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Overseas Filipinos Urged to Rally vs China on May 11
Loida Nicolas Lewis, national chair of a Filipino-American good governance organization, has called on Filipinos to rally in front of China’s global embassies and consulates on May 11 to protest China’s aggressive encroachments on the Philippines’ Scarborough Shoal.
Among the first to respond to the call are Filipino organizations in Hong Kong, Canada and Australia.
China considers Scarborough Shoal, located 124 nautical miles from the Philippines’ Zambales province, to be its “inherent territory” even though it lies more than 500 nautical miles from the nearest China port of Hainan.
The territorial dispute over the Scarborough Shoal, “Huangyan Island” to China and “Panatag Shoal” to the Philippines, has escalated in recent months following these developments:
- Chinese navy ships recently confronted the Philippine navy vessel, BRP Gregorio del Pilar, which sought to apprehend Chinese boats illegally fishing in the area. The Chinese fishing boats were found to contain corals, rare fish and live baby sharks, which are considered illegal cargo under Philippine law.
- Chinese navy ships have fired on and harassed unarmed Philippine fishing boats and exploration vessels, forcing them to withdraw.
- Chinese navy ships have dropped steel posts and navigation buoys with Chinese markings in the waters around Scarborough Shoal.
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