To respond to Ms. Loida Nicolas-Lewis’ seemingly knee-jerk reaction to any criticism towards Aquino or Washington. First of all, the Aquino and Obama government were served notice and invitation to participate and present their side at the International Peoples’ Tribunal. This 3-day tribunal was even held in DC so that representatives of the US and Philippine government wouldn’t have to break a sweat to attend it. There was no response. This exactly shows the culture of impunity from these two governments. Second, Ms Loida is either intentionally distorting the truth or historically ignorant to ask where these activists were during the darkest times of the brutal Arroyo administration or any of the previous presidents. These activists suffered the most brutal repression and bore the heaviest brunt specifically for their consistent exposition of the injustices and lies of her government. These activists are already fighting against Arroyo’s de-facto dictatorship even before she joined the band-wagon. It would’ve helped if she did a bit of research. A permanent peoples’ tribunal was also held against the Arroyo administration in 2007. Prior to that, a permanent peoples’ tribunal was held against the late dictator, Ferdinand Marcos in 1980. Lastly, if Ms. Loida did a bit more research, again, she would’ve found out that these activists have been opposing China’s incursion on our territories since 2008. BAYAN MUNA sought to stop it and has challenged the constitutionality of the Tripartite Agreement for Joint Marine Seismic Undertaking (JMSU) with China and Vietnam. Instead of sowing disinformation about BAYAN activists’ position on China, it is Ms. Loida’s version of nationalism that must be put into question, her one-sided, selective assertion of sovereignty, one that is “raging” against China but willingly selling it to the United States. With that, I challenge Ms. Loida to face the witnesses of the International Peoples’ Tribunal and listen to their testimonies. I dare her to tell them that they have no credibility. I also dare her to take the position of fully asserting Philippine sovereignty and denounce all threats to Philippine sovereignty against all foreign powers whether it be China or the United States.