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)
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CHICAGO (JGL) — Various groups in the United States are organizing protest rallies in the Chinese consulates in various cities on July 12, the third anniversary of the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) of the United Nationals Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in The Hague, The Netherlands in 2016, when the Philippines won a landmark ruling against China’s massive nine-dash-line claim over the whole Philippine Western Sea or the South China Sea.
Jerry B. Clarito, community grassroots organizer, said some Filipino community members will be massing at MacDonald’s at the corner of Chicago and State St. on Friday, July 12, from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and will proceed to the Consulate General of the Peoples’ Republic of China at nearby 100 West. Erie St.
Ella Basilio of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) will be bringing a Philippine flag. Others are encouraged to bring in their own banners expressing their issues against China.
A REGULAR SATURDAY breakfast meeting is being planned by a group of Filipino community members at Seafood City in Chicago, Illinois and another alternative venue that other members may suggest. It will discuss current community issues like the Kapehan at the Manila Hotel hosted by officers of the National Press Club. This was the consensus by members who attended an informal breakfast meeting held last Saturday, June 29, at Seafood City in the north side of Chicago. The meeting also marked the birthday of community organizer Ms. Juanita Salvador Burris (second from right). Attendants also decided to support the upcoming protest rally in front of the Chinese Consulate on Friday, July 12, from noon to 1 p.m. at 100 West Erie St. in the near north side of Chicago. Others in photo from right (counterclockwise) are Mariano “Anong of Pinoy Newsmagazine, Joseph G. Lariosa of PM (philamessenger.com), Sally Richmond, who just recovered from injuries she sustained when her car was carnapped during a home invasion by three men; Naty Panopio, Jerry B. Clarito and Ray Villar. (JGL Photo by Flor Clarito)
According to Clarito’s statement, the focus of the global rally is to protest the continuing incursions of China over the Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone and to demand its responsibility to hold the crew of the Chinese vessel accountable to the ramming of the Filipino fishing boat last June 9 (June 10, Philippine time), and other China-related issues.
“The community is outrage about the continuing intrusion of China over the Philippines exclusive economic zone in West Philippine Sea. Among other things, the Philippines is also falling into the so-called "Debt Trap". It is inspiring to see the militancy of our community in giving life to bayanihan and paninindigan when our sovereignty is under attack.
“Please spread the word and come out on July 12. Also, please invite other organizations to participate in this meaningful event. Indeed, our action will contribute to the global movement to protect our country's interest over the West Philippine Sea and other parts of the Philippines.
Please be informed that United Nations members have the duty under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to render assistance to persons in distress at sea.
“”However, on June 9, 2019, a Chinese trawler rammed a Philippine fishing vessel and left the Filipino crew in the water until a Vietnamese vessel took them on board.
Let's not allow this kind of event to happen again. Let's strengthen our solidarity with our fisher folks fighting for their economic rights and security in the open seas.”
The focus of the global rally is to protest the continuing incursions of China over the Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone and to demand its responsibility to hold the crew of the Chinese vessel accountable to the ramming of the Filipino fishing boat last June 9, and other China-related issues.
Ago Pedalizo, another community organizer in San Francisco, California, said a group is also planning to form a “United Opposition Front … to fight against China-backed tyranny of (President) Duterte.”
In an advisory to a Chicago group, Mr. Pedalizo said, “Tonight in San Francisco, we will plan for next week’s July 12 global rally and issue a video statement with a banner that says “China Out of West Philippine Sea!”
“There is no organizational affiliation underneath in order to promote co-equal coalition building without dominance from any group. Behind the banner is the Philippine flag alone. Other smaller flags or banners may be allowed at the fringes.
“FAHRA and Malaya both agreed on this approach,” Mr. Pedalizo said, referring to the Filipino American Human Rights Association and a Filipino activist group.
“We shall also decide at supporting the July 22 State-Of-The-Nation address protest rally, with the same concept of a united front with additional banners that say, “Stop Human Rights Violations!”
SELFIE ARE US:
PASTOR BERT Villaluz of the Bride of Christ (extreme right) likewise tried to catch up with the breakfast meeting of some Chicago, Illinois area community members discussing the community events last June 29, 2019 at Seafood City in this selfie to his right Jerry B. Clarito, Ray Villar and Joseph G. Lariosa. (JGL Photo)
Other parties joining the rally are U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG), Malaya Movement San Francisco and New York; Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), North California and New York, Global Pinoy Diaspora, Liberal PartY USA and Friends of Akbayan USA.
