The Chinese-Filipino community has finally spoken amid statement coming from no less than the Vice President and co-chair of ICAD (Inter Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs) that China is the top source of illegals in the country.
Not only that, Robredo was also quoted by local media that those who are arrested and operated within the country are mostly Chinese nationals or Chinese-Filipinos.
“Even those who are arrested that operate within
the Philippines, they are mostly Chinese nationals or [Chinese-Filipinos]. So
it is something that we should look into.”
The tone of Robredo’s statement did not fail to catch the attention of the Filipino-Chinese community who did not waste a minute to make a response defending themselves from the sweeping statement made by the second most powerful politician in the country.
Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong FFCCCII President released a statement to the local media as well as on social media reminding the Vice President that the Chinese-Filipino community are legitimate businessmen and conscientious in upholding the rule of law.
At the same time, the FFCCCII appealed to the media and other sectors to refrain from generalizing members if the Filipino-Chinese community as peddlers of illegal drugs and inadvertently besmirching the community’s reputation. Although, Liong admitted that there are bad apples among their community like any other ethnic groups but that should not apply to the entire members who are legit and law-abiding citizens.
Liong urged the VP and the local media to be careful in making public statements that may unnecessarily put a wedge between the Filipinos and the Filipino-Chinese, mistrust and promote stereotypes.
Let us be more careful in making public statements that may unnecessarily create rancor, conflicts, misunderstanding and promote unfair stereotypes.
Liong ended the post by calling to start debate on re imposition of death penalty as for heinous crimes, particularly for drug traffickers and pushers as deterrent, citing other countries like Singapore as example.
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Statement of FFCCCII President Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong
15 November 2019
The Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. wishes to reaffirm its full and unwavering support to the government’s intensified campaign against illegal drugs. We join the government and our law enforcement agencies in condemning and working towards eradicating the menace of illegal drugs as a moral scourge, a threat to public health and the socio-economic stability of the Philippines.
Since 2016, the FFCCCII has supported the government’s efforts to rehabilitate drug users through the donations of rehabilitation centers in Candelaria, Lucban and Mulanay, Quezon Province; Tagbilaran, Bohol province; Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte province; Mati, Davao Oriental province; and Surallah, South Cotabato province. We believe that a wholistic anti-illegal drug campaign should include rehabilitation of drug users.
We wish to clarify certain media reports which link Filipino Chinese to illegal drugs. We appeal to media and other sectors to refrain from generalizing that members of the Filipino Chinese community as peddlers of illegal drugs and inadvertently besmirching our community’s reputation. As with any community, there may be a handful of wrongdoers or bad apples but the same should not affect the rest of the community.
We want to reiterate that most, if not all of the ethnic Chinese community members in the country, are law-abiding Filipino citizens, legitimate business people and conscientious in upholding rule of law. Let us be more careful in making public statements that may unnecessarily create rancor, conflicts, misunderstanding and promote unfair stereotypes.
In this light, the FFCCCII would like to revisit discussions on proposals by many citizens on the re-imposition of the death penalty for heinous crimes, particularly for drug traffickers and pushers. We may look at our Asian neighbors like Singapore, China and Taiwan on how capital punishment has deterred the commission of heinous crimes.
We reaffirm our commitment for FFCCCII to be the government’s partner in economic and social progress.