Daily Archives: April 10, 2017


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April 10, 2017


Los Angeles—First, it was Syria, now it’s the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

After US President Trump attacked Syria with missiles while he met with PRC’s President Xi jing Pei, he sent another naval task force into the Northern Pacific in an apparent show of force.

By sending a naval task force to the Northern Pacific against the DPRK, Trump is provoking the DPRK and brings the world into a brink of a thermo-nuclear war or another regional war in the Pacific.

DPRK Is Ready to Defend Itself.

DPRK is not a push-over. It has nuclear capabilities that is aimed at US forces in Japan and South Korea. DPRK can defend itself from US aggression. It has defeated the American aggression in the 1950’s . It is ready to defend itself again despite US military provocations.

Trump’s gambit of trying to bring the People’s Republic of China against it’s ally-the DPRK will not succeed.

The solidarity and friendship between DPRK goes back during their anti-Japanese struggle during World War II and their resist American aggression during the Korean conflict.
The PRC helped DPRK to rebuild and only left the nation when they were able to rebuild in 1961.

US Out Of Korea!

Unlike the United States that still keeps their bases and more than 30,000 American troops in South Korea and are conducting provocative military exercises, the US military presence is a proof enough to show who is the aggressor country in the Korean peninsula for the last 67 years.

The Alliance-Philippines condemns Trump’s warmongering tactics against its perceived enemies especially China in the South China seas and Northern Pacific against DPRK and Russia.

The Alliance supports the reunification of the two Korea’s and vehemently condemn the American posturing for war and intimidation in its support for japan and against Russia, China and the DPRK in Asia-Pacific.




April 10, 2017

SIKAP (CCPS) KICKS OFF 4th PILIPINIX VISIBILITY WEEK, APRIl 9-15, 201717883840_1445924008814937_9110453383109856924_n

Los Angeles—“ No History, No Self”

The 4th year of the PILIPINIX VISIBILTY WEEK was kicked off by SIKAP or the California Coaliton for Philippine Studies (CCPS) on 9 different campuses across Southern California from Sunday, April 9 , the 75th Bataan Day to Saturday, April 15, 2017 in California.

The PILIPINIX VISIBILITY WEEK is by fighting for our hxstory to be a requirement, not an elective. This week’s schedule to be released soon.

Participating schools are UC Irvine KABABAYAN ALLIANCE, CalPoly Pomona PASK, UCLA Samahang Pilipino, Claremont KASAMA, CSULA KALAHI, USC TROY PHI, Cal State Dominguez Hills PAGSIKAPAN, CSU Fullerton FASA and UC Santa Barbara KAPATIRANG PILIPINO.

Community groups who are supporting SKAP (CCPS) are the Alliance-Philippines, Knights of Rizal-Historic Filipintown (KOR-HFT), Justice for Filipino American Veterans JFAV) , TALAKAYAN CLUB of HFT, FACLA, Echo Park Community Coalition (EPCC). Bantay Pilipinas-USA and PILAC.

PILIPINIX VISIBILITY WEEK, April 9-15, 201717855622_1446710082069663_6756678528823996045_o

SIKAP asked all participating organizations and Filipino-American youth and students to do the following from April 9 to 15, 2017;

• Wear the SIKAP armband throughout the wekk.Reprsent that you believe in the importance of Pilipinix Studies and Ethnic Studies as wole. Visit a local campusto get yours or we will be available at the culmination ceremony.
• Join the soicalmedia campaign by taking your photo with a white board and answer the prompts.
• Use the hastags#PVW2017,#PilipinixVIsibilty week, #PilipinixVisibilty#SIKAP and #PilipinixStudiesNow

The SIKAP asked the public to SAVE THE DATE on Saturday 4/15 for their culimation ceremonies, “Resistance is Stronger: Mas Malakas ang Pakikibaka” where all schools convene at Pilipino Workers Center in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles from 6-8 pm.with performances, guest speakers, and more .

For more information please contact KmB/Eddy M. Gana jr at (510)386-6774 or propeople youth.



Remembering Bataan as Trump wags the dog


April 10, 2017

Remembering Bataan as Trump wags the dog

/ 01:15 AM April 11, 2017


Los Angeles--If you mention the Bataan Death March, people nod like they know it.

Maybe from the movie. Or from someone mentioning it in passing. For sure, they know the three words. It was in Bataan. And men died while marching.

Oh yeah, it happened during World War II. A long time ago.

Now it’s nearly forgotten.

This year in California, the move is just about complete to make sure there’s something in at least the high school history curriculum about the Bataan Death March.

And it’s important that all Filipinos know a little something about it.

On the weekend after Donald Trump showed the world how emotional he was seeing the “beautiful babies” suffer from Bashar al-Assad’s gas attack on his own people; I’m hoping to hear the Trumpster take a moment to mention April 9, 1942.

That’s the day 75 years ago, the Bataan Death March began.

One can debate whether Assad is guilty of a war crime. Or whether it justified Trump’s brand of humanitarianism—60 cruise missiles aimed at a Syrian airfield.

