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DANISH FILIPINOS JOIN GLOBAL PROTESTS AGAINST CHINA on July 24

 

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PRESS RELEASE

Copenhagen, 23 July 2013

DANISH FILIPINOS JOIN GLOBAL PROTESTS AGAINST CHINA

At the stroke of noon tomorrow Wednesday, the 24th of July, Filipinos all over the world will participate in a global protest against China’s illegal incursion into Philippine territory in the Western Philippine Sea. The 12 million Filipinos in diaspora are supporting their government’s move to seek justice on this matter with this Global Protest against China,in consonance with a huge rally in Manila on the designated time: 12:00 on July 24th.

Therefore a number of Danish Filipinos will also assemble at Christiansborgsplads, in front of the Danish Parliament to join this world event in solidarity with FIlipinos all over the world and with those gathered in the Manila suburb of Makati. Instead of the recommended demonstration before the Chinese EMbassy which is in the suburb of Hellerup, the Danish FIlipinos will distribute their informative materials and go into dialogue with the Danish public right in front of Denmark’s most significant symbol of democracy: the Parliament. For the issue has everything to do with democracy,for example of being free and equal nations,no one nation subjugating another.

Background
It is exactly a year ago, July 24, 2012 that CHinese warships occupied the Philippines’ Ayungin Reef, an area that has always belonged to the province of Palawan, known to many Euroean tourists simply as Paradise. The reef, which is located only 85 nautical miles from the Philippines -but is more than 600 miles from China- is the gateway to the resource rich Recto Bank (named after the highl respected Senator Claro M Recto) which has been estimated to contain 213 billioin barrels of oil and 2 quadrillion cubic feet of gas by the US’ Energy Information Agency. Filipinos link their future with it. For them the issue is about their natural right in extracting “oil in their own soil.”

Therefore, the Philippines has tried to negotiate with China over this intrusion but Beijing has ignored all such moves. UNCLOS, the UN COnvention on the Law of the Sea states that every nation has rights to 200 nautical mile radius which is theirs to exploit for natural resources. But due to China’s unilateral move a year ago to declare the whole of the south China Sea as indisputably theirs, 6 Southeast Asian maritime states including the Philippines are now bereft of htis natural territory.

On January this year, the Philippine government started an Arbitration procedure, an international move to bring China to the negotiation table which oly led to arrogant behaviour. Last month in June 2013, during the ASEAN summit in Brunei, the assembled united states of Asia aformulated a COde of COnduct, which CHina reluctantly considered. Superficially as some countries noted. Finally,last week, the Philippine government lodged the issue with the International COurt of Justice in The Hague in The Netherlands.

Filipinos in diaspora point out that if China is not stopped from lording int in the waters in said region, where a third of the world’s ships pass through, this is unacceptable to ALL countries, eg. in the Nordic area who have an interest in the freedom of maritime navigation.

“We Danish Filipinos believe like our brothers and sisters all over the globe that The Rule of Law must prevail, also for growing world powers like China. We intedn to seek justice because as a sovereign people, we cannot be bullied into submission.”

For further information, please contact: F.Mongaya tel. 26918354 or email: filomenitamh@gmail.com

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