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LA FILIPINOS HOLDS COMMEMORATION AT PWC-SC ON 31st EDSA ANNIVERSARY IN LA

JFAV UPDATES

February 28, 2017

LA FILIPINOS HOLDS COMMEMORATION AT PWC-SC ON 31st EDSA ANNIVERSARY IN LA

by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News

 

LOS ANGELES — As Filipino communities marked the of the 31st anniversary of EDSA, one city saw two celebrations representing two opposing views of the historic revolution that toppled the Marcos dictatorship.

But while President Duterte’s supporters celebrate his accomplishments, other Filipino activists gathered across town, joined by local elected officials.

Some 50 lifelong activists relived their activism in Historic Filipinotown, as they prepare to fight again.  17016391_613876758806907_1487436380_o

 “It’s like we’re back at EDSA again, working to get people to stand up again. It took 14 years for people stand up and overthrow the Marcos dictatorship,” said activist Carol Ojeda Kimbrough.

They worry that Senator DeLima’s recent arrest can be setting the stage for martial law. 

“Duterte is bringing back the bad memories and Marcos-ian schemes like the declaration of martial law, and one step is to arrest and detain, and probably charge and convict, Senator Leila DeLima,” said activist Art Garcia.

The EDSA activists add that they’re not only ready to take their stand against President Duterte and his actions — they’re also fighting some of the executive orders by US President Donald Trump.

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Pro-PDUT Rally

About a hundred President Rodrigo Duterte supporters held a rally outside the Los Angeles philippine consulate. 

 “This is about people power today. What we’re celebrating we’re showing our support for our current president,”  said Tina Lorenzana, Southern California Coordinator of Digong Supporters. 

“31 years — Filipinos are still suffering!” said supporter Edward Duterte Abad. “That’s why I think it’s time. Because if you want to have change, you have to support our present administration — because this is our last card, that we can have another new Philippines.”

They say they are taking a stand for the Philippine president, who has been the subject of criticism…and even alleged attempted ouster plots. 

 “Let’s give a fair treatment to Duterte; he’s doing things never any president [has done] for the 30 years… he did everything,” said supporter Fernando Gonong. “Stop blackmailing him…he’s doing good. Again ‘yellow-tard,’ your empire is over. Your done, and give a chance to Duterte.”  

The ralliers applauded the recent arrest of Senator Leila DeLima over drug charges.  

 “That’s only right. DeLima is not a political prisoner. She has done something wrong. Her case is a drug related case; it’s a criminal case,” said Abad. “She will be given due process.” 

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KOR-HFT/JFAV-LA/TALAKAYAN CLUB ENDORSED MITCH O’ FARRELL FOR COUNCIL MEMBER FOR CD13

For Immediate Release
TALAKAYAN CLUB
February 27, 2017

KOR-HFT/JFAV-LA/TALAKAYAN CLUB ENDORSED MITCH O’ FARRELL FOR COUNCIL MEMBER FOR CD13

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Los Angeles– The Filipino-American leaders of Historic Filipinotown and Central LA officialy endorsed Mitch O’Farrell as their candidate for Council member for CD 13.

The Knights of Rizal-Historic Filipinotown Chapter and the Justice For FIlipino American Veterans (JFAV)-Los Angeles and the TALAKAYAN CLUB endorsed Council Member Mitch O’ Farrell as their candidate for Council member for District 13 for the coming March 7, 2017 City Elections.

The endorsement of Mitch O’ Farrel by KOR-HFT, JFAV-LA and the TALAKAYAN CLUB happened last February 25 at the 31st Year Commemoration of the EDSA People’s Power Revolution of 1986 at the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC) at 153 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026 in Historic Filipinotown, DTLA.

Official Endorsement

17016391_613876758806907_1487436380_oGarcia said, ” We are proud to endorse Mitch O’ Farrell as we have endorsed FilAms like Mark Pulido of Cerritos, Mellisa Ramoso of Artesia and Eric Garcetti when he ran for the first time as a council member in 2001.

We hope Mitch will again serve with distinction as our Council member for the next 5 years. We hope he will support our project like giving us space for Plaza Rizal at Beverly and Occidental Corner.”

Mitch O’ Farrell was introduced by Carol-Ojeda Kimbroguh, the emcee of the event. KCR Aruro P. Garcia of KOR-HFT formally endorsed O’Farrell and David Rockello, President of the Rampart NC and Linda Rockello raised his had in endorsement.

The Committee for the Event also gave O’Farrell the book by Mila De Guzman written by women during martial law.
It was given to him by Carol Ojeda -Kimbrough, the emcee of the February 25 Event.

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SA IKA-31 TAON NG EDSA PEOPLE”S POWER REVOLUTION

SALAG/BANAT
Pebrero 26, 2017

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Ni Arturo P. Garcia

May mga hindi nasiyahan sa opisyal na pagdiriwang sa unang taon ni PDUT sa ika-31 taong EDSA People’s Power Revolution. Ginawa daw itong “simple at tahimik”

Ang masama pa, nagrali ang mga maka-PDUT sa Rizal PArk para suportahan ang gyera laban sa droga, korupsyon at kriminalidad ni PDUT.

Unang-una na si FVR na nagmamalaking siya ang bida sa rebolusyon kung saan sila kumalas sa Diktadurang Marcos sa apat na araw na rebolusyon ng EDSA noong 1986. Paano ba? Nawalan siya ng tanghalan kung saan siya bibida.

Kaya siguro sa galit, pinetserahan niya ang peryodistang si Christian Esguerra sa pagdiriwang sa EDSA. Ganoon din piangasalitaan niya si Andanar ng Presidential Communications Office na napaamang na lang sa inasal ng dating Pangulo.

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Ang mga natuwa naman ay mga nagtatangkang sila ang bida ng EDSA. Sina Juan Ponse Enrile at ang bata nitong si Senador Gringo Honasan. Suporta sila sa :tahimik at simpleng pagdiriwang ng EDSA.

Sabi pa ni Enrile sa mga kabataan,: kayong mga kabataan bakit kayo magfifiesta? Bakit kayo magdiriwang, hindi naman fiesta ang EDSA.” Siyempre pa nagecho naman si Honasan.

Ito rin ang koro ng mga kabinete ni PDUT, ” Hindi naman daw minemenos ang EDSA.”

Eh, ano pa ba ang ginagawa ninyo. Mangani-ngani ngang dedmahin ninyo na nagyari ang EDSA noong 1986.

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Gayunman, kitang kita na ” hampas sa kabayo,latay sa kalabaw” ang ginawa ni PDUT. noon pa man, siya ay walang maliw at lantarang maka-Marcos. kaya ayaw niya sa EDSA.

