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Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Thursday, 24 June 2010 14:56


By Bobby M. Reyes


A “Conference of Overseas Filipinos for Good Governance” will be held at the Sofitel Hotel on July 1 and 2, 2010, in Metro Manila, Philippines. Gregorio Macabenta, the chairman of the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations (NaFFAA), is one of the conference’s moderators. The NaFFAA is said to be one of the primary sponsors of the conference, if not its prime mover.


The NaFFAA’s move in calling for the conference is like sending Scrooge to teach Filipinos how to embellish the celebration of Christmas. It is akin to sending a NaFFAA wolf pack to guard a flock of sheep in the Philippines.


Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. (16) You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? (17) So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit. (18)—Matthew 7:15-18


R omeo P. Marquez will probably roll in laughter on hearing that the NaFFAA national-executive officers (NEOs) will teach Filipino leaders the tenets of good governance. Mr. Marquez will laugh harder if gets to know that the NaFFAA NEOs will also teach Filipinos and their associations how to achieve economic independence. Why would Mr. Marquez, now a Toronto, Canada-based investigative reporter, almost die laughing? Because the NaFFAA is financially-and-morally bankrupt. Three of the founding NEOs have declared personal bankruptcies. Please read one of Mr. Marquez’s articles in the naffaagate section of this website, NaFFAA Now “Homeless” in DC, As Its Top Officials Resign as Organization Teeters on Insolvency. The article was published on April 29, 2010.


Here is another of Mr. Marquez’s reports on the NaFFAA, Is NaFFAA a Spent “Milking Cow” and/or the “Fil-Am Version of the SS Titanic?”

It was published on Sept. 1, 2009.


Now, the NaFFAA NEOs want to be appointed the head honchos of the Presidential Commission for Good Government (PCGG). They are also lobbying for a NaFFAA NEO to be appointed the new Philippine ambassador to the United States. Yes, the NaFFAA NEOs helped Noynoy Aquino become the President-elect by garnering for him 7,232 votes out of 11,892 ballots among Filipino-American voters and contributing $100,000 to his campaign funds. But the NaFFAA NEOs promised to raise $2-million for the Aquino-Roxas slate per this article written by Chicago-based Joseph G. Lariosa: OFWs Cannot Run But Can Raise Funds


But there are doubts if the Commission on Appointments of the Philippine Congress will confirm the presidential nominees from among the NaFFAA NEOs if its members will be able to read this Feb. 15, 2008, damning report:

The NaFFAA (a Corrupt Organization) Cannot Wage an Anti-Corruption Campaign in the Philippines


And yes, it also needs new leadership ... and perhaps, even a new name. Because, it now appears to many Fil-Ams that the acronym, NaFFAA, connotes ‘NaKAWAN-AH’—Jesse Jose


S eattle, Washington-based columnist, Jesse Jose, will also end up in guffaws until his stomach hurts once he reads this report. Probably, Mr. Jose will ask if the Filipino people and their leaders are that dumb if they want the NaFFAA NEOs to teach them honesty in governance and show them how not to run an organization?


There are almost 100 articles and commentaries in this website that discuss the various scandals in the NaFFAA: from the naffaagate (49 stories and counting) to the Menorgate and the Ballygate.


Mr. Marquez has written other articles found in his “San Diego Happenings) such as, Will the NaFFAA Survive to Be the 'Voice' For Filipinos in America?


Now, it is up to the Filipino public-and-private-sector leaders and policy-and-decision makers to ask the NaFFAA NEOs if our articles about them and the NaFFAA are true. We have been daring the NaFFAA NEOs since May 2000 – when we called them a bunch of crooks – to sue us for libel. To date, we have not received even a demand letter for retraction. We stand by our reports. To the Filipino leaders and the Filipino people, we say finally, “Caveat emptor.”






