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KNIGHTS OF RIZAL (KOR) -HFT/FACLA CELEBRATES 29th FREEDOM DAY AT EDSA.FEBRUARY 25, 2015

ALLIANCE NEWS
February 26, 2015

KNIGHTS OF RIZAL (KOR) -HFT/FACLA CELEBRATES 29th FREEDOM DAY AT
EDSA.FEBRUARY 25, 2015

Los Angeles – TAMA NA, SOBRA NA, PALITAN! MAKIBAKA,HUWAG MATAKOT!

With this familiar chants,scores of Knights of Rizal-Historic Filipinotown Chapter , solidarity comrades and friends, guests and the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) militantly celebrated the 29th Anniversary of the EDSA People’s Power Revolution, lastWednesday, February 25, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the FACLA Social Hall.

The celebration dinner and dance party was held at the FACLA capped with fiery speeches, songs and spoken words.

Anti Martial Law Activist Speaks

The program started with a tribute to the Fallen SAF44, 15 MILF fighters and 5 Moro Civilians who died in the misencounter between the MILF-BIFF and the PNP SAF at Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25, 2015 by Fr. Eric Veloso.

Filipinos and US anti-martial law stalwarts like FACLA President Jun Baul of FACLA, former PDP-LABAN leader from Paranaque, Jerry Esguerra of the US based Movement for a Free Philippines (MFP) and Dr.Felix Lapuz of the Ninoy Aquino Movement (NAM)-Los Angeles spoke during the commemoration

FACLA President Jun Baul cited the significance of the people’s victory against martial law,the corruption of the Marcos regime and its human rights abuses against the people.

He said, “its a people’s victory not of single heroes and individuals but the Filipino people. EDSA revolution is a people’s revolution.”

Lessons of The 1986 EDSA People’s Uprising,

Jerry Esguerra of BANTAY Pilipinas said,”we are still in struggle and will continue to struggle to realize the unfinished dreams and the revolutionary promises of EDSA 1 of 1986 and EDSA 2 of 2001.”

Esguerra cited,”the PDAF scandal, the battle of the Mamasapano and teh clamor for Aquino II to regin as the sign of the troublesome times in the Philippines.”

Meanwhile Dr.Felix Lapuz recalled how they formed the NAM.He said. ” We were an underground organization in 1981 in Los Angeles and other cities. And then later in 1986 has to go above ground to support the People’s Uprising during the final days of Marcos in 1986 even up in Washington DC.”

Dr Lapuz lamented the fact that 29 years later, ” we still have to fully realize the promises of EDSA. But he said,” we are ready to do it again and will continue our struggle.”

Solidarity Messages and Performances

ANSWER-LA Doug Kaufman gave the solidarity statement on the EDSA People’s Uprising of 1986 hailing the downfall of the 14 year brutal US-Marcos Dictatorship

On four days of February 22-25,1986 millions of Filipinos converged on EDSA and held the People’s Uprising that ended the corrupt and brutal 14 years rule of dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Kabataang maka-BAYAN (KmB )ProPeople Youth leaders Eddy Gana Jr and Stephanie Sajor gave a Spoken Word Number to the delight of the crowd. Ms.

Lui Bautista gave a song which was wildly applauded by the crowd.

FACLA Ist Vice President Fender Santos thanked the attendees and FACLA friends and gave the closing remarks. KOR acting Knights Commander Al Garcia acted as the emcee,

Music, and entertainment was provided by Maestro Buddy Reyes and Letty Reyes and their BAND. The crowd stayed for the dinner and dance party after the brief program.

For more information please call KOR at (323)253-1818 or at facla at (213)4841527 or visit our website at www.newfacla.org

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KNIGHTS OF RIZAL (KOR) -HFT/FACLA CELEBRATES 29th FREEDOM DAY AT EDSA.FEBRUARY 25, 2015

EPCC NEWS
February 25, 2015

KNIGHTS OF RIZAL (KOR) -HFT/FACLA CELEBRATES 29th FREEDOM DAY AT EDSA.FEBRUARY 25, 2015

Los Angeles – CELEBRATE FREEDOM and LET FREEDOM RING!’

