Monthly Archives: May 2017

JFAV: CONDEMN THE 15 TRAITOR SENATORS WHO SUPPORTED THE IMPOSITION OF PDUT’S MARTIAL LAW

For Immediate Release
Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV)-USA
Los Angeles
May 30, 2017

JFAV: CONDEMN THE 15 TRAITOR SENATORS WHO SUPPORTED THE IMPOSITION OF PDUT’S MARTIAL LAW.

Los Angeles— Condemn the 15 modern MAKAPILIS!

The Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) based in the United States, vehemently condemned the 15 Filipino/a Senators who signed the petition to support PDUT’s martial law in Mindanao

Like the craven and traitorous MAKAPILI’s during World War II who supported the Japanese Invaders, 15 Senators of the PDUT Majority signed a petition to support the creeping martial law of PDUT.

True to the Filipino American Veterans who formed the anti-martial law coalition in the United States, to stand against Marcos martial law in 1972, we stand again to oppose the creeping martial in the Philippines.

As we honor our veteran leaders like Commodore Ramon Alcaraz, Col. Bonifacio Gillego, Faustino Baclig, Jose Salcedo and many others this Memorial Day, May 29, 2017 in the United States, we again stand and fight martial law in the Philippines . We will continue their brave tradition as we stand for freedom.

Condemn The Traitors

Remember their names. Most of them were beneficiaries of the largesse of the brutal 14 years of martial law. Some of them human rights torturers like Col.Gringo Honasan and Ping Lacson. Others are scions of the families who benefitted from the US-Marcos dictatorship.

They are the following: Koko Pimentel, Tito Sotto, Sonny Angara, Nancy Binay, Miguel Zubiri, JV Ejercito, Sherwin Gatchalian, Richard Gordon, Gringo Honasan, Panfilo Lacson, Loren Legarda, Manny Pacquiao, Ralph Recto, Joel Villanueva, and Cynthia Villar.

Convene The Congress

We call on the Philippine Congress especially the Senate to convene and formally examine the declaration of martial law as mandated by the 1987 Constitution. Don’t hide behind your flimsy petition to support PDUT.

Do your duty to the country and do not circumvent the law. If you really support PDUT, make it formal, declare martial law if that is what you want. But convene the Congress and follow the Constitution.

Mahiya naman kayo sa bayan. Ayaw ba ninyong maitala ang inyong katrayduran at pagiging garapal na mga tuta ng Rehimeng Duterte?

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More Organization Joins 5th KALAYAAN PARADE On June 03

For Immediate Release
5KOC
May 27, 2017

More Organization Joins 5th KALAYAAN PARADE On June 03.

Los Angeles–Ipagdiwang ang ika-119 Araw ng Kalayaan ng Pilipinas, Huno 12, 1898 sa Hunyo 3, 2017!

With less than 10 days to go, more organizations have joined the 5th KALAYAAN Parade in Historic FIlipinotown on June 03, 2017 at 8;00 AM.
Events Coordinator Arturo P. Garcia has confirmed that 15 more organizations have joined the parade. ” This brings the number of participating organizations to 35.” Garcia reported.

Sixteen (!6) New Organizations

The following groups have recently joined the 5th KALAYAAN Parade and Program on June 03, 2017.

The Temple Seafood Mart, Manila Terrace Apts., Southern California Filipino Dental Society (SCFDS), Miss Philippines-USA, Philippine National Bank (PNB), the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (HPMC), the Silver Lake Medical Center (SLMC), Pilipino Workers Center of Southern California (PWC-SC ) and the Los Angeles County Pilipino American Seniors (LACPAS).

The Kabataang maka-Bayan Pro People Youth?KmB, Philippine Women’s Club of LA (PWC-LA),the Pangasinan Brotherhood-USA, the Filipino American Press Club of California (FAPCCA), the Friend of FAPCCA, the Queen of Asia Pacific (QAP).

The parade starts assembly area is at 8AM and the parade starts at 9 AM at 1711 W. Temple St in front of the Silver Lake Medical Center (LSMC). and the program will start at 11:00 at FACLA compound.

For more information please contact Al Garcia at (213) 318-9065 or email him at jfavusa8@gmail and visit our website at www.jfavusa.org
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THE ATENEAN FACING MARTIAL LAW

EPCC NEWS
May 26, 2017

THE ATENEAN FACING MARTIAL LAW

( EDITORS NOTE: We publish CJ Sereno’s speech at the Ateneo De Manila University graduation. The following is the full text of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s commencement address before the Ateneo de Manila University, May 26, 2017.–Editors)

Los Angeles –Thirty seven years ago, dear Loyolans, I stood in your place, about to take a place of honor and privilege as a graduate of Ateneo.

