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Former Laguna town mayor burns Chinese flags to protest Beijing's claim on Panatag Shoal
GMA News Online reports that former Pagsanjan, Laguna mayor Abner Afuang on Monday, April 30, set fire to two Chinese flags during a demonstration in Makati City as he insisted that the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal — site of an ongoing standoff between Manila and Beijing— belongs to the Philippines.
Published on: May 1, 2012 - 7:00am

GMA News Online reports that former Pagsanjan, Laguna mayor Abner Afuang on Monday, April 30, set fire to two Chinese flags during a demonstration in front of the The World Center in Makati City, where the Chinese consulate is located. Afuang insisted that the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal—site of an ongoing standoff between Manila and Beijing—belongs to the Philippines.


The report said it was not the first time Afuang, also a former policeman, was involved in a flag-burning incident. In 1995, he reportedly burned the Singaporean flag at the height of rallies to save Filipino worker Flor Contemplacion, who was convicted and executed in Singapore for killing her ward.


Afuang was also the angry spectator who poured water on Dr. Hayden Kho Jr. during a 2009 Senate hearing on the “sex scandal” between the doctor and actress-model Katrina Halili. He reportedly spent a night at a police station for his deed.


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  • mylourd
    burn their embassy instead to voice our protest!
    May 16 2012 @ 11:37am     Reply  
  • Genuine
    What Afuang should do is immolate himself in front of the Chinese embassy, just what like the monks do in Tibet to protest China's illegal occupation of that country. Monks in Saigon during America's involvement in the Vietnam War doused their bodies in gasoline and lit themselves up to protest US involvement in that dirty war. People notice that kind of self-sacrifice. Flag burning? That's camp. Even a six year old can do that.
    May 02 2012 @ 01:03am     Reply   Hide replies
    • filipina ako
      Self sacrifice is really moving but what Afuang did is enough to show his protest. What's important, I think is that he stood up for what he believes in, and that he showed he is ready and willing to oppose what he thinks is wrong.
      May 02 2012 @ 04:07pm     Reply  
  • Pepe at Pilar
    I like this better
    May 01 2012 @ 08:26pm     Reply   Hide replies
    • filipina ako
      ....better than what Pepe? cute username
      May 02 2012 @ 04:08pm     Reply  
  • ***usisero***
    This I like, than that featured in the other feed about US based pinoys to do a rally in their new home country. We oppose here in the Philippines to show sincerity, love and support for our country. Not that pure pretensions. This way, they can't question us because we are prepared, we are here, whatever happens we are here in our beloved country. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! Mabuhay ang pilipino, mga tunay na pilipino na hindi ikakahiya ng mga bayaning Jose Rizal, Bonifacio at Tandang Sora.
    May 01 2012 @ 12:57pm     Reply  
  • a
    Very mature and classy, just like Spot readers such as me.
    May 01 2012 @ 08:49am     Reply  
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