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MORE ORGANIZATIONS JOINED THE 5TH HFT KALAYAAN PARADE

For Immediate Release
5th HFT Kalayaan Organizing Committee, 2017 (5K0C 2017).

April 29, 2017

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Los Angeles– More Filipino-American organizations have joined the 5th Historic Filipinotown Kalayaan Parade.

The Binibining Pilipinas -USA 2017, The Silver Lake Adult CBAS, the United Bicolandia of Los Angeles (UBLA), The Manila Terrace/Temple Westlake Neighborhood Development Corporation (TWDC) , Council for Trade and Industries for Filipino Americans (COTIFA), Burlington School and TALAKAYAN SA HFT recently joined the 5KOC.

The 5th Kalayaan Parade for Historic Filipinotown will be held on Saturday, at 9 AM June 03, 2017 to celebrate the 119th Philippine Independence Day, June 12, 1989 from Spain.

The assembly area is in front of the Silver Lake Medical Center (SLMC) at Temple Street at 8;00AM. The parade starts at 9;00 AM.

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The 5KOC also announced Council Member of District 13 Mitch O’ Farrell had confirmed his presence and will be the guest speaker at the 5KOC.

The 5KOC is now outreaching to Filipino-American and allied organizations who have joined the HFT Kalayaan Parade in the past.Last year, more than 50 organizations from HFT and around Los Angeles joined the parade. M

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 committee for the yearly event.

More than 50 Organizations in 2016
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More than 50 motorcyclist from Philippine Hurley Riders Club joined the parade in 2016.

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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THE HIGH COURT DECISIONS

KOMUNIDAD
April 27, 2017

THE HIGH COURT DECISIONS

By Arturo P. Garcia

Salus populi est suprema lex ( The Voice of the people is the supreme law). This one of the tenets of the courts of law.

But his saying is contravened by another saying, Dura Lex, sed lex ( The law is harsh, but that’s the law).

The recent Philippine Supreme Court ruling allowing the continued construction of the Torre De Manila echoed the contradictions on the ruling of the Supreme Court.

Though the Knight of Rizal (KOR) main office issued a statement “ respecting the SC decision), I beg to disagree.

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The SC ruling, though it is legal and binding lacks morals and ignore the public opinion. Actually, it’s a decision that upholds the primacy of private property and give preference to the rich an the powerful.

IT is also a slap in the face of the Knights of Rizal (KOR) saying that it lacks the personality to file a case.

Well, it might be true, for the custodians of public welfare and morals allowed the egregious construction of the Torre De Manila in the first place.

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Thus, the blame must be placed squarely to the City of Manila especially Manila Mayor Erap Estrada for allowing the construction of the tower that replaced the Jai-Alai of Manila.

But what can we do? The City of Manila is in the warpath of destroying historical buildings .

It has demolished landmarks like the Jai Alai building, the Army-navy Club and others and the National Historical bodies is inutile to stop it. It eyes are now trained on the Rizal Memorial Sports Center and want to replace the sports center with a mall.

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday junked a petition to halt construction of a controversial building within the line of sight of the Rizal Monument, a historic and well-known tourist landmark.

Supreme Court Spokesperson Theodore Te said that the justices voted 9-6, saying that there was no law prohibiting the construction of the Torre de Manila condominium in Manila.

“One, the Court has no jurisdiction over the subject matter. Two, the petitioners have no standing to sue. And three, they stand
to suffer no injury,” Te said in a press briefing.

“Furthermore, the Court also found that there is no law that prohibits the construction of the challenged Torre de Manila project,” he said, adding that the TRO against it would be lifted.

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The Torre de Manila construction on Taft Avenue sparked protest among the public when people found that it marred their view of the Rizal Monument. The building is over two kilometers away from the landmark.

The petition to stop the Torre de Manila construction was filed on September 2014 by the Order of the Knights of Rizal, a civic group established in 1911 to uphold the ideals of national hero Jose Rizal. In their petition, they requested the Supreme Court to order the condominium’s developer DMCI Homes, to halt construction.

The Knights of Rizal argued that the placement of the building ruins the sight line behind the Rizal Monument, thus devaluing the historic site, and that it violated Manila zoning laws.

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The group said it respected the decision of the Supreme Court on its “test case for Philippine heritage” and thanked the public for its support.