Three years later, Ninoy Aquino would be assassinated; by 1986, the dictator Marcos would flee the country. But on my graduation day in 1980, it was difficult to be certain of a future outside of martial law. I was at once optimistic and fearful. Optimistic about my career prospects as any Atenean would be, but fearful lest the long nights of martial law overshadowing our country never end.

I had actually prepared to talk with you in a more lighthearted and general manner on themes of justice, democracy and what it means to be an Atenean, but the declaration of Martial Law and the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao this Tuesday impressed upon me a more urgent and specific subject matter.

So yesterday I discarded my prepared speech and resolved that today I would try to address the questions that must be in your minds and those of your parents. I thought it behooved me to give you a lens through which you could view present events and make decisions regarding your participation in the making of Philippine history.

Allow me to guess at the questions in your mind: Will this Martial Law declaration bring back the human rights violations and the depredations that characterized the martial law regime of 1972? Will investors leave the country? Will young people still have enough good jobs? Will our labor force be squeezed into more painful contortions of diaspora? Will our voices still be heard? The answer, my dear graduates, is “It depends.”

Our hopes for the future depend on whether the Executive Department, led by the President, the leadership and the entirety of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police, Department of Justice officials and prosecutors, the Chief Public Attorney and her public defenders will take sufficient care to abide by the Constitution and the laws even while Martial Law is in place. It depends on whether there will be abuse of the awesome powers that Martial Law gives the Armed Forces and the police.

It also depends on whether Congress and the Supreme Court will exercise their review powers appropriately over the declaration of Martial Law and the suspension of the privilege of writ of habeas corpus; and whether both houses of Congress and all courts will continue to function normally and well.

It also depends on whether certain independent constitutional bodies, namely the Ombudsman, the Commission on Human Rights, and the Commission on Audit will persist in discharging their proper functions.

Finally, it depends on whether you, my fellow Ateneans, together with the rest of the Filipino population, do your part to ensure that this declaration of Martial Law does not imperil your future.

Allow me to clarify that the powers to declare Martial Law and suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus are expressly granted President Duterte under the Constitution. When properly implemented, this should not by itself unduly burden our country. This power was granted to allow the President to resolve the situation “in case of invasion or rebellion, when the public safety requires it.”

There may be questions before the Supreme Court regarding whether this can be extended to encompass situations akin to invasion or rebellion, and what circumstances constitute rebellion, but we will not venture into that for now. Suffice it to say that the Martial Law power is an immense power that can be used for good, to solve defined emergencies; but all earthly powers when abused can result in oppression.

If the Martial Law power is expressly granted the President, why are there fears expressed in some quarters regarding the declaration of President Duterte?

You must understand the history of a previous declaration of martial law, which occurred over forty years ago at the height of President Marcos’ power. Former Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee in Dizon v Eduardo described September 22, 1972 – the night Marcos announced Martial Law – as a dark evening when military authorities moved throughout the city to arrest and detain journalists and members of the opposition, upon orders of the President-turned dictator. Over the next two decades, enemies of the Marcos regime “disappeared,” were tortured or summarily executed.

The fears stoked by the terms “Martial Law” and “suspension of the writ of habeas corpus,” are therefore not surprising. But we must remember that these apprehensions were created by former President Marcos and the martial law that followed his 1972 declaration. If President Duterte and the aforementioned government authorities avoid the gross historical sins of Mister Marcos and his agents, then our country might reap the benefits of the legitimate use of the provisions on Martial Law in the 1987 Constitution.

You see, the 1987 Constitution in clear and unmistakable language rejects and absolutely prohibits the particular kind of martial law that began in our country in September of 1972. What do I mean by this? Allow me to refer to the decisions of our Supreme Court and other tribunals regarding the essential characteristics of the martial law dominating our country following its 1972 proclamation.

First, that period was characterized by widespread human rights violations in the form of murders, rape and other forms of torture, forced disappearances, arbitrary arrests and illegal detention, and forced isolation or hamletting of villages.
In the case of Mijares v. Ranada, the Supreme Court described the deep damage dealt to our institutions and the very fabric of our society as follows:

“Our martial law experience bore strange unwanted fruits, and we have yet to finish weeding out its bitter crop. While the restoration of freedom and the fundamental structures and processes of democracy have been much lauded, according to a significant number, the changes, however, have not sufficiently healed the colossal damage wrought under the oppressive conditions of the martial law period. The cries of justice for the tortured, the murdered, and the desaparecidos arouse outrage and sympathy in the hearts of the fair-minded, yet the dispensation of the appropriate relief due them cannot be extended through the same caprice or whim that characterized the ill-wind of martial rule. The damage done was not merely personal but institutional, and the proper rebuke to the iniquitous past has to involve the award of reparations due within the confines of the restored rule of law.”
Perhaps the most specific recount of the human rights atrocities during the Martial Law period beginning in 1972 can be found in a U.S. Decision, specifically that of the Hawaiian District Court in the case of In Re: Estate Of Ferdinand E. Marcos Human Rights Litigation, Celsa Hilao, et. al v. Estate Of Ferdinand E. Marcos. The case was a class action brought by victims or victims’ family members against the Estate of Marcos, seeking compensation for torture, disappearance or summary execution. The court made findings of human rights violations including numerous forms of torture such as beatings while blindfolded, rape and sexual assault, electric shock, and solitary confinement. The court noted:

“All of these forms of torture were used during “tactical interrogation,” attempting to elicit information from detainees concerning opposition to the MARCOS government. The more the detainees resisted, whether purposefully or out of lack of knowledge, the more serious the torture used.”

Second, the period of martial law that began in September of 1972 was likewise characterized by its heretofore unprecedented scale of plunder.

The case of Presidential Commission on Good Government v. Peña described the rule of Marcos as a “well-entrenched plundering regime of twenty years,” with respect to “the ill-gotten wealth which rightfully belongs to the Republic although pillaged and plundered in the name of dummy or front companies, in several known instances carried out with the bold and mercenary, if not reckless, cooperation and assistance of members of the bar as supposed nominees.” The Supreme Court in that case “noted the magnitude of the regime’s organized pillage and the ingenuity of the plunderers and pillagers with the assistance of experts and the best legal minds in the market.” The ill-gotten assets identified so far by both the Presidential Commission on Good Governance and the Solicitor General are valued at approximately 5 billion US dollars.

Third, the martial law following the proclamation of 1972 was extremely oppressive, concentrating power only in Mister Marcos and his group.
At one point, the Supreme Court, quoting Chief Justice Teehankee, characterized the time as “a return to the lese majeste when the voice of the King was the voice of God so that those touched by his absolute powers could only pray that the King acted prudently and wisely.” The dictator amassed so much power as the Commander-in-Chief, that he was able to take “absolute command of the nation and… the people could only trust that he would not fail them.”

We know what happened. Marcos failed our people. Those of us who were alive at the time bore witness to the human rights atrocities and the corruption caused by such absolute power.

Fourth, the martial law period of 1972 put the Philippines in an economic tailspin that saw us go from the second most vibrant economy in Asia to its sick man. In Marcos v. Manglapus, the Supreme Court noted that excessive foreign borrowing during the Marcos regime stagnated development and became one of the root causes of widespread poverty, leaving the economy in a precarious state. In Republic v. Sandiganbayan, the Court described the economic havoc created by the authoritarian regime in this manner:

At the time that the government of former President Marcos was driven from power, the country’s debt was over twenty-six billion US dollars; and the indications were that “illegally acquired wealth” of the deposed president alone, not counting that of his relatives and cronies, was in the aggregate amount of from five to ten billion US dollars, the bulk of it being deposited and hidden abroad.”

These are only a few excerpts from some of the many decisions of the highest court of the land that memorialize for all of history the atrocities committed during the era heralded by the 1972 declaration of martial law. They may not be the most heart-rending of accounts due to the necessary haste with which I compiled them, but I encourage you to do further reading on these and similar cases. These excerpts together with unrefuted historical accounts are a testament to our country’s resolve to never again allow ourselves to return to those dark and terrible times.

Thus the 1987 Constitution clearly says:A state of martial law does not suspend the operation of the Constitution, nor supplant the functioning of the civil courts or legislative assemblies, nor authorize the conferment of jurisdiction on military courts and agencies over civilians where civil courts are able to function, nor automatically suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus.

As we face the days following President Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao, it behooves us to ask what we can do in the present, with the time that is given to us, to ensure that the horrors of martial law that followed the 1972 declaration do not happen again.

For if being an Atenean means anything, it is that each of us — individually, and as a member of the Ateneo as an institution — bears a great deal of responsibility for the well-being of this country. And this responsibility entails leading not by possessing power for power’s sake, but by sacrificial example, by dying to ourselves and taking up our crosses daily. If power is to be granted to an Atenean, then such power must be exercised the way Christ exercised his leadership, by being a servant first, to the Father, and to His brothers and sisters.

These are times when everything that can be shaken is being shaken, when institutions are being challenged to their very foundations, and basic ideas of decency and human dignity are being violated with great impunity. These are times more than any other that will sorely test the Atenean’s capacity to distinguish right from wrong and the Atenean’s ability to act in service of what is right, and true, and good.

Do not be discouraged, for you are well-equipped for the challenges of these times. You only need to look within and around you and reflect on the Atenean principles inculcated in you over the years –Magis, or the constant pursuit of improvement and excellence, for difficult times require extraordinary people.

AMDG! For the greater glory of God — for these are times when our faith will be tested, our paths will be dark and full of shadows, and only by surrendering all our actions to God may we continue towards the light.

