Monthly Archives: November 2013

Breaking News, 11/30/13

BREAKING NEWS: FACLA has collected as of the press time, $ 2, 236 for the TAWID-BAHA Relief Drive 2013. To all the generous donors, thank you very much! Maraming, maraming salamat po!

FACLA President Address to the 4th Anniversary of the Maguindanao Massacre, November 23, 2013

FACLA NEWS
November 26, 2013

FFACLA President Address to the 4th Anniversary of the Maguindanao Massacre, November 23, 2013

( Delivered at the Commemorative Rites by the NUJP in Carson Library, Carson, California on November 23, 2013 )

The Maguindanao Massacre stands out as the symbol of human rights violations in the Philippines and the injustice and impunity in our country.

The Committee to Protect Journalists has called the Maguindanao Massacre the most dangerous event for journalists in history. There were 58 people killed in the Maguindanao Massacre, 32 of whom are journalists. Today we memorialize that tragic event.

We are met today to memorialize also the courageous reporters who perished on the line of duty during typhoon Yolanda in Leyte.

We honor all these journalists who gave their last full measure of devotion to the cause of journalism. They knew full well that their missions were fraught with peril, yet, in pursuit of their cause and their duty to the people to gather and directly provide them facts about the important issues of the time, they fearlessly covered their missions, only to lose their lives.

But they did not die in vain. They have shown the world what fearless journalism is. And you who are assembled here are the torch bearers of that noble cause that they died for and I’m proud to be with you today and thankful for allowing me to share my thoughts with you once again.

We had high hopes when Benigno Simeon ‘Noynoy’ C. Aquino III came to power on June 30, 2010,. Expectations were high that he would act with dispatch and resolve on the unsolved murders of activists, lawyers, church workers, and journalists. But until now we have not seen a semblance that justice will prevail in the light of the slow trial of the suspects and even in the justice system of the Philippines slow drag of the PDAF scandal in the Ombudsman and the Sandigan Bayan.

What is left for us is to hope. As the saying goes, hope springs eternal, but how long shall we be hoping against hope that justice will prevail in the Philippines?

What made me sad is that Aquino himself promised as much — and more. In his first State of the Nation Address or SONA, he vowed that his administration would work to end the reign of impunity and extrajudicial killings. In its stead, Aquino said, his administration would usher in an era of “swift justice.”

But Aquino did busy himself trying to address the country’s economic woes in the first half of his term. Thus three years under Aquino, the Philippines has scored steadily dipping ratings in recent years from international groups monitoring the state of human rights, media freedom, and freedom of expression such as the Committee to Protect Journalists, Amnesty International, Reporters Without Borders, Freedom House, Human Rights Asia, and the Southeast Asian Press Alliance.

In fact, during Aquino’s first 40 months in office, from July 2010 to October 2013, at least 23 journalists were killed, among them 16 radio broadcasters and seven print journalists. It is a trail of blood redder, thicker, and worse compared to the number of work-related media murders per year under four other presidents before him, including his late mother Corazon ‘Cory’ C. Aquino and his immediate predecessor Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

To quote the NUJP President Ms. Paraan:

“ What is disappointing is that we were hoping (for better) under President Aquino, son of the two icons of democracy,” says Rowena Paraan, chairperson of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines. Two months into his presidency, in August 2010, Aquino agreed to meet with FFFJ and NUJP to discuss the groups’ concerns about the spate of media killings, which had peaked during the time of his predecessor and nemesis, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.”

But Aquino skipped the scheduled meeting with the NUJP in 2010 on account supposedly of more pressing matters. It was to be a portent of the President’s apparent lukewarm attitude toward the cases. Today, we still suffer the impunity of the Philippine military.

For us in the Filipino American community in Los Angeles, we still reserve the right to judge the Aquino III regime on his performance. Again, before we consign him to the dustbin of history like his predecessors, we will still give him the benefit of the doubt because we still perceive him to be honest and good hearted unlike his predecessor who was iron-hearted and who caused so much pain to our people for her “reign of impunity.”

We still commend him for performing his job especially during the time of this great crisis caused by Superthypoon YOLANDA/HAIYAN . We understand the rabid criticism and the calls of the opposition for him to resign to the point that it becomes personal attacks, making look like an inutile. This does not help but it only undermines our nation and ourselves as Filipinos.

We understand that he is still doing his best for our tragedy stricken people. We just hope that his administration learn the tragic lessons of the past and learn it fast.

