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Chinese New Year Highlight: People In Binondo Await for their Senator Imee Marcos

By: Elena Grace Flores

Numerous eople in Binondo patiently await for their upcoming Senator, Imee Marcos. They fondly call her as such already. Many seek endless selfies with her. The governor is not new to the Chinese community especially during Chinese New Year. Ever since her father’s regime, their plight in the country is one of the priorities. Chinese-Filipino traders are essential for the country’s economy. In fact, only last year, Marcos was also their guest of honor. z

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[VIDEO]: Senatorial aspirant, Imee Marcos visits Binondo for a Chinese New Year event where residents warmly call her Senator.

Hating their Own Blood

Sometimes, the mere mention of China in the daily news is enough to get some Filipinos’ blood boiling. It is because of the ongoing territorial dispute between the two countries. Although, it is undeniable that we have 1.5 million Chinese Filipinos or Tsinoys in the country. Ultimately, the result of centuries of Chinese contact and migration from Mainland China to the Philippines.

Skills of Chinese Filipinos

Throughout three centuries of Spanish rule and 50 years of American occupation, Chinese Filipinos are an integral part of the Philippine history. They assimilate themselves within Filipino society. Most of them excel not just in commerce but also in craftsmanship. This is by working as artisans and skilled laborers.

The Senator to be Respects Total Diversity

Many Chinese Filipinos retain their Chinese surnames such as Tan, Dy, Chan, Co, Lee and Go, among others. Some adopt Spanish surnames when Governor General Narciso Claveria decreed it as policy in 1849. The families of Filipino heroes Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio are examples on this. Others adopt native surnames because of their marriage to native Filipinos.

Binondo is a Historical Landmark

Binondo is where many Chinese Filipinos reside. It remains one of the oldest Chinatowns in the world. A number of Chinese Filipino families play a significant role in the country’s economy. Business conglomerates such as the Sy family of SM, the Gokongwei family of Robinsons, the Tan family of Fortune Tobacco, and the Gotianun family of Filinvest. Philippine presidents like Emilio Aguinaldo, Sergio Osmeña, Ferdinand Marcos, Corazon Aquino, Benigno Aquino III, and Rodrigo Du30 all have Chinese ancestry.

Partneships with the Tsinoys

On 11 April 1975, with the Philippines two and a half years into the martial rule, the late Ferdinand Marcos issued Letter of Instruction (LOI) 270. It is called officially as the “Naturalization of Deserving Aliens by Decree.” It marks the turning point in the quest of ethnic Chinese and other “aliens” living in the Philippines to acquire Philippine citizenship. Marcos orders a simple procedure that enables mass naturalization. This is in lieu of the cumbersome and costly judicial process. Such action gives credit to the Tsinoys who contribute to the Philippine economy greatly. His family members in politics like Senatorial candidate, Imee and Former Senator Bongbong Marcos continue to establish partnerships with the said community for the country’s welfare.

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Bongbong Marcos in Binondo: The Next Vice President of the Philippines

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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Rumors of government destabilization loom as the Vice Presidential electoral protest recount nears. However, in reality, the networks behind the anti-administration stunts cannot overpower their opposition that is presently in authority. Therefore, logical minds have the guts to express their true sentiments and support. This is evident in Bonondo during the Chinese New Year celebration. The emcee calls on Bongbong Marcos as the next Vice President of the Philippines.

Youtube video by; Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]:  Bongbong Marcos celebrates the Chinese New Year amidst adoring fans at the celebration in Binondo.

New Vice President in Baguio

Bongbong and Gov. Imee Marcos’ were earlier in the Baguio Flower Festival where their popularity surges as Gov. Imee introduces her brother as the Vice President of the Philippines. Some can’t help but raise their eyebrows but again, the Marcoses are in alliance with the current President. No one can stop them from making their stand public.

Side by Side with the Government

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos is on tour nowadays. She is also hot in social media interviews. Pro-administration bloggers back her up. No doubt, she’s preparing for the Senatorial race in 2019. It is not surprising if she runs under the President’s party because of the obvious alliance between them. A press conference even features her side by side with Presidential spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque while they address current national issues. The Marcoses and Du30 are definitely not taking their detractors sitting down.

The Supreme Court Justice’s Plight

Another indication that the pro-administration players are stronger than their enemies is evident in the Supreme Court. All the 13 magistrates are united in asking their Chief Justice Maria Lourdes-Sereno to take an indefinite leave of absence while facing the impeachment trial.

Confidence Behind the Binondo Stunt

Bongbong Marcos explains in his 5th series video that the Chinese community was first recognized during the time of his father. Their undeniable contribution to the economy is never overlooked. This is the reason why the Marcoses still have many supporters from the Filipino-Chinese faction, particularly in Binondo.

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