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Press conference after meeting with DVA Secretary

JFAV-Los Angeles leaders, led by Arturo Garcia, JFAV national coordinator, held a press conference at Kapistahan Grill after meeting with the Secretary of Department of Veterans Affair in Washington DC. More »

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FilAm veteran joins boycott

A FilAM veteran joins a picket calling for the boycott of China-made products. More »

JFAV STATEMENT OF MEMORIAL DAY 2019

JFAV UPDATES
May 26, 2019
 
JFAV STATEMENT OF MEMORIAL DAY 2019
 
LOS ANGELES- HONOR OUR VETERANS. GIVE THEM THEIR DUE RECOGNITION AND BENEFITS
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The Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) join the nation and the Filipino American Community in honoring Memorial Day.
 
On Memorial Day, we honor all American Veterans who served their country especially Filipino American Veterans who until now remained unrecognized as American veterans for 72 years.
 
We are extremely happy that this memorial day, SenatorMazie Hirono and Liza Murkoswki reintroduced the Family Reunifaction Act in the Senate with 16 other sponsors.
 
While in the House of Representatives (HOR),Rep. Jackie Speier reintroduced the Restoration of Benefits Act for Filipino WWII veterans and theri survivors last May 17,
 
Big Boost For Veterans
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These congressional actions of our champion advocates in the US Congress gives us great boost that we are not forgotten and still rememembred and our sacrifices during World WAr II is still honored.
 
“During World War II, Filipino soldiers stepped up and answered the call to service, fighting and sacrificing alongside American servicemembers,”
 
Hirono said in a statement.“However, because these family members have been stuck in a decades-long visa backlog, they have not been able to reunite with their relatives in the United States.
 
The Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act would fulfill our nation’s promise to honor Filipino World War II veterans’ service to our country and reunite these families.”
 
Justice for Filipino WWII Veterans
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More than 260,000 Filipino soldiers followed America’s call to fight under the American flag in World War II.
 
In 1990, President George H.W. Bush granted U.S. citizenship to about 36,000 Filipino nationals in recognition of their service to the United States during World War II.
 
However, the 1990 law did not confer citizenship or residency to the veterans’ children, who remained separated from their parents. Due to a visa backlog, Filipino applicants must wait more than two decades before their applications are considered.
 
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JFAV SUPPORTS REINTRODUCED FAMILY REUNIFACTION ACT

JFAV UPDATES
May 24, 2019

JFAV SUPPORTS REINTRODUCED FAMILY REUNIFACTION ACT

LOS ANGELES–Family Reunification For FiilvetsNow!

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The Justice For FIlipino American Veterans ((JFAV) supports the new legislation that has been presented in both the Senate and House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 22 to expedite the visa process for children of Filipino World War II veterans.

JFAV NAtional Coordinator Arruro P. Garcia said, “JFAV supports as we commend Senator Hirono for her unwavering commitment to these veterans, as she reintroduces the Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act in Congress.

We remain prepared to support any efforts to ensure that this time-sensitive legislation benerits the remaining 11,000 Veterans and 688,000 dependents” Arturo GArcia added.

JFAV Supports Reintroduced Bill

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The Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act was introduced by Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Reps. Ed Case (D-Hawaii) and Don Young (R-Alaska) in the House.

The Family Reunification Executive Order was signed by President Obama but was not implemented by President Trump when he assumed power in Thus the need for a new law.

Currently, estimates show that there are less than 6,000 Filipino World War II veterans s and 68,000 relatives still living in the United States who could potentially benefit from the Act.

“During World War II, Filipino soldiers stepped up and answered the call to service, fighting and sacrificing alongside American servicemembers,”

Hirono said in a statement.“However, because these family members have been stuck in a decades-long visa backlog, they have not been able to reunite with their relatives in the United States.

The Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act would fulfill our nation’s promise to honor Filipino World War II veterans’ service to our country and reunite these families.”

