MANILA, Philippines — Two weeks ago, the Philippine fishing boat
Gem-Vir 1 anchored near Recto Bank sank after it was hit by a Chinese
trawler. Here is a timeline of the key events that followed and the
statements issued by Philippine officials and other concerned parties:
June 9 – FB Gem-Vir 1 is hit by a Chinese vessel
around midnight, sinking the Philippine boat. The Chinese vessel flees
the scene and leaves the 22 fishermen, who struggle to stay afloat for
four hours until a Vietnamese fishing vessel rescues them.
“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,” he
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. also denounces the action of the Chinese vessel.
“I take my cue from Defense Secretary Lorenzana. What is contemptible
and condemnable is the abandonment of the crew to the elements,” he
June 13 – Locsin says the Philippines has filed a
diplomatic protest against China. Malacañang says President Duterte is
“outraged” by the incident and likely to take resolute action.
“We want to find out first. If it was intentional, that’s a different
story. If it is intentional, it is an act of aggression,” presidential
spokesperson Salvador Panelo says.
June 14 – The fishermen insists that the Chinese
vessel is the culprit behind the sinking of their ship. Junel Insigne,
the captain of the Gem-Vir 1, tells reporters he is sure the crew of the
Chinese vessel saw his fishing boat before the collision. Insigne says
the Chinese vessel turned its lights on seconds before it rammed the
Gem-Vir 1 and fled the scene with its lights off after his boat began to
The Chinese Embassy in Manila acknowledges that a Chinese trawler is
involved, but denies the incident is a hit-and-run. It says the crew of
the Chinese trawler Yuemaobinyu 42212 accidentally “bumped” into the
Gem-Vir 1 as it tried to maneuver and then left the scene due to safety
“The Chinese captain tried to rescue the Filipino fishermen, but was
afraid of being besieged by seven or eight Filipino fishing boats,” the
June 15 – Insigne disputes the Chinese Embassy statement.
“I got angry because [the Chinese Embassy] had a contradictory story.
Their story is false. If they were hoping to rescue us, then why did
they leave us,” Insigne says.
The DFA announces that the sinking of Gem-Vir 1 has been referred to
the Maritime Safety Committee of the London-based International Maritime
June 16 – Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, designated
as cochair, together with Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, of a
group that will provide assistance to the crew of the Gem-Vir 1, says
the Chinese trawler could not have intentionally hit the fishing boat.
June 17 – After being silent about the incident for a
week, the President dismisses the sinking as a “little maritime
accident” and says he will not go to war with China over the incident.
“What happened in the collision is a maritime incident. Do not
believe the dumb politicians who want to send the Philippine Navy. You
do not send gray ships there. That is only a collision of ships,” Mr.
Duterte says in a speech during a Philippine Navy event in Sangley
June 18 – Speaking at the 25th anniversary of the
coming into force of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the
Sea, Locsin says the “duty to render assistance” is enshrined in
international law and that “it is a felony to abandon people in
distress, especially when we cause that distress.”
June 19 – The story of the fishermen changes
following a closed meeting with Piñol, who visits them in Occidental
Mindoro, to give them assistance, including boats, food and cash. After
meeting Piñol, Insigne, who earlier said the Chinese vessel
intentionally hit his boat, says he is no longer sure if the collision
June 20 – China proposes a joint marine inquiry with the Philippines to look into the sinking of the Gem-Vir 1.
“To find a proper solution, we suggest a joint investigation at an
early date so the two sides can exchange respective initial findings and
properly handle the matter through friendly consultations based on
mutually recognized investigation results,” Lu Kang, a spokesperson for
the Chinese foreign ministry, says in a statement.
June 21 – Locsin rejects the proposal for joint
investigation, which Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra suggested
earlier during a Cabinet security cluster meeting in Malacañang.
Guevarra says it was up to President Duterte to consider his
suggestion. “Let’s leave it to the President. No further comment. I
respect the [secretary of foreign affairs’] opinion,” he says.
sa 4 na aso, si Boy twitter lang ang tama...... tama sa pag iisip. bakit nga ba papayagan natin mag imbestiga ang mga Tsekwas sa insedenting nagyari sa sarili nating bakuran????. .
LENINISTA VS REALISTA
Leninista: Mag-show naman tayo ng muscle versus China.
Realista: Okay. Then after kang mag-show ng muscle, mag-show rin ng muscle China. Anong next move?
Leninista: Humingi ng tulong sa US. More US military presence sa South China Sea.
