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[Blog] The most outrageous use of “Doublespeak”: The People’s Daily as the warmonger mouthpiece of China’s so-called ‘Communist Party’ by Jose Mario De Vega

The most outrageous use of “Doublespeak”: The People’s Daily as the warmonger mouthpiece of China’s so-called ‘Communist Party’

Mario De Vega

I refer to the Reuter’s “China media warn’s Philippines of “counterstrike” in South China Sea”, June 29th.

As reported by Sui-Lee Wee and edited by Michael Perry:

“China’s state media warned on Saturday that a “counterstrike” against the Philippines was inevitable if it continues to provoke Beijing in the South China Sea, potentially Asia’s biggest military troublespot.

“The warning comes as ministers from both countries attend an Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting in Brunei, starting Saturday, which hopes to reach a legally binding code of conduct to manage maritime conduct in disputed areas.

“At stake are potentially massive offshore oil reserves. The seas also lie on shipping lanes and fishing grounds.”


As a humanist, a universal intellectual and an international revolutionary, I condemned to the utmost this latest provocative and hostile pronouncement coming from China.

Immediately, some Chinese bastards and nationalist freaks will quickly say that this warning did not come from the Chinese government and it is not an official state policy.

The problem with this defense is the fact that it is imbued with hypocrisy and undeniably notorious for being a big lie.

Who in their right mind would ever believe that the said state media report, though does not amount to an official policy does not reflect the government’s thinking?

What such hypocrisy? Such arrogance!

How could it not be the official state policy when the said outrageous pronouncement had appeared at the People’s Daily which is the official organ of China’s so-called “Communist” party of China?

It is on this inescapable and indisputable sense that the Chinese government is engaged in the preposterous use of doublespeak.

According to Wikipedia:

“Doublespeak is language that deliberately disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words. Doublespeak may take the form of euphemisms (e.g., “downsizing” for layoffs, “servicing the target” for bombing), in which case it is primarily meant to make the truth sound more palatable. It may also refer to intentional ambiguity in language or to actual inversions of meaning (for example, naming a state of war “peace”). In such cases, doublespeak disguises the nature of the truth. Doublespeak is most closely associated with political language.”

China always said that they are for peace, yet consider their obvious overt acts. They are for peace, yet they are bullying and harassing various claimants in the disputed waters. Worst, they are now occupying territories that is not their own.

They claimed that they are for piece but now there are threatening everyone of a so-called “counterstrike”.

What do they mean by that is only available to their own dictionary. Nonetheless for the benefit of those idiot freaks, the standard meaning of a counterstrike is a counterattack.

Now, the question here is: how could these idiotic war-freaks threatened to launch a counterattack when in fact they are the one attacking, harassing and bullying other countries at the South China Sea?

How idiotic and ignorant one country can be?

I can no longer find the exact words how to describe China’s idiocy, preposterousness, outlandishness, ignorance and shamelessness!

Bloody hell!

Imagine: they are the one attacking and yet they have the galls to say that they will unleash a counterattack?

Holy cow!

So, in a sense, while China is caressing one with the right arm, while its bloody left arm is twisting another! What a shame!

On this critical juncture, I would like to invite the attention of the world-public to the concept of Doublespeak that is closely related with Doublethink.

Edward S. Herman, a political economist and media analyst, has highlighted some examples of doublespeak and doublethink in modern society. In his book, Beyond Hypocrisy he laid down the principle characteristics of doublespeak which is:

“What is really important in the world of doublespeak is the ability to lie, whether knowingly or unconsciously, and to get away with it; and the ability to use lies and choose and shape facts selectively, blocking out those that don’t fit an agenda or program.”

The whole world knows that “both China and the Philippines have been locked in a decades-old territorial squabble over the South China Sea, with tensions flaring after the Philippines moved new soldiers and supplies last week to a disputed coral reef, prompting Beijing to condemn Manila’s “illegal occupation””.

China through the years has labeled the Philippines various tags such as “trouble-maker” and “illegal occupier”. Now, the latest of China’s brouhaha and series of allegation is the fact that according to them “the Philippines had committed “seven sins” in the South China Sea.”

