Fil-Am civic leader calls for May 11 protests before Chinese embassies

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MANILA, Philippines—As China deployed more vessels to Scarborough Shoal, prominent Filipino-American civic leader Loida Nicolas-Lewis rallied on Wednesday all Filipinos around the world to mount a global rally against Chinese incursions into the shoal on May 11.

US Pinoys for Good Governance, chaired by Lewis, is mobilizing rallies in front of Chinese embassies and consulates in Manila, and key cities in the United States, Canada and Australia, and Asian cities on May 11 to pressure Beijing into abandoning the shoal.

“This is a matter of Philippine sovereignty. Somebody is stepping on our shore. We should tell them ‘Get out,’” Lewis said, calling on Filipinos as well as Philippine-loving citizens to join the street protests against the Chinese government.

Lewis, who is leading the rally in New York, said the Philippines has been exercising jurisdiction over the Shoal, also known Bajo de Masinloc or Panatag Shoal, since the 17th century, and has effectively owned it.

“I’m totally aghast that something that has been effectively under the jurisdiction of the Philippines is being claimed by China. If it’s claiming to be world power, it should be the first one to follow international law,’’ she told reporters at Makati City’s Rockwell Center.

The rally in front of Chinese consulate in Makati City is set for noontime of May 11.

Similar rallies are being organized in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Houston; Toronto and Vancouver in Canada; Sydney in Australia as well as in some Asian cities on the same day, Lewis said.

“We’re still talking to Filipino groups in Germany, Italy, Japan and also Thailand,’’ she said, adding that the idea was for Filipinos to put pressure on China to leave Scarborough Shoal.

As for the possible impact of the protests on Beijing, she said: “You know China is also Asian. They could lose face.’’

Filipino-Chinese businessman Jackson Kan said Beijing would be forced to react if 500,000 Filipinos massed up in front of its consulate in Makati, but said: “We don’t need them to react. We need international community.’’

“If we can call on everybody just to stand up on May 11 we can make a dent to international community,’’ he said.

Akbayan party-list spokesperson Rissa Hontiveros, who would lead the rally in Makati, said Beijing could not ignore protests like this.

“With this expression of public opinion, China will realize… that it would be a costly mistake to continue bullying and thumbing its nose,’’ she said. “Being an emerging global power, they can’t afford to be a rogue state.”

But should the global rally fail, Lewis said US-based Filipinos would link up with nationalities of other Southeast Asian countries with claims to the disputed Spratly islands to bring the matter to the United Nations.

“We will try to get the Vietnamese-Americans, Malaysian-Americans, Indonesian-Americans, and all the countries to stage a rally once the Philippines has formally filed a complaint with the UN tribunal on the law of the sea. Then we will have a united front,” she said.

Kan also proposed that the Philippine impose higher taxes on Chinese goods and re-think its one-China policy.

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  • Sergio Garcia

    Naaawa
    ako sa atin. Talo tayo dito. If China does an economic embargo to Philippines.

    Pumunta lang ako sa SM Mega Mall. Nagulat
    ako! 90% of the things inside Mega Mall ay Made in China from
    electronics, to almost all clothing. Yung GAP jeans, Made in China din.
    Yung iPhone Made in China din. Yung crocs Made in China din. Yung mayari
    ng mall Born in China din. Yung hypermarket and supermarket’s
    vegetables and things including the metal structure of the mall, Made in
    China din. Yung panty and safety napkin ng asawa koh taga Aklan, Made in China
    din.

    Abah, anyone, pls tell me how will I BOYCOTT Made in China products? 

     

    • Cedric Dela Torre

      Simple. Go to the Ph public markets for your vegitables, meats, fishes, rootcrops. For clothing go to UKAY-UKAY that are made in S. Korea. For processed foods, buy the local manufacturers like SMC, Concepcion, etc. For the mall, Starmall – Villar.

      For the napkins, simply use banana leaves hehehe.

