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Home Sections Politics Alliance-Philippines, MBC in L.A. and Some Fil-Australian Leaders Refuse to Support Today's Planned Rallies Against China Over the Spratly Dispute
Alliance-Philippines, MBC in L.A. and Some Fil-Australian Leaders Refuse to Support Today's Planned Rallies Against China Over the Spratly Dispute PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Thursday, 07 July 2011 23:12


Alliance-Philippines, the Media Breakfast Club in California and Some Fil-Australian Leaders Refuse to Support July 8th Planned Rallies Against China Over the Spratly-Islands Dispute


By Lolo Bobby M. Reyes of Sorsogon City, Philippines, and West Covina, California


A rturo P. Garcia, the Alliance-Philippines (AJLPP) West Coast Coordinator for Los Angeles, California, sent a press release to this online publication that advises Filipino Americans not to participate in the July 8, 2011, rallies against the People’s Republic of China. Mr. Garcia’s press release is published in its entirely in this article.


In the meantime, Roberto Mella Lastica, a Sorsoganon-Australian community leader in Sydney, Australia, sent several text messages to this writer. Mr. Lastica also called by long-distance phone this reporter to confirm his text messages. He said that Ms. Loida Nicolas-Lewis, who is a fellow Sorsoganon, has requested him to “lead a picket in front of the Chinese Consulate in Sydney.” Mr. Lastica said, as confirmed also in his telephone call, that he is not cooperating with the group of Ms. Lewis, as he and his group are “not comfortable in joining mass actions without a moral framework.” He said many Filipinos in Australia think that “the Philippine claims on the Spratly Islands are based on local laws that have yet to be validated or accepted by the international court systems.”


Mr. Lastica also said during the telephone conversation with this writer that Overseas-Filipino community leaders must first deal with the current domestic problems that ail the Philippine homeland and not add the controversy on the Spratly Islands to their numerous items in the Overseas-Filipino workers’ (OFWs’) agenda.


The Media Breakfast Club (MBC) of Los Angeles, California, concurs with the respective stands of the Alliance-Philippines (AJLPP) in Los Angeles and some Filipino community leaders in Australia. After all, Philippine President Noynoy Aquino will soon be visiting the People’s Republic of China and it may be premature for the OFW and Overseas-Filipino community leaders to be preempting the Philippine Head of State in his negotiation with the Chinese leaders.


Meanwhile some MBC members note that the planned July 8, 2011, rallies in front of Chinese diplomatic posts in the United States are supposedly led by “U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG), a national organization spearheaded by lawyers Loida Nicolas Lewis and Rodel Rodis,” as per the report of Joseph G. Lariosa of Chicago, as found in this LINK: Fil Ams to Hold Protest Rallies v. China as U.S. Paper Urges Obama to Rally Behind PH The MBC members say that if the public will pierce the veil of corporate fiction, the USP4GG’s key people are the same community leaders accused of corruption in the NaFFAA. The NaFFAA is the acronym of the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations. Community leaders in California are saying that instead of devoting their time to the Spratly Islands, the USP4GG cum NaFFAA leaders must instead produce the financial statements that they have refused to make public, contrary to the tenets of accountability and credibility.


This investigative reporter/editor has accused the USP4GG-NaFFAA national leadership of financial improprieties that the reading public can browse in several articles published in the NaFFAAgate section of this website (


O ur Op-Ed section received from Mr. Garcia the position paper of the Alliance-Philippines (AJLPP), as reproduced below:



We in the Alliance-Philippines (AJLPP) believe that it will good for the country and the Filipino-American community not to engage in planned rallies against China being called by some well-known Filipino-American politicians in some cities in the United States this week.


We must also fell prey to the jingoism of old anti-communist and anti-China people in the United States who are planning anti-Chinese rallies in major cities, They are just provoking more tensions between our people.


We believe these groups of former anti-Marcos activist and now Pro-Aquino campaigners are “summer patriots and sunshine soldiers” will be the first to run if there will be tensions between China and the Philippines. Besides they are safe in the United States so they can make noises as long as they want.


But we believe they missing the point. We must remember our history. The United States occupied the Philippines just to abandon it to the Japanese in World War II. They let the Japanese occupy the Philippines for almost three years from 1941-1945 at a gargantuan cost to our lives and properties.


Until now they have not recognized our Filipino World War II veterans who are asking for recognition and equity. Even some of these people who are leading the rallies against China are the same people are calling the lump sum as equity. They totally miss the point and are really are hiding under the cloak of super-patriotism and anti-China rhetoric.


Even at the height of the Philippine claim to Sabah in the tension filled years of 1960-68, the United States let the British jets to refuel in Clark Air Base in route to Malaysia which they supported against the Philippine claim in 1968. The Filipino people will never forget such insult to pass and will always remember how America forsake its supposed ally to side with its British cousins.


Now they are talk of leasing military equipments such as ships and planes to the Philippines at the tune of $450-million for AFP modernization. Even the assurance of US officials led by State Secretary Clinton cannot be counted on. It is as vague as any American promise to the moon and the stars.


But the so called AFP modernization has been going on for time immemorial and yet the AFP is not modern or advance in technology even in the terms of arms and equipments. IT will go the graft lords of the government and the pabaon and pasalubongs of AFP generals.


How can we expect to defend and even safeguard our territory much more of our sovereignty and pride?


Although the Alliance believes that  the Philippines has the strongest legal claim for the two areas being situated within 200 nautical miles under the United Nation Convention on the Laws of the Seas (UNCLOS). But legal niceties are for the long term and will last for decades or even centuries.


Although the Alliance believes that the Philippines has a legal claim to the islands nearest or within its border, we compare it to the historic Philippine claim to the Sabah islands in the 1960s. It was even included into the map of the Philippines but was never integrated to the republic and is now a part of Malaysia


It maybe too be naïve to believe that the Philippines will win ownership of the islands by simply invoking the UNCLOS. All national interests are won by depending it by force and the sacrifices of the parties concern.


We must accept the reality that the Philippines cannot afford the mighty China in a shooting war. The Philippine Navy has only seven old World War II vintage ships and has no air force to fight any invading nations in that area.


Maybe during the early 1950’s and 60’s, the Philippines has one of the strongest navy and air force. But today we have sunk as Asia’s old man who cannot even defend its immigrants against our neighbors like Indonesia and Malaysia that deport our people at their own whims and will.


We must look at how China has fortified, send a strong naval contingent and has bullied the Philippines, Vietnam and other nations around it. And look how puny and feeble are the Philippine armed forces attempt to defend the area. At most what they can do is to rename the South China Seas as "West Philippine Sea" as if we can defend the area by renaming it.


It is imperative to discuss the consequences and its historical antecedent to discuss the issues without emotions and study it through concrete analysis. This should be the way to discuss possible stand on the issues.


So please do not aggravate the situation by flying and waving the flag. The best way of resolving the problem is by civilized way. Of discussion and not by rallies and agitation to just project yourselves as the leaders of the community.




Arturo P. Garcia

AJLPP West Coast Coordinator

Los Angeles

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