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.

death-march2The BATAAN DEATH MARCH

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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