Isa pa ang tunay na target ni PDUT ay si Noynoy Aquino, kaya ipinahuli niya at ipinakulong si Senadora Leila De Lima dahil tauhan ito ni Aquino III.

Mabuti na lang at dumalo si Noynoy sa pagdiriweang ng EDSA at nagsalita.

Mahusay naman at tumatapang na si VP Leni Robredo. Mas nagiging matapang na siya sa pagtuligsa sa mga aksyon ni PDUT.

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Halatang-halatang pikon na si PDUT kaya ang linya ng mga kakampi niya,” pagkinalaban mo si PDUT, kinalaban mo na ang gobyerno.

Kaya ang sigaw nina Panelo at Aguirre–“Inciting to Sedition” yan at :Destabilization Plots”

Mukhang talagang pabalik tayo sa panahon ni Makoy na may martial law. Tinawag nga ni dating Senador Rene Saguisag na “BAGONG MAKOY” siPDUT.

Sabagay, bagay kay PDUT ang BAGONG MAKOY, Talagang mukha siyang KENGKOY.

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Kaya bilang ganti, hindi lang pinagmumura, iba’t ibang pangalan ang ikinakapit niya sa mga kalaban niya. Tinawag nga niyang” mga unngoy” ang mga obispo ng simbahang Katoliko.

Ang anak naman niyang si Sarah Duterte ay tinawag pang :higit pa sa isang daang Duterte” ang Arsobispo Soc Villegas ng Pangasinan. ”

Hindi na maipintang mga pangwawalanghiya na ang mura ni PDUT sa mga kalaban niya. Noong una pa, hindi na ako naniwala sa sinabi ni PDUT na ” hindi siya mapaghiganting tao.” at nanawagan sa ” pagkakaisa ng lahat ng Pilipino”.

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Hindi lang siya mapaghiganti at pikon, kundi sobra pa doon.
Kaya hindi lang pikon si PDUT kundi galit na galit siya sa EDSA Revolution ng 1986.

Ang tunay na problema ni PDUT hindi niya mabubura ang kasaysayan. Ang sinumang magtangkang bumura sa kasaysayan ay siyang mabubura sa kasaysayan.

Napatunayan na yan sa kasaysayan. Dahil ang kasaysayan ay isang malupitna musa. itatapon nyasa kangkungan ng kasayayan ang mga magtatangkang baluktutin ito.

TANDAAN MO YAN PDUT!

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FILAM LEADERS DREW PARALLELISMS BETWEEN PUDT AND DICTATOR MARCOS ON 31ST EDSA DAY IN HFT

For Immediate Release
TALAKAYAN CLUB
February 26, 2017

FILAM LEADERS DREW PARALLELISMS BETWEEN PUDT AND DICTATOR MARCOS ON 31ST EDSA DAY IN HFT

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It was an intense and emotional discussion on the significance of the EDSA People’s Power Revolution of 1986 at TALAKAYAN Club, last February 23, 2017.

” PDUT could not have been the President if there was no EDSA 1″ declared Dondino Manzon, an HFT Community leader.

PDUT, A Marcos loyalist, was a Product of EDSA

Sid Balatan also clarified, ” Soledad Duterte was offered to be the Mayor of Davao City after EDSA 1 by President Cory Aquino but she declined the offer.

Instead she offered his son to be the OIC Mayor. Thus PDUT became the Mayor of Davao City for 22 years.

That’s how PDUT became Mayor of Davao for 23 years.”Balatsan recounted.

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Dr.Orly Cagampan added,” With all concerns taken into consideration, EDSA 1 was a great victory of the Filipino people. They overthrew the 14 years of Marcos brutal martial law.

JFAV Coordinator Arturo P. Garcia said, ” the EDSA People’s Revolution of 1986 was a convergence of a military coup and people’s uprising.

The Catholic Church with Cardinal Sin played a decisive role in calling for the ouster of Marcos at EDSA when the RAM forces with Enrile and Ramos withdraw their support of the dictator and camped out at EDSA camps.” GArcia explained.

TALAKAYAN Tribute to the Heroes of EDSA 1

The Marcos forces foiled the palace coup attempt of the RAM forces. They digged in at Camp Aguinaldo on February 22 and moved

The TALAKAYAN then offered prayers and paid tribute to all heroes and martyrs who was responsible for the EDSA Revolution of 1986 line Dr. Fliex Lapuz, DVM, Joe Navidad of PCORE, Engr. Greg Santillan and others who recently passed away,

They sung the Lupang Hinirang at the end of the TALAKAYAN.

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SOLDIERS OF THE NIGHT: A TRIBUTE TO THE TRUE HEROES OF EDSA 1

Teddy Locsin JrEPCC NEWS
February 26, 2017

SOLDIERS OF THE NIGHT: A TRIBUTE TO THE TRUE HEROES OF EDSA 1

Teddy Locsin, Jr.
ABS-CBN News
March 2, 2016

MY statement on NO FILTER last week, “that we have mostly the communists to thank for taking down martial law,” drew flak in social media. It got worse when I correctly added, that while it is true that singing can bring down the house, if it is spectacular, that is true only in a nightclub and not with regard to martial law on which singing doesn’t make a dent.

Whereas those who fought martial law mano a mano, screaming faces against rifle butts, shouts against bullets, until they got themselves guns and answered bullets with bullets—it is they who defeated martial law. And those were the communists.

Martial law had popular support. It got repeated electoral ratification with no need to doctor the result. The only time Marcos lost was when Ninoy from his prison cell, showered with ordure by the Marcos broadcast media, nonetheless beat Imelda in the Palace when the people of Manila stepped out in the streets in a massive noise barrage that told the world the day before the elections, the vote they would not bother to cast the day after. Or so I put then.

This “electoral” feat—if we want to call it that and that is what we called it—Doy Laurel, his kids and I who were arrested by the cops and jailed for trying to repeat it the next day—yes, this electoral feat would be matched again and only by Ninoy, when he posthumously donated his shattered corpse to be the centerpiece of a funeral march that was reckoned to be bigger than Gandhi’s.

But again, impressive though these sporadic manifestations of fleeting defiance were, just the same it was the communists who paid with their blood for exacting the same toll of blood from the army of martial law—a political dispensation that was firmly ratified by the Supreme Court thereby making it all legal: the detentions and murders, the confiscations of newspapers and the thefts of their assets; and by consolidating the separate powers of government in one person, the Supreme Court exalted the robbery of a nation as “the modernization of its economy.”

It was the communists in Luzon and the Visayas—and it was Nur Misuari’s armed legions in Mindanao until they were defeated—who bled the army until it was so anemic that it would not put up a fight. And martial law is the army or it is nothing.

