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SBMA takes back order imposing fines on stranded Vietnamese fishermen

Nov 13, 2019 - 2:18 PM

SBMA management says its letter to the Philippine Coast Guard 'was simply a procedural reminder and a statement of policy'

Photo by Olongapo City Public Information

Residents assail SBMA for threatening to fine stranded Vietnamese fishermen

Nov 13, 2019 - 10:12 AM

An Olongapo resident who was helping the marooned Vietnamese described the SBMA as 'so heartless'

Photo by Olongapo City Public Information

Balancing fisheries production and protection in Tañon Strait

Nov 09, 2019 - 5:00 PM

What drives Ybarra Laruga to protect Tañon Strait, apart from the need to support his family, is his memory of a time of abundance

FISH WARDEN. Ybarra Laruga of Tanjay, Negros Oriental, has been involved in the campaign to enforce fisheries laws in the Visayas for more than 22 years. All photos courtesy of Oceana

Tourism helps Negros Occidental fishermen ease pressure on Tañon Strait

Nov 08, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Ecotourism is encouraged in communities near marine protected areas not only because it generates funds, but also because it supports fishermen who want to supplement their income

ECOTOURISM. Community-based tourism has freed Abednigo Villacastin and other fishermen of Sitio Kalipay from the anxiety caused before by rampant commercial fishing. Photo courtesy of Oceana

160 Vietnamese fishermen stranded in Subic Bay due to bad weather

Nov 07, 2019 - 7:12 PM

The Vietnamese embassy in Manila has asked the government to assist the fishermen

Photo courtesy of Batang 'Gapo FB

Bantay Dagat official sees work as high-risk, high-reward

Nov 06, 2019 - 6:00 PM

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.

Romelito Lirasan Photo courtesy of Oceana

'Like a thief in your own territory'

Sep 08, 2019 - 9:00 PM

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.

3 Indonesian fishermen rescued by Mati City locals, Philippine Coast Guard

Jul 21, 2019 - 4:24 PM

Mati Police chief Major Bembo Lopez Aying says Paulus Baeruma, Batinus Paniat, and Pente Laberu were rescued off the coast of Barangay Bobon in Mati City on July 17

SAFE. The rescued Indonesian fishermen being interviewed by authorities in Mati City. Photo courtesy of Glen Lazaro Ybañez

Empty nets as overfishing and climate change deplete Lake Malawi

Jul 20, 2019 - 3:24 PM

'Seven years ago there was lots more fish than today. In 2019 it is different, there's no fish in the water,' says a trader

Malawian fishermen fix their fishing nets as fishing boats are seen on the shore of the Lake Malawi at the Senga village on May 19, 2019 in Senga, Malawi. Hundreds of local traders gather each morning and afternoon at Senga, but fish populations are falling in Lake Malawi, Africa's third largest body of freshwater. GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP

'Na-Recto 22,' Diokno says of fishermen withdrawing from West PH Sea petition

Jul 10, 2019 - 10:02 AM

'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

PETITION. Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno represents fishermen in a petition that accuses the Duterte government of neglecting the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Calida: Fishermen disown West PH Sea petition

Jul 09, 2019 - 4:12 PM

(UPDATED) Solicitor General Jose Calida claims that the lawyers for petitioners have agreed in a closed-door meeting to junk the case altogether

DISOWNED? Solicitor General Jose Calida secures the affidavit of 19 fishermen who disown the West Philippine Sea petition filed by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines on their behalf. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Can Supreme Court force Duterte gov't to protect West PH Sea?

Jul 01, 2019 - 7:22 PM

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

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[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

[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.

Filipino fishermen awake when Chinese ship rammed their boat

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:26 PM

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.

AWAKE. The crew 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 turn over to Mindoro local officials by the Philippine Navy on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Loss after boat sinking estimated at P2.2 M

Jun 17, 2019 - 4:28 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says he will forward the computation to President Rodrigo Duterte

DRY DOCKED. Children play beside the FB Gem-Ver in Brgy. San Roque, San Jose Occidental Mindoro on June 16, 2019, after it was pulled out of sea for repairs. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

INSIDE STORY: How Filipino crew were saved by Vietnamese in West PH Sea

Jun 14, 2019 - 9:07 PM

One of the Filipino crew narrates that after he connected his index fingers to demonstrate 'Vietnam? Philippines? Friends,' the Vietnamese replied, 'Okay.'

ROWERS. Justine Pascual (left) and JP Gordiones (right) aboard the BRP Tausug as they sail back home to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Crew of sunken Philippine boat now home

Jun 14, 2019 - 8:03 PM

After 17 days at sea, the fishermen of the boat rammed and abandoned by a Chinese ship return to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

HOME, FINALLY. The fishermen of F/B Gim-ver are reunited with their families upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Wives wait in limbo for fishermen of sunken vessel to come home

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:34 PM

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.'