According to the Reuters report:

The “seven sins” includes,
1. the “illegal occupation” of the Spratly Islands,
2. inviting foreign capital to engage in oil and gas development in the disputed waters,

3. promoting the “internationalisation” of the waters,

4. has called on the United States to act as a “patron”,

5. the Philippines, knowing that it’s weak, believes that ‘a crying child will have milk to drink’; and

6. Manila’s resort to many “unscrupulous” tricks in the disputed waters.
Not content with that, China also accused the whole of ASEAN for its being an “accomplice”. For the record, that is allegation number 7.


Again, look how China uses doublespeak and doublethink. Look close how it distorts the use of language for its greedy political and economic purposes.

For the benefit of the global public, let me respond to the ridiculous and out of this world accusation of China.

The Philippines submitted to an international court sanctioned by the United Nations its claim to those parts of the Spratlys and so as the Scarborough Shoal it is claiming.


How about China? Why does it is not submitting itself to the jurisdiction of the said court?

The answer is as clear as the sky in the early morning.

First, it has no evidence to back up its claim (except its so-called “historical evidence”, which in my view is the most idiotic territorial claim in the history of humanity) and second, it does not recognize the jurisdiction of the said court. Which is a shame and a brutal display of arrogance and a betrayal of their gross ignorance of international norms, laws and statutes!


Does it mean that China consider itself above or superior to international law? Does China consider itself exempted from international rules and universal convention?

It is a well-trenched rule in all civilized jurisdiction that an independent and sovereign state has all the right to use, exploit and develop its natural resources and defend/safeguard its territory. The act of the Philippines in inviting foreign capital to engage in oil and gas development in the disputed waters; is a sovereign act of an independent state.

Therefore, it has no right whatsoever to tell other countries how those countries will decide their own fate. Though the said waters are in dispute, it is undeniable that they are well within the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines.

Hence, China has no business to meddle or interfere with the Philippines’ internal affairs.

The Philippines is not a greedy nation. Though we maintain by law and in fact that we own those disputed waters, we are not and we will not deny the right of “innocent passage”.

The South China/West Philippine Sea is an indispensable navigation of regional and international trade. We are not arrogant and ignorant, like China, to close that important sea lane which in undeniably under international waters.

As I’ve stated in my article, “China’s imperialist designs; showing it’s ugly head and bloody arms (South China Sea)”, The China Daily Mail, December 4, 2012:

As Matthew Bigg noted:

“Several countries have overlapping sovereignty claims in the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas. It is the region’s biggest potential military flashpoint.

“A summit of Asian nations this month was overshadowed by disagreements between China and the Philippines over the dispute. Tensions were fanned again by China’s move to issue new passports containing a map of its maritime claims.”

Promptly, the Philippine government, in response to China’s latest imperialist design, immediately decided not to stamp the said passports that shows a map of its maritime claim.

This is the latest showdown between the two countries concerning the disputed territory that begun last April!

Now, let us consider in detail China’s version of “double speak.” As already stated, China said it attached “great importance” to freedom of navigation in waters that have some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. Yet, what kind of “great importance” it attaches to the “freedom of navigation” in the said disputed waters which is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world? By boarding and inspecting those foreign vessels in passing through the said lanes?

Who the devil are they to declare whether a vessel is guilty of illegal entry or not? It is my considered view and so held that they are the one who are illegally entering a territory that they do not own!

They are acting as if they owned the said international waters and disputed territories! Said unreasonable act, in my view, constitutes bullyism and indiscriminate flexing of its muscles as against the convention and accord agreed upon by China with the ASEAN way back in 2002.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry is engaged in a contradictory and hypocritical stance.

“All countries have freedom of navigation in the South China Sea in accordance with international law … At present there are no problems in this regard”. However, Hong added that “Beijing wanted to resolve the dispute with neighbouring countries through negotiations”.