You could say the army could have put up a fight; but that is a counterfactual statement and therefore illogical because in fact the army did not.

Military-backed government is not weakened by speech especially unpublished speech. Soldiers only get excited when you challenge them with words. No, it was the communists that bled martial law so weak that it fell with a firm push from Cory Aquino.

In 1984, the CIA-financed and highly respected magazine, Commentary published an article by Ross Munro entitled “The New Khmer Rouge.” Munro convicted martial law of the worst crime in the CIA books and that is the crime of weakness—not brutality but weakness. He described the NPA as the New Khmer Rouge, and like their counterpart in Cambodia, they were on the verge of victory.

It is possible the article was wrong. But no one thought so then. (I thought it was wrong but kept my counsel because that was the sort of political misdiagnosis that served the purpose of freedom.) That article convinced the Americans to abandon Marcos when Cory said flat out to Reagan’s emissary, Philip Habib, that if Marcos was declared the winner she would go on battering the state with mass protests however long it took—and she did not care to whom the country fell.

And no, she would not accept to power sharing with Marcos. By then, the economy had been declared dead and yet Cory Aquino called for economic sabotage against key sectors of the economy. Whatta girl. She might be described by the erudite as the heir of Caesar: aut Caesar aut nihil—“either Caesar or nothing”—except that Caesar was Cesare and the son of the Borgia Pope.

For their armed resistance, the communists—young and most of them still in school—were rounded up, beaten up in the trucks taking them away, tortured in the cells, electrocuted, glass thermometers were inserted in their penises which were hammered so the glass broke and the crystals made urination an unspeakable ordeal.

They were stripped of their skin with razors or beaten to death with a golf club by Rolando Abadilla when he practiced his swing. He never lost his membership in the various golf and country clubs. (And they call that favorite sport of crooks a gentleman’s game.)

Meanwhile girls were raped with broken Coke bottles, while doctors at the Veterans Memorial Hospital kept them conscious so they would feel all the agony it was possible to feel until death took mercy on them.

The way to celebrate EDSA is not with singing and dancing on a bright colored stage or by interviews of those who never saw the inside of a cell. It should be commemorated in utter silence, in the stone cold darkness, lit by a quarter of a million candles to be snuffed out one by one, like lives, as the sun rises on the horizon.

Soldiers of the night, hail; unsung heroes of an amnesiac nation; hail to those who went screaming into that last goodnight to which the rest of us will just go gently. •

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Kapit-bisig:Pahayag ng Pagkakaisa ng mga Pilipinong/ang/xng Nababahala sa Pagsasagawa ng Atas Tagapagpaganap Hinggil sa Imigrasyon at sa Pagpapalaganap ng Muslim Ban

JFAV UPDATES
Pebrero 21, 2017

Kapit-bisig:Pahayag ng Pagkakaisa ng mga Pilipinong/ang/xng Nababahala sa Pagsasagawa ng Atas Tagapagpaganap Hinggil sa Imigrasyon at sa Pagpapalaganap ng Muslim Ban

Los Angeles –-Kami ay mga manggagawa, kabataan, estudyante, aktibista, iskolar, dalubhasa at makabayang Pilipino/a/x. Magkakaiba kami ng kasarian, pananampalataya at kakayahan. Kami ay kinatawan ng iba’t ibang organisasyon, ngunit kami ay isa-isang lubusang nababahala.

Kami ay nagkakaisang tumututol sa sakdal na balakin ni Trump at ng kanyang mga kroni. Ang mabilis na pagpapatupad ng kanyang mga atas tagapagpaganap o executive orders ay mapangambang gunitain ng madilim na paghaharing militar ng pasistang diktadurang Marcos.

Ngayon, tulad noon, buong tapang namin itong haharapin sa pamamagitan ng pagbuo ng kumprehensibong estratehiya, pagbabalangkas ng malawak na alyansa, at pagsasamantala ng bawat pagkakataon upang maghimagsik. Hindi kami mag-aalsa laban sa isa’t-isa base sa aming pagiging ‘mabuti’ o ‘masamang’ mga imigrante, kriminal o modelong mamamayan, o batay sa pagkakaroon o kawalan namin ng ligal na dokumentasyon.

Sa kabila ng kaginhawaang nararamdaman ng ilan sa amin—sa ngayon—dahil hindi kami sangkot ng Muslim Ban, hindi namin, at hindi kailanman namin, pababayaan ang mga Muslim naming kapatid. Gayon din, matapos ang mga nakaraang pangkaramihang pagdakip ng mga imigranteng walang ligal na dokumentasyon sa buong bansa gawa ng mga opisyal ng Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), tayo ay pinapaalalahanan na ang mga imigranteng walang ligal na dokumentasyon, lakip man sila ng Muslim Ban o hindi, ay hindi kalianman naging ligtas.

Pagkakaisa ng mga Pilipino/a/x

Ang puwang sa pagitan ng Muslim at Kristiyano ay isang konsepto na dulot ng kolonisasyon para sadyang sirain ang aming mga ranggo at paghiwalayin ang aming mga komunidad. Ayon sa kasaysayan, ginamit ng mga kolonista (Espanya at Estados Unidos) ang Kristiyanismo at ang pangangailangan naming maging ‘sibilisado’ para pagsamantalahan ang mga tao at likas na yaman ng Pilipinas.

Tinuro sa mga Pilipinong Kristiyano na sila ay higit na mataas sa mga Pilipinong Muslim; ang pag-aalsa ng mga tao laban sa isa’t isa ay dulot nito. Tinatanggihan namin ang patuloy na pagtatangka upang kami ay hatiin at lupigin. Ang posibilidad ng ban laban sa mga Pilipino mula sa dakong timog ng Pilipinas o Southern Philippines ay pagsalakay sa lahat ng Pilipino. Hindi kami mapaghihiwa-hiwalay.

Ang mga ulat na kabilang ang Southern Philippines sa bulisik at racist na Muslim ban ay hindi nakapagtataka. Hindi kami ligtas; datapwa’t, kami’y may pangamba sa masamang posibilidad na kahihinatnan ng mga Pilipino. Matagal nang pinagkukutyaan ng Estados Unidos ang mga Pilipinong Muslim mula sa katimugang pulo ng Mindanao. Ang Mindanao ay naging tudlaan ng pananakop militar at mga pambobomba ng Estados Unidos mula pa ng pagpapahayag ni George W. Bush ng War on Terror. Ang panananggalang ng Pilipinong Muslim mula sa Southern Philippines laban sa kolonisasyon, ang kanilang patuloy na pagtutol sa pangangamkam ng lupa ng mga korporasyon ng pagmimina at agrikultura mula sa Estados Unidos, at ang pagkakaisa nila sa mga progresibo sa buong kapuluan ay nagbabanta sa dominasyon ng Estados Unidos sa Pilipinas—at bilang karugtong, ang dominasyon ng Estados Unidos sa Pasipiko. Nakikita namin ang kanilang nanganganinag na pagwasak at pagwawalang-bahala sa kapakanan ng aming mga mamamayan. Ipagtatanggol namin an gaming karapatan para sa lupa at buhay.

