Posted by: kidlatanvillage | February 16, 2009

Pinoy Veterans Equity Bill (A question of national dignity)

Many already died, one of them is my own father, but it is only now that the  the World War 2 Veterans Equity Bill passed into law. Thanks to the $787-billion stimulus bill signed by mostly democrats (246-183 votes) which included among others the “Administrative Provision, Sec. 1002. Payments to Eligible Persons Who served in the United States Armed Forces in the Far East During World War II” that provides a tax-free $15,000 for each of the Filipino veterans who are United States citizens and $9,000 for each of non-US citizens, mostly living in the Philippines.”

While president Barrack Obama may still have to sign it into law, a lot of  Pinoy World War 2 Veterans relatives are grateful about it. Others however expressed disappointment since this is only a one time lump sum benefit. No less than President Arroyo, who was rumored to have been instrumental into its passage after her last trip to the US, expressed satisfaction and gratefulness to the American Congress for recognizing the sacrifices of the World War 2 Filipino Veterans. But some Filipino politicians however fight for credit on who was really was behind it. 

 But whatever it is, there is still a reason to be happy according to Senator Dick Gordon. For him it is not money alone, but  the recognition of the efforts and heroism of the Filipinos who helped suppress and prevented   the Japanese Army from advancing in order to dominate the far east. In effect this also saved Australia from being taken over by the advancing Japanese Imperial Armed Forces.

And speaking of credit, most Filipino World War 2 Veterans thank Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (Dem.-Hawaii) for his unselfish efforts “for the inclusion of the Filipino Veterans benefits in the stimulus bill”  as reported by GMANews.TV.  Of course this is not to discount also the countless efforts of the World War 2 Veterans themselves and other interested Filipino leaders and politicians who for years have never been tired lobbying for the passage of the Filipino Veterans Equity Bill.

The “struggle” is not over yet. How about those spouses and children of Veterans who already died but were supposed to enjoy also the same benefits? Are we going to be envious to those who may have received the benefits for as long as we live? Meanwhile let us all celebrate for the passage of the law, no matter how limited it may be in terms of beneficiaries. What matter here is that America has finally corrected her error of excluding our gallant men and women who did not only fight for the interest of their land but that of Uncle Sam.

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Responses

  1. Kap,
    Talo pa rin ang mga beteranong Pilipino ng pangalawang digmaang pandaigdig dito. Panghabang buhay na pension at benipisyo ang inaatantay.
    Naghihinagpis pa rin si Lola Liberty dahil hindi kasama dito ang mga asawa at anak ng mga yumao nang beterano.
    Tama kayo, habang may natutuwa marami din namang naiinggit. Imagine from 200,000 na beteranong Pilipino, mga 18,000 na lang ang natitira.

  2. On the other hand, we still have to thank the US Congress and probably to president Obama who may still have to sign it into law the $787-billion stimulus bill.

  3. Gloria Arroyo has nothing to do with the passage of the Equity bill for Veterans, period!

    Ang lintek na yan ay tumayming lang dahil sinabihan siya ng EK spy sa Capitol Hill na aprobado na at kasama sa stimulus ni Barack ang bill. Walang kinalaman ang animal na babaeng yan, credit grabber!

    The credit should go to Sen. Daniel Inouye and the very old veterans whose fragile bodies lobbied on the approval of this bill.

    Pa-tenkyu rin kina former presidents Cory Aquino, Bill Clinton, and George Bush.

    Tenkyu kay Barack.

    I salute all the war veterans, dead and alive. You are all heroes!

  4. Kap talagang nakakahighblood kung may mga nagsasabing sila ang may kinalaman sa pagpasa ng Equity Bill para sa ating mga world war 11 veterans. Karamihan po sa mga efforts na iyan ay from the veterans themselves, mga Filipino community sa US, mga professionals na siyang nagbibigay gabay sa ating mga beterano, mga pulitikong Amerikano na may simpatya sa mga Pinoy kagaya na Sen. Daniel Inouye.
    Tama si manay chi, walang kinalaman dito iyong binibida nila na taga Malakanyang. Concerted efforts ng ibat-ibang mga tao ito.
    Nagpapatawa yata ang mga ibang pulitiko na nais pomorma at gawing bida ang kanilang sarili. No way, alis dyan.

  5. A matter of national pride? Kaya pala nagagalit ang mga ibang beterano diyan sa pagka-itsa puwera ng mga naiwan ng mga namayapa nang beterano.
    Malaking bagay na ang perang bigay ni Uncle Sam para sa mga naghihirap ng beterano ngunit hindi pa sapat iyan para ituwid ang minsang pagkakamali ng US upang talikuran ang kanyang tapat na kaibigan pagkatapos ng digmaan.

    Without the heroism of the Filipinos during World War 2 ano kaya ng nangyari sa Australia? Siguro mas malaking sakit ng ulo pa ang dinanas ng America kung walang suporta siyang nakuha mula sa mga sinakop niyang Filipinos.

  6. Si biyenan ko pala ay girelya din daw noong WW2. Tagaluto daw sila ng pagkain ng mga sundalong markano at gerilya. Kaso wala siya sa listahan. Ang masaklap iyong kasama niyang kusinero na laging absent ay siya pa ang nasa listahan ng mga tropa.

    Lately natatawa siya, kung na-recognize daw siya at napuntang Amerika upang maging US citizen baka nagaya din siya sa mga kasamahan niyang gerilya noong araw na nakarating sa Amerika ngunit abu na lang daw sila nang nauwi dito dahil sa hirap din na dinanas nila sa America kung saan ay nabubuhay lang sila sa kakarampot na SSI.

  7. laking pasasalamat namin lalo na sa aking mabuting ama na ngayon ay nakaratay sa kanyang sakit.Kami ay umaasa na sana approbahan na ng tuluyan ang nasabing PHILIPPINE EQUITY BILL FOR FILIPINO VETERANS.Sana wag piliin ang mga nararapat na makakuha ng nasabing bill dahil lahat naman ng mga sundalong Filipino ay may karapatang makakuha ng kaunting benepisyo.Ang akin lng po sana ay wag sana yung may malaking katungkulan lamang ang makatatanggap ng benepisyo. Sana yung mga naghirap talaga na abutin ang kalayaan ng pilipinas ang mabigyan.

  8. well hindi na nakakatuwa itong equity bill… sobrang stressful for the old ones and for his/her family na naghihintay, imaging my grandfather, a Filipino-US Dual Citizen is still waiting for his pension up to now, he filed it last february, and still no reply or call from the embassy


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