, January 24, 2005 BALITANG BETERANO By Col. (Ret. US) Frank B. Quesada, Former Senate Committee Secretary Veterans and Military Pensions, Associate PMA ‘44   -   After so much wasteful extravagance of `unproductive worthless remnants in the exchanges by the shamans and pretenders (supposed coalitions and federations, etc) without legal standing in the veteran’s official lobby, Reps: B. Filner and R. Cunningham, respectively, irked by the baseless statements of said unqualified parties, as the current arbiters of HR-677, came out and announced that they would activate and re-file HR-677 on January 27, 2005 in this coming 109th Congress.

They also announced that eligible veterans could expect a public hearing of HR-677 on February. (Confirm this with Reps: Filner and Cunningham) Above revelations should end the present speculations by the ineligible self-appointed bum advocates. One of these discredited pretender-advocate even wrote crying to Pres. G. Arroyo about the truth expressed by Mr. Jerry Advoso, in a conference in Cebu City. Malacanang merely laughed at said letter without substance.

Rationale of HR-677

For over 60 odd years of government’s deceit and double-talk, its hoarding of the remaining unpaid compensations and benefits of Fil-Am WW-II, it has come to pass that government must honestly come clean with the veterans who shed blood and died for the US flag and America’s imperial interests during that war.

In the inaugural speech of Pres. G.W. Bush, he did not mince any words in confronting the U.S.’s mistakes and errors of the past, and I quote, to wit: “All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: The U.S. will not ignore your oppression or excuse our oppressors. When you stand for liberty, we will stand with you. The rulers of outlay regimes can know that we still believe as Abraham Lincoln did. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and, under the rule of a just God cannot long retain it." Pres. G.W. Bush said. (emphasis supplied)

Its Meaning and Sincerity

We do not doubt and fully comprehended the meaning of the above words. What we, veterans expect, albeit, is how those words would be translated into immediate positive actions, sans reservation. Mr. Bush, as former serviceman will have to prove it with action that his heart is for his comrades-in-arms who rendered sacrifices for God, country, liberty and justice for all ! This is the final hour for him and the Fil-Am WW-II veterans to square with the 60 years of travesty of justice under U.S. avid politics that have discredited the U.S.

This is the final test of the above words spoken in his inaugural speech to more particularly: (a) assure that he would approved the final version of HR-677, upon passage in both Houses - providing for full equity payments of unpaid compensations and (b) settlement of benefits as per the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) estimate. (c) for Mr. Bush to allocate a line item in the 2005 budget for Fil-Am WW-II veterans before all of them die within the next 5 or 7 years of their twilight wallowing under poverty, disease and want. Mr. Bush’s line item funding in the 2005 budget, would pave the way for Congress to pass HR-677, short of any hindrances from disruptive sources. The opposed to HR-677 must justify why they favor discrimination.

Congress and the White House

It is only the symbiotic cooperation of Congress (regardless of partisan politics) which could once and for all – close this black chapter of Fil-Am and U.S. relationship, and for Mr. Bush to govern sans any roadblocks. In his second term, he is more free to make critical decisions without pressure of re-election. His fresh “pledge for his ultimate goal of ending tyranny.” would prove sincerity of purpose. Mr. Bush as a God-loving man is conscious of “God’s just rule,” that tyranny (within and without) must end. He is indeed conscious of the despotism, misuse of power against the Fil-Am veterans for the last 60 years, which no none in this country can not deny. The whole nation is not blind to racial and economic discrimination gong on for 60 years. His Second Term is crucial. This is his shining hour to obey Gods rule of fairness, justice and liberty for all and end the misery of his Fil-Am comrades-in-arms out there 8,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean. The fame, Mr. Bush seeks is that which is true and permanent that can only be found through honest action that would promote his own success in promoting human rights, fairness and liberty, he spouses as President of this great nation.

