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Thousands of 'penis fish' exposed on California beach

Dec 14, 2019 - 10:19 AM

The creatures – more commonly known as fat innkeeper worms – have covered Drakes Beach

'PENIS FISH.' A picture released by iNaturalist on June 16, 2019 shows a person holding a marine worm in Bodega beach, California. Photo by Kate Montana/iNaturalist/AFP

Heartless! Cynthia Villar slammed for comment on galunggong prices

Dec 11, 2019 - 10:48 AM

The Philippines' richest senator comes under fire after wondering aloud why Filipinos still love the expensive galunggong

Villar on higher galunggong prices: 'Why eat it if too expensive?'

Dec 10, 2019 - 4:40 PM

'Bakit ba patay na patay tayo? Mahal na ang galunggong. [Eh di] 'wag kumain ng galunggong,' says Senator Cynthia Villar, as the price of the fish shoots up

Senator Cynthia Villar answers questions from the senate media during Christmas lunch of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HnP) ngd Nationalista Party (NP) senators. December 10, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/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

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

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

Combatting illegal fishing in Palawan's Calamianes

Oct 15, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Left unaddressed, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing would continue to wreak havoc in the Calamianes, whose coastal and marine ecosystems are among the most diverse and extensive in the Philippines

FIGHT VS ILLEGAL FISHING. The island communities in the Calamianes are dependent on fishing as their main source of livelihood, supplemented with small-scale agriculture and forest-based occupations. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

China using fishing vessels for surveillance, control of West PH Sea – DND

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Chinese fishing vessels complement Chinese naval and coast guard ships, and could be used for 'asymmetric warfare of sea control and sea denial' against Filipinos, the defense department says in a report to a lawmaker

LONELY OUTPOST. An aerial view shows the BRP Sierra Madre that has been grounded since 1999 to assert the Philippines' sovereignty over Ayungin Shoal. The China Coast Guard constantly patrols the area, the DND says. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Military taps sardine fishing crews as 'reserve force' in Sulu Sea

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:15 PM

Crews of two major canned sardine companies have been armed and trained as 'special CAFGU' to guard the waters off the Zamboanga Peninsula, says the military

RESERVE FORCE. The military has enlisted the fishing crews of some big sardine companies as a paramilitary force to help guard against security threats in the Sulu Sea. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

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

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

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

Russia says North Korea holding ship with 17 crew

Jul 24, 2019 - 8:44 PM

According to the North Korean foreign ministry, the ship was detained for 'violating rules of entry and stay'

Coast Guard will still stop Chinese boats fishing in PH waters – Esperon

Jul 23, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The National Security Adviser, however, emphasizes that the Philippines does not have enough resources to fully protect its sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea

Carpio: Duterte ‘fishing deal’ with China must go through Senate scrutiny

Jul 19, 2019 - 7:54 PM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Senate must find out exactly what the supposed verbal agreement between Manila and Beijing entails, and whether it falls within Philippine law

SENATE SCRUTINY. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, a staunch defender of the West Philippine Sea, says the Senate must scrutinize a supposed fishing deal between Manila and Beijing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

Final PCG-Marina report: Chinese ship failed to prevent sea collision

Jul 06, 2019 - 8:25 AM

The Chinese ship abandoned the Filipino crew of F/B Gem-Ver despite 'direct knowledge of their distress situation,' in violation of two maritime conventions, according to the official findings of the Philippine Coast Guard and the Maritime Industry Authority

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

Satellite maps show foreign vessels swarming Philippine waters

Jul 05, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Compiled satellite images from 2012 to 2019 show the increasing presence of foreign vessels in the West Philippine Sea

GETTING CLOSER. This map indicates the presence of foreign vessels, represented by the red dots, around and within Philippine waters. This image was generated using Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), data gathered and analyzed by Karagatan Patrol. Photo from Karagatan Patrol.

Initial Coast Guard report: Chinese ship captain liable for maritime law violations

Jul 05, 2019 - 6:17 PM

The initial report also attests to how the Chinese ship abandoned the Gem-Ver crew

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

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] The sublime and unfathomable wisdom of Rodrigo Duterte

Jun 29, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The key to understanding President Duterte’s gospel has been there all along, hiding in plain sight as though to mock imperceptive doubters like us: 'We are friends with China.'

[OPINION | Newspoint] A nation held to ransom

Jun 29, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Duterte's betrayals actually go further and deeper.

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

Sovereignty vs sovereign rights: What do we have in West PH Sea?

Jun 29, 2019 - 9:13 AM

Under international law, the Philippines has sovereign rights – not sovereignty – over the West Philippine Sea

PHILIPPINE WATERS. Does the Philippines enjoy sovereignty or sovereign rights over its waters, and what is the difference? Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Beyond memes: How to rebut Sotto on 'exclusive' fish

Jun 28, 2019 - 9:18 PM

Justice Antonio Carpio explains to Rappler that as long as the fish is located in a coastal state's exclusive economic zone or EEZ, 'only that state can exploit it'

[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

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