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Saturday, 29 August 2009 09:23

The News UpFront: (TOP STORY) as of Saturday, August 29, 2009

 

In an apparent show of hands, at least 34 officers and members of NaFFAA expressed their support for past and incumbent officials. The act threw a monkey wrench on a proposal for an internal investigation of NaFFAA. Noticeable, however, was the absence of a co-founder who had denounced the goings-on behind closed doors and reported that $450,000 had been stolen from the organization. The 34 signatories announced their intent in a manifesto posted online. Critics call it an "official coverup". It seems it did little to erase wide public perception that NaFFAA was drowning in huge financial scandals. (Editor’s Note: The passing of the said “manifesto” is illegal, as the NaFFAA Ruling Clique could not muster a quorum of its National Board in the Aug. 27, 2009, teleconference.)

 

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BOARD UPHOLDS FINANCIAL REPORT

NaFFAA Rejects In-House Investigation Into Alleged Fraud,

Defends Payments to Esclamado Couple and Macabenta

 

By ROMEO P. MARQUEZ

 

 

The author is a member, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and the Asian-American Journalists Association (AAJA)

 

S AN DIEGO – Officials and senior members of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) threw out a proposal for an in-house investigation of alleged financial improprieties involving money grants estimated at a miminum of $450,000 to upwards of $1-million.

 

Already faced with dwindling corporate and public support, a shrinking membership base and lack of funds, the officers acted swiftly to restore confidence in the organization, promising a vague set of "initiatives to build NaFFAA's resources and capacity".

 

The NaFFAA officialdom also tried to contain damage to its reputation and arrest its downward spiral by expressing confidence in the past and present NaFFAA chairs who were initially linked with a $300,000 money grant from Wells Fargo Bank and Wells Fargo Foundation.

 

The 34 signatories to a manifesto signed on Aug. 27 and released on Friday (Aug. 28) did not include NaFFAA's own whistleblower, Ernie Gange of Philadelphia, a NaFFAA co-founder, who has exposed allegations of fraud in expending the Wells Fargo grant, and has appealed for help in locating $450,000 he said had been stolen from NaFFAA.

 

Editor’s Note: Please see the reproduction in the User’s Comments of an e-mail sent to the NaFFAA’s Communications Director by Bobby Reyes wherein the lack of quorum in the Aug. 27th teleconference made impossible the passing of the said manifesto.

 

T he manifesto upheld the audited financial report by a private company detailing NaFFAA's revenues and expenditures in 2002, practically trashing a suggestion by regional NaFFAA chair in New York, J. T. Mallonga, to create a board of inquiry to investigate widespread allegations of financial improprieties.

 

Atty. Mallonga himself was a signatory, implying he had agreed to dump his own proposal and to vouch for the integrity of the NaFFAA officials.

 

"Our audited financial reports x x x will belie any charge of fraud, misrepresentation or fiscal impropriety," NaFFAA national treasurer Ludy Corrales said, according to an official press statement by NaFFAA spokesman Jon Melegrito.

 

Ms. Corrales had earlier trounced NaFFAA critics as "bullsh_tters" and called their demand for copy of financial report as "bullsh_t".

 

Neither Ms. Corrales nor Mr. Melegrito explain why it took NaFFAA seven years to bare the contents of the financial report, the basic document long demanded to be released by investigative journalist Bobby Reyes of Los Angeles.

 

Mr. Gange, on the other hand, publicized parts of the documents this month and posted the relevant information online, forcing NaFFAA to speak out.

 

Sustaining the financial report has rendered Atty. Mallonga's proposal moot. But it did not erase a lingering suspicion of wrongdoing by NaFFAA's top officials, including founding chair Alex Esclamado and incumbent chair Greg Macabenta.

 

The financial report showed that Mr. Esclamado, who is now retired, had been paid $38,000 -- labeled as stipend -- in 2002 for securing the Wells Fargo grant. He pocketed another $20,000 the year before.

