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Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Saturday, 15 August 2009 12:12

S an Diego, California-based multi-awarded journalist Romeo P. Marquez unwittingly started the latest phase in the “Nine-Year NaFFAA War” (and counting) for the heart and minds of the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations’ (NaFFAA) members.

 

By publishing this piece on Aug. 10, 2009, Will the NaFFAA Survive to Be the 'Voice' For Filipinos in America?, Mr. Marquez unwittingly triggered off what appears now to be the final battle in the “NaFFAA War of Attrition” that this writer began in May 2000 against the ruling clique of the federation.

 

The Filipino-American version of the Bottle, oops, “Battle of the Bulge” now looms as the decisive encounter that may culminate in the total victory of the NaFFAA reformers over the present national executive officers (NEOs) of the federation. It is the like the march of the Allied Forces to Berlin in 1944.

 

* Webmaster’s Note: Mr. Reyes intentionally chose “bottle” as part of the title of this article, as he wrote about some of the NaFFAA NEOs being alcoholics in this article, Greg Macabenta Has to Resign as National Chairman of the NaFFAA 

 

After Romy Marquez released his August 10th article, Greg Macabenta and his forces launched an online blitzkrieg against him. Mr. Marquez was figuratively encircled by General Greg and his Gestapo-like minions like the way American Gen. Anthony McAuliffe’s regiment was surrounded by the Germans at the “Battle of the Bulge.” Like General McAuliffe, Romy Marquez answered, “Nuts,” to his adversaries’ demand to surrender, retract and apologize.

 

Here is one “love e-mail” that Mr. Macabenta sent to Mr. Marquez:

 

Subj: Re: BREAKING NEWS Alert: NaFFAA Chair Denies Receiving Huge Money Grant 
Date: 8/12/2009 4:42:25 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time
From: MMSI13 (Greg Macabenta)
To: PhilVoiceNews (Romy Marquez)

 

 

“You sunnabitch. You accuse people and then leave to them to defend themselves. Idiot. Let's talk about your own criminal record and how you were jailed for doing the craziest thing a purpoted (sic) newspaperman could ever do, which was to detail your sordid lovemaking with a poor defenseless woman. Screw you.  Greg”

 

N ow let’s get back to the NaFFAA’s “Battle of the Bulge.” Alfred Gilo, the Debonair of Dingras (Ilocos Norte) and former chairman of the NaFFAA chapter in Panama City (Florida), sent in this note: “The NaFFFA NEO-Nasi group is now defenseless in their bunker in Washington, DC.” It was easy to know what NEO meant, but “Nasi”? Apo Alfred said that “nasi” is the term in Pampanga for “cooked rice.” He said that the NaFFAA NEOs are like cooked rice, ready to be eaten (alive?) by the reformers in the federation.

 

Admiral Jesse’s Armada

 

By the way, there is no truth to the rumor that Romy Marquez’s fellow journalist, Jesse Jose, who retired from the U.S. Navy, has organized a naval armada to sail to Lake Michigan and support the reform group led by Apo “Gary” Gange’s “Truth Brigade.” Mr. Gange was reported to be preparing for a final showdown a la “High Noon” and/or the “Gunfight at the OK Corral” at the NaFFAA Midwest Conference on Sept. 4-6, 2009, at the Wyndham Hotel near the O’Hare Airport in Chicagoland. “Admiral Jose” says that his flotilla is anchored off Seattle (Washington) and he might have a difficulty sailing it to the Great Lakes. But he can send his equivalent of the “Navy Seals” as reinforcement for the “Truth Brigade” – as supported by Ms. Ceballos-led “Tooth Brigade” and Mr. Farrales-led “Bluetooth Truth Brigade” – in making the Wyndham Hotel the Filipino-American version of the Bastille. (To read again the “Brigades,” please click on this hyperlink, NaFFAA’s “The Good, the Bud and the Ungodly”.)

