By Philippine News Agency
The Chinese Embassy in Manila on Friday night said the vessel
involved in the boat sinking incident in the West Philippine Sea was
indeed China-flagged but denied it was a case of “hit and run.”
The China Embassy, in a statement, identified the Chinese fishing
boat as Yuemaobinyu 42212 from Guangdong Province, China. It initially
berthed at the vicinity of Reed Bank.
“The Filipino fishing boat tilted and its stern foundered. The
Chinese captain tried to rescue the Filipino fishermen but was afraid of
being besieged by other Filipino fishing boats. Therefore, having
confirmed the fishermen from the Filipino boat were rescued on board of
other Filipino fishing boats, 42212 sailed away from the scene,” it
Citing results of their initial probe, the Embassy said “there is no such thing as hit-and-run.”
Meanwhile, it vowed to properly handle the issue with the Philippines
“in a serious and responsible manner,” saying the Chinese side
“attaches great importance to China-Philippines friendship and safety of
life at sea.”
“The two sides are maintaining close communication through diplomatic channels,” it noted.
Recalling the night of the incident, Junel Insigne, the boat captain
of F/B GEMVIR1 said, “Noong pagbangga, akala namin pagbalik niya
tutulungan kami, biglang sumindi ‘yong ilaw na marami, dahil nakita
kaming lubog na… Ayon, pinatay nila ulit ‘yong ilaw palayo na ulit sa
amin (When they hit us, we thought they were going to help us when they
came back. Their lights suddenly flickered on, when they saw us sinking…
then they turned off their light and left),” he said.
Another Filipino fisherman reportedly paddled a boat for two hours to
ask help from the nearest boat which turned out to be manned by
Test of patience, respect
Senator Panfilo Lacson said China is testing the “patience” of the
Philippines with its responses on the supposed ramming of the Filipino
fishing vessel in the Recto (Reed) Bank.
“The clock is ticking on our patience. China should respect a country
that has been pulling back to give a ‘friend’ all the benefit of the
doubt,” Lacson posted on Twitter.
“If I know PRRD (President Rodrigo Duterte), he values friendship but
he loves his country more. The boat ramming incident is a test of both
patience and respect,” he added.
“Their version of events is as fake as their territorial claims,” Senator Francis Pangilinan tweeted.
Senator Risa Hontiveros branded as ‘’ridiculous’’ the claim that the
Chinese vessel “accidentally” hit and sank our ship because it was
“suddenly besieged by seven or eight Filipino fishing boats.’’
For Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, “It is thus
highly likely that a Chinese maritime militia vessel rammed the Filipino
fishing vessel F/B Gimver 1.” Carpio warned that the incident could be a
start of Chinese aggression to keep Philippine vessels away from waters
China wants claimed.
“This may signal the start of a new ‘gray zone’ offensive by China to
drive away Filipino fishing vessels in the West Philippine Sea, in the
same way that China is driving away Vietnamese fishing vessels in the
Paracels,” the SC magistrate stated.
“The Filipino people must take a strong stand against this latest aggressive act of China,” he stressed.
He also urged Filipinos to “demand from China compensation for the
owner of F/B Gimver 1, and punishment for the captain and crew of the
Chinese vessel that rammed in hit-and-run fashion F/B Gimver 1.”
“The Filipino people must send a strong signal to China that any new
‘grey zone” offensive of ramming Filipino fishing vessels in the West
Philippine Sea will mean a break of diplomatic ties with China,” he
Carpio pointed out the ramming incident “prevented the crew of F/B
Gimver 1 from exercising their sovereign right to fish in the exclusive
fishing ground of Filipino fishermen.”
Now that China has confirmed that Chinese vessel was indeed involved, I'm reposting what I've said before.
fishing vessel should be held accountable in the sinking of
Philippine-flagged fishing vessel near the Reed Bank. Philippines should
activate the bilateral consultation
mechanism between China and the Philippines to address the issue. Demand
compensation for the Filipino fishermen. Then, negotiate a fishing
agreement between CN and PH and other claimants built on the principle
of the sustainable management of South China Sea ecology. The agreement
should include better mechanisms in managing incidents like this.
