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Malacañang open to Chinese claim vs Filipino fishermen

Jun 17, 2019 - 12:37 PM

'Kaming mga abogado, we wait for the facts to come in, all the facts,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

DUTERTE'S SPOKESMAN. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Rodrigo Duterte is waiting for the final investigation of the Chinese government on the sinking of a Filipino boat in Recto Bank. Malacañang file photo

After Locsin says 'fuck int'l community,' PH runs to U.N. agency

Jun 17, 2019 - 11:42 AM

At the International Maritime Organization, the Philippines slams a Chinese vessel that sank a Filipino boat in the West Philippine Sea

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr downplays the need for the Philippines to seek support from the international community after the Philippine boat sinking incident at Recto Bank. File photo from DFA

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Ang nagpapabully, lalong binubully!

Jun 17, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Nang-hit-and-run, nang-abandona ng malulunod na mangingisda, at nagsinungaling pa

‘Daplis lang’: Duterte exec downplays China ship ramming PH boat

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:01 AM

'Kasi sasabihin natin kung talagang babanggain, eh bakit kung sa kwan ba, sabihin natin napakabulok naman nung babangga, daplis lang. Siyempre kung mean to kill, siyempre diretso mo na,' says Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi

DAMAGED. The hole left behind by a Chinese ship after ramming F/B Gem-Veri in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

China ship's assault sparks fear in Occidental Mindoro fishing community

Jun 17, 2019 - 8:52 AM

A fisherman is now afraid to venture farther out to sea, while another is being asked by his wife to quit being a fisherman after a Chinese fishing vessel rammed a Filipino fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea

MOVING FORWARD. San Roque fishing community continues to fish despite the sinking incident in West Philippine Sea. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo slams PH boat sinking as Duterte stays silent

Jun 16, 2019 - 4:41 PM

'We condemn in the strongest possible terms the irresponsible actions of the Chinese crew involved in the incident,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

SALUTE. Vice President Leni Robredo leads the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony in celebration for the 120th Independence Day in Luneta Park on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. File photo by OVP

WATCH: How a Chinese ship sank a Vietnamese boat in 2014

Jun 16, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Justice Antonio Carpio says China – as it does with Vietnam – might start a new 'gray zone' offensive against Filipino vessels in the West Philippine Sea

VIETNAMESE BOAT. This picture taken on June 2, 2014, shows the Vietnamese fishing boat 'DNA 90152,' which was reportedly sunk by a Chinese ship, at a shipyard in the central coastal city of Danang. File photo by AFP

Duterte to meet with captain of sunken boat in Malacañang

Jun 16, 2019 - 1:25 PM

F/B Gem-Ver captain Junel Insigne will meet with President Rodrigo Duterte, along with the boat's cook Richard Blaza, who says he saw the Chinese vessel ramming them

Homeward bound. The fishermen and crew of FB Gimver, the fishing boat sunked by a Chinese vessel near the Recto Bank on June 9, alight from the BRP Ramon Alcaraz after they were turn over to Mindoro local officials by the Philippine Navy on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte silent on PH boat sinking 'because he is studying'

Jun 16, 2019 - 12:11 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte doesn't want to take steps based on the wrong information, says Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi

DUTERTE'S REPRESENTATIVE. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi talks to the fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver during a consultation in Barangay San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, on June 16, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte sets emergency Cabinet meeting on PH boat sinking

Jun 16, 2019 - 11:58 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet his Cabinet a week after a Chinese ship sank a Filipino boat in the West Philippine Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 38th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on June 10, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Retired fishermen on Chinese assault: 'Back then, we were free'

Jun 16, 2019 - 9:04 AM

'Dati walang ganoon, malayang malaya ka,' says 59-year-old Freddy Montes, recounting his time fishing in Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea

'BETTER DAYS.' Freddy Montes, 59, watching Fishing Boat Gem-Ver hauled back to shore in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Satellite data show China ship not 'besieged' by Filipino boats

Jun 15, 2019 - 9:02 PM

(UPDATED) 'What 7-8 vessel swarm of night-marauding Filipino fishing boats is China talking about?' says maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal

RECTO BANK. This Google Earth screenshot, provided by maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal, shows that boats 'were spread over the wide area' of Recto Bank in the evening of June 9, 2019. The two boat-icons closest to each other have been estimated to be 3-5 nautical miles (about 7-9 kilometers) apart. Screenshot from Jay Batongbacal

