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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It is indeed unfortunate, but there is a privilaged element with-in Chinese society, generally related to being a party memember or close to the party. They are loud, obnoxious and rude in there public behavior. I too have been in encounters with this mindset here in China. But my guess in the President's bro in-law is not nearly as big as I am or many of my friends here, so they probably felt brave. It's enough of a loss of face just to have a western remind them of being civil, let alone getting their butts tossed around a bar for being abusive.

July 26 2011 at 1:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is part of the story missing? There is a picture of a fist and the title that the brawl ended poorly. Did the guy fight back? What?

July 25 2011 at 7:51 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Hop-Sing get back too kitchen Hoss need more biscuits he big as house eat too much, chop-chop.

July 25 2011 at 7:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hope they get arrested for attempted murder.

July 25 2011 at 3:35 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Good for the Philippines! Eject those rude people and never allow them back! Animals.

July 25 2011 at 2:29 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

Cebu is afraid of bad chinese publicity and it appears the chinese think they can now abuse the Philippines like the overlords of all. These two writers, (how much pull might chinese writers have over public pollicy) have exhibited exactly the range of contempt china has secretly about the rest of the world

July 25 2011 at 2:23 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to frankerin's comment

I don't think it has ever been a secret of China's contempt for the world.

July 25 2011 at 3:17 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

The worst thing that happened to me while flying was that a real foxy greek gal invited me to join the mile high club. Other than that I once had to fly on one that got the reputation of treating some passengers like crap especially young kids. Just because parents didnt have to pay for their seats they didnt want to give the kids anything to eat. Then there were times that some kids got lost and my daughter almost got stranded several hundred miles from where she was going. They were wanting to fly her back here instead of connecting her to a different flight.

July 25 2011 at 1:40 PM Report abuse -10 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to animal2605's comment

Yeah, right. About th4e greek gal.

July 25 2011 at 7:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've flown with my share of passengers who made me want to throttle them, but none of them were Chinese or Filapino.

July 25 2011 at 12:40 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply