Welcome to the Philippines, Province of China! Netizens shocked by red tarps all over Metro Manila
Filipinos woke up to a rude surprise Thursday (July 12) as several tarpaulins proclaiming the Philippines as a province of China were posted all over Metro Manila.
Red banners with the phrase, “Welcome to the Philippines, Province of China” were spotted at footbridges along Quezon Avenue, Philcoa, Welcome Rotonda and Pasay City, among other locations.
The presence of the tarpaulins coincided with the second anniversary of the Philippines’victory over China in the case it filed before The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration.
The court in 2016 invalidated China’s sweeping claims over the South China Sea.
Metro Manila Development Authority spokesperson Celine Pialago said the tarpaulins were put up at footbridges without their permission.
She said their personnel are reviewing surveillance footage at the concerned areas to determine who displayed the tarpaulins.