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PODCAST: Gem-Ver: The men, the crash, the journey home

Aug 12, 2019 - 12:00 PM

It's been 2 months since a Chinese trawler rammed a Filipino fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea. In this podcast, Rappler revisits that harrowing night, and more.

Coast Guard will still stop Chinese boats fishing in PH waters – Esperon

Jul 23, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The National Security Adviser, however, emphasizes that the Philippines does not have enough resources to fully protect its sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea

WATCH: Gem-Ver fishermen eager to sail again

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:49 PM

On the shores of Occidental Mindoro, the fishermen of Gem-Ver try to rebuild their damaged boat so they could set out to sail once again

BACK HOME. Fishermen pull the F/B Gem-Ver, towards the shore of Barangay San Roque I, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

THE SINKING OF GEM-VER: Barko! May babanggang barko!

Jul 10, 2019 - 6:56 PM

From out of the blue, a metal vessel smashes a Filipino fishing boat anchored at Reed Bank, the impact sounding like a hundred bones breaking. This must be death, say the fishermen.

FALSE: Maritime law expert 'lied' about satellite image of Recto Bank

Jul 09, 2019 - 9:57 PM

In his screenshot, maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal also uses a layer from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suit which captures satellite images on Earth in real time

PH to sue Chinese ship crew in local courts if China fails to penalize them

Jul 08, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says the Philippines can file a case on 'reckless imprudence resulting to serious damage of property' against the captain and crew of the Chinese ship that hit F/B Gem-Ver

Children play around the dry-docked F/B Gem-Ver on June 21, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Final PCG-Marina report: Chinese ship failed to prevent sea collision

Jul 06, 2019 - 8:25 AM

The Chinese ship abandoned the Filipino crew of F/B Gem-Ver despite 'direct knowledge of their distress situation,' in violation of two maritime conventions, according to the official findings of the Philippine Coast Guard and the Maritime Industry Authority

SUNKEN. Fishing Boat Gem-Vir in the West Philippine Sea. Sourced photo

Initial Coast Guard report: Chinese ship captain liable for maritime law violations

Jul 05, 2019 - 6:17 PM

The initial report also attests to how the Chinese ship abandoned the Gem-Ver crew

Damage of the F/B GemVir. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo to Vietnamese ambassador: Thank you for saving our fishermen

Jun 26, 2019 - 9:25 PM

'Thank you...not just in behalf of the fishermen, but in behalf of the people of the Philippines,' says Vice President Leni Robredo to Vietnamese Ambassador Ly Quoc Tuan

'THANK YOU.' Vice President Leni Robredo welcomes Vietnamese Ambassador Ly Quoc Tuan at her office at the Quezon City Reception House on June 26, 2019. All photos by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Stop putting China over Filipinos – Del Rosario

Jun 26, 2019 - 7:34 PM

'When will we stop giving our northern neighbor primacy over our own people?' says former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario

EX-TOP DIPLOMAT. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, and is welcomed by former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, after he was denied entry in Hong Kong on June 21, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte vs fishermen: Is the Philippines lawyering for China?

Jun 26, 2019 - 6:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and his alter egos doubt their own countrymen whose boat was sunk by a Chinese ship in the West Philippine Sea on June 9, 2019

QUESTIONING FISHERMEN. President Rodrigo Duterte's government raises doubts about the testimonies of Gem-Ver fishermen, whose boat was sunk by a Chinese ship on June 9, 2019. Photos by LeAnne Jazul/Martin San Diego/Malacañang

Justice Carpio refutes Duterte gov't: China can't fish in PH

Jun 25, 2019 - 10:50 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'No government official can waive this sovereign right of the Filipino people without their consent,' says Justice Antonio Carpio

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Philippine government cannot allow China to fish in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sotto claims Chinese vessel did not sink Philippine fishing boat

Jun 24, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Quoting a 'Coast Guard expert,' Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the Chinese vessel did not sink F/B Gem-Ver in the West Philippine Sea

