Pinoys urged not to engage in anti-Chinese riots

Posted at 05/18/2014 1:52 PM | Updated as of 05/18/2014 8:21 PM
Vietnamese join Filipino demonstrators in front of the Chinese Consulate in Makati City on Friday to protest Chinese incursions in the Spratlys. Tensions erupted in Vietnam with mobs torching Chinese-owned factories in protest of China's deep-water drilling in the South China Sea. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA -- Malacanang is asking the public not to engage in anti-Chinese riots like in Vietnam.

In an interview with radio dzRB, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. asked the public to follow the rule of law, adding that police authorities are also on top of the situation.

The Chinese government is already arranging charter flights and ships to help evacuate its nationals in Vietnam amid a wave of anti-Chinese riots there.

At least two Chinese nationals have already been killed and 100 more were injured as the Vietnamese continue to protest the Chinese oil rig drilling in disputed seas. The Vietnamese government has already called for an end to the protests.

In Manila, Filipinos also joined a protest rally in front of the Chinese consular office.

Coloma made the appeal ahead of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia, which will be held in Manila for the first time this week.

China’s aggression is expected to be discussed between President Benigno Aquino III and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on the sidelines of the WEF.

“It’s only natural that they will discuss again the issue when they meet,” Coloma said.

Both nations already raised China’s continued aggression in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations meet in Myanmar.