Roman Empire. Feeding the Christians to the lions while conducting gladiatorial fights in the coliseum.

Miss Universe Contest 2017 –A Deodorizer

The Miss Universe Contest is just a distraction and an entertainment function to divert the Filipino people’s attention away from the indiscriminate killings that victimized the Filipino people with impunity. It’s brutality is unknown since the Spanish, Japanese and the martial law terror periods combined.

The women from all over the world is being used as a deodorizer to sanitize the killer image of the DU30 Regime in the oldest fashion of women’s oppression by using the beauty contest as a pageantry as an excuse and cover for state sponsored violence.

At the same time, the Alliance condemns the braggart President for attacking the the media and the Catholic Church, his favorite whipping boy as another distraction.

Moral Ascendancy?digong-gunggong

He really want to divert public opinion from the current police scandal-the “Tokhang for Ransom” of a Korean businessman by his beloved police operatives who also conduct his EJK Killings.

“Who is DU30 to ask if the Catholic Church has moral ascendancy to criticize his EJK or state –sanctioned killings? Does he have moral ascendancy? He should look at himself on the mirror and ask that question before he attack the church.” The Alliance asked the President.

“he who has not sinned should cast the fist stone. And the irreverent Duterte has no marbles but guts to sin to impugn on the church.”

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FIAMS READIES FOR “TRUMP EFFECT”

EPCC NEWS

January 19, 2017

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By Nimfa Rueda

LOS ANGELES—Shortly after Donald Trump was elected  president, a Filipino-American second-grader in a West Covina public school came home in tears after he was bullied by a white classmate.

“His classmate yelled at him, ‘Go back to your country,’” said Lester Ramos, chair of Migrante South Bay and Orange County, an activist group that protects Filipino migrant workers’ rights.

University student Kate Dolorito reported that a group of Republican students stopped her on campus and said, “You don’t belong here. Go back to where you came from, you illegal immigrant.”

Ramos said these were just some of the many incidents of bullying and harassment that have been reported since Trump was elected last November.

‘Trump effect’

Teachers unions and advocacy groups have called these incidents the “Trump effect” and are working with education agencies and local governments to protect immigrant students.

“We plan to collaborate with these groups in launching an awareness campaign, as we expect this anti-immigrant climate under the incoming Trump administration,” Ramos said.

‘Not anti-immigrant’Justice For Akai Gurley

“There’s a big possibility that the new administration will pass harsh policies that can result in the violation of human rights and harsh treatment of immigrants,” said the video message.But Trump supporter Don Deluna does not agree with the migrant workers’ groups.

“It’s not true that (Trump) is anti-immigrant,” said Deluna, a 47-year-old entrepreneur from Orange County. “He is anti-illegal immigrant, and he’s only going after those who are criminals.”Deluna, who campaigned for Trump, pointed out that the incoming president has a large following among Fil-Am Christians who are hopeful that he will respect their “religious freedom to be prolife.”

“They’re evangelicals, Catholics, Baptists, Presbyterians… who felt that their religious freedoms had been taken away,” he said.Deluna said he expected Trump to defund Planned Parenthood, which offers abortion services.He also believes that protectionism under the Trump administration “will keep jobs in America” and the overall economic agenda of Trump, who is a “businessman,” will translate into a better economic climate.Deluna said Filipino-Americans were “educated and entrepreneurial” so they would flourish under Trump, who plans to stimulate the economy and keep entrepreneurs “motivated to innovate.”

Orlando Cagampan, leader of the local Knights of Rizal, told a recent “Talakayan” forum in Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles he hoped Trump’s economic policies would also be “friendly to the Philippines.”15823124_1645910349043421_7054635430292338600_n

“(Trump’s) policies can make or break the Philippine economy under (President) Duterte,” he said.

‘Trump likes Duterte’

Fil-Am businesswoman Rachel Gunther said she was optimistic that the Trump presidency would be friendly to the Philippines and would “eliminate whatever bad blood” there was between Mr. Duterte and the Obama administration.

