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Home Sections NaFFAAgate So the Filipino People Will Know: An Open Letter to the NaFFAA NEOs and Eric Lachica
So the Filipino People Will Know: An Open Letter to the NaFFAA NEOs and Eric Lachica PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 December 2008 02:14

T his writer sent today an Open Letter to the national executive officers (NEOs) of the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations (NaFFAA) and to Eric Lachica, their ally in lobbying for Filipino World-War II veterans. The Open Letter is self-explanatory, which dares the NaFFAA NEOs and Mr. Lachica to sue this writer for libel if they are men and not mice. The NaFFAA’s regional officers were provided by e-mail a copy of this Open Letter.


In a message dated 12/9/2008 7:22:08 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, JONMELE writes:


<<Dear Rudy,


<<Again, with all due respects, let's be clear with the facts. No one is condemning the conscription of Filipino soldiers into the USAFFE. It is the passing of the Rescission Act of 1946 that we are condemning - a racially-motivated bill enacted, not by the two presidents as you claim, but by the U.S. Congress, composed of both Democrats and Republicans. We are holding the entire U.S. government accountable, not Democrats or Republicans.







D ear Mr. Melegrito and the other NaFFAA National Executive Officers (NEOs) and Mr. Lachica:


To borrow your term, with all due respect, no lobbying effort will generate support from many Filipino-American community leaders, especially the scions of WWII veterans, if the NaFFAA is involved in it. Why? Many in our community perceive the NaFFAA NEOs and their allies like Eric Lachica to be crooks (C-R-O-O-K-S). You can use this e-mail plus many articles in the NaFFAAgate section of the to sue me for libel – that is if you have the guts and if you are men and not a bunch of mice. The latest article mentions the new NaFFAA national chair, Mr. Macabenta, whom I called in it as another crook: Community Urged to Continue Boycott of the NaFFAA


If you, Eric Lachica and the NaFFAA NEOs, want full justice to our veterans, why don't you make the ultimate sacrifice of keeping quiet and not participating at all in the lobby process? There are enough good leaders in the different NaFFAA regions (with the exceptions of its three regional branches in California and Southern Nevada) that the efforts could be done successfully without any bad effect on the American legislators, many of whom know that some of the Filipino-American veterans' lobby leaders have tainted reputations insofar as honesty is concerned.


If you don't follow this friendly advice, by next month we will again advise many American congressmen and senators that still the Fil-Am lobby for our WWII veterans is led by crooks. Would you want a member of the House of Representatives and/or the U.S. Senate to deliver a privilege speech denouncing the crooks among the lobby leaders? This is one effective way of blocking any funding for our veterans.


So, please decide if you want to be embarrassed further this coming New Year. And can the regional officers of the NaFFAA not decide what to do finally about my complaints on the corruption in the federation? You cannot continue to ignore my reports about corruption in the national leadership of the NaFFAA, as I keep on publicizing them in our website, which now has more online readers than the and – combined.


Merry Christmas and may you change for the better in the coming New Year, as expressed in this essay,  What the New Year Is All About . . . Is 2008 “Almageddon Time”?


For the record and I will gladly reproduce this Open Letter in our website, so that the Filipino people will know more about the corruption in our community.




Bobby M. Reyes


And Still the Conscience in the NaFFAA


PS: I purposely provided a CC to my best (sic) friend, Atty. Rodel Rodis, as he is the epitome of corruption in our community, as stated in this article (as found in the NaFFAAgate section, Rodis Exemplifies the Arrogance, the Avarice and the Abusive Conduct of the NaFFAA Leadership  Despite his being a lawyer, Rodel Rodis refuses to file any libel case against me, as he walks with his proverbial tail in between his legs.


PPS: And oh, BTW, Eric Lachica, people are still laughing when they read this article that I wrote about your conduct, The “Peddler on the Roof” of the Fil-Vets’ Lobby You, too, have not addressed the matter of this apparently-libelous article. Are you a man or also a mouse, like the NaFFAA NEOs?



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