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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

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

Carpio hits Duterte: Defending PH EEZ not 'thoughtless, senseless'

Jun 29, 2019 - 10:55 AM

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the threat of war is raised 'only to intimidate the Filipino people into submitting to China's encroachment' of the West Philippine Sea

Passport for fishes? Netizens poke fun at Sotto's fish remark

Jun 28, 2019 - 5:23 PM

Netizens reimagine a world where fishes have citizenship, passports, and names more representative of their country of origin using memes

Senate President Vicente Sotto III photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Recto Bank incident taints Duterte's nationalist image – analyst

Jun 28, 2019 - 2:24 PM

'If we're just exchanging one possible exploiter with another, that doesn't really bode well for his nationalist image,' says political science expert Aries Arugay

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the wreath-laying ceremony at the bust of Dr. Jose Rizal as part of the 121st Philippine Independence Day celebration at the 6th Infantry Battalion Grounds in Malabang, Lanao del Sur on June 12, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

'Thoughtless, senseless' to insist on mandate protecting PH waters – Duterte

Jun 27, 2019 - 10:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also dares critics to impeach him: 'Kulungin ko silang lahat'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 122nd anniversary of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) at the PSG Compound on June 26, 2019. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sotto sees no problem with China fishing in Philippine waters

Jun 27, 2019 - 6:26 PM

'It’s very difficult to say that there is an exclusivity if it is underwater. The fish could be coming from China. And the fish from the Philippines could be going to China,' says Senate President Sotto

RESCUE AT SEA. Fishing boat M2M tows the F/B Gem-Ver to the shores of Barangay San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, on June 15, 2019. All photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Panelo says Duterte can't be impeached over PH fishing rights

Jun 27, 2019 - 2:44 PM

'You cannot stop the President from doing measures or steps that, to his mind, are the correct way to obey the constitutional command to him to protect and serve the Filipino people,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins the Presidential Security Group (PSG) to celebrate its 122nd anniversary at the PSG Compound on June 26, 2019. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte says he can't ban Chinese from fishing in PH waters

Jun 27, 2019 - 10:48 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte cites an agreement reached with China supposedly allowing Filipino fishermen to fish in Panatag Shoal. But the shoal is a common fishing ground whereas fishing in the Philippines' EEZ is reserved for Filipinos only.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech 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. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

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

Allow China to fish in PH waters? Panelo cites UNCLOS but forgets Constitution

Jun 26, 2019 - 2:32 PM

While an international agreement cites instances when a country can allow another to fish in its waters, the Philippine Constitution forbids it

PALACE SPOKESMAN. In this file photo, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo conducts his regular briefing for Palace reporters. Photo from the Facebook page of Salvador Panelo

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

BFAR: Municipal waters yield more fish than deeper fishing grounds

Jun 25, 2019 - 1:55 PM

'Ang mga pumupunta sa West Philippine Sea ay para manghuli ng high-value fish, that's why we should be there. But on our records, there is more money in galunggong than in tuna,' says BFAR Director Eduardo Gongona

San Roque fishing community. Photo by Leanne Jazul/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

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

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

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

Filipino fishermen give dog to Vietnamese after rescue

Jun 21, 2019 - 10:00 AM

As a gesture of friendship and gratitude, the 22 fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver leave their dog with the Vietnamese fishermen who rescued them

GEM-VER'S CREW. Fishermen pulls the F/B Gem-Vir, the Filipino boat sunken by a Chinese vessel near Reed Bank, towards the shore of Barangay San Roque I, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019. 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

PH boat captain changes tune after meeting with Piñol

Jun 19, 2019 - 11:16 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol holds a closed-door dialogue with Gem-Ver fishermen, in a house surrounded by policemen in full battle gear

GEM-VER FISHERMEN. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol holds a press conference on June 19, 2019, with the 22 fishermen of Filipino fishing boat Gem-Ver, which was rammed and sunk by a Chinese ship in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Piñol: Get the Chinese crewmen's side of the story

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) Now that Gem-Ver's fishermen say they are not sure anymore if they were intentionally hit or not, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the side of the Chinese crewmen has to be heard as well

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

PH boat sinking 'wake-up call' to finish South China Sea code – analysts

Jun 19, 2019 - 8:18 PM

China experts say the long-delayed document would serve as a 'concrete and strong mechanism' for stability in the region

SUNKEN. Fishing Boat Gem-Vir in the West Philippine Sea. Sourced photo

Gem-Ver captain to Duterte: Hold Chinese ship captain accountable

Jun 19, 2019 - 7:58 PM

F/B Gem-Ver's captain and crew also want the government to help them keep Recto Bank exclusively for Filipino fishermen

DEMANDS. The fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver which was rammed and sunk by a Chinese ship in the West Philippine Sea attend a press conference held at the municipal hall of San Jose, Mindoro Occidental on June 19, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

FALSE: Panelo says Filipino fishermen are 'hallucinating' over sunken ship

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Panelo does not say that in any of his press briefings and interviews after the sinking incident. However, after President Duterte downplays what happened as a 'maritime incident,' Panelo shifts gears.

Palace to demand reparation from China only 'after facts established'

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:23 PM

Hours earlier, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the captain and crew of the Chinese vessel should apologize and provide compensation, whether or not the ramming was accidental

The fishermen of FB Gimver are reunited with their families upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose Mindoro on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Cook of Gem-Ver crew: 'China is lying'

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:15 PM

'Noong paglapit [namin] sa kanila para makapagsaklolo, para matulungan kami, sumibat na sila. Tapos sabihin nila kami pa ang nagsisinungaling?' says Richard Blaza

ONLY ONE AWAKE? The cook of fishing boat Gem-Ver Richard Blaza says he was also sleeping when the Chinese ship approached them. Rappler screenshot