Chinese vessels - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Chinese vessels

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Palace to demand reparation from China only 'after facts established'

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:23 PM

Hours earlier, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the captain and crew of the Chinese vessel should apologize and provide compensation, whether or not the ramming was accidental

The fishermen of FB Gimver 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

Malacañang refutes PH boat owner: 'We can never be slaves'

Jun 17, 2019 - 1:04 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo dispels criticism that the Duterte administration is a slave to China

BOAT OWNER. F/B Gem-Ver owner Felix dela Torre speaks to reporters in an interview on June 15, 2019 in Barangay San Roque I, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 a Chinese ship sank a 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

Chinese ships spotted near Pag-asa Island sandbars, says Alejano

Oct 03, 2017 - 4:12 PM

(UPDATED) The ships were monitored on September 18, says opposition lawmaker Gary Alejano

CHINESE ACTIVITY. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, a former soldier, says Chinese vessels were spotted near Pag-asa island and its sand bars. File photo

Indonesia has a new tool to fight China, others on illegal fishing

Apr 27, 2016 - 4:57 PM

It will also allow Indonesia to accurately monitor its remote territory including in the South China Sea where Indonesian and Chinese vessels clashed last month

ILLEGAL FISHING. An illegal fishing vessel 'Viking' is sunk in the waters off Pangandaran, West Java province, Indonesia. Photo by EPA

Indonesia to summon Chinese envoy after boat confrontation

Mar 20, 2016 - 11:16 PM

We respect a big country like China and China should also respect the sovereignty of Indonesia and respect that we are at war with illegal fishing

SEIZED BOATS. A Chinese fisherman sits atop one of the 3 seized Chinese fishing boats at the military port in southern Zamboanga City in March 2007. AFP PHOTO/THERENCE KOH

Two dead in knife attack aboard Chinese ship in Philippines

Apr 12, 2015 - 7:27 PM

The suspect is believed to be hiding on board the Liberian flagged ship docked at the Zamboanga port

PORT CITY. After the attack, the transport ship is docked at Zamboanga City

Poaching: More fun in the Philippines?

Jun 05, 2013 - 1:51 PM

The Philippine government should exercise more political will to discourage foreign illegal fishermen

Rappler Newscast | May 21, 2013

May 21, 2013 - 9:56 PM

At least 51 killed as tornado hits Oklahoma suburb 30 Chinese vessels 1 warship sighted in Palawan Chiz poorest Senator Manny Villar still richest

Chinese boat caused bigger damage in Tubbataha

May 03, 2013 - 5:45 PM

UPDATED It destroyed 3 902 square meters of corals This would mean a fine of approximately P95 M

HEARTBREAKING. This Chinese vessel damaged 500-year-old corals. Photo from the Facebook account of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

No compromise in Tubbataha-Chinese vessel case

Apr 20, 2013 - 3:40 PM

Malacañang dismisses suggestions that the fishermen will be released

ARRESTED. These Chinese fishermen are facing criminal and administrative charges. Photo from the Facebook account of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Chinese ship hauled off Tubbataha

Apr 19, 2013 - 7:27 PM

The 48 meter ship was hauled by a tugboat from Tubbataha

REMOVED. A file photo of the Chinese vessel that ran aground in Tubbahata and which has already been removed from the area. Photo from the Facebook account of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Espionage not an issue in Tubbataha, says Palace

Apr 11, 2013 - 4:09 PM

Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang says USS Guardian and F V Min Long Yu are two separate cases

ARRESTED. The Chinese poachers are facing criminal and administrative charges. Photo from the Facebook account of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Aquino on Tubbataha: Not again!

Apr 10, 2013 - 1:45 PM

Upon hearing that a Chinese vessel ran aground on the Tubbataha Reef Aquino exclaimed Grabe naman

Chinese poachers arrive in Puerto Princesa, face charges

Apr 10, 2013 - 11:10 AM

Authorities are set to file the charges Wednesday April 10

Rappler Newscast | April 9, 2013

Apr 09, 2013 - 8:50 PM

Chinese fishermen face bribery charges after running aground in Tubbataha Peace talks between PH government and MILF resume North Korea to foreigners in the South: Prepare to leave

Chinese fishers tried to bribe rangers

Apr 09, 2013 - 6:39 PM

The 12 Chinese on board a vessel that ran aground on Tubbataha face administrative and criminal charges

PRISTINE REEFS. The coral reefs of Tubbataha are healthy and free from parasites such as the nasty crown-of-thorns starfish that eats polyps, the live organisms that make up the coral. Photo by Lory Tan/WWF

Coast guard wants to refloat Chinese vessel in Tubbataha

Apr 09, 2013 - 2:15 PM

Park rangers were unable to question the Chinese fishermen due to language barrier

GROUNDED. The Coast Guard wants to refloat the Chinese vessel. Photo from the Facebook account of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Chinese boat runs aground on Tubbataha

Apr 09, 2013 - 7:40 AM

The Chinese boat was carrying 12 Chinese nationals

DAMAGED. A coral rubble in Tubbataha reef. Photo by WWF-Philippines

Coast Guard: Bolinao sea collision likely accidental

Jun 25, 2012 - 5:57 PM

The Coast Guard says the sea collision off Pangasinan that killed one Filipino fisherman was likely an accident

PNoy: PH unsure if Chinese vessel at fault

Jun 25, 2012 - 1:51 PM

President Aquino says the Philippines is still verifying reports that a Chinese vessel rammed a Philippine fishing boat

PNoy: PH, China will avoid 'violence'

Apr 11, 2012 - 5:48 PM

President Aquino says he is confident of the resolution of the impasse between Manila and Beijing over the Scarborough Shoal