Friday, May 11

Global Protest vs China's Bullying

With the ruckus on the dispute who really has jurisdiction on Panatag Shoal which is 124 nautical miles west of Zambales, The stand-off between our government and the Chinese are still locked-on. China has already three big ships in the area which blocks Filipino fishermen to the lagoon of the shoal. Also, hacking of government websites from both parties were done to prove who's superior over the other.

Ive seen a lot of people's thoughts and sentiments over this stand-off. But this picture makes sense to me IMHO.

Taken from Google

I also saw this from ANC's website on Global Protest vs China's Bullying and several organization here and abroad have already got their systems go on this protest. You may read the news below.

All systems go for global protest vs. China’s bullying on May 11

The event is primarily spearheaded by Loida Nicolas-Lewis, a renowned Filipino-American philanthropist and socio-civic leader.

This was the statement issued today by organizers of a "global day of action" to protest China’s bullying in the West Philippine Sea.

Akbayan party which will lead the protest action in the Chinese Consular Office in Makati said all “systems are go.”

“Everything is set. Many organizations and social movements have committed to join the event. We are expecting a large number of Filipino people to troop to the Chinese Consular office,” Akbayan Chief Communications Officer Emman Hizon said.

Hizon said aside from Akbayan, the Black and White movement, People Power Volunteers for Reforms (PPVR), Kilusan para sa Makabansang Ekonomiya (KME), Rebolusyonaryong Alyansang Makabansa (RAM), El Elyon Youth, Grain New Wine & Oil Ministries, Southern Philippines Muslim Unity & Development Association, Student Council Alliance of the Philippines (SCAP) are some of the groups that will join the event.

Hizon said the activity with the rallying cry “Stand up against China’s bullying” is set on May 11, 2012 at 12:00 noon before different Chinese embassies and consular offices around the globe. He said protest actions had been set in Washington DC, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Houston in the United States.

Protest activities will also be held in Rome, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Sydney, Singapore and the Philippines.

The event is primarily spearheaded by the US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG) headed by Loida Nicolas-Lewis, a renowned Filipino-American philanthropist and socio-civic leader.

The USP4GG also urged the Global Filipino Diaspora Council (GFDC), which represents 12 million Filipinos in 220 countries worldwide, to support the Philippines in its sovereign claim over Panatag.

“A strong showing of support and solidarity by Filipinos in the diaspora will impress on China that it is not just confronting a small country that it can easily bully, but one that has citizens scattered throughout the world who can mobilize and galvanize public opinion against China,” US4GG President Atty. Rodel Rodis said.

The groups also called on Filipinos to show their indignation in the internet primarily through social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

“Those who can’t join the protest actions can still show their support by posting on the different social media and micro blogging sites. Let us avail of all legitimate and democratic avenues to express our sentiments on this issue,” Hizon said.

It was reported that the number of Chinese vessels in the Panatag Shoal has increased to 32, from 14 last week.

The Philippines has only two vessels in the area. These are the BRP Edsa II, a Coast Guard search-and-rescue vessel (SARV 002) and the MCS 3001, a vessel belonging to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

China at present has three big ships in the area. These are the Chinese Fisheries Law Enforcement Command (FLEC) 310 which is said to be its most powerful maritime ship, and the Chinese Maritime Surveillance (CMS) ships 75 and 81.

According to the local government of Masinloc, which is only 124 nautical miles from Panatag, Chinese vessels had blocked the entry of Filipino fishermen to the lagoon of the shoal. The lagoon constitutes the Filipino fishermen’s fishing grounds.

Last month, Akbayan held series of protest actions in front of the Chinese consular office in Makati to demand China’s immediate pull-out of its vessels from the Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea.

Panatag Shoal is 124 nautical miles from Zambales and is well within the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), and this is an integral part of Philippine territory, the group said.

My Swabeng Thoughts on this: It would be really beneficial for us Filipino's if we would be able to fully claim Panatag Shoal. The resources it has would definitely help our economy which is on a good path IMO.

Anyways, what would be your thoughts on this stand-off?

You may want to read more here from CNN and NY Times

1 comment:

  1. First of all, they don't have any permission or rights to bully us. Because the Panatag shoal really belong to us! If China has a common sense, they will not claim others territory.


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