Justice for Filipino WWII Veterans

More than 260,000 Filipino soldiers followed America’s call to fight under the American flag in World War II. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush granted U.S. citizenship to about 26,000 Filipino nationals in recognition of their service to the United States during World War II.

However, the 1990 law did not confer citizenship or residency to the veterans’ children, who remained separated from their parents. Due to a visa backlog, Filipino applicants must wait more than two decades before their applications are considered.

Actions taken to address the family separation in recent years have included the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole program in 2016, which intended to reunite veterans and their surviving spouses with adult children and certain other relatives.

In addition to Senators Hirono, Murkowski, and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), the Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act is also cosponsored by U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.).

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ALL SET FOR THE 7th KALAYAAN PARADE AND FESTIVAl, JUNE 8/9,

KALAYAAN LA 2019

May 24, 2019

ALL SET FOR THE 7th KALAYAAN PARADE AND FESTIVAl, JUNE 8/9,

LOS ANGELES—MABUHAY ANG ARAW NG KALAYAAN!

More than 40 organizations have confirmed participation in the 7th KALAYAAN LA Parade on June 8, 2019 in Wilshire Blvd to MacArthur Park, DTLA.

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Assembly time is at 10 AM. Assembly are is at Mariposa St between Wilshire and 6th Street.The parade start at 11 Am. Its first come first served basis.

Participating Organizations

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The forty (40) organizations that confirmed for the parade:

Echo Park Communsity Coalition (EPCC),Corona Veterans Center/With Marine Veteran Mark S. Villamac Ho A.K.A ☆ BAGYO ☆ and Vet. Marine Cpl., Eric with Mervin Luwee and FilAm Ambassador Ludy Gilkison/Dr. Richard A Gilkison O.D.CIty Council District 1 Office of Gil Cedillo, District 13 Office of Mitch O Farrell; LA Public Works Commission ( LA PWC), Filipino of Orange County (FOC), AWARE-LA, BATANGAS Varsitarians, KALAYAAN Riders C/O Elmer Carbon.

Other Parade Participants

Knights of Rizal -Historic Filipinotown (KOR-HFT) , Knights of Rizal-Central LA,PH Independence Day Foundation -Carson, Filipinos Overseas for Reform and Constitutional Change (FORCE), Filipino American Media and Entertainment (FAME), Rampart Village Neighborhood Council(RVNC), Wilshire Walkers Club.

Miss Continental-USA,Binibining Kalayaan International, FilAm Association of Architects and Engineers (FASAE), Burlington SChool (BNS), Tondo Association, Filipino American Press Club of California (FAPCCA),Lord of Harvest, Jesus is Lord (JIL), LA Pilipino Women’s Club (LA PWC) , Miss Philippines-USA, LAKAS Mentorship, FAHRA-LA and Binibining KALAYAAN 2019, Alliance Philippines (AJLPP), Samahang Magdalo-North America, Wilshire Walkers Club.
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For more info about the the parade participation,assembly area and time please contact the Parade Coordinator Art P. GArcia at (213)318-9065 or email at jfavusa8@gmail,com.

Also visit our website at www.jfavusa.org

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REP. JACKIE SPEIER REINTRODUCED EQUITY BILL

JFAV UPDATES

May 20, 2019

 

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REP. JACKIE SPEIER REINTRODUCED EQUITY BILL

SAN FRANCISCO– JUSTICE AND EQUITY, NOW!

From Congresswoman Jackie Speier

“Introduced Legislation to Restore Benefits Owed to Filipino Veterans
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On Friday, I reintroduced legislation that would provide justice for Filipino soldiers who fought with the United States in World War II but have been denied the benefits given to all other veterans.

In 1946, Congress refused to grant Filipino servicemembers the compensation promised by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, creating a historic wrong that Congress has failed to address.

I have been fortunate enough to meet many of these veterans who live in our district over the years and I know that they deserve better.