      • Sergio Garcia

        Cedric, I went to Nepa-Q. The pea tendrils was import from Hong Kong. Yung gulay supplier nila is using Cargill fetilizers, processed in China.  The broccolli, also import from ShenZhen, yung cavendish bananas from Dole of mindanao is using fertilizer from China, kasi nakita ko during my occular visit to our clients in the southern region. Yung office nga nila, Lenovo and iPhone lahat, China-made din. I went to Seoul Mart, the teas and meat, though from South Korea, it was processed in HarBin sabi ng koreanong may-ari ng seoul mart.

        SMC’s products and by-products are all import from Hong Kong City, which is from Mainland. Concepcion Industries parts are all or mostly from China too. Yung aircon lang nga eh Tsina din. Yung hershey’s ng Selecta ay processed sa China. Yung mga outlets sa StarMall such as Jollibee, Chinese-owned din, yung robinsons mall sa star mall, chinese din. 95% ng outlet stores sa Star Mall Chinese owned or operated.

        Agree ako sayo on Banana leaves, but it is NOT sanitary to go backwards and may amuy. Yung mga signboards ng Star Mall ay gawa or processed or have a traced of Chinese din. so…paano toh?

        Can you suggest other alternatives that is more humane consumption? Gusto ko talaga pure filipino eh. Yung barong nga ng Onesimus eh hindi gawa dito eh.

      • tvnatinto

        why should anybody in the world trust anything made in china? look at them who wants to be like them? who wants to support their oppressive government and their grotesque products? we can start producing our own products which we can trust we can buy from other asean countries who have similar standards in sustainable production of healthy products from nature

      • Sergio Garcia

        I’m with you. So when can we start? How long would your plan sustain? We are being attacked now. When do we start producing our own? From what products first?

        Other ASEAN nations, just like the United States are all no balls and are totally MUM. Indonesia-Malaysia-Singapore-Thailand-Vietnam-Brunei-Cambodia are all quiet and would not even be on our side. They said nothing absolutely nothing. They sat there and did nothing. And you expect us to buy from them? Well in fact, their merchandise are all from China as well? These ASEAN countries are buying raw materials from China and you want us to buy from these people when they can’t be on our side?

      • Cedric Dela Torre

        Use your 6th sense. Our ASEAN brothers support us in their shut mouths. Whether they like it or not, they will, but not on the manner that they would have to shout it around the world. The Philippines is a study case of all our neighbors concerning china. They must be monitoring closely what is happening in the WPS West Philippine Sea. They are not deaf and blind. They also have their own strategies but kept it themselves.

        What do think if war erupts in that seas? They would always be affected. We were in the same close region.

        My most unsolicited advice then to our ASEAN FRIENDS IS TO SUPPORT THE PHILIPPINES DIPLOMATICALLY BEFORE IT”S TOO LATE FOR ASEAN’S PEACE. 

        ASEAN should speak as one otherwise what’s the use of our grouping.

      • Cedric Dela Torre

        yes, china (take note of my small letters that is enough for chinese bullying) even manufactured capsules containing dead human bodies and fetus and sent to S. Korea as medicines. Our more friendlier S. Korean brothers MUST PROTEST THIS AGAINST CHINA !!!

        Can you imagine the kind of race and beliefs that they have? grrrrrrruppppsswakssss.. kadiri. they would drink their own and that of others urine warkkkspprzzzz karidi2.

        What else do we need to import from china?

      • Cedric Dela Torre

        in lieu of the banana leaves for your napkins, the dried leaves are more better then afterward, you simply recycle it to chinese restos at ongpin. Hahahaha

  • Cedric Dela Torre

    chinese and china are so afraid of many things on their own shadow:

    1. If the U.S. suddenly supports the Philippines in the event of armed attacks, they wont be able to collect loans the US owed from them. Hahahaha
    2. If china attacks the Philippines and ASEAN countries suddenly be carried into the wars. Nobody would buy their products and their stock market plunge. Hehehehe
    3. It would be costly for china’s more ships and jets flying over a very tiny scarborough shoal. HAHAHAHA. In fact, this is embarrasing on their part. Imagine a huge fish over a very tiny pond?
    4. Their news achor lady in CCTV is their shame for claiming to the whole world that “the Philippines is china’s territoty” WoW MALI HAHAHAHA
    5. china’s billion population is so afraid of their future getting hungry thats why they started to resort to land and resources grabbing.