IN PHOTOS: Aboard the Philippine boat sunk by a Chinese ship

Jun 15, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Boat owner Felix dela Torre says they would have to spend hundreds of thousands of pesos to repair the boat so that it could sail again

EMPTIED. Fishing Boat Gem-Vir's cabin emptied of equipment after it sank in the West Philippine Sea. All photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

China statement on PH boat 'an insult to intelligence' of Filipinos

Jun 15, 2019 - 2:17 PM

China shows 'it has absolutely no respect for this country and its citizens,' says maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal, as he enumerates falsehoods made by China

SOUTH CHINA SEA. Maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal speaks at a South China Sea forum in Makati City on November 23, 2018. Photo by LeAnne/Rappler

Owner of sunken boat: I feel like we’re slaves of China

Jun 15, 2019 - 1:49 PM

'Parang alipin po tayo ng China. Parang wala tayong karapatan sa sarili nating nasasakupan,' says Felix dela Torre, the owner of the fishing boat sunk and abandoned by a Chinese fishing boat in West Philippine Sea

F/B GemVir owner Felix dela Torre in an interview on June 15, 2019 in Brgy. San Roque I, San Jose Occidental Mindoro. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] Sometimes the truth leaks out in the effort to conceal it

Jun 15, 2019 - 1:02 PM

China's statement concludes that the alleged facts show that it was not a 'hit-and-run' incident. Actually, the effect is the opposite: it even makes the narrative even more like a vehicular hit-and-run

Locsin questions U.S., excuses China over Philippine boat

Jun 15, 2019 - 11:38 AM

'Interesting. That's China's take and it is a free world,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr after China contradicted his own country's fishermen

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr answers questions from the media after his meeting with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Davao City on October 29, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

LOOK: Philippine boat sinking after Chinese ship’s assault

Jun 15, 2019 - 10:01 AM

The 22 fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver were barely hanging on when they were rescued in the West Philippine Sea

SUNKEN. Fishing Boat Gem-Vir in the West Philippine Sea after it was attacked by a Chinese fishing vessel. Sourced photo

China takes down statement on Facebook about PH sinking boat

Jun 15, 2019 - 9:26 AM

(UPDATED) Here is the full, unedited text of the Chinese embassy's statement on the sinking of a Philippine boat in the West Philippine Sea

SURVIVORS. Fishermen of the Filipino fishing boat Gim-ver reunite with their families on June 14, 2019, nearly a week after an ordeal with a Chinese vessel in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Demand compensation from China for PH boat sinking – Carpio

Jun 15, 2019 - 12:11 AM

Filipinos should 'send a strong signal' that ramming Filipino vessels 'will mean a break of diplomatic ties with China,' says Justice Antonio Carpio

SURVIVORS. Fishermen of F/B Gem-vir, the Philippine boat sunk by a Chinese vessel, reunite with their families upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Captain of abandoned PH boat: 'Lumubog nga kami, kami pa ang aatake?'

Jun 14, 2019 - 11:56 PM

'Kami lang doon. Kami lang, dahil noong gabing 'yun, lumubog nga kami, kami pa ang aatake?' Junel Insigne says in reaction to China's claim that the Chinese vessel was 'besieged by 7 or 8 Filipino fishing boats'

CAPTAIN. Jun Insigne at the Philippine Coast Guard Headquarters in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.S. hits intimidation at sea after Philippine boat sinking

Jun 14, 2019 - 11:11 PM

'We are thankful none of the Filipino fishermen lost their lives and glad that Vietnamese fishermen rescued them from the open sea,' says the United States

GOING HOME. The fishermen and crew of F/B Gem-vir, the fishing boat sunk by a Chinese vessel near the Recto Bank on June 9, alight from the BRP Ramon Alcaraz after they were turned over to Mindoro local officials by the Philippine Navy on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Online gambling: Good for whose business?

