How to resolve China crisis? 2 ex-lawmakers push for back-channeling, suspension of Chinese mining


CANDELARIA, Zambales — How can the Philippines put political pressure on China and show opposition to Chinese aggression in West Philippine Sea? Former Senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani has called for boycott of Chinese goods, while former Garbriela Partylist Representative Liza Maza has pushed for the suspension of operations of Chinese mining firms in the country.

The two former legislators last week visited the towns of Subic, San Antonio, Candelaria, and Sta. Cruz in Zambales and conducted a fact-finding mission to look at how the Chinese incursion in the West Philippine Sea affects the fisherfolk.

The former senator praised the fact-finding mission as it has by far been “the first effort by an NGO to look at the problem from the perspective of those directly affected by it.”

“We have to be creative (in finding solutions to the problem) because there is so much at stake for us,” said Shahani, who was born in the coastal town of Lingayen in Pangasinan.

Gabriela’s Maza said Shahani is advocating for people-to-people relations. “The women of the Philippines should reach out to the people of China,” Maza quoted Shahani.

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