One Big Fight! More than a cheer used in our basketball games, One Big Fight embodies the wholehearted passion and dedication that must fuel all our actions.

But the most fundamental Atenean value today is that of being a person for others. To be an Atenean is to serve — compassionately, selflessly, with unceasing dedication. To be an Atenean is to constantly continue the work of addressing others’ needs; to think broadly, not merely in terms of impact on one’s self, but impact on one’s community and country. To be an Atenean is to deeply and completely understand that it is in service to others that our lives take on their full meaning. To be an Atenean is to forsake a life of self-centered safety for a life of service.

To be a person for others is to commit to a just and noble cause greater than oneself.

Given the present day, when the possibility of history repeating itself looms imminent, no cause requires your commitment as much as the cause of human rights, justice, and democracy, themes you have aptly chosen.

For today, people’s fundamental human rights and freedoms, the core of our democracy, face grave and blatant threats. The culture of impunity is on the rise. People are pressured to favor the easy choice over the right choice: expediency over due process; convenient labeling over fairness; the unlawful termination of human life over rehabilitation.

You need to make a stand, dear Ateneans. And to make a stand you must act. More than merely ruminating on the idea of justice, I call on each of you to confront the common injustices of our society and seek to address them. I urge you to speak out with truth even against the overwhelming tide of popular opinion and reach out to the oppressed and disenfranchised.

When you face threats to the sanctity of human rights or the stability of our democracy, give your all to protect these freedoms. Give your all to protect our nation and our people.

Stand up and give One Big Fight. As I stated in my speech to the lawyers in the Integrated Bar of the Philippines National Convention last March 23, we are not fighting a person or an establishment but a culture, a pattern that pervades our society today. It is a pattern of apathy, rage, and despair: one that began when people learned to tolerate wrong, stopped hoping, and ceased caring.

I understand that the task before you is immense, but I have no doubt you are more than up to the challenge. For you have been honed over your years in the Ateneo to fulfill your calling in extraordinary ways.

That is why I do not feel only hope when I look at you – my heart is filled with grateful gladness. Throughout the countless calamities that have struck the country, Ateneans have always been among the first to respond and help. Unstintingly and without hesitation, Ateneans have reached out, time and time again, to complete strangers — giving of themselves to people they may never even meet.

Last year, when the history of our nation was subjected to attempts at revision, you were among the first to speak up. I saw young men and women from the Ateneo spill out into the streets, furious and indignant, speaking up against this distortion of our history and reaching out to show fellow Filipinos that they were not alone. As a fellow Atenean, I understood that this passionate outpouring of righteous anger sprang from a deep understanding of what it means to be a person for others.

Know that being a person for others and standing for human rights, justice, and democracy are one and the same. To stand for human rights is to value others’ freedoms as much as you value your own. To stand for justice is to oppose any attempts to value one group’s freedoms more than those of others.

To stand for democracy is to love your country and your people so fully that you will act to ensure democratic processes are followed despite great personal cost. To stand for all of these is to sacrifice yourself so that others may know freedom, safety, and all the fullness of life.

Know that you are not alone. You will not be alone. Have the courage to stand.

My prayers are with you, young Ateneans. As you face this crossroad and move on to a new chapter of your lives, may the Lord bless and keep you; may He make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; may the Lord turn His face towards you and give you peace.

Mabuhay kayo, class of 2017! Make us proud

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NO TO MARTIAL LAW, FIGHT FOR OUR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS!

ALLIANCE NEWS
May 24, 2017

NO TO MARTIAL LAW, FIGHT FOR OUR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS!

Los Angeles–“Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

When President Marcos declared Martial Law in 1972, he reasoned that he was fighting the oligarchs and he was “saving our republic.” But the truth is that he lusted for power and absolute power corrupted him and the system.

Now, another Marcos lover, PDUT declared martial law in Mindanao to “save the people” but the truth is that he wanted to perpetuate himself and his clique in power . He is even thinking of extending martial law nationwide.

The sad fact is that the attack on Marawi is an isolated incident that PDUT blows up like his ‘drug war” to rationalize his fascist rule all over the land.

Playing With Fire

Previous Presidents like Arroyo declare martial law only in specific places like Central Mindanao to contain the problem. And only for a short time.

Even President Quirino declared martial law only in Central Luzon at the height of the HMB rebellion in the 1950’s.
President Aquino III did not even declared martial law during the Zamboanga Siege in 2013. So does President Ramos during the Ipil Siege in the 1990’s.

PDUT An Extremist Strongman

Why did PDUT declared martial law? His motives has been very clear. He wanted to show that he is a strongman and toyed with the idea of martial law imitating his idol Marcos, playing with the lives of the Filipino people.

