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What help? Chinese company, gov't officials botch aid to Gem-Ver fishermen

Jan 15, 2020 - 10:46 PM

Rappler traces the origin of F/B Pengyou from Batangas to Occidental Mindoro. The tattered boat is the latest in the government's bungled assistance efforts for the fishermen of Gem-Ver.

The second sinking of Gem-Ver

Dec 27, 2019 - 1:18 PM

Part 1: Rappler returns to San Jose 5 months later, in November, as the crewmen finish their repairs and prepare to sail back to Recto Bank. While Gem-Ver has been patched up, its men have drifted apart.

LOOK: Gem-Ver damaged by Typhoon Ursula

Dec 26, 2019 - 8:14 PM

The boat is overturned by strong winds and waves brought by the typhoon, which battered San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

DAMAGED. A photo posted on December 26, 2019, by the Facebook page of the local government of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, shows fishing boat Gem-Ver overturned on the shore after Typhoon Ursula hits the town. Photo from LGU San Jose, Occidental Mindoro Facebook page

2019: Year of rough seas for PH in the face of belligerent China

Dec 10, 2019 - 8:09 PM

Often undetected, Chinese vessels and warships cross deeper into the Philippines' territorial seas and closer to home

PH boat Gem-Ver returns to West Philippine Sea

Nov 23, 2019 - 4:43 PM

Still reeling from the tragedy, the fishermen return to Recto Bank as it is the only way they can make a living

RETURN VOYAGE. Philippine fishing boat Gem-Ver embarks on its return voyage to Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea after 5 months of repairs. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: The new fishermen of Gem-Ver

Nov 19, 2019 - 9:22 PM

Ten new crew members of fishing boat Gem-Ver prepare to sail again to Recto Bank

NEW CREW. The fishermen and crew of F/B Gem-Ver pose for a group picture on November 15, 2019, in Brgy San Roque, San Jose Occidental Mindoro. All photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] Ilang beses bang inabandona ang mangingisda ng Gem-Ver? Paulit-ulit

Nov 18, 2019 - 9:19 AM

The Gem-Ver fishermen were abandoned many times, once at sea, but over and over in politics and government positions taken

A gift from China: adding insult to injury?

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The fishermen of Gem-Ver received an old boat that turned out to be useless

China firm gifted Gem-Ver fishermen a used boat that's now in ruin

Nov 14, 2019 - 3:19 PM

Gem-Ver’s fishermen says they expected a new boat from China. They receive a battered, second-hand vessel ripped apart by a typhoon just weeks later

IN RUINS. The F/B Pengyou on the beach of Barangay Pag-asa, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on November 13, 2019, after strong waves pulled it from its anchorage during the height of Typhonn Quiel. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PH boat sunk by Chinese sailing again to Recto Bank

Nov 14, 2019 - 9:49 AM

(UPDATED) After 5 months of waiting, the fishermen of Gem-Ver say they are ready to return to the site where they almost died in June

Fishermen applies finishing touches on the F/B Gem-Ver on November 13, 2019, after six months of repair. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Intentional? Chinese ship in Recto Bank incident 'explicitly connected' to Beijing

Oct 17, 2019 - 11:29 AM

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says its new findings strongly suggest that the Chinese ship does not operate solely as a commercial fishing ship and 'raises the question of whether the collision with the Gem-Ver was intentional'

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

Senators want Chinese ship owner to pay damages to Gem-Ver fishermen

Aug 29, 2019 - 8:09 PM

Senator Francis Pangilinan welcomes the apology, but does not think it should be taken as a matter of fact. The apology calls Reed Bank part of the Nansha Island Group.

DAMAGED. A damaged F/B Gem-Ver arrived in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Recto Bank incident on 'cusp of closure,' says PH envoy to China

Aug 29, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Ambassador Jose Santiago Sta Romana says while the apology is a 'breakthrough,' compensation for the aggrieved 22 fishermen of Gem-Ver is still subject to more discussions and negotiations

IN REPAIR. The FB Gem-Ver remains dry docked on the shores of Barangay San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 16, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Gem-Ver owner, fishermen unsatisfied with China ship owner's apology

Aug 28, 2019 - 8:40 PM

'Paano na 'yung danyos perwisyo nila sa aming mga mangingisda? At lalong-lalo na po sa may-ari ng bangka?' says Bannie Condeza, one of Gem-Ver's fishermen

