Monthly Archives: March 2017

SENATORS WARRY ABOUT PDUT PARDONS ON KILLER COPS

EPCC NEWS
March 30, 2017

SENATORS WARRY ABOUT PDUT PARDONS ON KILLER COPSdigong-gunggong

Los Angeles-– Some senators are concerned over President Rodrigo Duterte’s promise to eventually grant pardon to policemen who may be convicted of killing a mayor and another individual in Leyte.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, a staunch critic of the President, said in a statement Thursday that Duterte’s promise proves the killings are state-sponsored.

“As to the policemen who would be encouraged to follow Duterte’s illegal orders, they are forewarned that they would eventually answer for all these crimes. Duterte won’t be in power forever,” Trillanes added.

State Sanctioned Killings Encouraged

Duterte said in his speech during the People’s Day Celebration in Socorro, Oriental Mindoro yesterday that he will support policemen who “have been charged with murder” because he ordered them to kill if there was resistance.

“Iyan ang order ko. Pag ‘yan ang sinusunod ng pulis pati military, huwag kayong matakot ako [That is my order. If the police and military obey that, do not be afraid], I and I alone will be liable for that. They are just obeying my order. So any policeman or military man charged for killing those bastards, they will have my protection,” Duterte said.

Eighteen members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of Region 8 (CIDG-8) led by Supt. Marvin Marcos were charged with murder on March 21 for killing Albuerra Mayor Rolando Espinosa Duterte reiterated his office can pardon and grant amnesty, adding he is ready to be liable for any charges filed towards the police.

Senators Poe and Hontiveros Raised ConcernsGrace Poe

Senators Grace Poe and Risa Hontiveros raised their concerns with the President’s exercise of his powers.

“While the presidential power to pardon convicted criminals is beyond question, the statement of the President in this particular instance in unfortunate as it counters all our efforts to strengthen our legal institutions to ensure that only the guilty are prosecuted and convicted after a judicial process,” Poe said.

Poe warned such a statement would send a wrong signal to law enforcers that they can ignore rule of law as they can be pardoned anyway.

She added the public would be discouraged to pursue cases filed against the police because they will immediately have the support of the president. Hontiveros said it was wrong for Duterte to publicly announce his support for the police.

“With this announcement, the President once again tries to prop up the government’s widely discredited, corrupt and abusive war on drugs,” she said Hontiveros added she supports the findings of Sen. Ping Lacson’s committee on public order and dangerous drugs, that Espinosa’s death was pre-meditated.

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84 ARRESTED BY ICE IN PACIFIC NORTHWEST

EPCC NEWS
March 31, 2017

84 ARRESTED BY ICE IN PACIFIC NORTHWEST

Los Angeles – ICE Sweeps Immigrants Nationwide.

The EPCC NEWS sources learned today that Eighty-four 84 “ undocumented immigrants “in Oregon and Washington states were arrested during a three-day sweep, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Thursday.

Sixty of the people arrested had criminal histories, ICE said. Twenty-four did not.

The sweep took place between March 25 – March 27. ICE said it specifically targeted “at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants and immigration fugitives.”

Confirmed ICE Raids

The announcement confirms ICE conducted an operation specifically targeting undocumented immigrants with criminal histories in Oregon and Washington. The news comes after several undocumented immigrants, including DACA residents (“dreamers”), were detained.

Most of the people who were arrested were from Mexico. Eight were from Guatemala, two were from Honduras and one each was from El Salvador, the United Kingdom, Cambodia, Brazil, Laos, the Philliipines, Western Samoa, Myanmar and Russia.

Of the 84 arrested, 19 had criminal convictions for DUII – the most common conviction.Seven people were arrested in Multnomah County and 13 were arrested in Washington County. King County in Washington had the most arrests, with 19.

Nationwide ICE Sweep

ICE sweeps have taken place in at least half a dozen states since President Donald Trump took office. ICE said targeted enforcement operations are happening every day across the country.

Under Trump, ICE has been given more authority to arrest undocumented immigrants without criminal convictions or with minor infractions, a departure from former president Barack Obama’s policy, which only targeted people who pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Despite a stricter ICE policy, more than 2 million people were deported during the eight years Barack Obama was president.