At his worse, PDUT is an extremist. He promised to be “harsher than Marcos.” That is his only way to cover up for the failure of his drug war against the poor, rampant graft corruption, his failed federalism experiment and his promise to the Bangsa Moro of an Autonomous region.

And most of all, the failure to fufill all his broken promises to the people on his one year in office.

But as they say, “ when you repeat history, the first is a tragedy, the second is a farce. Only the fools never learned from history. Only the power hungry and corrupt will proclaim that martial law is good for the people.

Repeating the dreaded times of martial law and recreating its horrors will only institute the rule of impunity, the culture of corruption and terrible violations of human rights against our Moro brothers and the people of Mindanao?

Must PDUT repeat the horrors of the past to proclaim himself as strongman?

We say, NO TO MARTIAL LAW. NEVER AGAIN MARTIAL LAW IN MINDANAO!

FIGHT FOR OUR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS!

ALLIANCE PHILIPPINES
Los Angeles

Arturo P.Garcia
West Coast Coordinator

May 24, 2017

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PERFORMERS FOR THE 5th KALAYAAN PARADE PROGRAM

For Immediate Release
5th KOC
May 22, 2017

PERFORMERS FOR THE 5th KALAYAAN PARADE PROGRAM

Los Angeles--They stepped up for the 5th Kayaaan Parade.

In a response to the call of the 5th KALAYAAN PARADE IN HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN for performers and participants to the after parade program to spice-up the celebration, performers and more participants stepped up to the plate.

Well known singers MALOU TOLER, CIAMARA MORALES and BAGYO will perform June 03 after-parade program at FACLA Dr.Richard Gilkison and Melvin Luwee will also perform at the stage.

The EXACT BAND with singer VANNESSA will also perform at the FACLA stage at 11;00 AM,

Free Parking at SLMC,

Another good news. Parking will be available on June 3 at the nearby SIlver Lake Medical Center (SLMC) parking lot.

There is parking at the lower lot and also at the upper parking lot of the SLMC. Enter via Burlington St. on the right side of Temple St.

There is no parking at FACLA. It will be used for the program.

More Organization Joins

12 more organizations have joined the parade. They are the following groups:

The Philippine National Bank (PNB), the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (HPMC), the Pilipino Workers Center of Southern California (PWC-SC ) and the Los Angeles County Pilipino American Seniors (LACPAS)

The Philippine Women’s Club of LA (PWC-LA),the Pangasinan Brotherhood-USA, the Filipino American Press Club of California (FAPCCA), the Friend of FAPCCA, the Queen of Asia Pacific (QAP) are some of them.

KALAYAAN Committees Formed

The Medical Committee that was formed early last week will be headed by Dr.Orlando Cagamapan with his medical volunteers .

They will be in-charge of first aid and any medical emergencies during the parade and program on June 03.
Meanwhile, the Security Committee was also formed. It will be headed by Jerry Esguerra of BANTAY PILIPINAS-USA and Eddy M. Gana Jr of the Kabataang maka-Bayan/Pro People Youth KMB on the day of the parade.
More Performers

On the other hand, more performers joined the program. This was announced by Bernie Targa-Ganon, head of the Program Committee for the 5th KALAYAAN Parade and Program..
School kids from the BURLINGTON SCHOOL will also perform and will also join the parade in the early morning.

This was assured with Mrs. Cecille Ramos of the BURLINGTON SCHOOL and the HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL (HFNC).

For more information please contact Al Garcia at (213) 318-9065 or email him at jfavusa8@gmail and visit our website at www.jfavusa.org

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ALLIANCE SLAMS XI FOR BULLYING THE PHILIPPINES ON WPS

ALLIANCE NEWS
May 22, 2017

ALLIANCE SLAMS XI FOR BULLYING THE PHILIPPINES ON WPS
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Los Angeles— The Red Dragon is acting up. China bullies the Philippines over the West Philippine Seas issues.

The Alliance-Philippines based in the United States slammed Chinese President Xi Jing Ping for bullying Philippine President Duterte for ‘threatening war” on the issue of the West Philippine Seas.

Philippine President DU30 was told by Xi that ” China might go to war” in case the Philippines drill oil in the West Philippine Seas.
PDUT also stated that ” he does not know what to day or do” on the matter. For sure he reiterated ” he does not want to go to war” saying “it will be a massacre for us.”

China’s bellicose on WPS

China has been always belligerent towards its neighbors especially on the issue of the South China Seas especially towards Japan and Vietnam and also on the Philippines despite the warming of relations between the two countries.

China and Vietnam fought battles on the control of South China Seas. Japan and China are also on logger heads over the disputed Shenseku islands claimed by Japan in the northern Pacific.

PDUT has not used the ITLOS ruling on the WPS that favored the Philippines. PDUT seems loved to use diplomacy on China on the issue of the disputed seas.