Yet, we are heartened that the Aquino government by the pronouncement of his spokesman Hermie Coloma ” sees the need for judicial reform.” The recent Supreme Court decision on the PDAF restored in us some semblance of trust in the reforms in the system. To quote Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago- the Supreme Court Decision “proved that here is still GOD.”

Thus we still hope for the best and Aquino has still three years to prove himself and change our country for the better.

So, as we remember your fellow journalists who died during the Maguindanao Massacre and those who perished on the line of duty during the typhoon Yolanda in Leyte, I can borrow the words of President Lincoln in 1863……..

” It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.”

Thank you very much.

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FACLA TURNED HFT FIESTA ON NOV 29-30 TO TAWID-BAHA RELIEF FUNDRAISERS

Press Release
Filipino American Community of Los Angeles(FACLA)
November 25, 2013

FACLA TURNED HFT FIESTA ON NOV 29-30 TO TAWID-BAHA RELIEF FUNDRAISERS

Los Angeles—The Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) turned its Historic Filipinotown Fiesta on November 29 and 30 into a relief drive PROJECT TAWID-BAHA into a fundraisers.

In a joint observance of the traditional Thanksgiving Day in the United States and Andres Bonifacio Day commemorated in the Philippines. This year 2013, is the 150th Anniversary of the birth of the Great Plebian and the Founder of the Katipunan. Gat.Andres Bonifacio

FACLA also launched the TAWID-BAHA Relief Drive that will raise needed funds for Thypoon Yolanda victims in the Visayas. At present FACLA has raised a $ 1,700 for the relief drive.

Cultural Shows

The festivities will feature cultural shows, reunions and dancing party on November 29 from 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

On November 30, Bonifacio Day, the event will feature sports, exhibits and reunion from 9:00 AM to 12;00 PM.

The donation is $ 25.00 for all events and activities on November 29-30, 2013

For more information about these events please contact Clarita Julian, FACLA Manager at (213) 484-1527 or visit our website at www.newfacla,org at our facebook account at newfacla@fb

FACLA TURNED HFT FIESTA ON NOV 29-30 TO TAWID-BAHA RELIEF FUNDRAISERS

Press Release
Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA)
November 17, 2013

FACLA TURNED HFT FIESTA ON NOV 29-30 TO TAWID-BAHA RELIEF FUNDRAISERS

Los Angeles—The Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) turned its Historic Filipinotown Fiesta on November 29 and 30 into a relief drive PROJECT TAWID-BAHA into a fundraisers.

In a joint observance of the traditional Thanksgiving Day in the United States and Andres Bonifacio Day commemorated in the Philippines, FACLA will raise needed funds for Thypoon Yolanda victims in the Visayas. The festivities will feature cultural shows, reunions and dancing party on November 29 from 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

On November 30, Bonifacio Day, the event will feature sports, exhibits and reunion from (AM to 12;00 PM. CA Senator Kevin De Leon and ASM Jimmy Gomez are the invited guests for the two day- fundraisers.

Joint Press Conference for PH Relief on November 19.

In a related development. FACLA together with California Senator Kevin De Leon and Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez of the 51st District will hold a joint press conference in FACLA on Tuesday, November 19 at 10:00 AM to announce joint efforts for relief drive to aid Thypoon Yolanda survivors in the Philippines.

FACLA President Austin Baul Jr, Senator Kevin De Leon and ASM Jimmy Gomez met earlier at Senator De Leon’s office in Sunset Blvd last Thursday, November 14 to plan out relief efforts for the survivors of the devastating thypoon that affected 11 million Filipinos in 43 provinces in Southern and Central Philippines.

Also present on the meeting was JFAV National Coordinator and FACLA Director Arturo Garcia,SIPA Executive Director Joel Jacinto and Senator De Leon and ASM Jimmy Gomez staff members.

The donation is $ 25.00 for all events and activities on November 29-30, 2013

For more information about these events please contact Clarita Julian, FACLA Manager at (213) 484-1527 or visit our website at www.newfacla,org at our facebook account at newfacla@fb

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FACLA -USAP COALITION :A CALL TO ACTION ALL KABABAYAN IN THE UNITED STATES: YOLANDA THYPOON VICTIMS IN THE VISAYAS NEED YOUR HELP NOW

    For Immediate Release


Filipino American Community Of Los Angeles (FACLA)
November 11, 2013

FACLA -USAP COALITION :A CALL TO ACTION ALL KABABAYAN IN THE UNITED STATES: YOLANDA THYPOON VICTIMS IN THE VISAYAS NEED YOUR HELP NOW

Los Angeles—More than 2 million people were affected by the strongest thypoon that hit the Philippines and Micronesia in the world’s history. As of the press time, more than 10,000 were beleived to be killed during the storm surge last November 07-08, 2013 in Leyte alone.