The Knights of Rizal-Historic Filipinotown Chapter and the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA cordially invite the public in the celebrations of 29th Anniversary of the EDSA People’s Power Revolution, February 1986,today, Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the FACLA Social Hall.

This was announced by KOR-HFT acting Grand Knight Arturo P.Garcia and FACLA President Austin Baul Jr.

The The celebration dinner and dance party will be held At 6:00 PM. Wednesday ,February 25, 2015 at the FACLA Social Hall at 1740 W. Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Anti Martial Law Activist Speaks

Invited speakers are known Los Angeles and US anti-martial law stalwarts Atty, Roman Mosqueda,Jerry Esguerra, Dr.Felix Lapuz of the Movement for a Free Philippines (MFP).

On four days of February 22-25,1986 millions of Filipinos converged on EDSA and held the People’s Uprising that ended the corrupt and brutal 14 years rule of dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Music, and entertainment provided by Maestro Buddy Reyes and Letty Reyes and their BAND.

There will also be numbers from the youth group– the Kabataang maka-BAYAN (KmB )ProPeople Youth.

Tickets for the EDSA dance –party and celebrations is $ 10.00 but any donations are accepted.
DANCE, PARTY, CELEBRATE! COME ONE, COME ALL!

For more information please call KOR-HFT at (323)253-1818 or at facla at (213)484-1527 or visit our website at www.newfacla.org

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NASALAULA; DIWA NG EDSA 1

WIKA

    NASALAULA; DIWA NG EDSA 1

    Rogelio L. Ordoñez

    MARAMI ang nag-akala noong 1986 na ang buwan ng Pebrero ang simula ng pambansang pagbabago tungo sa isang lipunang makatao’t makabayan, mapayapa’t maunlad, malaya’t progresibo at demokratiko. Nasa paligid na diumano ang mailap na anino ng lantay na hustisya sosyal. Matapos ang halos 14 na taon ng paghahari sa bansa ng malupit, marahas, mapanikil, at mapandambong na Batas Militar, ipinagpasalamat nga ng mga madasalin at naghihilamos ng agua bendita sa sinasabing milagrosong Birhen ng Edsa ang pagbagsak, sa wakas, ng diktatoryal na rehimeng Marcos.

    Hindi nga masamang gunitain, tuwing sasapit ang Pebrero 22-25, ang malabayaning pagkilos ng sambayanan noon na naglundo sa kilala ngayong Edsa 1. Nasilayan nga sa papawirin ang bahagyang liwanag matapos ang paghahari ng dilim sa isang yugto ng kasaysayan ng bansa. Maaalaala, waring lumakad tuloy sa alapaap ang marami, naghosana sa kaitaasan at masigabong nagbunyi nang malamang lumayas na ng Malakanyang ang diktador kasama ang pamilya at pangunahing matatapat na basalyos.

    Natural, sa naturang mga petsa, hindi maiiwasang sariwain ng mga bida — kahit sa kanilang pag-iisa — ang mga papel na ginampanan nila sa Edsa 1 na waring isang madulang pelikula na walang kawawaang wakas.

    Nariyan ang mga basalyos nina Cory, Ramos, Enrile at Honasan, ang mga Lopez at Ayala, ang mga basalyos ng yumaong si Jaime Kardinal Sin, at maging ni dating Presidente Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo na naluklok sa kubeta ng kapangyarihan sa pamamagitan naman ng Edsa 2 na, hindi mapapasubalian, ay ibinunsod ng impluwensiya ng karanasan sa Edsa 1.

    Pinatunayan noon sa buong mundo na maaaring patalsikin sa poder ang sinumang abusadong lider ng bansa kung nagkakaisa sa pagkilos ang malawak na sektor ng sambayanan.

    Ano nga ba ang dapat ipagpasalamat ng sambayanan sa Edsa 1?

    Piknik ba lamang ito o tunay na rebolusyon? Nabago ba ang nakasusulukasok na pambansang kalagayan?

    Matapos ang magiting na pagharang sa mga tangke at sundalo ng Estado habang madamdaming inaawit ang Bayan Ko, matapos ang pagsuong sa anumang panganib at manindigang handang ibuwis ang buhay kung magkaroon man ng madugong sagupaan, napatalsik nga sa poder ang diktador at naibalik sa bansa ang dati ring palsipikadong kalayaan at kasarinlan at kunwa-kunwariang demokrasya.

