Monthly Archives: March 2017

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

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March 15, 2017

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

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Washington DCFIGHTING FOR EQUITY. FIGHTING FOR VETERANS RIGHTS AND BENEFITS

“I fight for my wife’s late grandfather whose recognition was rescinded in 1946 and had never received full equity. Out of the 250,000 Filipinos who served in WWII, there are only 15,000 – 20,000 left.

Support the Filipino Veterans Fairness Act and the Reuniting Families Act (Filipino Veterans Reunification Act). MAKIBAKA. #JFAV17 #Pilipinx #Veterans#DC — at The Library of Congress.”–Eddy M. Gana Jr.

 

MAGNIFYING THE PROBLEM

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March 08, 2017
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By Arturo P. Garcia

During the Presidential campaign of 2016 , candidate Rodrigo Duterte hit the jackpot when he was able to pinpoint the problem that the Filipino most cared about. It’s the rise of criminality and the break down of peace and order.
But PDUT magnified the problem by stressing it is because of the drug problem. And he continuously harped on it. He magnified the drug problem a thousand times and until now, used it as the centerpiece of his campaign.

Like Hitler, he used drugs as a scapegoat, like what Hitler used the “Jews” as the source of the problem and exterminating them as the solution.

When he became President according to his estimates,“There were a million drug addicts” Later it became ‘ 3 million addicts.”

And afterwards, he presented a list of government officials involved in the drug trade. Then he added police and military officials. And the list grew longer and longer as time passed by.

Thus in a span of seven months since became the President, they have killed more than more than 7,100 drug addicts, pushers and some drug-lords. But the problem remained.

They say, criminality went down after the rounds of extra-judicial killings and yet peace and order continued to be a problem and criminality went on the rise.

But now, the Filipinos noticed that the break down of peace and order is not because of drugs but the ineptitude of the police forces, the justice system and other corollary factors. In fact, it is the police force that is the problem.

The killing of a Korean businessman in Pampanga proved this point. Several PNP high-ranking officials involved in the anti-drug war were implicated. Thus, PDUT has to suspend the “anti-drug war” for a while but now it is on the go again with renewed vigor.

What is appalling is that there were other moves by PUDT that will exacerbate the situation. This is the re-imposition of death penalty and the other lowering the legal age for minors from 15 to 9 so law can punish them.

In spite of international condemnation and suggestion as well as advice from world leaders that “ the war on drugs” is not the solution to the problem, PDUT even called the former President of Colombia as “ an idiot.” He even lashed out different international human rights groups and maligned them.

His myopic view that he can win the war on drugs” is matched with his bloody rhetoric with his bloody records.

He is not willing to stop the blood-letting and even rationalized that it’s the poor will be victimized because they are the ones who push drugs and not the rich.” Ergo, they will be the victims.

PDUT needs a scapegoat like Marcos when he declared martial law. He rationalized the declaration of martial law because of the” communist threat.’ Even if there were no more than a thousand armed communist then, he made the threat as real.

PDUT and his boys are now selling the lie that drug lords are “parts of the de-destabilization plots “ against PDUT. The next thing we might see is that PDUT has declared martial law and becomes the “perpetual president” of the Philippines.

And that is because of magnifying the threats. Like what they say, “making a mountain out of a mole hill.”

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FILAM LEADERS CALL ON THE COMMISSION ON APPOINTMENTS (CA): APPROVE GINA LOPEZ APPOINTMENT AS DENR SECRETARY

 

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Los Angeles –Commission on Appointments (CA), approve DENR Secretary Gina Lopez Appointment as DENR Secretary, NOW!

Filipino American community leaders today in the United States linked arms and call on the Commission on Appointment (CA) not to bypass and approve the appointment of DENR Secretary Gina Lopez .

DENR Secretary Gina Lopez is now under attack of foreign and local mining companies lobby in the Commission on Appointments (CA). The attacks were so personal and borders on libel and slander in the opposition to her appointments.

The lobbyist opposition to DENR Secretary Gina Lopez came about when Gina Lopez cancelled the permit of 23 mining companies and 75 Mineral Production Sharing Agreements (MPSA) for destructive mining on watershed that threatens people’s water supply.

FilAm Community Support DENR Secretary

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Because of her actions the mining chamber has opposed her appointment as DENR Secretary and have launched a campaign against her person to the point of personal attacks of more than 30 lobbyists in the last two days hearing of the Commission on Appointments (CA).

The Southern California community leaders led by Dr. Orlando Cagampan pointed out to the DENR and Secretary Gina Lopez as “ the bright spot for President Duterte’s defense of Philippine patrimony . social justice and service to the Filipino people.

Lopez advocacy for the environment and ” social justice means not only profits for a few foreigners and rich people but benefits for the poor and the many.”

Philippines for Filipinos, Not for Foreigners

She is not Yasay who lied on the Commission on Appointments on citizenship and does not deserve slanderous attacks on her competence and her person.” Cagampan added.

Arturo P. Garcia of JFAV also said, “The IBON Foundation, a private research non profit agency has pointed out, “that the mining industry comprised only about 1% of the Philippine economy.

The Philippine mining contributed only 3% to the economy or P 70 Billion . But as Lopez said, “Is it worth the destruction of our patrimony?” Most of all, 85 % of benefits and profits goes to American and Chinese capitalists and yet they destroy our national patrimony.” Garcia added.

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SIGN OF THE TIMES

CULTURAL NOTES
March 10, 2017

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By Arturo P. Garcia

“Another one bite the dust.

The Korean American community of Los Angeles and all over the world has a reason to rejoice. Another corrupt South Korean ruler was ousted by People’s Power.

South Korea’s Constitutional Court has upheld a decision by the country’s National Assembly to impeach President Park Geun-hye.

Like Father, Like Daughter, Park is the first South Korean President to be impeached. An election for her replacement must be held within 60 days.

She is the daughter of South Korean strongman Park Chung Hee who was killed in a coup ’de tat in 1979.General Park Chung Hee came into power by by a coup against Korean President Syngman Rhee in 1961.He declared himself as dictator and President of Korea for 18 years until he was killed in a coup’ d tat in 1979.

It is good to note that President Syngman Rhee of Korea from 1950 to1961 was overthrown by a coup led by General Park Chung Hee because of corruption while in power for 11 years.

It echoes the situation in the Philippines where corruption is rampant. Actually, South Korea and the Philippines have similarities. Both are American colonies and are US client states. It is also wracked by military coups and People’s Power Revolutions.

Even in the present regime of PDUT, corruption is rampant as evidenced by the MRT Central station fiasco, the Bureau of Customs Jack Lam scam and other scandals that the PDUT regime refuses to even acknowledge and remedy.

In fairness to Park Chung Hee who became president and the dictator of South Korea for 18 years, he modernized Korea and made it an economic superpower in competition with arch-enemy-japan.

Some wags compare Dictator Marcos with General Park. They say, while Park was deeply patriotic and yet corrupt, he made Korea an economic power. On the other hand, Marcos was never a patriot and robbed his people blind.

One reason that corrupt Asian leaders rules stay in power is America’s support. Marcos lasted 20 years in power because of US support especially when he declared martial and ruled as a dictator for 14 years. It’s also the case in South Korea.

In South Korea, there are still 30,000 American ground troops and the 7th Fleet with American bases in Korea and japan stands guard against the “invasion rom the north.” If there are no American troops in South Korea, then the two Koreas have re-united as one peacefully.29906170001_5354302711001_5354282998001-vs

It was the five month protests in South Korea that really brought down Park. Park’s problems began in October, when revelations emerged about the influence Park’s confidante and adviser Choi Soon-sil had over the President.

The court upheld the impeachment, which was enacted by South Korean lawmakers in December, because she was judged to have abused her authority in helping Choi raise donations from companies. Choi is currently on trial for abuse of power and fraud.

In December, 2016 lawmakers voted to impeach Park by a vote of 234 to 56, stripping away her executive powers. Since then she has remained in the presidential Blue House, but has remained largely out of public view.

Her final weeks in office were marred by huge demonstrations as hundreds of thousands of South Koreans braved the brutally cold winter temperatures to take to the streets of Seoul.

Even here in Los Angeles Korean Americans held solidarity rallies and called for her ouster. The last rally was on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the LA Korean Consulate in Wilshire Blvd.

Korean American has a large population here in California and other major cities of the United States. The Korean American population in Los Angeles is 300,000 as of 2016. There are more than 1, 307,000 Korean Americans in the United States.

As they say, it’s the sign of the times. What happened in South Korea is a dire warning to PDUT in the Philippines.

