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Dec 09th
Home Sections NaFFAAgate Melegrito, Diaz, et al, Are Born-again Suckers While Rodis Sucks in Gullible Fil-Am Physicians
Melegrito, Diaz, et al, Are Born-again Suckers While Rodis Sucks in Gullible Fil-Am Physicians PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 13 October 2007 12:27

Part II of "A Dose of Reality" Series

The "Desperate Housewives" Brouhaha has become a Filipino stage play called the "Comedia" (AKA "Moro Moro"). And what a comedy of errors is it also turning out.

Jon Melegrito, a national executive director (NEO) and public-relations director of the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations (NaFFAA), and Perry Diaz headline the "Moro-Moro" cast of characters. Mr. Diaz is a California real-estate salesman who desperately wants to be a writer of "perrytales" (as Chicago-based Manila Bulletin correspondent Joseph Lariosa dubbed his literary output). Messrs. Melegrito and Diaz announced proudly that they negotiated a "diversity program" with the ABC Network. They say that the deal would "open doors to Filipino Americans and enable them access to positions in the ABC as writers, directors, producers and actors, including an internship and training program."

People who are familiar with the broadcast and television industries are laughing like crazy at Melegrito, Diaz and Company. Why? Apparently the ABC representative that talked to these Fil-Am "self-appointed" spokesmen hoodwinked them into believing that a television network could hire production cast members and even actors. The TV networks actually do not produce most shows, except for a few national newscasts, as almost all work is done by independent production companies. Cast members – from directors to scriptwriters and actors – have to belong either to the Screen Writers Guild or the Screen Actors Guild before they could work for broadcast companies and production firms. The ABC or for that matter, any of the networks in the United States, do not do the hiring for shows like the "Desperate Housewives." Indeed, suckers are born every minute. Yes, Melegrito, Diaz, et al, are truly the Filipino-American versions of the born-again suckers.

In the meantime, San Francisco-based Filipino-American lawyer, Rodel Rodis, is trying to make suckers out of Filipino-American physicians. He wants the doctors to become the plaintiffs of a class suit that he plans to file against the ABC Network. It is the same Rodel Rodis who lost a malpractice suit and had to declare bankruptcy to avoid paying $137,250 to a former client, who sued him for bungling a civil case. To read details of the suit against Atty. Rodis, please go to

Perhaps Atty. Rodis has run out of gullible clients and now he wants to suck in Filipino-American physicians to file what is essentially a nuisance suit. As written in Part One of this "A Dose of Reality" series, "No suit against the ABC Network will prosper because of ‘First Amendment’ issues. Unless a Filipino-American or Filipino physician can prove that he or she has been dismissed or demoted by an American employer or his/her medical practice has been ruined because of the ‘Desperate Housewife’ joke, the contemplated case would just be dismissed as a ‘nuisance suit.’" To read Part One of this series, please go to

It is a legal dictum that "ignorance of the law excuses no one." Even in the Court of Public Opinion, ignorance of the existing contracts of the networks and production companies with the Screen Writers’ Guild and the Screen Actors’ Guild, would not be lame excuses for these Fil-Am born-again suckers. And perhaps Filipino physicians and other medical workers in the United States may not like also to become suckers and fall for Atty. Rodis-initiated baseless lawsuit.

The display by Melegrito, Diaz, Rodis, other NaFFAA NEOs, et al, of a nonsensical series of a comedy of errors is truly making Americans citizens of Filipino descent look stupid, onion-skinned, dim-witted and humorless. Can the Filipino-American community afford the NaFFAA NEOs’ scatter-brained leadership?

(To be continued . . .)  # # #

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