“The public support that was expressed in favor of our stand was an indication not only of the importance of the National Monument but also to the continued relevance and reverence our National Hero, Jose Rizal still enjoys,” the Knights of Rizal said in a statement Tuesday.

The Court ruling was welcomed by the Torre de Manila developer, calling the decision “fair and just.”

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“We will immediately resume construction to finally end the undue suffering of our stakeholders, most especially our workers and future residents who depended on our commitment to complete the project,” DMCI Homes said in their statement.

The Rizal Monument marks the exact spot on which national hero Jose Rizal was shot by a Spanish firing squad on December 30, 1896.

The Manila zoning board approved the continuation of the project in January 2014 after it had been suspended in November 2013 for violating zoning laws.

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The nine Justices who voted for the ruling were Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Justices Antonio Carpio, Presbitero Velasco Jr., Lucas Bersamin, Mariano del Castillo, Bienvenido Reyes, Estelita Perlas-Bernabe, Marvic Leonen, and Noel Tijam, said Te.

Those who voted against the ruling were Justices Teresita de Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Jose Mendoza, Francis Jardeleza, Alfredo Caguioa, and Samuel Martires, he added.

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And the so-called Court of the Last Resort is also inutile to do anything about it because of legal niceties.

It is more concerned with the “letter of the law” than the “spirit of the law.” . More on the legalities and technicalities than the morality of their action.

“The Philippine Supreme Court exemlifies the injustice in the Philippines. The Supreme Court freed the plunderers like PGMA . She was recently cleared of plunder of by the unjust Supreme Court,

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The same Supreme Court that released Juan Ponce Enrile for “humanitarian reasons.” The court that overturns decisions like the Vizconde case. That allowed a dictator to be buried in the heroes cemetery. That might unseat a sitting vice-president in favor of a dictator’’s son who can pay the court fees.

People should know that the Philippine Supreme Court is a creation of American authorities that occupied the Philippines and made it as its first colonies and paid for it in a treaty with Spain in 1898. Actually, its first decision was to hanged Philippine revolutionaries as “bandits”

Thus to go to the Supreme Court is foolhardy and to submit to the executioner’s chamber. It’s an exercise in futility.

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That is why Filipinos loved the “Ang Probinsyano” and can relate with it and loved to watch it. At least in the telenovelas they can be served justice, if only in virtual reality and not in reality.

Kahit man lang sa TV may hustisya kaysa sa tunay na buhay na walang hustisya.

Sometimes films and telenovelas mirrors the reality.

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PAMPANGA GOVERNOR JOSE LINGAD. USAFFE AND PAMPANGA GUERILLA LEADER

JFAV UPDATES

April 24, 2017

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Los Angeles--“It’s amazing to see the progress of the statue that is being created for my Grandpa Jose Lingad that will be placed in Pampanga. Can’t wait to come back to see it.” –Kathrine Lingad.

IN ADDITION: He survived the Battle of Bataan and The Death March. He led the Pampanga guerillas against the Japanese. But he did not survived Marcos’ martial law.

He went back to politics after his retirement,proded by Senator Ninoy Aquino to run in 1980. But he was cheated of his elections by Estelito Mendoza- a Marcos lawyer. The people of Pampanga does not believe he lost the elections.

He was killed to stop his electoral protest against the known lawyer of corrupt plunders until today.

Lingad lived in the hearts of bis kabalen Pampangueno’s. But Mendoza will have a long life of contempt and ignominy.

JFAV Salutes the Filipino World War II Vetera, Jose Lingad.

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5th KALAYAAN PARADE IN HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN, JUNE 03, 2017

For Immediate Release
5th HFT Kalayaan Organizing Committee, 2017 (5K0C 2017).
April 18, 2017

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

The 5th Historic Filipintown Kalayaan Organizing Committee (5KOC) proudly announced today that the 5th Kalayaan Parade for Historic Filipinotown will be held on Saturday, at 9 AM June 03, 2017 to celebrate the 119th Philippine Independence Day, June 12, 1989 from Spain.

The assembly area is in front of the Silverlake Medical Center (SLMC) at Temple Street at 8;00AM. The parade starts at 9;00 AM.

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The 5KOC is comprised of member organizations led by the Justice For FiIipino American Veterans (JFAV), Historic Filipinotown Neighborhood Council (HFNC), KNIGHTS OF RIZAl-HISTORIC FILIPINO TOWN (KOR-HFT), BANTAY PILIPINAS-USA.

