Rappler's latest stories on Gem-Ver
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.
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.
The boat is overturned by strong winds and waves brought by the typhoon, which battered San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
Often undetected, Chinese vessels and warships cross deeper into the Philippines' territorial seas and closer to home
Still reeling from the tragedy, the fishermen return to Recto Bank as it is the only way they can make a living
Ten new crew members of fishing boat Gem-Ver prepare to sail again to Recto Bank
The Gem-Ver fishermen were abandoned many times, once at sea, but over and over in politics and government positions taken
The fishermen of Gem-Ver received an old boat that turned out to be useless
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
(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
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'
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.
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
'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
The Philippines welcomes the acknowledgment that compensation must be provided to the owner of Filipino fishing boat Gem-Ver
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'
(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
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.
Vice President Leni Robredo again visits the Gem-Ver fishermen in Occidental Mindoro to provide additional aid through her office's Angat Buhay program
'[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
The gold and pearl-encrusted crown is being sold at an online auction by the Leòn Gallery
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.
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
On the shores of home in Barangay San Roque, Occidental Mindoro, the men of Gem-Ver tell their stories
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.
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
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'
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'
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
Thanks, but no thanks, we don't need you for the laughter – what we need is an independent Senate to check this insanity
From within the government's ranks, all is definitely not well with President Duterte’s pro-Beijing policy
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
'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
'When will we stop giving our northern neighbor primacy over our own people?' says former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario
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
(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
(3rd UPDATE) 'No government official can waive this sovereign right of the Filipino people without their consent,' says Justice Antonio Carpio
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'
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
Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Director Eduardo Gongona hopes the incident at Recto Bank will also lead to more funding for the agency
(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr returns to ex-top diplomat Albert del Rosario his P500,000 donation to the Recto Bank fishermen
Ito ang dunong at husay makipagpatintero sa mga sangganong imperyalista at mag-iwan ng isang malinaw na mensahe: hindi kami magpapaalipusta
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'
Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks at the ASEAN Summit show he is 'not beholden to or afraid of any foreign country'
'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
(2nd UPDATE) 'It will never be a fair investigation when one is the oppressed and the other is the oppressor,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan
(UPDATED) This comes after Duterte government officials made categorical statements about involving an independent 3rd party in the Recto Bank investigation
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says the results of the investigation were submitted to Malacañang on Thursday, June 20
(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
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