Sunday, June 27, 2010


Evening: Leave SFO/LAX/Las Vegas for Manila


Tuesday, June 29, 2010:



4:00 AM     Arrival of OFGG Delegates in Manila

6:00 AM     Check-in at Sofitel Hotel (Sulo Room)

                   Free time from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

                    (Filipiniana Bazaar open at Convention Foyer)


6:00 PM  Departure from Hotel to Ted and Josie Laguatan's Penthouse

               144 Avignon Tower at H.V. De La Costa St., Salcedo Vill. Makati

                                    Buffet Dinner

                                    Welcome Remarks - Ted Laguatan

Special Dinner Guests: Juana Change by Mae Paner/ Leah Navarro /Jim Paredes


Celebration 50th Wedding Anniversary of Romy and Charito Benipayo


Attire: Elegant Casual


Wednesday, June 30, 2010:


7:30 AM      Assembly at Hotel Lobby for bus trip to Inauguration Venue


8:00 - 10:00 AM     Tour Buses depart for Inauguration Venue


12:00 NN     Inauguration Ceremonies        Attire: Filipiniana


7:00 PM      Inaugural Ball (Sofitel Ballroom) sponsored by Rockwell Land

                     EMCEE: Marlon Tecson (Chicago)


                     Special performances: Liz Casasola and Kirby Asunto


Documentary- Ninoy Aquino & the Rise of People Power by Tom Coffman



Attire: Semi-Formal


Thursday, July 1, 2010:




Moderator: Wally Reyes

Moderator introduces delegates/provides ground rules


10:00 AM- 10:05AM: National anthem by Liz Casasola;

                                     Invocation by Fr. Rodel Balagtas- IHMC Parish Priest


10:06 AM- 10:15 AM:   Mayor Fred Lim of Manila. Welcome to Manila


10:15 AM- 10:30 AM:   Invited Guest Speaker: Sen. Mar Roxas


10:30 AM- 10:45 AM:   First Speaker: Loida Nicolas Lewis


Harnessing the Overseas Pinoy Power for Good Governance; 

Announcement of the worldwide umbrella Organization-Overseas Filipinos for Good Governance; 

Its organizational structure, its vision and its goals;


10:45 AM- 11:00 AM:  Second Speaker: Rodel Rodis


Presentation of Conference Objectives. Formation of US Pinoys for Good Governance and its Mission and Goals


11:00 AM- 11:15 AM:  Third Speaker: Vicky Garchitorena  

Engaging the Filipino Diaspora for Development


11:15 AM- 12:00 NN:   Open Forum


Floor Moderators: Art Leoncio (SoCAL); Jet Pizarro (Oregon) Jun Rasul (Washington, DC)


12:00 NN- 2:00 PM :    Lunch/open dialogue with Comelec to discuss Overseas Voting and Automation

            (Comelec Chairman Jose Melo & OAV Chair Armando Velasco to be invited with Gus Lagman as panel member)

              Moderator: Atty. Jonathan Navarro


2:00 PM- 3:00 PM   : FSGO Presentation on Good Governance Initiatives

                                  Narz Lim to introduce speakers & act as Moderator

Good Governance Outlook and the Strengthening of Institutions

                                        Speakers:  Dr. Jesus Estanislao and Ms. Karina David


3:00 PM. to 4:00 P.M:   Working for a Peaceful Mindanao Speakers:  Ms. Amina Rasul/ Abdulah Mamao


4:00 PM- 5:30 PM:  Philippine Medical Tourism efforts and benefits to Overseas Filipinos; 

           Speaker: Dr. Alran Bengzon of Medical City

           Panel Member: Dr. Jessy Ang (Las Vegas) & Eric Lachica (DC)

           Segment Moderator: Dr. Philip S. Chua, MD, FACS, FPCS


 7:00 PM- 11:00 PM: Dinner at Blue Leaf Restaurant at Global City sponsored by XanGo

                                   Power Point Presentation by XanGo CEO Bryan Davis

                                   EMCEE: Mike Macapagal     


              Speakers: Justice Conchita Carpio Morales of the Supreme Court and blogger Lila Shahani


Attire: Smart Casual


Friday, July 2, 2010:


Moderator: Angie Cruz (New York)

9:00 AM- 10:30 AM:  Town Hall Panel Discussion with media/opinion makers                                       

Moderator: Greg Macabenta


                     Panelists                                                Topic                           

Amy Pamintuan/ Maria Ressa: Facts or Fictions: How Overseas Filipinos can discern the real stories from news


Cheche Lazaro/Mike Enriquez: Effective Media to reach Overseas Filipinos.

10:30 AM- 1:00 PM: Dialogue with Lawmakers: how and what laws can be filed to enable Overseas Filipinos to assist in Good Governance.  (Invited: Sen. Frank Drilon, Sen. Serge Osmeña, Sen. Chiz Escudero, Rep. Sonny Belmonte)

                      Moderator: Atty. Ted Laguatan (NorCAL)


1:00 PM- 2:30 PM: Lunch and Presentation of Greg Macabenta and Gil Ramos on initiatives for first 100 days of presidency   

                Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno on Saving our Environment

                Moderators: Joey Golez and Gus Mercado (Texas)


2:30 PM- 4:00 PM: Break-out session amongst chapters to discuss their good governance initiatives; Each chapter should come up with plans on how to best achieve the goal of the organization.