To ensure that the survivors of the Typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas receive the immediate help that they need, the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) and the United States Action against PDAF ( USAP Coalition) activates the TAWID BAHA Disaster Relief Drive For the Visayas and is only accepting monetary donationsat the moment.

All monetary donations will go towards helping the more than 2 million affected communities in the Visayas hard hit by Tyhpoon Yolanda and the cost of wiring the donations. Donations of any amount are tax-deductible. Any amount that you can give will go a long way.

Donate now!

1) Donate through FACLA TAWID BAHA Disaster Relief Drive
Send a check to:

Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA)
1740 W.Temple St. Los Angeles CA, 90026

( FACLA is a 501(c)3 non profit organization. All donations more than $ 50.00 are tax-deductible)

FACLA has been at the forefront of the relief efforts since 2009. Last August, FACLA donated $ 1,800 to the victims of the HABAGAT monsoon disaster in the Philippines thru the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles.

At this time of need let us unite and help the Thypoon Victims in the Visayas. Please wait for further announcements for in kind donations like medicine, blankets and clothes.

For more information please call FACLA at (213)484-1527 or USAP at (213)241-0995.

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FACLA CALLS ON ALL ACTIVE MEMBERS TO AN ANNUAL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP ASSEMBLY ON NOVEMBER 23

Press Release
November 08, 2013

FACLA CALLS ON ALL ACTIVE MEMBERS TO AN ANNUAL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP ASSEMBLY ON NOVEMBER 23

Los Angeles—The Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) will hold its annual membership meeting on November 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM at FACLA Social Hall, 1740 W. Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90026.

Therefore, FACLA is calling all its active members to attend and actively participate in the discussions at its general membership meeting to move FACLA forward for the next two years.

This was announced by FACLA President Austin Baul Jr. last October 23, 2013.The general membership meeting was approved by the Board of Directors on their monthly meeting last October 21, 2013

This will be the second time a General Assembly was convened by FACLA. The first was on April 2013.

Order of Business

FACLA’s General membership meeting will have the following order of business: 1) Registration; 2) Opening Ceremonies; 3) Introduction of Board Members

More interesting topics will be discussed in the Committee Reports, the Treasurer’s Report; and the President’s Report.

The main agendafor the general membership meeting is the FACLA’s upcoming project and plans that will be presented to the general memebrship.

And an open forum after the reports and presentations.will also be held,

For more information please contact Clarita Julian , FACLA Manager at (213) 484-1527 or visit our website at www.newfacla,org at our facebook account at newfacla@fb

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FACLA -USAP COALITION :A CALL TO ACTION ALL KABABAYAN IN THE UNITED STATES: YOLANDA THYPOON VICTIMS IN THE VISAYAS NEED YOUR HELP NOW

For Immediate Release
Filipino American Community Of Los Angeles (FACLA)
November 09, 2013

FACLA -USAP COALITION :A CALL TO ACTION ALL KABABAYAN IN THE UNITED STATES: YOLANDA THYPOON VICTIMS IN THE VISAYAS NEED YOUR HELP NOW

Los Angeles—More than 2 million people were affected by the strongest thypoon that hit the Philippines and Micronesia in the world’s history. As of the press time, more than 1,200 were killed during the storm surge last November 07-08, 2013 in Leyte alone.

To ensure that the survivors of the Typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas receive the immediate help that they need, the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) and the United States Action against PDAF ( USAP Coalition) activates the TAWID BAHA Disaster Relief Drive For the Visayas and is only accepting monetary donations (no in-kind donations please as of the present. please wait for further details).

All monetary donations will go towards helping the more than 2 million affected communities in the Visayas hard hit by Tyhpoon Yolanda and the cost of wiring the donations. Donations of any amount are tax-deductible. Any amount that you can give will go a long way.

Donate now!

1) Donate through FACLA TAWID BAHA Disaster Relief Drive
Send a check to:

Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA)
1740 W.Temple St. Los Angeles CA, 90026

At this time of need let us unite and help the Thypoon Victims in the Visayas.

Please wait for further announcements for in kind donations like medicine, blankets and clothes. We will be setting up the mechanisms for relief materials receiving system.

For more information please call FACLA at (213)484-1527 or USAP at (213)241-0995.

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