CORTEZ: Grace was never a ‘doña’ or a ‘señorita’ in Amerika

March 28, 2016 at 9:07 am Leave a comment


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Dahil natalo sa legal battle ang mga kontra sa Gobyernong may Puso President Grace Poe, dinadala nila ngayon ang laban sa moral na larangan.
Nakita natin sa second leg ng presidential debate na si Binay ang umupak sa minsang pagiging American citizen ng isang babaeng ang name ay Grace Poe.

Ipinagtangol ng mga Fil-Ams ang kanilang pagiging Filipino kasama na ang pagiging Filipino ni Grace Poe.

 

Don’t underestimate our loyalty and love for our motherland. Are we not good enough to be trusted despite our continued sacrifice all these years to work and remit much needed dollars for the benefit of our countrymen and our beloved Philippines?
Sang-ayon sila sa desisyon ng Korte Suprema sa kaso ni Grace Poe at para sa mga foundling at OFWs.
We laud the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno and the eight other magistrates for affirming the inherent rights of foundlings as natural born citizens and the basic rights of overseas Filipino workers and Fil-Ams as represented by Senator Grace Poe. Her victory at the Supreme Court is not only her victory but the greater winners are the Filipino people themselves to include all Fil-Ams and overseas Filipinos, said Fil-Am lawyer Noriel Laurente, one of the key leaders of Team Grace Poe Chiz Movement (TGPCM) based in Los Angeles.
Ang Fil-Ams po ay very much concerned din sa pagkakaisa, kaayusan, kaunlaran ng Pilipinas.
We look forward to seeing Grace Poe as the first Fil-Am to win the presidency as an affirmation of our status and role as part and parcel on the growth and rebuilding of our beloved Philippines as she will lead us to a new era of unity, peace, progress and sustainability to meet the challenges of the millennial times, added Noriel.
Bakit daw po hinhingi ang boto ng mga Fil-Ams pero hindi naman sila puedeng iboto? Tama po ba iyon? Moral po ba iyon?
Ang mga kamag-anak at mga kaibigan po ba natin na nag-take oath ng American citizenship ay nawala ang pagamamahal nila sa bayan natin? Alam naman natin ang tunay na dahilan kung bakit sila nagpunta ng Amerika, Canada at iba pang bansa… at hindi sila pumunta doon dahil hindi na nila mahal ang Pilipinas.
Former President of Pangasinan Brotherhood and a Charter Organizer of the Advocates for a Better Philippines Mel Castelo lamented the double standard being shown by Carpio and supporters of other presidential candidates on the status and treatment of Grace Poe, the FilAms and OFWs:
We are not second class citizens, much more as lesser Filipinos than the rest of our countrymen when we decide to settle overseas and work to have better life for our family. The same thing goes to Senator Grace Poe. Just like the majority of Fil-Ams, taking the oath of allegiance in another country is required as a responsible and grateful citizen in recognition of the adopted country’s legal requirements as well as appreciation for its responsibility to protect the immigrant’s rights.
Hindi buhay ‘donya’ o buhay ‘senyorita’ ang naging buhay ni Grace Poe sa Amerika. Kinailangan niyang magluto, maglaba, maglinis ng bahay, magtrabaho, harapin ang hamon ng buhay sa isang bansang iba ang kultura at panahon. May winter kaya doon!
On Grace Poe staying in the U.S., Castelo has this to say: “Just like all the rest of Fil Ams, she cooked for her family, drove her children to school and herself to work, washed clothes, cleaned the house, supported her husband in raising their children, braved winter and snow in the East Coast, sacrificed her comfort and convenience away from her parents celebrity FPJ and Susan in order to play best in her role as mother and wife. She was never a “Dona” or a “Senorita” while she stayed here.”
Naging masunuring mamamayan si Grace at ang kanyang pamilya sa Amerika. Pumila din sila, nagbayad ng buwis. Pero, laging ipinagmalaki ang pagiging Filipino niya.
He also praised Grace Poe for being a responsible and good citizen with American standard work ethic which she would carry on when she becomes Philippine president: Just like the rest of FilAms, she played by the rules and embraced the American standard and ethics of hard work, fairness, culture of excellence and equality. Living in America does not give you special treatment and privileges and Grace Poe, just like many of us, lined up in groceries and malls to pay for the goodies she bought, paid her taxes dutifully, and, most importantly, just like all FilAms, she always took pride of her roots as a Filipino and showing her stuff in the various jobs she experienced while staying here.
Insult sa patriotism ng mga Fil-Ams na sabihing tinalikuran na nila ang Pilipinas. Alam naman natin na ginagawa pa rin ng mga Fil-Ams ang mga nakagawian ditto. Celebrate din sila ng Philippine Independence day doon. May fiesta din sila. Patuloy pa rin ang pagluto nila ng adobo at pancit. May kasama pang mga kakanin.
According to Castelo, to say that we have abandoned and turned our backs from our beloved motherland Pilipinas by becoming U.S. citizens not only insult our sense of patriotism but our sense of well being as Filipinos. Majority of us became U.S. citizens so that we too can have the full benefits accorded to all who toil and are born here. By doing so, we are longer treated as second class citizens but primus interpares with anyone living in the land of milk and honey.
Ang Fil-Ams daw po ang may second highest income sa Amerika. Twenty as in 20 billion US dollars po ang ipinapadala ng mga kababayan nating Fil-Ams dito sa Pilipinas.
The latest U.S. National Census Survey now ranked FilAms as the second ethnic group with highest income and bright future. At the core of living in America is still the economic pipeline that is brought back to the Philippine shores by FilAms through their remittances wherein about 50 percent of the annual $20-billion remittances from overseas Filipinos come from US.
That’s why we rejoiced when the Dual Citizenship Law was made a reality. It afforded us the chance to be called Filipinos again and regain our inherent right as natural born citizens,”Castelo said.

