“All is set.”
This was the statement issued today by organizers of a "global day of action" to protest China’s bullying in the West Philippine Sea.
Akbayan party which will lead the protest action in the Chinese Consular Office in Makati said all “systems are go.”
“Everything is set. Many organizations and social movements have committed to join the event. We are expecting a large number of Filipino people to troop to the Chinese Consular office,” Akbayan Chief Communications Officer Emman Hizon said.
Hizon said aside from Akbayan, the Black and White movement, People Power Volunteers for Reforms (PPVR), Kilusan para sa Makabansang Ekonomiya (KME), Rebolusyonaryong Alyansang Makabansa (RAM), El Elyon Youth, Grain New Wine & Oil Ministries, Southern Philippines Muslim Unity & Development Association, Student Council Alliance of the Philippines (SCAP) are some of the groups that will join the event.
Hizon said the activity with the rallying cry “Stand up against China’s bullying” is set on May 11, 2012 at 12:00 noon before different Chinese embassies and consular offices around the globe. He said protest actions had been set in Washington DC, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Houston in the United States.
Protest activities will also be held in Rome, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Sydney, Singapore and the Philippines.
The event is primarily spearheaded by the US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG) headed by Loida Nicolas-Lewis, a renowned Filipino-American philanthropist and socio-civic leader.
The USP4GG also urged the Global Filipino Diaspora Council (GFDC), which represents 12 million Filipinos in 220 countries worldwide, to support the Philippines in its sovereign claim over Panatag.
“A strong showing of support and solidarity by Filipinos in the diaspora will impress on China that it is not just confronting a small country that it can easily bully, but one that has citizens scattered throughout the world who can mobilize and galvanize public opinion against China,” US4GG President Atty. Rodel Rodis said.