Locsin raises PH boat sinking at U.N., hits sea ‘felony’

‘It is a felony to abandon people in distress,’ says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr, after President Rodrigo Duterte dismissed the issue as a ‘maritime incident’ Published 9:20 AM, June 18, 2019 Updated 11:30 AM, June 18, 2019 UN SPEECH. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr speaks on June 17, 2019, at the commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Photo courtesy of UN MANILA, Philippines – Foreign Secretary…

Cabinet secretaries to meet on PH boat sinking without Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte cannot attend because of other appointments, says Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles Published 9:20 AM, June 17, 2019 Updated 9:20 AM, June 17, 2019 PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte joins other leaders during the Leaders’ Roundtable Discussion of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the Yanqi Lake International Convention Center on April 27, 2019. Malacañang photo MANILA, Philippines – Cabinet secretaries plan to meet on Monday afternoon, June 17, about the sinking of a Philippine fishing boat in Recto Bank (Reed Bank), in the…

PH urges US to help uphold states’ sovereign rights in SCS

MANILA — For the freedom of navigation to mean anything in the South China Sea (SCS), the United States must also use its power to uphold the sovereign rights of states surrounding the strategic waters, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said Saturday. “Freedom of navigation in the South China Sea by itself is merely the freedom to walk in a zoo past cages of animals. Freedom of navigation to mean anything includes willingness to use US power to uphold the sovereign rights of the littoral states of Southeast Asia…

‘Quick’ diplomatic protest should not settle West PH Sea ‘hit-and-run’ — expert

  Univesity of the Philippines professor Bobby Tuazon on Saturday said that the issue on the Chinese vessel “collision” should be settled not through “quick” diplomatic protests. Katrina Hallare/INQUIRER.net MANILA, Philippines — The issue on the alleged “hit-and-run” incident involving a Filipino fishing boat and a Chinese vessel should not be settled by a “quick” diplomatic protest, a professor of international relations said on Saturday. “It should be settled not just through quick diplomatic protest or diplomatic act by the Philippine government,” University of the Philippines (UP) professor Bobby Tuazon…

Demand compensation from China for PH boat sinking – Carpio

Filipinos should ‘send a strong signal’ that ramming Filipino vessels ‘will mean a break of diplomatic ties with China,’ says Justice Antonio Carpio Published 12:11 AM, June 15, 2019 Updated 12:21 AM, June 15, 2019 SURVIVORS. Fishermen of F/B Gem-vir, the Philippine boat sunk by a Chinese vessel, 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 MANILA, Philippines – One of the Philippines’ staunchest defenders of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) urged…

Owner claims Chinese hit PH vessel ‘intentionally’

The owner of the Philippine fishing boat and a relative of the boat’s captain believe a Chinese vessel “intentionally” rammed the boat and abandoned its crew when it sank in the South China Sea on Sunday. “How could they (Chinese) not see it when the boat had its lights on?” said Rocky Insigne, a cousin of Junel Insigne, 43, captain of the fishing boat Gem-Vir 1. The boat owner, Ma. Se de la Torre, 34, said both the Gem-Vir 1 and the Chinese vessel had their signal lights on before…

PH files protest vs China over boat sinking

THEY LOST EVERYTHING. The fishing boat Gem-Vir 1, shown at home in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, in this file photo, was anchored at Recto Bank in the South China Sea when it was hit by a Chinese vessel on Sunday night. It sank but the crew survived, although, according to the boat owner, they lost their catch and everything else on the boat. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO The Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest against China after an anchored Philippine fishing boat was hit by a Chinese vessel that abandoned 22 Filipino…

Hold China accountable, Del Rosario says after sinking of PH boat

Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says China, ‘the neighborhood bully,’ will continue ‘to rear its ugly head to intimidate our poor fishermen’ Published 10:19 PM, June 12, 2019 Updated 10:19 PM, June 12, 2019 HITTING CHINA. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says the Philippines should hold China accountable after a Chinese vessel sank a Filipino boat in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler MANILA, Philippines – Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario called on the Duterte administration to hold China accountable…

Chinese vessel sinks Philippine boat in West PH Sea ‘collision’

(4th UPDATE) ‘We condemn in the strongest terms the cowardly action of the Chinese fishing vessel and its crew for abandoning the Filipino crew. This is not the expected action from a responsible and friendly people,’ says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana Published 5:36 PM, June 12, 2019 Updated 6:30 PM, June 12, 2019 MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – A Chinese vessel sank a Philippine vessel in a collision in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and left the 22 Filipino fishermen on that boat “to the mercy of the…

PH interested in buying unmanned surveillance drones from US » Manila Bulletin News

Published June 9, 2019, 5:07 PM By Aaron Recuenco The Department of National Defense (DND) is eyeing the purchase of unmanned surveillance drones and other weapons after President Duterte announced that he will consider buying military hardware from the United States. DND Public Affairs Chief Arsenio Andolong (AP / MANILA BULLETIN) DND spokesman Arsenio Andolong said that the department was actually planning to take advantage of the announcement of US President Donald Trump of selling at least 34 Boeing-made ScanEagle drones to allies in South China Sea region amid the…