4:00 PM:        Assemble at Hotel Lobby for trip to Malacanang


4:45 PM:        Audience with the President Noynoy Aquino


6:30 PM- 10:00 PM:   Closing Dinner at Barbara’s in Intramuros, hosted  by the Department of Tourism


Special entertainment: Bayanihan Dance Company


Emcee: Janelle So (Los Angeles TV host)

Attire: Elegant Casual


Saturday, July 3, 2010:


10:00 AM- 12:00 NN :  Ocular Inspection at Rockwell Land

5:00 PM- 11:00 PM   :  Ocular Inspection at Megaworld Properties


Sunday, July 4, 2010:


 Check out of hotel by 12 noon.


Special Note: Mass officiated by Fr. Rodel Balagtas as follows:


                    June 30 and July 1 – Sulo Function Room (7:00am-8:00am)

                    July 2 – Samar Function Room (7:00am-8:00am)

                    July 3-4 – Romblon & Mindanao (7:00am-8:00am) # # #


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Comments (5)
1 Friday, 25 June 2010 15:17
LOLO Bobby,

LOL, indeed! The NaFFAA NEOs are going to hold a confab in the Philippines and give lectures and speeches on "good governance"? My goodness! Ang lakas ng mga apog. There's a word for those kind of people: KAPALMUKS! Sobra naman pala ang mga pagka-peke. What a bunch of hypocrites!

Re: A Comparison of Two Asian-American Organizations (2)

In a message dated 6/29/2010 12:03:31 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it writes:



Dear Dr. Nelson, Tocayong Bobby and Friends:

The difference between the NaFFAA and other Asian-American federations such as the Thais or the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) is that the NaFFAA is run by crooks while the other Asian-American entities are managed by well-meaning individuals.

Please visit the NaFFAAgate Section of our website and read the various scandals scams being done by the scoundrels of the federation. The section's URL is

The latest racket of the NaFFAA controlling clique is its "Overseas-Filipino Conference for Good Governance" that will be held in Metro Manila on July 1-2, 2010. The NaFFAA had to vacate a room it was renting at the OCA office for failure to pay the rental of $500 per month. The NaFFAA could not afford to pay the $500 rental per month but it could afford to sponsor the confab for Good Governance in Manila. No wonder the NaFFAA national-executive officers (NEOs) have the best rackets in town even if they do not play tennis. Perhaps the NaFFAA NEOs can form the Filipino-Am equivalent of the Thai Tennis Organization in America. LOL.


Lolo Bobby M. Reyes

BCC: NaFFAA E-mail lists

In a message dated 6/29/2010 10:41:38 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it writes:
Re: A Comparison of Two Asian-American Organizations

best regards,
bobby manasan


Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2010 10:21:46 -0700
From: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Subject: Re: A Comparison of Two Asian-American Organizations
To: pmcsi.phils@<>

Hi, Bob,

After comparing them, you probably are giving a grade for their successes and failures. Please share your results with us, if you don't mind. Thanks.


--- On Tue, 6/29/10, bob manasan wrote:

From: bob manasan
Subject: A Comparison of Two Asian-American Organizations
To: pmcsi.phils@<>
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 12:11 PM

here are two minority-american organization's objectives:

first, the filipino-americans' objectives:

NaFFAA's Objectives

The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is a private, non-profit, non-partisan tax-exempt organization established in 1997 to promote the welfare and well-being of all Filipinos and Filipino Americans throughout the United States.

NaFFAA's primary objectives include:

Promoting active participation of Filipino Americans in civic and national affairs and in all other aspects of mainstream America.

Promoting awareness of Filipino American contributions to social, economic, cultural and political life in the United States.

Securing social justice, equal opportunity and fair treatment of Filipino Americans through advocacy and legislative and policy initiatives at all levels of government.

Strengthening community institutions that promote the cultural heritage of Filipinos.

Eliminating prejudices, stereotypes and ignorance of Filipino Americans.

To achieve these objectives, NaFFAA sponsors and supports the following programs:

Community Development: providing assistance to Filipino American community-based organizations.