Other groups are the legal Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA); Philippine Institute of Language, Arts and Culture (PILAC Inc), TALAKAYAN CLUB and Alliance-Philippines (AJLPP).

The Filipino Christian Church (FCC), KOR-California Chapter, the Echo Park Community Coalition (EPCC), the Christian Fellowshio Committee, The Rampart Village Neighborhood Council (RVNC) and other groups.

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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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THE DRIFT TOWARDS NEO-FASCISM

KOMUNIDAD
April 18, 2017

THE DRIFT TOWARDS NEO-FASCISM

By Arturo P. Garcia

Unofficial results of Turkey’s referendum show Turkish voters have handed President Erdoğan sweeping new powers. He can stay for nine more years and beyond according to the
results.

The yes campaign won 1.25 million more votes than the no campaign, with about 600,000 votes still to be counted.The yes vote had about 51.3% compared with 48.7% for the no vote, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported. Turnout exceeded 80%.

The three largest cities – Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir – voted against the changes.

Meanwhile, the main opposition Republican People’s party (CHP) plans to challenge more than a third of the ballot boxes and accused Anadolu of publishing inaccurate results.

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The European Union (EU) expressed alarms over the sweeping power that Tayyip Erdogan won for himself during the Turkish referendum. But Erdogan brushed aside EU opposition.

He told them to “put themselves into their proper places.” Even if the results were too close, he claimed victory and he flaunted it.

Turkey has been the pain in EU’s neck. Even if they did not allow the Turkish referendum in their countries, the result went to Erdogan’s ay and they have to contend with it.

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But it seems, Erdogan was an American, NATO and EU problem after all. We remember Erdogan accused the US of “orchestrating a coup against him in 2016”. After that he switched loyalty to Russia and Putin.

He even cooperated with Russia against the ISIS in Turkey’s border with Syria and drove the ISIS out of Allepo.

No wonder Trump is reaching out to Erdogan after the referendum in an apparent bid to appease the Turkish strongman.

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On the other hand, Russian President Vladimir Putin raised the ante by supporting the East Ukranian Republic of Donetz against the EU, UK and US backed Ukraine. The war between the two states is still ongoing despite the ceasefire signed in Minsk.

In an apparent answer to NATO deployment at its border, Russia deployed more troops, armored and air assets as well as missiles at its border.

Putin knows his history that by the sheer number of troops, NATO is capable of invading his mother Russia.

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It seems with Trump’s turn-around on NATO by saying that “ it is not obsolete” gave NATO a fresh mandate to push for its anti-Russian maneuvers.

NATO with the British and American forces since the end of the Obama presidency has deployed armored, air assets and troops at Russia’s borders in Lithuania and Poland.

It seems the situation s like the pre-World War II Germany’s invasion of Russia in June 1941. Despite the Russia and German Non-Intervention Pact signed by Ribbentrop and Molotov, Germany invaded Russia in June 1941.

This time, with or without an agreement, the military movements are clear. War is eminent in Europe.

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Trump sent his Vice President Mike Pence to a whirlwind tour of Asia for a diplomatic offensive.Pence visited South Korea and American forces in the demilitarized zone for show.

He will go next to Japan, Indonesia and Australia to calm the nerves of his allies and assured them that the US mean business in going or not going to war.

In the United States, Trump and his fellow GOP has overturned almost all Obama’s edicts and laws. But they failed to dismantle the ACA or Obamacare to the consternation of Trump.

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Many of the protestors even called Trump as “neo-fascists” due to the way he runs the government and gave his neocons and Pentagon generals power in his government.

Lately, he authorized the additional troops to Iraq and Syria as well as Somalia. This is the first time US troops deployment in Africa.

He is even planning to send 50,000 troops back to Afghanistan. It seems America is back to its war deployment.

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With Xi at the helm in China, Putin in Russia, Erdogan in Turkey and Trump in America, the drift towards neo-fascism is a reality.

The world is not a safe place as it used to be. Wars, regional or proxy wars is the way of the world today. That’s neo-fascism for you.

That’s how the world looked like before the Great War or World War I and World War II for “Greatest Generation.”

For those who do not study history, this a brief lesson for all of you.