Senator Sonny Trillanes warning of PDUT impeachment within the next two years also warrant an advice; “PDUT has to shape up or ship out.”

This maybe the reason why PDUT and his subalterns warns of “destabilization plots” and PDUT himself warns of the “declaration of martial law.”

Well. PDUT has mastered the art of political burlesque. Like a stripteaser, he flirts with martial law. But unlike Marcos or Park Chung Hee, he has to confront a militant Filipino people.

As many wags say; “Bring it on”

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ALLIANCE MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY AND CONGRATULATIONS TO THE KOREAN PEOPLE FOR THE OVERTHROW OF PARK GEUN-HYE

ALLIANCE NEWS
March 10, 2017

ALLIANCE MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY AND CONGRATULATIONS TO THE KOREAN PEOPLE FOR THE OVERTHROW OF PARK GEUN-HYE

Los Angeles— Kamsahamnida Tungmodol!

The Alliance Philippines based in the United States congratulates the Korean people in the south and all overt the world for their successful overthrow of Park Geun-Hye

The Alliance Philippines congratulates the Korean people for the successful five moth-protests that caused the ouster of Park Geun-Hye.

South Korea’s Constitutional Court was forced to uphold a decision by the country’s National Assembly to impeach President Park Geun-hye because of the five-moth protests by the South Korean people from October 2016 to March 2017.

The Korean people made another historic moment because Park is the first South Korean President to be impeached. An election for her replacement must be held within 60 days. She id a daughter of South Korean strongman Park Chung Hee who was killed in a coup ’de tat in 1979.

Continued US Support for ROK

As usual the US imperialist, responded to the decision by offering assurances that the two countries’ relationship would continue uninterrupted.

The US military forces in South Korea maintains a 30,000 ground troops and the 7th US fleet and its bases in Korea and Japan keeps the South under US military occupation for the past 71 years.

The US State Department spokesman said, “ The United States continues to be a steadfast ally, friend, and partner to the ROK,” he said, using an acronym for South Korea’s official name, the Republic of Korea.

“The US-ROK alliance will continue to be a linchpin of regional stability and security, and we will continue to meet all our alliance commitments, especially with respect to defending against the threat from North Korea.”

Solidarity Protests in LA

The court upheld the impeachment, which was enacted by South Korean lawmakers in December, because she was judged to have abused her authority in helping Choi raise donations from companies. Choi is currently on trial for abuse of power and fraud.

Her final weeks in office were marred by huge demonstrations as hundreds of thousands of South Koreans braved the brutally cold winter temperatures to take to the streets of Seoul.

Even here in Los Angeles Korean Americans held solidarity rallies and called for her ouster. The last rally was on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the LA Korean Consulate in Wilshire Blvd.

Korean American has a large population here in California and other major cities of the United States. The Korean American population in Los Angeles is 300,000 as of 2016. There are more than 1, 307,000 Korean Americans in the United States.

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South Korea’s Constitutional Court Ousts President Park Geun-hye.

FAI NEWS
March 10, 2017

South Korea’s Constitutional Court Ousts President Park Geun-hye.

By Arturo P. Garcia, LA Bureau

Los Angeles— “Another one bite the dust.”29906170001_5354302711001_5354282998001-vs

The Korean American community of Los Angeles has a reason to rejoice. Another corrupt South Korean ruler was ousted by People’s Power.

South Korea’s Constitutional Court has upheld a decision by the country’s National Assembly to impeach President Park Geun-hye.
The decision was unanimous, with all eight judges on the court voting to remove Park, the country’s first female president, from office.The court decision was announced by Justice Lee Jung-mi in a live, national broadcast.

Like Father, Like Daughter

Park is the first South Korean President to be impeached. An election for her replacement must be held within 60 days.

She is the daughter of South Korean strongman Park Chung Hee who was killed in a coup ’de tat in 1979.

General Park Chung Hee came into power by by a coup against Korean President Syngman Rhee in 1961.He declared himself as dictator and President of Korea for 18 years until he was killed in a coup’ d tat in 1979.

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The US, a key regional ally, responded to the decision by offering assurances that the two countries’ relationship would continue uninterrupted.

“The United States continues to be a steadfast ally, friend, and partner to the ROK,” a state department spokeman said, using an acronym for South Korea’s official name, the Republic of Korea.