Hindi din nakakagulat ang banta ng pamahalaan na hanggang 300,000 Pilipino ay sapilitang pababalikin sa Pilipinas. Ang pagsasamantalang ito ay makikita sa kasaysayan ng mga Pilipino, mula sa kolonisasyon ng Estados Unidos, ulat ng anti-miscegenation—ang pagbabawal ng paghahalo ng mga lahi—noong 1930, sa detensyon ng 261 Pilipino sa Angel Island noong 1934 (http://fanhs-national.org/…/what-filipinao-american-histor…/), sa pagsasamantala ng mga magsasaka at mga trabahador sa pabrika, sa pagmamaltrato at hindi pagkilala ng mga Pilipinong beterano ng Pangalawang Digmaang Pandaigdig, at sa labor at sex trafficking ng mga mandarayuhan manggagawang Pilipino ngayon. Laging ninanais ng Estados Uninos ang paghihirap ng mga Pilipinong manggagawa para sa kanilang kapakinabangan, habang kanilang pinagtatapakan ang dignidad at soberanya ng mga Pilipino.

Pakikiisa sa Aming mga Kamag-Anak na Lahing Itim at Kayumanggi

Hindi din kami hihiwalay mula sa aming mga kapatid na lahing Itim at Kayumanggi. Nang walang pagaalinlangan at walang kumpromiso, ipinaaabot namin ang aming pakiki-isa sa aming mga kapatid na Muslim mula sa Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, at Yemen—at sa lahat ng mga Muslim na nasa sentro ng interes nitong pasistang administrasyon. Alam namin na ang mga bansang ito ay pito sa mga bansang kabilang sa mga dinigma at sinakop ng Estados Unidos.

Matapos ang ilang dekada ng airstrikes, pambobomba, sanctions o tadhanang parusa, at iba pang mga instrumento ng imperyalista, itong Muslim Ban ay isa sa pinakabagong karahasan sa soberanya at dignidad ng mga Muslim sa lahat ng dako. Alam naming na habang pinagtatalunan ang travel ban na ito sa hukuman, and rehimen ng Israel na sinusuportahan ng Estados Unidos ay naghayag ng bagong kasunduan sa West Bank na magbibigay ng karagdagang karahasan sa mga mamamayan ng Palestina.

Alam namin na ang atas ni Trump ay lumalang ng hindi nararapat na panganib, pagod, at paghihirap sa katawan, lalo na sa mga may kapansanan at talamak na karamdaman, na ang espesyal na pangangailangan ay hindi maaaring matugunan sa mahabang oras ng pagkakakulong at maaaring hindi matugunan sa kani-kanilang bansa kung sila ay sapilitang pababalikin. Higit pa rito, malaking banta ang hinaharap ng mga taong may kapansan, mga babae, transgender at transekswal sa mga kamay ng tsowinista at marahas pagpapatupad ng batas.

Nang walang pagaalinlangan at walang kumpromiso, ipinaaabot namin ang ang aming pakiki-isa sa aming mga kapatid na lahing Itim, na humaharap ng mas malaking panganib ng karahasan na pinagpapatibay ng estado sa pamamagitan ng pulis at pagmamatyag, sa pamamagitan ng masang pagbibilanggo at mga detensyon. Ayon sa ulat ng Black Alliance for Just Immigration, mas madalas humarap ng deportasyon ang mga lahing Itim na imigrante dahil sa kriminal na hatol kung ikukumpara sa mga imigrante mula sa ibang rehiyon, at bagkos madalas silang panatilihin sa detensyon habang nakabinbin ang kanilang mga kaso. Ang diin ni Trump sa “batas at kaayusan” ay pagpapakita ng masamang adhikain laban sa mga lahing Itim. Sa kabila nito, kami ay mananatiling nagdemanda na ang lahat ng buhay ng mga kapatid naming lahing Itim ay mahalaga sa amin: Itim na Muslim, Itim na imigrante, Itim na transgender at transekswal, Itim na may kapansanan, Itim na babae.

Nang walang pagaalinlangan at walang kumpromiso, ipinaaabot namin ang aming pakiki-isa sa Sioux Nation na patuloy na humaharap ng paghamon upang ipagtanggol ang tubig at lupa ng kanilang mga ninuno sa Standing Rock. Nakiki-isa kami sa lahat ng mamamayan ng mga katutubong komunidad. Ang kanilang laban ay naghahayag sa pagpaimbabaw ng mga ban at border sa ninakaw na lupa. Sa loob ng ilang siglo, ang mga katutubong tao ay nagmalas ng labis na karahasan sa kamay ng gubyerno ng Estados Unidos.

Gayon man, hindi sila kailanman sumuko sa paglingap ng kanilang lupa, tubig, at kultura. Gayon din, pinagwiwikaan namin ang kasakiman ng mga korporasyon at ang paninira sa kalikasan na dulot ng U.S. Bureau of Land Management at kanilang pagbenta ng ninakaw na sagradong lupa para lamang sa pagtataladro o drilling.

Nang walang pagaalinlangan at walang kumpromiso, ipinaaabot namin ang aming pakiki-isa sa aming mga kapatid na Latino/a/x. Sapilitan nilang iniwan ang kanilang tinubuang-bayan dahil sa matinding pangangailangang pang-ekonomiya at pampulitikang karahasan, para lamang harapin ang posibilidad ng lumalalang militarisasyon at detensyon sa border.

Ang border wall ay isang ehemplo ng pagmamataas ng Estados Unidos at isang mabigat na insulto sa mga taong nagtaguyod sa bansang ito. Kinikilala namin ang pibotal na papel ng pamahalaan ng Estados Unidos sa paglikha at pagkasira ng ekonomiya at panlipunang imprastraktura ng mga katutubong bansa ng mga imigrante sa pamamagitan ng mga patakaran tulad ng NAFTA at CAFTA, na nagpapahintulot sa mga korporasyon ng Estados Unidos na magtambak ng mais at iba pang mga produktong agrikultura sa Mexico at Central America. Dahil dito, ang mga pamilyang mambubukid ay napipilitang lisanin ang kanilang mga lupain kung hindi nila kayang makipagkumpetensya. Iniulat ng mga organisasyon para sa kababaihan at mga karapatang pantao sa Mexico, Guatemala, at Honduras, ang malinaw na ugnayan sa pagitan ng karahasan laban sa kababaihan at pampublikong paggasta ng foreign aid mula sa Estados Unidos para sa seguridad at counter narcotics programs. Sa ibang salita, nandito sila—ang mga panganib sa seguridad ng mga mamamayan —dahil nandoon din ang imperyalismo ng Estados Unidos.

