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CHICAGO (JGL) – Filipino opposition leader Gary C. Alejano is due to speak in Chicago, Illinois on Monday Nov. 5th from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Philippine American Ecumenical

Church (PAEC) at 3533 N. Albany (south of Addison St.) in the north side of Chicago, Illinois.

The Magdalo Party-List Congressman will talk about human rights situations in the Philippines, according to Jerry B. Clarito, co-convenor of the Filipino American Human Rights Alliance (FAHRA)-Chicago. Parties interested to attend may send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Mr. Alejano will be coming from San Francisco, California where he will also be speaking on “Resisting Tyranny and Restoring Democracy in the Philippines” on Nov. 4 (Sunday) starting at 11:30 a.m. at 801 Howard St., San Francisco (across Moscone Convention Center, 4th and Howard) before the Filipino American community, hosted by FAHRA-San Francisco led by Mr. Ago Pedalizo. Interested parties to the event may RSVP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A decorated soldier, Mr. Alejano, 45, a native of Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, is a senior Congressman representing the sectors of former and retired members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the urban poor and the youth.


A holder of Masters of Management degree from the University of the Philippines Open University and a New Enterprise Planning certificate, also from UP, Mr. Alejano had just completed his sophomore year in Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1989 at Cebu Central Colleges (now University of Cebu) in Cebu City, when he was admitted in the Philippine Military Academy in 1991 where he finished Bachelor of Science in Naval System Engineering.


After graduating from the PMA with the “Marilag” Class of 1995, Mr. Alejano also attended the Harvard Kennedy School where he finished Senior Executives in National and International Security Program along with 75 other school mates from 23 countries.

When he pursued his military career, he chose the Philippine Marine Corps, where he became a captain. He held various positions in Combat and Intelligence Operations, Training, Field Supervision, Administration and Logistics. He is also a member of the elite Marine Force Reconnaissance Battalion and a Marine Scout sniper.

Mr. Alejano was involved in various combat and rescue operations especially against the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and other lawless elements in Western Mindanao. He was “wounded in action” when his Recon Company infiltrated and captured some of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) during the Camp Abubakar Campaign in 2000.

He was a recipient of various medals, the highest of which was the Distinguished Conduct Star in lieu of the Medal For Valor for conspicuous gallantry in action above and beyond the call of duty.


MEMBERS OF the Filipino American Human Rights Alliance (FAHRA)-Chicago met to plan the Chicago leg of Philippine Congressman Gary Alejano’s talk on human rights situation in the Philippines. The talk will be held ‪on Nov. 5, Monday, at 4:30 p.m‬. at
at the Philippine American Ecumenical Church (PAEC) at 3533 N. Albany (south of Addison St.) in the north side of Chicago, Illinois courtesy of PAEC Bishop Eli Pascua. Interested parties to the event may email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Photo shows from extreme left (clockwise) Jerry Clarito, Ting Joven, Ven Capili, Leila Panlilio, Naty Panopio, Ray Villar and Horace Panlilio. (Contributed photo)

His recommendation for a Medal For Valor is currently under appeal.

His stint in the Philippine Marine gave him an opportunity to see the “true sad and sorry state” of the country. He saw injustice, hunger and destitution in the countryside where basic government services are lacking or non-existent.

As a result of his exposure to the state of affairs of the country, he became radicalized. He joined 300 young soldiers and became part of the siege of Oakwood incident in 2003 and later the Manila Peninsula siege. His protests led to his incarceration for almost four years.

While in detention, his group formed the Magdalo Para sa Pagbabago Movement (MPPM). They organized the Samahang Magdalo, Inc. (SMI).


In 2010, he was granted amnesty together with now Sen. Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV and other members of the Magdalo by the new Aquino administration.

Upon his release, he became the founding President of the Samahang Magdalo, Inc., a non-government organization, whose membership both in the Philippines and abroad has expanded to 90,000. As of October 2016, its members had ballooned to 200,000.

In 2013, the SMI registered as a party-list group under the name of Magdalo Para sa Pilipino Party-List (MPPL) and joined the Party-List mid-term elections. MPPL collected 567,000 votes nationwide and from Filipino Overseas Voters, which entitled his group to two Party-List representatives in the 16th Congress. As the number one nominee, Mr. Alejano was proclaimed by the Commission on Elections as of MPPL's two representatives. The other was fellow party member and fellow PMAer, Francisco Ashley Acedillo, a Philippine Air Force officer.

During the first term of Magdalo in the 16th Congress, it filed five hundred fifteen (515) bills and resolutions. Magdalo was able to enact thirteen (13) laws, four (4) of which were principally authored while nine (9) were co-authored by the Representatives. Magdalo enacted four principal authored bills that made them the top party list in the 16th Congress in terms of bills enacted into laws. Magdalo became the voice of individuals in our society who seeks reforms and desires better government.

Aside from the numerous legislations accomplished by the Magdalo Party-List, the Representatives have also initiated several infrastructure projects during their stint in the 16th Congress. The projects initiated by the Party-List, amounting to Php249 million, greatly benefited its constituents that provided them improved access to government programs and projects and helped bridge the poor and marginalized sector towards development.

Moreover, the Representatives of the Magdalo Party-List also provided various assistance programs to its constituents. In partnership with the different government agencies, thousands of beneficiaries received support as follows: CHED – 6,270; TESDA -1,568; DOH – 7,158; DSWD – 10,711; DOLE – 350.


In spite of these outstanding accomplishments and perfect attendance of the Representatives, MPPL secured only one (1) seat in the 2016 National Elections. Unfortunately, Rep. Ashley Acedillo lost his seat and Rep. Gary Alejano remained to represent the MPPL in the 17th Congress.

Despite this setback to the organization, Rep. Gary Alejano continues to pursue the advocacies of the Magdalo in providing every Filipino better welfare and services. As of this writing, Rep. Gary Alejano has already filed one hundred thirty-one (131) bills and resolutions. Rep. Gary Alejano is determined to push for the policies and measures that are focused on eradicating poverty, enhancing good governance, and improving peace and order towards a better Philippines.

On the other hand, Sonny Trillanes was also re-elected senator during that election after being elected senator in 2007 even while in detention.

At present, Congressman Alejano has authored 549 bills, co-authored 154 bills, and 59 resolutions, six of which have already been enacted into law. He has maintained perfect attendance (except when he is on an official mission abroad) in all sessions of the House of Representatives from 2013 to present.

In the House of Representative, Mr. Alejano is a member of the committees on Climate Change, Health, Higher and Technical Education, Housing and Urban Development and National Defense and Security.

Mr. Alejano is one of eight members in the ticket for the mid-term senatorial elections in 2019 fielded by the opposition Liberal Party headed by Vice President Leni G. Robredo. The party can field 12 candidates but it just wants eight who are the “best, brightest, the most trusted and most credible” to make sure they are all winners. (Contact reporter: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


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