Chinese Travel Writers Brawl with Philippine President's In-Law Ends Poorly

Posted Jul 25th 2011 08:15 AMUpdated Jul 25th 2011 10:39 AM

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Two unruly Chinese travel writers flying to a press junket on the resort island of Cebu in the Philippines on Saturday tried to choke Eldon Cruz, who asked them to be quieter. Cruz, as it happens, is the Philippine President's brother-in-law.

The two writers were shipped out of the country on Sunday evening then blacklisted so they can never go back.

Agence France Press reports that the pair was scheduled to participate in a tour of the island, which has become an increasingly popular destination over the last few years and could become a more common Chinese destination.

Philippine Foreign Department spokesman Raul Hernandez told the AFP: "We welcome anyone who visits our country [but] we don't need tourists who are rude, violent and ill-mannered."

According to the Sun Star, an English-language paper out of Cebu, the government actual held an emergency strategy session before releasing a comment on the incident out of fear other Chinese writers would be unkind about Cebu in print.

The Philippines is rather desperate to get back in China's good graces after eight tourists were killed on a hijacked Manila tour bus last August.

The two writers names were not released, which is a pity. Those articles would have probably been pretty great.

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