JFAVJustice for Filipino American Veterans (equal rights advocate; est. 1998)
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The JFAV, headed by Arturo Garcia, issued the statement as various social groups in the Philippines have created a Citizen's Assembly on Sunday, August 14, to protest the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on September 18.
"[Hashimoto's visit] would be an affront and insult to the dignity of those who served during World War II and all they stand for," said the letter signed by Arturo Garcia, JFAV national coordinator.
"We are here to take our case to the (American) people." Aspiras and other members of Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) led the march to an area teeming with commuters and tourists, prompting a major operator of the bus and rail service in LA County to issue an advisory about bus lines being rerouted because of the protest.
"This is a blot on America's conscience, when those who fought and won its wars cannot be compensated and are continually denied their dignity and honor," said JFAV national coordinator Arturo Garcia, who described the march as the biggest protest action staged by JFAV in Los Angeles.
Art Garcia, national coordinator of the Los Angeles-based Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), praised the initiative as a "significant step to correct an injustice."