Instead, PDUT has shamed the United States for sitting idly by while China fortified seven of the atolls in the West Philippine seas.

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THE ANNUAL KALAYAAN PARADE IN HISTORIC FILIPIN0TOWN

CULTURAL NOTES
May 20, 2017

THE ANNUAL KALAYAAN PARADE IN HISTORIC FILIPIN0TOWN

By Arturo P. Garcia

In my first year in FACLA, as a Director I suggested to the Board that we hold a parade around Historic Filipinotown, the only Historic Filipinotown in the United States. The FACLA Board approved the plan and we went into motions to implement in as early as February 2013.
For me, as a Filipino-American, it was awkward that it was only Los Angeles has no parade on every Independence Day Parade.

Every big city in America like New York, San Francisco and even Honolulu, Hawaii where there is a large Filipino-American community, have their annual independence parade. Except of course, Los Angeles, where the largest population of Filipinos is.

As far as I remembered, the last Independence Day Parade that was held in Echo Park was in June of 1998. That was to celebrate the 100th Independence Day of the Philippines. It started from MacArthur Park to Echo Park. After that here was none.

The Filipinos stopped doing independence parades after the Philippine government changed its Independence Day from July 4th to June 12 every year. FACLA that did the traditional 4th of July Independence Day Parades from the Hotel where they crown the Miss Philippines to City Hall stopped its parades in Los Angeles after 1962.

New York as everybody knows, have the largest, most bonggacious ( from the Filipino word bongga) and well-attended parade all over the United States. Surely, Los Angeles cannot beat that. We will never aspire for that. Not even in our dreams.

For me, what we need is a different mass celebration. Not the elitist type of gala in plush hotels where the cream of the crop of the Fil-Am society converges away from the madding crowd.

That is why I pushed for the Independence Day Parade. But still, there are people who ask questions about it. Why have a celebration deep in the majority non-Filipino enclave? Where the population are Mexicans or Central Americans?

It is the same question why there is a Historic Filipinotown in south of Echo-Park. But I prefer not to answer such impertinent questions. I will just focus on why there is there is the annual Kalayaan Parade since 2013.

It was one day in February 2013 when the newly appointed Consul General Hellen Barbers-Dela Vega visited FACLA and broached to us the two ideas, that FACLA is to be the site of the Centro Rizal and to hold a parade around Historic FIlipinotown.

We agreed on the two ideas. Besides, FACLA is acting as the Filipino Cultural Center since its building was opened way back in 1965. Another thing, the newly formed Knights of Rizal-Historic FIlipinotown was based then in FACLA.
She was happy, that we are planning parade and was glad to collaborate with us on this undertaking. We agreed on coordinating and collaborating with the Consulate

So, we set into motion the Consulate and FACLA collaboration. In order to facilitate more community participation we formed an organizing committee with the Consulate and FACLA sharing everything from planning to implementation. The fiscal sponsorship was given to FACLA, for it was in the community.

But to our surprise, we were called to the Consulate only to be informed that the Consulate removed the fiscal sponsorship to from FACLA and gave it to SIPA. It was a unilateral decision of the ConGen and we were only informed that day.
We were all surprised but we maintained our cool. The reason that the Congen gave us “ is that she was worried with the prestige of FACLA.” “That many does trust FACLA when it comes to money.” It really hurts, but we just bit our tongue and bore it.

I was not surprised because we know that FACLA has a lot of detractors. Good or bad, they will say many things about FACLA. But then, as if we have a common wave length, if we will be angry against this decision and transgression about our organization, we will be seen as “kontra-bida”. If we sulk, then they will have more to say about us.

If we gave way to our pride, they might have won in provoking FACLA to get out of the collaboration with the Consulate. And we will look bad among the people and our community. So, that time we took the bitter pill and said ,” it was okay.”

The ConGen was relieved and said, “ she was worried about our respond and was happy that we understood her actions.” That night, at the community leaders meeting in the Consulate, I gave the most inspiring speech calling for unity. Even if the wounds in my heart was still fresh.
Later, when the Consulate gave us a part of the proceeds, we returned it back to them as a donations for Thypoon Yolanda (HAIYAN) victims.

What is important for us is that the First Historic Filipinotown Kalayaan Parade was a resounding success. And success it was. The Filipino-American community’s unity is paramount for us.

We know that some people discredited us before the ConGen that is why she was forced to make that decision. The common thread of the crab-mentality very common not only for the Filipino-American community but all the communities.

That the story behind the successful very first Kalayaan Parade. Every year the Kalayaan Parade grows bigger. Now we are on the 5th Kalayaan Parade in Historic Filipinotown. We built on the success of the parade every year.

See you on Saturday on the 5th Kalayaan Parade. The parade assembly time is at 8;00 AM. The parade starts at 9;00 AM. The after-parade program starts at 11:00 AM at the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA compound)

Mabuhay Ang Araw ng Kalayaan ng Pilipinas, Hunyo 12, 1898.

