CHINA DRIVES PINOYS AWAY FROM ITS “EEZ” IN CHICAGO!
GET OUT OF HERE!
ABOUT 15 MINUTES into the rally program after Chicago Pinoy newsmagazine publisher-editor Mariano “Anong” Santos spoke at the rally on behalf of the Knights of Rizal, a Chicago Police officer interrupted the program and admonished the surprised rally leader, Mr. Jerry B. Clarito, not to hold the rally by the sidewalk abutting the China Consulate and to resume it across the West Erie street in Chicago, Illinois on Friday noon, July 12. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
UNFURLING PHILIPPINE FLAG:
MR. EDMUND NABUA of MALAYA, a US movement for democracy in the Philippines and against tyranny and dictatorship, unfurls the Philippine flag in front of the China Consulate before his group was driven away from the sidewalk abutting the China Consulate at the corner of 100 West Erie and Clark streets in the heart of Chicago, Illinois on Friday noon, July 12. This is the first time in the last seven years that Fil Am rallyists had come closest to the China Consulate. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
PRAYING FOR ENLIGHTENMENT:
BISHOP ELI PASCUA of Chicago, Illinois’ Philippine Independent Church opened the rally just beside the door of the China Consulate (note the Consulate panel at right) on July 12 at noon with a prayer, “Today Oh Lord, we ask for your grace and accompaniment as we gather in this area to call the attention of peoples, our people and people of China as to to the important consideration of life of nations and people on decision that should have been upheld until now. The Philippine Western Sea also known as South China Sea belongs to Philippines but China continues to assert its claim and doing its operation. We pray Oh Lord for your important and much needed intercession, enlighten governments and peoples of China and the Philippines concerning this matter. Little group as we are Oh Lord but we take the voices of the solid Filipino nation, defending its rights and sovereignty, and fighting for its patrimony over the West Philippines Sea.” (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
WITH CHINA CONSULAR STAFF:
EVEN AFTER Filipino American rallyists cleared the sidewalk beside the China Consulate at the corner of 100 West Erie and Clark streets in the heart of Chicago, Illinois, a staff of the China Consulate (extreme right) was seen from across the street talking animatedly with the Chicago Police who evicted the rallyists “occupying” the sidewalk beside the China Consulate last Friday noon, July 12. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
THE CHICAGO POLICE were back to tell Fil Am rally leader Jerry B. Clarito (right) to tone down the volume of the speakers and have the megaphone face away from the China Consulate’s direction on Friday noon, July 12, in Chicago, Illinois. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
THE VOICE OF Edmund Nabua (right) of MALAYA, a US movement for democracy in the Philippines and against tyranny and dictatorship, must have been so loud (see top photo) that it disturbed the conversation between the Chicago Police and the China Consular staff across the street that the Chicago Police told rally leader Jerry B. Clarito to “tone down” the megaphone and have the megaphone turned around as shown in bottom photo last Friday noon, July 12. (JGL Photos by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
FOREIGN INVADERS FOR 15 MINUTES:
JERRY B. CLARITO (right), who represents the Filipino American Human Rights Alliance of Illinois (FAHRA) in Chicago, told his followers that the couple of setbacks his group got from the China Consulate should bolster their pride and are badges of honor. Mr. Clarito said, “We were able to “invade” them for 15 minutes close to the China Consulate as close as possible. But because we are peace-loving people, we have to leave.” (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
“ATIN ANG PINAS! CHINA, LAYAS”:
ROY VILLA of U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG) reads the statement of USP4GG, saying, “Atin ang ‘Pinas! China Layas!” (The Philippines is ours! China get out!). This has been the rallying cry of the US Pinoys for Good Governance (USPGG) since 2010, as they were joined by fellow Filipinos all over the world to protest the illegal activities and unjust policies of Beijing in the West Philippine Sea. Their worldwide protests played a part in prompting the Philippine government to file an arbitration case against China in 2013, which led to a historic victory for the Philippines on July 12, 2016.” Looking on at right is rally leader, Mr. Jerry B. Clarito of Filipino American Human Rights Alliance of Illinois in Chicago, and Ms. Ella Basillo of National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA). (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
“I LOVE IT”:
A LADY PASSER-BY (right) responded to Mr. Joseph (Joe) Balmadrid’s quote of a Chinese proverb, “A long journey starts with the first step. This is one of the first steps hanggang mapalayas natin ang (until we are able to drive away) China,” saying, “I love it.” To Mr. Balmadrid’s right are Mariano “Anong” Santos of Chicago Pinoy newsmagazine and Ruben Salazar of Philippine American Cultural Foundation and Piyesta Pinoy. The rally was held in Chicago last Friday noon, July 12. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
GOD BLESS THE WORLD!