Tawag sa Pagkilos

Pinapanawagan namin ang lahat ng nababahalang Pilipino/a/x upang makipagkaisa sa mga kapatid naming lubhang napipighati, sa pamamagitan ng mga sumusunod na pangkalahatang paninindigan at pagkilos:

Patuloy na pag-oorganisa at pagpapalakas ng mga hanay ng lahat at iba’t ibang apektadong sektor ng komunidad.
Pagtataguyod ng isang lipunang nakasalalay sa tayunang respeto, pakikipagtulungan, pagpapalaya, at pagpapaunlad ng mabuting pagsasamahan batay sa pangangalaga ng dignidad at karapatang pantao, at sariling kapasyahan.

Pagtatanggol at pangangalaga ng payak na karapatan na napanalunan sa pamamagitan ng pag-oorganisa at pakikibaka ng mga mamamayan para sa dignidad ng tao (DACA, benepisyo ng imigrasyon para sa mga refugee at mga nakaligtas sa trafficking, family reunification, at karapatang makakuha ng benepisyo sa pamamagitan ng sama-samang tawaran).

Gumawa ng isang makatao at patas na repormang pang-imigrasyon na kumikilala sa karapatan at dignidad ng lahat ng tao. Kabilang dito ang: daan patungo sa legalisasyon, tigilan ng militarisasyon ng lahat ng mga border, protektahan at itaguyod karapatan ng mga manggagawa, pahabain ang serbisyo at benepisyo sa mga taong sapilitang nangibang-bansa dahil sa mga digmaan, pagkawasak ng kalikasan, at kawalan ng kapanatagan sa ekonomiya.

Tigilan ang militarisasyon ng mga borders! Walang ban, walang wall!

Tapusin ang mga deportasyon at detensyon!
Refugees are welcome here! Ang mga refugee ay pinahihintulutang manirahan dito!

All Black Lives Matter! Mahalaga sa amin ang lahat ng buhay ng mga lahing Itim!

No to U.S. war and occupation!

Ayaw namin sa digmaan at pananakop ng Estados Unidos!

No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA!

Hindi kay Trump, hindi sa KKK, hindi sa pasistang USA!

Statement Written and Edited by / Isinulat at inedit nila:
Kim Baglieri ,Ana Liza Caballes,Karen Hanna,Cecilia Lim
at Leah Obias

Translation by / Isinalin sa Tagalog ni:
Sarah Mae Belinda Olivares-Cunanan

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Organizational Endorsements (list in progress) / Mga Sumusuportang Organisasyon:

AF3IRM
DAMAYAN Migrant Workers Association
Filipino American Democratic Club of New York
Justice for Filipino American Veterans – San Francisco
Kabataang maka-Bayan or KmB / Pro-People Youth, Los Angeles
Raised Pinay
Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro)
The Journey of a Brown Girl
Ugnayan Youth for Justice and Social Change

Individual Endorsements (list in progress) / Mga Sumusuportang Indibidwal:

Paulina Abustan
Noel Aglubat
Jill Aguado
Levi Aliposa, CircaPintig
Desireena Almoradie, Almoradie Media LLC
Leani Auxilio, AF3IRM- NYC
Marie Avetria
Camilla Bacolod, Ugnayan Youth For Justice and Social Change
Kim Baglieri
Ana Liza Caballes, Ugnayan Youth For Justice and Social Change
Olivia Canlas
Sandra Chan
Johanna Chang
Katrina Cortes, Anakbayan NY
Lorial Crowder
Nico Dacumos
E.J.R. David, Alaskero
Aries Dela Cruz, President, Filipino Democratic Club of New York
Marisa Diaz
Chevy Evangelista, Former Chair of Ugnayan
Rebmevon Flandez
Justine Fonte, Raised Pinay
Eddy M. Gana, Chair, Kabataang maka-Bayan or KmB / Pro-People Youth, Los Angeles
Arturo Garcia, Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), Alliance-Philippines
Mary Rose Go
Maria Gonzales
Karen Hanna, University of California, Santa Barbara
Mary Rose Isaguirre, Ugnayan Youth For Justice and Social Change
Mai-Len Kennedy, Ugnayan Youth For Justice and Social Change
Evelyn Landow
Maria Cruz Lee, MCL & Co
Cecilia Lim, Ugnayan Youth for Justice and Social Change
Athena Magno, Ugnayan Youth For Justice and Social Change
Angela Mascarenas, CIRCA-Pintig
Isi Miranda, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Lily Mendoza, Center for Babaylan Studies
Kevin Nadal, Asian American Psychological Association
Melissa-Ann Nievera-Lozano, De Anza College, San Francisco State University
Linda Oalican, DAMAYAN Migrant Workers Association
Leah Obias
Anthony Ocampo, Cal Poly Pomona
Kathlyn Oco, APIs for Black Lives Boston, MGH Institute of Health Professions
Sarah Mae Olivar
J Orpilla, MsJProductions
Ago Pedalizo, Justice for Filipino American Veterans – San Francisco
Christine Peralta, University of Illinois
Veronica Porter
Ivy Quicho, Chair, AF3IRM
Steven Raga
Christopher Ramos, Duke University
Melissa Reburiano, United Neighborhood Houses of NY
Robyn Rodriguez, Asian American Studies, UC Davis
Stephanie Sajor, KmB / Pro-People Youth, Los Angeles
Mark Sanchez, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Nenita Sta. Ana
Victor Sta. Ana
Jana Lynne Umipig, The Journey of a Brown Girl
Diane Valencia
Ed Vergara, Committee For Philippine Issues, Chicago
Iris Zalun, Chairperson, Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro)

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Indivisible: Unity Statement Among Filipinos/as/xs of Conscience On the Immigration Executive Order and the Muslim Ban

FAI NEWS
February 21, 2017

Indivisible: Unity Statement Among Filipinos/as/xs of Conscience On the Immigration Executive Order and the Muslim Ban

Los Angeles –We are workers, youth, students, activists, scholars, and artists of Filipino descent and of conscience. We vary in gender, faith and ability. We are in organizations and we are concerned individuals.