 

His wife, Lourdes M. Esclamado, had received $18,000 in 2002 and another $27,500 in 2001 for what was billed as "professional services". Earlier this month, Mrs. Esclamado stressed she had no knowledge of the $300,000 grant her husband had negotiated with Wells Fargo.

 

Editor’s Notes: As a standard operating procedure, payments to top officers of public-benefit corporations require a Board resolution to make them legal. Ernie Gange, a NaFFAA cofounder, says that he could not recall any Board resolution from 2000 to 2002 that authorized the said payments to the Esclamado couple. This website will arrange an interview between Mr. Gange and Romy Marquez to verify the former’s allegation.

 

Mr. Macabenta, who was so vehement in denying getting money from Wells Fargo, was the recipient of $1,000 paid out to his company, the Minority Media Services Inc., by NaFFAA. He has previously admitted making money from "professional" deals with Wells Fargo bank supposedly two years before NaFFAA's birth in 1997.

 

Mr. Macabenta's advertising solicitor for his Filipinas magazine, Lorna Dietz, also a NaFFAA "online coordinator", had insinuated a link between the Wells Fargo grant and the financial well-being of the publication, saying if that money truly existed, Filipinas would not have financial problems.

 

Mr. Reyes, on the other hand, claimed the payments made to the Esclamado couple and Mr. Macabenta were "illegal".

 

"As I have stated," he explained, "the law on public-benefit entities (non-profit foundations) -- like the NaFFAA -- prohibits the payment of salaries and/or commissions to its officers or Board members -- unless they are also full-time or part-time employees of the said entity".

 

The Esclamados and Mr. Macabenta were practically cleared by those who signed the manifesto, which was apparently drawn up after a telephone conference on Thursday, Aug. 27.

 

* Editor's Note: The validity of the manifesto is now in question for the lack of a quorum.

 

The NaFFAA board members, according to a press statement, "strongly repudiated baseless accusations of financial misconduct by their executive officials x x x widely circulated in some Filipino-American newspapers and in the Internet".

 

"We strongly condemn all the malicious attempts by certain individuals in our community to impugn our national chairman's character and integrity, and by inference the integrity of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations as an institution," the manifesto declared. # # #

 

 

This “Breaking News” was sent by Romeo P. Marquez, editor, Philippine Village VoiceSan Diego, California. Mailing address: P.O. Box 2118, La Jolla, CA. 92038.

 

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Comments (5)
1 Saturday, 29 August 2009 10:30
EXTRA! EXTRA! -- NaFFAA Ruling Clique Caught Lying Again

My Dear Jon:

Once again we have caught you and your Ruling Clique making another lie. You could not have approved any manifesto during the August 27, 2009, teleconference of the NaFFAA National Board because you could not get a simple quorum.

I was informed by impeccable sources that not even one regional Youth Chairperson participated in the teleconference. So, without the valid quorum, how could you discuss any item in the agenda?

Then you posted a press release that once again showed how you and your Ruling Clique distort the truth. You made it appear that the community leaders whom you listed in your "praise release" voted to pass the attached manifesto.

You know why, my Dear Jon, your Clique could not produce a quorum -- even on a teleconference? Because many of the members of the NaFFAA National Board are good and decent people. They are not part of the corrupt body of national executive officers (NEOs) that has been raiding the NaFFAA treasury for the past 11 years. This is why the NaFFAA is now bankrupt and unable to pay the rent of its Washington, DC, office and its sole employee, a receptionist-secretary cum telephone operator cum bookkeeper cum everything. The good people of the federation know the adage, "If you lie down with dogs (whether male or bitches and their SOBs), you will get up with fleas." And that is why they are avoiding you and your Clique members. They don't want to touch even your online version of the god-forsaken NaFFAA FLEAS (Filipino Lying Executives and Scoundrels).

