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Aurora Pijuan auctions Miss International crown for Gem-Ver fishermen

Jul 16, 2019 - 11:05 AM

The gold and pearl-encrusted crown is being sold at an online auction by the Leòn Gallery

AUCTION FOR A CAUSE. The Mikimoto crown made for Aurora Pijuan after she won the Miss International 1970 is being auctioned for the benefit of the Gem-Ver fishermen. Photos from the Miss International and Leon Exchange websites

Despite Duterte, Gem-Ver fishermen buckle down to work

Jul 12, 2019 - 5:38 PM

The fishermen come home but government disowns their narrative about what happened at Recto Bank and gives away bare boats. They prepare to sail again in dangerous waters.

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

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: The fishermen of Gem-Ver

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:38 PM

On the shores of home in Barangay San Roque, Occidental Mindoro, the men of Gem-Ver tell their stories

Children play around the dry-docked F/B Gem-Ver on June 21, 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

Panelo sees no contradiction between PCG-Marina report, Duterte

Jul 08, 2019 - 2:24 PM

Philippine Coast Guard and Marina investigators conclude the Recto Bank incident was a 'serious marine casualty' while President Rodrigo Duterte previously calls it a 'little maritime accident'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte answers queries from members of the media following the oath taking ceremony of Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go at the Malacañan Palace on June 27, 2019. Also in the photo is Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Not right for Palace to pit two constitutional provisions vs each other – law expert

Jul 03, 2019 - 6:20 PM

The charter's order for the government to keep resources in the Philippines' EEZ for exclusive use of Filipinos is not in conflict with the provision requiring the government to 'serve and protect' Filipinos, says law professor Tony La Viña

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping pose for posterity prior to the start of the bilateral meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 25, 2019. Malacañang photo

Lacson says Duterte deal with China nothing but words

Jul 02, 2019 - 6:17 PM

(UPDATED) And because they're mere words, what would be the basis for impeaching the President?

SPOTTED. A Chinese militia vessel identified by the Philippine Coast Guard during a patrol in Scarborough Shoal in June 2019. PCG photo

DSWD assures fishermen of sunken boat 'continuous assistance'

Jul 02, 2019 - 1:58 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development says it will continue to assist the 22 fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver until 'they have fully recovered from the incident and are able to live normal lives'

ASSISTANCE GIVEN. The DSWD assures the 22 fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver it will provide assistance to them and their families until they can fish again. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte wants China to guarantee rights, safety of PH fishermen

Jul 02, 2019 - 10:40 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte told Cabinet officials that the Recto Bank incident will be discussed in the next round of bilateral meetings with China, says Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 39th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on July 1, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China rejects third party in Recto Bank joint probe – Panelo

Jul 01, 2019 - 2:13 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says the Philippines will still 'suggest' the inclusion of a neutral country in the joint inquiry, if China and the Philippines have conflicting findings on the Recto Bank incident

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

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Salamat Tito Sen

Jul 01, 2019 - 12:13 PM

Thanks, but no thanks, we don't need you for the laughter – what we need is an independent Senate to check this insanity

[OPINION] A facade of smiles over the Recto Bank incident

Jun 28, 2019 - 7:00 PM

From within the government's ranks, all is definitely not well with President Duterte’s pro-Beijing policy

Sunken boat incident not affecting business between PH, China

Jun 28, 2019 - 1:47 PM

FFCCCII President Henry Lim Bon Liong says business ties between Manila and Beijing remain solid despite the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea

ASSISTANCE GIVEN. The FFCCCII formally turns over assistance to the fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver in a press conference on June 28, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

U.P. Visayas community slams Duterte government's 'blatant disregard' for PH fishermen

Jun 26, 2019 - 8:24 PM

'We cannot wait for any more blatant disregard of our fisherfolk before taking a stand against these oppressive responses of the Duterte administration,' says the UPV College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Student Council

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

Filipino-Chinese businessmen give P1.2 million for sunken boat’s repair

Jun 26, 2019 - 5:17 PM

(UPDATED) Boat owner Felix dela Torre, Gem-Ver Captain Junel Insigne, cook Richard Blaza, and fisherman Jaypee Gordiones attend the turnover ceremony in Quezon City on June 28