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Historic Filipinotown Kalayaan Parade Slated On Saturday, June 03, 2017

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5th HFT Kalayaan Parade Organizing Committee, 2017 (5K0C 2017).
March 27, 2017

Historic Filipinotown Kalayaan Parade Slated On Saturday, June 03, 2017

Los Angeles– Mabuhay ang ika-Limang KALAYAAN Parade Sa Araw ng Kalayaan, June 03, 2017

The 5th Historic Filipintown Kalayaan Organizing Committee proudly announced today that the 5th Kalayaan Parade for Historic Filipinotown will be held on Saturday, June 03, 2017 to celebrate the 119th Philippine Independence Day, June 12, 1989 from Spain.

The 5KOC is comprised of member organizations led by the Justice For FiIlipino American Veterans (JFAV), Knights of Rizal -HFT; BANTAY PILIPINAS-USA; the legal Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA); Philippine Institute of Language, Arts and Culture (PILAC Inc), TALAKAYAN CLUB and Alliance-Philippines (AJLPP).

On Outreach for 5th HFT June 03 Kalayaan ParadeDrOrlyKOR-HFT

The 5KOC is now outreaching to Filipino-American and allied organizations who have joined the HFT Kalayaan Parade in the past.

The Kalayaan Parade started as a collaboration between the Philippine Consulate General of Los Angeles and FACLA with JFAV in June 2013 .

Since then it has been held since every first week of June. and since then forms an expanding organizing commitee for the yearly event.

More than 50 Organizations

Last year, more than 50 organizations from HFT and around Los Angeles joined the parade. More than 50 motorcyclist from Philippine Hurley Riders Club joined the parade.

The Parade starts at Temple St and goes around the Beverly-Temple corridor of the last four years.

This year, the 5KOC is trying to call out marching bands in the FilAm community to make the parade livelier.

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FAHRA SUPPORTS EP RESOLUTION CONDEMNING EJKS IN THE PHILIPPINES.

For Immediate Release
FAHRA-LA
March 26, 2017

FAHRA SUPPORTS EP RESOLUTION CONDEMNING EJKS IN THE PHILIPPINES.

Los Angeles—The Filipino American Human Rights Alliance (FAHRA) –Los Angeles supports the European Parliament resolution last March 16, 2017 that condemned extrajudicial killings in the Philippines and called on the government to investigate the deaths and prosecute the people responsible for them.

In a joint resolution, the EP also called on the government to release Sen. Leila De Lima, whom it described as “a human rights advocate and the highest profile critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug campaign.”

The EP called for De Lima’s immediate release and said that she must be given adequate security while in detention.

De Lima, who is facing drug-related charges, must be given a fair trial, EP said, as it urged the government “to drop all politically motivated charges against her and to end any further acts of harassment against her.

END THE KILLINGS NOW, RELEASE SENATOR DE LIMA

In the resolution, the European Parliament, which is part of the European Union’s legislature, said “there are serious concerns that the offences Senator De Lima has been charged with are almost entirely fabricated.” o hand-in-hand with prevention and rehabilitation programs..

The EP also urged the European Commission “to use all available instruments to persuade the Philippines to put an end to extrajudicial killings related to the anti-drug campaign including, in the absence of any substantive improvements in the next few months, procedural steps with a view to the possible removal of GSP+ preferences.”

The GSP, or Generalised Scheme of Preferences, is a preferential tariff system that allows countries like the Philippines to export goods to the EU without paying tariffs.

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75th Bataan Day March Memorial Drews Record Breaking Crowds

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March 22, 2017

75th Bataan Day March Memorial Drews Record Breaking Crowds

New Mexico— The 75th anniversary of the Bataan Death March drew a record field of 7,200 retired and active-duty military personnel and civilians to the hot sands of New Mexico to honor victims of one of World War II’s worst atrocities.

The 26.2 mile-Bataan Memorial Death March course, where participants gathered Sunday, ran through the hilly desert terrain of the state’s White Sands Missile Range. The 28th such event, it honored the 10,000 American and 58,000 Filipino service members who defended the Philippines and were forced by the Japanese military to walk more than 65 miles through the hot jungle of the Bataan Peninsula without food or water. Marchers also had the option to walk a 14.2 mile course.