Jun 14, 2019 - 9:47 PM

China absolutely hates gambling, but the Philippines is fueling its citizens' addiction

China claims ship 'besieged by 7 or 8 Filipino boats'

Jun 14, 2019 - 9:43 PM

'The Chinese captain tried to rescue the Filipino fishermen, but was afraid of being besieged by other Filipino fishing boats,' claims the Chinese embassy

FILIPINO FISHERMEN. The fishermen and crew of FB Gim-ver, the fishing boat sunk by a Chinese vessel near Recto Bank on June 9, 2019, get off the BRP Ramon Alcaraz after they were turned over to Mindoro local officials by the Philippine Navy on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Arroyo defends Duterte response to Philippine boat sinking

Jun 14, 2019 - 8:37 PM

'Take a calibrated response and be as civil as they have to be. I think that's the right approach,' former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says, referring to the administration's handling of the incident

DUTERTE ALLY. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo does President Rodrigo Duterte's signature fist pump in Malacañang on October 9, 2018. Malacañang photo

WATCH: How alleged Chinese ship sank Filipino fishing vessel in West PH Sea

Jun 14, 2019 - 5:08 PM

Rappler recreates the incident via animation

Navy rebuffs China: PH boat sinking 'not normal accident'

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:21 PM

Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad says the Filipino fishing boat Gem-Ver 'was rammed' in the West Philippine Sea

NOT NORMAL. Philippine Navy chief Robert Empedrad says the sinking of a Philippine boat in the West Philippine Sea 'is not a normal maritime accident.' Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

WATCH: Crew of Philippine vessel rammed by Chinese ship on their way home

Jun 14, 2019 - 10:19 AM

After 17 days of sailing and surviving being rammed and abandoned by a Chinese ship, the 22 men of fishing vessel Gem-Ver are on their way home to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

HOME. The fishing community of Barangay Caminawit, San Jose, Mindoro Occidental is the home port of MV Gem-vir. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

China envoy vows probe into Philippine boat sinking

Jun 14, 2019 - 9:02 AM

'Incidents happen even in the best regulated family,' Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua tells Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

STRONG TIES. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua whispers to President Rodrigo Duterte during the groundbreaking for the planned Binondo-Intramuros bridge on July 17, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

3 speeches in a row, Duterte silent on Chinese ship sinking PH vessel

Jun 13, 2019 - 11:48 PM

The Philippine president has yet to publicly remark on the incident in the West Philippine Sea

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China calls sinking of Philippine boat an 'ordinary maritime accident'

Jun 13, 2019 - 9:59 PM

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says China is still investigating the incident, and that it is irresponsible for the Philippines to 'politicize the incident without verification'

'STILL INVESTIGATING.' Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says China is still investigating the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a suspected Chinese trawler, calling it 'an ordinary maritime traffic accident.' Photo from website of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Lorenzana now unsure if Chinese vessel sank Philippine boat

Jun 13, 2019 - 6:55 PM

(UPDATED) This comes after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana condemned a Chinese vessel 'in the strongest terms' for sinking a Filipino boat in the West Philippine Sea

NOW UNSURE. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is now unsure if the vessel that sank a Philippine boat was Chinese. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Owner of PH boat sunk by Chinese ship: 'I only ask for justice'

Jun 13, 2019 - 5:45 PM

'Sana mahinto na ito, mabigyan ng aksiyon, kasi nakakaawa tayo kung ang dayuhan, uulit-ulitin pa rin,' says fishing boat owner Fe dela Torre

RAMMED. FB Gemvir before a Chinese boat collided with it near the Reed Bank in the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of Fe dela Torre.

‘Not a friend’: Netizens hit China over sinking of Philippine boat

Jun 13, 2019 - 5:08 PM

Filipinos online demand that Malacañang defend the nation from threats of 'greedy traitors'

LOOK: Philippine fishing boat sunk by Chinese vessel in West PH Sea

Jun 13, 2019 - 3:09 PM

Gem-Ver was supposed to be out at sea for 15 days. On the 12th day, June 9, a Chinese vessel rammed into it, then left it and its 22-man crew sinking.