Realista: Okay. Ang magiging next move dyan ng China eh, more military
presence din sa South China Sea. It won't let the US overpower it sa
South China Sea dahil ang South China Sea ang throat ng kanyang maritime
dependent economy. So anong next move ng Pinas?
Leninista: Pro-China ka!
Realista: So ang next move ninyo ay tawagang pro-China ang mga realista?
Leninista: Wala kang puso sa mga mangingisda b*[email protected]! T*nga!
Realista: You haven't answered my question. What's the next move of the Philippines?
Leninista: Mga duw*g! Duw*g duw*g duw*g!
Anti-Duterte: Palayasin ang China sa WPS!
Me: China occupies 8 features in the South China Sea, and 4 of them are
within our EEZ: Scarborough Shoal, Kenna Reef, Johnson Reef, and
Vietnam occupies 21 features in the KIG, and 11 of
them are within our EEZ: Namyit Reef, Collins Reef, Allison Reef,
Lendao Reef, Malvar Reef, Cornwallis South Reef, Petley Reef,
Pigeon/Tennent Reef, Sin Cowe Reef, Sand Cay Reef, and Sin Cowe East
Malaysia occupies seven in
the KIG, all of them within our EEZ: Ardasier Reef, Erica Reef,
Mariveles Reef, Pawikan Reef, Swallow Reef, Louise Reef, and Royal
Taiwan occupies one in the KIG, and it’s in our EEZ: Itu Aba Island.
So after China leaves the 4. Ano pong strategy para palaysin ang Vietnam sa 11, ang Malaysia sa 7, and at ang Taiwan sa 1?
Anti-Duterte: Kapag pinalayas ang China sa Spratlys tayo mag-occupy!
Me: Ammmmm...the next possible occupant is the next stronger claimant.
At hindi po Pilipinas yun. Malamang either Vietnam or Taiwan na parehong
kini-claim ang kini-claim natin na occupied ng China. So papaano po
ninyo sila pipigilan? Thank you.
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Anti-Duterte: Di ka ba natatakot sa "creeping assertiveness" ng China?
Malaysia's five offshore military bases are ALL within the EEZ of the Philippines. They are:
Station Lima (Swallow Reef) Station Uniform (Ardasier Reef) Station Mike (Mariveles Reef) Station Sierra (Erica Reef) Station Papa (Investigator Shoal / a.k.a Pawikan)
Fyi, we also consider these features part of our territory. Oh they
also arrest Filipino fishermen fishing withing the waters of these
features, yup waters we consider part of our EEZ.
Plus of course
they continue to occupy Sabah, na merong sovereign title ang Sultanate
of Sulu. Filipino went to Sabah to assert that sovereign title, what did
you guys do? Sumali ba kayo sa kanila?
Tahimik ka sa military
bases ng Malaysia sa ating EEZ? Takot ka sa "creeping assertiveness"
while silent about ESTABLISHED ASSERTIVENESS? Why? NEXT.
THE WOKE WAS SILENT WHEN THIS HAPPENED
Del Rosario was silent.
Noong panahon ni PNoy, three Filipino fishermen -Nelson Plamiano, Teody
Baisa and Arlon Sandro - were arrested by Malaysian Navy habang sila ay
nangingisda sa Rizal or Commodore Reef noong May 2016.
Ayon sa mga mangingisda, binugbog sila ng Malaysian Navy.
"In their affidavit submitted to the DOJ, they said 20 Malaysian Navy
personnel beat them up. They were handcuffed, punched, kicked and forced
to kneel on the hot floor on the ship’s deck.
After they were
tortured, their tools for fishing were confiscated. They were given a
paper with the message “Last warning! Aggressive action will be taken if
we meet you again.” Then, they were ordered to jump from the ship 10
nautical miles from the Rizal Reef. From there, on board their boat,
they reached the Navotas Port where they were taken by the Philippine
“We want the 20 Malaysian Navy personnel to be held
responsible for hurting and oppressing us,” the three fishermen said in
their supplemental joint affidavit.
They said the Navy promised to call them for assistance.
The three added that former Foreign Affairs Secretary Jose Rene
Almendras already mentioned that the Malaysian government has been
informed of the incident.
“It has been almost two months since
this happened, and until now we are still waiting for concrete actions
from our own government and the Malaysian authorities,” the three
country in the world recognizes China's 9-dash line as a valid
territorial claim. THAT'S RIGHT. And no country in the world recognizes
that the territories we are claiming are indeed ours - even our
archipelagic waters claim (that the waters between our islands are
internal waters) - isn't widely recognized, even by our ally the US who
annually uses their navy to assert against our right.