Monthly Archives: July 2015

LA CITY COUNCIL HONORS FILVETS, MARKED 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Bessang Pass, 1945 on July 28, 2015

EPCC NEWS
July 31, 2015

LA CITY COUNCIL HONORS FILVETS, MARKED 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Bessang Pass, 1945 on July 28, 2015

Los Angeles—The Los Angeles City Council honored the Filipino American World War II Veterans last July 28, 2015 at the John Ferraro Chambers by marking the 70th Year Anniversary of the Battle of Bessang Pass, June 1945.

The Battle of Bessang Pass was the only Filipino military victory over the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II in the Philippines. It was considered as a payback for the USAFFE defeat in Bataan and Corregidor in 1942 and the infamous “Death March.:

The Victory at Bessang Pass was declared as a military holiday by President Elpidio Quirino in the 1950’s. The American based Filipino World War II Veterans and JFAV in Los Angeles always mark the Victory in Bessang Pass since 2003.

Survivors

Surviving veterans Franco Arcebal who fpught in the battle of Bessang Pass, Greg Albano, a USAFFE Bataan and Death march survivor and John Aspiras Jr of JFAV was present during the presentation of the certificate of recognition

Council Member Paul Krekorian of District 2, the sponsor of the resolution presented the resolution to the City Council to honor the Filipino veterans and their families at the council session.
Also present at the City Council Chambers were scores of widows and relatives of the veterans from JFAV, FASGI, SIlverlake CBAS and S4PACE.

Tributes

JFAV National Coordinator Arturo Garcia said, “Our Filipino veterans are in the same boat with the Armenian survivors of the Armenian Genocide one hundred years ago.

But until now the US government wont recognize that the genocide ever happened. It’s the same situation as the Filipino Veterans who remained unrecognized for the last 70 years.”

Council Member Mitch O’Farrell of District 13, Council President Herb Wesson of District 10 and and newly elected Council Member of District 4 Korean-American David Ryu also paid tribute to the veterans and their advocates who were present at the jam-packed council.

FASGI Assistant Executive Director Bernie Ganon said, “we thank the LA City Council for recognizing the heroism of our veterans, widows and all their relatives.

We must celebrate the valor and recognize the services of our veterans,because they are truly are American veterans”.

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE DHS RE:DACA

NEW FACLA NEWs
July 28, 2015

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE DHS RE:DACA

Washington DC–DACA recipients should be advised the three-year work permit recall only applies to SOME individuals who received a card after the February 16, 2015, court order. If you received a letter or were contacted directly by USCIS regarding the recall of certain three-year work permits, you must IMMEDIATELY return your three-year work permit, also called an Employment Authorization Document, to your local USCIS office.

If you fail to return your card, USCIS will terminate your DACA and all employment authorizations effective July 31, 2015. Please carefully read the information USCIS sent to you or visit uscis.gov for details. New resources are available at uscis.gov including:
A new online tool that three-year DACA recipients can use to verify whether they need to return their work permit

A fact sheet (also available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese)
If you have not been contacted by USCIS and you received a three-year card after February 16, 2015, you should use the new online tool or call the USCIS Customer Service line at 800-375-5283 and select option 1 for English, then option 8 to verify whether you are affected BEFORE returning your card.

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HULING SONA NI PNOY, HULYO 27, 2015

BANTAY-PILIPINAS NEWS
July 28, 2015

WIKA KO
Hulyo 27, 215

HULING SONA NI PNOY, HULYO 27, 2015

Ni Rogelio Ordonez

Kung totoo ang mga buladas ni P-NOY sa kanyang huling SONA, aba’y napakahangal mo na kung mandarayuhan ka pa sa ibang mga bansa upang magpaalila sa mga banyaga para madulutan mo ng kaunting kaginhawahan sa buhay ang pinakamamahal mong pamilya sa La Tierra Pobreza.

Hindi mo na rin marahil nanaising sumama sa akin kapag bumalik ako sa planeta kong Jupiter, Panahon na nga yatang maghosana kayo, maghaleluya, sa mga diyus-diyosan at hari-harian sa lipunan ng mga mandarambong at mapagsamantala.