This is good, if this is true, yet when “asked on Thursday about the police boarding plans, Hong said that management of the seas according to the law” was “a sovereign nation’s legitimate right.”
China is duping and fooling the world in trying so hard to portray that it respects the freedom of navigation, yet at the same time those who will pass through the said lanes will be boarded and inspected. Wow! That is how they respect international law and attach importance to negotiation and civility to the other claimants of the said territories.

Beautifully preposterous, to say the least!

Question to China

Do you own the said sea? Are you aware that beyond your EEZ are already international waters?
How could you own those waters, which is part of international waters? Are you out of your mind?
For purposes of the record, let me state that I disagree with the Philippine government’s decision of asking the help of the United States of America. The said is true with regard to Japan’s help.

As I’ve stated in my article, “China is the troublemaker in the South China Sea; opinion from the Philippines”, The China Daily Mail, December 17, 2012:

Nonetheless, I strongly disagree with Foreign Affairs Secretary, Alberto Del Rosario that the Philippines “would strongly support a rearmed Japan” as a balance and an added counterweight to Chinese aggression and provocation.

We must not also forget Japan’s bloody and imperialist past!

It would be the heights of stupidity and absurdity to trade one monster from another. One imperialist is not better from another imperialist. Both of them must be closely guarded and seriously countered!

Hence, the help that is being offered by the US and Japan must also be closely studied by the Philippines.


This is another form of China’s doubletalk. Calling us then as “troublemaker”; now calling us as “weak”.

Let us consider briefly the ‘logic’ of these freaks: how could a supposed weakling act as a troublemaker? Well, China may be big, yet there is no scintilla of doubt that its leaders, especially it’s so-called “Communist party are a bunch of old idiotic dinosaurs; worst they are idiots of the highest order! What a shame!

This bastard provocative bully has tagged us as weak, yet this so-called “weakling” has the guts and the balls to stand up against this arrogant idiotic giant.

Don’t ever forget, this small country is the first in this region and in this continent to overthrow a foreign Western power.

1896, this tiny nation is already an independent and sovereign republic. How about you? When did you become a republic? 1911?

As I’ve stated firmly in my article, “The dispute over Scarborough Shoal”, The Malaysian Insider, April 18, 2012:

Don’t forget that we are the first country in Asia to overthrow a foreign power and declare a republic!

During World War II, we stood and fought the Japanese Imperial Army from day one up to the end!
We fought a dictator for more than two decades and had two revolutions. In fact, when your people tried to copied our own 1986 revolution in 1988 at Tiannamen Square, your government viciously crackdown on the people and the students who led the same!

Hence, do not take us lightly, in the same vein that we are not taking you for granted, too.

We may be small, yet we are capable of inflicting damage to you too!

As a Filipino writer puts it so succinctly, Jose Ma. Montelibano, Philippine Daily Inquirer, April 13: “China may risk killing some of us but it will find too costly to kill millions of us”.

Lastly, I am not threatening you, but warning you that we have our history of courage and greatness, too.

Hence, I implore China to learn from history: do not ever forget the lessons of the Battle of Thermopylae.

It is always the case that the tiniest of the dust often cause the greatest irritation and discomfort to the biggest bloody eyes! Again, we are also warning you!

Unscrupulous tricks

This bastard bully is accusing us of resorting to many “unscrupulous” tricks in the disputed waters. Bloody hell! I do not know what kind of mind-set or thinking these idiots have.

The Filipinos since day one have always resorted consistently to maximize the diplomatic channel and agreeable for the ICJ to assume jurisdiction!

Question: Will China voluntary submit its claim to the jurisdiction of the ICJ?

Now, who is the one engaged in resorting to unscrupulous tricks and evil means?
Allegation number 7 is the worst of China’s allegation. Due to her obsession, fanaticism and greediness, she even accused the ASEAN for being an accomplice.


So to China, you are a good guy, if you follow her dictates? This stupid rule of them is only applicable to Cambodia (see my article, “Cambodia’s subservience to China: a tale of treachery and selfishness, The China Daily Mail, August 6, 2012), but not to the Philippines and/or to Vietnam.

