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« on: December 10, 2010, 07:18:55 AM »
PDI: Human rights activists and lawmakers were shocked and disappointed at the Philippine government’s decision to align with China in boycotting the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony honoring imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.

“The Philippines prides itself on its democratic values, which is why it is shocking to see this government turning its back on Liu Xiaobo’s nonviolent struggle for free expression in China,” Elaine Pearson, deputy director for Asia of The Human Rights Watch, said in a statement.

Pearson noted that President Benigno Aquino III’s mother, the late democracy icon Corazon Aquino, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, the same year she led the peaceful People Power Revolution that ousted Marcos.

The Philippines declined the invitation to attend Friday’s ceremony in Oslo, Norway.

Pearson said skipping the ceremony along with 17 other countries, including China’s allies such as Venezuela and Cuba, regional neighbors including Vietnam and Kazakhstan, and business partners such as Saudi Arabia and Iran, meant that the Philippines “is failing to live up to its promise to promote human rights in Asia.”

Calling the Department of Foreign Affairs’ decision disappointing, Akbayan party-list Rep. Walden Bello said he would write letters of protest to both the DFA and the Chinese Embassy in Manila.

“We protest if the US tries to pressure us. I think we should equally protest when the Chinese do so. We should not let this superpower slap us around,” Bello said.

He noted that human rights had been central in the struggle against the Marcos dictatorship and for democracy. “This has been institutionalized,” he said

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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2010, 07:30:07 AM »
wow, tuta tayo ng Peoples Republic of China?


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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2010, 07:31:47 AM »
Yes, Philippines is now a puppy of China. America should do something about it.

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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2010, 11:03:57 AM »
What a disgusting stand from Philippine government....or maybe our government officials are chinese...
It just shows what our government officials are....walang pinaglaban ...

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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2010, 12:04:26 PM »
A nation, despite its size, should have the spine to stand up to its own national and political ethic without having to fear the opposition of powerful partners. The Philippines' refusal to renew Clark Air Force Base and Subic Bay during the administration of Corazon Aquino was an example of national solidarity and a refusal to cater to American military needs. In a way, it was an example of Filipino national pride. Why should the country cater to Chinese national interest when it does not concern the Philippines?

This act is quite disturbing as it paints the Philippines as a lapdog for Chinese regional hegemony. It is an act of two-facedom considering the fact that The Philippines is a signed non-Nato Strategic Ally of the United States of America.





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