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!”
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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)
If it’s physically impossible for you to join us at the nearest China Embassy or Consulate on May 11, take heart! You can still join our protest against China’s aggression on Scarborough Shoal by doing the following:
1. TELL OTHERS ABOUT THIS ISSUE
2. PRAY WITH US
3. SHOW US YOUR “SuS!”
We can then pick it up and feature it on this website!
3. TELL US WHAT YOU DID
Are we going to allow China to take what is rightfully ours again? Let’s learn from the Mischief Reef incident and take peaceful action now. Stand up for Peace! Stand Up for Scarborough Shoal!
02-May-12, 4:26 PM | Marichris Tonel Lozano, Radyo5
MANILA, Philippines – Organizers of a multi-country protest against Chinese encroachment on Philippine territory are vowing to gather tens of thousands on May 11 in Manila alone, as they announced a roster of prominent Filipino personalities that they said have already pledged to show up in the rallies.
Among the more well-known personalities who have signified support for the protest – the rallies are planned to be held in front of Chinese embassies worldwide – are former President Fidel Ramos, former civil service commissioner Karina David, civil society leader Leah Navarro, Paolo Delez, and broadway star Lea Salonga, the protest leaders said.
Updating journalists on the earlier call for Filipinos around the world to picket Chinese embassies and consulates on May 11, lead organizer Loida Nicolas Lewis of the US Pinoys for Good Governance watchdog group said the Makati City rally will take place between 12 noon and 1 p.m on that date, in front of the Chinese Embassy.
Former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros and Jackson Gan of the Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce joined Nicolas-Lewis in calling on all patriotic Filipinos here and abroad to join the International Day of Protest against China’s intrusions on Philippine territory.
So far, Filipino groups in the United States, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, Thailand, South Africa, Germany and the United Arab Emirates have committed support for the synchronized protest against Chinese incursions in Panatag, also called Scarborough Shoal, just off Zambales province.
The standoff began April 10 when a Chinese maritime surveillance ship blocked the Philippine Navy warship BRP Gregorio del Pilar from apprehending the crew and seizing cargo of endangered marine species from eight Chinese fishing boats in the lagoon.
As of last count, nine Chinese vessels have been deployed in the area as a show of force, even as Beijing rejected Manila’s invitation to bring the issue to the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).
The US Pinoys for Good Governance said in the face of such intransigence, Filipinos around the world—estimates vary from 8 to 10 million—should show they will not stand for the brazen incursions in areas clearly within the Philippines’s UN-designated 200-mile exclusive economic zone.
A signature campaign won’t be enough, rally organizers said.
Earlier, President Aquino and Department of Foreign Affairs officials had reached out to other members of ASEAN, warning them that if they don’t speak up against China on this issue, they could be the next victim of such incursions.
Fellow ASEAN member Vietnam, the only one so far strongly in support of Manila’s tack, has had run-ins with China in the past.
Meanwhile, party-list group Akbayan, which supports the global protest on May 11, welcomed America’s “neutral” stance in the maritime row between Manila and Beijing.
The Aquino administration’s multi-pronged strategy—and its thus far peaceful approach to the controversy, are also correct, according to Akbayan’s Riza Hontiveros.
Akbayan has twice held protests against China since the Panatag stand-off began last month.