WORLD WAR II VET RECALLS FLYING IN B-17 BOMBER OVER GERMANY

“We all wanted to march for the simple purpose of being part of something larger than ourselves and to honor those who survived and gave their lives on our behalf,” says Carolina Johnson, the captain of the five-member women’s Army team representing Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.

Johnson, a first-time participant, and her teammates (Dawn Page, Katie Collins, Osipa Jumamudunova Woolford and Amie Foster) were part of the women’s “heavy” division, which means they marched the course carrying at least 35 pounds on their backs.

The military and civilian men and women who entered the heavy division used non-perishable items, including cans of beans, bags of rice or other items to make the weight, all of which was then donated to the Roadrunner Food Bank in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2016, 21,000 pounds was given to the food bank, according to race organizers.

WWII VET SEARCHING FOR ‘ANGEL’ BEHIND ACT OF GROCERY STORE KINDNESS

“We remembered their heroism and drew strength from them in taking each step forward,” she adds. “We all pulled together as one when one was falling down.”

The march carries as much meaning to longtime attendees.

“As a veteran who served 26 years in the U.S. Army and deployed three times to combat and experienced the horrors of war, I feel pain for the men and women who suffered intensely under the deadly Japanese Imperial Forces, as they were marched through the Philippine jungle. This is what drives me to run in their honor,” says Ed Broadnax of El Paso, Texas.

Broadnax, who hosts runners at his home every year, tells Fox News the decision to run in full Army gear is an easy one.

“Uniform, Boots and 45-pound backpack.  That is the only way I know how to do the Bataan Memorial Death March.  Every year I’m blessed to be alive, so every year I will run/walk 26.2 miles for the Forgot Soldiers of Bataan” he adds.

The course, including a nearly-one mile stretch in ankle-deep sand known as “the sand pit,” was humbling for military and civilian, veteran marathoners and first-timers alike. But, nothing was more humbling than being in the presence of the eight Bataan survivors.

Prisoner of war survivor Ben Skardon was attending his 10th march and was the only survivor to walk any distance on Sunday. Joined by friends and supporters, known as “Ben’s Brigade,” the retired colonel, who turns 100 in July, walked 8.5 miles of the course.

While unable to walk, Bataan survivor Richard Trask was no less determined to be on hand, as he has for decades. Trask, who lives in a veterans’ home in Amarillo, Texas, told Fox News that despite the fact it is challenging to physically participate in the event, he would not miss it.

“Being here is just fabulous. Being surrounded by the mountains and seeing everyone here is beautiful and means so much,” says the 97-year old.

His son, Richard Trask III, says his father did not begin opening up about his experience in the Philippines until he started attending the march.

After surviving the death march, Trask was transported to the infamous Japanese “Hell ships,” where he was forced into slave labor cutting steel.

Despite the torture he endured, Trask harbors no hatred for his captors, which his son says may be what has kept him going well into his 90s.

Trask is one of less than 50 survivors still alive – a somber note that was struck during the ceremony when the names of the 26 Bataan survivors who died since the last march were read.

For many, it made the opportunity to shake the hands of the eight survivors in attendance at the start and finishing lines even more emotional.

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., was among a crowd of attendees at the ceremony, which began in the chilly shadows of the Organ Mountains with the singing of the American anthem and, for the first time in the memorial march’s history, the Philippine National Anthem, “Lupang Hinirang.”

The march is the nation’s largest gathering to commemorate a Philippine historical event, according to Jim Diego, who sang the Filipino national anthem.

More than 1,200 volunteers handed out approximately 120 cases of oranges, 12,000 cups and 15 cases of bananas and served more than 750 pounds of pasta and 150 gallons of marinara sauce.

For Bill Moeller, a 61-year old Army veteran, he will come back in future years to ensure the Bataan families and the families of those who serve are paid the appropriate honor.

“It is the least I can do to pay respect for the service members who went before me,” says the West Point graduate and longtime participant.

As challenging as the experience was to the body, the spirit of the race makes the question of whether to come back next year easy for some.

Without hesitation, Carolina Johnson and her teammates replied, “Yes

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75th BATAAN DAY DEATH MARCH MEMORIAL IN NEW MEXICO

JFAV UPDATES

March 18, 2017

75th BATAAN DAY  DEATH MARCH MEMORIAL IN NEW MEXICOnew-mexico

WASHINGTON, DC — Filipino and American World War II veterans, surviving family members, veterans advocates, community supporters, Philippine Embassy dignitaries, elected officials and congressional leaders will mark the 75th anniversary of the Bataan Death March with a series of events on Friday, March 17 through Sunday, March 19, 2017.

