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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

Boat sunk by Chinese ship in West PH Sea now back home

Jun 15, 2019 - 7:02 AM

The boat and its crew have been the focal point of the latest tension between the Philippines and China

DOCKED HOME. Fishing boat Gem-vir off the coast of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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