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Church official urges boycott reporters, Manila

June 15, 2011

A priest today said boycotting Chinese products is a way of showing one’s love for the country as the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China over the Spratly Islands intensifies. “I think being nationalistic is also part of being God-loving,” said Father Edwin Gariguez, executive secretary of the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. He said he believes the call of Albay Gov. Joey Salceda for Filipinos to boycott China made products to protest Beijing’s “bullying” in connection with the Spratlys dispute is a much better idea than resorting to violent means. “Personally, I think we need to do that. We don’t want war. I agree with the governor that it should be active non-violence,” said Gariguez.
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