RAMMED. A photo of F/B Gem-vir dated 2016, before a Chinese boat collided with it near the Reed Bank in the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of Fe dela Torre

Panelo says possible for PH to cut ties with China over boat sinking

Jun 13, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says an 'outraged' President Rodrigo Duterte draws the line when Chinese acts involve physical harm to Filipinos

PALACE SPOKESMAN. In this file photo, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo conducts his regular briefing for Palace reporters. Photo from the Facebook page of Salvador Panelo

Locsin on PH boat sinking: 'Fuck the international community'

Jun 13, 2019 - 12:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'This is our fight and in the end ours alone,' says foreign secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr after a Chinese vessel sank a Philippine boat in the West Philippine Sea

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr appears at a congressional briefing on the passport processing system on January 30, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Philippines asks China to sanction Chinese crew of vessel in collision

Jun 13, 2019 - 7:16 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Malacañang says the abandonment by the Chinese ship of Filipino fishermen was 'uncivilized' and 'barbaric'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and President Xi Jinping of People's Republic of China declare their joint press statements following the successful expanded bilateral meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 20, 2018. Malacanang Photo

Hold China accountable, Del Rosario says after sinking of PH boat

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:19 PM

Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says China, 'the neighborhood bully,' will continue 'to rear its ugly head to intimidate our poor fishermen'

HITTING CHINA. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says the Philippines should hold China accountable after a Chinese vessel sank a Filipino boat in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

AFP: Chinese vessel's sinking of PH boat 'far from accidental'

Jun 12, 2019 - 9:08 PM

'Kung titingnan n'yo po sa incident report, may intentionality e, kasi hindi tumigil,' says AFP Western Command Spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Penetrante

'INTENTIONALITY.' The Armed Forces of the Philippines sees intention in a Chinese fishing vessel ramming into a Filipino fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sinking of Filipino vessel 'a first' in Philippines-China row

Jun 12, 2019 - 9:05 PM

'It is enough reason for this administration to seriously reconsider its friendship policy toward China,' maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal tells Rappler

SLAMMING CHINA. Protesters slam China's incursions in the West Philippine Sea during a protest at the Chinese consulate in Makati City on June 11, 2019, the eve of the Philippines' 121st Independence Day. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Locsin hits 'collision' of Philippine, Chinese vessels

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:36 PM

'What is contemptible and condemnable is the abandonment of the crew to the elements' in the West Philippine Sea, says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr faces the Commission on Appointments on November 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Chinese vessel sinks Philippine boat in West PH Sea 'collision'

Jun 12, 2019 - 5:36 PM

(5th UPDATE) 'We condemn in the strongest terms the cowardly action of the Chinese fishing vessel and its crew for abandoning the Filipino crew. This is not the expected action from a responsible and friendly people,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

A Chinese online gambling worker's plight in Manila

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Withheld passports, dubious recruiters, broken promises. This all sounds like a Filipino OFW's story, but it's someone else's.

U.S. Coast Guard watching Chinese militia in South China Sea

Jun 11, 2019 - 10:51 AM

The United States Coast Guard says it is 'following' the activity of the Chinese militia in the disputed waters

SPOTTED. A Chinese militia vessel identified by the Philippine Coast Guard during a patrol in Scarborough Shoal. PCG photo

Philippine Coast Guard spots Chinese warship in Scarborough Shoal

Jun 10, 2019 - 4:56 PM

During the 4-day maritime patrol of the PCG, the China Coast Guard asks why the Philippine vessel is in the area

IN DISPUTED WATERS. The Philippine Coast Guard spots a naval ship from China during the former’s 4-day maritime patrol off Zambales, from June 6-9, 2019. PCG photo

PNP seeks probe into ‘planted’ Chinese flags in Luneta

Jun 10, 2019 - 2:54 PM

Luneta Park vendors say they were offered P100 to pose with Chinese flags as if selling them

NATIONAL SHRINE. Luneta Park vendors went viral for posing with Chinese flags ahead of Independence Day. Photo courtesy of WikiCommons

Viral photos of vendors selling Chinese flags in Luneta a ‘set-up’

Jun 09, 2019 - 10:55 PM

Vendors interviewed by the National Parks Development Committee claim a man offered them P100 to act as if they are selling Chinese flags 3 days before the Philippines' observance of Independence Day

Chinese warships cause surprise in Sydney Harbor

Jun 03, 2019 - 11:47 AM

Amid heightened concern about Beijing's growing clout and military muscle flexing, the appearance of a Chinese flagged task group and around 700 sailors comes as a surprise

Malacañang backs probe into Chinese-only establishments

May 06, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Chinese-run businesses should not be 'discriminating against Filipinos,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo amid a call by a senator to close such establishments