Photo of what is left of Second Boat Rammed by Chinese Vessel
'Banggaan lang': Palace doubts PH boat collision with HK ship to hurt China ties
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Photo of the First Boat sunk by Chinese Vessel; The Second Boat only showed debris but no survivors found
“Sinungaling sila (Chinese) matapos nila kaming banggain, tinakbuhan kami, mabuti na lamang at tinulungan kami ng Vietnamese fishing vessel na nagkataong napadaan doon.” - www.philstar.com
Fourteen Filipinos missing in boat collision - tribune.net.ph
Banggaan lang po 'yan,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque - rappler.com
China Dumps Chemicals & Kills Fish Around Kalayaan Island To Drive Away Filipino Fishermen - www.patreon.com
‘Chinese coast guard regularly intimidate Filipino fishermen’ - www.philstar.com
Duterte says he allows Chinese vessels to fish in Philippine waters to prevent war - scmp.com
1st Boat: “Sinungaling sila (Chinese) matapos nila kaming banggain, tinakbuhan kami, mabuti na lamang at tinulungan kami ng Vietnamese fishing vessel na nagkataong napadaan doon.”
“Sinungaling sila (Chinese) matapos nila kaming banggain, tinakbuhan kami, mabuti na lamang at tinulungan kami ng Vietnamese fishing vessel na nagkataong napadaan doon.”
Ito ang sinabi ni Junel Insigne, kapitan ng fishing vessel F/B Gem-Ver 1 sa pahayag ng China na walang nangyaring “hit and run” at tinangka ng mga itong tulungan ang 22 tripulante ng pinalubog na Pinoy fishing vessel sa Recto Bank.
Ayon pa kay Insigne, hindi rin totoo na may mga kasama silang iba pang mga Pinoy fishing vessel sa bahagi ng Recto Bank ng mangyari ang insidente na umano’y tinangkang atakihin ang China.
“Lumubog na nga kami, kami pa ba ang aatake,” ani Insigne.
Sa Facebook account ng Chinese Embassy ay inamin nito na isa sa kanilang mga fishing vessel ang sangkot sa banggaan pero itinangging walang ‘hit and run’ sa South China Sea (West Philippine Sea ).
Sa halip, sinabi ng China sa statement nito na natakot lamang umano ang mga tripulante ng Chinese fishing vessel na kuyugin ng mga Pinoy na sakay naman ng 7-8 fishing vessel sa lugar na pinalibutan ang kanilang Yuemaobinyu 42212 kaya hindi nagawang tulungan ang mga Pinoy crew men.
Depensa pa ng China, nang makita nilang tinulungan na ang mga tripulanteng Pinoy ay saka lamang sila umalis sa lugar.
Pero tinanggal na sa FB ang kanilang ipinost matapos ang ilang oras.
Una nang sinabi ni Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana na binangga o nabangga ay hindi dapat takbuhan ng Chinese fishing vessel ang mga mangingisdang Pinoy na dapat ay tinulungan ng mga ito sa gitna na rin ng kinaharap na panganib sa kanilang buhay.
Nakatakda namang magpadala ang Philippine Navy ng karagdagang mga patrol ships sa lugar upang mapaigting pa ang maritime patrol sa isla na inookupa ng Pilipinas sa pinagtatalunang teritoryo.
Kaugnay nito, umapela ng tulong kay Pangulong Duterte si Insigne dahil nangangailangan ng P1 milyon ang may-ari ng nasabing fishing vessel para maipagawa ito.
Ang nasabing mga tripulante ay sinalubong ng kanilang mga pamilya kahapon ng madaling araw sa pantalan ng San Jose, Occidental Mindoro kung saan naging emosyonal ang nasabing tagpo.
2nd Boat: Fourteen Filipinos missing in boat collision
At least 14 Filipinos were missing early Monday after a collision between their fishing boat and a Chinese cargo vessel, media reports in the Philippines said.
The incident occurred at 1 a.m. Sunday off Cape Calavite in the northwest coast of the Philippines province of Occidental Mindoro, the Inquirer.net and Rappler news websites reported. Both cited the Philippine Coast Guard, but the Inquirer reported 12 crew of m/v Liberty Cinco disappeared while Rappler said the missing included 12 crew plus two other employees of their company.
The other vessel involved was “a Chinese cargo vessel,” according to Rappler, while Inquirer.net said it was flagged in Hong Kong, the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. “When our (team) arrived in the area, they still saw the fishing boat capsized but did not find anyone anymore,” the Inquirer quoted Commodore Leovegildo Panopio, commander of the Coast Guard’s Southern Tagalog district, as saying. A strong current interrupted the search on Sunday evening but it would resume early Monday, he said. The incident happened about 24 kilometers from Paluan town, the Inquirer said.
