Filipino human rights advocates meet with Congresswoman to address issues

SAN MATEO, CA — Members of the Filipino-Americans for Human Rights Alliance, or FAFHRA, met with a representative of Bay Area Congresswoman Jackie Speier at her San Mateo office on Friday morning.

They hoped to garner support from the Congresswoman in introducing two bills that would provide human rights accountability in the Philippines, and impose sanctions on China in respect to activities in the West Philippine seas.

Fil-Am constituent services Director for Congresswoman Speier, Mark Nagales, met with the human rights advocates.

“We made a good case that there is a urgency on the ground, that we cannot just stay here and just keep looking at the way things are happening in the Philippines… with 12,000 killings, 200,000 internal refugees, we got to make the move,” said Ago Pedalizo.

Speier represents California’s 14th district, which includes many Filipino-populated cities like Daly City, San Bruno, and South San Francisco.

Speier also posted on Facebook denouncing President Trump’s invitation of President Duterte to the White House.

“If you look at the issues, she’s been a staunch anti-martial law when the Philippines was under the Marcos dictatorship. She’s been an avid supporter of the Filipino veterans, and all throughout, she fought hard when the rule of law and the basics tenets of democracy is threatened,” said Pedalizo.

Back in May, Democratic Senator Ben Cardin and Republican Senator Marco Rubio filed the bi-partisan bill, called The Philippines Human Rights Accountability and Counternarcotics Act of 2017.

Nagales said he will personally ask the Congresswoman to not only introduce the bills in the House, but to meet with the Fil-Ams who can share first-hand accounts of the situation in the Philippines.

Other Filipinos, like Ellecer Carlos of iDefend, have already been sharing the stories of human right violations in the Philippines with other US officials.

“We’re already being asked to return July 20 to the US legislature. The human rights commission of the US congress have asked me already to testify there, to present the situation,” said Carlos.

These kababayans say they will continue to educate their communities about human rights violations in the Philippines, in order to gain more momentum in pushing the two bills forward in Congress.

 

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  • Santiago Del Mundo
    8 July 2017 at 9:17 am - Reply

    The basic tenets of democracy that Ago Pedalizo is crying about his widespread support of the communist insurgency (CPP-NPA) as well as the expansion of the MILF, MNLF, Abu Sayyaf, Mautes in Mindanao. If he wants to cite martial law under Marcos, Ago Pedalizo is another hardened liar promoting the yellowish faction…

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