Applied Research, Policy Analysis and Advocacy: providing a Filipino American perspective on issues such as education, immigration, health, employment and training, civil rights, youth and the elderly.

Political Leadership & Candidate Development: preparing Filipino Americans for public service.

Entrepreneurial Training: developing the business skills of Filipino Americans in order to promote Economic Development.

Civic participation: educating Filipino Americans to get involved in the electoral process through voter registration and get-out-the-vote campaigns.

Scholarship and Youth Assistance: assisting Filipino American youth access information on scholarships, education grants and other forms of financial support.

National Resource Directory of Elected and Appointed Public Officials at all levels of government, Filipino and Filipino American organizations and businesses in the entire country.

NaFFAA's national office is based in Washington, D.C. Its main function is to monitor legislation and public policy issues affecting Filipino Americans and work in coalition with other national groups around common issues and concerns. In addition, the national office serves as a communications link between affiliate members as well as an information source on federal and legislative initiatives and policies relevant to Filipino Americans.

And the thai-americans' organization:

“Promote Tennis Growth & Education Within
The Minority Community Both In The US and International”

Encourage the Thai & Asian communities in the United States to promote and support tennis for adult and
children under the age of 18.

Encourage children under the age of 18 (or who are still in high school) to embrace the possibilities of representing the United States or their own countries as national players.

Provide annual tennis scholarships to children under the age of 18 (or who are still in high school) who might not otherwise be able to participate in the sport.

Provide tennis clinic to children & adults.

Strengthen Community by working with other organization.

Facilitate Asian tennis players in the US.

Kitiphan Srisawat

Thanakorn Duangmanee
Managing Director

Sarah Sando

Joanne Duangmanee

Vinh Do
Executive Committee

Paul La
Board Member

Pasineee Sakayawonk
New York

Soravis Vittanakorn

Chiriswat Phungsunthorn

Siriporn Burke

Aroon Sreeboonruang

Chanyute Ottamakorn
New York


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is one organization more inclusive of all minorities than the other? which is more "kami-kami, kayo-kayo"? do organizations' aims and objectives reflect the culture of their people? i remember fil-ams trying to request medicare coverage, to those who wish to retire in the philippines, from the US congress? i wondered why they could not have formed a coalition with other groups like the irish, scots, italians, germans, scandinavians, eastern europeans, asians and middle-eastern immigrant-descendants who may wish to spend their retirement in their immigrant-ancestors homelands? was the fil-am request granted by the US congress? had the fil-ams joined forces with other US-immigrant groups would their request have carried more weight and force in congress? did the fil-ams try to form a coalition? is being able to work together a characteristic of a people's culture? just wondering...
3 Tuesday, 29 June 2010 13:42
In a message dated 6/29/2010 10:41:38 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it writes:
Re: A Comparison of Two Asian-American Organizations

best regards,
bobby manasan


Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2010 10:21:46 -0700
From: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Subject: Re: A Comparison of Two Asian-American Organizations
To: pmcsi.phils@<>

Hi, Bob,

After comparing them, you probably are giving a grade for their successes and failures. Please share your results with us, if you don't mind. Thanks.

4 Tuesday, 29 June 2010 17:42
NaFFAA's Objectives: broad and non–specific; exclusively for Fil–Am.
TTOA’s Objectives: Specific and focused; inclusive of other Asians.

5 Tuesday, 29 June 2010 17:45
"NaFFAA's Objectives: broad and non–specific; exclusively for Fil–Am." - Nelson

america for the fil-ams could translate in local island politics into ilocos for the ilocanos, pangasinan for the pangasinenses, cebu for the cebuanos, batangas for the batanguenos, pampango for the pampanguenos, cavite for the cavitenos, public treasury for the politicos, military budget for the generals, and whichever special-interest groups happen to be holding power at the moment. the laws the lawmakers enact could be for the benefit of their constituency and to hell with outsiders. it smacks of: "kami-kami, kayo-kayo, tayo-tayo, sila-sila, kanya-kanyang dilihensya lang pare, darating din ang araw ninyo, magtiis na lang muna kayo."

the natives' cultural trait of taking care of one's group exclusively may seem more justifiable on the world stage than it would be on the local political stage. if exclusivity is proper on the world stage, why should the same exclusivity be considered corruption in the local landscape? why should the selfish predisposition of island natives apply differently because of the locations?


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