    Ano nga ba ang diwa ng Edsa 1 na dapat gunitain at ipagbunyi taun-taon?

    Matapos nga ang lahat-lahat, mula sa rehimen ni Cory hanggang sa kasalukuyan, lumitaw na ang Edsa 1 ay isang yugto lamang ng waring walang katapusang sarsuwelang patuloy na ginagampanan ng mga naghahari-harian sa lipunan tulad ng bastardo’t salabusab na mga pulitiko, ng tuso’t salanggapang na mga kapitalista’t asendero, ng mala-asong mga tagahimod ng kuyukot ng dayuhang mga interes, at ng iba pang pawang lumalaklak sa pawis at dugo ng masang sambayanan.

    Nakalulungkot, di nga kasi, sa aklat ng kasaysayan ng Edsa 1, nanatiling ekstra lamang ang libu-libong ordinaryong mga mamamayang buong giting na sumuporta sa mga bida. Nanatili nga silang mga anino lamang, walang mukha ni pangalan, hindi napasama sa aklat ng mga tula “ng mga intelektuwal na walang pakialam sa pulitika ng aking bansa,” sabi nga ng makatang si Otto Rene Castillo. Higit pa ngang masama, at nakasusulak ng damdamin, kinalimutan o ibinasura ng uring mapagsamantalang nagrigodon sa kubeta ng kapangyarihan ang lehitimong mga karapatan at kapakanan ng mismong karaniwang mga mamamayang sinikil at sinalaula sa panahon ng diktadura; ipinampunas nga ng paa at puwit ng mga diyus-diyosan ang dignidad ng bayan at ng masang sambayanan.

    Maaaring nagising ng Edsa 1 ang matagal na nakatulog na damdaming makabayan at naisulong ang kamulatan at pagiging militante ng maraming mamamayan laban sa anumang uri ng inhustisya at pag-abuso sa kapangyarihan ng mapanikil at mapandambong na rehimen.

    Naibagsak nga ang diktadura ngunit, magpahanggang ngayon, sa kabila ng apat na rehimeng humalili sa diktatoryal na rehimeng Marcos, paulit-ulit pa ring itinatanong: Naisulong ba ang tunay na pambansang kapakanan?

    Maliwanag na nagkaisa lamang ang mga bida sa Edsa 1 na ibagsak sa poder si Marcos para sila naman ang umugit o mamahala sa bansa ngunit, kung susuriin, wala naman sila noong malinaw na mga programa o patakarang pampulitika, panlipunan at pang-ekonomiyang ganap na magsusulong sa kapakanan ng bansa at ng masang sambayanan upang makalaya, sa wakas, sa tanikala ng kabusabusan o karalitaan at makaamoy man lamang — kahit bahagya — ng lantay na hustisya
    sosyal.

    Kung maituturing ngang rebolusyon ang Edsa 1 — hindi waring isang madulang pelikula lamang — mahalaga tuloy ang sinabi ng rebolusyonaryong si Fidel Castro ng Cuba: “Ang mahalaga sa isang rebolusyon ay hindi ang mismong PAGKAKAISA LAMANG, kundi ANG MGA BATAYAN NG PAGKAKAISA.”

    At sa Edsa 1, maliwanag nga na nagkaisa lamang ang lumitaw na mga bida na wakasan ang diktadura, at sila naman ang namayagpag sa kapangyarihan kaakibat ang mga grasya’t nakalalasing na mga pribilehiyo habang, sa kabilang banda, nanatiling titiguk-tigok ang lalamunan ng dayukdok na masang sambayanan.

    Naiwan sa kangkungan ang kapakanan ng nakararaming karaniwang mamamayan mula noon hanggang ngayon. Ang pinabagsak na masamang rehimen ay napalitan lamang ng masama rin, o higit pang masamang mga rehimen.

