MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chonicles, Manila Bureau) – A few dozen Filipino acitivists are protesting the Manila visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping on the grounds that China is a threat to the Philippines’ sovereignty in the light of the South China Sea territorial conflict, as well as growing Chinese investments in the country.
The activists don’t want the Philippines to have anything to do with China and are demanding that everything that reminds the Filipinos of China and the Chinese be permanently erased from the country’s landscape.
What landmark bests represents Chinese influence in the Philippines than the oldest Chinatown in the world — Chinatown in Binondo, Manila.
The protestors want Manila’s Chinatown permanently closed and replaced by an SM Super Mega Mall Village that would put the Mall of Asia to shame.
Little do the protesters know that the owner of SM is Henry Sy. Filipino. Chinese.