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Friday, 09 May 2008 04:22

Where are the good men and women of the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations (NaFFAA)? With the exceptions of the NaFFAA chapters in Rhode Island, Northern California, Southern California, San Diego (California) and Las Vegas (Nevada), the other state chapters are led by well-meaning and honest community leaders. Now, the financial scams – that this writer alleged as had happened during the NaFFAA convention in San Jose, California, in August 2002 – have been confirmed by the “no-contest” (guilty) plea of former NaFFAA National Director Ben Menor in the Superior Court of Santa Clara. Quo vadis, Good Men and Women of the federation?


The guilty plea of Ben Menor is not only total vindication of this writer’s crusade for reforms in the NaFFAA but it also should trigger the changes that I demanded as early as May 2000 (2-0-0-0). The reforms could be described in a single four-letter acronym: ATIC. It stands for “accountability, transparency, integrity and credibility.”

Will the NaFFAA’s Good People now rise and get back the federation for the people? Or will they continue to be like Loida Nicolas Lewis, Alma Q. Kern and Lorna Dietz who are allegedly the new role models for the Three Monkeys that are the symbols for “Hear No Evil, See No Evil and Talk No Evil”?

So, where are (in alphabetical order, to name a few) the exemplary present and past state chairpersons of the NaFFAA: Ms. Elsa Bayani, Dr. Joy Bruce, Willie DeChavez, Ms. Thelma Fuentes, Apo Ernie Gange, Princess Emraida Kiram, Atty. Lope Lindio, Gus Mercado, Ed Navarra, Rudy Nicolas, Dr. Ernesto Ramos and their respective dignified company? Will they continue to accept the status quo, as if the scams by the federation’s ruling clique have never happened?

I tried my best to document in writing the scams in the NaFFAA. For instance, on Aug. 19, 2004, I wrote for a New York-based online publication an article that was titled, “Proof of NaFFAA Financial Anomalies for Fiscal Year 2002.” You can still read it online by clicking at this hyperlink:  http://www.pinoyonboard.com/2004/0819_naffaa.html

In the eight years (and counting) of fighting for reforms in the NaFFAA, my family and I suffered countless character assassinations by the members of the NaFFAA’s ruling clique. This led me to write in August 2004 in the said PinoyOnBoard.com article (as updated):

                                “For the record, I do believe that many of the NaFFAA national executive officers (NEOs) think that the Filipino Americans are that dumb that the people would not be able to decipher the financial anomalies in the federation. These NaFFAA officials think also that by painting Bobby Reyes, the messenger (whistle blower), as an ‘idiot, a crazy troublemaker, an as_hole (as per the posting of Atty. Rodel Rodis), a liar, a demon, reincarnation of the devil, Filipino Satan, unChristian, immoral person (who is not married to his <common-law> wife), illegal alien (and reporting him to the INS in 2000, 2001 and 2002 – and annually ever since, so as to have him deported), rat, parasite, worm, pauper, adulterer, terrorist, father of divorced children, bogus leader, impersonator, etceteras, etc. (as written mainly in the May 10, 2002, column of Greg Macabenta in the Ang Peryodiko and the postings of NaFFAA treasurer Ludy Corrales),’ would persuade Overseas Filipinos and the Filipino people to ignore my complaints and exposé. But people know that Bobby Reyes is not the issue. People are not stupid. And certainly the federal and state authorities are not dumb.

                                “Hopefully in the very near future, justice will prevail and all of these erring NaFFAA officers will be brought first to a Grand Jury and the whistle blower shall be vindicated. After all the NaFFAA officials have never even alleged that I have stolen a single dollar from any of the 42 Filipino-American associations that I belong to.”

Yes, it is time to end the monkey business in the NaFFAA.Readers may like also to visit the NaFFAAgate section of the www.mabuhayradio.com to read the other articles about the sins and omissions of the NaFFAA NEOs.

Well, justice has now prevailed at least in the Superior Court of Santa Clara, California. Will the Good People in the NaFFAA now rise and get back the federation for the Filipino-American community? Or will they continue to be like Loida Nicolas Lewis, Alma Q. Kern and Lorna Dietz who are allegedly the new role models for the Three-Monkey symbols for “Hear No Evil, See No Evil and Talk No Evil”?

Yes, it is time to end the monkey business in the NaFFAA. Ngarud? # # #



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