Hindi po nawala ang pagka-Filipino ng mga kababayan natin na nagkaroon ng US citizenship. Mas Pinoy pa nga sila sa maraming nandito sa Pilipinas eh.
In an article titled “Are We Not Good Enough?” written by Dr. Abraham Rasul, he emphasized that majority of FilAms who assumed US citizenship and decided to stay permanently to pursue their dream and provide a better future for their children didn’t mean that they have assumed a different identity, forget altogether their heritage and pride of being Filipinos.
Tulad ng ibang Fil-Ams….Hindi po tinalikuran ni Grace Poe ang pagiging Filipino.
The question posed by many regarding Grace Poe’s loyalty to our native country when she became a US citizen is the same question that each and every Filipino American needs to answer. Did we really turn our backs on our native country?
The answer will be a resounding NO.
They will even answer you with the same Filipino accent they had when they migrated to the US.
Global Filipinos continue to share the same dreams and ideals as the Filipino residing locally,” said Rasul.
Kung tinalikuran na nila ang pagiging Filipino… bakit pa sila ngakokontribusyon ng pera , talino, galling at panahon para magsasagawa ng mga programa na makakatulong sa mga PNoy ditto sa Pilipinas?
According to Rasul, these Global Filipinos to include those working and residing in other countries, support the Philippine economy, promote technology exchange, advance local education, assist in conflict resolution, and promote good governance.
We are no different from everyone else. The things that only differentiate us are our zip codes and area codes. In fact we still maintain our accents no matter how hard we try to change them. We continue to manifest the Filipino State of Mind,he asserted.
On the question whether local Pinoys are any better than FilAms and OFWs on the practice of good citizenship, Rasul cited Jose Rizal: As long as a Filipino lives and demonstrates responsible and proactive citizenship embodied by our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, it does not really matter where the Filipino lives. He or she needs to be given the opportunity to serve the native country as long as pertinent laws are followed.
To further his argument why FilAms remain Filipinos at heart and in mind, body and spirit, here are some of Rasul’s points to ponder:
a) FilAms, as well as Filipinos with dual citizenship in other countries, are asked to actively participate in all aspects of Philippine society and yet their loyalty is still in question? We can follow but not lead?
b) They are asked to join sports teams representing the Philippines in foreign competition, regionally at the ASEAN level, or at the Olympics;
c) Distinguished educators, various professionals come back to help educate, train the youth. Majority of them do it at their own expense; and,
d)  Self funded medical missions come every year to help relieve the backlog of untreated medical comorbidities in poor communities and train local doctors.

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