Mindoro fishermen wives and family wait for their husbands at Caminawit port in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: Crew of Philippine vessel rammed by Chinese ship on their way home

Jun 14, 2019 - 10:19 AM

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

HOME. The fishing community of Barangay Caminawit, San Jose, Mindoro Occidental is the home port of MV Gem-vir. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

In Albay, protecting the sea leads to bountiful tanigue

Dec 16, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Catburawan villagers benefit from the public and private sectors' joint efforts to stop big-time illegal fishers in Burias Pass

THE CATCH. Local fishermen in Catburawan village in Ligao City haul their catch of the first-class and expensive tanigue. All photos by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Madagascar fishermen feel bullied by 6 Chinese trawlers

Dec 13, 2018 - 8:55 PM

'The Chinese take everything and chuck the little dead fish back into the sea,' says Marco Randrianjaka, echoing the grievances of many of his fellow fishermen

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 4, 2018 a Malagasy fisherman is seen at work in the waters in front of Anakao, a traditional fishing community in southwest Madagascar. Already threatened by the effects of the global warming, Malagasy fishermen see their traditional way of life threatened by the presence in their waters of Chinese fishing boats following the signature of a fishing agreement between Chinese investors and Madagascar parastatal entities. MARCO LONGARI / AFP

[OPINYON] Tayo nang maglaro ng Chinese barter

Jun 24, 2018 - 8:00 AM

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

Filipino-Chinese millennials speak up vs China harassment of PH fishermen

Jun 19, 2018 - 12:58 PM

'I am angry that there’s a foreign power policing our fishermen who are trying to make a livelihood,' says Ateneo student Justine Chua, one of the Filipino-Chinese millennials who have a lot to say about the China Coast Guard's harassment of Filipino fishermen in Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal

DIALOGUE. The Philippine Navy and the Zambales provincial government gather fishermen on June 14, 2018 to discuss actions of the China Coast Guard in Scarborough Shoal. Photo by Randy Datu

Duterte: China taking of PH fisherman's catch 'not outright seizure'

Jun 18, 2018 - 6:58 PM

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

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte examines one of the firearms donated by the People's Republic of China (PRC) during the ceremonial turnover of the military assistance gratis at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga on June 28, 2017. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'2 bottles of water for P3,000 worth of fish in Panatag Shoal'

Jun 15, 2018 - 7:58 AM

Filipino fishermen from Zambales province confirm that China Coast Guard habitually takes their catch in Scarborough Shoal

Photo by Randy Datu

Roque on China 'goodwill' in Panatag: What matters is PH can fish there

Jun 14, 2018 - 2:07 PM

'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

Did Cayetano admit China can apprehend Filipinos in Panatag Shoal?

Jun 14, 2018 - 10:28 AM

(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?

PANATAG SHOAL. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says Filipino fishermen can be apprehended if taking giant clams in Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. Malacañang file photo

Trillanes hits Malacañang for 'publicity stunt' with fishermen

Jun 12, 2018 - 9:20 PM

'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

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is unfazed by the civil case filed against him by the President's son and son-in-law. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sue China for destroying corals in Panatag Shoal – Carpio

Jun 12, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The Philippines 'should demand damages from China' for destroying corals while harvesting giant clams in Panatag Shoal, says Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio

SUE CHINA. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio urges the Philippine government to sue China for destroying coral reefs in Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal). File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

China allows Filipinos to fish in Panatag 'out of goodwill'

Jun 12, 2018 - 11:18 AM

(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

PANATAG SHOAL. Protesters troop to the Chinese consulate in Makati City on June 11, 2018, the eve of Independence Day, to protest harassment of Filipino fishermen in Panatag Shoal. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Jun 11, 2018 - 7:13 PM

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To prove fruits of PH-China 'friendship,' Roque brings fishermen to press briefing

Jun 11, 2018 - 3:35 PM

But the fishermen from Zambales also give more details about how China Coast Guard personnel take the best of their catch

Malacañang wants China to discipline 'errant' Coast Guard personnel

Jun 11, 2018 - 12:34 PM

(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

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shakes hands with China Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on the sidelines of the courtesy call of People’s Republic of China Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan at the President’s Hall in Malacañan Palace on March 7, 2017. TOTO LOZANO/ Presidential Photo

Robredo expresses concern over harassment of PH fishermen in Panatag

Jun 09, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo calls the China Coast Guard's actions as 'a blatant disregard of the rights of Filipinos, and the authority of the Republic of the Philippines over Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal'