Mahalimuyak na, diumano, ang nasimulan nang kaunlaran at pagbabagong panlipunan at napakalaki ang pag-asang makaagapay na ang bansa sa mauunlad na mga bansa sa mundo.

Pero, tanggapin na — sa kapakanan ng argumento — umuunlad nga ang pambansang ekonomiya, sino nga ba lamang ang nagtatamasa sa mga biyaya nito? Nakikinabang ba ang masang sambayanan?
Napaunlad ba ang kalagayan sa buhay ng busabos na mga manggagawa’t magsasaka? Hindi na nga ba nagpipisil ng sikmura ang ordinaryong mga Pedrong Tigas at Juanang Basa? Nabawasan na nga ba ang bilang ng mga mamamayang kulang sa kanin, kulang sa pera, kulang sa damit, walang bahay, walang lupa, walang-wala?

Batay rin sa mga estadistika, 15% lamang ng populasyon ang patuloy na naglulublob at nagtatamasa sa 50% ng pambansang kita at 85% ng populasyon ang nag-aagawan sa natirang 50% kaya, kung baga sa isda, baka bituka, pispis, tinik at kaliskis na lamang ang makaparte ng bawat isa sa kanila.

Isa pa, batay sa pag-aaral ni Padre John Doherty, SJ, at pananaliksik ng mananalaysay na si Stanley Karnow (may-akda ng “In Our Image”}, 60 pamilya lamang ang mahigpit na kumukontrol sa pambansang pulitika’t ekonomiya.

Hanggang hindi nababago ang ganitong napakasamang balangkas ng lipunan — na pinalulubha pa ng talamak na inhustisya’t katiwalian ng uring hari-harian (malalaking gahamang kapitalista, mapagsamantalang mga propiyetaryo’t asendero, at mandarambong na mga pulitiko, bukod pa sa dayuhan nilang mga panginoon) — malabo pa sa burak, sa aba naming palagay, na maambunan man lamang o tamasahin pa nga ng dayukdok na masang sambayanan ang anumang ipinangangalandakang pag-unlad ng ekonomiya at ng bansa sa kabuuan.

Hindi tuloy naming maiwasang maalaala ang sinabi ni Malcolm X, Itim na lider noon ng mga karapatang sibil sa Amerika na ibinilanggo ng limang taon at binaril at napatay nang malaon sa Harlem’s Audubon Auditorium noong 1965:

“Nakikibaka tayo para kilalanin tayo bilang tunay na mga tao. Walang sinumang magbibigay sa inyo ng kalayaan. Walang sinumang magkakaloob sa inyo ng pagkakapantay-pantay at katarungan. Kung tao ka, agawin mo ang mga iyon!”

SONA ba o SOFS (State of the Nation’s Fashion Show)? Lintik talaga ang papormahan, pagarbuhan at pasiklaban ng “mararangal” na mga kinatawan ng bayan sa maringal na Bulwagan ng Sarsuwela!

Haleluya! Purihin ang mga Diyus-diyosan sa kaitaasan!

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GLOBAL ACTION AGAINST CHINA SLATED JULY 24

EPCC NEWS
July 23, 2015

GLOBAL ACTION AGAINST CHINA SLATED JULY 24

Los Angeles– Filipino community leaders and Saipan- and Guam-based supporters of the U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG) coalition will join a peaceful “global day of protest” rally against China’s “invasion, occupation and militarization of the West Philippine Sea.” Similar protests will take place in many cities all over the world.

In Los Angeles, the rally is led by FACLA, TALAKAYAN SA FACLA,BANTAY PILIPINAS-USA, KNIGHTS OF RIZAL-HFT, PAKSA and Alliance-Philippines-Los Angeles. The organizers can be contacted at (213)241-0995 or at the email agarcia@peoplescore.net

In New York, USP4GG National Chairwoman Loida Nicolas-Lewis will lead the rally in front of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York City.

“We are calling on the United Nations International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) to stop China from its plan to take over the entire West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) which will constitute the largest territorial heist in maritime history,” Nicolas-Lewis said. “We want ITLOS to issue its decision now, not three years from now, before China can consolidate its occupation of Philippine territories.”