These two valiant countries are consistent and firm on their stand and principle. They will not sell their soul to the devil!

As further continued by the Reuters report:

Beijing’s assertion of sovereignty over a vast stretch of the South China Sea has set it directly against Vietnam and the Philippines, while Brunei, Taiwan and Malaysia also lay claim to other parts of the sea.


Not included in the list is Japan. The bully has also a territorial dispute with Japan; this pertains to islands of Senkaku.

Below are the lists of incidents and controversies last year wherein China is involved with various countries concerning their massive territorial disputes:

1. Philippines versus China, April, 2012. This high profile incident concerns the stand-off of the two countries at the Scarborough Shoal. As of the moment, said issue is not yet resolve.

2. Vietnam versus China, May, 2012. This pertains to China’s move in calling for foreign investors and gas explorations on a contested part of the Spratly which is near Vietnam’s jurisdiction.

3. Japan versus China, June, 2012. The issue of this dispute is about the ownership of the islands of Senkaku.

4. Taiwan versus China, July, 2012. This concerns the issue of Taiwan’s intention of widening the run way of an airport, on a contested Spratly island.

5. Just days ago, one of China’s ship “accidentally” run aground at the Spratly, clearly within Philippine territory. (See my articles, “ASEAN-CHINA RELATIONS: Time to contain hostilities in South China Sea”, The New Straits Times, Malaysia, July 19, 2012; “Call for the United Nations to tell China that it cannot do as it pleases”, The Southeast Asian Times, Australia, July 21, 2012 and “Bullyism: the new face of imperialism (China’s invocation of its so-called historical right), The China Daily Mail, August 8, 2012)

Hence, it is my fervent and firm view, without slightest iota of doubt that the true blue undisputed TROUBLEMAKER, BULLY AND WARMONGER in this part of the world is no other than China.

As categorically reported by Agence France-Presse, “Philippines accuses China of military buildup at sea”, June 30, 2013:

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alberto Del Rosario told his fellow foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the first day of a security forum in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei that:

The Philippines views “with serious concern the “militarisation of the South China Sea…

“The overwhelming presence of Chinese ships, including military and paramilitary ships, and the issuance of threats pose serious challenges for the region as a whole.”

Further, “in a press statement, Del Rosario said there was a “massive presence of Chinese military and paramilitary ships” at two groups of islets within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone, called Scarborough Shoal and Second Thomas Shoal.

“He described the Chinese presence as “threats to efforts to maintain maritime peace and stability in the region””.

The Philippine Foreign Secretary added that:

“We are prevented in our own EEZ (exclusive economic zone) from fishing, from sourcing our own natural resources and from enforcing our own laws…”

I concur with the said Secretary that “the Chinese actions violated a pact in 2002 in which rival claimants to the sea pledged not to take any actions that may increase tensions.”

The problem is that said pact is a non-binding declaration by ASEAN and China and though the latter also committed with the claimants to settle their disputes “without resorting to the threat or use of force” — China does not respect agreements, worst it does not even recognized international law and universal convention.

The world international community knows that “China claims nearly all of the sea, even waters approaching the coasts of neighbouring countries.”

Now, under the given prevailing circumstances, this bastard bully is the one threatening us of “doomsday” and warning us of a so-called “counterstrike”. What a shame!

They are occupying a portion of my territory which is not their own and yet they have the face and the galls to threatened us?

This bastard and shameless bully instead of bringing its disputes with various countries through diplomacy and international forum rather — has viciously resorted to force, blackmail, doublespeak, doublethink, doubletalk, treachery, bullying, threatening, etc.

Nonetheless, I concur with the position undertaken by the Philippines and other claimants in dragging China to the ambit of international law. If China will not respect the decision that will be rendered eventually by the competent international court then, it will lose all dignity and recognition before the international community, worst, she will be shame and humiliated to the maximum by the bar of global public opinion!

Due to China’s evil tactics the 10-member ASEAN that hopes to reach a legally binding Code of Conduct to manage maritime conduct in disputed areas has for now unfortunately only managed a watered-down “Declaration of Conduct” in place.