“The US-ROK alliance will continue to be a linchpin of regional stability and security, and we will continue to meet all our alliance commitments, especially with respect to defending against the threat from North Korea.”

Five Month Protests

Park’s problems began in October, when revelations emerged about the influence Park’s confidante and adviser Choi Soon-sil had over the President.

The court upheld the impeachment, which was enacted by South Korean lawmakers in December, because she was judged to have abused her authority in helping Choi raise donations from companies.Choi is currently on trial for abuse of power and fraud.

In a brief televised apology however, Park made it clear that she had no intentions of resigning. In December, the National Assembly voted 234 to 56 to impeach her.

Solidarity Protests in LA

In December, 2016 lawmakers voted to impeach Park by a vote of 234 to 56, stripping away her executive powers. Since then she has remained in the presidential Blue House, but has remained largely out of public view.

Her final weeks in office were marred by huge demonstrations as hundreds of thousands of South Koreans braved the brutally cold winter temperatures to take to the streets of Seoul.

Even here in Los Angeles Korean Americans held solidarity rallies and called for her ouster. The last rally was on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the LA Korean Consulate in Wilshire Blvd.

Korean American has a large population here in California and other major cities of the United States. The Korean American population in Los Angeles is 300,000 as of 2016. There are more than 1, 307,000 Korean Americans in the United States.

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ALLIANCE PAYS TRIBUTE TO LYNNE STEWART, THE PEOPLE’S LAWYER

ALLIANCE NEWS
March 09, 2017

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Los Angeles– – The Alliance-Philippines, a revolutionary progressive organization based in the United States and in the Filipino American community pays the highest tribute to Attorney Lynne Stewart, a revolutionary and people’s lawyer who fought for political defendants often persecuted by the system, and who herself was imprisoned for her principled advocacy of others, who died on March 7.

We send our deepest solidarity and condolences to her lifelong partner Ralph Poynter and her entire family.

Like Portia of the “Merchant of Venice”, was dedicated to her clients. Atty. Lynne Stewart was fervently dedicated to the cause of prisoners, both those behind bars for their political beliefs as well as the victims of mass incarceration and criminalization of the poor.

For this she earned the scorn and enmity of the bourgeois state and did everything to punish her to the point of detaining her despite her conditions and according her inhuman treatment.

The plight of Atty. Stewart mirrors the situation in the Philippines today when lawyers like Senator Leila De Lima is being held in jail on trumped up charges by another lawyer, President Duterte who has a distorted version of the rule of law. Scores of people’s lawyer has been killed or maimed or even silenced in the Philippines from the time of martial law until today.

When the U.S. imperialism’s so-called “war on terrorism” in the Middle East and against Muslim communities was also intensified in the United States, Lynne Stewart stood up and defended Muslim clients.

National Conference of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in 2011, our staunchest ally, we are proud of their tribute to Lynne Stewart:

“ We presented awards to various Fighters for Justice, individuals renowned for their persistent activism. Her letter to acknowledge her award remains a testament to her revolutionary and optimistic spirit, an inspiration to all:

“Dear friends and comrades at PSL:Justice For Akai Gurley

I am overjoyed and proud to accept this award as a Fighter for Justice, especially to be amongst such stellar comrades in the struggle as Mumia Abu Jamal, Leonard Peltier, the Cuban Five and the Angola 3. This is not to mention my joy that my brother Ramsey Clark will be present.

“There is no greater honor than to be recognized by those with whom you have marched shoulder to shoulder for great causes. My entire adult life and legal career have been about prisons. Criticizing them, fighting to keep people out of them, defending those who are caught in the cruel mesh and recognizing those who have spent their lives there for political acts in defense of community.

“As a lawyer, it was often difficult to frame an argument on the basis of justice when I knew that it was not part of the equation for those making the decisions. And yet, the battle was to be fought with zeal.

“As Emiliano Zapata said, we must come to authority not with hat in hand but with rifle in fist: the ultimate symbol of people’s power.

“We have a responsible mission. If you are to be a fighter for freedom you organize, organize, organize. You resist the outrages of authoritarian government. You speak up and fight back.