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol talks to  22 fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver, who were rammed and sank by a Chinese Vessel in West Philippine Sea, in Barangay San Roque I, San Jose, Mindoro Occidental on June 19, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Del Rosario donates P500,000 to PH fishermen sunk by China

Jun 24, 2019 - 1:12 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr returns to ex-top diplomat Albert del Rosario his P500,000 donation to the Recto Bank fishermen

EX-TOP DIPLOMAT. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 on June 21, 2019, after Hong Kong denied him entry. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Senators oppose joint Recto Bank probe by PH, China

Jun 23, 2019 - 5:03 PM

(2nd UPDATE) 'It will never be a fair investigation when one is the oppressed and the other is the oppressor,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

SUPPORTING FISHERMEN. Protesters unite in an anti-China protest by Manila Bay on June 22, 2019, after a Filipino boat was sunk by a Chinese ship in Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

PH backtracks, downplays 3rd party in Recto Bank probe

Jun 23, 2019 - 12:01 PM

(UPDATED) This comes after Duterte government officials made categorical statements about involving an independent 3rd party in the Recto Bank investigation

PALACE. President Rodrigo Duterte with his Palace executives Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo upon their arrival at a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on June 21, 2019 for the ASEAN Summit. Malacañang photo

Sereno: Tri-party probe of Recto Bank incident 'overt surrender of sovereignty'

Jun 22, 2019 - 2:46 PM

(UPDATED) 'The incident happened in Philippine waters, to Filipino citizens, whose laws immediately apply, and where jurisdiction, unless surrendered, vests exclusively in Philippine courts or appropriate administrative agencies,' says former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo visits Filipino fishermen, provides assistance

Jun 21, 2019 - 2:27 PM

Each of the 22 fishermen receives P50,000 under the Office of the Vice President's Angat Buhay Program

DIALOGUE WITH FISHERMEN. Vice President Leni Robredo visits the fishermen and crew of FB Gem-Ver, on June 21, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Gem-Ver captain's wife on joint probe with China: 'Hiwalay dapat'

Jun 21, 2019 - 1:58 PM

Lanie Insigne, the wife of Gem-Ver captain Junel, asks government to conduct a separate probe into the boat sinking incident to ensure fairness

SEPARATE PROBE. Gem-Ver boat captain Junel Insigne and wife Lanie, speak to media during in Barangay San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 21, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Panelo fumes at Lacson, says Recto Bank issue fueled by 'pretended nationalism'

Jun 21, 2019 - 1:10 PM

The Presidential Spokesman bristles at Senator Panfilo Lacson's observation that he appears to be lawyering for China

Lorenzana contradicts Locsin: Yes to joint probe with China

Jun 21, 2019 - 12:40 PM

While the DFA secretary says there will be no joint probe on the Filipino boat sinking incident in the West Philippine Sea, the defense secretary says he will support one

JOINT PROBE? File photo of Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana during the Kapihan sa Manila Bay on June 19, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Despite Duterte openness, Locsin rejects joint PH-China probe

Jun 21, 2019 - 12:09 PM

(UPDATED) 'Who the fuck is this guy?' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr, referring to an analyst who spoke of the proposed joint probe into the Recto Bank incident

DUTERTE'S ALTER EGO. President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr on the sidelines of Japan House of Councilors President Chuichi Date's courtesy call on the President in Malacañang on January 8, 2018. Malacañang photo

Hours before he is held in HK, Del Rosario hits PH-China probe

Jun 21, 2019 - 10:14 AM

'Can we please not insult the intelligence of our people?' says ex-foreign secretary Albert del Rosario on the proposed joint investigation of the Recto Bank incident

RECTO BANK. Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario slams the proposed joint Philippines-China probe into the Recto Bank incident. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Fisheries code empowers PH to fine Chinese vessel for just being in Reed Bank

Jun 21, 2019 - 9:37 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The fisheries code is clear: entry of any foreign fishing vessel in Philippine waters shall constitute prima facie evidence that the vessel is engaged in fishing in Philippine waters. The Philippines can fine the foreign vessel up to US$1 Million