The main highlight, the annual Bataan Memorial Death March (BMDM), is a re-enactment of the arduous 65-mile march by 75,000 Filipino and American soldiers following the surrender of Bataan on April 9, 1942. As many as 10,000 men—9,000 Filipinos and 1,000 Americans—perished in the march while many more died at prison camps.

The BMDM is considered to be the largest commemoration outside the Philippines. The annual event at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico has drawn more than 72,000 people since it started 28 years ago and has grown to include a slate of different races with military and civilian divisions. A record 7,000 marchers from all over the United States are expected this year.

“We are marching to honor the soldiers of the greatest generation,” Taguba says. “The story of Filipino and American soldiers gallantly fighting together in Bataan during the Second World War must always be remembered and shared. This auspicious occasion allows us to pay tribute to their service and sacrifice.”

Celebrating the Congressional Gold Medal

70 YEARS OF THE UNJUST RESCISSION ACT OF 1946Adding a special significance to the memorial march is another historic milestone: the recent granting of the Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino and American World War II veterans. Signed into law by President Obama on December 14, 2016, the Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015 (Public Law 115-265) recognizes their service from July 1941 to December 1946.

“The Congressional Gold Medal and what it represents provides an opportunity for the thousands of participants to learn more about our soldiers’ wartime service in World War II, their outstanding contributions and achievements, and their personal stories of heroism and uncommon valor,” adds Taguba.

The major events taking place this weekend are:

Friday, March 17

  • All day Registration
  • Survivor Descendant Welcome Reception, 3:00 – 5:00 PM

WSMR Frontier Club

  • Movie: “The Great Raid,” WSMR Post Theater

Saturday, March 18, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • FilVetREP presentation on the Congressional Gold Medal (CGM), including a video documentary, “Duty to Country,” and discussion about the project.
  • WSMR Post Theater

Saturday, March 18, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

  • Bataan Memorial March and Gold Medal Commemoration Dinner, hosted by FilVetREP and Filipino American community organizations.
  • Hilton Doubletree Hotel El Paso, Sky Lounge

1600 Lamar Street, Houston, TX 77010

(Note: This dinner event is part of FilVetREP’s national campaign to raise funds for the purchase of bronze replicas for veterans and families, and to develop an education program to preserve the legacy of Filipino and American World War ll veterans.

Sunday, March 19, 6:00 AM

  • Bataan Memorial Death March Opening Ceremony

(Note: The Philippine Flag will be part of the Color Guard and the Philippine National Anthem will be sung for the first time. It will be rendered by Filipino American Jim Diego, an active marathoner and a member of  Broadway Barkada, an organization of Filipino American Broadway performers)

  • 26-mile Bataan Memorial Death March will commence after the opening ceremony at White Sands Missile Range

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JFAV LOBBY AT THE US CONGRESS, MARCH 11-14, 2017

For Immediate Release

Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV)17309115_1411415218932483_4252211883406081976_n

March 18, 2016

JFAV LOBBY AT THE US CONGRESS, MARCH 11-14, 2017 

Washington DC– THE JFAV LOBBY WENT ON IN US CONGRESS DESPITE BEING IN THE EYE OF THE SNOW STORM;  MARCH 2017. 

The Justice for Filipino Americans (JFAV) lobbyist did a good job. They lobbied 29 representatives and 5 senators from March 11-14  for the Filipino Veterans Fairness Act or HR 2766  to be re-introduced in 2017.

The JFAV lobbyist from Los Angeles and New York also thanked the 29 Representatives who supported the passage of the Congressional Gold Medal for Filipino WWII Veterans and the Reuniting Families Act still now passed by the House and the Senate.

17309595_10104984984727501_4330545985552339572_nFilipino Veterans Fairness Act of 2016

The JFAV lobbyist also explained to the US Congress, What is full equity for JFAV? This is not retroactive.  This is the Filipino Veterans Fairness Act of 2016.