'Wala naman pong malaking implikasyon 'yan. Banggaan lang po 'yan,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque
Malacañang on Monday, June 29, dismissed the view that the recent collision involving a Philippine fishing boat and a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship off the coast of Occidental Mindoro would affect ties with China.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque instead likened the collision to a road crash that would simply be resolved under Philippine laws.
"Wala po. Banggaan 'yan po sa ating karagatan, so ireresolba po 'yan sang-ayon sa batas ng admiralty," Roque said in a press briefing on Monday.
(There are no implications. It's a collision that happened in our waters so it will be resolved according to our admiralty laws.)
"Alam 'nyo po, ang rules ng banggaan sa karagatan, parehong-pareho rin po 'yan ng rules na ina-apply 'pag may banggaan sa kalye. Wala naman pong malaking implikasyon 'yan. Banggaan lang po 'yan," he added.
China Dumps Chemicals & Kills Fish Around Kalayaan Island To Drive Away Filipino Fishermen
The marine species and aquaculture surrounding the island are reportedly being exterminated. - Wandering Chinese vessels have been alleged as the culprit because they have reportedly been intentionally dumping chemicals in the area. - The Philippine government has yet to react on the issue. The Facebook page Kalayaan ATIN ITO revealed that China is aiming to cripple economic activities in order to push away civilians and leave the islands unoccupied. Once this happens, the Chinese apparently has plans to take control of the area and establish a military base. A recently uploaded video showed how alarming the extents of the damage really were by panning in on the dead fish that washed ashore. The ecosystem and surrounding coral reefs on Pag-asa Island are being destroyed; civilian Filipinos and their source of livelihood are suffering. The post also claims that China is “aggressively removing economic activities of the civilian community at the Kalayaan Island Group to drive away civilians and isolate the Islands. Once all civilians are gone, Chinese military activities to occupy the islands will be easier”. The Philippine government has yet to react on the issue. When it does, it will have to provide solutions, not just to the welfare and livelihood of the civilian Filipinos on the island, but overall, the ongoing dispute it is facing on the territory. While other countries have laid their claims on the islands, the Philippines and China have been the most active and vocal about the territorial dispute. Diplomatic negotiations, tense standoffs, and intimidation tactics have occurred between the two in an attempt to secure their claim or at the very least, achieve a compromise on the territory. RELATED: Could smuggled Philippine soil have helped China reclaim 3,200 acres of Spratlys land? Philippines is not the only country China has been busy with. The country is also attending to territorial disputes against Vietnam, Japan and Taiwan. Pag-asa Island, also called Thitu Island, is one of the Spratly Islands and part of Kalayaan municipality of Palawan, Philippines. It is located in the West Philippine Sea. Pag-asa is the only island in the Spratlys that is home to civilian Filipinos who make a humble living out of fishing. The Island has been occupied by the Philippines since 1970. Territorial disputes between Taiwan, China, Vietnam and of course, the Philippines, have made the area known to the international community.
‘Chinese coast guard regularly intimidate Filipino fishermen’
What’s happening to Filipino fishermen in the South China Sea?
At about the same time as a senior Philippine military officer denied reports Filipino fishermen were being harassed by Chinese security forces in the vicinity of Scarborough or Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea, an even more senior US admiral said the fishermen were being regularly harassed and intimidated.
Adm. Philip Davidson, head of the US Indo-Pacific Command, told a House armed services committee on Wednesday that Chinese coast guard vessels now under the command of the Central Military Commission “regularly harass and intimidate fishing vessels from our treaty ally, the Philippines, operating near Scarborough Reef, as well as the fishing fleets of other regional nations.”
In a written statement to the committee meeting here to discuss the Indo-Pacific region, the US Navy commander said contrary to international law, Beijing has continued militarizing disputed territory in the South China Sea by employing advanced military systems that further enhance the People’s Liberation Army power projection capabilities, including missiles and electronic jammers.
On multiple occasions, Beijing has landed military transport aircraft on the Spratly Islands and long-range bombers on the Paracel Islands, he said.
Additionally, Chinese Coast Guard vessels regularly harass and intimidate fishing vessels from the Philippines.
Earlier Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Salamat, commander of AFP’s Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom), said there have been no reports of Filipino fishermen being harassed by the Chinese in the vicinity of Panatag.
