Fil-Ams to hold global day of prayer for peace in West PH Sea

by Alvin Elchico, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 20 2012 04:10 PM | Updated as of Aug 21 2012 12:10 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The US Pinoys for Good Governance and the Body of Christ in the Philippines calls on Filipinos to join the global day of prayer for justice and peace in the Scarborough Shoal and West Philippine Sea.

The event will be tomorrow, August 21, 3:30pm at the Rockwell Tent.

In a press conference, US Pinoys for Good Governance chairperson Loida Nicolas Lewis said if China has the power of enormous warship, the Philippines in turn has the power of worship.

Nicolas-Lewis asked the help of media to drum up support for the initiative to expose the bullying of China against the Philippines and other claimant countries.

When asked if the group is satisfied with how the Philippine government deals with the situation, Nicolas-Lewis says she fully supports the diplomatic and backchannel talks the government is employing in facing the problem.

She added the government is correct in stepping back and pushing for avenues of discussion rather than agitating China.

The group that faced the media also included Filipino-American blogger Vonz Santos, Bishop Chito Sanches of Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches and Vietnamese lawyer Hoi Trinh of the Vietnamese Overseas Initiative for Conscience Empowerment.

Nicolas-Lewis caught the ire of the Chinese government with her consistent campaign against Chinese bullying and asserting Philippine sovereignty on the disputed areas. It even came to a point that the Chinese called for a boycott of her businesses in China but Nicolas-Lewis said she had already sold all her ventures in China.

Before the question and answer portion, the group has offered a 1-minute prayer for Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, who is still missing after his plane crashed on Saturday.

Robredo's friend and former Isabela Gov Grace Padaca was supposed to be on the panel but was not able to make it.