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JFAV / ALLIED ORGS MARKED 75th BATAAN DAY, April 9, 2017

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April 7, 2017

JFAV / ALLIED ORGS MARKED 75th BATAAN DAY, April 9, 201717835149_10209206281699438_1519941050127202739_o

Los Angeles—Remember Bataan, April 9, 1942 1942.

The City of San Francisco in Northern California will be the focus for the 75th Bataan Day to honor the Filipino World War II veterans who fought and won the Second World War from 1941-1942 in the Pacific.

JFAV-San Francisco according to JFAV San Francisco Coordinator Ago Pedalizo is slated to conduct their own activity for April 9, 2017.

In Los Angeles

Meanwhile in Los Angeles,the Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) and the TALAKAYAN CLUB held a memorial meeting last April 6, 2017 at Manila Terrace to honor the 75th Bataan Day and the Filipino World War II Veterans and their survivors.

After the Lupang Hnirang, Sir Al Capati offered a prayers. After discussion of the significance of the fall of Bataan, the TALAKAYAN Club sung “God Bless America to end the progrm.

Last April 03, 2017 at the Philippine Consulate,The Philippine Consulate General of Los Angeles and the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society (PSHS) opened their month long exhibit to honor the Filipino World War I Veterans17758528_1740279835987728_3292464120658681512_o

The opening of the exhibit was supported by the Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFA) . It was well attended by the Filipino American community. On display at World War II memorabilia that will last for one month.

Congen Adel Angelito Cruz with the PSHS cut the ribbon at the opening of the exhibit.

US-Wide Bataan Day Activities

14202535_10154449365619054_1257266571727921164_nAll over the United States, the 75th Bataan Day activities will be marked in the following areas:

1.April 7- In Washington DC, the Philippine Embassy and veterans and advocacy group will mark Bataan Day.
2. in San Francisco,  the Bataan Legacy Historical Society led by BLHS Director Cecilia Gaerlan will hold their Bataan Day memorial activities on Saturday, April 8 2017 at the Presidio.They will start their program by a Bataan Legacy 5K Run at 8;30 AM in front of the Presidio Officer’s Club at 50 Moraga Ave. San Francisco. They will also have a wreath laying ceremony at 9;00 AM at the same Officers Club at the Presidio.
3.April- 8 – In New York, memorial rites will also be held.
4.April 8- In Albaquerque, New Mexico, the 75th Fall of Bataan will be remembered.
5.April 9- In Brainard, Minnesota. The 75th Bataan Day at the National Guard Armory
6.April 9,-In Santa Fe, New Mexico,t the 75th Bataan Day will be held
7.April 9—In Norfolk, Virginia, the 7th Bataan Day will be held in this US Navy town.
8.April 22— In Chesapeake, Virginia The Annual Bataan Day 5K/Walk Run will be held .

 

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THE HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF METRO MANILA’S LABAN NOISE BARRAGE OF APRIL 6, 1978

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April 7, 2017

THE HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF METRO MANILA’S LABAN NOISE BARRAGE OF APRIL 6, 1978

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Illuminating a piece of obscured history: Philip Jr Lustre writes about the significance of this day, April 6, in 1978. On that day, a massive and sustained noise barrage exploded all over Metro Manila to protest Marcos on the eve of the elections for members of the Interim Batasang Pambansa, the martial law legislative body. Well worth marking.

“Today, April 6th, we commemorate a significant yet half-forgotten milestone in our history.

The Noise Barrage, April 6,1978

Thirty nine years ago, or on the eve of the April 7, 1978 elections of the Interim Batasang Pambansa, the rubber stamp legislature dictator, which Ferdinand Marcos created under the 1973 Constitution, the Filipino people rose as one to voice their protest against the Marcos dictatorship.

Marcos and his minions did not expect the overall capacity of the Filipino people to voice out their anger and displeasure over the rising militarization and abuses associated with his one-man rule.