The JFAV lobbyist added, “ This is fairness. Reduced from $1.2 billion in 2013, the budget is estimated at $600 million.

That is, we demand military pension for veterans (~$2000 each month) and survivors pension for widows to cover the remaining 15,000 to 20,000 WWII Filipino-American veterans who are passing away at a rate of 10 per day.”

JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED.

For more information please call Al at (213)318-9065 or visit our website at www,jfavusa,org.

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HOW THE BENHAM RISE WAS WON AND GIVEN AWAY BY POWERS THAT BE.

KOMUNIDAD
March 18, 2017

HOW THE BENHAM RISE WAS WON AND GIVEN AWAY BY POWERS THAT BE.

By Arturo P. Garcia13620168_1267189539973023_1546217399480246871_n

The Filipinos and the Filipino American community must know how we won the Benham Rise and its story. Thus, we can honor our unsung heroes and condemn those who are in power who wanted to give it away.

It is the same story when Commodore Tomas Cloma claimed the “Spratley islands” for the Philippines and was even persecuted for it by dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

He was even jailed for the good job he has done for the country. Thus, we must know the story behind the Benham Rise.

“The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS)’s recognition of Philippine jurisdiction over the Benham Rise Region is the Philippines’ first successful validation of a claim in accord with the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention. It is the first major expansion of the Philippines’ maritime boundaries since the late 1970s when it declared its EEZ (exclusive economic zone). This happy outcome is a tribute to a quiet and diligent work and collaboration by a team of public servants, scientists and legal experts who pursued the claim for over a decade.

The story of the Philippine claim to Benham Rise began with a workshop in 2001 to assist the DFA and the DENR’s National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) with regard to the implementation of the Law of the Sea. Ms. Suzette Suarez of the UP Institute of International Legal Studies (UP-IILS) organized the workshop to discuss the requirements for claiming extended continental shelf (ECS) areas for the Philippines.

Dr. Teodoro Santos of the UP National Institute for Geological Sciences (UP-NIGS) identified and proposed Benham Rise, then a relatively unknown area of the Pacific Ocean east of Luzon, as a possible ECS area in addition to areas west of Palawan. This resulted in an inter-agency Memorandum of Agreement among key government agencies and the academe to work together to make the ECS claims. Under then-Administrator Diony Ventura, the NAMRIA set itself to the task of conducting the extensive hydrographic surveys required as a basis for the claim.

They commissioned a desktop feasibility study by the Norwegian firm Blom-ASA with Norwegian assistance. Afterwards, the NAMRIA’s Coast and Geodetic Surveys Department sent its two survey ships, the Presbitero and Ventura, on several cruises to the Pacific to map the seabed beyond 200 nautical miles away and more than 5000 meters deep.

In 2007, the cabinet-level Commission on Maritime and Ocean Affairs created a Technical Working Group to prepare the Philippines’ formal claims or “Submissions,” to be filed with the CLCS in the United Nations. NAMRIA inaugurated the Philippine ECS Project under then-Director Efren Carandang.

At the time, there was very little first-hand information about the actual intricacies of writing and supporting ECS submissions with the CLCS. NAMRIA contacted UP Law Prof. Jay Batongbacal, who was still taking up his doctorate in Canada, to join the project even while abroad, participating in the project’s second major workshop via Skype. Prof. Batongbacal then met with Comm. Galo Carrera of Mexico, a CLCS Commissioner and colleague who had given maritime boundary workshops in the Philippines back in the 1990s.

Over a cup of coffee in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Comm. Carrera agreed to assist the Philippines in preparing and finalizing the Submissions.

For help on the technical aspects, NAMRIA engaged the GNS, New Zealand’s equivalent of the UP-NIGS and PhiVolcs. New Zealand had just announced its success in securing approval of the New Zealand ECS claim. The GNS team provided the Philippine team with information and advice on their actual experiences in making theirclaim, as well as enhanced their knowledge and capabilities in analysing and interpreting the data.

All previous work was reviewed, re-analyzed, and sometimes rejected, in order to produce the new Submission. Mr. Rolando Peña of UP-NIGS served as technical editor. Thousands of pages of raw data and documents had to be collated, digitally reproduced, and professionally packaged by the NAMRIA’s IT Group led by Deputy Administrator Linda Papa, and integrated into customised browser software for the exclusive use of the CLCS. Their hard work resulted in boxes of documents that filled half of the NAMRIA’s service van, and which were later delivered to New York.

