Rappler's latest stories on Filipino fishermen
Romelito Lirasan, Bantay Dagat chief of San Remigio, Cebu, is grateful that most fishermen in his town help defend their marine sanctuaries. But there's a lot of work to do.
Once before Filipino fishermen could make as many trips as they wanted to Scarborough Shoal and easily bring home 4 tons of fish each trip. Now they're lucky to haul in a third of what they used to.
'Hindi lang kahina-hinala na patagong nakipag-usap ang gobyerno sa mga kliyente namin, labag din sa legal ethics yan. Mukhang na-Recto 22 na naman ang mga Pilipino,' says human rights lawyer Chel Diokno
(UPDATED) Solicitor General Jose Calida claims that the lawyers for petitioners have agreed in a closed-door meeting to junk the case altogether
The Supreme Court hears oral arguments on a petition by fishermen, accusing the Duterte government of failure to enforce the fisheries code and other environmental issuances in Panatag Shoal, Ayungin Shoal, and Panganiban Reef
From within the government's ranks, all is definitely not well with President Duterte’s pro-Beijing policy
Well aware of how symbolic the gesture is of the President’s zeal in defending Filipinos like themselves, they really ought to do it better if they know what’s good for them
Two crewmen of a local fishing boat that came to Gem-Ver's aid recount the rescue of their lives
Sa insidenteng nangyari sa bangka at sa mangingisda, malinaw din na magkabarkada ang ating pamahalaan at iyong pamahalaan ng nambangga. Iisa ang kanilang bangka.
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.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says he will forward the computation to President Rodrigo Duterte
One of the Filipino crew narrates that after he connected his index fingers to demonstrate 'Vietnam? Philippines? Friends,' the Vietnamese replied, 'Okay.'
After 17 days at sea, the fishermen of the boat rammed and abandoned by a Chinese ship return to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
One of the wives says: 'Sana po 'wag po kayong basta-bastang magpapadala sa anumang sasabihin ng China sa inyo. Timbangin niyo po kung ano ang katotohanan, panigan niyo po 'yung tama dahil kami pong mahihirap ang nagiging kawawa.'
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
Bukod sa malaking usapin ng soberanya sa teritoryo, sa likod ng ilang kilong isda kapalit ng instant noodles o bottled water ay ang binabanggit ko: kalayaan at kusang-loob
President Rodrigo Duterte uses the term 'barter' to describe the uneven 'exchange' of goods between China Coast Guard and Filipino fishermen, a word also used by Chinese envoy Zhao Jianhua
Filipino fishermen from Zambales province confirm that China Coast Guard habitually takes their catch in Scarborough Shoal
'They are able to fish now under the administration of President Duterte and to me, as their former counsel, that's what matters,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, whohelped Zambales fishermen file a human rights case against China before the UN in 2015
(UPDATED) Referring to giant clams in Panatag Shoal, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says, 'If Filipinos or Chinese or Vietnamese take any of these, they will really be apprehended.' But by whom?
'The definition of harassment can be twisted. The fact [that] the Chinese coast guard [personnel] went on board their [boat] against their will shows they're helpless,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV
(UPDATED) The Chinese embassy says China Coast Guard personnel 'have always acted in accordance with the law,' even as a television report shows them taking the catch of Filipino fishermen in Panatag Shoal
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But the fishermen from Zambales also give more details about how China Coast Guard personnel take the best of their catch
(UPDATED) 'If it is proven, there will be punishment imposed for the Chinese Coast Guard,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, citing assurances made by Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua
'We can demand damages for economic loss that our fishermen suffer. That’s the course of action that we should take if we want to protect the interest of our fishermen,' says Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio
It took President Duterte to be frank and candid or to be more precise undiplomatic to get this far with the superpowers
We re taking advantage of the opportunity of making sure that the other aspects of our relationship with our neighbor China will be pursued says Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr
Duterte says he will also ask Chinese officials about reports of new construction activities in Scarborough Shoal
While the tribunal ruling favoring the Philippines is clear the reality on the ground is different says Manila s foreign affairs spokesman Charles Jose
I was angry at their gall to shoo us away when we were clearly inside Philippine territory says a Filipino fisherman recounting how Chinese coast guard boats harassed them in Scarborough Shoal on June 7
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As the Philippines prepares to elect new leaders in May fishermen hope their concerns will not be ignored
The fishermen who were rescued in Pangasinan after being reported missing say they are from the Subic Bay region
However the Coast Guard has yet to confirm the number of fishermen involved
On Friday May 30 a day before National Fisherfolk s Day fisheries reform advocates will march to Malacañang to submit to President Aquino a proposal on how to save Philippine marine resources
Does the arbitral tribunal have jurisdiction over the historic case? The Philippines will have to wait until 2015 Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza says
Vietnam says it is concerned after China s show of force against Filipinos
The Philippines protests China’s alleged firing of a water cannon at Filipino fishermen Bong Revilla: Mar Roxas is scriptwriter of Dennis Cunanan Uganda’s president says homosexuals are disgusting
Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin also welcomes the call of US lawmakers for tough sanctions against China s aggressiveness in the disputed waters
The fishermen s boat collides with a motorized tanker off Manila Bay
The dead are believed to be fishermen and crew members of tuna catcher vessels