FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 22, 2008
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GMA RAN AWAY SCARED TO PERU AS FILIPINO AMERICAN COMMUNITY WITH THE AJLPP RALLY/PICKETS AT LAX SHERATON
LOS ANGELES- OUST GMA, YOU’RE OUSTED! YOU’RE BUSTED!
US puppet Gloria Arroyo just ran scared and as she always does to the APEC meeting in Lima, Peru.
This while hundreds of activist from the ALLIANCE for a JUST and LASTING PEACE in the PHILIPPINES (AJLPP), ANSWER-LA and GABNET and their allies turned out in full force Friday, November 21, 2008, 6 PM, with a picket and a rally in front of the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, 6101 West Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045, to protest her supposed community reception to the community in the US.
Philippine Ambassador to the US Willy Gaa represented PGMA and the community reception went on sans President Arroyo. Arroyo never stayed long in Los Angeles and had been avoiding the angry Filipino American community in the Los Angeles. Los Angeles is where the largest Filipino population is located in the United States. They number more than 380,000 out of the more than 1.5 million in California.
Lively, Militant and Committed Anti-GMA picket and rally
The Filipino-American activist and their allied from ANSWER-LA, LAANE held big banner that said: STOP THE WAR IN MINDANAO, OUST THE US-ARROYO REGIME, STOP HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES drew honks and applauses from Filipinos and passersby.
The rally and picket also, militantly condemned the US-Arroyo utter neglect of the Filipino American community in the time of deep crisis in the United States. They said that US Arroyo regime instead of catering to the needs of the Filipino American community exacerbates their sufferings.
AJLPP West Coast Coordinator and ANSWER National Steering Committee member Arturo P. Garcia and said “ by promoting a labor/workers export program of OFW’s, following the dictates of World Bank-IMF, kowtowing to US “War on Terror policies and waging war against the Filipino people and miring the Philippines into a $ 51 B dollar debts and rampant graft and corruption the US puppet deserves our utmost contempt and condemnation.”
Kabataang makaBAYAN (KmB) national chair Christine Araquel called a stop on the US-Arroyo war in Mindanao that victimized 611,000 people as refugees and demanded the resumption of the peace talks between the GRP and the MILF and the NDFP.
GABRIELA Network Coordinator Jolene Leved scored the killing of activist in the Philippines that ran to 1,221 with 93 women leaders ordered killed by the fascist US-Arroyo regime. She also condemned the trafficking of women and children and promoting tourism, Arroyo made the Philippines one giant brothel for foreigners.”
Annalisa Enrile, MARIPOSA Alliance (MA) initiative committee anf former GABNET Chair demanded that the US-Arroyo regime stop its crackdown on the progressive movement in the Philippines and called for international solidarity against the fascist US-Arroyo regime.
PGMA –Anti Filipino
The AJLPP also said “Arroyo is guilty by being silent on the community demand for amnesty and legalization of 12 million immigrants in the US, the US-Arroyo regime shows its brazen puppetry. By mandating the use of English instead of Pilipino in schools in the Philippines, Arroyo is throwing back the Philippines into American colonial times and is turning the Philippines into one giant ”call enter” as its basic industry.
By not promoting Filipino Studies and Culture in the United States and fostering an escapist and colonial-feudal culture, the US-Arroyo is guilty of self-promotion as top US lackey and lapdog in Southeast Asia.
By promoting the In a final act of mendicancy last year, Macapagal-Arroyo in anticipation of the passage of the Filipino Veterans Equity bill and in order to grab the credit from real activists in the US, subserviently conferred the Philippines' highest awards to some congressional leaders in expectation of the passing of the Filipino Veterans Equity Bill. It did not pass and the promised benefits were removed from SB 1315.” The AJLPP statement stated.
The 4-˝ hours rally ended white speeches and chants as well as lively Christmas Carol in the tune of MAKIBAKA, HUWAG MATAKOT.