Amid tension between China and Philippines, which heated up during the past week after arrest of eleven Chinese fishermen, Filipino netizens have expressed their call in joining them to boycott Chinese products.
Filipino netizens said that even there is no official call from the government to boycott Chinese goods they took the initiative to start eliminating China produced goods in their shopping lists. One netizen said, “I started to check where the item [is] made from before I buy and throw it back when [it’s] made in China,” aside from it is made in China it can only sustain few usage.
However, Philippine government do not support the call for product boycott. According to some commentators product boycott of all Chinese made is not a good idea for now, not until Philippines is econmically healthy and inclusive-growth is felt by everyone, because almost 60 percent of Philippine economy depends from Chinese products and investors. What we can do now is to start in becoming economically free from China by boycotting counterfeit products from China, consider products produced by other countries [though it may be more costly], and patronize Philippine products.