The Nolcom commander added that Navy and Coast Guard ships regularly patrol the country’s northern maritime borders to ensure freedom of navigation in the area.
Randall Schriver, assistant secretary for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Office at the US Defense Department, told the House committee Beijing’s intentions in the South China Sea were not benign.
“China continues to militarize disputed features in the South China Sea and has also delivered coastal defense cruise missiles (CDCM) and long-range surface-to-air missile to Spratly Islands outposts, a clear sign that its intentions are not benign,” he said.
In Manila, the Duterte administration has distanced itself from a complaint filed with the International Criminal Court (ICC) by former foreign affairs chief Albert del Rosario and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales against Chinese President Xi Jinping over China’s aggressive actions in the South China Sea.
President Duterte mentioned the complaint during his meeting with Communist Party of China international department minister Song Tao last Wednesday in Davao City, but a Palace statement stressed his administration “had no participation in such activity.”
“We cannot stop people from just filing cases,” Duterte was quoted in the statement as saying.
Duterte and Song also discussed issues that he thought would further strengthen the relationship between Manila and Beijing, according to the Palace statement.
The Philippine leader thanked the Chinese government for the “vibrant trade relationship” between the two countries and cited China’s “relentless support” for his administration’s “Build Build Build” infrastructure program.
Song assured Duterte that China is ready to assist the Philippines in its effort to improve the lives of its citizens.
“If there (is) a need of assistance in improving the people’s lives, China is willing to help,” the Palace statement quoted Song as saying.
Song said the Chinese government is also looking forward to welcoming Duterte to China next month. The President is expected to attend the second Belt and Road forum in China in April.
Meanwhile, Philippine Ambassador to China Chito Sta. Romana said any complaint regarding alleged Chinese harassment of Filipino fishermen may be raised by Duterte through the Bilateral Consultative Mechanism (BCM), which meets every six months.
The President is expected to bring the matter up with Xi on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing.
“Regarding this issue, we have a mechanism for this. If there is actual harassment that is confirmed by the Philippine authorities, through the National Task Force on the West Philippine Sea, it is raised through diplomatic channels,” Sta. Romana said in an interview on ANC on Wednesday.
“We raise it at the Bilateral Consultative Mechanism. And this is the mechanism we use to tell the Chinese, face to face, about a particular issue,” he added. – With Alexis Romero, Pia Lee-Brago
Duterte says he allows Chinese vessels to fish in Philippine waters to prevent war
Duterte says he allows Chinese vessels to fish in Philippine waters to prevent war
In his State of the Nation address, the president says Manila ‘owns the West Philippine Sea but China controls it’, pointing to the presence of guided missiles on Chinese-made artificial islands
The two-hour speech also saw him ask Congress to reimpose the death penalty for drug-related crimes and set up a new ministry for the welfare of overseas workers
Duterte on Monday insisted the West Philippine Sea belonged to his country, but defended his agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping to allow Chinese fishermen to operate in the area, saying it was not a constitutional violation.
In Monday’s State of the Nation address, which he delivered more than an hour late, Duterte said this agreement would ensure there would be no war in the disputed South China Sea , where Manila and Beijing have overlapping claims.
If you want marines to drive away the Chinese fishermen, not one of them will come home alive President Rodrigo Duterte
“We own the West Philippine Sea but China controls it. That is the reality,” Duterte said, hinting that China would have no qualms using arms. “There are already guided missiles [on China-made artificial] islands, [which] can reach Manila in seven minutes.
“If you want marines to drive away the Chinese fishermen, not one of them will come home alive.”
Duterte devoted nine minutes to the West Philippine Sea issue, revealing he had asked Xi to “please allow” Filipino fishermen to work in the Philippines ’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ). In return, he said he allowed Chinese fishermen to operate in the area, where a Chinese fishing vessel last month rammed and sank a Philippine fishing boat. “Xi says ‘I will fish’, who can prevent him? I said, ‘We will fish because we claim it’. I said, ‘Please allow’, because before that [China was] driving away our fishermen.”
The West Philippine Sea refers to the part of the South China Sea that lies off the Philippines’ west coast. Manila named the area in 2012 in a bid to delineate its sovereign territory.
Duterte also disclosed that during their first bilateral talk in October 2016, he told Xi the Philippines would undertake oil exploration activities in the EEZ.
“President Xi replied, ‘Well, you know there is a conflict there … you know a squabble there could lead to something else,” the Philippine leader said. “So we just became friends.”
As it stands, Duterte said, he “cannot even bring the coastguard to drive [China] away”.
“That is the problem. They are the ones in possession.”