In San Francisco and Los Angeles, USP4GG organizers scheduled the rally there f in front of the Chinese Consulate on July 24 from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

Filipino leaders in UK, Italy, France, Romania also announced their plans to organize protest rallies in their host countries.

Why July 24?

July 24 marks the third anniversary of China’s creation of the Sansha prefecture within a vast jurisdiction that includes islands and reefs in the West Philippine Sea.

The Saipan and Guam protest rallies will be held simultaneously from 12 noon to 1 p.m., across the Sunleader Store at Beach Road , Garapan, Saipan and at the ITC Intersection at North Marine Corps Drive and Chalan San Antonio across from the ITC Building in Tamuning. This is the third year of global protest on Guam and Saipan

Dr. Celia Lamkin will lead protests in the Marianas against China’s claims in the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea.

Dr. Celia Lamkin, USP4GG Marianas Chapter chairwoman, said, “Although there is no Chinese embassy or consulate on Saipan or Guam, our group wants to join the global day of protest to show to the world the Filipino unity, solidarity and patriotism in defending our territories and Philippine sovereignty peacefully. This is also to show our support to the Philippine government who had the delegation in the International Tribunal Law of the Sea or ITLOS recently on a hearing at The Hague, Netherlands, to present the case of the Philippines against China over the West Philippine Sea issues.”

Since the formation of Sansha, China has increased the number of “aggressive actions” against the Philippines including the occupation of the Scarborough or Panatag Shoal, denying access to Filipino fishermen. It has created seven artificial islands in the West Philippine Sea, which have resulted to the massive destruction of ecosystems in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), which is considered to be one of the largest ecosystems in the world.

“Hence, it’s not only the Philippines will be affected but the whole world,” added Lamkin.
Recently, the president of US Pinoys for Good Governance, attorney Rodel Rodis, had a meeting in Manila with former Philippines’ National Security Advisor Roilo Golez and other leaders of various civic, youth and religious organizations who formed the Movement and Alliance to Resist China’s Aggression or MARCHA.

The coalition is expected to rally in front of the Chinese consulate in Makati City, Philippines. The US Pinoys for Good Governance and the Global Filipino Diaspora Council will be represented by spokesperson and legal counsel, attorney Ted Laguatan and members of the USP4GG Washington, DC.

Filipinos from the different towns of the Philippines are expected to join the protest rallies at their areas as well as motorcades from Cainta to Angono, Rizal organized by the Philippine Guardians International Brotherhood Taytay and Cainta chapters.
According to MARCHA, the protest rally will demand the end of the China’s territorial, economic, environmental, social and political aggression in the Philippines, especially its reclamation of reefs and rocks in the West Philippine Sea, considered by many as legitimate Philippine territory.

For more information, please visit www.uspgg.org or Facebook.com/StandUp4WestPHSea.

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INFORMATION ON CHILDREN JOINING WWII VETERAN-PARENTS IN US

JFAV UPDATE
July 22. 2015

INFORMATION ON CHILDREN JOINING WWII VETERAN-PARENTS IN US

By JENNIE ILUSTRE on July 20, 2015/Malaya

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Community advocates endeavored over the weekend to explain the welcome recommendation issued by President Obama on July 15 allowing family members of Filipino American World War II veterans to join their parents and come live and work in the United States.

The Presidential Memorandum on “Modernizing and Streamlining the US Immigrant Visa System for the 21st Century,” issued on July 15 last week is in line with President Obama’s Executive Action on November 20, 2014 to fix the nation’s broken immigration system.

Filipino American lawyer Arnedo S. Valera, executive director of the advocacy group Migrant Heritage Commission, said family members refer to the adult children, single or married, of the US-based Migrant Heritage Commission (MHC).

No Limit

American WWII veteran. “There is no limit to the number of children that can be petitioned by the US-based Filipino American World War II veteran,” he added.

“With the parole visa, the children can immediately come to the US upon its approval. The waiting period applies to the approval of application for permanent residency or green card once they are in the US.

But the advantage is, if they are granted parole visa, they can live and work in the US and reunite with their parents,” added Valera, who is also the legal counsel of Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV).

He said the implementing rules, when finalized, will contain the basic requirement that “there must be an approved I-130 immigrant petition filed by the US Citizen Filipino World War II veterans on behalf of their children.”

