LOS ANGELES – On July 24, Filipinos in Los Angeles trooped to the Chinese Consulate offices in Shatto Place in Koreatown to protest the China’s aggression in the heated West Philippine Sea/South China Sea territorial dispute. Led by US Pinoys for Good Governance (USPGG), Filipino Angelenos clad in yellow shirts and carrying anti-China placards marched in front of the Chinese Consulate chanting “Our soil, our oil.”
During the demonstration, some Chinese consulate workers were seen exiting the building . However, they did not give any comments on the protest. Rocio Nuyda, a board member for USPGG, said that their peaceful rally is in protest of the most recent violation of China of the sovereign rights of the Philippines.
Nuyda said that in May 2013, three Chinese naval ships entered Ayungin Reef – a gateway to the oil, marine, and mineral-rich Recto Bank. Nuyda pointed out that Recto Bank (located 105 nautical miles from Palawan) is well within the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines, based on the International Laws of the Seas. -
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