So, please spare us your faked "praise releases" as releasing them only highlight the intellectual-and-financial bankruptcy of the members of the NaFFAA Ruling Clique, including you.

And lastly, many of your Clique members are now septuagenarians. Bakit kayo tumatandang paurong? Hindi ba kayo nahihiya sa inyong mga apo at mga anak?

Mabuhay,

Lolo Bobby M. Reyes
Editor, www.mabuhayradio.com
and Also an "SOB" (Son of Bicolandia)

In a message dated 8/28/2009 12:43:31 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, JONMELE writes:
National Federation of Filipino American Associations

Washington D.C.

Re: NaFFAA Press Release [Pls E-Blast and disseminate widely]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 28, 2009

Contact: Jon Melegrito, 202-361-0296

NAFFAA AFFIRMS ORGANIZATION’S FISCAL INTEGRITY, RESOLVES TO PRESS ON WITH EMPOWERMENT AGENDA

(Snipped)

Editor's Note: Please see below a full reproduction of Jon Melegrito's "praise release."
2 Saturday, 29 August 2009 10:33
In a message dated 8/28/2009 12:43:31 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, JONMELE writes:
National Federation of Filipino American Associations

Washington D.C.

Re: NaFFAA Press Release [Pls E-Blast and disseminate widely]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 28, 2009

Contact: Jon Melegrito, 202-361-0296

NAFFAA AFFIRMS ORGANIZATION’S FISCAL INTEGRITY, RESOLVES TO PRESS ON WITH EMPOWERMENT AGENDA

Board members of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) reaffirmed their total acceptance and approval of NaFFAA’s financial records, and strongly repudiated baseless accusations of financial misconduct by their executive officials. These attacks have been widely circulated recently in some Filipino American newspapers and in the Internet.

“Our audited financial reports – which have been thoroughly reviewed and audited by an independent CPA firm – are open to the public for scrutiny, and they will belie any charge of fraud, misrepresentation or fiscal impropriety,” states National Treasurer Ludy Corrales. “These external auditors have confirmed that our financial operations are basically sound. As a non-profit organization, we are committed to high standards of accountability, transparency and fiscal integrity.”

In a manifesto approved at the August 27 meeting of the board, NaFFAA officers were unanimous in rejecting allegations of NaFFAA’s “non-accountability or failure of accountability of moneys received from Wells Fargo in 2002.” The matter of the $300,000 grant from Wells Fargo has been thoroughly documented and audited by the independent CPA firm of A. F. Paredes & Co. The board cited the Oct. 22, 2003 cover letter of the Independent Auditors’ Report, which says in part: “In our opinion, the financial statements referred to [above] present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations as of December 21, 2002 and 2001 and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the years then ended in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles.”

In accepting “without question the external auditor’s report as satisfactory and conclusive,” board members also affirmed their “full confidence in the personal integrity of Alex Esclamado who, as national chair during the period in question, served with total dedication and commitment to NaFFAA’s cause, and at great personal sacrifice.”

Board members also expressed their unequivocal support for National Chairman Greg Macabenta, who has been falsely accused by one media practitioner of receiving commissions, in his capacity as a NaFFAA official, from a $300,000 Wells Fargo grant in 2002. While acknowledging that he had professional dealings with Wells Fargo in connection with a marketing campaign handled by his advertising agency, Minority Media Services, Inc., the business transaction occurred in 1995, two years before NaFFAA was formed. Board members were united in condemning “all the malicious attempts by certain individuals in our community to impugn our national chairman’s character and integrity, and by inference the integrity of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations as an institution.”

Adds Rodel Rodis, a regional chair emeritus and NaFFAA founding member: “We’ve always welcomed constructive criticisms from the community, but we condemn the malicious accusers who are mainly obsessed with destroying an organization that is committed to empowering the Filipino American community."

Since its founding, NaFFAA has received grants from Wells Fargo Bank and other corporate donors to fund the organization’s programs and general operations. These grants have been fully accounted for in audited financials.