Under President Obama’s recommendation, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the State Department will work on establishing a program that allows eligible family members of the veterans to come to America under parole status on a case-by-case basis, rather than through the lengthy general family immigration process.

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On JFAV Lobby in the US Congress

JFAV UPDATES
July 18, 2015

On JFAV Lobby in the US Congress

By Al P.Garcia

“I have worn out two of my best Florsheim shoes while walking from office to office talking to US Congressmen but it’s like talking to a wall.”

That’s how Veteran Enrique Dela Cruz Sr of Los Angeles. described their lobby works in the US Congress in the 1990’s. Mr. Dela Cruz passed away but his fellow veterans and their advocates are still lobbying in the US Congress 22 years and counting.

For Arturo Garcia , the National Coordinator of the Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) ; “It was our turn to wear out our shoes and rub our legs tired in walking the tunnels, hallways of every floor of the different US Congress buildings.

And yes, there are interconnected tunnels below the US Congress that connects the buildings to the Capitol) and the stairs in going to offices to offices on both the House of Representatives (HOR) and the US Senate when we started lobbying in 2011.

One youth lobbyist was amazed and even thought that these Congress tunnels are right from the book of Rowlings “Harry Potter” and really look like the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts combined.

“Despite the hardships of walking and talking, cajoling and convincing the US Representatives in the House and the Senators to recognize the remaining 25,000 Filipino World War II Veterans, we run into many smart alecks among their staff.

One staffer from a Midwest State even said,” If we recognize Filipino Veterans then a lot of other veterans like Hmong, Laotian and even merchant marines will follow suit.”

“And with that topic as an opener, we have to explain that Filipino Veterans are not mercenaries from a regional war like Vietnam. They are different because the Philippines was a former colony of the US and Filipino fought in World War II, And that’s a World War”

Almost all JFAV lobbyist and Garcia cannot help laugh off the ignorance of some of the congressional staffers.

“Lobbying is tough, like pulling teeth. I cannot blame these staffers maybe because they don’t study their history and talked with us without any research. That’s how hard is lobbying work.” Garcia added.

There are 435 Congress people and 100 Senators and most of them are very young and did not even know World War II except those who served in the US military. To think that we must get 50% plus one to pass a law, That is our biggest problem.”

The JFAV aim to pass the Filipino Veterans Recognition Act of 2015 which very time-sensitive, urgent and necessary only highlights the gravity of JFAV’s
lobbying problem

Garcia smiled at the thought of the big job of educating this new generation of lawmakers. and congressional staff members. ” It will really test your patience and enhance your creativity in dealing with them. It requires extra effort.” Garcia explained.

“ Even during the 30 minute audience with the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Administration (DVA), Robert McDonald who spend time in the Philippines as an Executive of the Procter and Gamble last June 29 at his spacious office at the 9th Floor of the DVA Building in Washington DC, we were deeply surprised on their very scant knowledge about World War II and the Filipino veterans.” Garcia added.

They were surprised when we brought up the issue on the lump sum appeals of more than 4,000 veterans still pending with the DVA Appeals Board. Only 4,000 out of the 25,000 Veterans filed whose appeals were denied by the DVA.

“As if they don’t know the data that even come from their office They even died it at first but later admitted the fact..” MS. Bernie Ganon, one of the JFAV
advocates said.

The DVA Secretary even feigned sympathy to the group led by Ms. Bernie Ganon who father was a World War II veteran. He said in the end of the meeting,” I understand your situation, 70 years is too long for you to get your compensation.”

“ But all it’s not hopeless. JFAV has been lobbying the US Congress for more than 22 years and we were able to get some benefits from the US Congress. The Black Caucus and the Asian Caucus of the House have been supportive of our lobby efforts.

The good news is that Last June 13, 2015. Rep, Jackie Speier just filed again for the third time the Filipino Veterans Recognition Act of 2015 at the US Congress . The Bill will repeal the Rescission Act of 1946 ad will give full monthly military pension to the remaining 25,000 Veterans and 60,000 widows.” Garcia explained.

An LA journalist who covers the Congress commented.” “I am amazed at you Filipinos, you won’t go away.” Garcia answered,”Yes, we wont’ until our Veterans are recognized and got their benefits, we won’t go away.”