WEST PH SEA. Vice President Leni Robredo urges the government to act on the recent incident at Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

Carpio to Duterte gov't: File new case vs China

Jun 08, 2018 - 4:46 PM

'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

LEGAL LUMINARY. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio criticizes the Duterte administration's policy on the West Philippine Sea. Rappler file photo

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Jun 08, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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MARITIME DISPUTE. A ship of the China Coast Guard near Scarborough Shoal, September 3, 2016. File photo from the Philippine Department of National Defense

Video captures China Coast Guard taking PH fishermen's catch

Jun 08, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The video shows China's effective control and occupation of Scarborough Shoal, says Filipino maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal

EFFECTIVE CONTROL? A video obtained by GMA NEWS shows a Chinese man taking the catch of Filipino fishermen in Scarborough Shoal. Screenshot of a report on 24 Oras

[OPINION] Sea change for small-scale fishers

May 30, 2018 - 2:08 PM

'Fisherfolk are the reason why we as consumers, both locally and abroad, are able to satisfy our appetite for tuna and all kinds of seafood. It’s time that we finally give considerable attention to them. '

epa05238978 Filipino fishermen maneuver their boat as the sun sets in Manila Bay, Philippines, 01 April 2016. According to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), the prevailing El Nino phenomenon could affect at least 100,000 fisherfolk in the country due to the decline in fish production in freshwater areas and coastal communities. The water temperature increases in the Pacific and Western Pacific side of the country which is feared to result in decrease of primary productivity and to lead to a decline in fish catch. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Fishermen in Rapu-Rapu face bleak future due to mining woes

Apr 15, 2018 - 2:03 PM

Fishermen of Rapu-Rapu town in Albay have to sail past municipal waters just to catch fish

RAPU-RAPU ISLAND. An aerial photo of Barangay Poblacion Rapu-Rapu, Albay Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Albay coastal village reaps rewards of campaign vs illegal fishing

Mar 29, 2018 - 8:00 AM

In Barangay Catburawan in Ligao City, residents marvel at their fishermen's 'unprecedented' daily catch, the fruit of efforts of local authorities to stamp out illegal fishing in Burias Pass

BIG FISH. Tanigue or Spanish mackerel outsize the holding bins of Catburawan fishers. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

'Sorry' Duterte sends off Vietnamese fishermen shot at by PH Navy

Nov 29, 2017 - 10:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is confident that the shooting incident that killed two Vietnamese fishermen won't destroy the friendship between Vietnam and the Philippines

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte extends his well wishes to one of the Vietnamese fishermen who were sent off during a ceremony at the Sual Wharf and Causeway in Sual, Pangasinan on November 29, 2017. The five Vietnamese fishermen, who were held under the custody of the Philippine government after they were caught poaching in the waters of Bolinao, Pampanga, were given provisions of jackets, hygiene kits, and food items. Also in the photo are Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Director Eduardo Gongona and Vietnamese Ambassador to the Philippines Ly Quoc Tuan. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Sep 25, 2017 - 9:15 PM

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Philippines assures Vietnam of 'fair' probe into fishermen's deaths

Sep 25, 2017 - 2:20 PM

'We would like to offer our sympathies over the unfortunate loss of life,' Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano tells Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano assures Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh that the Philippines will conduct a fair and thorough probe into the deaths of two Vietnamese fishermen. Photo from DFA

2 Vietnamese fishermen killed in West PH Sea incident

Sep 24, 2017 - 5:45 PM

(4th UPDATE) 5 other Vietnamese fishermen are arrested off the coast of Bolinao, Pangasinan

ILLEGAL FISHING? Two Vietnamese fisherman were killed while 5 others were arrested on Saturday, September 23, some 60 nautical miles off the coast of Bolinao, Pangasinan.

3 Indonesian fishermen missing off Philippines – gov't

Jan 21, 2017 - 4:11 PM

The spike in abductions sparked Indonesian warnings that the region could become the next Somalia

MISSING. 3 Indonesian fishermen are missing according to Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command Chief Major General Carlito Galvez Jr.

Landbank to provide P115B in loans to small farmers, fishermen by 2022

Dec 25, 2016 - 11:54 AM

Landbank will initiate a re engineering of the credit facilities for small stakeholders in the agriculture sector and encourage them to enter into corporatives

TRIPLING LENDING. Possible cash crops that farmers can plant under the corporative are palm oil, rubber, banana, coconut, cacao and abaca, which have high export potentials. Rappler file photo

5 fishermen missing near Scarborough back home

Nov 29, 2016 - 5:16 PM

The Coast Guard says the fishermen – missing since November 21 – are back in Sta Cruz Zambales