LOOKING AHEAD. The board also resolved to undertake a series of initiatives to build NaFFAA’s resources and capacity in order to address the critical issues that affect the Filipino community. “We have much work to do,” asserts Macabenta. “On the issue of equity for Filipino World War II Veterans, we need to ensure that our aging heroes receive their lump sum payments as provided for by law. Health care and comprehensive immigration reform are major issues that require our active interaction with policy makers and coalition partners. And with the 2010 Census coming up, we need to organize ourselves down to the grassroots level to make sure that everyone is counted. Our community expects us to seize the leadership and they deserve nothing less than our dedication and total commitment to their causes and concerns.”

When NaFFAA was formed in 1997, community leaders vowed to engage the Filipino American community in all aspects of America’s social, economic and political life. Over the years, NAFFAA’s leaders have worked closely with civil rights organizations to fight for equity and justice for Filipino World War II veterans. In coalition with other groups, NAFFAA implemented get-out-the-vote campaigns and voter education drives. It responded to media stereotypes and racist caricatures of Filipinos through protest actions and dialogues with corporate media organizations. At regional and local levels, NaFFAA also spearheaded several projects relating to youth leadership, business development and civic participation.

“We’ve come a long way in building NaFFAA and I’m proud of what we have accomplished,” says Gloria T. Caoile, National Vice Chair Emeritus. “The young generation is looking up to us now to lead our community, to show that NaFFAA is bigger than any one of us, and that we owe it to them to always take the high road when faced with daunting challenges.”

Adds Gus Mercado, a former regional chair and NaFFAA founding member: “Our organization is not perfect by any means, and none of us leaders are. We all make mistakes. But that is the beauty of our organization. We have so many good men and women in our midst who will persevere in their sworn duty to unite and empower the Fil-Am community, no matter the challenges and pitfalls they face along the way.”

“NaFFAA has survived for 12 years despite its ups and downs,” points out Dr. Joy Bruce of Miami, Florida, a former regional chair and currently executive director of NANAY, a social service organization. “I have no doubt that it will continue to survive, flourish and emerge successfully, like a sleeping giant, to fulfill its mission for empowerment. And everyone will be proud to have stayed the course. All it needs is renewed vigor, new blood, new ideas, a change in approach, a willingness to learn from past experience and a determination to succeed.”

August 27 Manifesto

We, the undersigned officers, members and supporters of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations strongly repudiate all the baseless accusations of financial misconduct by NaFFAA officials that have been publicized recently in newspapers and the Internet.

We particularly reject allegations of NaFFAA’s non-accountability or failure of accountability of moneys received from Wells Fargo in 2002. The matter of the $300,000 grant from Wells Fargo has been thoroughly documented and audited by the independent CPA firm of A. F. Paredes & Co. As stated in the Oct. 22, 2003 cover letter of the Independent Auditors’ Report, “In our opinion, the financial statements referred to [above] present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations as of December 21, 2002 and 2001 and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the years then ended in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles.” This report is available to the public for examination and scrutiny.

We accept without question the external auditor’s report as satisfactory and conclusive. By this declaration, we are affirming our full confidence in the personal integrity of Alex Esclamado who, as national chair during the period in question, served with total dedication and commitment to NaFFAA’s cause, and at great personal sacrifice.

We also express our full and unqualified support for our NaFFAA National Chairman Greg Macabenta, who has been falsely accused of receiving commissions from Wells Fargo in his capacity as a NaFFAA official. While acknowledging that he had professional dealings with Wells Fargo in connection with a marketing campaign handled by his advertising agency, Minority Media Services, Inc., the business transaction occurred in 1995, two years before NaFFAA was formed. We strongly condemn all the malicious attempts by certain individuals in our community to impugn our national chairman’s character and integrity, and by inference the integrity of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations as an institution.