Buoyed by the appearance of detained Benigno Aquino Jr. on government television three nights before, the Filipino people spoke by engaging in the most successful noise barrage in history.

At exactly 7 pm, Filipinos from all walks of life collectively rose against martial law in one night display of anger and protest. The noise barrage was to last for only an hour, but it extended until past midnight.

Filipinos honked their cars, created noise out of empty tin cans and discarded metal covers of their cooking utensils, struck their metal gates, and shouted anti-Marcos slogans on top of their voices.

AFP Helpless on April 6, 1978

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (Army, Navy, Air Force, and Constabulary) and the Integrated National Police failed to contain the people’s anger. They could not do anything except to make some inconsequential arrests and empty threats.

The noise barrage emanated from the call of Marcos to hold the first parliamentary elections under martial rule. The dictator adroitly called it in late February, 1978 and set it on April 7, 1977.

Marcos did not want to give the divided opposition any chance to unite and defeat his selected candidates. With barely a month of political campaign, Marcos felt his Kilusang Bagong Lipunan coalition, or KBL, could win the polls hands down.

That was how clever he was during those days. He always outsmarted his opponents by not giving them any chances. It was typical all-me-first approach.

At that point, the political opposition was severely fragmented by their conflicting stands on the parliamentary polls.

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A faction led by Senators Gerry Roxas, the father of Mar Roxas and son of the late President Manuel Roxas, and Jovito Salonga did not want the democratic opposition to participate because Marcos would certainly rig the election results to project support for his martial law regime.

By boycotting the coming polls, the pro-boycott faction believed Marcos would become a laughing stock before the eyes of the world. “Let him do his own shadow-boxing,” Salonga was quoted as saying.

But a faction led by Senator Lorenzo Tanada believed that the opposition should participate to expose Marcos and his one-man rule, if only to bring the martial law issue directly to the people.

They argued that the parliamentary polls would be a perfect forum to ventilate the dictatorship issue before the people. Both the pro-boycott faction and the pro-participation group believed that Marcos was an illegal president, who occupied
thepresidency despite the official lapse of his term of office in 1973.

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The political impasse between the two factions was only broken when the pro-boycott faction finally agreed to allow the pro-participation faction to field a lineup of candidates to contest the KBL lineup in Metro Manila.

Hence, the Lakas ng Bayan, or Laban, was born with no less than Tanada as its figure head.

At that time, the parliamentary elections were on regional basis. Hence, every political party would have a set of candidates for every region. The country then had 13 regions, including Metro Manila.

Hence, every member of the Interim Batasang Pambansa would represent a region, not a province of a district. This was Marcos way of assuring he would control the elections and marginalize further the political opposition.
Besides, the Comelec, under the chairmanship of Leonardo Perez, a notorious Marcos lackey, had adopted block voting for the 1978 parliamentary elections.

Voters simply wrote KBL on their ballots and their votes were counted for all KBL candidates. The Comelec rules were heavily stuck to favor the candidates of the Marcos dictatorship.

Benigno Aquino Jr., father of President Noynoy Aquino, led theLaban lineup. At that time, Laban had secured a tactical alliance with the underground left, leading to the creation of a line-up that included two left-wing activists in Alex Boncayao and Trining Herrera, both are now dead.( In addition, Fernando Barican and Charito Planas also ran under LABAN).

It also had allied with the so-called “social democrats,” or “soc-dems.” The Laban included the likes of Monching Mitra, Nene Pimentel, Ernie Maceda, Fely Cabigao, Chito Lucero, Ernie Rondon, and several others.

The KBL, largely on the basis of the decision of Marcos, fielded first lady Imelda Marcos and a mishmash of virtual unknowns like Johnny Soler, Jolly Benitez, Pablo Floro, and other forgettable names.

Except for former senator Eddie Ilarde, the former Liberal Party stalwart, who transferred to KBL in a suffocating display of political opportunism, the KBL lineup was so weak that the political opposition could easily massacre it in fair and honest elections.

