Akbayan Partylist members trooped to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) with giant paper clams to protest recent territorial issues as President Duterte meets Xi Jinping in China for the Belt and Road forum.

“President Duterte, don’t clam up to China. You should confront Xi Jinping for illegal activities committed in the West Philippine Sea,” Akbayan Partylist spokesperson Gio Tingson said.

“If Duterte can be angry at Canada for dumping waste in our soil, he should be outraged at China for dumping our victory at the Hague and placing missiles and rocket launchers against us, on our own territory,” added Gio Tingson.

“The list of things to confront Xi with is long. Xi should be confronted about the unfair trade deals, the 200 militia ships that are harassing Filipino fisherfolk and the illegal harvesting of clams in Scarborough,” Gio Tingson added.

The protesters bared their calls inside the giant clams, daring Duterte to raise the following issues with the Chinese leader:

1. Don't sell PH to China

2. End all unfair deals with China

3. China, pay for damages

Akbayan also demanded Duterte to open to the public all details of the agreements made with China during the Belt and Road forum. 

“All trade deals signed for this China visit won’t matter if they end up putting us in a debt trap. Until China stops all illegal activities in the West Philippine Sea, it shouldn’t be “business-as-usual” with the enemy,” Tingson said. ###