New York, New York (The Adobo Chronicles) – In a recent interview with The New York Times, Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino admitted that he was very concerned about China.
Aquino, who is in New York attending a United Nations summit on climate change, said that the Philippine government is getting mixed messages from China with regards to the diplomatic relations between the two countries, as well as the territorial dispute over islands in the South China Sea.
But in an exclusive interview with The Adobo Chronicles, the Philippine leader expressed his worst fears regarding China.
Chinese Filipinos are one of the largest overseas Chinese communities in Southeast Asia. Filipinos with at least some Chinese ancestry—comprise 18-27% of the Philippine population. That’s more than a quarter of Philippines’ 100 Million population.
Aquino said that if China succeeds in laying claim to the disputed islands, it may also lay claim to the more than 25 Million Chinese Filipinos, including Aquino and his family. Aquino, by virtue of his mother Cory Aquino’s heritage, is among the Chinese Filipinos living in the Philippines. Cory comes from the Cojuangco family, one of the richest and most influential Chinese Filipino family dynasties in the country.
“I am afraid that 25 Million Filipinos will be claimed by China as Chinese citizens and that real estate, property and businesses owned by Chinese Filipinos in the Philippines will be sequestered by the Chinese government,” Aquino said.
The beleaguered Aquino said this will result in a divided Philippines and a dual government – one democratic and one communist. He suspects that if China succeeds in establishing partial rule in the Philippines, Manila could lose its Chinatown as it would become the seat of the Chinese govenrment in the Philippines. Manila’s Chinatown is one of the biggest and the oldest of Chinatowns in the world.
Aquino refused to answer questions regarding what might happen to Hacienda Luisita, the vast agricultural land in the Philippine province of Tarlac owned by his family. The land has been the bitter subject of the decades-long agricultural reform movement in the country.