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4th Pilipinix Visibility Week Culmination Ceremony at PWC, April 17, 2017

FAI NEWS
April 17, 2017

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Los Angeles –The Fourth Pilipinx Visibility Week culmination ceremony drew to a close last Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Pilipino Workers Center (PWC).

The keynote speaker Ivy Quicho, AF3IRM National Chairperson gave an inspiring speech. She encouraged student organizers “ to remember the interconnected of our struggle as Pilipinxs with other communities of color.”

Quicho reiterated that “ organizing does not have to stop at college campus boundaries, that we must fight for liberation of all humanity. We must not dare to struggle but day to dream.”

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Nine student leaders who belong to the SIKAP Coalition also spoke on behalf of their school organizations. They were Warjay Naigan of Cal Poly Pomona PASK; Kevin Parducho of Cal State LA Kalahi; Joshua Blanco of UC Irvine Kababayan; Raven Castro of USC Troy Philippines; Andrea Mackey of Claremont Colleges Kasama.

Renee Zapata of UCSB Kapatirang Pilipino; Kamille Magante of Cal State Dominguez Hills Pagsikapan; Kevin Casasola of UCLA Samahang Pilipino; and Angelyn Garcia of Cal State Fullerton Pilipino American Students Association) and their respective membership,

CSULA Kalahi’s group danced the “Maglalatik” to the delight of the crowd.

DJ J the YB of Sessions LA manned the turntables while the Filipino Cultural School, Dollar Hits LA, NativeSol, Pilipino Workers Center, and all advocates and allies for Ethnic Studies were there to display their wares.

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ANG MULING PAGBANGON NG PASISMO

SALAG/BANAT
Abril 17, 2017

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Ni Arturo P. Garcia

Lubhang nababahala ang mundo, lalo na ang Europa dahil sa muling pagbabangon ng ng pasismo.

Mukhang nagbago ang ihip ng hangin mula nang mahalal ang mga populista at di-umano’y makabayang mga lider ng bansang Rusya, Syria, Turkey at ang pinakahuli ay ang Pilipinas at Amerika.

Kamakailan lamang, nagkaroon ng referendum sa Turkey at sa wari, nanalo sa proseso ang lider ng Turkey na si Tayyip Erdogan kaya mapaplawig ang kanyang termino ng siyam na taon pa.

Ito rin ang hakbang sa Pilipinas kaya gigil na gigil ang mga tauhan ni PDUT na gawing Federal na Republika ang Pilipinas. Sa proseso, malulusaw ang lumang republika. Tatayo ang Federalismo na bubuuin ng mga Federal na estado sa mga rehiyon.

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Mukhang nagiging tunguhin sa mundo ang paghahalal ng mga malalakas na lider na populista at makabayan tulad ni Putin ng Rusya na mapangahas at matatag sa harap ng pambubuska ng Europa o ng NATO maging ng Amerika.putin

Nandindigan si Putin laban sa agresyon ng NATO sa Ukraine at sa Ossetia. Hindi siya nangiming magpadala ng mga tropa at suportahan ang mga maka-Rusyang rebelde sa Silangang Ukraine

Tinapatan ang pwersang pandigma ng NATO ng pwersa sa pwersa sa kanyang hangganan ng Rusya sa Polandya, Lithuania, Estonia at Latvia sa Baltic Sea at iba pang hangganan .

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Sinugpo din ni Putin nang mabisa ang mga eksrimistang Muslim na suportado ng Amerika/CIA sa Chechenya, sa mga Muslim na bansa ng Rusya at lalo na sa Syria .

Hindi lamang iyon, nagpadala pa ng tulong militar at aktibong suportang militar ang Rusya sa Syria tulad ng kanyang air force laban sa ISIS. Samantalang tameme naman ang Amerika dito.

Kaya nga malakas ang suporta ng mga Ruso sa kanilang Pangulo na si Vladimir Putin na pinaparatangan ngayon sa Amerika na siyang nagpanalo kay Trump sa nakaraang eleksyong 2016.

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Sa Amerika, tuluy-tuloy ang mga protesta laban kay Trump. Lalong bumababa ang popularidad nito sa loob ng kanyang unang 100- araw dahil sa mga nakaunpopular na mga hakbang.

Nabigo ito na buwagin ang ACA o ang tinatawag niyang Obamacare. Dahil sa may 24 milyong ang maapeketuhan ng habang na ito.