    Kung tutuusin, at malalim na susuriin, baka hindi agad napatalsik ang diktador at kailanganin pa ang talagang madugong rebolusyon kung hindi minaniobra ng mga diyus-diyosan sa Washington — hindi ng Birhen ng Edsa — ang umiiral na kalagayan noon. Nakita ng Amerika na hindi na epektibo si Marcos bilang tuta nito para pangalagaan pa ang kapakanan ni Uncle Sam sa Pilipinas sapagkat galit na galit na hindi lamang ang masang sambayanan, kundi maging ang mga elitista’t mayayamang sinagasaan ni Marcos ang makasariling mga interes.

    Hinog na hinog na noon ang rebolusyonaryong mga kondisyon sa bansa para sa isang tunay na himagsikan. Ikinatakot ng Amerika na kung magkaroon ng giyera sibil at manalo ang malakas nang puwersa noon ng mga makabayan at progresibo at kung ang mga ito na ang hahawak sa renda ng pambansang kapangyarihan, tiyak na mawawasak ang lahat ng mapandambong na interes ng Amerika dito.

    Samakatuwid, kailangan nang ibasura si Marcos at palitan ng isang personaheng katanggap-tanggap sa mga mamamayan — si Tita Cory nga na madasalin at mahinhin — ngunit, sa kabilang banda, kayang-kayang diktahan, pilipitin ang leeg, o paikuting parang trumpo upang maging masunurin sa imperyalistang mga kagustuhan ni Uncle Sam. Kaya, sa kasagsagan ng Edsa 1, tinawagan nga ng Amerika si Marcos, binalaang hindi dapat dumanak ng dugo at makabubuting iwan na ang puwesto; sinundo nga ng helikopter ni Uncle Sam sa Malakanyang si Marcos at ang buo niyang pamilya, kasama ang ilang piling basalyos, at dinala sa Hawaii, hindi sa Paoay.

    Mula nga noon, hanggang ngayon, kahit nagkaroon pa ng Edsa 2 at nabigong Edsa 3, naibalik nga lamang sa bansa ang sinasabing palsipikadong kalayaan at demokrasya na, batay sa marami nang pangyayari, lagi’t lagi lamang pumapabor sa uring hari-harian at mapagsamantala sa kapinsalaan ng bansa’t masang sambayanan. Mula sa rehimen ni Tita Cory hanggang sa kasalukuyan, paulit-ulit na nasalaula ang diwa ng Edsa 1.

    Unang-una, hindi naman nabago ang tiwaling balangkas ng lipunang kontrolado’t pinaglalaruan lamang ng iilang piling grupo ng mga tao ang pambansang pulitika’t ekonomiya, ang hustisya’t demokratikong mga proseso, lalo na nga ang buhay ng dayukdok na masang sambayanan –mga manggagawa’t magsasaka, mga ordinaryong empleyado sa gobyerno, at iba pang nabibilang sa uring api’t busabos.

    Mahirap mapasubalian, malinaw na namamayani pa rin, at tumindi pa nga, ang mga dinastiyang pampulitika. Lalong sumidhi ang pagkasugapa sa kapangyarihan ng mga nasa poder, gayundin ang kanilang pagkasalabusab sa pondo ng bayan. Naging higit pang garapal ang pangangayupapa ng pambansang liderato sa dayuhang mga interes na lalong ikinalulugmok ng pambansang ekonomiya tungo sa higit pang gutom at karalitaan ng ordinaryong mga mamamayan.

    Higit pang masama, kahit pinatalsik sa poder ang diktador, nakabalik naman sa inodoro ng kapangyarihan — at namamayagpag ngayon sa pribilehiyo’t impluwensiya — ang ilang piling basalyos ni Marcos na lumilitaw na kinukupkop pa’t kaalyado ng kasalukuyang mga namumuno sa bansa. Sabagay, hindi na nga ito dapat ipagtaka, sapagkat magkakabalahibo naman sila, iisa ang kulay, silang bumubuo ng uring naghahari-harian at mapagsamantala.

    Natural, nananatiling kahabaghabag na ekstra ang masang sambayanan sa masalimuot na sarsuwela ng mga bidang mandurugas. Habang namumuwalan sa grasya’t pribilehiyo ang bibig ng mga diyus-diyosan sa lipunan sa pamamagitan ng kung anu-anong hokus-pokus at garapal na katiwalian, habang nagririgodon lamang sa poder ang uring mapagsamantala, talagang dayukdok hanggang ngayon, api’t busabos ang nakararaming ordinaryong mga mamamayan.

