by Jose Rizal M. Reyes / poet-philosopher, Philippines / June 17, 2015

A loose coalition of organizations and individuals jointly held Martsa para sa Kalayaan last June 12 in front of the Chinese consulate at the World Center Building, Buendia, Makati. Among those which participated are the Di Ka Pasisiil Movement founded by former national security adviser Roilo Golez and the West Philippine Sea Coaliton spearheaded by former DILG secretary Rafael Alunan III. Acting as convenor was 20-year old Eufemio Agbayani III, a recent graduate of UP.

Other participating groups include United Filipino Seafarers, Parañaque Riders Club, ARMAS Riders, FEL Ladies, ROTC alumni, Bantay Bayan, Bantay Spratlys, HOPE, Silakbo, Pro-Gun Philippines, Volunteers Against Crime & Corruption, Anti-Drugs Advocates, Rebolusyonaryong Alyansang Makabansa, Guardians, United Defense Manufacturing Corporation, and Motorcycles Federation of the Philippines.

I tried to draft my speech several days before the protest rally. But ominously, my brain wouldn’t function for that purpose. On the eve of June 12, I left the house at midnight and arrived in Caloocan City at about 4:00 A.M. During the bus ride, my brain fortunately began to function, I jotted down a few paragraphs and drafted the outline of the whole speech in my mind.

I finalized my speech at the Poorboyz Internet Cafe in Monumento, Caloocan City that early morning and even managed to write a short press release which I reproduced for distribution at the rally site. I tried to memorize the speech while on board a taxi, practicing aloud. To simplify my problem in memorization, I decided to memorize only the second half of the speech. I wanted to gesture while speaking, that’s why, and it’s hard to do that if you are holding a paper and reading from it. I used to coach some students on speech delivery, and stressed as I was, I felt some excitement in having the chance to dust off my home-made oratorical techniques. It vaguely crossed my mind that delivering half of the speech from memory is a risky course to take …

By sheer serendipity, I was able to see the other rally site of the leftist or Marxist-leaning Makabayan “Handsoff” group. I saw many policemen deployed at the Roxas Boulevard area. The taxi driver happened to choose that route in going to Makati. The Makabayan group occupied our 8–12 A.M. time slot in front of the Chinese consulate in Buendia, Makati, causing Martsa organizers to move the start of our own rally to 10:00 A.M.

The groups and individuals participating in the Martsa para sa Kalayaan protest rally had difficulty gathering and finding each other due to the Makabayan rally in the same area. While waiting for the other rally to finish, I created my own poster. I had these large newly-purchased pentel pens and I wrote in red “China, go away!” and in black “US, welcome!” Then I taped the flags of Vietnam, Japan, Australia and India on the four corners of my improvised placard. I wasn’t sure which side of the Indian flag was up or down, whether the green side or the orange side. I took my chance, it was a 50–50- chance … and I got it wrong!

As for my speech, I stopped reading from my copy after the first half of my speech, that part wherein I mentioned Russia and North Korea. I began delivering the second half of my speech well enough. I reached that part wherein I said; “And this is our message to China: The Filipinos defy you, China! The Asia-Pacific alliance defy you, China! The world defy you, China!” My two hands were upraised when I ended that line, my eyes looking upward. And then, as if struck by Heaven, my mind went blank and I was unable to deliver the 3 final paragraphs. *Sigh*

There are some natural causes that can be cited as having caused my oratorical mishap. But I have made my own assessment and I am more inclined towards a theory of supernatural interference. You know, ahm, I have some angelic friends … and they can be sort of naughty at times. I was disappointed that I wasn’t able to deliver my whole speech; but no, I have no ill feelings. I am aware that my friends are also wise and far-seeing ...

Below is the text of my speech, which was composed partly in English and partly in Tagalog in view of the audience.