Our community is faced with critical challenges that require the active attention of NaFFAA’s national leaders. Policy makers in Washington DC are making decisions that directly affect our lives, our families and our children’s future. We need to be engaged in these critical issues, such as health care, workers rights and immigration reform. The fight for justice and equity for Filipino Veterans continues for so long as their lump sum payments are not made and for so long as their surviving widows are not cared for. And with the 2010 Census before us, we need to ensure that everyone in our community – regardless of citizenship and legal status – stands up to be counted.

To achieve our goal of community empowerment as enunciated in our 1997 founding conference, we will build our organizational capacity to lead, mobilize our collective strengths at the grassroots in partnership with those who share our vision, and summon from within each one of us a sense of selfless dedication to public service, always mindful of our proud history and heritage..



We are determined now more than ever to move forward and build the “dream that is NaFFAA,” and be the strong voice for the hopes and aspirations of the community we love.





(partial list of signatories)



Michelle Abad, New York, Region 1 Youth Chair

Amy Agbayani, Honolulu, Region 10

Nony Abrajano, Hampton Roads, Va., Region 2 Chair

Roger Alama, New York, Region 1 Vice Chair

Dely Alcantara, Albuquerque, NM., Region 6 Chair Emeritus

Tess Atayde, Seattle, Wash., Region 7 Chair

Norma Benson, Houston, TX.,Region 6 Chair

Marites ‘Bing’ Cardenas Branigin, Reston, Va., Media & PR Director

Joy Bruce, Miami, Fl., Region 4 Chair Emeritus, Exec. Dir. NANAY Inc.

Gloria T. Caoile, Springfield, Va., National Vice Chair Emeritus

Martin Celemin, Las Vegas, NV. Region 10 Chair

Jerry Clarito, Chicago, Ill., National Director for Legislative Affairs

Ludy Corrales, New Jersey, National Treasurer

Val F. Dagani, Jr.. Orlando, Fl..Council of Filipino-American Organzations

Lorna Dietz, Chicago, Ill. National Director for Online Communications

Marilyn Doromal, Atlanta, GA., Region 4 Chair

Luly Esclamado, North Carolina, National Director for Program & Development

Mariella Fletcher, Seattle, Wash., Region 7 Vice Chair

Alma Kern, Seattle, Wash., National Chair Emeritus

Rozita Lee, Las Vegas, NV., National Vice Chair

J.T. Mallonga, New York, Region 1 Chair

Jon Melegrito, Washington, D.C. National Communications Director

Loida Nicolas Lewis, New York, National Chair Emeritus

Ed Navarra, Detroit, Michigan. Region 3 Chair

Flor Obana, Denver, Colo., Region 5 Chair

Jose Pecho, San Francisco, Calif., Region 8 Chair

Ernie Ramos, Miami, Florida, Region 5 Chair Emeritus

Sluggo Rigor, Seattle, Wash., Region 7 Chair Emeritus

Rodel Rodis, San Francisco, Ca. Region 8 Chair Emeritus

Merit Salud, New York, Region 1 Co-Chair, FilAmVote

Marlene Stern, Connecticut State Chair, Region 1

Reuben S. Seguritan, New York, General Counsel

Bart Tubalinal, Chicago, Ill., Auditor & Parliamentarian, Region 3

Yoly Tubalinal, Chicago, Ill., Region 3, 2004 NaFFAA Convention Co-Chair

# # #
3 Saturday, 29 August 2009 13:31
mabuhay
Dear Friends:

Please let me know by return e-mail if you are really members of the NaFFAA National Board, so that I can include you in the List of Respondents and/or Defendants in the Complaints that I am filing with the Criminal Prosecution Division of the IRS, the United States Department of Justice for violation of the RICO Act and the California Attorney General. I wanted only to name the present and former National Executive Officers (NEOs) in my complaints but if you really believe that no financial irregularity happened in the NaFFAA, then please feel free to join the NEOs as defendants and/or respondents in the coming lawsuits. The NaFFAA motto is "All for one, one for all," right?