“Trump likes Duterte. He invited (Duterte) to the inauguration,” said Gunther, the Fil-Am leader of Make California Great Again, a pro-Trump nonprofit launched in Long Beach last week.

Mr. Duterte had repeatedly cursed Obama over criticism of extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs.

He called Obama a “son of a bitch” and told him to “go to hell,” prompting the White House to cancel planned bilateral talks between the two leaders.

Mr. Duterte said Trump, in a phone conversation last month, had endorsed his brutal antidrug campaign and said he was doing it “the right way.”

Gunther, who is scheduled to attend Trump’s inauguration in Washington, said she also believed Trump would strongly support the Philippines’ claims to disputed islands in the South China Sea.

Deluna agreed, saying Trump would “play hard ball” with China.

Undocumented Filipinos

The biggest concern for many Fil-Am community leaders is the uncertain fate of the nearly 1 million undocumented Filipinos in the United States.

“For sure, life will be harder for them in the coming years,” Historic Filipinotown community leader Dondino Manzon said.

Immigration lawyer and advocate Arnedo Valera said that could be true if Trump planned  to act on his campaign rhetoric on immigration.

In that scenario, he would expect the Trump administration to tighten immigration rules for countries with terrorist presence, including the Philippines, which has been fighting the Abu Sayyaf.

“We can expect disruptions and strict regulations on immigrant visas allocated for the Philippines, whether they are family-based or employment-sponsored visas,” said Valera, executive director of the Migrant Heritage Commission in Washington.

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KNIGHTS OF RIZAL (KOR)-HFT RESOLUTION AGAINST THE DEMOLITION OF THE RIZAL MEMORIAL SPORTS COMPLEX (RMSC) BY THE CITY OF MANILA

For Immediate Release
TALAKAYAN CLUB
January 19, 2016

KNIGHTS OF RIZAL (KOR)-HFT RESOLUTION AGAINST THE DEMOLITION OF THE RIZAL MEMORIAL SPORTS COMPLEX (RMSC) BY THE CITY OF MANILA

Los Angeles— NO TO RMSC DEMOLITION, NO RMSC AS A MALL!KOR-HFT 2015

In the weekly TALAKAYAN CLUB last Thursday, January 19, 2019 in Historic Filipinotown, the Knights of Rizal (KOR)-Historic Filipinotown approved a resolution opposing the demolition of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) and turning it into a mall.

KOR-HFT Knights Commander Dr.Orly Cagampan said, “we oppose the demolition of the RMSC because it is a part of our national heritage. The RM Stadium then was built in 1934 and hosted important national and sports events in Asia.”

RSMC As a National HeritageKOR-HFT

Sir Tony Berango of the KOR-West Region said, “ We deplored Mayor Joseph Estrada’ s flair for destroying historical sites.

We still remember what he did to the Rizal Monument photo-bombing it with the Torre De Manila. Estrada has destroyed several vintage colonial hotel as and even the iconic Army/Navy Club.” .”

Past KOR Knights Commander Arturo P. Garcia added, “ The RMSC has been a national monument . It was a site of a bitter battle during World War II during the liberation in 1945.

KOR Support Filipinos Oppose to RMSC Demolition

Thus, we support our compatriots in the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Senator manny Pacquiao, cultural activists and other organizations that stand not to turn it into a mall for the benefits of the big business .

We, as Filams and as Manilan’s want the development of the RMSC, not its demolition. We are not in favor of transferring the RMSC into another place like Panpanga.

It’s timely development is needed to turn it into a modern sports facility, a national training center and if they want, a commercial center as well as to preserve its legacy.”