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A CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS,PERFORMERS AND PARTICIPANTS TO THE 5TH KALAYAAN PARADE IN HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN, SATURDAY, JUNE 03, 2017

JFAV UPDATES
May 18, 2017

A CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS,PERFORMERS AND PARTICIPANTS TO THE 5TH KALAYAAN PARADE IN HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN, SATURDAY, JUNE 03, 2017

Los Angeles–CALLING ALL PATRIOTIC AND FREEDOM LOVING FILIPINO-AMERICANS:

The Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), one of the founders of the 5th KALAYAAN Parade in Historic Filipinotown is calling all FilAm school organizations, youth organizations., clubs and community organizations for volunteers, performers and participants in the program after the parade and exhibitors for 5th KALAYAAN Parade and Program.

The 5th KALAYAAN Parade assembly area is in front of the Silver Lake Medical Center ( SLMC) at Temple St. The parade assembly will be from 8:00 AM to 9:00AM.The Parade starts at exactly 9:00 AM.

The after-parade program will to be held in the FACLA compound on Saturday, June 03, 2017 from 11AM to 3 PM

1.For Volunteers to the Parade and Program:

1.We need volunteers for security, set up, sign-in and marshals for the parade. In return, volunteers will receive FREE-shirts for their day’s work The parade starts at 9:00 AM

We also need volunteers to be the flag-bearers and banner holders during the parade. We will be displaying the Filipino and American flags and the different flags of the Philippine revolution.

2. Volunteers for the parade should report at the sign-in table at FACLA at 7:30 AM. There will be a briefing at 8;00 AM. And tasks will be given and fanned out for the parade.

3, After the parade, the volunteers for the parade can go and sign-out around 11;00 AM and will receive their lunch after the parade at FACLA grounds.

3. Performers and Volunteers for the program:

The 5th KALAYAAN Program will start around 11:00 AM. They will assure that the program goes on smoothly, the participants are warned and notified on cue for their participation in the program.

1. They will help in the set up early in the morning and also in the take-down in the afternoon. They can sign out after 3:00 PM at FACLA

2. For Performers And Participants in the Program :

1.We need participants for the program that can give entertainment and information to the public about the 119th Philippine Independence Day. We came to celebrate and enjoy the day as a tribute to our heroes for Philippine Independence.

2. Those who are interested and who wanted to perform, please call Art Garcia at (213) 318-9065 or email him at jfavusa8@gmail.com.

3. The deadline for participants to the program is at 12;00 AM, May 31, 2017

3. Participation in the Parade:

1.If you want to participate in the parade, you can form a contingent ( if you want to walk the more than a mile of the parade around Historic Filipinotown),

Bring your flags, banners and signs .Please wear light clothes and comfortable shoes, bring extra water and Filipino or American flags.

2. If you want to bring a float in a vehicle, a convertible or a car with your muse or organization, please be at the assembly area at 8:00 AM.

The line-up for the parade is on the “first come, first served” basis.

3. You can park on the streets or at the SLMC parking Lot. FACLA ‘s parking lot is closed for the program. Please ask the security or the marshals for information.

The deadline for applications for participation is at 12:00 Mid Night June 01, 2017

For for more information please call Art Garcia at (213) 318-9065 or email him at jfavusa8@gmail.com.

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MORE ORGANIZATIONS JOIN THE 5TH HFT KALAYAAN PARADE<

For Immediate Release
5th HFT 5K0C 2017.

May 19, 2017

MORE ORGANIZATIONS JOIN THE 5TH HFT KALAYAAN PARADE

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Los Angeles— More Filipino-American organizations have joined the 5th Historic Filipinotown Kalayaan Parade on June 03, 2017]

Nine new organizations joined the 5th Kalayaan Parade bringing the number of participating organization to 32.

They were : the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (HPMC), the Philippine National Bank (PNB), Los Angeles Seniors Organization (LASOS), Friends of FAPCA, Kabataang maka-Bayan/Pro People Youth ( KmB).

Saphire Media Regency (SMR), Queen of Asia and Pacific (QAP) and the Filipino American Press Club of California (FAPCCA) and the Philippine Women’s Club of Los Angeles (PWC-LA) and Los Angeles County Filipino American Seniors (LACPAS).

The 5th KALAYAAN Parade

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.The parade ends at the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) compound.

Guest Speaker

Meanwhile, the 5KOC also announced that Council Member Mitch O’ Farrell of Los angeles District 13 will be its guest speaker at the 5KOC program.