    Ano nga ba ang dapat na gunitain at ipagpasalamat sa Edsa 1? Ang mapalitan ang dating mapanikil at salabusab na rehimen ng bago’t mapanikil at salabusab ding mga rehimen?

    Habang patuloy na sinasalaula ng mga nasa poder, ng mga diyus-diyosan at hari-harian sa lipunan ang diwa ng Edsa 1, patuloy at patuloy din lamang nilang iduruyan at lulunurin ang masang sambayanan sa ilusyon ng buladas na pambansang kaunlaran, at ipinangangalandakang demokrasya’t hustisya sosyal, gayundin ng sinasabing kalayaan at kasarinlan. Kailan nga kaya ito magwawakas para sa tunay na pambansang katubusan?

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KNIGHTS OF RIZAL (KOR) -HFT/FACLA CELEBRATES 29th FREEDOM DAY AT EDSA.FEBRUARY 25, 2015

EPCC NEWS
February 23, 2015

KNIGHTS OF RIZAL (KOR) -HFT/FACLA CELEBRATES 29th FREEDOM DAY AT EDSA.FEBRUARY 25, 2015

Los AngelesCELEBRATE FREEDOM and LET FREEDOM RING!’

The Knights of Rizal-Historic Filipinotown Chapter and the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA cordially invite the public in the celebrations of 29th Anniversary of the EDSA People’s Power Revolution, February 1986 on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the FACLA Social Hall.

This was announced by KOR-HFT acting Grand Knight Arturo P.Garcia and FACLA President Austin Baul Jr. The The celebration dinner and dance party will be held At 6:00 PM. Wednesday ,February 25, 2015At FACLA Social Hall1740 W. Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Anti Martial Law Activist Speaks

Invited speakers are known Los Angeles and US anti-martial law stalwarts Atty, Roman Mosqueda,Jerry Esguerra, Dr.Felix Lapuz of the Movement for a Free Philippines (MFP) and Andrea Aquino of the Ninoy Aquino Movement (NAM).

On four days of February 22-25,1986 millions of Filipinos converged on EDSA and held the People’s Uprising that ended the corrupt and brutal 14 years rule of dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

There will numbers from the youth group– the Kabataang maka-BAYAN (KmB )ProPeople Youth.

Music, and entertainment provided by Maestro Buddy Reyes and Letty Reyes and their BAND.

Tickets for the EDSA dance –party and celebrations is $ 10.00 but any donations are accepted.
DANCE, PARTY, CELEBRATE! COME ONE, COME ALL!

For more information please call KOR-HFT at (323)253-1818 or at facla at (213)4841527 or visit our website at www.newfacla.org

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FOOD DISTRIBUTION/FEEDING PROGRAM AT FACLA, FEBRUARY 28, 2015 AT 11;00 AM

EPCC NEWS
February 21, 2015

FOOD DISTRIBUTION/FEEDING PROGRAM AT FACLA, FEBRUARY 28, 2015 AT 11;00 AM

Los Angeles–The Filipino Ministry of the Wilshire United Methodist Church with the Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) feeding program and food distribution for the year 2015 for the month of February will be held on Saturday, Feb.28, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA).

The feeding program and food distribution is being held every last Saturday pf the month at FACLA. It was brought back by the collaboration of this three organizations with FACLA after a long absence.

The feeding and food distribution program has been a success ever since and has distributed food and have fed a modest number of seniors since it started in the middle of 2014

Free High Tech Seminar

At the same time, Sid Balatan, FACLA Director for Information and Technology will again hold his FREE workshop on email, iphone and tablet literacy and technology.

This technology literacy seminar is FREE for people especially for seniors who want to learn about this gadgets. This workshop is FREE. Especially for senior adults, using their phones and tablets should not be troublesome.

Age does not matter when it comes to technology. It is not to late or we are not to old to learn. Please come to this FREE high tech seminar.