What you are doing is probably committing the act of "cover up" and/or "obstruction of justice," knowing fully well that there are complaints about to filed with federal and state officials and still you chose to ignore the irregularities that have been unearthed. You and your assets can be in jeopardy if the authorities decide to file the cases in a Criminal and/or Civil Grand Jury.

No state or national chairperson emeritus will be included in my complaints except Alex Esclamado, Loida Nicolas Lewis and Alma Q. Kern. However, if any chairperson emeritus wants to join the three as co-defendants or co-respondents and/or as co-conspirators in the conspiracy to violate the RICO Law, then please inform me. Please provide also your address, so that the issuance of summons could be facilitated.

If you think that I am bluffing, then please call the bluff. Let us see who blinks first. You may send to me a private e-mail if you do not want to be bothered and be named in my complaints. Otherwise, please start to raise a modest legal-defense fund and bail-bond money. I will keep any correspondence confidential and not share it with any e-group or e-forum or much more publish it in our website. In fact, I urge you to resign right now from the NaFFAA National Board to avoid any part in the coming investigation and lawsuits.

I respectfully urge you -- if you did not participate in the looting of the NaFFAA treasury or did not join the conspiracy to defraud the federation of any of its revenues -- to please stay out of this "fight to the finish." You may not have the time and the resources to tide you over, especially if you will be accused by the People of the United States in a federal criminal case. So, please think carefully if the defending the NaFFAA alleged crooks is in your best interest and that of your family. Several of those named in Mr. Melegrito's list have signified already their intention to turn state witnesses. So, caveat emptor.

The list is as follows (as it appears in the instant press release by Mr. Melegrito):

QUOTE.
Michelle Abad, New York, Region 1 Youth Chair

Amy Agbayani, Honolulu, Region 10

Nony Abrajano, Hampton Roads, Va., Region 2 Chair

Roger Alama, New York, Region 1 Vice Chair

Dely Alcantara, Albuquerque, NM., Region 6 Chair Emeritus

Tess Atayde, Seattle, Wash., Region 7 Chair

Norma Benson, Houston, TX.,Region 6 Chair

Marites ‘Bing’ Cardenas Branigin, Reston, Va., Media & PR Director

Joy Bruce, Miami, Fl., Region 4 Chair Emeritus, Exec. Dir. NANAY Inc.

Gloria T. Caoile, Springfield, Va., National Vice Chair Emeritus

Martin Celemin, Las Vegas, NV. Region 10 Chair

Jerry Clarito, Chicago, Ill., National Director for Legislative Affairs

Ludy Corrales, New Jersey, National Treasurer

Val F. Dagani, Jr.. Orlando, Fl..Council of Filipino-American Organzations

Lorna Dietz, Chicago, Ill. National Director for Online Communications

Marilyn Doromal, Atlanta, GA., Region 4 Chair

Luly Esclamado, North Carolina, National Director for Program & Development

Mariella Fletcher, Seattle, Wash., Region 7 Vice Chair

Alma Kern, Seattle, Wash., National Chair Emeritus

Rozita Lee, Las Vegas, NV., National Vice Chair

J.T. Mallonga, New York, Region 1 Chair

Jon Melegrito, Washington, D.C. National Communications Director

Loida Nicolas Lewis, New York, National Chair Emeritus

Ed Navarra, Detroit, Michigan. Region 3 Chair

Flor Obana, Denver, Colo., Region 5 Chair

Jose Pecho, San Francisco, Calif., Region 8 Chair

Ernie Ramos, Miami, Florida, Region 5 Chair Emeritus

Sluggo Rigor, Seattle, Wash., Region 7 Chair Emeritus

Rodel Rodis, San Francisco, Ca. Region 8 Chair Emeritus

Merit Salud, New York, Region 1 Co-Chair, FilAmVote

Marlene Stern, Connecticut State Chair, Region 1

Reuben S. Seguritan, New York, General Counsel

Bart Tubalinal, Chicago, Ill., Auditor & Parliamentarian, Region 3

Yoly Tubalinal, Chicago, Ill., Region 3, 2004 NaFFAA Convention Co-Chair

UNQUOTE.



