Guam Filipinos to join protest against China

PROTEST: Demonstrators display anti-China protest signs during a rally over the South China Sea dispute outside the Chinese Consulate in Metro Manila, in July 2016. Reuters

Filipinos around the world will be protesting in front of China's consulates or embassies as they mark the third anniversary of a landmark victory at the international courts. In 2016, a U.N. tribunal ruled that areas of the South China Sea claimed by both China and the Philippines belong to the Philippines. The ruling hasn't stopped China from continuing its presence in the disputed area.

As Guam lacks a consulate, demonstrations on the island will take place at 5 p.m. today across from the ITC Building, at the intersection of Chalan San Antonio and Marine Corps Drive in Tamuning.

"However, despite the victory, China is not abiding and respecting the UN tribunal’s decision by its continuous intrusion in our (sea)," said Dr. Celia Lamkin, who is organizing the event on Guam and Saipan. 

Lamkin is the founder and global chairperson of the National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea, the chair of the U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance CNMI, Guam, Hawaii, and American Samoa, and the secretary of the Global Filipino Diaspora Council. 

She points out a recent incident in the Reed Bank in the West Philippine Sea, in which a Chinese vessel rammed into a Filipino fishing vessel anchored at the bank. 

"This protest is not against our Chinese brothers and sisters, it’s about what China has been doing to the Philippines invasion of our sea," Lamkin said.

The organization also calls on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to toughen his stance on Chinese activity in the West Philippine Sea.

"His lackadaisical stance amidst the blatant disrespect of the U.N. tribunal ruling by the territorial bully is simply a manifestation of his kowtowing to China."

Lamkin was reacting to a statement that the Duterte administration would tolerate Chinese fishing activities in the Philippines' exclusive economic zone.

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