CBCP head backs move to ban or heavily tax Chinese products


Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma. CBCP website

MANILA, Philippines – Saying Filipinos should stand up to bullies, the head of the influential Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines  expressed support Saturday for proposals to ban or impose higher taxes on products from China due to the ongoing standoff at Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, the current CBCP president, said he also supported plans of overseas Filipino groups to hold rallies in front of Chinese embassies and consulates across the globe on May 11.

He said he supported “in principle” the proposal to ban products from China.

“Maybe these are procedures or actions which could be discerned by the Filipinos. In truth, I think in principle we have to defend our integrity and supremacy over the land which we believe is our own,” Palma said.

“I agree in the spirit that we should defend our own, I would say, integrity and supremacy,” he added.

Palma said that the planned protest actions in front of Chinese embassies abroad should remain peaceful.

“These are legitimate means to make known our sentiments that we object to the bullying that they’re doing to us,” the archbishop said.

House leaders earlier proposed imposing higher taxes on Chinese products or banning them all together as a form of protest against Chinese aggression.

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  • manggoding

    CBCP head backs move to ban or HEAVILY TAX Chinese products….

    Father your call of Heavily Tax chinese products is anti-poor against the teaching of Christ.
    The ripple effect would be on the Poor People, sila ang makukuryente.
    Why? Chinese products are the cheapest in the world, only poor filipinos can afford to buy. 
    If heavily tax, then price would go up.

    Ano pa ang mabibili, Made in USA,Made in Germany or Made in Canada.
    Wrong Preaching…

    • rosamistika16

      manggoding, products from sri lanka, cambodia, indonesia, and including thailand are also cheap. we should not rely on china’s product or better use our own product like bags, slippers/shoes, etc. for the love of our country we should patronize our own product unless you want louis vuiton, chanel, prada, gucci or coach but not made from china.  

    • indiots

      ano ba pinagsasabi mong maapektuhang ang mahihirap pagtinaasan ang tax… magtitiis kamo ang mamayang pilipino na huwag bumili ng chinese products.

  • Moises F. Musico

    ok yan para mawala na ang mga basura ng China dito sa Pinas.

  • Steven Zahl

    DAMASO meddling again.

  • Mick Ey

    I think this is a very good suggestion, heavily tax chinese products, yung maiipon na tax ipangbili ng defense equipment.

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