“Love and struggle, Lynne Stewart”

Arturo P. Garcia
AJLPP West Coast Coordinator
Los Angeles

March 9, 2017

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CONTROVERSY OVER PORTRAYAL OF PHILIPPINE GOVT. IN CBS DRAMA ‘MADAM SECRETARY’

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March 07, 2017

CONTROVERSY OVER PORTRAYAL OF PHILIPPINE GOVT. IN CBS DRAMA ‘MADAM SECRETARY’

by  Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN News

Los Angeles–“When a foreign leader crosses the line, the Secretary of State is forced into a break in diplomacy. I clobbered a world leader, instead of saving a major regional agreement.”

This is the controversial scene in an upcoming March 12 episode of CBS’ political drama, “Madam Secretary,” where a character described as the unconventional new President of the Philippines, and made a pass at the female lead character, Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord — played by Tea Leoni.

The episode was strongly protested by the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC, which put out a statement saying that while ‘Madam Secretary’ is a work of fiction, it tracks and mirrors current events.

“This highly negative portrayal of our head of state not only casts doubt on the respectability of the office of the Philippine President, but also denigrates that way our nation navigates foreign affairs,” said the embassy.

PDUT SUPPORTERS REACTS

Malacanang has also addressed the issue.“I think they’re confusing their images,” said presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella. “I think they’re projecting something that they really would like to say about their own situation. Really, I think they should use a fictional US president.”

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s Filipino American supporters are also very concerned with the show.

“Let us remember that this will add skepticism and will, add injury and irreparable damage in the persona of the President. Please CBS, we implore you, remove that segment,” said Kelly Dayag. “Do not use our president for media mileage, just so your show will have good ratings.”

They say the Philippine president in the TV series is in direct contrast to President Duterte — a champion for women’s rights.

“Let it be known that Duterte, when he was mayor of Davao City, espoused the creation of Ordinance 5004, protecting the interests of women,” said Bong Aralar of Brotherhood for Duterte USA. “It also afforded equal rights to women, including the City of Davao. This ordinance if the first of its kind in the Philippines.”

FAHRA APPLAUDS “MADAM SECRETARY”

But some members of the group, Filipino American Human Rights Alliance, applaud ‘Madam Secretary’ and CBS for this controversial episode.

They find it ridiculous that the philippine embassy would take the time to protest it.

“Oh yes, I like the episode. I think it’s a very accurate reflection of the president of the Philippines. Duterte is a misogynist, so I’m not surprised, if I see that in the episode, from the way he treated De Lima and Robredo,” said Ago Pedalizo, from FAHRA. “He seems to have a very big hate, a deep seated hate towards women.”

“What is wrong with a fictional character getting a bloody nose? Actually I, as a woman, feel very excited,” said Vivian Zalvidea Araullo, FAHRA. “I believe that it would be a very cathartic experience for me to see a misogynistic, apparently chauvinistic, sexual predator type of a world leader.”

ABS-CBN has reached out to CBS to comment on the Philippine government’s reaction to the March 12 episode.

The network has yet to reply.

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CADPP-USA CONDEMNS LOWER HOUSE PASSED DEATH PENALTY BILL

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March 07, 2017

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Los Angeles“Cowards die a thousands deaths, the brave die but once “–Julius Cesar

CADPP-USA’s lead convenor Jerry Esguerra condemned the the House of Representatives (JOR) of the PH Congress that passed on an the Death Penalty bill on the third and final reading last March 8, 2017.

Esguerra said, ” We can see how these 216 Congress people were truly traitors and cowards when they voted for death penalty.

The Good News

But the good news is it will have hard to pass the Senate that is now divided among the pro-PDUT Senators and the new opposition bloc that was galvanized into action .”

CADPP-USA;s Dr.Veronico Agatep  also ” hailed the action 54 Congress people who voted against death penalty despite the constant threats and harrassment of the majority .”

CADPP-USA added, ” PDUT deliberately imposed the death penalty and have used different kinds of threats and acts like a strongman

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He uses variety of threats like “the drug list”, “list of corrupt officials”, declaration of martial law and the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus,

He even bragged about the declaration of a revolutionary government and even ” committing suicide” to dramatize his intention of doing a :new Marcos” type rule in the Philippines.”

CADPP-USA also said, PDUT has no qualms of killing thousands of his countrymen to rule as another strong man, a BAGONG MAKOY, mimicking his idol-dictator Ferdinand Marcos.”

