S. 57, The Filipino Veterans Equity Act of 2007 (15 comments ↓)

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S. 57 would amend title 38, United States Code, to deem certain service in the organized military forces of the Government of the Commonwealth of the Philippines and the Philippine Scouts to have been active service for purposes of benefits under programs administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

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Eufrosena C.Sabarre

November 3, 2007, 1:48am (report abuse)

Good day sir: may we know the status

of the equity bill.2007 is almost ending and we are hoping that this coming year that will be matrialize.

My father is one of the thousands of Filipinos who fought last WWII.thanks.


November 26, 2007, 8:49pm (report abuse)

My father, Mauro O. Regondola was a US veteran and was able to acquire US citizenship in 1992. He petitioned all of us, his children in the Philippines and we're waiting for the visa numbers to be current. We read that there was an amendment to the law that sons and daughters of these veterans are exempt from waiting for their visa to be current in order for us to proceed processing our papers as immigrants to the US...pls give us an update. Thanks

Roberto C.Flores

January 23, 2008, 4:08pm (report abuse)

My father, Rogelio P. Flores, who passed away more than 20 yrs ago, was a Filipino guerilla fighting alongside the American forces but he failed to benefit from that union. Hopefully it's not too late to be able for him to get his long overdue benefits.

Mariano M. Nazareno

March 15, 2008, 10:13pm (report abuse)

Filipino WW II veterans who fought side by side with US forces vs the Japanese Imperial forces in defense of freedom and democracy were singled out by the Recession Act of 1946 as unrecognized for puposes of granting benefits. I think it is the moral obligation of the present Congress to correct that injustice by passing into law HR 760 & S.57.

Mitch Meyer SC dis vet

April 24, 2008, 8:34am (report abuse)

The US a great cost of blood and reaure librated a soverign ntion the philipine islands from Japanese occupaton.Our fathers grandfathers died liberating a forieg land.Phillipino lands.Whay arewe now responsible for the philli[pino veteran who did hs duty to hi country in ading in its liberation?Isnt this the place of the Phillpino people temselves?Why the if we pay the Phillipino patriots for aiding in the libertion pf ther country from despots shouldnt we also pay the french resistance the norwegian resistance ad infinitum?madnes when our own ets are living homeles nd in poverty should w spend some 200million over 5years to aid these admitted patriots but patriots fighting ultimately for the libertion f thier own country.

The 1946 decision was the correct one.

Mitch meyer SC dis vet

April 24, 2008, 9:01am (report abuse)

No disrespect towards these mens fathers are intended they were patriots fighting to liberate THIER country but our own servicemen and women died by the thousands liberating THIER country with our blood and treasure why now are they entitled to compensation for doing thier duty.They are indeed owed a debt of undying gratitude by thier counrymen and compensation but not by the US government but thier own government.Lest we owe every allie weve ever had in every war when the US alwys born the brunt of the fight in both treasure and blood.

madness and another example of others expecting entitlements from US.Should we also compensate the chinese nationalist veterans,any and all groups who helped liberate the world fromthe AXIS.The US is not that walthy a country think what you might like.I too as a SC veteran live in poverty yet my government should take from me to pay you??

Danny Mariano

April 24, 2008, 8:54pm (report abuse)

Yes, indeed the Filipino fight for the liberation of the philippines from the Japanese, but my i remind Mr. Meyer that the filipipino fight a war that was not their own making. it was the americans the japanese are after not the filipino when they invaded our country. every filipino soldiers who died during world war ii had contributed to stop the tide of japanese war machine to from reaching your country. The filipino guerillas had complete control of the country side even before the american came to the philippines they also help to liberate americans in Cabanatuan prison camp and from the University of Santo Tomas where american civilians where incarsalated hundrens of down american pilots were save by filipino families with the risk of being be-headed by the japanese. American soldiers who escaped from Bataan, Corregidor, and Capaz Tarlac where where hidden by ordinary filipinos and were taken care of. Thousands of filipino risk the penalty of death by doing this.

Doctor Dave

May 30, 2008, 7:50pm (report abuse)

Here we go again, Filipinos with thier hands out for american Money. Having worked and lived in the Philippines for 8 years, I can tell you first hand this is nothing more then handing out free money. It amazes me that the Filipino expects us to pay them for getting thier country back in World war II. The Japanese were slaughtering Filipinos and our soldier risked thier lives to save the Filipinos now you want us to pay you. Typical Philippines.... Maybe you should pay us??

Teresita Ceniza Cespedes

July 8, 2008, 4:43am (report abuse)

My father a naturalized citizen being a WWII veteran recently passed away last 2006. My petition was approved last March 1994 and I was waiting for a visa, until he died. I informed the visa center that he died and they told me that since my father had died so does my petition. I would like to know if i can apply for humanitarian reason considering that the Filipino Equity Bill is almost passed and considering that my father waited for a long time but unfortunately he was not able to enjoy the said benefits in the said bill and i would like to know also if we his children is still eligible to claim any benefits due to him. Hoping to hear from you. Thank you and God bless.


August 18, 2008, 10:14am (report abuse)

As soon as we take care of all the home folks, veteran or not, then we can take care of the rest of the world. Until then, I have to say no.


August 18, 2008, 11:37pm (report abuse)

I agree, take care of our own first.


August 19, 2008, 1:20pm (report abuse)

American veterans are already competing for the scarce resources available. Let's not add more comptetition.


August 19, 2008, 1:21pm (report abuse)

Agreed. We need to look after our own.


August 19, 2008, 9:00pm (report abuse)

Let's fix our system for American veterans first, and when that's fixed, see if there are any resources left to help the Filipinos.


November 30, 2008, 5:46pm (report abuse)




I am the 6th child of the late US Filipino Veteran RAMON DELA CUEVA REVILLA. My mother, EDNA LEGASTO VERACRUZ-REVILLA is now receiving her monthly veteran pension as a real proof that my late father is a bonafide US Filipino Veteran. In this regard, may I know if we, as children, have the chance of acquiring our US citizenship. We are more than willing to follow all the steps to achieve this goal. For us, it is about time to enjoy these privileges and we are really interested to serve and work in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Kindly send any communication from your office regarding this matter thru my email address: ronnie_revilla@yahoo.com

Thank you for your time in considering this inquiry.

Sincerely yours,


Mailing Address - Phase 1 Block 1 Lot34B via Bologna St., Romanville, Tagapo, Sta. Rosa City, Laguna 4026 Philippines

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