This is a shame and a tragedy.

I reiterate my call to the ASEAN to stand up and unite, because if not, they will wake up one day that the rest of Southeast Asia is already under the bloody red empire of the bastard “Communist” party of China.

Another sharp and fine example of China’s war-freak and hostile intimidation is the fact that “on Thursday, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned that countries with territorial claims in the South China Sea that look for help from third parties will find their efforts “futile”, adding that the path of confrontation would be “doomed””.


Now, this pronouncement coming from the no less than the Chinese Foreign Minister is as clear as a crystal. Either those countries that are in dispute with China kow tow to it, bow down as slaves and follow her so-called “China leading Asia policy” (which is a much vulgar and bastardized form of Japan’s Greater East Co-Prosperity Sphere) then, if not, they will be doomed?


I wonder what the hell that fellow Wang Yi is trying to express. Is that freak saying that if we will not give in to China’s demands, China shall/will:

1. Break all diplomatic relations?
2. Suspend all economic activities/trade?
3. They will resort to war? Is that their ‘meaning for the so-called ‘counterstrike’?

A Challenge:

Mr. Wang Xi, I do not know the level of your English proficiency and the depth of your English grammar and vocabulary, yet I am challenging you, SPEAK CATEGORICALLY: ARE YOU GOING TO ATTACK US? WILL YOU ENGAGE US TO A WAR?

Don’t use some vague words and ambiguous terms. You want a piece of us? Then, say so — directly. You want to fight us? Then, enough of your bloody good for nothing words. I challenge you, you and your bastard government: DO IT! JUST DO IT!

As I’ve stated in my latest article, China’s stupid contention on South China Sea: the most idiotic territorial claim in human history, The China Daily Mail, June 20, 2013 and Exposing the Truth, June 25, 2013:

It is beyond dispute that China has no evidence whatsoever and only shamefacedly using force and bullying its neighbours, because of her greed!

As one commentator said:

“China is rebuffing the Philippine map of 1874 when their map only indicated that their territory by 1904 is only up to Hainan to the South.”

The Philippine claim is being supported by Spain, Germany and other nations of the international community, while China is being supported only by China. What a shame!

Further, I doubt if the Chinese people themselves are supporting their government’s idiotic contention with regard to the territorial dispute.

We all know the truth; the whole world knows the facts: China is acting as the new face of imperialism in the region.

I am wondering is there now a scarcity of food in China, or perhaps their resources are now beginning to dry up; that’s why they are bullying, invading and fishing at other countries’ EEZs?

To the Communist Party of China:

Are you now having problem with your unsustainable growth? That is why even at the expense of your people’s welfare and other countries’ interest, you are concocting stupid historical stories to grab territories of other nations?

Warning to China

Don’t dare us, don’t bully us and don’t even provoke us! We may be small, but we do have the guts and the balls to stand up and fight a bloody bully like you, that has been shown and exhibited many times.

May I remind you that during World War II, your country was ravaged and raped by Japan, yet my country had never surrendered to those barbaric Japs. We fought those bloody bastards from day one up to the end of the war.

In fact, because of the bravery and heroism of the Filipinos, we in a sense saved Australia and New Zealand from the Japanese advance. That gave MacArthur time to regroup and organise his army.

By your evil acts and greedy deeds, you are acting like the new Japan; well, we don’t give a damn about that! We stood up and fought fiercely the Japanese Imperial Army then; if it is necessary — we are prepared to stand up and fight you too — to the death — now!

You want a Part II of the April 2012 incident? Then, so be it! You want a piece of us? C’mon, come and get it; that is if you can: we dare you!

Enough of this rubbish cabbage talk, let’s prepare to rumble!