“Hope spring eternal. And as long as there is somebody standing for the Filipino Veterans and Widows and for our community, we will remain firm and will fight for Veterans and widows equity and recognition till hell freezes over. “Garcia exclaimed.

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Filipino World War II veterans can soon be reunited with their families

AJP NEWS
July 18-22, 2015

Filipino World War II veterans can soon be reunited with their families

Los Angeles-(-An Asian Journal Exclusive)– Filipino World War II veterans can soon be reunited with their families in the United States through a new policy introduced by the White House on Wednesday, July 15.

This news comes after President Barack Obama’s announcement of a series of executive actions on immigration back in November 2014, wherein he tasked key federal agencies to look at ways to “modernize and streamline” the immigration system and provide recommendations.

The policy, included in a report released by the agencies, will allow certain family members of Filipino veterans who fought in the World War II to seek parole under a program set up by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Estimates indicate that as many as 26,000 Filipino veterans (of the over 260,000 Filipino soldiers who fought) are US citizens, after long being excluded from a law that granted citizenship to foreign soldiers serving in the US forces. 

Some of the veterans have petitioned family members from the Philippines to join them in the United States; however, wait times can last years, often times exceeding 20 years, due to statutory visa caps. With the population of veterans rapidly aging—the White House estimates around 6,000 veterans are still alive in the US today—having family members by their sides would provide them with the necessary support and care.

“Through this recommendation, those who endure these waits will have the opportunity to seek parole in order to be reunited with and care for their Filipino veteran family member,” a White House official familiar with the policy told the Asian Journal on Wednesday.

INA Parole Program

In recent years, the United States set up similar parole programs, such as the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program and the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program. Under those parole programs, the beneficiaries are allowed to come to the US and be eligible to apply for work authorization while waiting to apply for lawful permanent resident status.

Though the roll out date of the policy affecting Filipino veterans and their families is yet to be announced, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services and State Department will provide the application process, and will be separate from the general family-based immigration system.

Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis for a temporary period of time based upon “urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit.” Praise for family reunification Attempts to reunite Filipino veterans and their families have been introduced in the past, including the Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act introduced earlier this year by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), but have failed to gain any traction.

Right Thing To Do

In a statement, Hirono called the White House’s move “the right thing to do.” “For many years, I’ve fought to end the visa backlog for the sons and daughters of Filipino World War II veterans, whether through legislation or other avenues like today’s announcement by the president. We made a promise to these individuals, and expediting reunification with their children through parole brings us one significant step closer in fulfilling that promise,” she said. Several community leaders have also lauded the new policy on Wednesday.

“This is a day to celebrate,” Mee Moua, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, said in a statement. “Even though the US government promised Filipino World War II veterans US citizenship in recognition of their service and contributions to America, it took more than 50 years before they actually received citizenship. Until now, the inhumanely long visa backlog has separated them from their children and denied them the opportunity to live together in the United States.”

JFAV Statement

A version of the Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act was included in the comprehensive bipartisan bill that passed the Senate in 2013, but did not move forward in the House.

“We are happy with the [announcement] because it can provide a mechanism for Filipino veterans to be with their families,” Art Garcia, national coordinator of Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), added. “It’ll be a process and we will help the veterans apply for this once the applications come out, since they’re getting older.”

In addition to family reunification, other movements have called for more recognition for the veterans. Earlier in June, a bipartisan bill was introduced in Congress to honor Filipino veterans with a Congressional Gold Medal.

The report released Wednesday also provided recommendations to digitize the visa application, which remains mostly paper-based, improve the issuance of employment-based immigrant visa numbers, and simplify systems for domestic violence survivors who seek immigration relief through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petitioner process.

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PINOY MINISTRY MARKS 1st YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF FOOD DISTRIBUTION/FEEDING PROGRAM AT FACLA ON JULY 25, 2015 AT 11:00 AM

EPCC NEWS
July 17, 2015

PINOY MINISTRY MARKS 1st YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF FOOD DISTRIBUTION/FEEDING PROGRAM AT FACLA ON JULY 25, 2015 AT 11:00 AM

Los Angeles– It’s the One Year Anniversary of the Feeding and Food Distribution Program of the Pinoy Ministry on Saturday, July 25, 2015.