And finally, the CPA firm, A. F. Paredes & Co., will be included in the complaint for it was the NaFFAA Treasurer, Lourdes Corrales, who selected it, knowing that one of the principals is also her friend and auditor for her real-estate and mortgage business. There is a legal conflict of interest. As in Enron and WorldCom, the external auditors could be made one of the defendants, fined and/or imprisoned. So, please do not trust the words of A. F. Paredes & Co.



For your information and guidance.

Mabuhay,

Lolo Bobby M. Reyes
Whistle Blower
and Editor, www.mabuhayradio.com


In a message dated 8/28/2009 12:43:31 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, JONMELE writes:
National Federation of Filipino American Associations

Washington D.C.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 28, 2009

Contact: Jon Melegrito, 202-361-0296

NAFFAA AFFIRMS ORGANIZATION’S FISCAL INTEGRITY, RESOLVES TO PRESS ON WITH EMPOWERMENT AGENDA

(Snipped)
4 Saturday, 29 August 2009 13:35
mabuhay
Dear Friends:

Please let me know by return e-mail if you are really members of the NaFFAA National Board, so that I can include you in the List of Respondents and/or Defendants in the Complaints that I am filing with the Criminal Prosecution Division of the IRS, the United States Department of Justice for violation of the RICO Act and the California Attorney General. I wanted only to name the present and former National Executive Officers (NEOs) in my complaints but if you really believe that no financial irregularity happened in the NaFFAA, then please feel free to join the NEOs as defendants and/or respondents in the coming lawsuits. The NaFFAA motto is "All for one, one for all," right?

What you are doing is probably committing the act of "cover up" and/or "obstruction of justice," knowing fully well that there are complaints about to filed with federal and state officials and still you chose to ignore the irregularities that have been unearthed. You and your assets can be in jeopardy if the authorities decide to file the cases in a Criminal and/or Civil Grand Jury.

No state or national chairperson emeritus will be included in my complaints except Alex Esclamado, Loida Nicolas Lewis and Alma Q. Kern. However, if any chairperson emeritus wants to join the three as co-defendants or co-respondents and/or as co-conspirators in the conspiracy to violate the RICO Law, then please inform me. Please provide also your address, so that the issuance of summons could be facilitated.

If you think that I am bluffing, then please call the bluff. Let us see who blinks first. You may send to me a private e-mail if you do not want to be bothered and be named in my complaints. Otherwise, please start to raise a modest legal-defense fund and bail-bond money. I will keep any correspondence confidential and not share it with any e-group or e-forum or much more publish it in our website. In fact, I urge you to resign right now from the NaFFAA National Board to avoid any part in the coming investigation and lawsuits.

I respectfully urge you -- if you did not participate in the looting of the NaFFAA treasury or did not join the conspiracy to defraud the federation of any of its revenues -- to please stay out of this "fight to the finish." You may not have the time and the resources to tide you over, especially if you will be accused by the People of the United States in a federal criminal case. So, please think carefully if the defending the NaFFAA alleged crooks is in your best interest and that of your family. Several of those named in Mr. Melegrito's list have signified already their intention to turn state witnesses. So, caveat emptor.

The list is as follows (as it appears in the instant press release by Mr. Melegrito):

QUOTE.
Michelle Abad, New York, Region 1 Youth Chair

Amy Agbayani, Honolulu, Region 10

Nony Abrajano, Hampton Roads, Va., Region 2 Chair

Roger Alama, New York, Region 1 Vice Chair

Dely Alcantara, Albuquerque, NM., Region 6 Chair Emeritus

Tess Atayde, Seattle, Wash., Region 7 Chair

Norma Benson, Houston, TX.,Region 6 Chair

Marites ‘Bing’ Cardenas Branigin, Reston, Va., Media & PR Director

Joy Bruce, Miami, Fl., Region 4 Chair Emeritus, Exec. Dir. NANAY Inc.