Pambawi ng kanyang mga unpopular na hakbang, tinira ni Trump ng mga missile ang Syria. Nagdulot ito ng pagitan ng US at ng Rusya. Kaya naman, nagpadala ito ng mga barkong pandigma sa Syria para magpakita ng suporta.

Kamakailan lamang binantaan nito ang PROC at ang DPRK na gyegyerahin niya ito kapag sumubok itong muli na magtesting ng kanyang mga missiles. Ipinadala niya ang kanyang Bise-Presidenteng si Mike Pence sa Timog Korea.

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Mukhang nasiyahan ng husto si PDUT sa kanyang pagdalaw sa Gitnang Silangan. Doon libre siyang nakapagmura. Hindi niya magagawa ito sa Pilipinas dahil Mahal na Araw at sasawayin siya ng Simbahang Katoliko.digong-gunggong

Nilantakan ng mura ni PDUT hindi lamang ang mga kalaban niya sa pulitika kundi ang “mga mayayaman” daw na umaapi sa sambayanan. Binanatan niya ang mga Lopez ng ABS-CBN, ang mga Prieto ng PDI, maging sina Lucio Tan at ang mga Ongpin.

Nakabalik na sa Pilipinas si PDUT, pero kung umaasa kayong babango pa ang kanyang bibig at hihinto sa pagmumura, huwag na kayong umasa. Hindi na magbabago ang isang lumang aso na nasanay na sa pagmumura.

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Tanggapin na lang kayo at magtika dahil nalinlang kayo noong nakaraang eleksyon ng 2016. Ito ang pinagmamayabang ni PDUT na naihalal daw siya ng may anim na milyong lamang sa nakaraang eleksyon.

Magtiyaga na lang kayo tulad ng pagtitiis ninyo sa Amerika kay Trump. Apat na taon ang pagtitiis ninyo. Samantalang sa Pilipinas, anim na taon pa ang titiisin ng gma taumbayan.

Kung magkabisala pa, kung itutuloy ni PDUT ang pagdedeklara ng martial law ang kanyang Federalismo, magtiis na lang kay kay DUTERTIMISMO.

Habang buhay na buhay sa impyerno.

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JFAV STATEMENT OF THE 75th DEATH MARCH, April 9-15, 1942.

For Immediate Release
Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV)
April 15, 2017

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Los Angeles– -Today, 75 years ago, the brutal Bataan Death march ended at Camp O’Donell, Capas, Tarlac on April 15, 1942.

It is apt and proper that the KmB and SIKAP or CCAPS honor this day with their Fourth SIKAP culmination ceremonies at PWC, April 1, 2107 at 6:00PM.

The Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) the national lobby and advocacy alliance for Filipino World War II Veterans rights and welfare, also pays tribute to the fallen and living heroes of The BATAAN DEATH MARCH

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In the BATAAN DEATH MARCH, more than 75,000 USAFFE soldiers were forced to march from Mariveles, Bataan to San Fernando, Pampanga. And then were transported by train and marched from Capas, Tarlac to Camp P’Donnel prisoner of war camp (POW camp).

In the process. more than 18,000 Filipino soldiers and more than 1,,000 Americans died during the “Death March”

Actually more USAFFE soldiers died in the Death march than the 130 days Battle for Bataan.

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75 years later, JFAV is still fighting in the 115th US Congress so their rights and privileges be restored , their monthly pension be given to them and to their 60,000 survivors.

The worst racism suffered by Filipinos is to be not recognized as an American Veterans . While the Japanese-American who suffered the same racism were compensated by the US government in 1982.

JFAV pledged that they will continue to struggle for veterans equity and justice no matter how long the struggle maybe. The injury to one, is an injury for all.

Makibaka Para sa Katarungan at Pagkakapantay-pantay!
Fight racism and racial discrimination.
Remember Bataan!

Arturo P. Garcia
JFAV National Coordinator
April 15, 2017

Los Angeles. CA

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JFAV STATEMENT OF THE 75th DEATH MARCH, April 9-15, 1942.

For Immediate Release
Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV)
April 14, 2017

JFAV STATEMENT OF THE 75th  DEATH MARCH, April 9-15, 1942.75BD2017

Los Angeles- -“ Old Soldiers Never Die, They Just Fade Away.”

The Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) the national lobby and advocacy alliance for Filipino World War II Veterans rights and welfare, pays tribute to the fallen and living heroes of Bataan and Corregidor on the 75th Bataan Day otherwise known as the Fall of Bataan, April 9, 1942.