JFAV and FACLA thanked the Pinoy Ministry for the progress of the monthly program The program has been a success ever since and has distributed food and have fed hundreds of seniors ,veterans and widows as well as indigent persons since it started in the middle of 2014

First Year Milestone

According to JFAV Coordinator Arturo P. .Garcia, “ The Pinoy Ministry of the Wilshire United Methodist Church with the Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) and the HIFI CALI EXPO LLC in cooperation of the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) has reached its one-year milestone .

The feeding and food distribution that started in July 2014 will celebrate its first anniversary and hold its monthly feeding program and food distribution on Saturday, July 25 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Filipino American Community of
Los Angeles (FACLA).

The feeding program and food distribution is held at every last Saturday of the month at FACLA.”

Free Info /IT 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.

It only shows that 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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SOCAL FILAM LEADERS SUPPORT PH CLAIMS VS CHINA ON ITLOS

TALAKAYAN SA FACLA
July 12, 2015

SOCAL FILAM LEADERS SUPPORT PH CLAIMS VS CHINA ON ITLOS

Los Angeles—Southern California leaders expressed full and whole-hearted support to the Philippine claim to the West Philippine Seas territories seized and being fortified by China at the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) at The Hague, The Netherlands last week.

The TALAKAYAN Sa FACLA leaders expressed their support during their weekly discussions on the national situation in the Philippines last Thursday, July 9, 2015 at FACLA.

Dr. Orly Cagampan said, “The problem with the PH is they did nothing while China was building their infrastructure in the disputed islands.

They rely too much on America which do not relish the idea that they will be depending the Philippines.I would believe America will defend the Philippines if our treaty is like the US Treaty with Japan that explicitly says, the US is obligated to defend Japan in case of an enemy attack. “

Dependence on the US.

Arturo Garcia of JFAV said, “ the problem is that the perpetual modernization of the armed forces. The modernization process is so tainted and filled with graft and corruption such as buying of 2nd hand-helicopters, ships, armored vehicles and defective munitions.

It’s all words and no reality. Like our navy that no ships and our air force, that is all air and no force. They are flying coffins and widow-makers until today. That is why we are so dependent on America.”

Dr. Cagampan pointed out,” we just learned the news that the AFP has turned down the Israel deal for surface to air missile defense system. That could have helped defended our seas and coastlines from Chinese incursions.”

Binay Scam

On the Binay scam, Dr.Veronico Agatep said, “the Supreme Court notice to the Court of Appeals that the Aguinaldo Doctrine which Makati mayor Junjun Binay used in his defense is an unjust law.”

Agatep pointed out that he was the one who initiated the case against Aguinaldo in Cagayan around 1992 when the Supreme Court decided in favor of Aguinaldo due to that unjust 1958 law.

Veteran journalist Larry Pelayo said, “This served notice that the unjust law cannot protect Binay anymore as his TRO was not granted lately by the Court of Appeals (CA) .

This will make life harder for the Binay’s in their graft cases at the Sandiganbayan.

For more information please contact (213)241-0995 or email us at agarcia@peoplescore.net.

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SIX HOUR BROWN OUT HITS ECHO PARK IN LOS ANGELES LAST JULY 1

New FACLA News
July 09,2015

SIX HOUR BROWN OUT HITS ECHO PARK IN LOS ANGELES LAST JULY 1

Los Angeles- For more than six hours, Silver Lake and Echo Park virtually was without power and became like Manila last July 1, 2015.

The brown out or power outage hit more than 20,000 resident of Silver Lake and Echo Park in the 13th District of Los Angeles due to the explosion of a power transmission like in Silver Lake area.

Better Service

According to Council Member Mitch O’ Farrell, “the Department of Water and Power (DWP) and the LA City Authorities is doing all what it can to improve the power services so it will not happen again and inconvenience the residents anymore.”

The Echo Park residents noted that the July 1 brown out was one of the longest in the city. There were brown-outs but it only last for more than an hour at most or less than fifteen minutes or less.

“ Power interruptions or brown outs becomes common during summer when the heat is high and many residents uses their air conditioners all at the same time,” DWP source says.

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