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Supreme Court applicants: Duterte can allow China to fish in PH waters

Jun 26, 2019 - 6:07 PM

Two Court of Appeals justices use an argument mostly used by the Supreme Court itself in past decisions that upheld Duterte policies: presidential discretion

JBC Interviews. (L-R) Court of Appeals Associate Justices Eduardo Peralta Jr and Mario Lopez and Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Alex Quiroz are interviewed by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) for a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Screenshots from JBC

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 to give P1.2 M for sunken boat’s repair

Jun 26, 2019 - 5:17 PM

Aside from the damage left by the Chinese fishing vessel, Filipino fishing boat Gem-Ver also lost its fishing equipment, and 9 days worth of catch

DRY-DOCKED. Fishing boat Gem-Ver in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/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

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

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

Youth groups slam government's ‘inaction’ on sinking of Philippine boat

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:49 PM

Youth groups urge the Duterte administration to conduct a course of action that would give justice to the Filipino fishermen who were victimized at the hands of the Chinese

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

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

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

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

WATCH: Government gives aid to Gem-Ver crew

Jun 20, 2019 - 8:59 AM

But is it enough to cover all the damages incurred?

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

PODCAST: Impunity in the West Philippine Sea

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:20 PM

Pakinggan ang usapan nina defense reporter Rambo Talabong, foreign affairs reporter Paterno Esmaquel, at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan ukol sa nangyaring banggaan at tugon ng administrasyong Duterte rito

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

Selective outrage? How Duterte reacted to other foreign affronts to Filipinos

Jun 19, 2019 - 7:58 PM

When an OFW was found dead in a freezer, Duterte gave the Kuwait government an ultimatum. When he saw foreign interference, he cursed at foreign leaders. But he chooses caution towards China in the Recto Bank ramming.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the officials of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as he conducts a surprise inspection at the NAIA Terminal 2 in Pasay City on June 10, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

TIMELINE: Sinking of Filipino boat in West PH Sea by Chinese ship

Jun 19, 2019 - 7:05 PM

(5th UPDATE) The sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese ship is 'a quantum escalation of China's aggressive acts against the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea'

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

WATCH: Boat sinking at Recto Bank – from indignation to dismissal

Jun 19, 2019 - 2:50 PM

The Philippine government's messaging on the ramming of a Filipino boat by a Chinese vessel, evolves from confused to echoing China's line

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

PH-China ties should not 'cover up' Filipino fishermen's accounts – analyst

Jun 19, 2019 - 2:17 PM

Security analyst Rommel Banlaoi says warmer ties pursued by the Duterte administration with China should not deny justice to the 22 Filipino fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver who were abandoned at sea

FILIPINO FISHERMEN. The fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver reunite with their families upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose Mindoro on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Panelo 'lawyering for China' on Philippine boat sinking incident, says Lacson

Jun 19, 2019 - 2:11 PM

'Parang ang mindset niya, defense counsel na nag-e-enter ng appearance for China if he was in a courtroom,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson of Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

Why Senate cancelled ‘Bikoy’ hearing: Senator Panfilo M. Lacson explains to reporters, during Thursday’s weekly Kapihan sa Senado, why his committee on public order and dangerous drugs cancelled tomorrow’s (May 10) hearing on the viral online videos “Ang Totoong Narcolist” or “Bikoy videos. (PRIB Photo by Joseph Vidal/ 09 May 2019)

Chinese should apologize for PH boat sinking – Lorenzana

Jun 19, 2019 - 11:41 AM

(UPDATED) While he sees the ramming of the Filipino fishing boat as an 'accident,' Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the damage inflicted warrants an apology and compensation

APOLOGY NEEDED. Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana during the Kapihan sa Manila Bay on June 19, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Lorenzana on Filipino boat sinking: 'It's just an accident'

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:41 AM

(UPDATED) 'I think it's just an accident, based on information we got from the crew. Maybe the other side did not intend to bump them,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

'JUST AN ACCIDENT.' Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during NDCP Alumni Forum at Camp Aguinaldo on Monday, February 4, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Vietnamese account matches Filipino fishermen's story

Jun 18, 2019 - 7:43 PM

They were tired, hungry, and cold

RESCUED FILIPINOS. Fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver reunite with their families upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Has the sinking incident in the West PH Sea polarized Filipinos?

Jun 18, 2019 - 6:28 PM

Filipino netizens have been giving clashing opinions since the event was reported