The political campaign became acrimonious as the political opposition charged Marcos of railroading it by not giving the Laban candidates any chance to explain their side before the people.

Finally, Marcos,in a gesture of token magnanimity, allowed Ninoy Aquino to be interviewed by a panel of journalists in the government television station.

Election Cheating BackfiredPFM

It backfired as it crystallized public sympathy for the articulate Ninoy, who waxed eloquent lines to protest his continued incarceration at the Fort Bonifacio.

Hence, the Laban planned the April 6th noise barrage as the culmination of the political campaign. Since the crony press did not report anything of significance about the political opposition, its campaigners did everything humanly possible to disseminate the information about the planned unprecedented political activity.

They did it by spreading the announcement of the planned noise barrage through word of mouth or passing mimeographed copies of the announcement.

The rest was history. On the night of April 6th, the world was shaken by the collective call of the Filipino people to protest martial rule. Even Marcos did not expect the people’s anger.

As a knee jerk reaction, he and the Leonardo Perez-led Comelec cheated the Laban ticket. Not one among its candidates won.

Even Ninoy Aquino lost to virtual unknowns like Pablo Floro. Of course, Imelda topped the rigged elections.

Marcos could have won the day but not without any future retribution. Although it took eight more years for the Filipino to rise and kick him out of power, the perception that Marcos was bound to stay in power and promote his one-man rule was firmed up by the April 6th noise barrage and the results of the one-sided April 7th parliamentary elections.

Marcos never enjoyed the legitimacy, which he longed and sought from various sectors including the political opposition.

His political isolation from our people became more pronounced.”

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ALLIANCE CONDEMNS TRUMP’S BLATANT MISSILE ATTACKS AGAINST SYRIA

For Immediate Release
Alliance-Philippines
April 07, 2017

ALLIANCE CONDEMNS TRUMP’S BLATANT MISSILE ATTACKS AGAINST SYRIAISIS-Controlled-Areas

Los Angeles— No To US War Of Aggression!

The Alliance-Philippines based in the United States vehemently condemned Trump’s blatant military attack on Syria today by launching scores of Tomahawk missiles without any proof and any military reason whatsoever.

Trump did not even considered the fact with the international agreement that Syria handed all its chemical weapons to a third party.

Trump did not even respect and even disregarded the international agreement that the US entered with Syria and Russia and with the international community.

Military Provocations Without Any ReasonJustice For Akai Gurley

Even if it is very far fetched that Syria launched the gas attack against the rebels in Idlib. Trump still orders the missile strike against the Syrian Air Force Base.

It is classical Trump charging anyone against him without any proof that he made such drastic military decision. Like when he blamed Obama for “wire-tapping his (Trump’s) Hotel. ”

Trump’s war –mongering against Syria and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and even China is a clear provocation for a war against Russia and it’s perceived enemies.

Trump, timed the missile attacks while China’s Xi Ching Pei was on the US VIsit in Florida. It is a clear veiled threat to China whose has the South China Seas problem with the US.

Mobilize Against the War Against Syria

It is also muscle-flexing tactics that all chicken hawks like Trump and the war-hungry US military applauds. At its best, its a diversionary tactic to divert public opinion perceived Trumps-Russian connection.

As a member of the International ANSWER, we , in the Alliance, will mobilize on Saturday against the blatant war of aggression by the US military against the United Arab Republic of Syria and its warmongering against the DPRK and China.

NO TO US WAR OF AGGRESSIONS!

HANDS OFF SYRIA!

Alliance-Philippines
Los Angeles

April 07, 2017

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

For Immediate Release
5th HFT Kalayaan Organizing Committee, 2017 (5K0C 2017).
April 7, 2017

Historic Filipinotown Kalayaan Parade Slated On Saturday, June 03, 20173HFTIDP

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 FiIlipino American Veterans (JFAV), 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 Mythical Legend of the Bataan Death March

JFAV UPDATES
April 6, 2017

The Mythical Legend of the Bataan Death Marchnew-mexico

By Rudy D. Liporada

Los Angeles-It is often said that when the legend is better than history, the legend is presented and accepted as truth. That is assuming history, as presented, by itself, holds the truth.