    INDIA, and maybe other neighbor countries of china, are intensifying their defense of common boundaries with china. INDIA MABUHAY KA! India, India, India kami!

    If we look at the MAP OF ASIA. china is already cornered by all her neighbors. china is nowhere to go if it continues to bully all its neighbors. Hahahaha. Her only love neighbor is N. Korea. N. Korea Peace be with you.

  • Sergio Garcia

    @google-c696ef966e3704cd56b64ea300812b90:disqus  Be real and realistic. When you see your neighbour next door being raped. Would you just sit there and mum and assume that your neighbour know that you are praying for their well-being?  Sitting and doing nothing is a crime. You cannot assume that they are on our side if they are completely mum about it. Shuddup means Gave up.

    Our ASEAN neighbours are all no-balls and won’t even say a word. Any country in the world have said something about this? Aside from Hilary Clinton’s “safe” response that she would follow the mutual treaty agreement BUT would not go into specifics on arm to arm combat with the Chinese Military if attacked. What crock is this?

    Banana leaves you say? Be serious here. We both know your suggestion was just a joke to provoke conversation. I believe you are smart. Uttering this kind of response is just not you. I will let it pass.

    • Cedric Dela Torre

      Thank you for the compliment. You too is smart for not actually using the “dried banana leaves” for your napkins, that would be scratchy in effect on your part. Hahaha

      You know our ASEAN friends may be or maybe not on our side, but they just kept MUM. That’s just right for them. We MUST understand them. Otherwise, they would be next for china…

      Take note of the time tested principle and psyco. “Don’t ever meddle between two contending parties, or else you’ll be the first to leave the earth.” Hahahaha

      We know that our ASEAN is strong, they just kept their BALLS discrete. That’s manly and appropriate. Masculinity need not be provocative until you lay down your balls. What if it’s tinier than that of the CHIMPANZEE would lay that earlier than needed? Hahahaha

      WE LOVE OUR ASEAN BROTHER NATIONS MORE THAN china, even if they kept MUM. For them not to issue official statements, that’s appropriate. But, DEEP DOWN THE RAVINE AND TUNNEL, who knows among us ordinary citizens, they are in close contact, monitoring and consulting. Let’s give credits to our government and military at the moment for being cool, handedness, fortbright and fearless on the situation. Panic will not give you the right decisions and directions. GOING TO THE ITLOS UNDER UNCLOS is the right path for the Philippines if china continuous to fear her own shadow and bullying character. FORCE will not give them any advantage in the face of the world under present necessities. WHO WANTS A THIRD WORLD WAR IN THE FIRST PLACE? It is just right for America not to interfere at the moment. The present situation calls for sobriety among nations. What every nation of the world would think if these two “superpowered” nations get to start the war? It is better for other nations to become referees at the moment.

      INDIA, INDIA KAMI ! ASEAN, ASEAN KAMI ! Rah rah rah ! RALLY NA !

  • Sergio Garcia

    @google-c696ef966e3704cd56b64ea300812b90:disqus  Who would BEG for the life of our fellow filipino kababayan drug mules? Would you represent us? Would you? Or, would you just be mum about it to prove your masculinity?

  • Sergio Garcia

    @google-c696ef966e3704cd56b64ea300812b90:disqus  India? Gawd! They have the same sentiments on looking down on filipinos, because I’ve worked with them on certain projects. The Sadhwani’s sighs. Don’t let me get there. They could put the entire malay-filipinos down in no-time based on their personal comments on how lazy filipinos are. That’s their perceived impression on native filipinos like us. SAD!

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