SEA INCIDENT. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol talks to  22 fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver, who were rammed and sank by a Chinese Vessel in West Philippine Sea, in Barangay San Roque I, San Jose, Mindoro Occidental on June 19, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Robredo to dialogue with Gem-Ver fishermen on June 21

Jun 20, 2019 - 8:26 PM

'As far as I understand, dialogue is the main agenda,' says Vice President Leni Robredo's spokesperson Barry Gutierrez

GEM-VER CREW. The fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver, 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. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte open to PH-China probe into Recto Bank boat sinking

Jun 20, 2019 - 8:03 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte gives a thumbs up to the suggestion of the Chinese government for Manila and Beijing to conduct a joint investigation into the incident

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on June 18, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Guevarra proposes PH-China probe of Recto Bank incident

Jun 20, 2019 - 6:26 PM

'The objective is to determine the facts and allocate accountabilities in a joint, instead of an adversarial, manner,’ says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

JOINT INQUIRY. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra proposes a joint inquiry with China to investigate the sinking of a Philippine ship at the Reed Bank. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

WATCH: Government gives aid to Gem-Ver crew

Jun 20, 2019 - 8:59 AM

But is it enough to cover all the damages incurred?

Piñol: Get the Chinese crewmen's side of the story

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) Now that Gem-Ver's fishermen say they are not sure anymore if they were intentionally hit or not, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the side of the Chinese crewmen has to be heard as well

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol talks to  22 fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver, who were rammed and sank by a Chinese Vessel in West Philippine Sea, in Barangay San Roque I, San Jose, Mindoro Occidental on June 19, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PODCAST: Impunity in the West Philippine Sea

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:20 PM

Pakinggan ang usapan nina defense reporter Rambo Talabong, foreign affairs reporter Paterno Esmaquel, at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan ukol sa nangyaring banggaan at tugon ng administrasyong Duterte rito

PH boat sinking 'wake-up call' to finish South China Sea code – analysts

Jun 19, 2019 - 8:18 PM

China experts say the long-delayed document would serve as a 'concrete and strong mechanism' for stability in the region

SUNKEN. Fishing Boat Gem-Vir in the West Philippine Sea. Sourced photo

Gem-Ver captain to Duterte: Hold Chinese ship captain accountable

Jun 19, 2019 - 7:58 PM

F/B Gem-Ver's captain and crew also want the government to help them keep Recto Bank exclusively for Filipino fishermen

DEMANDS. The fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver which was rammed and sunk by a Chinese ship in the West Philippine Sea attend a press conference held at the municipal hall of San Jose, Mindoro Occidental on June 19, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Selective outrage? How Duterte reacted to other foreign affronts to Filipinos

Jun 19, 2019 - 7:58 PM

When an OFW was found dead in a freezer, Duterte gave the Kuwait government an ultimatum. When he saw foreign interference, he cursed at foreign leaders. But he chooses caution towards China in the Recto Bank ramming.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the officials of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as he conducts a surprise inspection at the NAIA Terminal 2 in Pasay City on June 10, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Cook of Gem-Ver crew: 'China is lying'

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:15 PM

'Noong paglapit [namin] sa kanila para makapagsaklolo, para matulungan kami, sumibat na sila. Tapos sabihin nila kami pa ang nagsisinungaling?' says Richard Blaza

ONLY ONE AWAKE? The cook of fishing boat Gem-Ver Richard Blaza says he was also sleeping when the Chinese ship approached them. Rappler screenshot

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

Jun 19, 2019 - 2:50 PM

The Philippine government's messaging on the ramming of a Filipino boat by a Chinese vessel, evolves from confused to echoing China's line

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

PH-China ties should not 'cover up' Filipino fishermen's accounts – analyst

Jun 19, 2019 - 2:17 PM

Security analyst Rommel Banlaoi says warmer ties pursued by the Duterte administration with China should not deny justice to the 22 Filipino fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver who were abandoned at sea

