[Kamalayan] China vs The Philippines? The Spratly’s and the Philippines Natural Wealth

The Kamalayan Filipino Konsciousness Series, with the Community Alliance for Social Justice, and the Philippine Press Club-Ontario, presents

The Spratlys and the Philippines’ Natural Wealth
Friday, August 19, 2011

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
Room 5260, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto
(near St. George subway station)

“We must let the world know that we are ready to protect what is ours,” Pres Aquino.

China, the Philippines, and Vietnam are amongst those laying claim to a small group of islands off Palawan… apparently there is oil… to be had, and where there’s oil good times are just around the corner.

Recently things have begun heating up with the Philippine President upping the rhetoric, and China flexing its military muscle.  Add to this the international campaign led by FilAms and we have an interesting situation on our hands.

It has been claimed that the oil there could help alleviate poverty in the Phils and that this is a question of national sovereignty.

Join us on Fri 19 Aug and let’s explore this issue.

What is this really about?

Is this really about national sovereignty?  Because if it is, we should explore if our nation truly is sovereign.

Oil is only one of the abundant natural resources in the Philippines, how about the others?

What is the relationship between our nat’l resources and profit/poverty?



Joe Rivera, writer and former lawyer.

Bern Jagunos, United Church of Canada and the Philippine Solidarity Group of Toronto

Alex Felipe, a photographer who documented large scale mining in the Philippines

Organized by:  Community Alliance for Social Justice (CASJ)  *  Kamalayan  *  Philippine Press Club-Ontario (PPCO)

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