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Manila’s Chinatown

BINONDO, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Apparently not content with its claim over the disputed territory in the South China Sea, the Chinese government today announced it was laying claim over the oldest Chinatown in the world — in Manila!

Manila’s Chinatown, located in and around the Binondo district, was established in the late 1500s. It was built by the Spaniards as a settlement for Catholic Chinese, and was positioned across the Pasig River so that the colonial rulers could keep a close eye on their migrant subjects.  To this day, it continues to be a center of commerce and trade in Manila where all types of businesses are run by Filipinos of Chinese ancestry.

Almost a quarter of the Philippines’ 100 Million population are of Chinese descent, and China is demanding loyalty from them.

The administration of Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino immediately protested the Chinese announcement, saying “China cannot just kidnap 25 percent of our population. What are they planning to do? Build a wall around Binondo and make our Chinatown their overseas seat of government?”

Aquino called U.S. President Barack Obama at 3 a.m. Monday morning (U.S. East Coast time) to report the latest move by the Chinese government.

The U.S. and the Philippines have a mutual defense agreement which provides for the use of Philippine bases by American military forces.  In exchange, the Americans are training the Filipinos on military combat and providing military equipment to help the Philippines defend itself against foreign aggressors.

Unfortunately, Obama was out of the country attending a summit meeting of the G7 nations.


A full-page China news supplement in this week’s The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – In The Philippine Star (TPS), one of the leading national dailies, a full page is devoted to China, the People’s Republic of China — the same China that is engaged in a tense territorial dispute with the Philippines over islands in the South China Sea.

TPS describes the page as “weekly updates and other relevant information on the People’s Republic of China.”

Apparently, Freedom of Information abounds in the Philippines, except when it comes to government information.  Congress has yet to pass a Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill.

The China page on TPS is obviously funded by the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines.

But why, you might ask, does China need weekly news updates in the Philippines?  And why would TPS publish such a supplement other than for the adverstising revenue? Would The New York Times  or  Washington Post publish a similar weekly supplement funded by the North Korean Government or Iraq?

Some political observers are saying that this could be a ‘dress rehearsal’ for when China eventually takes over not just the disputed Spratly Islands, but perhaps the entire Philippines.

Of course, that’s just conjecture, but we’ve seen too many speculations come to fruition.


IMG_5492New 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.