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WHEN MARTIN ANDANAR CAME TO TOWN

CULTURAL NOTES
January 18, 2016

WHEN MARTIN ANDANAR CAME TO TOWN

By Arturo P. Garcia

I saw DU30’s Communications Secretary Martin Andanar’s interview in Los Angeles last Night, January 17. He was on his way to Washington DC for the new US President Ronald Trump inauguration on January 20 as DU30 personal representative.

He conducted an impromptu interview with a select group of media people. I sincerely hope, they got their night’s worth of interview with Martin the Apostle. He was called this because he described DU30 as “Jesus Christ” and himself as “an apostle.”

Sad to say, I was waiting for something new or something substantial to say, but sorry guys, I had none. It’s all recycled stuff and the worst, Andanar spoke exactly like his boss, Digong Duterte. Well, they say imitation is the best form of flattery, but as usual Andanar –blew it by over doing it.

“ We will declare martial law.” He said without batting an eyelash. We can really feel the DU30Speak. He loved to be his boss an as any megalomaniac, like Rudolf Hess, he loved out-Hitlering Hitler.

But the bad thing for Andanar, the Malacanang Press Corps criticized him after he left the Philippines for the same act-overdoing DU30speak on the threat to “declare martial law”.

Again, he blamed the media by saying; they have the propensity of “misreporting” or “twisting” DU30 words. The usual stuff.

They respectfully asked Anandar to ”read the whole transcript of the President speech” before commenting or blaming the media. The Malacanang Press Corps is bothered by the blame game being pinned on them by the President and Andanar.

The only new thing I heard is his comment on the Marcos burial . He said, “ Well, maybe half of the world maybe laughing at us but the other half of the world understand us.”

What? Maybe he loved half and half to put on his coffee. In Tagalog, skeptics says “Asa ka pa” It’s just shooting from the hip and whistling in the wind, asking for sympathy but got none.

I have witnessed many Presidential Spokesman. Many of them were as usual poker faced and were all insensitive or emotionless.

I have seen Kit Tatad and Greg Cendana of dictator Marcos, Rene Saguisag and Joker Arroyo as well as Ducky Parades of Cory Aquino, Rudy Reyes of FVR, Jerry Barican of Erap Estrada and off course, Bobby Tiglao, Charles Remonde and Gary Olivar of PGMA and Atty. Edwin Lacierda of Noynoy Aquino and others.

I knew and had been friends with some of them. But Andanar the Apostle is very different.

It’s really hard to be the alter ego of the President. And it is equally hard to defend the President. As Andanar said defensively when he was asked how he handled his job with a President Duterte who is so ambivalent and proud; “ If you know your client, you will trust your client and defend him” to that effect.

Well, at least it came from Andanar. DU30 is his client. Like a lawyer to this client and a doctor to his patient, that is their relationship. This needs no explanation.

That’s his job! PERIOD!

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DU30 REGIME INSINCERE; CEASEFIRE WITH GPH, UNTENABLE

ALLIANCE NEWS
January 18, 2016

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Los Angeles—ALLIANCE NEWS Reports from Rome, Italy said, ” The Duterte Regime is insincere and makes make the extension of its unilateral ceasefire untenable..

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) submitted a long list of complaints against the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) for violations of previously-signed agreements. ”

Reports said, “Even as delegates from both parties are starting to fill Holiday Inn-Parco de Medici (venue of the January 19-25 talks in this city) the Left’s negotiating panel formally raised with its counterpart seven GRP violations of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) and the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG)

“The prospect for forging a bilateral ceasefire agreement has grown dim,” NDFP in a statement said.