Gloria T. Caoile, Springfield, Va., National Vice Chair Emeritus

Martin Celemin, Las Vegas, NV. Region 10 Chair

Jerry Clarito, Chicago, Ill., National Director for Legislative Affairs

Ludy Corrales, New Jersey, National Treasurer

Val F. Dagani, Jr.. Orlando, Fl..Council of Filipino-American Organzations

Lorna Dietz, Chicago, Ill. National Director for Online Communications

Marilyn Doromal, Atlanta, GA., Region 4 Chair

Luly Esclamado, North Carolina, National Director for Program & Development

Mariella Fletcher, Seattle, Wash., Region 7 Vice Chair

Alma Kern, Seattle, Wash., National Chair Emeritus

Rozita Lee, Las Vegas, NV., National Vice Chair

J.T. Mallonga, New York, Region 1 Chair

Jon Melegrito, Washington, D.C. National Communications Director

Loida Nicolas Lewis, New York, National Chair Emeritus

Ed Navarra, Detroit, Michigan. Region 3 Chair

Flor Obana, Denver, Colo., Region 5 Chair

Jose Pecho, San Francisco, Calif., Region 8 Chair

Ernie Ramos, Miami, Florida, Region 5 Chair Emeritus

Sluggo Rigor, Seattle, Wash., Region 7 Chair Emeritus

Rodel Rodis, San Francisco, Ca. Region 8 Chair Emeritus

Merit Salud, New York, Region 1 Co-Chair, FilAmVote

Marlene Stern, Connecticut State Chair, Region 1

Reuben S. Seguritan, New York, General Counsel

Bart Tubalinal, Chicago, Ill., Auditor & Parliamentarian, Region 3

Yoly Tubalinal, Chicago, Ill., Region 3, 2004 NaFFAA Convention Co-Chair

UNQUOTE.

And finally, the CPA firm, A. F. Paredes & Co., will be included in the complaint for it was the NaFFAA Treasurer, Lourdes Corrales, who selected it, knowing that one of the principals is also her friend and auditor for her real-estate and mortgage business. There is a legal conflict of interest. As in Enron and WorldCom, the external auditors could be made one of the defendants, fined and/or imprisoned. So, please do not trust the words of A. F. Paredes & Co.

For your information and guidance.

Mabuhay,

Lolo Bobby M. Reyes
Whistle Blower
and Editor, www.mabuhayradio.com

In a message dated 8/28/2009 12:43:31 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, JONMELE writes:
National Federation of Filipino American Associations

Washington D.C.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 28, 2009

Contact: Jon Melegrito, 202-361-0296

NAFFAA AFFIRMS ORGANIZATION’S FISCAL INTEGRITY, RESOLVES TO PRESS ON WITH EMPOWERMENT AGENDA

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5 Saturday, 29 August 2009 15:54
Hi guys,


I dunno, I have the same gut feel as Romy M. It looks to me the auditors are giving one big
fish story. I say, investigation should go full blast, get an independent accountant. The reason
for my insistence is that future contributions will jeopardized. I would not leave this hanging for the
sake of posterity.
We also owe this to future members of the organiztion, otherwise we will have a group that will forever
be tainted. For their own sake(members), I'd go for an independent audit. If I were innocent, I would
rather be cleared than have doubts about my character. My children would not permit this kind
of situation to happen in our family.
So many questions, Why are companies of members involved?
Why are spouses of members given monies? Highly questionable!


Romy, go for it! I appreciate your courage; An eagle flies alone, most ducks can't fly anyway, and never alone.
In my book you are a soaring eagle, alone with sharp eyes, and with claws of a cunning hunter.
Keep it up.


Good Luck!



Tnx,
rv

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