ASSISTANCE GIVEN. The FFCCCII formally turnover check donations and sacks of rice to the owner and fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver on at a press conference in Quezon City on June 28, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

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

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: May hangganan pala ang nasyonalismo ni Duterte

Jun 24, 2019 - 12:25 PM

Ito ang dunong at husay makipagpatintero sa mga sangganong imperyalista at mag-iwan ng isang malinaw na mensahe: hindi kami magpapaalipusta

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

Youth groups slam government's ‘inaction’ on sinking of Philippine boat

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:49 PM

Youth groups urge the Duterte administration to conduct a course of action that would give justice to the Filipino fishermen who were victimized at the hands of the Chinese

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Marina, Coast Guard wrap up probe into Recto Bank incident

Jun 22, 2019 - 4:27 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says the results of the investigation were submitted to Malacañang on Thursday, June 20

CHECKUP. The fishermen of the F/B Gem-Ver get a medical checkup upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose Mindoro on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

[OPINION] The 22 fishermen must learn a proper fist bump

Jun 22, 2019 - 1:15 PM

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

Bayanihan at sea: How fellow Filipinos helped rescue Gem-Ver and its crew

Jun 22, 2019 - 11:15 AM

Two crewmen of a local fishing boat that came to Gem-Ver's aid recount the rescue of their lives

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

[OPINYON] Pagsakay sa bangka

Jun 22, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Sa insidenteng nangyari sa bangka at sa mangingisda, malinaw din na magkabarkada ang ating pamahalaan at iyong pamahalaan ng nambangga. Iisa ang kanilang bangka.

Duterte agrees to joint probe of Recto Bank incident

Jun 22, 2019 - 8:01 AM

(UPDATED) 'President Duterte welcomes and accepts the offer of the Chinese Government to conduct a joint investigation to determine what really transpired in Recto Bank and find a satisfactory closure to this episode,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

WARM TIES. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte thanks Chinese President Xi Jinping for 'understanding' him. Malacañang file photo

Duterte skirts PH sovereign rights in Recto Bank

Jun 21, 2019 - 9:06 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte states there was no violation of sovereignty in the Recto Bank incident but fails to assert the country's sovereign rights over the area

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the ship-to-shore demonstration of Philippine Navy's Assault Amphibious Vehicles during the 121st Philippine Navy Anniversary at the Commodore Rudiardo A. Brown Beaching Area (CRABBA), Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Cavite City on June 17, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte to discuss China's maritime claim 'lengthily' at ASEAN Summit

Jun 21, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The Philippine leader says he will pose this question during the regional summit in Thailand: 'Can you claim an ocean as your own?'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on June 18, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH-China sea row not affecting fisheries sector – DTI chief

Jun 21, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez also says there's no need to raise the Recto Bank incident during the ASEAN Summit in Bangkok where country leaders are expected to discuss a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez on the sidelines of the exchange of business agreements between Filipino and Chinese investors at the Grand Hyatt Beijing on April 26, 2019. Malacañang photo

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

Unlike PH, Vietnam defends its fishermen vs China

Jun 21, 2019 - 12:00 AM

This comes as President Rodrigo Duterte dismisses as a 'maritime incident' the sinking of a Filipino boat by a Chinese ship in the West Philippine Sea

VIETNAMESE DIPLOMACY. Vietnam's foreign ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang takes questions during a press conference in Hanoi on August 3, 2017. File photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

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

China pushes for joint probe into PH boat sinking

Jun 20, 2019 - 7:10 PM

China echoes Duterte government officials pushing for a joint Philippines-China investigation into the sinking of a Filipino boat by a Chinese ship in Recto Bank

DAMAGED. Filipino fishing boat Gem-Ver is damaged after it was sunk by a Chinese ship in the West Philippine Sea on June 9, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

How were maritime collisions dealt with before?

Jun 20, 2019 - 3:16 PM

As the Philippines works on resolving the issue of China and the sunken Gem-Ver, here's how we and other countries ironed things out in the past

[ANALYSIS] China vs Filipino fishermen: Where is Duterte’s ‘tapang at malasakit’?

Jun 20, 2019 - 11:53 AM

Duterte’s recent behavior betrays the fact he has neither courage nor compassion