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 CORONATION HIGHLIGHTS FESTIVAL

 

The Davao Association of the Midwest (DAM) is holding the “Kadayawan” Festival 2019 on Saturday (Aug. 3) that will be highlighted by a Coronation of Muses at The

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Copyright © 2019 By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

 

CHICAGO (JGL) – Filipino American income tax preparer Gary Aquino Sandiego was fined $5,000 in 2011

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TINA TCHEN, FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF OF FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA, TO BE HONORED

 

ROSEMONT, Illinois (JGL) -- The Asian American Coalition of Chicago (AACC) will host its 2019 lunar new year gala on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 5:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare,

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By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2016 Journal GlobaLinks)

 

CHICAGO (JGL) – Less than 24 hours after Donald Trump was elected 45th president of the United States, thousands of

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By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2019 Journal GlobaLinks)

 

WAUKEGAN, Illinois (JGL) – A Lake County jury found Armando Trejo, a former nursing home employee, guilty of first-degree murders in the savage beating of his

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TO MARK THE 122ND COMMEMORATION OF THE FILIPINO MARTYR

 

MORTON GROVE, Illinois (JGL) – The Knights of Rizal in Chicago, Illinois area are observing the 122nd Commemoration of Jose Rizal's Martyrdom with the screening of the multi-awarded

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By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2016 Journal GlobaLinks)

 

CHICAGO (JGL) --Filipino Marian visionary Brother Carmelo V. Cortez ends Thursday, Sept. 29, his round of visits this year to four Roman Catholic churches in

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By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2019 Journal GlobaLinks)

 

WAUKEGAN, Illinois (JGL) – Jury selection starts Monday (March 11) ahead of the jury trial of a man from Beach Park, Illinois accused of beating his Filipino American wife and his stepson to

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By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2016 Journal GlobaLinks)

 

CHICAGO (JGL) – About two dozens of Filipino Americans joined the rally of Chicagoans Friday, Nov. 11, on the third day in as many days since Donald Trump was elected president of the United States in front of Trump Tower in Chicago, Illinois.

The group led by members of Anak Bayan Chicago and National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) denounced the “shift from the status quo, including rising prices, fewer jobs, lack of affordable housing, and debilitating student debt. While many Americans believe there was no choice but to participate in “choosing between the lesser of two evils.”

Saying that it is not Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or any individual president who can herald genuine change of the economic and political crisis facing the U.S., Anak Bayan and NAFCON said it is the “people united in action” who can.

NAFCON called on Filipinos in the US to continue organizing “our community and building stronger solidarity with all peoples toward a movement for genuine change both in the United States and around the world.

INTERVIEW: 

LORENA BUNI, a member of Anak Bayan Chicago, is being interviewed by the media during a rally led by Anak Bayan Chicago and National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) held in front of Trump Plaza in Chicago, Illinois last Friday, Nov. 11, while Anak Bayan Chicago and NAFCON members look on. (JGL Photo courtesy of Anak Bayan Chicago used with permission)


“We saw an unprecedented number of deportations under the outgoing Obama administration. With the failed grand promise of comprehensive immigration reform, Obama’s development into “Deporter-in-Chief” shows that defending the rights and welfare of immigrants cannot rest on one individual. 

ATTACKS ON IMMIGRANTS ARE ON 

“Trump’s election to office gives no indication that the attacks on immigrants will subside. Trump has slandered immigrants, including Filipinos in the US as uncontrollable “animals” who must be kept out.” Clinton and Trump offered no real solutions either to the $19 trillion US debt and the worsening economic stagnation since the 2008 financial crash that continues to devastate the US middle- and working-classes, NAFCON claimed. 

Similarly, NAFCON predicts that Trump will continue to “protect and defend American economic interests in the Philippines, which the US has long viewed as an abundant source of exploitable natural resources and cheap labor. For instance, multinational mining corporations persist in displacing indigenous communities and destroying the environment in order to exploit Philippine minerals.”
The group alleged, “aid agreements such as Obama’s Partnership for Growth (PFG) Initiative unduly influences Philippine legislation to soften trade requirements by weakening protections for Filipino businesses and workers.” The US and its trading partners have even aggressively pushed the Philippines to lift Constitutional limitations on foreign investment in domestic industries so that the Philippines can join the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. 

TRUMP LABELS PH, MUSLIM COUNTRIES “TERRORIST NATIONS”

During his campaign, Trump unfoundedly labeled Muslim countries and the Philippines as “terrorist nations,” and NAFCON expects that Trump will continue the long history of US instigation and complicity in wars around the world. For example, the US has maintained military influence in the Philippines, in line with the “Asia Pacific Pivot” authored by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and implemented by the Obama administration.

Unequal military agreements between the US and the Philippines like the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) and the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) help ensure ongoing US military presence and impunity in the Philippines.

IN FRONT OF CHICAGO SKYLINE: 

A group of members of Anak Bayan Chicago and National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) gather in front of skyline of Chicago, Illinois during the groups’ rally against the election of Donald Trump as United States president Friday, Nov. 11, against the election of Donald Trump as president. (JGL Photo courtesy of Anak Bayan Chicago used with permission)


“We must stand staunchly against U.S. military, economic and political intervention in the Philippines and other countries” to prevent further US military-related fiascos like the Mamasapano carnage, the murder of Jennifer Laude, and the destruction of the Tubbataha Reef.

NAFCON described as undemocratic US electoral system as the people were presented only with two top presidential candidates whose funding, media coverage and Wall Street dwarfed any chance of a third alternative choice to succeed. Clinton is a staunch advocate and player in expanding US militarism and aggressive wars globally while Trump is an inimitable billionaire, who scapegoats and demeans immigrants, workers, women, and racial, ethnic and religious groups.

NAFCON vows to advance its campaigns for workers’ and immigrant rights, for environmental justice, and for Philippine national sovereignty. Let us link arms in solidarity with each other to intensify our campaigns to stop deportations, protect human trafficking survivors, end police brutality and impunity, demand rightful wages for workers, and uphold indigenous peoples’ self-determination. "Only, we, the people united in action can, create the just, equitable society we need"! (Contact reporter: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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FIL AM, FIRST ASIAN TO HEAD ILLINOIS JUDGES ASSOCIATION

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2016 Journal GlobaLinks)

 

CHICAGO (JGL) – Cook County Associate Judge Israel “Izzy” Abaya Desierto was only five years old when he left the Philippines in 1967 to come to

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