Rappler Talk: Ex-Coast Guard chief Carlos Agustin on West PH Sea
Bookmark this page to watch the interview at 3 pm on Monday, July 15!
MANILA, Philippines – The report released by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) is clear: The Chinese vessel is at fault for the Recto Bank (Reed Bank) incident involving Filipino fishing boat Gem-Ver.
The Chinese vessel, according to the report, "failed to take appropriate action" to avoid collision and "failed to render assistance to a vessel in distress," in violation of maritime laws. (READ: THE SINKING OF GEM-VER: Barko! May babanggang barko!)
The findings of the report came amid downplaying from both the Philippine and Chinese governments. (READ: Duterte vs fishermen: Is the Phlippines lawyering for China?)
On Monday, July 15, Rappler editor at large Marites Vitug sits down with former Philippine Coast Guard commandant Carlos Agustin to discuss the government's next actions on the Recto Bank incident and the overall situation in the West Philippine Sea.
Agustin was commandant of the PCG under the administration of Fidel V Ramos. He served from April 1990 to December 1993.
What is the role of the PCG when marine accidents happen? What should be done to increase the maritime awareness of Filipinos?
Watch the interview live on Monday, July 15, at 3 pm! – Rappler.com