On August 20, a day before the Global Day of Prayer for Justice and Peace in Scarborough Shoal, several members of USPGG, led by Mrs. Loida Nicolas Lewis, signed the Manifesto below. Next day, August 21, about 500 more people signed the manifesto in support of USPGG’s call to pray for peace and justice in the Scarborough Shoal and West Philippine Sea, led by Philippine Senator Peter Alan Cayetano together with leading bishops and civic society leaders.
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China’s newest Public Enemy No. 1 is no longer exiled human rights activist Chen Guancheng but Loida Nicolas-Lewis, the New York-based national chair of the US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG).
After Lewis held a press conference in Manila on July 14 to announce the worldwide campaign to “Boycott Made in China Products,” China’s government-controlled media fired back with a newscast calling on the Chinese people to boycott a chain of convenience stores in China believed to be owned by Lewis.
SAN FRANCISCO—They came, about 150 of them, most in bright yellow T-shirts emblazoned with a map of the Philippines and the disputed specks of land known as the Scarborough Shoals. At the back were the words “Never Shall Invaders Trample Our Sacred Shoals,” a take on the English lyrics of the Philippine national anthem. They waved large and small Philippine flags and carried placards denouncing Chinese incursion into Philippine territorial waters and claims of ownership over the oil- and mineral-rich Scarborough Shoals. They shouted, “What do we want? China get out!” and “Who owns Scarborough Shoals? The Philippines!”
WEDNESDAY, 16 MAY 2012 10:32 MOMAR VISAYA | AJPRESS NEW YORK
NEW YORK – The dispute between the Philippines and China over the Scarborough Shoal is not showing signs of slowing down after various mass demonstrations were held by Filipinos outside Chinese consulates in major cities in North America over the weekend.
Here in New York, community leader Loida Nicolas Lewis led about a hundred Filipino-Americans in a protest rally outside the Chinese consulate on the corner of 42nd Street and 12th Avenue to protest Chinese navy intrusions into Philippine waters.
“Mga walanghiya sila (They have no shame.). They are already oppressing us. We want China out of Philippine waters,” Lewis told the media covering the event, which was a part of the coordinated worldwide protest. Rallies were also held outside the Chinese embassies and consulates in Washington, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto and other major cities.
The issue of Scarborough Shoal (Filipino name: Panatag Shoal, Bajo de Masinloc) has been escalating in the past six months, with China increasing the number of its vessels in the area to 33, compared to just two guard vessels and five fishing boats on the Philippine side, according to Lewis.
“They are already bullying us into submission. If China wants to be a world superpower, it should start respecting international law. The international community should notice what China has been doing, it has not been following the rule of law,” Lewis added.
The Scarborough Shoal is a triangle-shaped chain of reefs and rocks or very small islands, located 124 miles from the town of Masinloc, Zambales and 500 nautical miles away from the nearest port in China.
Chinese officials have repeatedly stated that Huangyan Island, the Chinese name of Scarborough Shoal, is an inherent part of China’s territory and that the surrounding waters are historic fishing areas of Chinese fishermen.
“We have to let the world know what we as Filipino-Americans feel about the issue. We must show China that we are not allowing them to bully us like this,” said Mario Garcia, another community leader.
(LA Midweek May 16-18, 2012 Sec A pg. 1)