The ECS team closely monitored the developments in the legislature, and was relieved when the new baselines law was passed in March 2009.

The Philippines made its submission on April 8, 2009, a month before the original deadline. On August 15, 2009, the ECS team made its first formal presentation to the CLCS en banc.

The team thought that the Philippines would have to wait until the year 2014 before the CLCS could begin consideration of the Submission. They were thus completely surprised when in January 2011, there was a notification that a CLCS Subcommission, chaired by Lawrence F. Awosika of Nigeria, had commenced the validation of the claim, and that it had already sent technical questions. For some reason the Philippines had jumped the line!

It turned out to be the busiest and most challenging of all the meetings. Despite daily discussions, the Subcommission was not swayed from its position. The stalemate jeopardized the resolution of the Submission. However, upon the delegation’s request for guidance, the Subcommission pointed out that it was possible to draw the border using another method adopted by the CLCS.

The new method actually increased the area of the claim; so the team enthusiastically spent as sleepless night excitedly drawing up new scenarios and borders with everything from computers to kitchenware.Into the early morning, the geologists, hydrographers and cartographers drew up maps and figures, while the lawyers prepared the necessary diplomatic script. On the last meeting held several hours later, the Subcommission agreed with the Philippines’ new proposed boundaries.

The team members thought that their work was finished, so in March 2012,

But another surprise was sprung: the delegation determined just before the actual meeting that it was still possible to again expand the claimed area, this time at the northern border. They woke up the technical staff in Manila to recompute the borders and produce new maps and coordinates in only three hours. The effort was successful, with the Subcommission accepting the change. The delegation left with a new map and technical description of the Benham Rise Region comprising a larger area than the Philippines had at first claimed.

On 12 April 2012, the small delegation returned and accompanied the Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations in making its final presentation to the CLCS en banc, before its final deliberation on the Philippine submission.

Amb. Libran Cabactulan delivered the final pitch, speaking of the Philippines’ adherence to international law, and thanking the Commission for the fruitful collaboration in determining the outer limits of our ECS in the Benham Rise Region. He made this presentation to the full Commission, which by this time was chaired by Comm. Carrera. Since he had previously assisted the Philippines, Comm. Carrera could not help our cause in the deliberations, and as Chairman he was bound by rules of confidentiality.

The day after the meeting, as the delegation met him to bid a friendly farewell, he warned that nothing was fixed yet, and that he would notify the Philippines of the results in the following weeks.

But he congratulated the delegation for a good final presentation and a job well done, and then parted by saying, with a smile, “I think we should be thankful for the very good weather.”

Now we know why.”

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IN THE EYE OF THE SNOW STORM; JFAV LOBBY, MARCH 2017.

JFAV UPDATES

March 15,2017

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Washington DC–IN THE EYE OF THE SNOW STORM; JFAV LOBBY, MARCH 2017. 

We lobbied 29 representatives and 5 senators today for the Filipino Veterans Fairness Act to be introduced in 2017.

What is full equity for JFAV? This is not retroactive. This is fairness. Reduced from $1.2 billion in 2013, the budget is estimated at $600 million.

That is, we demand military pension for veterans (~$2000 each month) and survivors pension for widows to cover the remaining 15,000 to 20,000 WWII Filipino-American veterans who are passing away at a rate of 10 per day.

JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED. “–#pilipinx#propeopleyouth #ugnayannynj #filipino #california #veterans #newyork#washingtondc #community #solidarity #lobbying #socialjustice #filam

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JFAV LOBBYIST AT A FILIPINO OWNED RESTAURANT IN WASHINGTON DC, THE PURPLE PATCH

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March 15, 2016

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Washington DCAT A FILIPINO OWNED RESTAURANT IN WASHINGTON DC, THE PURPLE PATCH

“This is art on the table.”

Thank you to the #PurplePatchDC owner, Patrice Cleary, for the hospitality!

That ube bread pudding with ube ice cream though. This is exactly what we need before a full day of #JFAV17 lobbying tomorrow. #Pilipinx #Filipino #FilAm#FilipinoFoodMovement #Kasamas“–Eddy Gana Jr.

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