Albay gov renews call for boycott of China products

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Albay Governor Joey Salceda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines—Albay Governor Joey Salceda renewed his call for a boycott of made-in-China products to send a strong signal that Filipinos are united when the country’s sovereign territory and national dignity are faced with a foreign threat.

Salceda’s boycott movement started last year amid China’s “bullying” tactics in the Spratly Islands, parts of which are claimed by the Philippines, China and a few other countries.

He said that after China’s territorial incursions at the Scarborough Shoal off Zambales province, it is again “bullying” the country with the rejection of Philippine fruit exports on grounds they were infested by pests.

Salceda said his boycott movement was by no means a match to the Chinese military and economic power nor was it intended to bring China to its knees, “but it will draw global attention to their hegemonic ambitions as the loss of international goodwill will make its expansionist strategy very costly.”

“We are not against Filipino-Chinese, they are our friends and relatives. We are not against the Chinese people, on the mainland or anywhere in the world. What we are against is the China policy towards the Philippines perpetrated by their ruling political elite. Such policy ethos of hegemonic expansion is hurting our national honor, national interest, national territory and national sovereignty,” Salceda said in an interview in his office on Wednesday.

The governor said that since June 12, 2011, he has not stopped campaigning for the boycott of made-in-China products “since the China government cannot be trusted.”

Salceda, an economist, said the Philippines has been a big dumping ground for China’s cheap and inferior products, and a boycott would also protect children and communities from the pervasive and persistent risks of contamination from toxic chemicals in many of those products.

Salceda said that in 2010, the Philippines imported $7 billion worth of products from China against $6 billion in exports, or a trade deficit of $900 million.

He said in 2011, the Bureau of Customs recorded $12 billion in total Philippine-China trade but Chinese data from its General Administration of Customs placed total trade at $32.25 billion. Since there was no incentive to understate exports, the bulk of the trade underreporting would be in imports, Salceda said.

The data could mean that the value of China products smuggled into the Philippines could reach $14 billion year.

He also noted that compared to the made-in-China products, which are allegedly inferior in quality, most of the country’s export to China are “tradable commodities” such as minerals and plantation products that can be sold anywhere in the world, with price as the only issue.

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  • duviz7533

    buying food manufactured in china is like buying poison,like mah ling outlawed sa US mah ling is being made in canada na ang iba,shoes made from china nakakabaho ng paa

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CH2LCYBDOLJ4KKQ4LKNXRKVIFE reybo

    I would rather trust traitor than China.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4WNCPQYJUQUN4TAY6UQE3PEAB4 Banana

    As a Filipino, we should buy Philippine made, I am surviving for more than a year now without Chinese made products. I am buying anything that is made anywhere but China.

    • Pedro_Santos

      “I am surviving for more than a year now without Chinese made products”
      lol, yang ginamit mong computer pag post dto made in China yan, anu ka lasing?

      Meron bang atin? magbanggit ka, cguru saging lang at niyug.

  • THELITTLEGIRL

    Good idea gov, walk the talk, start with your province, unitop, novo etc are selling 100 percent made in china products, walk the talk!

  • wilfel

    There is no way that you can get away from products made in China. Be realistic about it. Even your foods might come from China without your knowledge. Let face the reality that products all over the worlds have things that is made in China. I think even the most expensive car in the world have something made in China. So live with it  people.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SU73F4DMEJ2BKRMG6CLG6U5H4Y rafael

    Im  not buying made in china since last year pa ..gov.salceda mabuhay ka …you are a true
    filipino … not the same of our some politicians that getting bribe from the chinese specially during election….that s why they cant speak against the chinese even they are bullying us..

    • Pedro_Santos

      e bakit made in China ung gamit mong computer? may made in USA ba ngaun halus wla dba? Before u post mag isip-isip ka muna prang nanaginip ka yata lol.

  • Pedro_Santos

    Yang boycot-boycot na yan pasikat lng yan, wlang mangyari dyan.

    Para na rin tayung nag pakamatay kung hindi tayu bibili ng made in China products ang hirap ng buhay cguru, kasi banana lang ang ating maipagmalaki, o anu? totoo dba?

  • Pedro_Santos

    O cge lahat ng made in China itapun nyu dali!

    Mga Mesa, damit, underwear, kitchen utensils, sapatos, stereo, tv, dvd, wall decors, ilaw, ref, tire, blanket, coffee mugs, aircon, cabinet, drawer, computer, laptop, printers, bond paper, bigas, etc. whoooh…. ang daming matapon pla so ano ang gagawin natin kung walang made in China? matulog nlang tayung lahat kasi nakahubad na tayu at wala na rin lamat bahay natin hahaha.

    GISING MGA PINOY YANG BOYCOT NA YAN PANAGINIP LANG PALA! HINDI PWEDING GAWIN YAN. WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT :)))

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