FILIPINO FISHERMEN. The fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver reunite with their families upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose Mindoro on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Panelo 'lawyering for China' on Philippine boat sinking incident, says Lacson

Jun 19, 2019 - 2:11 PM

'Parang ang mindset niya, defense counsel na nag-e-enter ng appearance for China if he was in a courtroom,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson of Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

Why Senate cancelled ‘Bikoy’ hearing: Senator Panfilo M. Lacson explains to reporters, during Thursday’s weekly Kapihan sa Senado, why his committee on public order and dangerous drugs cancelled tomorrow’s (May 10) hearing on the viral online videos “Ang Totoong Narcolist” or “Bikoy videos. (PRIB Photo by Joseph Vidal/ 09 May 2019)

Chinese should apologize for PH boat sinking – Lorenzana

Jun 19, 2019 - 11:41 AM

(UPDATED) While he sees the ramming of the Filipino fishing boat as an 'accident,' Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the damage inflicted warrants an apology and compensation

APOLOGY NEEDED. Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana during the Kapihan sa Manila Bay on June 19, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Lorenzana on Filipino boat sinking: 'It's just an accident'

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:41 AM

(UPDATED) 'I think it's just an accident, based on information we got from the crew. Maybe the other side did not intend to bump them,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

'JUST AN ACCIDENT.' Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during NDCP Alumni Forum at Camp Aguinaldo on Monday, February 4, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Filipino fishermen awake when Chinese ship rammed their boat

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:26 PM

Contrary to the claims of Malacañang, the crewmen of Fishing Boat Gem-Ver were awake before the Chinese boat rammed them. There is more than one witness.

AWAKE. The crew of F/B Gem-Ver, the fishing boat sunk 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

Vietnamese account matches Filipino fishermen's story

Jun 18, 2019 - 7:43 PM

They were tired, hungry, and cold

RESCUED FILIPINOS. Fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver 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

Has the sinking incident in the West PH Sea polarized Filipinos?

Jun 18, 2019 - 6:28 PM

Filipino netizens have been giving clashing opinions since the event was reported

Lacson: Duterte's statement on Recto Bank incident 'left us heartbroken'

Jun 18, 2019 - 11:11 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'He forgot to explore all resources available before exercising his last option of surrender,' Senator Panfilo Lacson says of President Rodrigo Duterte's first-ever statement on the Philippine boat sinking in the West Philippine Sea

HOME. The fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver are reunited with their families upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose Mindoro on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lorenzana doubts if PH boat sinking was intentional

Jun 18, 2019 - 12:48 AM

'Nabangga nga talaga pero was it intentional or not, mayroon nang doubt ngayon eh kung intentional o hindi,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

DOUBTS. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he doubts if the Chinese sinking of a Philippine boat was intentional. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte dismisses PH boat sinking as 'maritime incident'

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:22 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte spares China from criticism in his first statement on the sinking of a Filipino boat by a Chinese ship in the West Philippine Sea

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police Command Conference at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Davao City on March 14, 2019. Malacañang file photo

[OPINION] Mitraydor na gyud ka’g maayo, Mayor!

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Nganong anaon man intawon ninyo nang mga pobreng mananagat Mayor? Abi nako mulaban ka sa mga Pinoy? Imbis kana ang imong gibuhat, imo hinuong gipasakitan sila sa pinaagi sa mga insulto ni Locsin ug ni Panelo.

PH boat sinking 'simple,' blown 'out of proportion' – Piñol

Jun 17, 2019 - 2:24 PM

(UPDATED) Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol echoes the Chinese foreign ministry, which said that it was 'an ordinary maritime traffic incident'

AT HOME. F/B Gem-Ver at the shores of Brgy. San Roque, San Jose Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019, after it was salvaged near the Recto Bank (Reed Bank) following its sinking by a Chinese vessel on June 9. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Ang nagpapa-bully, lalong binu-bully!

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

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