Rappler is funded by CIA conduits. So their interests is to ensure US
maintains its military presence in the South China Sea kahit di naman
sila part ng mga bansang nakapalibot sa dagat na yan.
What's good: Chinese Embassy promised to investigate and punish if it's necessary.
What's bad: Yellow journalism of PH mainstream media.
What needs to be improved: Coordination between CN and PH in handling
issues like this. Fragile relationship can easily blow up to something
disastrous, especially with hawkish voices from both sides.
Bank is named after Claro M. Recto. Who is he? The man almost a century
ago warned us about our national interest being intermingled with that
of the US.
Recto: "The tragedy of our foreign policy is that,
being an Asian people ten thousand miles away from the effective center
of American power, our behavior has been that of a banana republic in
the Caribbean. We have fed upon the fancy that we are somehow the
favorite children of America, and that she, driven by some strange
predilection of our people, will never forsake us nor sacrifice our
interests to her own or to those of others for her own sake. "
- Sass Rogando Sasot
of international history have all been predicting that a new world war
is looming, and the SCS is one of the potential flash points.
see, when huge countries are at war, they usually don’t fight first in
their own soil. For example, during the Cold War, US and USSR fought
their wars in other countries.
Looking at the SCS geopolitical
theatre, the Philippines is the best candidate for that possible proxy
war between CN and US. North Korea has nukes and the resolve
to use them. Meanwhile, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan are very
industrialized and well-developed. No one on their right mind would seek
to destroy such countries. Remember: whoever is the victor in every war
bears the brunt of rebuilding — that’s the price one pays for being the
center of the new order that emerges after a devastating contest for
global dominance. No matter how crazy it seems to us, war involves
rational calculation. So the rational thing to do is for proxy wars to
be conducted in countries where the price of rebuilding it after is less
costly. In the SCS geopolitical theater, that is the Philippines.
Duterte saw that danger and is trying his best to nudge our country
away from it. We wouldn’t fully realize the significance of what he’s
doing until we get to enjoy the benefit of hindsight."
-= Philippine Media Needs To Be Educated =-
For the record idiots. The boat was NOT sunk, but merely damaged in the
stern (that's the rear end). Thus, a collision. Not a sinking, had
Yellowtard media and their halfwit supporters need to
stop claiming the boat had been sunk by the Chinese. And having seen the
video report of the damage last night. Makes me wonder if a collision
of sorts had even occurred?
(UPDATED) One fisherman died and 4 are missing in Pangasinan after their
fishing boat was allegedly "bumped" by a "Chinese vessel" north of the
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - One fisherman died and 4 are missing
in Pangasinan after their fishing boat was allegedly "bumped" by a
"Chinese vessel" on Saturday, June 23.
The fishermen were aboard the boat Axl John when it was
allegedly bumped by a Chinese vessel while anchored at a fish shelter
far north of the disputed Scarborough shoal, according to an incident report released by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) on Sunday morning, June 24.
The fishing boat set out from the northern coastal town of Bolinao,
in Pangasinan province, last Monday, June 18, and was reported to have
sunk two days later, Office of Civil Defence chief Benito Ramos told
AFP."Of the 8 fishermen aboard, 4 were plucked out of sea only
yesterday, but one of them died in a hospital," Ramos said. "Four more
are still missing."The rescued fishermen told authorities they
believed the vessel which collided with their boat was Chinese, Ramos
said, though this could not be independently verified.Chinese embassy officials were not available for comment on Sunday.
Four of the 8 fishermen from the boat, all from Bolinao town, were
rescued by the Magsingal, Ilocos Sur town police. They were fishermen
Edimio Balmores, 40; Herman Balmores, 51; Celino Damian, 32; and one
other named "Chistopher aka UDO."
