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Consul General Mario de Leon (second from right) hosts Filipino American lawyers at the Ambassador’s residence in New York, with lawyers (L-R) Steven Siegel, Bob Rivas, guest Victor Bolden, Chairperson JT Mallonga, Merit Salud and Leandro Lachica.

NEW YORK—Filipino Americans lawyers in this city recently formed a coalition to provide pro bono legal aid to Filipinos who are facing legal trouble by reason of their immigrant origins and legal status but are unable to hire legal assistance due to poverty.

The New York-based Filipino American Legal Defense and Education Fund (FALDEF) the Philippine Legal Defense and Education Center (PHILDEC) announced their partnership at an event hosted by Consul General Mario de Leon at the Ambassador’s residence. Present as guest speakers were Sanford Rubenstein, Victor Bolden and Councilman Vincent Gentile.

Among the FALDEF volunteer attorneys present were Steven Siegel, former Bergenfield Mayor Robert Rivas, Lito Pernia of NAACP, former Consul Leandro Lachica and Licelle Cobrador.

JT Mallonga, FALDEF founder, reiterated the coalition’s goal of providing “a forum for education, advocacy and scholarships aimed at educating and advancing the interests of Filipinos and the Filipino-American community on issues and matters pertinent to legal rights.”

A short documentary film produced by Diane Paragas showed actual cases handled by the group, the most notable one being that of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, the face of Time magazine’s illegal immigrant. Vargas championed the cause of all DREAMers under the DREAM Act.


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  • riza888

    I’m sorry, but lawyers who defend illegals do America a disservice, since they should know better, however much they argue for the “inhuman” hardships the illegals suffer because they are not given the benefits of legal Americans. They may be human beings, but they are illegal ones. A murderer is a human being, but that doesn’t make him innocent of crime and eligible for rewards and special privileges.

    • kanoy

      NOW THINK…..USA….KENYEN COMES TO THEIR LAW OFFICE ON MONDAY ..SAYS ”I’M A POOR OFW WHOSE WAGES ARE MY COUNTRIES #1 INCOME…I CAN’T AFFORD A LAWYER…WILL YOU WORK PRO BONO FOR ME?”

      THEY SAY ”NO BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT FILIPINO”

      TUESDAY THEIR OFFICE IS CLOSED THEIR LICENSE TO PRACTICE LAW IN NEW YORK REVOKED

      REASON?

      RACIAL DISCRIMINATION

      THINK ALSO…THEY WILL WORK FOR POOR SLOB >PRO BONO< WHATS THAT?
      PRO BONO PUBLICO….FOR THE GOOD OF THE PUBLIC
      HUH? AIDING CRIMINALS IS FOR THE GOOD OF THE PUBLIC? IF IT IS ''MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES'' WHY DON'T THEY GET OFF THE USA PUBLIC TEET AND COME JOIN THE REST OF THEIR BROKE KUYA IN THE RP?

  • jacel_itim_na_puso

    Sir, we kiram clan all terrorists seek your legal aid desperately. mabuhay kiram. mabuhay terrorists.

    • kanoy

      WAIT RIGHT THERE WHILE WE CALL YOUR LAWYER TO LET HIM KNOW WHAT TIME & FLIGHT OUR HIT SQUAD WILL ARRIVE IN MANILA

    • misuari playboy

      ha ha ha dang this kiram i could have die laughing

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3BAMH7MFD63URBM6YFCXPLL4RM Waerren

    Captured Kiram’s men require legal counsel right now since they are now charged in Malaysian courts.

  • misuari playboy

    yes american lawyers to defend kiram terrorists gang



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