Philippine Consul General of Los Angeles, Angelito Cruz and Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez have also confirmed their attendance.
The Kalayaan Parade started as a collaboration between the Philippine Consulate General of Los Angeles and FACLA with JFAV in June 2013 . But for two years since 2015, the Consulate General of Los Angeles has not sent their representatives

Since then it has been held since every first week of June. and since then forms an expanding organizing committee for the yearly event.

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strong>THE END OF CAPITALISM

KOMUNIDAD
May 14, 2017

THE END OF CAPITALISM

By Arturo P. Garcia

When Karl Marx wrote ins “Communist Manifesto” in 1848, a lot of bourgeois detractors pounced on him and said he was wrong in declaring the end of capitalism.

Even to this day, they praise the growth of capitalism and the end of socialism with the turn-around of China and Russia to the capitalist fold.

But did Marx really prophesied on the death of capitalism? But I understand after that during the days of the cold war and at the height of the Russia and China debate, China went as far as declaring as Mao had said, “ that capitalism is going on a world wide collapse and socialism was in way of total advance.”

But in 1991, what we saw was the fall of Soviet Union. Earlier, in the 1980’s Deng Zhiao Ping reversed the Maoist policies in China and China went into an irreversible capitalist advance.

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In fairness to Chairman Mao, as early as 1975. He has issued a statement reversing the declaration that ‘capitalism is on total collapse.” Instead he changed the statement that” we are still in the age of Imperialism much like during the time of Lenin.”
And that was a recognition that capitalism will still last long and is still durable.

But despite his declaration, some Maoist theorist in China still attacked capitalism and chided the advances in technology saying,’ the trend for miniaturization show the decay in the capitalist system.”

But the criticism does not hold water today. From big, bulky and heavy computer, the computer became more handy, portable and useable. Yes, it can be costly on the onset, but later it became more affordable to everyone.

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The advances in the capitalist system benefit everybody in different ways. But the criticism against capitalism and its inherent greed and rapaciousness as well its exploitative nature stands.

To praise capitalism and give it a “human face” is revolting and unacceptable to people who still dream of a truly egalitarian society in the future.

Socialism has many failing too, but during the socialist era, people’s interests come first before profit. Thus many of those who lived in those era still cherish its comeback.

For to those who benefits from the capitalist system and never experienced the socialist past, or never been in a socialist society like Cuba, The DPRK and the former China and USSR, we cannot blame them to be anti-socialist and all for capitalism.

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Let us see what the capitalist change did to China. An interesting article about China from the New York Times, explains this phenomenon:

“ It is not simply a lifeline for Namibia’s struggling economy, one that the country estimates will increase its gross domestic product by 5 percent when the mine reaches full production next year. The uranium itself, almost all of which will go to China, will also help turn Teng’s homeland into a world leader in nuclear energy and reduce its dependence on coal.

In Beijing, where he worked before coming here, Teng lived under the gray blanket of coal-generated pollution that hangs over much of eastern China. Now he is working for the future — his own and his country’s — under an endless African sky of cobalt blue. “I never imagined,” he says, “I would end up halfway around the world.”

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The New York Times article further said, “ Chinese companies and workers have rushed into all parts of the world. In 2000, only five countries counted China as their largest trading partner; today, more than 100 countries do, from Australia to the United States.

The drumbeat of proposed projects never stops: a military operating base, China’s first overseas, in Djibouti; an $8 billion high-speed railway through Nigeria; an almost-fantastical canal across Nicaragua expected to cost $50 billion.

Even as China’s boom slows down, its most ambitious scheme is still ramping up: With the “One Belt, One Road” initiative — its name a reference to trade routes — President Xi Jinping has spoken of putting $1.6 trillion over the next decade into infrastructure and development throughout Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

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The scheme would dwarf the United States’ post-World War II Marshall Plan for Europe.
China’s relationship with Africa goes back to the 1960s, when Chairman Mao Zedong promoted solidarity with the developing world —
“Ya Fei La,” as he called it, using the first syllables for Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Though it was poor and mired in the chaos of the Cultural Revolution, China won new allies in Africa by finishing, in 1976, a 1,156-mile railroad through the bush from Tanzania to Zambia. Aid continued to trickle in, but there were no other big projects for nearly 30 years, as China focused on building up its domestic economy, following its leader Deng Xiaoping’s prescription to “hide your strength and bide your time.”

That ended in the 2000s, when Beijing, recognizing the need for foreign resources and allies to fuel its economic growth, exhorted the nation’s companies to “go out” into the world.”

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Deng elucidated China’s “ socialism with Chinese characteristics”. He further promised that ‘China will not be an imperialist nation.” But he did say, “China will become the world’s biggest economic power. It will surpass Japan and later the United States.”

Prophetic like Marx? No just a realist. Deng did not speak of imperialism that uses force but an imperiliasm and a new colonial power that used economic means.

That’s the reason that he said, ““hide your strength and bide your time.”

Now, its China’s time to shine and rule the world.

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