Pampanga activists protest against China ‘bullying’


Kapampangans take to the streets on Friday, May 11, 2012, to express their sentiments against China's claim on Scarborough Shoal off the coast of Masinloc town in Zambales. PHOTO BY TONETTE T. OREJAS/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga—On behalf of her father, who has been fishing at Scarborough Shoal west of their Masinloc home in Zambales, Ruelyn Gubalane on Friday joined some 200 activists protesting China’s “bullying” of the Philippines amid a territorial dispute.

The multi-sectoral group Stand Up for Scarborough Shoal (Stand Up!) organized the protest in front of the Paskuhan Village here. At the rotunda across two malls and leading to the North Luzon Expressway, the protesters planted 50 placards condemning China.

Some read: “China, Bully. Get out of our Sea,” “China: Afraid of Itlos [International tribunal for the Law of the Sea],” “Make peace, not war;” and “Huangyan? Huwag yan (Not that)! Scarborough is our Shoal.”

Gubalani’s father, Ruel, 44, was originally from Leyte but he settled in Barangay (village) Inhobol in Masinloc where many fishermen regularly catch fish during off-rainy season. He works as the captain of a vessel that fishes for tuna at the shoal, which locals call Bajo de Masinloc.

“Bata pa ’ko, nangingisda na sa Scarborough ang tatay ko. Yung mga matatanda namin sa baryo, dun din nangisda. Sa Pilipinas talaga ang Scarborough (My father has been fishing at the Scarborough Shoal since I was young. Old folks in our village say that was where they also fished. Scarborough Shoal really belongs to the Philippines),” said Gubalani, 25, a staff member of the Pampanga-based Center for Emergency Aid and Rehabilitation (Concern), which trains communities in disaster preparedness.

The shoal is within the 320-kilometers exclusive Philippine economic zone. Facing Zambales, it is 220 kilometers from the province, 320 km from Puerto Princesa City and 350 km from Manila.

“Let it be clear to all that the Filipino people have no quarrel with their Chinese brothers and sisters, with whom they share centuries of good relations. Many Filipinos of Chinese descent have helped build, and continue to build, our nation,” Stand Up! said in a manifesto.

“Our protest is directed at the overbearing actions and stance of the government in Beijing, which behaves like an arrogant overlord, even in the homes of its neighbors.”

Kelvin Vistan, spokesman of the Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya in Pampanga, blamed the United States for “provoking the conflict.”

“This is part of the current strategy of the US to control the Asia-Pacific and stop the growth of China,” Vistan told reporters.

Jerome Gatchalian said he and his fraternity brothers in Phi Beta Rho Banahaw chapter joined the protest because “we are Filipinos.”

Merly Gomez, a paralytic, said she joined the protest to “assert Philippine territory.” “Hindi yun puwedeng agawin dahil para sa Filipino ang Scarborough (China can’t take it from us because Scarborough is for Filipinos),” Gomez said.

Former Pampanga Governor Eddie Panlilio said, “This is a time of reasons and laws but China refused to go to the [International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea].”

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  • boyfarmer

    Boycott china!

  • Billy

    The same type of fisherman are protesting in China against its gov’t for failing to protect them in their sea.  Difference is you’re shouting at the Chinese while the Chinese are shouting at their gov’t.  Why you ask?  Their gov’t is a tyrant and corrupted body but they can get the job done.  Yours, well…. nvm.

    Another difference is their people don’t say boycott the Philippines or sent those cheap maids back to pinoyland.  You want to know why?  Because you are irrelevant to them and really to the whole world.  We only cared about you because we don’t want China to supercede us.  We should’ve just make you a surrogate state like Puerto Rico, that way you people would’ve developed much better and is able to earn a decent living instead of slaving and rotting away.  For that I do apologize from our side.  I’m sure living as pseudo Americans is a lot better than what you have right now.

    • kapitanBagwis

       Your nonsense opinion is irrelevant to us. Go home and drink your medicine.

    • rodulio

      LOL. Thanks for the Humor. Ignorant scumbag

  • Billy

    Despite all my dis-satisfaction with your gov’t and the attitude of your people for being naive and sheepish, its still admirable that you’re standing up to them Chinese.  I just hope you don’t crash and burn and end up costing the whole world to start a new cold war. None of us would tolerate and accept it.  Even at the expense of your country.  Look around you, most of the money are not your money.  Most of the ownerships, equities, and liquidity are foreign own.  That should tell you something.

    Another most poignant point is that if your military can’t even defeat or control the MILF, wtf kind of chance do you have against the 3rd most powerful military in the world?

    • Meow Ming

      If they invade us, we will teach the chinese mainland about people power and that is our secret weapon.

    • Lito

       Billy, You’re really sounds absurd to me! What is your proble m then?, Obviously  your one of them?. I mean you are bully too.. The wayyou  talked? absolutely arrogant!! But who cares what you say?..You’r talking totally nonsense! and out of context?!! you’r like a cryin babies?!!.. Who are you? Be real! my friend!!..Pathetic!!!..

    • Tom Babauta

      Another pro-china forum infiltrator…blah,blah,blah. As if China has controlled the Tibetans, Taiwanese, Uighurs. Can’t even control a blind self taught radical lawyer.

    • Tom Babauta

      Billy, are you an Amboy Pinoy? Kapangalan mo pa ang alaga kong kambing. Good that you’ve left the country. And please, maawa ka sa aming mga Pinoy, Do Not Reproduce.

    • INQ_reader

       China can’t even defeat Mongolia. Sino ba ang takot?

    • kapitanBagwis

      Who are you? WTF do you care if we have chance or not. We don’t need your stupid opinion here . Get the F….k out of here. Tell the Chinese to start shooting us and we will see what’s gonna happen to them. Oxymoron!

    • tvnatinto

      never changed the fact what is ours is ours

  • turfwaybox

    Billy: This is a free country you can say whatever you like, just like anyone here … is just that youre rubbing salt to our wounds so expect some harsh comments towards you … but hey post away !

  • turfwaybox

    My analysis on this is : one on one, its gonna be a long battle for us filipinos, because I think China will easily take over us wihtout any help from our foreign alllies …. so it would take a longtime to take back what is ours because we will have to fight for our land inch per inch..

    But with foreign help, we will sustain damage but could beat them.  

    I’m just wondering ….aside from cheap chinese products affects our local producers/manufacturers, illegal drugs that they manufacture and destroys our nation (almost all shabu laboratory in being run by chinese nationals),  what else do they give us?

  • Lito

    Billy.. As i read your opinion again? am jus shakin my head, i know that you have a Psychological Problem? or even Psychopath? maybe BI-polar?..its beetween of them Billy. Ther’s no way that opinion is coming from a normal person?.I feel sorry about you!! if you can just give me the details of your parents?, i dont mind telling them, that you really need a Psychiatrist!! I will help you my friend..So please when you get normal? then, you can share your opinion here anytime?. But for now? no no no..your opinion is really nonsense!! and we dont get it!!. Doo it billy for your own sake!!..Consult Psychiatrist!!!…

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