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Thursday, June 21, 2007


Following his meeting today with U.S. Representative Bob Filner of California, Philippine Senator Richard Gordon called on the Filipino American community in the United States to exhibit political strength and make the community’s presence felt to their respective U.S. legislators on the issue regarding the struggle of Filipino World War II veterans to achieve equity for their heroism as they fought side by side with American troops in World War II for the cause of freedom and democracy.

During his meeting with Representative Filner, Senator Gordon expressed his appreciation for Representative Filner’s efforts and commitment in his capacity as sponsor and Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Veterans Affairs to pass HR 760, the Filipino Veterans Equity Act of 2007. Senator Gordon noted that Representative Filner is a true American patriot who has shown through the years his deep appreciation of the significance to effectively address this issue and give to Filipino World War II veterans their due for their sacrifices and gallantry in World War II.

Senator Gordon likewise stressed to Representative Filner that it is time for America to act decisively on this issue as this is not merely an issue of cost and money, but it is more an issue that delves into matters of honor and values among longstanding allies and friends. As a beacon for justice and equality, America must take this opportunity to live up to the standards and values it has set for itself.

A key part to this struggle to achieve justice and equity for Filipino World War II veterans is the sizeable Filipino American community in the United States. Senator Gordon says “The Filipino American community, especially those who vote in U.S. elections, are crucial in this struggle. Their advocacy in this cause would be of high value and necessary in efforts to get Representative Filner’s equity bill passed.” In addition, Senator believes that it is time for the Filipino American community to become a more visible component of the U.S. political landscape.

As such, Senator Gordon stated that “the next 30 days is critical and I call on the Filipino American community to unite behind this issue as this struggle for justice and equity by Filipino World War II is a matter of honor. Call, write or even visit your respective Congressman and Senator, it is high time for the Filipino American community to make its numbers and influence felt to U.S. politicians and legislators.” He further added that “The issue concerning Filipino World War II veterans is an issue of honor and principle and there is no better issue around which the Filipino American community can rally around and express their collective strength in the political arena.” END.


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