We join together to vehemently oppose the fascism and the extremist agenda of Trump and his white supremacist, corporate cronies. The consolidation of power and the authoritarian swiftness of Trump’s executive orders recall for us the dark shadow of the Marcos dictatorship. Now, as then, we are called upon to summon our courage, strategize, form broad alliances, and seize every opportunity to resist. We will not be pitted against each other as “good” or “bad” immigrants, criminals or model citizens, without or with legal documentation. While some in our community breathe relief about Filipinos – for now – not being added to the Muslim ban, we never have, and never will, throw our Muslim brothers and sisters under the bus. Furthermore, given the recent mass arrests of undocumented people across the nation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, we bear the harsh reminder that those undocumented, regardless of their presence on the Muslim ban list, have never been safe.

Unity Among Filipinos

Division in our community between Muslims and Christians is a construct of colonization in order to break our ranks and separate our communities. Historically, colonizers (Spain, U.S.) used Christianity and the need to “civilize” as an excuse to exploit the people and natural resources of the Philippines. Christian Filipinos were taught they were superior to Muslim Filipinos, and effectively pitted against each other. We reject this continued attempt to divide and conquer us. We viewed the prospect of a ban of Filipinos from the “Southern Philippines” as an attack on all of us. We view the deportation of undocumented Filipinos as an attack on all of us. We will not be divided.

Reports of including the “Southern Philippines” in the vile and racist Muslim ban came as no surprise. We do not view ourselves as “safe” from this possibility in the future. The U.S. has long treated Muslim Filipinos from the Southern island of Mindanao with contempt. Mindanao has been the target of U.S. military occupation and bombings since the so-called War on Terror declared by George W. Bush. The Muslim resistance to U.S. colonization, continued resistance against land grabbing by U.S. mining and agricultural corporations, and the unity of Muslims in the South with progressives throughout the archipelago threatens U.S. domination in the Philippines – and by extension, U.S. domination in the Pacific. We see through the blatant destruction and disregard of our people’s well-being. We will defend our right to land and life.

The threat of this administration deporting up to 300,000 Filipinos is not surprising, either. This act of hostility can be traced back to U.S. colonization, to anti-miscegenation in the 1930s, to the detainment and detention of 261 Filipinos on Angel Island in 1934 (http://fanhs-national.org/…/what-filipinao-american-histor…/), to the exploitation of Filipino farmworkers and cannery workers, to the mistreatment and lack of recognition for Filipino World War II veterans, and to the labor and sex trafficking of Filipino migrant workers today. The U.S. has always wanted Filipinos’ backs and hands to labor for them while trampling on Filipino dignity and sovereignty.

Unity With Our Black and Brown Relatives

We will not be divided from our Black and brown brothers and sisters either. Without question and without compromise, we extend solidarity to our Muslim brothers and sisters from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – and indeed all Muslims who are in the crosshairs of this fascist administration. We are aware that these seven countries are sites of U.S. war and occupation – that after decades of devastating airstrikes, bombs, sanctions and other imperialist tools, this Muslim ban is the latest act of violence upon the sovereignty and dignity of Muslim people everywhere. We are aware that as this travel ban is debated in the courts, the U.S.-backed Israeli regime announced a new settlement in the West Bank, inflicting further violence upon the Palestinian people.

We are aware that Trump’s orders have already created undue risk, stress, and hardship on bodies, particularly those disabled and chronically ill, whose special needs cannot possibly be met during long hours of detainment and may go unprovided for in the country where they are deported. Disabled, women’s, Queer and trans bodies too face greater threat at the hands of chauvinist and violent law enforcement.

Without question and without compromise, we extend solidarity to our Black brothers and sisters who face greater risk of state-sanctioned violence through police and surveillance, through mass incarceration and detentions. A report from the Black Alliance for Just Immigration shows that Black immigrants are twice as likely to face deportation due to a criminal conviction compared with immigrants from other regions, and more than three times as likely to be detained while their cases are pending. We view Trump’s emphasis on “law and order” as fundamentally and virulently anti-Black. In the face of jeering white supremacists, we continue to demand that All Black Lives Matter: Black Muslims, Black immigrants, Black transpeople, Black disabled folks, Black women.

Without question and without compromise, we extend solidarity to the Sioux Nation facing down water cannons, teargas, and hired goons to defend water and ancestral land at Standing Rock. We extend solidarity to all Native communities whose resistance lays bare the hypocrisy of bans and walls on stolen land. For centuries, Native people have resisted and survived genocidal violence at the hands of the US government. Yet they have never surrendered the struggle to protect land, water, and their culture. Further, we denounce the corporate greed and destruction to Mother Earth inherent in the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s selling of sacred stolen land for drilling purposes.

Without question and without compromise, we extend solidarity to our Latino/a/x brothers and sisters who are forced to leave their homelands due to economic and political violence, only to be confronted with the prospect of increased militarization and detentions at the border. The border wall is the epitome of arrogance, a heinous insult to people who built this country. We recognize that the U.S. government has played a pivotal role in the creation and deterioration of the economies and social infrastructures of these migrants’ native countries via policies like NAFTA and CAFTA, allowing U.S. corporations to dump corn and other agricultural products into Mexico and Central America, forcing rural families off their land when they cannot compete. Women’s and human rights organizations in Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras, for example, have reported a clear correlation between violence against women and public expenditures of U.S. foreign aid for security and counter narcotics programs. In other words, they are here because U.S. imperialism is there.

A Call to Action

We call on all Filipinos/as/xs of conscience to align themselves in solidarity with Muslims and all oppressed peoples.

Organize and build communities of interdependence and intersectionality.

Transform our society based on principles of mutual support, mutual cooperation, bound liberation, and building social relationships based on human rights, human dignity and sovereignty.

Defend and protect basic rights that have been won through organizing and people’s struggles for human dignity (DACA, immigration benefits to refugees and trafficking survivors, family reunification, collective bargaining rights).

Create a humane, just immigration reform that recognizes the rights and dignity of people. This includes: path to legalization, demilitarize all borders, protect and uphold workers rights, extend services and benefits to those who have been forced to migrate due to wars, environmental destruction and economic insecurity.

Demilitarize all borders! No ban no wall!
End deportations and detentions!
Refugees are welcome here!
All Black Lives Matter!
No to U.S. war and occupation!
No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA!

