Chicago alliance gets US solon’s backing for bill against EJK
CHICAGO – The newly-formed Fil-Am Human Rights Alliance-Chicago (Fahra-Chicago) secured the support of United States Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D9-Illinois) for Senate Bill No. 1055, or the Philippine Human Rights Accountability and Counter-Narcotics Act, which would restrict the exportation of certain defense articles to the Philippine National Police (PNP), push for work with civil society for a public health approach to substance abuse instead of summary killings, and report on Chinese and other sources of narcotics in the Philippines.
Schakowsky also supports the return of the Balangiga Bells to its church. She co-sponsored HR 3865, the Filipino Veterans Fairness Act of 2017, which would rectify the US Congress’ reversal of the promise of benefits to World War II Filipino veterans and ensure that veterans and their families receive what they deserve.
In the above photo are Schakowsky (second from left), and Fahra-Chicago members (from left to right) Juanita Burris, Jerry Clarito, Pastor Bert Billaluz and Abbey Eusebio, the congresswoman’s constituent advocate. (PINOY PHOTO)
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