Policemen stand guard behind placards during a rally by members of Movement and Alliance to Resist China's Aggression, regarding the disputed islands in the West PH Sea, in front of the Chinese Consulate in Makati, August 31, 2015. Photo by Ezra Acayan, Reuters
MANILA – With their rallying call ''Worship Not Warships,'' the Movement and Alliance to Resist China's Aggression (MARCHA) held a picket in front of the Chinese Consulate in Makati on Monday to condemn Chinese territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea.
The group, a network of individuals and groups that oppose Chinese aggression in the Philippines, held the protest on National Heroes' Day to honor the many Filipinos who fought for sovereignty.
Two of the main movers of MARCHA were Paranaque 2nd district Rep. Roilo Golez and Loida Nicolas-Lewis of the US Pinoys for Good Governance (USPGG).
Golez is confident the Philippines will emerge victorious in the arbitration case it filed against China before a United Nations tribunal.
"An important resolution by the UN Arbitral Tribunal at the Hague is coming up. They will soon decide on the question of jurisdiction on the arbitration case filed by the Philippines challenging China's claim in the West Philippine Sea. I believe that we have a strong case against China, so if we succeed in establishing jurisdiction, we have a big chance of winning,'' Golez said.
Also spotted in the crowd was former Senator Rene Saguisag, who said that China's refusal to participate in the arbitration indicates the weakness of its claims to the disputed seas.
After a program that lasted over an hour, the demonstrators dispersed peacefully.