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Organizational Endorsements (list in progress) / Mga Sumusuportang Organisasyon:

AF3IRM
DAMAYAN Migrant Workers Association
Filipino American Democratic Club of New York
Justice for Filipino American Veterans – San Francisco
Kabataang maka-Bayan or KmB / Pro-People Youth, Los Angeles
Raised Pinay
Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro)
The Journey of a Brown Girl
Ugnayan Youth for Justice and Social Change

Individual Endorsements (list in progress) / Mga Sumusuportang Indibidwal:

Paulina Abustan
Noel Aglubat
Jill Aguado
Levi Aliposa, CircaPintig
Desireena Almoradie, Almoradie Media LLC
Leani Auxilio, AF3IRM- NYC
Marie Avetria
Camilla Bacolod, Ugnayan Youth For Justice and Social Change
Kim Baglieri
Ana Liza Caballes, Ugnayan Youth For Justice and Social Change
Olivia Canlas
Sandra Chan
Johanna Chang
Katrina Cortes, Anakbayan NY
Lorial Crowder
Nico Dacumos
E.J.R. David, Alaskero
Aries Dela Cruz, President, Filipino Democratic Club of New York
Marisa Diaz
Chevy Evangelista, Former Chair of Ugnayan
Rebmevon Flandez
Justine Fonte, Raised Pinay
Eddy M. Gana, Chair, Kabataang maka-Bayan or KmB / Pro-People Youth, Los Angeles
Arturo Garcia, Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), Alliance-Philippines
Mary Rose Go
Maria Gonzales
Karen Hanna, University of California, Santa Barbara
Mary Rose Isaguirre, Ugnayan Youth For Justice and Social Change
Mai-Len Kennedy, Ugnayan Youth For Justice and Social Change
Evelyn Landow
Maria Cruz Lee, MCL & Co
Cecilia Lim, Ugnayan Youth for Justice and Social Change
Athena Magno, Ugnayan Youth For Justice and Social Change
Angela Mascarenas, CIRCA-Pintig
Isi Miranda, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Lily Mendoza, Center for Babaylan Studies
Kevin Nadal, Asian American Psychological Association
Melissa-Ann Nievera-Lozano, De Anza College, San Francisco State University
Linda Oalican, DAMAYAN Migrant Workers Association
Leah Obias
Anthony Ocampo, Cal Poly Pomona
Kathlyn Oco, APIs for Black Lives Boston, MGH Institute of Health Professions
Sarah Mae Olivar
J Orpilla, MsJProductions
Ago Pedalizo, Justice for Filipino American Veterans – San Francisco
Christine Peralta, University of Illinois
Veronica Porter
Ivy Quicho, Chair, AF3IRM
Steven Raga
Christopher Ramos, Duke University
Melissa Reburiano, United Neighborhood Houses of NY
Robyn Rodriguez, Asian American Studies, UC Davis
Stephanie Sajor, KmB / Pro-People Youth, Los Angeles
Mark Sanchez, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Nenita Sta. Ana
Victor Sta. Ana
Jana Lynne Umipig, The Journey of a Brown Girl
Diane Valencia
Ed Vergara, Committee For Philippine Issues, Chicago
Iris Zalun, Chairperson, Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro)

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PEOPLE’S POWER REVOLUTION REMEMBERED, FEBRUARY 25 AT 4PM AT PWC

For Immediate Release
People and the Power of Resistance Committee
February 21, 2017

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Los Angeles– “Never Forget,” No To The Resurgence of Martial Law.

The People and the Power of Resistance Committee invites the public to a commemoration of the 31st anniversary of the People Power Revolution in the Philippines, on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 4:00 PM at the Pilipino Workers Center, 153 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026.

From February 22 – 25, 1986, more than 4 million Filipino people came together in front of the military and police headquarters at Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) and successfully overthrew the US-Marcos dictatorship in a peaceful people’s uprising, now known worldwide as the People’s Power Revolution.

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This commemorative event is sponsored by individuals who were active in the anti-martial law movement (1972-1986), as well as organizations including the following:

Pilipino Workers Center (PWC), Filipino American Human Rights Alliance-Los Angeles (FAHRA-LA).

Kabataang maka-Bayan(KmB) Pro People Youth, AF3IRM , Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) and the Knights of Rizal-Historic Filipinotown Chapter.

Speakers

Confirmed speakers include Susan Quimpo (via Skype), co-author of the book “Subversive Lives” as well as Dr. Enrique de la Cruz, Eddy Gana & Stephanie Sajor of KmB, Art Garcia of FAHRA-LA, Jaime Geaga of Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP), Aquilina Soriano of PWC and other invited guest speakers.

The event is free and refreshments will be served but an RSVP is encouraged so we can have enough seats and food for everyone. Visit the Facebook page People and the Power of Resistance to let us know if you are planning on attending.

For more information please contact PWC at (213) 250-4553 and Art Garcia@(213)318-9065 or visit our website at www.jfavusa.org

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THOUSANDS MARCH IN MANILA VS PDU30’S WAR ON DRUGS

FAI NEWS
February 18, 2017

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Report by Arturo P. Garcia,
FAI LA Bureau Chief

Los Angeles– NO TO EJK. NO TO DEATH PENALTY

The FAI NEWS learned today that thousands of Catholics have gathered in Manila, Philippine capital in a “show of force” to protest extrajudicial killings being carried out under the banner of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

February 17 is the 145th Anniversary of the martyrdom of the GOMBURZA, the three Filipino priest who were executed by the Spanish colonial authorities for espousing reforms in the Philippines on February 17, 1871.

The GOMBURZA was immortalized by Dr.Jose Rizal when he dedicated his book,”Noli Me Tangere” for the three pries martyrs. The Katipunan even used GOMBURZA as their password.

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According to AL JAZEERA, ” The rally, dubbed the “Walk for Life”, was attended by 20,000 people, organisers said. Manila police estimated the crowd at 10,000.

At the biggest rally yet against the killings, members of one of the nation’s oldest and most powerful institutions prayed and sang hymns as they marched before dawn on Saturday, to condemn a “spreading culture of violence”.

More than 7,000 people have died since Duterte took office almost eight months ago and ordered an unprecedented crime war that has drawn global criticism for alleged human rights abuses.

“We have to stand up. Somehow this is already a show of force by the faithful that they don’t like these extrajudicial killings,” Manila bishop Broderick Pabillo told AFP news agency before addressing the crowd.”I am alarmed and angry at what’s happening because this is something that is regressive. It does not show our humanity.”

March Against Death Penalty

The demonstrators also condemned legislation restoring the death penalty for drug-related crimes and other offences.

Duterte, 71, has attacked the Church as being “full of sh*t” and “the most hypocritical institution” for speaking out against a campaign that he says would save generations of Filipinos from the drug menace. About 80 percent of the 100 million Filipinos are Catholic.

The Church helped lead the revolution that toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986 and a 2001 uprising against then-president Joseph Estrada that saw him ousted over corruption charges.

The Church had initially declined to voice opposition publicly to Duterte’s drug war but, as the death toll of mostly-poor mounted, it started late last year to call for the killings to end.

Culture of Violence

“It is obvious that there is a spreading culture of violence. It is saddening to see, sometimes it drives me to tears how violent words seem so natural and ordinary,” said Manila Cardinal Luis Tagle, the country’s highest-ranking Church official.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had called on the faithful to gather before dawn at the Quirino Grandstand, in the same venue where Duterte held a huge pre-election rally in 2016.