Not in disputed shoal
Ramos said the incident occurred north of Scarborough Shoal where the
Philippines and China have been engaged in a tense stand off since
April."It's north of the Scarborough, though we could not determine how far in terms of distance or nautical miles," he said.President
Benigno Aquino earlier this month ordered two Philippine ships to pull
out from the shoal during bad weather, a move that the Chinese said
calmed tensions in the area.While China said it would also ask
its fishermen to leave the area, it stressed it had no intention of
pulling out its bigger ships from there.As of last week, there were still 7 Chinese ships at the shoal, according to the Philippines foreign ministry.The
dispute began in April after Chinese government vessels blocked
Philippine ships from arresting Chinese fishermen near the shoal.Since then, both countries have maintained ships there to press their respective claims to the area.China
claims nearly all of the South China Sea, even waters close to the
coasts of neighbouring countries. The Philippines says the shoal is well
within its 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone.The shoal
sits about 230 kilometers (140 miles) from the Philippines' main island
of Luzon. The nearest major Chinese landmass is 1,200 kilometers
northwest of the shoal, according to Philippine navy maps. - Rappler.com and Agence France-Presse
President Aquino says the Philippines is still verifying reports that a Chinese vessel rammed a Philippine fishing boat
EVIDENCE. President Aquino says the Philippines is stil investigating
if a Chinese vessel hit a Philippine fishing boat. Photo by Malacañang
MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III clarified that the Philippines is not accusing a Chinese vessel of "bumping" a Philippine boat north of the disputed Scarborough Shoal.
In an interview in Baguio City on Monday, June 25, Aquino said a
probe is still underway to determine if a Chinese vessel caused the
The collision occurred off
Pangasinan last June 20, Wednesday, leaving one Filipino fisherman dead,
3 wounded and 4 others missing.
“As of now, let’s not say first that it’s the fault of Pedro, Juan or
Maria, whoever without evidence. We don’t want to add confusion to the
situation. Maybe we will find out from the investigation that it’s
actually the reverse,” Aquino said in a mix of English and Filipino.
Aquino’s comments came after the rescued fishermen reportedly told authorities that their boat collided with a Chinese vessel.
The President, however, said the Philippines will take action if it is proven that a Chinese vessel rammed the Philippine boat.
“If there was a ramming incident and you left the fishermen at sea,
that is a clear violation of the laws governing the seas. That is
actionable. We can go to the appropriate fora to file the necessary
charges for justice for our fishermen.”
Aquino said a rescue operation is ongoing for the missing fishermen.
The wounded ones are in the hospital and suffering from hypothermia.
Survivors still in shock
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC)
said it is waiting for reports from the Philippine Coast Guard and the
Philippine National Police Maritime Group on the nationality of those
behind the incident.
Benito Ramos, NDRRMC executive director, told the Inquirer
that the fishing boat, AXL John, set sail last June 18 when a larger
vessel hit it in the waters of Bolinao, Pangasinan two days later.
One of the fishermen allegedly mentioned to the boat’s owner that the vessel that hit them was Chinese.
“There’s still no confirmation if it was a Chinese vessel. Since
yesterday, we cannot talk to the survivors because they are still in
shock and suffering from hypothermia. What they are saying is not yet
accurate,” Ramos said.
China to PH: Verify facts
The Chinese Embassy in Manila said news reports that a Chinese vessel was behind the incident remain unverified.
In a statement on the Embassy’s website, Chinese Embassy Spokesperson
Zhang Hua said the embassy checked with relevant authorities in China.
“Up until now, there have been no reports of vessel collision
accident or SOS requests on the reported dates and in the reported
waters,” said Zhang.
Zhang added, “Someone reportedly said that the Philippine fishing
boat was ‘rammed by a Chinese vessel.’ We wonder what that news story
was based upon. We hope relevant persons can verify the facts with a
responsible attitude before they report.”
China pulls out vessels from Scarborough
The Philippines and China are locked in a 2-month dispute over
Scarborough Shoal. The Philippines calls the Shoal Panatag or Bajo de
Masinloc while China calls it Huangyan Island
On Monday, June 25, the Philippines announced that both Manila and Beijing have pulled out their vessels from the Shoal.
Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said, “Based on
coordination with the Philippines and China, as of two days ago, we have
received information that all boats have left the lagoon in Bajo de
“There are no longer any boats from either the Philippines or China INSIDE the Shoal.”
The Philippines initially pulled out its vessels from the Shoal due to bad weather. – Rappler.com
1 dead, 4 missing after 'Chinese vessel' bumps fishermen's boat