The siege of Bataan and the Death March are commemorated every April 9 as a heroic comradely defense of the Philippines by Americans and Filipinos fighting side by side – that despite all odds, outnumbered, they stood their grounds until they had to surrender to suffer the monstrosity of the Japanese during the infamous Bataan Death March.

While, however, we should really venerate the sacrifices of those who suffered, especially those who have died; and truly condemn the monstrosity of the Japanese, extenuating circumstances should not be glossed over to relegate truths under blankets of illusions and legends.

The Struggle for Equity ContinuesJFAV:KmB.Ugnayan Lobbyist in the US Capitol, February 28-March 2, 2016

In recent years, Filipino WWII veterans had been fighting for the promise of General MacArthur that they would receive their just compensations for having fought side by side with the Americans in the trenches of Bataan and Corregidor; and eventual guerilla warfare against the Japanese.

When most of the Filipino veterans have already died of old age, those few remaining who have gone feeble received a measly $15,000.00 for their profusely legend shrouded heroic efforts during the war.

MacArthur’s Fake News

At the end of the day, the Filipino Veterans’ issue was used merely as fodder by most American politicians to get Filipino American votes.

Furthermore, a central theme of the Bataan legend is the illusion that the American and Filipino defenders fought “against overwhelming odds” or “in the face of overwhelming numerical superiority.”

Renato and Letizia R. Constantino, in their Philippines – A Continuing Past, wrote that “Such phrases were the staple of communiqués emanating from MacArthur’s headquarters…Often inaccurate, they even reported victories in battles that were never fought…such reports were eagerly picked up the American press and greatly boosted MacArthur’s prestige.

The chief of the USAFFE public relations office, Col Le Grande A. Diller, later revealed that many of the communiqués were written by MacArthur himself and many others were carefully edited by him.”

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At the trial of General Homma, the Japanese General exposed the numerical myths. The Japanese testified that there were only around 54,000 Japanese troops against 70,000 USAFFE in Bataan. When Corregidor surrendered, there were only 2,000 Japanese on the Island against 10,000 Filipinos and Americans.

This numerical disparity would be one factor that led to the harsh treatment of the Japanese towards their captives.

When the Bataan forces surrendered on April 9, 1942, the Japanese were jubilant but quite surprised that the surrender was made early and quite easily than the Japanese expected. The Japanese were then overwhelmed and were unprepared for so many prisoners.

Assuming there could have been a few of them with kindred hearts, the Japanese could not help but be harsh given the number of prisoners they must take care of, much less to feed. There was also the language barrier where the Japanese barked orders were not understood.

Moreover, the Japanese foot soldiers were in a foreign country which they correctly presumed to be hostile towards them. The tension of marching a horde with so less Japanese guards in a hostile environment added to the tension of a Japanese to quickly club, bayonet, or behead a Bataan prisoner of war who, even slightly, got out of line.

Official estimates state that between 50,000 of the Filipinos and 9,000 Americans arrived at Camp O’Donnell in Tarlac after completing the March.

Between 12,000 and 18,000 of their number are unaccounted for. What happened to them is unknown but it is assumed that between 5,000 to 10,000 died during the March.

Half of the Filipinos interned or 25,000 and 1/6 of the Americans or 1,900 were to die during their internment at Camp O’Donnell.

The inability of the Japanese forces to feed the prisoners and give them medicines for malaria, beriberi, diarrhea and other illnesses contributed largely to the death of the prisoners. Again, this was because the Japanese were unprepared to accommodate such a huge number of prisoners, much less feed and medicate them.

USAFFE, An Unprepared ArmyMay 6,1942

The fact is, even before the Death March, the USAFFE troops were already about to perish not from the hail of bullets from the Japanese but from hunger, thirst, and lack of medicine from illnesses borne from jungle menaces.

