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EXPLAINER: Boat sinking at Recto Bank – from indignation to dismissal

Rappler.com
EXPLAINER: Boat sinking at Recto Bank – from indignation to dismissal
The Philippine government's messaging on the ramming of a Filipino boat by a Chinese vessel, evolves from confused to echoing China's line

In what is considered the most heated incident in the West Philippine Sea since the Panatag Shoal stand-off in 2012, a Chinese vessel sank a Philippine vessel in a collision in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and left the 22 Filipino fishermen on that boat “to the mercy of the elements” on Sunday, June 9. 

Experts call this incident a first in the dispute between the Philippines and China, but the initial indignation of Philippine authorities later turned lukewarm – from contradictory statements from key Cabinet officials to President Rodrigo Duterte himself downplaying the incident.

Was it really just an “ordinary maritime incident?” – Rappler.com

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