As we headed for the US Embassy on Roxas Boulevard, we saw a group of protesters shouting slogans against the Visiting Forces Agreement, and calling for its abolition altogether. The rally was being held in front of the US Embassy. The protesters said they were also protesting the USS Guardian’s destruction of a part of the famous Tubbataha Reef. They said the minesweeper had no business being there, and that the incident showed the United States has been encroaching on Philippine coastal waters.
Even better is for these ralliers to protest against Chinese intrusions into Philippine territory, and maybe against Chinese drug traffickers, many of whom have been arrested by our government. China finds business opportunities easily in its neighbors. We can also say China is flooding the Philippines with fake signature products.
China is very shrewd and scheming. I just hope those protesters, our fellow Filipinos, realize this also. Our political observers should write articles that expose China’s wrongdoings and bullying ways in the Asian region. The public should know more about China.
The rally inconvenienced people who were going to the embassy. That was a letdown and didn’t win support for the ralliers.
—MARISSA U. CALDERON,