RAY VILLAR greets his son, Atty. Don Villar, a Chicago, Illinois area labor leader and former staff of WLS-ABC TV Channel in Chicago, who provided moral support for the cause that his father is advocating for but declined to make a statement last Friday noon, July 12, in front of the China Consulate in Chicago. To Don’s right is Ms. Flor Clarito, wife of Mr. Jerry B. Clarito. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
JOSEPH G. LARIOSA of PM (philamessenger.com) advocated for the U.S. Senate to amend the 1951 U.S.-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty to include Philippine Western Sea or South China Sea as part of the “Pacific Area” that will trigger the United States to help the Philippines in case there is an attack in the PWS’ exclusive economic zone (ECC) by a foreign power as a deterrent to maintain peace in the area. The PWS is also an important waterway through which trillions of dollars in trade pass each year. Mr. Lariosa pointed out that it is ridiculous for Philippine Foreign Affairs Sec. Teddy Locsin to assign fault on the 22 fishermen who were sleeping when their boat sunk after being struck by Chinese vessels last June. Instead of rescuing the 22 Filipino fishermen in what China calls Liyue Tan or what the Philippines calls “Recto Bank or Recto Reef” in the Spratly Islands which is within the 200 nautical miles of the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), the Chinese vessels pulled away after feeling being threatened. How can the drowning Filipino fishermen threaten someone when they were drowning? Under both the “castle” and the “last clear chance” doctrines, the Filipino fishermen could not be held liable for the allision. (JGL Photo)
CHINA OUT OF PWS:
THIS HARDY GROUP of Filipino Americans and supporters have sent a powerful message to China to get out of the Philippine Western Sea or South China Sea as their banner is visible from across the W. Erie Street on the third anniversary of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, The Netherlands, on Friday, July 12, when PCA ruled that China’s massive nine-dash-line claim in PWS/SCS had no merit. (Photo by Flor Clarito)
By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2017 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) – A scenic drive to Malagos, Calinan and a visit to the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City await those who will join the July 11-16, 2017 guided 11th Ambassadors’ Tour of Manila and Davao City in the Philippines.
This was jointly announced by the Philippine Consulate in Chicago, Illinois and the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D. C. who also said that deadline for registration for those interested who will join will be next Tuesday, May 30.
Consul General Generoso D. G. Calonge said it is possible that when the tour will visit Davao City, tour participants may be able to pay a call on President Rody Duterte if the President were in Davao City during the tour. Please watch the video clip below.
9341 - Ms. Zeny Pallugna presents the 11th Ambassadors’ Tour itinerary, rates, and packages to DC community, encourages the audience to promote Philippine tourism and economic development. (Photo by Philippine Embassy, Washington, D.C.) There is also a tentative dinner to be hosted by the President’s daughter, City Davao Mayor Sarah “Inday” Duterte. (Photo by Philippine Embassy)
Consul Mel P. Lalunio, Jr. said participants may reconnect with their Filipino roots through an experiential, fun-filled travel adventure in various parts of the Philippines.
This year’s tour will visit Manila and Davao as destinations. It is organized by Rajah Tours Philippines, supported by the Tourism and Promotions Board (TPB) of the Department of Tourism and the Philippine Embassy and the Philippine Foreign Service Posts in the United States.
WITH CHARGE D’ AFFAIRES:
Ms. Zeny Pallugna (3rd from left) of PDOT-NY conducted a presentation on the 11th Ambassadors’ Tour at the Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy on 15 May 2017. Joining her in the photo are (from left) Public Diplomacy Officer Darell Ann Artates, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Minister Patrick A. Chuasoto, Travel Wise representatives Marielle and Max Kabin, and Mr. Nelson Garcia. (Photo by Philippine Embassy, Washington, D.C.)
Meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the Philippine Department of Tourism office in New York (PDOT-NY) conducted a presentation on the 11th Ambassadors’ Tour on 15 May 2017 at the Embassy’s Romulo Hall, underscoring the Tour’s unique characteristics and its significance to the overall cultural and tourism promotion strategy of the country.
“The 11th Ambassadors’ Tour will give participants the opportunity to visit Davao, an exciting, emerging tourism destination in the Philippines, within an affordable package that also includes Manila, the capital city of fun,” said Zeny Pallugna, Officer-in-Charge of PDOT-NY.
CONSUL MELCHOR P. LALUNIO, Jr. makes a pitch to invite members and friends of the Filipino community to join the 11th Ambassadors’ Tour of the Philippines July 11-16, 2017 in Manila and Davao City. Deadline for registration is next Tuesday, May 30. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
Ms. Pallugna also highlighted the post-basic tour packages featuring other emerging destinations Cagayan De Oro-Camiguin and Dumaguete-Siquijor. She urged audience members to participate in the Tour and take a more active role in promoting Philippine tourism.
“If you visit the Philippines, or get even just one person to visit, that will create employment for one Filipino,” Ms. Pallugna told the audience.
Mr. Patrick Chuasoto, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of the Embassy also pitched for the Tour, saying that “This year, the tour for Filipino-Americans has been re-branded to shift the focus to the participants who are envisioned to become ‘Philippine Ambassadors in their own right’ after spending their summer holiday in the Philippines. The 11th Ambassador’s Tour features key destinations in Manila and the King City of the South—Davao. It promises to be another fun-filled outing, and in keeping with its tradition of providing a unique and memorable experience, the Ambassador’s Tour offers VIP treatment, guided tours, and world-class accommodations.”
“I strongly encourage every one of you to consider joining the 11th Ambassador’s Tour and spreading the word to your networks. Doing so will contribute to the sustained and inclusive economic development of the Philippines. Your support will go a long way in empowering the local communities in Manila and Davao, and cultivating good will between the people of the Philippines and the United States,” he concluded.
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