Bataan, the battle front surrendered to the Japanese forces after 130 days of intense fighting on April 9, 1942.

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It is also the 75th YEar of the infamous BATAAN DEATH MARCH. What followed after te fall of Bataan in April 9, 1942, was the horrific and brutal “BATAAN DEATH MARCH. It was the 60 kilometers forced march from Mariveles, Bataan to Capas, Tarlac from April 10-15, 1942.

In the BATAAN DEATH MARCH, more than 75,000 USAFFE soldiers were forced to march from Mariveles, Bataan to San Fernando, Pampanga. And then were transported by train and marched from Capas, Tarlac to Camp P’Donnel prisoner of war camp (POW camp).

In the process. more than 18,000 Filipino soldiers and more than 1,,000 Americans died during the “Death March” Actually more USAFFE soldiers died in the Death march than the 130 days Battle for Bataan.

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Since then, in 1953 it was declared a national holiday by President Elpidio Quirino. Later in 1987, it was declared as the “Araw ng Kagitingan” or Day of Valor by President Cory Aquino.

But the struggle did not end in the battlefields of Bataan. 75 years later, the remaining 18,000 Filipino-American Veterans are still fighting for their benefits and rights.

All taken away from them by the Unjust Rescission Act of the 79th US Congress in 1946. More than 250,000 Filipino Veterans were disenfranchised by this act of Congress.

No Justice and Equity, No Peace

75 years later, JFAV is still fighting in the 115th US Congress so their rights and privileges be restored , their monthly pension be given to them and to their 60,000 survivors.

The worst racism suffered by Filipinos is to be not recognized as an American Veterans . While the Japanese-American who suffered the same racism were compensated by the US government in 1982.

JFAV pledged that they will continue to struggle for veterans equity and justice no matter how long the struggle maybe. The injury to one, is an injury for all.

Makibaka Para sa Katarungan at Pagkakapantay-pantay!

Fight racism and racial discrimination.

Remember Bataan!

 

Arturo P. Garcia
JFAV National Coordinator

April 14, 2017
Los Angeles. CA

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FOURTH (4th) SIKAP (CCAPS) CULMINATION CEREMONIES, April 15 at PWC-LA

FAI NEWS
April 14, 2017

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Los Angeles– ” No History, No Self”

The Fourth (4th) SIKAP (CCAPS or California Coalition Advancing Pilipinx Studies) cordially inivte the pubic to the Pilipinx Visibility Week Culmination Ceremony: Resistance is Stronger (Mas Malakas ang Pakikibaka) will be held this Saturday April 15th at Pilipino Workers Center, Los Angeles from 6-8 PM.

This is to continue to fight for the inclusion of Ethnic Studies in higher education. One of Kabataang maka-Bayan or KmB / Pro-People Youth’s main campaigns is SIKAP (CCAPS or California Coalition Advancing Pilipinx Studies).

Culmination Ceremonies, April 15.

On Saturday, April 15 is the culminanation ceremonies for the Pilipinx Visibility Week (April 9th-15th) held respectively at 9 different campuses.

They are: Cal Poly Pomona, UC Irvine, UCLA, UCSB, USC, Cal State LA, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Fullerton, and Claremont Colleges.

This is a community forum with PACN performances, a keynote to speak about the history and current state of Pilipinx Studies.KEYNOTE: Ivy Quicho, AF3IRM National Chairperson
SOUND SELECTION: DJ J the YB of Sessions LA

There will be an interactive mural to write our stories, and more. Refreshments are provided by Dollar Hits LA (melon juice), and more to be announced.

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SIKAP is comprised of educators, students, and community organizers: Cal Poly Pomona Pilipino American Studies Kollective, UCI Kababayan, UCLA Samahang Pilipino, USC Troy Philippines, Cal State LA Kalahi, Cal State Dominguez Hills Pagsikapan, Cal State Fullerton Pilipino-American Students Association, Claremont Colleges Kasama, and KmB / Pro-People Youth.

This coalition strives for the advancement of Pilipinx Studies on campus, in the community, and beyond. For its fourth consecutive year, each college organization presents Pilipinx Visibility Week from Sunday, April 9th to Saturday, April 15th. See attached for solidarity schedule.

PARKING: Free on the street
ADMISSION: Free

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