It should be reiterated that with the MacArthur’s abandonment of Plan Orange and subsequent late reversion to it, food, medical, ammunition and other supplies for Bataan and Corregidor were left, wasted, in depots along the beaches from the Northern Luzon down to Bataan.

Renato and Letizia Constantino state “…normal ration, rice stocks would have lasted only twenty days, flour and canned vegetables thirty days, canned milk forty days and canned meat and fish fifty days. Salt, lard, and sugar were in very short supply and there were practically no onions and potatoes.

To make matters worse, around 26, 000 Filipino refugees had followed the 80,000 troops into Bataan and disgracefully meager supplies had to be shared with them. As early as January 5, MacArthur put all USAFFE force on half ration, only to reduce this several more times in the following weeks.

The soldiers, especially those at the front, became so hungry that foraging for anything at all to eat became more urgent than looking out for the enemy…The supply of such an elementary drug as quinine was inadequate from the very beginning.”

Moreover, Corregidor was more stocked up than Bataan so that Corregidor had a supply for 10,000 men for six months at the time that MacArthur had ordered Bataan forces to be on half rations and getting the brunt of enemies’ attacks.

The Constantinos surmise “Perhaps because it was to be MacArthur’s headquarters as well as that of President Quezon, Corregidor had been given priority over Bataan…”

From the above, it could be deduced that, perhaps by no conscious intentions from any quarters, the forces in Bataan had to be surrendered by Major General Edward P. King, commander of the Bataan forces, when there were only two days ration left for the troops.

Meaning they were already going to die from hunger and illnesses. In effect, to prevent the slaughter of his troops meant, so they would not starve, King passed on the responsibility of feeding the Bataan fighters to the enemy.

Unprepared for this task where, even in the absence yet of the Geneva Convention, conquerors are supposed to take care of their captives, the Japanese failed immensely to feed and medically care for the Bataan forces for the sheer magnitude of the captive troops.

For this, the Japanese, solely, were harshly condemned, branded as the monsters of the Bataan Death March; where the errors made by MacArthur at the outset of the Japanese invasion which led to the inadequacy of the USAFFE troops and their supplies were largely ignored.

Inequalities in Bataan

Former U.S. President Harry S. Truman signed The Rescission Act of 1946, which exclusively disenfranchised Filipino veterans and their families access to their rightful benefits. This racist law has endured for 69 years, but we demand NO MORE! Justice and equity for our lolos and lolas now!

Former U.S. President Harry S. Truman signed The Rescission Act of 1946, which exclusively disenfranchised Filipino veterans and their families access to their rightful benefits. This racist law has endured for 69 years, but we demand NO MORE! Justice and equity for our lolos and lolas now!

Moreover, to this day, Bataan day is celebrated as a shrine of Filipino American unity where Filipino and American blood were equally shed for the defense of freedom against monstrous Japan. According to Renato Constantino, however, “the shedding of blood between the two was never equal as the Filipino soldier was not treated as equal to the American soldier.

The United States Armed Forces of the Far East (USAFFE) was a single command but had two distinct armies – the Filipino Army and the US Army. The two armies had distinctly different food by virtue of their unequal allowances.

For the Filipino soldier, his meal allowance was forty centavos per day. His American counterpart was one dollar or (at that time) two pesos. Moreover, the Filipino private received only 18 pesos for his month’s pay while his counterpart, received 100 pesos.”

Moreover, the Filipino units were mostly in the front lines and the 10,000 Americans were mostly held in reserve.

All the inequities, however, would all be glossed over and almost forgotten, blanketed by the perpetuated monstrous so called handling of the Japanese of the Bataan Death March. Constantino stated that “

By promoting Bataan as the symbol of Fil-American unity and common sacrifice, this propaganda made Filipinos forget the empty promises of aid and ignore the errors of their military idol, Douglas MacArthur. It also strengthened their faith in the United States.”

So much for Filipino-American friendship.

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