Recalcitrant Kababayans

Unfortunately, we have thorns on our sides (obstinate misplaced opportunists and refractories) that stubbornly refuse to comply with what our war heroes demand for justice, freedom and liberty they have invested their lives and property. It is what the war heroes’ demand for justice is what is primordial and not the private motives and interests of our avaricious recalcitrant kababayans found in the ACFV and Naffaa. In a nut-shell – Leave us, veterans alone! We can take care of ourselves together with our bipartisan backers in Congress, and of the sincerity of Mr. Bush. Not to leave out our bi-partisan supporters in Congress. Let it not be that the non-veteran’s discretion further damage and injure the veteran’s honest official lobby for justice. Interpositons and/or undue meddling in our veteran’s affairs deteriorate the gains we have secured. We, (veterans preponderant majority) specifically address this to all those who have no legal standing in the veteran’s official lobby and those who are ignorant of the legislative process, not to leave out a few publications publishing basuras spoonfed by mulish refracturies ( by some in the coalitions and federations of no basis and unsavory reputation).

Words yet to be learned

These words should be honestly, be intelligently known as inconvertible facts, especially by a newsman apologists who tried to distort my application or use of these words in my article. His blind partisanship have beclouded his IQ and have insulted his own nicety. Unless these words are comprehended, the meaning and usage of these words, users will remain strangers to the English language. These words are: Equality – is a word that has yet to be comprehended by those who failed to understand its real meaning. It must be impartial and of equal opportunity. The same in the degree of value, in absolute agreement. Equity – fairness, justice, or correct deal, an equitable claim. In law, a system in code of laws share in or participation in property values. Fraud – deliberate deceit, deception planned and executed with intent, to deprive another of property or right. Fraudulent – characterized by cheating and deceit, obtained through dishonest means. Justice – quality of being just, practice of dealing justly, fair in administration of laws. Swindle - gross fraud, to defraud, obtain money under false pretences. These words have also been used by the Association of US Military Retirees and veteran who were denied pension and/or disability benefits, led by Col. Day, a US congressional Medal of Honor recipient. (Surf the web for facts at www.mrgg-ms-org, and/or http://mrgrg-ms-org)

Legal Correctness

Here are correct legal opinions of Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court – defining equality, equity and fairness: Pres. G.W. Bush will learn more about tyranny, and full equity for veterans. Those opposed to equality of Fil-Am veterans with that of their Caucasian comrades in the U.S. Armed Forces, can learn from the wise opinions in the supreme court decisions. They cannot be ignoring what is right and just.

I hereby quote the following US Supreme Court decisions: to wit:

Mr. Justice Powell: “The guarantee of equal protection cannot mean one thing when applied to one individual and something else when applied to a person of another color.”

Mr. Justice Brenan: “We can not let color blindness become myopia which masks the reality that many people “created equal” have been treated within our lifetime as inferior both by the law and by their fellow citizens”.

Mr. Justice Marshall: “Today’s judgment ignores the fact that for several hundred years Negroes have been discriminated against…. solely because of the color of their skins.”

Mr. Justice Blackmun: “On order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race.”

Mr. Justice Stevens: “Under Title VI (of the Civil Rights of 1964) It is not permissible to say “yes” to one person, but to say “no” to another person only because of the color of their skin.”

I quote, Section 601 of the Civil Rights Act, that race can not be the basis of excluding any one from participation in a Federally-funded program.

Present Noise-Makers

Since the present pretenders and shamans without legal standing in the official veteran’s lobby- they are nothing but noisemakers attempting to seek legitimacy through undesirable and useless noise without substance. These intruders still stand to bare and make public their independently audited financial statements to be transparent, as a requirement by law. To hide it means something is putrid. Individuals who are merely expressing undesirable bum opinions disrupt the orderly official veteran’s lobby. We, bonafide veterans have no use for their opinions without substance. They must learn the meaning of discipline.

Proper Venue

Lastly – HR-677 is due to be activated and refilled by Reps” Filner and Cunningham, (Jan 27, 2005). Those who oppose HR-677 should address their tripe to the above congressmen sponsors and not to us.. S-68 is a dead bill ! Sen. Inouye has congealed this bill of which he is the author. He is not pushing it, because he will file another bill lieu of S-68. The ACFV, Naffa as well as Amb Del Rosario and the OVA are out of trouch. (Confirm this with Sen. Inouye and Rep. Filner – so you will not look stranger to the truth. and be living a lie.. # # #

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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