Jose Mario Dolor De Vega

Philosophy lecturer
Polytechnic University of the Philippines

June 30, 2013

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[Statement] AFAD@15: An Arduous Journey Under a Crystal Clear Sky

AFAD 15th Anniversary Statement
4 June 2013

An Arduous Journey Under a Crystal Clear Sky


4 June 2013 – A decade and a half have passed since the founding of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD). Many Asian governments continue the practice of making people disappear while past cases remain unresolved. While they fail to hold the perpetrators accountable, victims and their families continue to suffer from this abominable scourge, which violates a number of human rights. Much as it wants itself to be rendered irrelevant, AFAD remains to be relevant.

The birth of AFAD had given voice to the voiceless, power to the powerless and presence to the disappeared in the Asian region. It has provided flesh and blood to solidarity which endeavors to transform shared aspirations into common actions towards a unified vision.

With the commitment of its 11 member-organizations from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor Leste and the support of its partners, AFAD has been able to respond to the needs of the surviving victims and their families – to the women and children left behind in their pursuit for justice and for an end to impunity.

Today, we celebrate our accomplishments. From a federation of three organizations, it has grown to 11 organizations in eight countries, 11-member Secretariat in its country of base and has forged partnership with various organizations. Amidst multi-cultural diversity, the Federation has sustained its solidarity and advocacy.

Anniversaries are occasions to ponder on our inner capacities and limitations. On this 15th anniversary, the Federation counts on its accomplishments even as it humbly reflects on its shortcomings. In the course of its journey, it continues to sharpen its mission, vision and goals.

The strength of any Federation is founded on the strength of its member-organizations. How well have we, as a Federation, marched in step towards the same vision? How have we, in various capacities, performed our role in expressing mutual solidarity and in steering the Federation towards the fulfillment of its dreams? How have we mutually extended solidarity among each other given the commonalities and particularities of our situation and the uneven development of our constituents? How have we gone beyond crises? How sustainable are our accomplishments vis-à-vis our limited resources? These are questions we ask ourselves as we commemorate our 15th anniversary.

On this day, we thank all those organizations and individuals who, during good and not-so-good times, have linked arms with us since our conception, birth and eventual full maturity as a Federation. To the disappeared and their families, we owe them the inspiration much-needed in this difficult journey.

On the occasion of the 1997 International Week of the Disappeared in the Philippines, with the theme, Strengthen and Intensify the International Movement for the Disappeared, an Asian group was conceived. A year later, AFAD was born. Since then, it has gone a long way. Fifteen years later, AFAD has become the focal point of what is now the International Coalition Against Enforced Disappearances, whose mandate is to campaign for universal accession and implementation of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (Convention) and the creation of an independent monitoring body, the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances. The Federation can claim of its contribution to the adoption and entry into force of the Convention and its eventual universal application. Related to this is AFAD’s contribution to the signing of the Convention by Indonesia and Thailand and its support to the enactment of the Philippine Anti-Enforced Disappearance law. Needless to say, AFAD has gained recognition at all levels as the only regional federation in Asia that works on the theme of enforced disappearances. Our small and great victories are worth the celebration.

Yet, the challenges are many. Amidst the huge number of enforced disappearances in a continent that submitted the highest number of cases to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, we need a voice louder enough to be heard. As AFAD consolidates its ranks, it needs to continue expanding to cover cases and situations in the vast Asian region. It has to explore possibilities of cooperation with regional inter-governmental bodies in the formulation of more effective human rights policies and mechanisms.

Every year, we learn from our own experiences, develop our own capacities and adapt to the changing times. Without a doubt, the journey has not always been smooth sailing. But the challenges we have confronted along the way were a resounding affirmation of the relevance and legitimacy of our cause.

This gives us all the reason not to rest on our laurels. We need to raise our voices again and again; march in every street; continue knocking at every door of States for them to accede to the Convention without delay and to enact effective implementing legislation in accordance with international human rights standards.

As we commemorate our 15th anniversary, we must give due recognition to those who have offered their lives to the altar of freedom – our sisters and brothers who were made to disappear and killed during the massacre at the Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China twenty-four years ago. Lest we forget, we remember Munir, our former Chairperson who was poisoned by arsenic allegedly by elements of the military intelligence agencies in Indonesia in 2004. We likewise remember Aasia Jeelani of APDP who, in the same year, was killed by a landmine blast in the north of Kashmir while on election monitoring duty. More recently, we honor our dear friend, Patricio Rice of Argentina, who, in the course of his work, succumbed to death on 7 July 2010.

