US Filipinos urge firmer approach from PNoy against China

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

July 25, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – On Thursday, Filipinos from all over the U.S. and in various parts of the world took to the streets for a day of action against China’s so-called bullying of the Philippines in the disputed West Philippine Sea.

With President Benigno Aquino’s State of the Nation address approaching, these protesters want him to take a firmer approach against China’s increasing presence in the West Philippine Sea.

The Chinese are reportedly rushing land reclamation military bases projects in disputed areas they claimed within Philippine territory.

Ted Laguatan, legal counsel for the U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance, says the Philippines needs to reclaim these seized territories and needs the help of its allies in doing so.

“We hope that President Aquino will take decisive action and that the Philippines together with the U.S. and Australia and Japan as a collective force started with the Philippines will destroy this future Chinese bases,” said Laguatan. “We hope he does that!”

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs recently released aerial photographs showing Chinese construction activity on Mabini Reef in the West Philippine Sea.

“The construction of that military base on Mabini Reef poses a threat to the entire Philippines that’s beyond the issue of oil,” said Rodel Rodis. “It involves also for U.S. national interest the fact that so much of the commerce that comes to the United States comes through that area in the South China Sea.”

China’s foreign minister dismissed the protests by declaring that China has “undisputed sovereignty” over the entire South China Sea.

The Chinese press also stated that the construction was merely to renovate the living facilities for troops stationed there.

Meanwhile these Filipinos hope that the United States will continue to play a factor in addressing the territorial dispute.

“We still hope the United States will be behind us in all these undertakings,” said Charito Benipayo. “And we believe the United States will not leave us alone. They will work hard for the Philippines to continue peaceful sovereignty and peaceful arbitration with China and the whole world.”

A ruling is set for 2016 in the arbitration case between china and the Philippines but these Filipinos are saying China will have claimed many of the Philippines’ territories by then.

“That’s the reason why we are holding our rally at the U.N. Plaza, said Rodel. “We are directing ourselves to the United Nations. Issue the arbitration issue now we don’t want to wait till 2016. It may be too late by then.”

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  • Max
    26 July 2014 at 1:53 am - Reply

    Arbitration issue on 2016? It is too late already and Obama will be gone, if US really want to help us, they can do it this month,US has a great influence on UN policies. China’s already reclaimed 50 Acre of artificial island and will convert it to a military base soon then start an oil exploration.They did not land grab our island, they illegally constructed a military bases inside PH territory and plan to reclaim 5 more reef in that area. We cannot follow the Vietnamese strategy by beating,harassing,burning of businesses,houses on local Chinese-Vietnamese residence.China were forced to relocate 3000 families to mainland China. Only Taiwan, Singaphore chinese were left behind, and still they were harrassed/beaten by the Viets including Chinese who lives on small towns and barrios. This will not happen in PH, because our President has a Chinese blood. COjuanCO are Chinese.

  • kikay Pang0
    26 July 2014 at 3:59 am - Reply

    US rescued Phil. twice … from the Spaniards and Japanese.
    … Gen MacArthur was insane of coming back to the island rescuing Phil. from Hirohito’s forces.
    He was a hero and savior to many Filipinos but he was clueless that he’s saving a leeching Nation that will eventually be a burden for the US govt. for life.
    Americans are awaken at this time and realized they can not police the whole world.They ‘re carefully playing their card very wisely …. acting as mediator , staying in neutral corner , trying to avoid a third rescue operations to same corrupt Govt. that hasn’t changed for many decades of improving the judicial system and the life of its less fortunate citizens.
    As of now, all Filipinos can do is CRY and the whole world can only share their sympathy with them.

    • Max
      28 July 2014 at 2:45 am - Reply

      Corruption started way back after the Spanish-American war. Gen Arthur McArthur became the military Governor of the PH and acquired huges shares of stock from San Miguel Beer owned by the Spanish Friars/Church.His term ended after a year(1900-1902) when he had a clash with Howard Taft the civilian Governor of PH.After the surrender of Japan, NY Times came out with a cartoon caricature of his son Gen Douglas McArthur, holding a SM beer telling to the Filipino people ” I shall return”… Yes indeed he returned and today McArthur share at SMC is equivalent to one seat of the board. Magaling ang Kano sa kurakot pang habang buhay.

  • Kuya
    28 July 2014 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    I just hope the next President will double our military strenght that Pnoy did. Add more well armed soldiers and more jet fighters and frigates and cutters. Let’s also do our part in boycotting “china made” products. Because that’s the best way to fight back China…….