Fil-Am groups stage anti-China protests across America

By Don Tagala and Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News North America Bureau

July 24, 2013

NEW YORK –Filipino activists trooped to the United Nations headquarters to denounce China’s aggression and continued occupation of Philippine territories. The rally is part of a global day of protest, staged a year after China created the Sansha Prefecture which administers several island groups in the disputed South China Sea.

Led by the US Pinoys for Good Governance (USPGG), a group that strongly backed the candidacy of President Beningno Aquino III in 2010, protestors said they cannot forget the day China bullied its way to claim 1 Million square miles of the South China Sea.

“We are here at the United Nations so that they will declare that China has no basis in international Law,” said USPGG president Loida Nicolas Lewis said, “this is a struggle we intend to win. These territories belong to the people of the Philippines.”

While a formal hearing for the peaceful resolution of the Philippine-China territorial dispute is ongoing at the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal, Lewis said ground protests like these can make a difference.

“We do not have to go to war, we have to only show the world that the United Nations is ruling for us,” Lewis added.

‘Kababayans’ from as far as Boston and Connecticut joined the protest and are calling other nations to join the fight.

“We own the island, and they are getting it piece by piece, you know, so it’s very important for the Filipino,” Ding Ragasa, a resident of New Haven, CT said, “We should defend our country, we should die for it.”

The Philippines Consulate in New York told ABS-CBN News that the Philippine Government neither supports nor condemns the protest.

In a statement, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said they respect the protesters’ right to free assembly and freedom of expression.

‘International Attention’

Protestors in Los Angeles said, at the very least, they’ve brought international attention to the issue.

Simultaneous protests were held outside the Chinese consular offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

“Over the past years China has been in a dispute over island territories in the surrounding seas with several countries. The US Pinoys for Good Governance has been spearheading the actions here. They’ve been lending their personal time, effort and finances for this,” said Rocio Nuyda.

In San Francisco, a similar protest was mounted, with elderly Filipino World War 2 veterans chaining themselves to the Chinese consulate entrance, to call attention to China’s act of aggression toward the Philippines.

Aside from the day of global protests Filipinos said they will continue to boycott Chinese products and services until the dispute is resolved.

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  • Delia
    25 July 2013 at 5:19 am - Reply

    Its amazing that Filipinos are always in the street protesting , no matter what the issues are, I dont know if they are getting paid for protesting or they just wanted their faces on TV or in News papers.

    Whenever theres a protest , be it same sex marriage, abortions, illegal immigrations , trayvons case , occupy wall street , Sona etc, etc they are out there.. I dont know if they fully understand each issue they are protesting too. I think the earth we live in is turning upside down , the bad became good , and the good became bad. Our political and moral climate of the world is in turmoil. It has probably been this way for some time. ( Only God Knows ) Please dont shoot me for mentionning God.

    Are they pro at everything Bad ? Thats my million dollar question. Maybe some of the protest are Legit but mostly is’nt.

    • Roberto Dulag
      25 July 2013 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      Bastos! Wala kang galang sa mga kababayan mong mga Veterano. Hindi mo alam ang mga issue. Sa palagay mo lahat ng nagpoprotest ay nagiisang grupo lang? Ano na ba ang nagawa mong kabutihan sa lupang hinirang? Kaya mo bang ipagtanggol hanggang sa kamatayan ang sariling mong bayan bilang isang marangyang Pilipino?

    • Arbi
      26 July 2013 at 12:13 pm - Reply

      @Delia … You’re despicable piece of shit ….

      • Delia
        26 July 2013 at 1:38 pm - Reply

        Post ignored due to lack of factual or intellectual content.

        • Arbi
          27 July 2013 at 10:47 am - Reply

          @Delia … THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING and you’re still an IDIOT!!!

  • kikayPang0
    25 July 2013 at 6:57 am - Reply

    China holds $1 trillion in US Bonds. China is financing US military aid to the Philippines. China helps pay for US bases in Japan. China bullies ally North Korea when the US asks. At least China was smart enough to help Snowden escape US capture.

  • JAVO
    25 July 2013 at 11:51 am - Reply

    IF YOU HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO, GO BACK TO THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE AND COLLECT, WHICH YOU ARE VERY GOOD IN DOING.

    YOUR PROTESTING IN THE STREETS, WILL NEVER DO THE COUNTRY ANY GOOD. LEAVE THE WORKS TO THE PEOPLE THE FILIPINOS ELECTED.

    AND WHAT RIGHT DO YOU HAVE TO PROTEST IN BEHALF OF THE FILIPINOS SINCE MOST OF YOU ARE US CITIZENS BY NOW… BE A FILIPINO CITIZEN FIRST BEFORE SCREAMING YOU THOUGHTS

    OR DO MOST OF YOU HOPE FOR A TELEVISION APPEARANCE

    • Roberto Dulag
      25 July 2013 at 7:46 pm - Reply

      Bastos! Wala kang galang sa mga kababayan mong mga Veterano. Hindi mo alam ang mga issue. Sa palagay mo lahat ng nagpoprotest ay nagiisang grupo lang? Ano na ba ang nagawa mong kabutihan sa lupang hinirang? Kaya mo bang ipagtanggol hanggang sa kamatayan ang sariling mong bayan bilang isang marangyang Pilipino?

  • jr(catholic against capitalism)
    25 July 2013 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    China’s recent military aggression and domineering attitude being exhibited at West Philippine Sea is the result of its recent acquired power thru CAPITALISM. China is hungry and thirsty for natural resources and the best and quickest way to acquire something like this is the Capitalistic way of stealing, extorting, aggression and dominance, bullying those who they consider small. What we are seeing now is a Capitalist China!

  • jr(catholic against capitalism)
    25 July 2013 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    I am mighty proud as a Filipino American to see our kababayans especially our WORLD WAR 2 VETERAN heroes, a priest and Filipino activists fighting for the Philippines thru their peaceful protests to create world wide awareness to fight the Capitalistic aggression, oppression, and bullying of China!

  • delialusional
    26 July 2013 at 6:21 am - Reply

    Palibhasa kasi ang mga taong yan eh nakarating sa America at akala mo mas marunong pa sa lahat !

  • JAVO
    26 July 2013 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    Hoy Roberte … bago ka magtatawag ng “BASTOS” alamin mo muna kung ano ang pinaguusapan… China at hindi ang mga Veterano … dada ka ng dada, hindi muna magbasa… o baka naman write ka no read naman… di ikaw ang lumabas na malaking BATOS mal edukado

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