For the desaparecidos, their families and the greater global community, we continue to dedicate our efforts as a Federation in this collective arduous journey towards a world without disappearances under a crystal clear sky.

Signed and authenticated by:

Chairperson Secretary-General

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[In the news] Mga Pinoy nananawagan na lisanin na ng China ang Panatag Shoal -GMA News

Mga Pinoy nananawagan na lisanin na ng China ang Panatag Shoal.

GMA News
May 11, 2012

Kasabay sa isang kilos-protesta laban sa pag-angkin ng China sa Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, nanawagan nitong Biyernes ang isang party-list group sa Beijing na lisanin na ang  lugar at ihinto na ang pambu-bully nito.

Ayon sa sulat-pahayag ng Akbayan party-list group, nagkaisa ang mga Pilipino sa buong mundo sa panawagang ihinto na ng China ang tangka nitong pag-ankin sa pinagtatalunang shoal na umano’y halatang pag-aari ng Pilipinas.

“Today, Filipinos from different parts of the world rise up to confront the bullying of the Chinese government in the region. We hope China hears us loud and clear. We may be a small nation, but we will not let our country’s sovereignty be trampled upon,” ayon kay Akbayan acting president Marie Chris Cabreros.

Ayon sa Akbayan, ang kilos-protesta na tinaguriang “Global Day of Action against China’s bullying in the West Philippine Sea,” ay ang pinakamalaking pagkilos ng mga Pilipino para  sa “immediate pull out” ng China sa teritoryo ng Pilipinas.

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[Statement] Thirteen Years of Struggle: Our Choice, Our Responsibility – AFAD

Aileen Bacalso, AFAD Sec Gen. Photo by Celia Lagman

4 June 2011 – Today, we commemorate the 13th anniversary of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD), a regional federation of organizations and human rights advocates working directly on the issue of enforced disappearance. Thirteen years ago, the federation came into being as a regional response to enforced disappearances in the Asian continent.  Inspired by the Latin American Federation of Associations of Relatives of Disappeared-Detainees (FEDEFAM), the conceptualization and birth of AFAD were prompted by the imperative of solidarity with all those victimized by the common malady of enforced disappearance.

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Church prays for miracle for Pinoys on death row

Source: http://www.cbcpnews.com


Fr. Edwin Corros, Photo source: cbcpnews

MANILA, March 29, 2011— An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines called on the faithful to never give up praying as three Filipinos await execution in China on Wednesday.

Fr. Edwin Corros, executive secretary of the CBCP’s Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, made the statement today in the hope of a miracle to save the three convicted drug traffickers.

“The best that we can do now is keep on praying…we have been offering Masses for the three OFWs,” Corros said.

The CBCP official said there is a need to storm heavens with prayers so the fate of the three overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will change.

“We are knocking on all doors. We are trying to storm heavens for a change on the fate of what will happen tomorrow,” said Corros.

The CBCP agency together with the Archdiocese of Manila Ministry on Migrants is holding a prayer vigil tonight at the Nuestra Señora de Guia Shrine in Ermita, Manila for the convicts.

“Tonight we continue to express our solidarity with (Sally) Ordinario, (Ramon) Credo, and (Elizabeth) Batain. We can only ask for a miracle most likely. Hopefully, we can get through this,” said Corros.

But the vigil, he said, is also for the hundreds of OFWs facing death row in China.

“Even now we are already in contact with some people whom we believe can be of help to us in terms of securing the life of the 100 others who are on death row in China,” Corros said.

Last February, the Supreme People’s Court of China affirmed the death sentences of Credo, 42, Villanueva, 32, and Batin, 38.

The executions were originally scheduled last Feb. 20 and 21, but it was put on hold following Vice President Jejomar Binay‘s humanitarian mission to Beijing. [CBCPNews]