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The NDFP Negotiating Panel cited the following cases:

* Betrayal of the Left’s trust through GRP’s request to the NDFP to withdraw the judicial appeals of three JASIG-protected NDFP consultants that eventually made their conviction final. But GRP President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to pardon Eduardo Sarmiento, Emeterio Antalan and Leopoldo Caloza to enable them to participate in the ongoing GRP-NDFP peace negotiations;

* The surveillance and harassment by motorcycle-riding men of recently released JASIG-protected consultants;

* GRP’s failure to act on NDFP’s demand for justice for the enforced disappearance of JASIG-protected persons Leo Velasco, Prudencio Calubid, his wife and relatives; Rogelio Calubad and his son; Nestor Entice and his wife; Leopoldo Ancheta; and Philip Limjoco; as well as the murder of Sotero Llamas that were all committed during the time of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo;

OPLAN KAPAYAPAAN ONGOING VS NPA

* The ongoing AFP operations against communities suspected to be under the control of NDFP forces on the pretext of conducting so-called peace and development projects. The NDFP has listed such violations in 43 provinces and 146 municipalities all over the country;

* The killing of more than 6,775 innocent people due to brutal, reckless and indiscriminate methods employed by the police in its anti-drug operations;

* Failure of President Duterte to amnesty close to 400 political prisoners as he repeatedly promised since May; and

*GRP’s failure to render justice and indemnify victims of human rights violations under the Marcos martial law regime, in addition to its attempt at the political rehabilitation of the Marcoses through the late dictator’s burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.”

DU30 REGIME, INSINCERE

The NDF added, “These violations place into serious question the sincerity of the GRP in its peace negotiations,” the NDF explained.

“For if previously signed agreements are not honored, what guarantees does the NDFP have that future agreements would not be similarly violated by the GRP?” they asked.

The GRP has not made secret its desire to forge a bilateral ceasefire agreement as one of the major issues to be discussed in the third round of talks.

“The third round of talks hopes to tackle the still unfinished discussions on the proposed bilateral ceasefire vis-à-vis the issues on the releases of prisoners,” Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza in an earlier statement said.

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ON MLK DAY, FAHRA CONDEMNS DU30’S REGIME WITCH HUNTING OF FILAMS

For Immediate Release
Filipino-American Human Rights Alliance (FAHRA)
Los Angeles, CA
January 17, 2016

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Los Angeles– On the commemoration of the Martin Luther King Jr’s Day in the United States, the Filipino American Human Rights Alliance (FAHRA)-Los Angeles vehemently condemn the DU30 Regime for it’s virulent witch-hunting against Filipino-Americans.

DU30 Regime even sent to the US his subalterns Martin Andanar and Hermogenes Esperon to attend Trump’s inauguration on January 20 and to launch witch-hunt operations against FilAms who are against his gross disrespect of human rights and wanton extra-judicial killings in the Philippines.

FAHRA-LA vigorously protest DU30 miscommunications secretary’s description of FAHRA as” a creation of US4GG’s and one of Loida Nicolas-Lewis’s organization”. That FAHRA is a part of the destabilization plots vs DU30. All the insinuations and presentation of FAHRA as “a destabilzation plot” is but a big joke!

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For the benefit of the American public and the Filipino people in our homeland, FAHRA is an national alliance that seeks to promote respect of human rights and protect it at a time it is under attack in the Philippines and elsewhere.

It was formed right at the crucible of the resurgence of Marcos fascism and the EJK killings in the Philippines when DU30 took over in July 2016.

Thus it is independent of any call for DU30’s Ouster or Resign Movement in the US or the Philippines.

DU30 witch-hunting, an Insult to All Filams

We are well aware of DU30’s covert and overt action against the FilAm community in the guise of Andanar and Esperon visit to the US to attend the Trump inauguration in Washington on January 20. It is both a veiled and open attempt for witch-hunting and intimidation, a Marcosian tactic at its best.

Therefore we reserve the right to conduct our activities like having a Christmas Party like that in December 2016. We have the right to invite anyone for our party and merry-making for the holidays. And any attempt to present it as a plot is just very unchristian and preposterous.

We will continue to defend human rights, all its advocates and fight, stand up and expose as well as oppose any human rights violations and acts of fascism like EJK’s or state -sanctioned killings in the Philippines and elsewhere.

MAKIBAKA, HUWAG MATAKOT!

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