“Why dawn? It’s because it is during these hours that we find bodies on the streets or near trash cans. Dawn, which is supposed to be the hour of a new start, is becoming an hour of tears and fears,” Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the bishops’ conference, told the crowd.

Senator De Lima in the Rally

Among those who attended Saturday’s event was Senator Leila de Lima, a former human rights commissioner who is one of Duterte’s most vocal opponents.

The government on Friday filed charges against her for allegedly running a drug trafficking ring inside the country’s largest prison when she was justice secretary in the previous administration.

De Lima, who has denied the charges, said she attended the event as a show of solidarity. The Filipino-American community groups like FAHRA-USA and Alliance-Philippines protests the eminent arrest and jailing of Senator De Lima

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JAPAN AS ASIA’S SUPERPOWER BY 2040? ( Last Part )

KOMUNIDAD
February 18, 2017

JAPAN AS ASIA’S SUPERPOWER BY 2040? ( Last Part )

By Arturo P. Garcia

According to Friedman and Shapiro, ” At first glance, Japan seems to imply a similar level of wealth concentration in certain regions. Like China, Japan is informally divided into regions and sometimes reports data at the regional level.

Japan’s advantage Unlike China, Japan’s wealth is spread much more evenly among its population. On the simplest level, this is easier to accomplish with a population of 127.3 million than with a population of 1.3 billion.

1. But this is not strictly about size. What holds China back is the diversity that results from its size.Japan does not have to deal with the type of coastal-versus-interior diversity that China does.

In the China example, almost every coastal province could be compared with an interior province and a similar gulf would exist. In Japan, only Tokyo is significantly above the mean per capita income of 3.1 million yen for the entire country, and that is due, in part, to the higher cost of living in the city.

But this is not strictly about size. What holds China back is the diversity that results from its size.Japan does not have to deal with the type of coastal-versus-interior diversity that China does.”

The problem with this exposition is that the writer assumed that this problem has never been solved by China. They forgot that China has took steps and for the last 70 years, China has remedied the problem.

Not entirely solved but has bridge the gap between coastal areas and the interior.As if the two writers still lived in the 21st and Mao and the Chinese communist has not been liberated China. Their viewpoint of the two analyst are at best very myopic.

2. Again, the two pointed out, ” Japan’s greatest challenge and Japan’s great weakness is its dependence on imports for food and raw materials. The country’s total food self-sufficiency ratio based on calorie supply was just 39% in 2015. Based on production value, it was just 66%.”

Yes, but the writers forget that Japan has to go to war to seek colonies and wage wars. First i 1905 against Russia to grab Korea. But even before that Japan fought the Sino-Japanese War in order to grab Macau and Formosa (Taiwan) from China from this war that Japan won against China.

Japan joined the allies during the World War I to gain the Germany’s Shantung Peninsula and ganged up with the Axis Power in World War II to gain his own colonies in the Pacific in World War II from 1937-1945.

Thus Japan gained most of China Thailand, Burma, Indochina, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaya, Singapore and the islands near Australia only to be turned back and occupied after World War II.

It was just a blessing in disguise that the long term planning of US Imperialism is to use Japan as a base for its expansion in the Asian mainland. It’s only foothold in South Korea and later Vietnam that the US lost after a 30-year war.

The question is, why is Japan expanding towards Africa and have joined ASEAN? The simple answer is resources and raw materials.

Japan will never be self-sufficient like China which has people and resources. That is the sad truth the two writers want to hide.

3. ” Japan relies almost entirely on imports for staples like wheat, barley, corn, and soy.”

This is the reason Japan imports a lot of grain from the United States and the European union (EU). That is why in the 199’s Japan has to accept the bitter pill of being the US dumping ground for US tobacco and other agricultural products like rice and corn.

How can a country dependent on food import sustain its population and aspire to go to war. Yes, it has to go to war for resources just like it did during World War II.

4. Energy is another example of this dependence on imports. One of the main reasons Japan entered World War II was to protect its access to oil.

But even the authors admit, “Today, Japan is still reliant on foreign sources of energy. Even before the Fukushima nuclear reactor accident in 2011, Japan relied on foreign sources for close to 80% of its energy supply. Since 2012, that number has risen to almost 91% (according to the US Energy Information Administration).”

5. The authors even argue” Some will argue that Japan’s bigger problem is demographics. It is true that Japan has a rapidly aging population. But so does China. Most European countries also face this issue.”

The authors answered their own questions, ” But Japan has options. Japan is one of the top investors in the world in artificial intelligence research, automation, and robotics technology to maintain productivity.

And while Japanese society is homogeneous and relatively unfriendly to outsiders, desperate circumstances could call for desperate measures and necessitate changing policies on immigration.

The broader Asia-Pacific region also offers opportunities for Japan to find workers to address this problem.”

6.In their final comparison Friedman and Shapiro said, ” Japan is the 62nd-largest country in terms of area. It is the 11th largest in terms of population. But neither of these facts disqualifies Japan from rising as a regional power.”

The rationalize, ” Unlike China, Japan has no land-based enemies — it is an island nation. Unlike China, the Japanese government has no concern about its ability to impose its writ throughout the entire country.

Nor does it have to deal with a huge gulf in wealth disparity between regions. Japan has also managed a transition from a high-growth economy to a low-growth economy without revolution.

Japan’s weaknesses have manifested in the development of a strong navy able to guard maritime supply lines. It has also cultivated a tight alliance with a country that will guard those supply lines, the US.

To be clear, China is still a very powerful country relative to most in the world. As such, much of our writing remains focused on understanding how economic problems in China are manifesting in political challenges.

7. In conclusion, Freidman and Shapiro argued, “For now, Japan is less dynamic and important — though it will become more so — and our writing on Japan will increase as it becomes the leading power in the Asia Pacific.”

But let us grant their reasons were right. Japan as an island, like Britain has it’s weakness as well as advantages. Britain flourished when it was with the European Common Market (EEC) or the EU. But now after the BREXIT, their future is gloom.

But the two authors forget that it is US imperlalism that gives Japan a new lease of life and accepted it as a part of their exclusive imperialist club is already in decline.

While the west was deeply embroiled in the quagmire called the Vietnam War, Japan has the time to shine and improved its capitalist economy. That is why it became better in technology and modern improvisation. But once the Vietnam War ended, its crisis began again.

To take its role in the center stage of the world economy is problematic. To be the leading regional Asian power by 2040, I doubt it. China will be its most bitter regional enemy. And don’t discount the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

This is a most interesting chapter in the world stage I am very eager to watch.

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