For more information please contact Sid at (213)3995042 or Al Garcia at (323)253-1818 or email us atagarcia@peoplescore.net

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FILAM LEADERS SUPPORT GPH-MILF PEACE PROCESS AND THE PASSAGE OF THE BBL

NEW FACLA NEWS
February 20, 2015

FILAM LEADERS SUPPORT GPH-MILF PEACE PROCESS AND THE PASSAGE OF THE BBL

Los Angeles- Southern California FilAm Community leaders in TALAKAYAN sa FACLA last Thursday, February 19, 2015 were united in their support for the continuing peace process between the GPH and the MILF and for the passage of the Basic Bangsa Moro Law (BBL) now stalled in the PH Congress.

Mindanao native and FilAm community leader Freddie Castaneda said, “ he is very confident that peace will be achieved in Mindanao with the formation of the new autonomous Bangsa Moro Political Entity (BPE) that will replace the ARMM as provided for the BBL after a referendum in May 2016 elections. “

On the Return of the SAF Firearms .

Castaneda also said,” the MILF with its initial return of 16 firearms to the AFP have shown a true acts of good faith.

Meanwhile FACLA President Austin Baul Jr said, “He is still wary of the presence of some splinter factions of the MILF like the BIFF who are opposed to the peace negotiations. ”

On the other hand, Alliance Philippines leader Al Garcia calms the fears of Ms. Emily Roberts of COTIFA who was a guest at TALAKAYAN who asked about the news that the MILF is preparing for war in Mindanao.

No War in Mindanao,Only Rumors

Garcia said, “ the news that MILF is preparing for war are all cheap gossips that comes from those who are opposed to the BBL.

But the steps toward the decommissioning of the MILF and with a new political party, peace and development will come to Mindanao,we are sure that the war will really end.”

Garcia also expressed confidence that,” With the assurance of MILF Chairman Mohager Iqbal they will cooperate to bring wanted Islamic Terrorist Basit Usman to justice and with the cooperation of the MILF with the PH government the prospect for peace in Mindanao is bright.” Garcia ended.

For more information about TALAKAYAN please call facla at (213)484-1527 and visit our website atwww.newfacla.org

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69 YEARS OF PAIN: FILVETS GATHER ON RESCISSION ACT ANNIVERSARY

JFAV Updates
February 19, 2015

69 YEARS OF PAIN: FILVETS GATHER ON RESCISSION ACT ANNIVERSARY

GLENDALE, Calif. – The war was over by then, but the battle began 69 years ago for Filipino World War II veteran Gregorio Albano.

On Feb. 18, 1946, the Rescission Act stripped him and his comrades of their US military benefits and recognition. He says it still hurts that America had left him and other veterans.

Filipino World War II veterans and their advocates marked the 69th anniversary of the Rescission Act with a prayer vigil at the peace memorial statue of the comfort woman whom they say shares their pain.

“The sad fact until now, the Japanese won’t admit to the war crimes that they perpetrated during the second world war. The same thing, the US Congress won’t admit that they have disenfranchised 250,000 veterans. So were on the same boat,” explained Justice For Filipino American Veterans’ Director Art Garcia.

In the past 69 years since the Rescission Act there have been several attempts to right the wrongs through legislation.

This year, Congress has introduced several bills to benefit Filipino World War II veterans. This include a new verification system for vets trying to collect lump sum payment and congressional medals of honors.

Despite the efforts, FilVets and their allies have not been optimistic. Albano said its been the same case every year, and until now, nothing has happened.

As of now those bills have barely begun the judicial process and are currently being referred to subcommittees. Some veterans believe the best solution is a full veterans equity bill.

“Until the veterans are granted benefits, the same problem about their unification with their family is a pipe dream. No matter what bills they file, it’s only for show. It’s useless,” explained Garcia.

You can contact Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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ANNOUNCEMENT

February 1, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENT

The members of the Board of Directors of FACLA hereby announce that there will be an Election of the Members of the COMELEC on the fourth Sunday of April 2015 (April 26, 2015).

Every candidate is required to file his/her Certificate of
Candidacy at least three(3) months before the Comelec Election.

Qualifications of a Candidate:
1. He/She must be at least twenty one (21) years of age, he must be a legal resident of the County of Los Angeles.
2. He/She must be a member in good standing for at least one (1) year before the Election of Commissioners.
3. He must have at least knowledge of the Election Laws and U.S. Constitution and must have at least some legal background.

