Filipinos to launch protests vs China
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Filipinos to launch protests vs China

Manila : Philippines | Apr 28, 2012 at 10:08 AM PDT
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Loida Nicolas Lewis Calls on Fil-Ams to Protest - July 8, 2011, Friday, 12nn to 1pm

A group of Filipinos abroad is mulling over the launching of a worldwide protest on April 30 against the Chinese government for its alleged interference in the territory of the Philippines.

According to the US Pinoys for Good Governance, the group plans to stage protest before the Chinese embassies in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Vancouver, Sydney, Singapore, Rome and Hong Kong.

US Pinoys for Good Governance president Loida Nicolas Lewis said they want to show the unity of the Filipino community against "bullying" of China.

Meanwhile, Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile believes that the continued refusal of China to raise the issue of the Scarborough Shoal in the international courts is evidence that it has no proof over its territorial claim.

"China's refusal to settle the dispute in Scarborough Shoal international court shows it has no proof over territorial claim," Enrile said.

The Senate leader made the statement following the holding of the hearing of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on matters relating to the West Philippine Sea.

Political observers said this move will possibly affect the dispute as the Philippines plans to elevate the issue to the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) and the International Criminal Court (ICC) if China disagrees.

omeroscar is based in Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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