Mr. Pedalizo has also come with some slogans that can be chanted by rallyists:
1. Isla at karapatan Wag isuko sa dayuhan
2. China-Duterte Palayasin!
3. West Philippine Sea China Out Now!
4. Benham Rise China Out Now!
5. China Missiles at Spratly Down, Down, Down
6. Philippine Sovereignty Not for sale, not for share
7. Ang tao, Ang Bayan Tuloy ang laban!
8. When sovereign right is under attack, What do you do? Stand up, Fight Back!
9. China layas Ating ang Pinas!
10. Imperyalismong Tsino Ibagsak, Ibagsak, Ibagsak
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CHICAGO (PM) – The government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “is strongly committed to collaborating with the Philippine government to resolve this issue and is aware of a court decision ordering the importer to ship back the material back to Canada.”
Press Secretary Sabrina Kim of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change told the philamessenger.com in an email message that “Canada is strongly committed to collaborating with the Philippines government to resolve this issue and is aware of the court decision ordering the importer to ship the material back to Canada.
“Currently, a joint technical working group, consisting of officials from both countries, is examining the full spectrum of issues related to the removal of the waste with a view to a timely resolution.
PRIME MINISTER Justin Trudeau is shown at a housing project in Orleans, Ontario. (Prime Minister's Office Photo)
Ms. Kim added,”In 2016, we amended our own regulations around hazardous waste shipments to prevent such events from happening again. We are committed to working collaboratively to ensure the material is processed in an environmentally responsible way.”
PM (philiamessenger.com) reached out to the Office of Prime Minister Trudeau following reports Tuesday (April 23) from Manila that President Duterte's sortie at the earthquake-stricken province of Pampanga, Mr. Duterte ordered the customs bureau to return to Canada the trash it sent to the Philippines a few years ago as he chided the North American country for supposedly turning Manila into a "dump site."
Mr. Duterte, who has a cool personal relationship with the baby-faced Canadian Prime Minister, said Tuesday during a briefing that Canada should prepare a “grand reception” for its waste, which arrived in the Philippines in 2013. The briefing to President Rodrigo R. Duterte on April 23, 2019 in Pampanga province followed the aftermath of the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that hit Central Luzon, killing at ast 16 people and injuring several others and causing millions of pesos in damages.
“I want a boat prepared. I’ll give a warning to Canada maybe next week, that they better pull that thing out or I will set sail doon sa (there in) Canada ibuhos ko ‘yang basura nila doon. (I will pour the garbage there).
"PLEASE TAKE BACK YOUR GARBAGE:"
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte. (Philippine Presidential Photo)
“I cannot understand why they are making us -a dumpsite? And that is not only case in point.” Mr. Duterte added. Then, Canada kept on sending us the garbage. “Well, not this time. Magka-away kami. Awayin natin ang Canada (We are are going to fight Canada.) I will declare war against them. Kaya man natin yan sila.” (We can beat them.)
"I will really return (the garbage)...Load the containers to a ship, and I will advise Canada that your garbage is on the way. Prepare a grand reception. Eat it if you want to," he added.
"Buang ito kinakaya-kaya tayo. Hindi ako papayag ng ganoon (Crazies. They are pushing us around. I won't let that happen)."
Mr. Duterte said Canada sold the Philippines helicopters but there was a string attached – that we do not use them (helicopters) against our own people. “Loko-loko pala kayo. (You are crazy).
“My own citizens are cutting the neck of my soldiers and policemen. My own citizens are declaring war to oust everybody. Tayo, mawawalan ng trabaho. Payag ka niyan, ma'm? (We will be out of work. Do you agree with it, madam.)
“And itong Customs na ‘to (These Customs employees – if they allow another shipment of garbage, )— the next time they do it, I will sack them, all of them.” Mr. Duterte warned.
Valenzuela, Metro Manila-based company Chronic Plastics Inc. imported more than 50 containers with wastes from Canada in 2013. More than half or 29 of the containers with trash were dumped in a landfill in Tarlac.
Environment groups have expressed concern that the shipment might have contained toxic materials that could harm the health of local residents. During his visit to the Philippines in 2015, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said a "Canadian process" is being developed to solve the problem but did not provide details.
“I have obviously been made aware of the situation and I’ve also been told that there is a Canadian solution in the process of being developed,” Trudeau said on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit hosted by the Philippines two years ago.
“But, at the same time, I know that this has exposed a problem that needs fixing within our own legislation that we’re going to lean into and make sure happens,” he added.
Earlier this month, environment groups urged Canada to take back the garbage sent to the Philippines in 2013, noting that the sending of the waste was a violation of the Basel Convention.
During their one-on-one private talk at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Canada 40TH Anniversary Commemorative Summit at the Philippine Convention Center in Pasay City in the Philippines, Mr. Duterte was displeased and felt “insulted” when Mr. Trudeau raised the issue of human rights and respect for the rule law and extrajudicial killings related to Mr. Duterte's war on drugs.
Mr. Duterte said he is not obliged to explain to anybody the situation in the country related to his administration's all out drug war.
“You know, I was elected by the people of the Republic of the Philippines. I only answer to the Filipino people.” he said.
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