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(Message delivered by Jose Rizal M. Reyes, one of the rally organizers, during the anti-China multi-sectoral protest rally dubbed as Martsa para sa Kalayaan held in front of the Chinese consulate in Makati, Philippines on Philippine Independence Day anniversary, June 12, 2015. )

Nang una tayong mag-rally noong taong 2013 sa lugar ring ito sa harap ng Chinese consulate, nangingitim pa ang aking mga buhok. Ngunit pagkalipas lamang ng dalawang taon, namumuti na ang aking mga buhok sa konsumisyon.

* Konsumisyon dahil sa patuloy na pagyurak ng Tsina sa dangal ng ating mahal na bayang Pilipinas.
* Konsumisyon dahil sa pangangamkam ng Tsina sa ating teritoryo, sa kawalang galang nito sa ating exclusive economic zone, at sa pangbubulabog nito sa mapayapang paghahanapbuhay ng ating mga mangingisda.
* Konsumisyon dahil sa walang patumanggang kasinungalingan ng Tsina.
* Konsumisyon dahil sa unti-unting pagsakal ng Tsina sa ating bayan sa pamamagitan ng pagtatayo nito ng artificial islands na lalagyan nila ng military garrison.

Paano po ba tayo mabubuhay ng panatag sa ating sariling tahanan na sarili nating pag-aari kung sa loob mismo ng ating bakuran ay may mga sangganong iskwater na nagkakampo, armado at palagi nang naninita at naninindak sa atin?

Konsumisyon rin po dahil noong eleksyon ng taong 2013, di man lang napasali bilang isang major election issue ang pangangamkam at panunulisan ng Tsina na para bagang ang pagkabawas ng ating sagradong teritoryo ay walang kwentang bagay. Nag-aalala po ako na baka sa 2016 national elections ay muli yang mangyari.

Mabuti na lamang na ang labang ito ay hindi lamang laban ng Tsina kontra Pilipinas. Dahil ito pong tinamaang magaling na Tsina, kinukuyog rin ang Vietnam, kinukuyog rin ang Japan, kinukuyog rin ang India, kinukuyog rin ang Indonesia. At ang mga mangingisdang Tsino, pinapasok ang karagatan ng lahat ng karatig-bansa, walang pinapatawad, kayat ang mga fishing boats nila eh nagkakaproblema sa lahat ng kanyang kapitbahay pati na sa Russia at sa North Korea.

Kaya’t ang laban pong ito ay laban ng Tsina kontra sa buong mundo na nais nyang lupigin, paghari-harian at pasunorin sa kanyang bawat naisin. Pero hindi papayag ang mundo. Hindi pasisindak ang mundo. Lalabanan ng mundo ang palalong Tsina!

The world will not kowtow to China! The world will not pull a rickshaw for China! The world will make China eat humble pancit!

Australia already made its war plans several years ago. Vietnam is valiantly resisting and is strengthening its defence forces. India will not allow itself to be left behind by China be in peaceful pursuit or military contest. Japan is bravely facing the threat and is showing leadership and determination. The mighty North American nation, the United States of America, has been alarmed by China’s frenetic construction of artificial islands and is now taking more forceful and more convincing actions to stop the foolishness of China … and the world is almost unanimous in applauding the recent moves made by the U.S. Lately, even tiny Malaysia is complaining loudly about Chinese incursion. The European nations have spoken. The Group of Seven have spoken. Other countries have spoken. We who are rallying here today in front of the Chinese consulate, we too have spoken!

And this is our message to China: The Filipinos defy you, China! The Asia-Pacific alliance defy you, China! The world defy you, China!

And we shall not rest, we shall not relent, until China has learned to respect its smaller and weaker neighbors. We shall not rest, we shall not relent, until China has shown proof of abiding by international norms and the rule of law. We shall not rest, we shall not relent, until China begins to live as a peace-loving nation. We shall not rest, we shall not relent, until we have neutralized and obliterated the threat posed by China to world peace, international law and global commerce.

China, go away! You have no right to be here! We do not want you around! You are the intruder and troublemaker in this part of the world!

Mabuhay ang kalayaan ng Pilipinas! Mabuhay ang sambayanang Pilipino! At mabuhay kayong lahat sapagkat ipinakita nyo ang inyong pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit na ipagtanggol ang ating Inang Bayan.

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