Daily Archives: February 18, 2017


For Immediate Release
JFAV Statement on 71st Year of the Rescission Act of 1946
February 18, 2017
Los Angeles–” The worst betrayal is of a friend or an ally who you trusted and fought with against your enemies.”– Faustino ” Mang Peping” Baclig, founder, JFAV-USA
Six months before the US granted the Philippines its nominal independence on July 4, 1946. the 79th US Congress passed a rider in the US budget law that became known as the infamous rescission act on February 18, 1946.
The law disenfranchised more than 250,000 recognized Filipino-American Veterans out of the more than 526 ,000 Filipino soldiers who fought in different army and guerilla units who were recognized under the United States forces in the Philippines and the Pacific Theater of War.
This is the simple solution of the US Congress to save money and at the time,an example of systemic racism in the United States as exemplified by a law passed by its legislative branch. More than 71 years after, this injustice has not been corrected as the remaining 18,000 Filipino American veterans remained unrecognized as American Veterans.
Fight In All Arenas of StruggleJFAV:KmB.Ugnayan Lobbyist in the US Capitol, February 28-March 2, 2016
The JFAV has fought in all arenas of struggle including the judicial branch. We fought up to the Supreme Court. We reached up to the 9th Circuit of the Court Of Appeals just to be frustrated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) using an old law- the Insular act of 1903 that ruled that ” people of american colonies cannot be American citizens because they are uncivilized.”
The same Justice Brown of the Supreme Court of the United States penned the law “Separate but equal” in the 1800’s and was overturned by the Brown vs.Education , 1954.
And yet the Insular Act of 1903 remained until now. This the precedent why the injustice against the Filipinos are enshrined in the racist laws that are still in the place up to now.
Fight for Equity and Justice70 YEARS OF THE UNJUST RESCISSION ACT OF 1946
Thus today, on the 71st year of the Rescission Act of 1946 we in JFAV will contionue to fight for the memory and pay tribute to the heroism of our veterans and our people who sacrificed so much during World II.
We will not rest until this injustice be addressed and wrongs be corrected. No matter how hard, no matter hw long, we will not rest until we win this struggle.
We reaffirm our faith in the struggle and promise as we dedicate ourselves to continue to fight his injustice. “injustice must not prevail!
Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV)
Arturo P. Garcia
National Coordinator
February 18, 2017
Los Angeles, Ca


February 17, 201

JAPAN VS CHINA AS ASIA’S LEADING POWER BY 2040?abe-speaking-trump0

By Arturo P. Garcia

” By 2040, Japan will rise as East Asia’s leading power., not China. This is one of our most controversial forecasts at Geopolitical Futures.”

But for me, it wrong for Friedman and Shapiro to compare Japan and China on this basis alone, ” A good place to start is a broad comparison of the structure of China’s and Japan’s economies (the second- and third-largest economies in the world).” They said.

But this analysis alone will not reveal strengths and weaknesses for both and will bring our forecast into sharper relief.And so i will began my discourse.

1. While it is true that China’s economic weaknesses that ” coastal Eastern Region accounts for more than half of all economic activity in China. The Central and Western regions each produce about 20% of China’s economic wealth. But let’s take a closer look.”.

This has been the problem of China for the last 70 years.Mao pointed this problem out in his thesis “The Ten Major Relationships.” He explained that the problem in the relationship between the industry in the coastal area and the industry in the interior is a major problem China has to hurdle.

But Friedman and Shapiro did not say is that China actually has done a lot to solve this problem.Instead they tried to magnify it. They themselves has mentioned the data in their analysis. But as Mao said, ” China’s strength is is people and geography.”

As Mao said,” China is a big country. When it is dark in the east, the sun shines brightly in the west.”20160402_LDD001_facebook

2. In addition Friedman and Shapiro says, ” What does this mean in practical terms? Poverty is China’s greatest weakness China’s biggest economic weakness — and its most potent enemy — is poverty. Regional economic disparities exist in many countries in the world. But in China they have always been particularly acute.”

Yes it is a problem but how to you explain why China has more than a million millionaires and multi-millionares and scores of billionaires? Why is it poised to become the world’s largest economy even surpassing the United States in capitalist production.

Friedman and Shapiro did not even explained that China maintained many of its socialist features like socialized health, housing, public welfare, care for the women,the old and very young.

China has also invested in infrastructures and economic reform with huge stimulus to the economy, thus it can blew up the lid of the mass discontent.

3. Freidman and Shapiro accepts the fact,” There are great advantages. China can deploy huge armies. It is buffered from enemies by vast territory or harsh geography on all sides. It can also mobilize human capital like no other country.”

They say, ” On the other hand, it means China often spends more on internal security than it does on the much-vaunted People’s Liberation Army.”

But they did not say that Japan has a long way to rearm and rebuild its national armed forces for regional reach and world outreach.

Unlike China that has expanded up to Africa and the Middle East with its cooperation with Russia.putin

4. China in fact is building a blue navy with its third aircraft carrier being built. It has expanded into the South China Seas and has been belligerent to its neighbors especially to Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines.

China under Mao for more than 30 years was a socialist economy and political infrastructure. Now its revisionist/capitalist rulers is using its socialist based economy for capitalism and socialist rhetorics to deceive the Chinese people.

It as Mao says,” dropping big stones into its own feet. This has not been considered by capitalist writers like Shapiro and Friedman.

In summary, the authors only focused on China’s weakness and not it’s present strengths. It also over-magnified japan’s strength and not its weakness.

Finally, China’s character might have changed from a socialist political economy to a capitalist economy but it is still a capitalist force to reckon with.