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MANILA - The Akbayan party-list group, together with the Vietnamese-Filipino Association composed of Filipino-Vietnamese students and businessmen living in the Philippines, held a joint rally in front of the Chinese Consular Office along Gil Puyat in Makati City Friday.
Led by Akbayan Representative Walden Bello, members of the Akbayan group slammed the Chinese government for branding as "provocative" the capture of the 11 Chinese poachers in the West Philippine Sea and the filing of charges by the Philippine National Police against them.
According to Bello, from being a regional bully, China has now turned into an environmental terrorist.
Akbayan also expressed outrage over the Chinese government's airstrip construction in Mabini Reef, which he said is clearly Philippine territory since it is within the country's 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone.
The Vietnamese-Filipino Association led by Arya Nguyen protested the alleged illegal deployment of a deep water oil rig in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone on May 1.
They called on the local and international community to support Vietnam in its stand to protect the sovereignty of the country.
Both groups expressed support that the Philippines and Vietnam should have stronger alliance and cooperation in standing up against China's alleged illegal occupation of Philippine and Vietnam territory.
Meanwhile, Chris Hael, a Filipino who works in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as a factory show worker, said there has been work stoppage in many Chinese and Taiwanese factories where some Filipinos work because of protest rallies against the factories.
He said hundreds of Filipino shoe factory workers are on work stoppage and some have relocated to hotels because some protest groups have turned violent and tried to attack the factories by breaking their windows, burning some equipment and looting their goods.
He said by tomorrow, he and his father, who is also a factory worker, will be relocated to hotel.
He said as a precaution, he carries his passport with him all the time.