Philippines protest against China, US set on June 12

The Republic of China continues to take an aggressive stance over its claim in the highly disputed South China Sea territories, Philippines is not willing to back down either. With the theme “Hands off the Philippines”, nationalist groups have organized a huge protest against China for creating an increasing tension over its reclamation of Spratly Islands and against the United States for its continued military presence in the country.

These two major global authorities, according to activists and citizen groups, pose “real and serious threats to Philippine sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Hence, the massive rally is set on June 12 to coincide with the country’s Independence Day celebration. The primary organizers of the large assembly are former Senator Rene Saguisag, Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares and actress-director Bibeth Orteza. The mass action will commence at nine in the morning in front of the Chinese embassy in Makati City. By 11 a.m., the contingent is expected to have arrived in front of the US embassy along Roxas Boulevard in Manila. In a statement, the organizers said that “the US, as lone superpower, and China as a fast rising regional power” both have vested interests in the country’s resources, may it be of natural wealth or of armed muscle power. They added that the Philippines is in the middle of a tug-of-war between these two giants, who are in competition against each other to find out who can establish more dominance. This unfortunate circumstance then requires an undivided and palpable assertion from the Filipino people. However, ordinary citizens can only do so much. So, these concerned organizations also turn to the government to create an “independent foreign policy” that will not bow down to the influence of formidable nations. Even before the big rally goes live on June 12, a broad citizen’s movement, called “Pilipinong Nagkakaisa para sa Soberanya” will be launched by June 8.
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