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FILAM COMMUNITY LEADERS LOOKED BACK at 2016, LOOKED AHEAD FOR 2017

TALAKAYAN CLUB
January 06, 2016

FILAM COMMUNITY LEADERS LOOKED BACK at 2016, LOOKED AHEAD FOR 2017talakayan1

Los Angeles—Goodbye 2016, Welcome 2017!

Los Angeles Filipino American leaders looked back at the most significant happenings in 2016 and looked forward for a challenging and progressive new year 2017 at the first community discussion at TALAKAYAN Club last Thursday, January 5 at the Manila Terrace Social Hall.

In a consensus, they all agreed that the election of a new President Donald Trump last November, 2016 is the most significant happening for the last year.

They also added, the US defeat in Syria and its surrogate armies like the Al Nustra and the rise and fall of the ISIS in the Middle East were also significant. The US failed pivot in Asia and the failure of the Trans=Pacific Partnership (TPP) was also mentioned

Implications and Challenges for 201715747713_10208419106340546_7161317664188241044_n

For Dondino Manzon, “ the fate of more than 850,000 Filipinos who are the targets of Trump’s deportation policies remained uncertain. For sure, life will be harder for them in the coming years.”

Dr.Orlando Cagampan said, “ in the Philippines, the economic policies of PRRD will be the straw that can break the camel’s back. It can make or unmake DU30 as the peso to the dollar exchange is in a free fall from P 52.00 to a dollar.

Despite the gravity of the EJK’s in the Philippines, DU30 still enjoys popularity and the killings goes unabated. It is an alarming proportion but people seems not to care.”

Prospects for the Philippines

Meanwhile, Arturo Garcia expounded on the rampant graft and corruption that now plagues the DU30 Regime. “ The recent expose of Senator Ping Lacson on the “pork” in the DU30 budget for 2017 just shows that the regime is no different from the past regimes.”SCFDS

Dr. Cagamapan added,”Du30 needs the pork barrel in the budget to keep the Senators and the Congressman for his agenda. On top of his list is the charter change from the Presidential to Federal form of government, the re-impostion of death penalty, martial law powers and others.”

The next TALAKAYAN will be on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 12 Noon at the Manila Terrace Social Hall at 2328 W. Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90026

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