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BAY AREA FILIPINOS GREETED PRESIDENT OBAMA AT
REDWOOD CITY FUNDRAISER
Filipino Community Members Protest Increased U.S. Militarization in the Philippines
and Record Deportation of Immigrants of
Redwood City, CA– Filipino organizations from throughout the Bay Area greeted President Barack Obama in Redwood City to protest increased U.S. military presence in the Philippines and to demand a stop to deportations of immigrants.
The National Alliance of Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), a leading voice in the Filipino community for immigrant and workers’ rights, where among the most visible group outside the Fox Theatre where President Obama held a rally and campaign fundraiser.
“We are concerned about the record-high deportations which are breaking up our families everyday. As an immigrant community, we demand genuine comprehensive immigration reform and a stop to the unjust deportations” said Terry Valen, President of NAFCON. Over 1.2 immigrants have been deported under Obama’s administration.
Over 30 Filipinos from organizations throughout the Bay Area, including the League of Filipino Students and Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines, members of BAYAN-USA, another national alliance of progressive Filipino organizations.
“We are alarmed by recent deployment of over 4000 U.S. troops to the Philippines as part of joint exercises with the Philippine military. Women and children are always the first to suffer with the increase of U.S. military in our homeland. And like the Philippine military, U.S. soldiers always get away with any abuses, even rape, committed against our women,” said Jessica Antonio, Secretary-General of BAYAN-USA.
Other youth and student groups from different Bay Area schools came to protest the increase in U.S. tax dollars from going to support the Philippine military who have been implicated in the extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearance of journalists and hundreds of social justice activists.
“Instead of tripling U.S. military aid to Philippines, we demand an increase in education spending,” Jeremias David, a student at Stanford University and member of AnakBayan-Silicon Valley.