DAMAGED BOAT. Fishermen pull Gem-Ver towards the shore of Barangay San Roque San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019 after it was sunk by a Chinese ship in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Philippines accepts apology of Chinese ship owner

Aug 28, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The Philippines welcomes the acknowledgment that compensation must be provided to the owner of Filipino fishing boat Gem-Ver

Fishermen pulls the F/B Gem-Vir, the Filipino boat sunken by a Chinese vessel near Reed Bank, towards the shore of Brgy. San Roque I, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Carpio corrects China ship owner's apology: Recto Bank not part of Spratlys

Aug 28, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says Recto Bank is within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone, 'beyond the territorial sea of any island in the Spratlys'

GEM-VER. In this photo, the damaged stern of Philippine fishing boat Gem-Ver is seen as it arrives back in its hometown of Barangay San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

China ship owner apologizes for PH boat sinking

Aug 28, 2019 - 2:52 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The apology is coursed through the Guangdong Fishery Mutual Insurance Association and comes the same day President Duterte is set to leave for China where he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping

APOLOGY ISSUED. Fishermen pulls the F/B Gem-Ver, the Filipino boat sunken by a Chinese vessel near Recto  Bank, towards the shore of Barangay San Roque I, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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.

Robredo donates more cash, GPS equipment to Gem-Ver fishermen

Aug 01, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo again visits the Gem-Ver fishermen in Occidental Mindoro to provide additional aid through her office's Angat Buhay program

Vice President Leni Robredo returned to San Jose municipality in Occidental Mindoro on Thursday, August 1, to visit some fishermen based in Ilin Island, who were among the 22 crew members of F/B Gem-Ver, affected by the incident in Recto Bank (Reed Bank) last June 9. VP Leni also turned over donations from an Angat Buhay partner to the fishermen, including units of global positioning system and fish-finding equipment that will be attached to the 12 fiberglass boats from Marnav Marine Electronics. Cash assistance from private donors were also handed to the fisherfolk during VP Leni’s visit to help them recover from their losses following the maritime incident. Photo by Charlie Villegas / OVP

Duterte asserts PH sovereignty to others, except China – analyst

Jul 21, 2019 - 9:55 PM

'[Duterte] compromises sovereignty when it comes to [his] relationship with China and then he asserts sovereignty when it comes to international organizations,' says political analyst Bobby Tuazon

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Duterte to Gem-Ver fishermen: 'Sorry, that's how it is'

Jun 24, 2019 - 9:19 PM

His remarks take on the tone of his previous statements on the incident, where he downplayed it as a 'little maritime incident' and possibly an 'accident'

MESSAGE TO FISHERMEN. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte discusses matters with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police Command Conference at the Malacañang Palace on June 18, 2019. Simeon Celi Jr./Presidential Photo

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

BFAR hopes to get more financial support after Recto Bank incident

Jun 24, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Director Eduardo Gongona hopes the incident at Recto Bank will also lead to more funding for the agency

A fiberglass reinforced plastic-boat are given to 22 fishermen of F/B GemVer, which were rammed and sank by a Chinese Vessel in Reed Bank(Recto Bank) West Philippine Sea, after the press conference with Department of Agriculture in San Jose Municipal Hall, 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

Groups urge Filipinos to defend Philippine territory after boat sinking

Jun 23, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Protesters stress the importance of standing in solidarity with the Filipino fishermen, even as the Duterte administration echoes China in downplaying the sinking of the boat as a 'maritime incident'

DEFEND PHILIPPINES. Various groups wave Philippine flags along Manila Bay as they show their strong solidarity for the Philippines and their resistance against China during a protest on Saturday, June 22. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

In ASEAN, Duterte vents 'disappointment' over sea code delays

Jun 23, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks at the ASEAN Summit show he is 'not beholden to or afraid of any foreign country'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins other leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states during the 34th ASEAN Summit plenary session at The Athenee Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on June 22, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Robredo 'not confident' about joint PH-China probe, backs third-party inquiry

Jun 23, 2019 - 6:45 PM

'Kaya mahirap na joint investigation, kasi hindi natin sigurado kung iyong totoo talaga iyong lalabas,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on the planned joint probe with China into the Recto Bank incident

VISIT. Vice President Leni Robredo visits the fishermen and crew of FB Gem-Ver, in Brgy. San Roque, San Jose Occ Mindoro on June 21, 2019. Rappler screengrab

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

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