Austin Baul
President/CEO, Facla

Cc: Secretary of the Board

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JFAV HONORS VETERANS AND COMFORT WOMEN ON 69th RESCISSION DAY ANNIVERSARY, FEBRUARY 18, 2015 IN GLENDALE

JFAV UPDATES
February 16, 2015

JFAV HONORS VETERANS AND COMFORT WOMEN ON 69th RESCISSION DAY ANNIVERSARY, FEBRUARY 18, 2015 IN GLENDALE

Los Angeles-- “ Honor our Veterans, Honor The Comfort Women.”

Arturo Garcia, National Coordinator of the Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) and the Filipino-American Community announced that they will honor the Filipino American World War II Veterans and All Comfort Women in Southeast Asia who were victimized by the Japanese Imperial forces during the war in a wreath laying ceremonies at 3:00 PM on February 18, 2015 at the Glendale Park at the Glendale Central Library at 222 E.Harvard St. Glendale.

The Glendale Central Library Park in Glendale is the site of the second Comfort Woman Monument built by the Korean-American community in the United States. The other monument was built in New Jersey in the East Coast which is the object of the vigorous protests from the Japanese government.

Garcia said, ” For the last 70 years after World War II, the Japanese Government refused to admit the atrocities they committed in Asian. Especially about the comfort women they brutalized during their war years.

JFAV Honors Comfort Women and Veterans on Feb.18

” This is the first time that JFAV and the FilAm Community will honor the comfort women who were victims of the Japanese wartime atrocities. The Japanese government have not admitted to these crimes.

” The guest speaker for the event is the Filipino American candidate for Glendale City Council, Ms, Edith Fuentes. Ms. Fuentes is running for council member on the April 2015 elections in Glendale.

No Filipino-American candidate for Glendale City Council has been elected in this city for the last 100 years. MS Fuentes is happy to give it a try.”

69th Years of The Rescission Act

Garcia also said, ” On February 18, 1946, the 79th US Congress passed the Rescission Act that disenfranchised more than 250,000 Filipino Veterans as American veterans. And made their military service as “inactive”.

” Thus for the last 69 years, the Filipino Veterans were not recognized as American Veterans therefore were denied of their rightful rights and benefits.

At present, there are still more than 5,000 living Veterans in the United States and more than 4,000 of them are in California. All in all, there are still more than 60,000 living veterans in the Philippines.”

For more information please call jfav at (213)241-0995 or email as at agarcia@peoplescore.net

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KNIGHTS OF RIZAL (KOR) -HFT/FACLA CELEBRATES 29th FREEDOM DAY AT EDSA.FEBRUARY 25, 2015

EPCC NEWS
February 18, 2015

KNIGHTS OF RIZAL (KOR) -HFT/FACLA CELEBRATES 29th FREEDOM DAY AT EDSA.FEBRUARY 25, 2015

Los AngelesCELEBRATE FREEDOM and LET FREEDOM RING!’

The Knights of Rizal-Historic Filipinotown Chapter and the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA cordially invite the public in the celebrations of 29th Anniversary of the EDSA People’s Power Revolution, February 1986 on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the FACLA Social Hall.

This was announced by KOR-HFT acting Grand Knight Arturo P.Garcia and FACLA President Austin Baul Jr. The The celebration dinner and dance party will be held At 6:00 PM. Wednesday ,February 25, 2015At FACLA Social Hall1740 W. Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Anti Martial Law Activist Speaks

Invited speakers are known Los Angeles and US anti-martial law stalwarts Atty, Roman Mosqueda, Dr. Lapuz and Andrea Aquino of the Ninoy Aquino Movement.

On four days of February 22-25,1986 millions of Filipinos converged on EDSA and held the People’s Uprising that ended the corrupt and brutal 14 years rule of dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

There will numbers from the youth group– the Kabataang maka-BAYAN (KmB )ProPeople Youth and there will be music, and entertainment provided by Maestro Buddy Reyes and Letty Reyes and their BAND.

Tickets for the EDSA dance –party and celebrations is $ 10.00 but any donations are accepted.
DANCE, PARTY, CELEBRATE! COME ONE, COME ALL!

For more information please call KOR-HFT at (323)253-1818 or at facla at (213)4841527 or visit our website at www.newfacla.org

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