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ALL SET FOR THE 7TH KALAYAAN-LA PARADE AND FESTIVAL, JUNE 8/9, 2019

KALAYAAN LA 2019
May 19, 2019

ALL SET FOR THE 7TH KALAYAAN-LA PARADE AND FESTIVAl, JUNE 8/9, 2019

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LOS ANGELES—MABUHAY ANG ARAW NG KALAYAAN!

More than 40 organizations have confirmed participation in the 7th KALAYAAN LA Parade on June 8, 2019 in Wilshire Blvd to MacArthur Park, DTLA.

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Assembly time is at 10 AM. Assembly are is at Mariposa St between Wilshire and 6th Street.The parade start at 11 Am. Its first come first served basis.

Participating Organizations

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The forty (40) organizations that confirmed for the parade were:

Search to Involve Pilipino American (SIPA), Pilipino Workers Center (PWC-SC). Historic Filipinotown Neighborhood Council (HFNC,) FACLA/FCC, Kabataang maka-Bayan (KmB)-LA, Justice for FIlipino American Veterans (JFAV), Levitt Foundation, BANTAY PILIPINAS-USA,BP- Las Vegas, Los Angeles County Filipino Employees Association (LACFEA),SEIU 721, Partido Liberal ng Pilipinas (PLP).BATANGAS Group,

Echo Park Community Coalition (EPCC),Corona Veterans Center/With Marine Veteran Mark S. Villamac Ho A.K.A ☆ BAGYO ☆ and Vet. Marine Cpl., Eric with Mervin Luwee and FilAm Ambassador Ludy Gilkison/Dr. Richard A Gilkison O.D.CIty Council District 1 Office of Gil Cedillo, District 13 Office of Mitch O Farrell; LA Public Works Commission ( LA PWC), Filipino of Orange County (FOC), AWARE-LA.

Other Parade Participants

Knights of Rizal -Historic Filipinotown (KOR-HFT) , Knights of Rizal-Central LA,PH Independence Day Foundation -Carson, Filipinos Overseas for Reform and Constitutional Change (FORCE), Filipino American Media and Entertainment (FAME), Rampart Village Neighborhood Council(RVNC), Wilshire Walkers Club.

Miss Continental-USA,Binibining Kalayaan International, FilAm Association of Architects and Engineers (FASAE), Burlington SChool (BNS), Tondo Association, Filipino American Press Club of California (FAPCCA),Lord of Harvest, Jesus is Lord (JIL), LA Pilipino Women’s Club (LA PWC) , Miss Philippines-USA, LAKAS Mentorship, FAHRA-LA and Binibining KALAYAAN 2019, Alliance Philippines (AJLPP), Samahang Magdalo-North America, Wilshire Walkers Club.
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For more info about the the parade participation,assembly area and time please contact the Parade Coordinator Art P. GArcia at (213)318-9065 or email at jfavusa8@gmail,com.

Also visit our website at www.jfavusa.org

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WILL NOT CONCEDE. TULOY ANG LABAN.

KAPITBAHAY NEWS
Special Report
May 15, 2018

Full Statement of NERI COLMENARES

I WILL NOT CONCEDE. TULOY ANG LABAN.

By Neri Colmenares

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LOS ANGELES—Under ordinary circumstances, a senatorial candidate who did not make it to the winning 12 is supposed to accept the results of the elections, concede defeat and move on.

But these are not ordinary times. And these are not normal elections.

Even before the campaign period, we saw how candidates were already campaigning, spending hundreds of millions on TV and radio advertisments.

But that was nothing compared to the deluge of ads during the campaign period, skirting whatever limits we’re supposed to have on campaign spending and advertising.

We saw how government resources, funds and facilities were used to promote pro-Administration candidates, especially those favored by the President.

We saw how the rules – from postering and other campaign activities to widespread vote buying – were being flouted with impunity up to election day, and the COMELEC seemingly blind or helpless about it.

What Honesty?

We saw how the President, using his presidential platform, led the vilification of the opposition and progressive candidates, dishing out insults and lies at every opportunity.

This year, honesty as a qualification for public office was openly thrown out the window. And vote buying was justified by the highest official of the land.