But there’s no debate over this:  The Bataan Death March was a horrific atrocity, judged a war crime for which General Masaharu Homma of the Japanese Royal Army was convicted and executed.

He was the man behind the march that April day that marks the largest surrender of U.S. forces in history, the end of the U.S Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE)’s defense of the Bataan peninsula in World War II.

The Japanese captured more than 75,000 Filipino and American troops.

Side-by-side they had fought the Japanese for months. And then, side-by-side they were sent by the Japanese Imperial Army 60 miles in the Philippine heat to be imprisoned at Camp O’Donnell.

Despite the availability of transport and supplies, the Japanese marched their prisoners in the blazing heat as a form of torture.

The POWs were given no food. No water.

And if you stopped marching, you were beheaded or speared with a bayonet.

The casualties may tell the story why America has often let Bataan wither from the memory.

Historical accounts put the casualties from the march alone at 10,000 Filipinos.

Some 650 Americans are said to have died during the march.

The 10,000 Filipinos who died were mostly young men who had answered President Franklin Roosevelt’s call and joined the sub-group of U.S. forces, the USAFFE. They were promised U.S. citizenship and benefits, but then later denied all of that in the Rescission Act.

No wonder the United States would like to see Bataan go away as a bad memory.

The United States had promised reinforcements would come well before April 9.  But then it decided Europe would be prioritized. It meant the USAFFE fighters and the American troops who were securing the Bataan Peninsula to protect Manila Bay were essentially abandoned, as General Douglas MacArthur retreated away from the Philippines.

Surrender and retreat

No wonder the U.S. would like to forget.

Some who survived returned the Death March fought on in the resistance as guerrillas. The real lucky ones were those who stayed alive long enough to see the America make good on its promise. A­­­­­fter decades of stalling, the Filipino Vets of WWII were made whole when President Obama paid out lump sum payments to the veterans in 2009.

And then there was an even luckier group that included Jesse Baltazar, who managed to escape the march, and was able to get to the United States where he joined the regular U.S. military. Baltazar joined the U.S.  Air Force. He retired as a major in 1966.  Last year, Baltazar, who was active in fighting for Filipino veterans rights died of cancer. He was 95.

Bataan was like the Alamo, Dan Gonzalez, an Asian American history professor at San Francisco State University told me in my recent podcast.

Even in surrender it was the Filipinos finest moment, showing the loyalty of Filipinos to the United States.

Of course, they were a colonized people in a colonial army, often treated as second-class citizens by the U.S. Army regulars.

To the Filipinos already in America who had managed to get here as nationals, it was an opportunity to not only show loyalty to their new home, but to go back to the Philippines to protect their ancestral home.

It is the one piece of U.S. Filipino history that deserves never to be forgotten.

Unfortunately, the most enduring memories may be the John Wayne movie “Back to Bataan,” where the Filipino hero is played by the Mexican American actor Anthony Quinn.

Nevertheless, the effort to return Bataan to the history curriculum in California couldn’t come at a better time.

Trump’s cruise missile viagra

You want to talk war crimes?

Frankly, I don’t buy Trump’s justification for his Syrian air strikes. Pictures of dead babies moved him? And yet he’s exhibited a callousness to Syrian refugees over the last year?

Trump is a showman and an opportunist.

The Assad attack simply gives him cover to do what he did, a small surgical strike to send multiple messages.

Obviously, it sends a message to Assad, and his enablers, Russia.

It’s also meant to dispel those who think the Trump-Putin Bromance and Trump Russian connections smell of treason.

But it’s also a message to Trump’s weekend guest, China’s President Xi Jinping.

How convenient. A way to show off to China who has influence with North Korea.

Sixty Tomahawk missiles sent without Congressional approval say, “You don’t eff with Donald Trump.”

Finally, there’s a message to all the pollsters. After a failure to repeal Obamacare, and failed attempts at a travel ban, Trump’s approval ratings dropped to 35 percent as the week started.

What better way to boost ratings but with an aggressive dose of cruise missile Viagra?

And all of it, under the cover of being so emotionally moved by the “beautiful babies” of Syria that he just had to take military action.

He should see the old pictures of marchers starved to death and bayoneted in Bataan.

Those are bona fide war crimes that seem to be slipping away from our collective memories.

It’s definitely worth a mention on the April 9, the 75th anniversary. The U.S. Army may want to forget it because of how it created the whole scenario in the first place. But for the 10,000 Filipinos who died in the Bataan Death March, it is a historical high point in Filipino valor and loyalty to the U.S.-Philippine relationship.

Emil Guillermo is an award-winning journalist and commentator based in Northern California. Contact him at www.twitter.com/emilamok



For Immediate Release
Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV)
April 10, 2017

JFAV STATEMENT OF THE 75th BATAAN DAY COMMEMORATION, April 9,201717861640_10209312161907152_4051967218038363143_n

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. 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 PeaceJFAV Lobby, 2013

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 9, 2017
Los Angeles. CA