Hi PhSt,Thank you, I am aware of the massive Chinese Filipino presence in the Philippines economy, 7 out of 10 most richest Filipinos are Chinese Filipinos, this is a clear testament that the country's financial sphere are dominated by the Chinese. But what seems to be missing is political parties that caters to the local Chinese minority. In contrast, neighboring countries like Malaysia have the Malaysian Chinese Association Party, In Indonesia, there used to be the Chinese Indonesian Democratic Party that existed from 1948 to 1965, I'm not quite sure what happened to the party post 1965. Anyways, the presence of Chinese settlers in the Philippines pre-dates the arrival of the Spanish colonists so there shouldn't be any question about their legitimacy to have a say in Philippine politics. The establishment of a Chinese Filipino political party would be helpful in facilitating the improvement of relations between PH and China as well as promote increased interaction in trade, commerce and cultural exchange. This will also enable China to extend its soft power influence in South East Asia.
The Filipino Hua Qiao is apolitical due to Chinese prohibition related to the cold war, Remember that the Phil sent an Army contingent to SK during the Korean War, It unleashed the Yellow Peril fear in the Philippine and one of the journalist that spread that fear is a CIA operative in the name of MR BENIGNO AQUINO( a correspondent) . Yup the same fellow whose name is embedded in our International Airport, the husband of our EDSA REVOLUTION heroine CORAZON AQUINO , the father of our previous President Noynoy Aquino. See the family connection and the hidden arm of the US. This family is a cursed to our nation and their quarrel with the MARCOS Family set us back a decade of development ( both family are Hua Qiao but the most prominent is Mrs Aquino family side). President Duterte break that cursed by allowing the remains of the late President Marcos whose dying wished is to be laid on the grounds of the LIBINGAN NG MGA BAYANI (HEROS CEMENTERY) in FORT BONIFACIO, being a former soldier and a President he deserve that right. Anyway it break the tension and allow the people to MOVED ON with their lives and focus on economic development.
President Marcos established a diplomatic relationship with China open the way for us Hua Qiao to ventured out, HE did this to limit the power of the Elites and Oligarch. Thus the TAIPANS were born and they help in the development of the Philippine industry, but this captains of industry knows the peril of choosing side, the term Crony capitalist is being used against them (the US can't control them unlike the Chinese mestizo (landed elites)). That's is the reason for being apolitical we were wise enough not to be used for their political game. That's the old generation the younger one are more political savvy and had enter the political scene. This new generation identity themselves as Filipino first , if you see the list of top politician holding public service most of them had Chinese surname, while others boast of their Chinese lineage. Like what I said before the life changing event were more Filipino OFW (overseas Filipino workers) experience discrimination abroad , when they come back they fully understand our suffering and can relate, thus we are able to coexist peacefully. May I add, the Filipinos hold no sympathy for HKG, when their employer ask their Filipino helpers to join them in their protest, they refuse and why should they, they had suffered a lot of abused from them and is well known to us here, and you may include the Singaporean. That's why any propaganda against China coming from this source is being taken with a grain of salt. Cause they ain't saint as they claim to be.