 

“Romeo-and-Juliets” Chitchat

 

This writer asked his literary mentor, Poet-pundit Fred Burce Bunao, why Mr. Macabenta hates so much Romy Marquez that the NaFFAA boss man would launch a public-relations blitzkrieg to paint Mr. Marquez a “womanizing idiot, if not a sunnab_tch,” etceteras, etc., when the San-Diegan writer does not even have a dog – male or female – as a pet?

 

Well, according to the poet-pundit’s purported “eyes and ears” in San Diego, Mr. Macabenta used to be a drinking buddy of Mr. Marquez and his boss (a certain Danny) at that time in the Philippine Mabuhay News. But things changed apparently when Mr. Macabenta’s alleged girlfriend started to flirt with Mr. Marquez. The friends became “mortal enemies” over a Juliet even as the bachelor Romeo (Marquez) denies that he could no longer accommodate an eighth girlfriend (Mr. Greg’s alleged lover), there being only 24/7 in a week. However, Mr. Bunao cautioned this writer that his alleged “ears” needed also a hearing aid and his “eyes” required thick lenses as they are also getting that old like him.

 

Now, where were we? Oh, yes, let go back to the “Battle of the Bulge.” Romy Marquez wants to cover the NaFFAA Midwest convention in Chicago. But he e-mailed the NaFFAA regional chairman, Ed Navarra, to make sure that Mr. Macabenta remained sober during the convention. He invoked the slogan of General Patton, who said, “No guts, no glory.” Yes, the six-footer Mr. Marquez says that if the diminutive Mr. Macabenta will want a physical confrontasi, Greg’s guts will probably be spilled on the dance floor and it will end with Glory or Susie or Jacqueline dancing with him. LOL. # # #   

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Last Updated on Saturday, 15 August 2009 12:36
 
Comments (2)
1 Saturday, 15 August 2009 12:45
Bobby . . . Bobby . . . Bobby . . . what are you doing? LOL.

Thanks so much for the publicity. Well, the battle lines are drawn for this epic Battle of the Bulg(ing) Pocket (that's how I would call it) although it shouldn't be that way because I am just reporting on the conduct or misconduct of top leaders of (the) NaFFAA.

LOL again,

Romy Marquez
2 Tuesday, 18 August 2009 19:02
Dear Bart, Ka Jesse, Romy and Friends:

I did not immediately thank you, Bart and Ka Jesse, for your comments, as I had to use them first in a new article,
Greg Macabenta Has to Resign as National Chairman of the NaFFAA

URL: http://www.mabuhayradio.com/columns/unsolicited-advice/4252-greg-macabenta-has-to-resign-as-national-chairman-of-the-naffaa.html#yvComment4252

Yes, I continue with my satirical approach. The final bottle, oops, battle for the NaFFAA has begun. It is the Filipino-American equivalent of the Battle of the Bulge -- the final showdown before we march triumphantly to the headquarters of the "NEO Nasi"** of the federation.

Happy reading and have a happier weekend,

Mabuhay,

Lolo Bobby M. Reyes

** NEO means "national executive officers" and "Nasi" is the Kapangpangan word for "cooked rice." Yes, the NEOs are cooked and ready to be eaten alive by their critics in the NaFFAA.

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In a message dated 8/14/2009 12:00:39 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, BTubalinalCPA writes:
Bobby's forte is embarrassing his foes and critics through his superb satires! That's his trademark and no one should accuse him of plagiarism -- for not enclosing certain expressions in quotation marks!

"Best regards" (in quotation marks!)
BT, trying to be careful against being charged of plagiarism!
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In a message dated 8/14/2009 1:23:03 P.M. Central Daylight Time, Jessejose writes:
Lolo Bobby,

That was a superlative satire. You are a genius. I laughed and laughed all the way to the end. I really had a jolly good fun reading the whole thing, especially about the "clowns" of NaFFAA. Thanks for the laughter, Lolo.

Kudos, too, to Romy Marquez for his excellent and fearless investigative series of stories. We, Fil-Ams need to hear who the crooks and the thieves are in our Fil-Am community. They have to be exposed. And they must account for their crimes.

More power to you both.

Jesse Jose
Seattle, WA

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