We saw how the President and his allies threatened and intimidated local politicians into supporting their candidates and denying the opposition and progressive candidates the opportunity to campaign at the grassroots.

I have never seen so fearful a set of local politicians than now.

We saw how the PNP and AFP were used to campaign against progressive candidates at the national and local levels, with the entire Mindanao still under martial law and known progressive bailiwicks in Bicol, Eastern and Western Visayas subject to intensified, tokhang-style police and military operations, resulting in at least two massacres and a state of terror in the communities.

On election day itself, the PNP were caught red-handed distributing black propaganda against us in various polling centers in Metro Manila.

Failure of Elections

On election day itself, there were unprecedented failures in the vote counting machines and SD cards used to run those machines.

In the evening, we saw how the transmitted results were withheld from the public for seven hours on some flimsy technical glitch that had never happened in the past three automated elections.

Many of us slept and woke up to the TV screen showing 12 winning senators, not knowing what happened.

How can I concede to a rotten electoral exercise that has basically deceived, bribed, intimidated and manipulated our people into electing the worst kinds of leaders imaginable? I cannot.

It would have been easy to concede had I lost in a fair and honest elections. But this year’s elections were hardly fair or honest. Besides this is no longer about me. It’s about giving our people a fair chance to exercise their constitutional right to suffrage.

I may have lost the count. But I will not be defeated. We will continue the fight for democracy, national sovereignty and social justice.

Tuloy ang laban!

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ALL SET FOR THE 7TH KALAYAAN-LA PARADE, JUNE 8, 2019

KALAYAAN LA 2019
May 15, 2019

ALL SET FOR THE 7TH KALAYAAN-LA PARADE, JUNE 8, 2019

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LOS ANGELES—MABUHAY ANG ARAW NG KALAYAAN!

More than 40 organizations have confirmed participation in the 7th KALAYAAN LA Parade on June 8, 2019 in Wilshire Blvd to MacArthur Park, DTLA.

Assembly time is at 10 AM. Assembly are is at Mariposa St between Wilshire and 6th Street.The parade start at 11 Am. Its first come first served basis.

 

Participating Organizations

The forty (40) organizations that confirmed for the parade were:

Search to Involve Pilipino American (SIPA), Pilipino Workers Center (PWC-SC). Historic Filipinotown Neighborhood Council (HFNC,) FACLA/FCC, Kabataang maka-Bayan (KmB)-LA, Justice for FIlipino American Veterans (JFAV), Levitt Foundation, BANTAY PILIPINAS-USA,BP- Las Vegas, Los Angeles County Filipino Employees Association (LACFEA),SEIU 721, Partido Liberal ng Pilipinas (PLP).BATANGAS Group,

Echo Park Community Coalition (EPCC),Corona Veterans Center/With Marine Veteran Mark S. Villamac Ho A.K.A ☆ BAGYO ☆ and Vet. Marine Cpl., Eric with Mervin Luwee and FilAm Ambassador Ludy Gilkison/Dr. Richard A Gilkison O.D.CIty Council District 1 Office of Gil Cedillo, District 13 Office of Mitch O Farrell; LA Public Works Commission ( LA PWC), Filipino of Orange County (FOC), AWARE-LA.

Other Parade Participants

Knights of Rizal -Historic Filipinotown (KOR-HFT) , Knights of Rizal-Central LA,PH Independence Day Foundation -Carson, Filipinos Overseas for Reform and Constitutional Change (FORCE), Filipino American Media and Entertainment (FAME), Rampart Village Neighborhood Council(RVNC), Wilshire Walkers Club.

Miss Continental-USA,Binibining Kalayaan International, FilAm Association of Architects and Engineers (FASAE), Burlington SChool (BNS), Tondo Association, Filipino American Press Club of California (FAPCCA),Lord of Harvest, Jesus is Lord (JIL), LA Pilipino Women’s Club (LA PWC) , Miss Philippines-USA, LAKAS Mentorship, FAHRA-LA and Binibining KALAYAAN 2019, Alliance Philippines (AJLPP), Samahang Magdalo-North America, Wilshire Walkers Club.
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For more info about the the parade participation,assembly area and time please contact the Parade Coordinator Art P. GArcia at (213)318-9065 or email at jfavusa8@gmail,com.