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Memories of US-based resistance mark EDSA celebration in LA

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March 03, 2017

Memories of US-based resistance mark EDSA celebration in LA

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LOS ANGELES — Former activists and leaders of the civil rights and anti-martial movements in Greater Los Angeles area commemorated the 31st anniversary of the EDSA revolution Saturday, February 26 at the Pilipino Workers Center here.

Billed as “ People and the Power of Resistance from 1986 to Today,” the event honored the peaceful toppling of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, the culmination of massive acts of civil disobedience in the Philippines from February 22-25, 1986.

California State University Northridge professor emeritus Enrique de la Cruz recalled “the arc of history” from the beginnings of Martial Law in 1972 to the EDSA revolution in 1986 and the successful struggle to remove the U.S. military bases, which was clinched by the Mt. Pinatubo eruption.

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A scholar who has written on Asian Americans and Philippines-U.S. relations, de la Cruz noted that even during Cory Aquino’s term, death squads still targeted suspected leftwing activists.

Joining de la Cruz was a group fondly called the community’s “women warriors” — Prosy Abarquez de la Cruz, Fe Koons, Joselyn Geaga Rosenthal, Carol Ojeda Kimbrough and Rose Ibanez — who were in the nucleus of the US-based movement to help restore civil rights and end martial law in the Philippines.

Other presenters included those who came to the United States later in the ‘90s like Myrla Baldonado and Lolit Lledo who survived the Marcos dictatorship. One of them was detained and tortured and the other’s husband was a political prisoner.

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Event organizer Carol Ojeda Kimbrough, who taught cultural history at the University of Southern California and Cal State Fullerton, remembered her husband Lando Federis, one of the “disappeared” activists during martial law. She was part of the class action lawsuit filed in Hawaii on behalf of torture victims or their surviving relatives that was settled in 2011.

The speakers narrated personal stories about how they organized communities outside of the Philippines to oppose a dictatorship.

“It was not easy because we were always followed by spies and agents of the Philippine government then, every time we came from a rally or political action,” said Prosy who with her husband Enrique led the LA chapter of the National Committee for the Restoration of Civil liberties in the Philippines (NCRCLP). In a light moment, Prosy recalled, “One time instead of being scared I turned it around and followed the spy instead, and he soon disappeared.”

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Geaga-Rosenthal who maintains her activism in local politics and the former president of the Pilipino American Los Angeles Democrats, remembered how “Marcos loyalists” participated in the community elections in an attempt of infiltrate local Filipino organizations and draw support for the regime in the Philippines.

Young activists and millennials came to detail their lives as community organizers today. Eddi Gana, Jr. And Stephanie Sajor, spoken word artists, based in Los Angeles, founded the “Sunday Jump,” an open mic series in Historic Filipinotown. They are leaders of KmB, Pro-People youth, a progressive organization that raises the next generation’s social consciousness through performances.

In the process of their advocacy, Eddi and Stephanie got married, a phenomenon that was observed as prevalent among past activists.

“We had a ‘people’s wedding’ in the ‘70s said Rose Ibanez who, with spouse Florante Ibanez, was part of the leadership of the Katipunan ng mga Demokratikong Pilipino (KDP) in LA. “A people’s wedding is when all your friends help,” Rose reminisced. Rose is a longtime city manager and Florante manages the library computer services at Loyola Law School and teaches Filipino American history.

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Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell of the 13th District of LA City Council came to support the celebration. He recently urged opposition to President Trump’s executive order declaring a travel ban on seven Muslim-majority nations. The 13th district includes Historic Filipino town, Echo Park, East Hollywood, Silver Lake and Hollywood. He said he was emboldened by the unity he sees among his constituents to support the campaign against the discrimination of immigrants.

“As long as there are policies that discriminate and threatens civil rights, human rights, freedom of religion and the free press, those are direct threat to everyone’s freedom,” O’Farrell said.

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Others who spoke included Angela Bartolome founder of the organization AF3IRM. Born in the Philippines, her parents are Filipino activists. She narrated how she grew up amid anti-martial law activism and how this experience instilled in her effective organizing skills.

Art Garcia leads the Justice for Filipino American Veterans and Filipino American Human Rights advocates who are against extrajudicial killings in the Philippines and the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. His group also warns against the country’s move towards another dictatorship.

A video tribute to several community activists in LA who have passed away capped the celebration. Honored were Greg Santillian, Remy Geaga, Roy Morales, Helen Brown, Peping Baclig, Ester Soriano, Rachel Furbeyre, among others.

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