Also visit our website at www.jfavusa.org

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STATEMENT OF BARRY GUTIERREZ

KAPITBAHAY NEWS
Mayo 13, 2019

STATEMENT OF BARRY GUTIERREZ
Volunteer-spokesperson, Otso Diretso

LOS ANGELES—According to the COMELEC itself, an estimated 400 to 600 vote counting machines (VCMs) have so far malfunctioned in today’s elections.

This is thrice the number of 188 VCMs replaced in the elections of 2016, and is equivalent to an estimated 500,000 potentially disenfranchised voters.

This is unacceptable, especially since these same VCMs were supposedly tested less than a week ago. One would expect that with greater experience with automated elections, COMELEC would perform better. Instead, the opposite is happening. We demand an explanation.

This is only part of a bigger context where COMELEC has consistently failed to safeguard the citizens’ right to engage in the electoral process:

1. We requested the COMELEC to sponsor debates during the election campaign and were denied;

2. There are numerous reports of unmailed ballots leading to the disenfranchisement of overseas voters;

3. COMELEC named a majority-aligned party as the dominant minority party for these elections, defying the principles of democracy, the law, and common sense;

4. COMELEC has yet to grant us—a major national political party representing the opposition– access to their mirror servers, minutes before polling centers close.

5. Administration-allied candidates have, prior to and during the campaign period, blatantly and rampantly flouted election laws; COMELEC is yet to hold any of them to account.

6. Malacañang has released a baseless narcolist, widely seen as a means of threatening local politicians;

7. The President himself has, on several occasions, demanded that local politicians support administration candidates or otherwise face retribution;

8. These VCMs have malfunctioned in the same elections where the President himself has responded to reports of massive and unprecedented vote-buying by saying it is “normal.” Sino raw ba ang hindi bumibili ng boto.

Simple lang ang sagot namin dito: Sino ba talaga ang may bilyon-bilyon na ginastos sa kampanya, at may kapasidad na bumili ng boto? Hindi po kami ‘yun. All we want is a fair shake.

We look forward to institutions as esteemed as the COMELEC ensuring that the playing field is level, that election laws are effectively enforced, and that the results of these elections truly reflect the will of our people. At the very least, the COMELEC must respond to the very serious questions being raised as regards the conduct of the elections.

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THE AMBASSADOR LIES.

KAPITBAHAY NEWS
SPECIAL REPORT
May 14, 2019THE AMBASSADOR LIES.

By Rodel Rodis

JFAV Welcome Press Con:Rally

LOS ANGELES--In his recent column in the Philippine Star (May 12, 2019), PH Ambassador to the US Babe Romualdez (a nephew of Imelda Romualdez Marcos) personally attacked me as “a classic example (of the) the “professional troublemakers” for hire who pester the Philippine consulates to complain, including this longtime so-called leader who claimed that he had not received his voting packet.

This perennial rabble rouser conveniently forgot that he put his address as “care of” the consulate. So the whole time, the ballot was at the consulate just waiting to be claimed.”

This is a blatant LIE!

Before he made this defamatory accusation, Ambassador Romualdez should have checked his facts with the SF Consulate staff to see if there is any record of me changing my address from my home (of 30 years) in San Francisco to the “care of” the Consulate. Can anyone just change his/her voting address without leaving a paper trail?

I believe that someone at the direction of the Duterte government changed my address from my home in SF to the consulate’s address without my knowledge or consent and without even putting down “care of the Philippine Consulate” as Ambassador Romualdez falsely claimed.

By the way, it is curious that the changed address includes “United States of America” unless this address change was made the Philippines.

Produce the records, Mr. Ambassador.

I demand an apology.

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