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https://globalnation.inquirer.net/176155/china-fishing-vessel-sinks-filipino-boat-after-collision-in-west-philippine-sea

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05:50 PM June 12, 2019

The incident happened on the evening of June 9, Sunday. The Filipino vessel F/B GIMVER 1 was anchored at the time when it was hit by the Chinese fishing vessel, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement.

The defense chief decried how the Chinese boat did not help the Filipino vessel, which sank after the collision.

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The defense chief called for the conduct of a formal investigation on the incident and for diplomatic steps be taken to prevent a repeat of such event.

A Vietnamese fishing vessel in the vicinity rescued the 22 Filipino fishermen. The Philippine Navy’s BRP Ramon Alcaraz assisted the recovery of the boat and its crew.
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Re: Chinese vessel sinks Filipino boat after collision
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2019, 03:56:40 AM »
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/06/13/1926016/philippine-fishing-boat-hit-china-ship-sinks

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June 13, 2019 - 12:00am

He added the Vietnamese assistance “will be the basis of enhanced” Philippines-Vietnam military cooperation. 

There have been previous reports of Chinese maritime militia vessels disguised as fishing boats harassing Filipino fishermen in the West Philippine Sea.

Lorenzana said the Philippine Navy ship BRP Ramon Alcaraz was called from patrol duty in the West Philippine Sea to assist the Gimver crewmembers.

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He called for a formal investigation of the incident and appealed to authorities to take appropriate diplomatic steps.


https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/06/12/1925872/dnd-wants-probe-collision-near-recto-bank-sank-filipino-fishing-boat

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DND wants probe into collision near Recto Bank that sank Filipino fishing boat
June 12, 2019 - 6:36pm

The Filipino boat was anchored when the two vessels collided, he said.

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We call for the conduct of a formal investigation on the matter and for diplomatic steps be taken to prevent a repeat of this incident," he also said.

The Philippine government has sought warmer ties with China and has been courting investments from the regional giant. Part of those warmer ties are a bilateral mechanism to thrash out issues in the South China Sea.

Recto Bank is among the areas that could be covered by a joint oil and gas exploration deal with China that Manila and Beijing are working on a framework for.

The Department of Energy suspended all drilling and exploration works in the West Philippine Sea in 2015 due to the territorial dispute with China.

In February 2018, the Philippines and China agreed to form a panel that would draft a framework on joint oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea.


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Re: Chinese vessel sinks Filipino boat after collision
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2019, 06:31:55 AM »
Foreign affairs chief on Chinese vessel collision: Contemptible, condemnable
ABS-CBN News
Posted at Jun 12 2019 08:03 PM

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/06/12/19/foreign-affairs-chief-on-chinese-vessel-collision-contemptible-condemnable

MANILA - Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Wednesday denounced the Chinese's abandonment of 22 Filipino fishermen after sinking their vessel near Recto Bank last Sunday.

In a tweet, Locsin echoed Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, who condemned the actions of the Chinese on Independence Day.

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The Philippine ship was anchored when it was hit by the Chinese vessel, Lorenzana earlier said.

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Re: Chinese vessel sinks Filipino boat after collision
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2019, 07:28:23 AM »
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10159468878569815&set=pcb.10159468885434815&type=3&theater&ifg=1




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AIS data, combined with VTMS tracking would be VERY useful in this situation. The question is . . . will either the Philippines or China be willing admit that they already have this tracking capability . . . or don't have it


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Re: Chinese vessel sinks Filipino boat after collision
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2019, 12:36:15 PM »
Palace seeks probe on Reed Bank incident, wants Chinese crew sanctioned
Published June 13, 2019 5:23am
Updated June 13, 2019 11:51am

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/697524/malacanang-calls-for-probe-of-recto-bank-incident-sanction-on-chinese-crew/story/

Malacañang on Wednesday called for an investigation into the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat following a collision with Chinese vessel off Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea and the imposition of sanctions against the Chinese crew.

"We call on the appropriate Chinese authorities to probe the collision and impose the proper sanctions to the Chinese crew," said presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a statement.

He added that appropriate government agencies have already extended assistance to the 22 Filipino crew on board FB Gimber 1, who were rescued at sea by a Vietnamese vessel.

"The act of abandonment, by those sailing the Chinese fishing vessel of twenty-two Filipino fishermen aboard their anchored and stationary watercraft hit by them is uncivilized as it is outrageous," said Panelo.

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Re: Chinese vessel sinks Filipino boat after collision
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2019, 12:59:34 PM »
Philippines asks China to sanction Chinese crew of vessel in collision
(3rd UPDATE) Malacañang says the abandonment by the Chinese ship of Filipino fishermen was 'uncivilized' and 'barbaric'

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Published 7:16 AM, June 13, 2019
Updated 10:02 AM, June 13, 2019

https://www.rappler.com/nation/232929-malacanang-statement-boat-collision-west-philippine-sea-june-2019

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Malacañang called on the government of China to sanction the crew of a Chinese vessel that left Filipino fishermen to fend for themselves after a vessel collision in the West Philippine Sea.

“The act of abandonment, by those sailing the Chinese fishing vessel of 22 Filipino fishermen aboard their anchored and stationary watercraft hit by them, is uncivilized as it is outrageous,” said Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo on Thursday, June 13, in a statement.

“Such act of desertion is inhuman as it is barbaric,” he added.

The Philippine government said the act violated international laws and called on China to impose sanctions on the crew of the Chinese ship.

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Re: Chinese vessel sinks Filipino boat after collision
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2019, 05:28:42 AM »
Military cites report: Chinese ship ‘accidentally collided’ with Filipino fishing boat
Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Jun 13 2019 02:31 PM | Updated as of Jun 13 2019 04:09 PM

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/06/13/19/chinese-ship-collision-with-ph-fishing-boat-an-accident-military

MANILA (UPDATE) - The collision of a Chinese vessel and Filipino fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea on Sunday was accidental, the Philippine military said Thursday.

The Chinese ship "accidentally collided" with the Filipino boat anchored near the Reed Bank in the West Philippine Sea off Palawan around 12 midnight Sunday, the military's Western Command said in a statement.

The Western Command added that the Chinese vessel "immediately left the vicinity" after the collision leaving the Filipino boat F/B GEMVIR 1 sinking.

It said it would investigate the collision for the possible filing of diplomatic complaints over information that the Chinese crew "did not even bother to stop and rescue" the Filipinos.

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Re: Chinese vessel sinks Filipino boat after collision
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2019, 05:47:32 AM »
Zhao to Panelo: China vows to punish ‘irresponsible’ crew if they’re Chinese

https://www.msn.com/en-ph/news/national/zhao-to-panelo-china-vows-to-punish-irresponsible-crew-if-theyre-chinese/ar-AACPJxh?ocid=ob-fb-enph-370

China has vowed to "educate and punish" the crew of the vessel that hit and sank a Philippine fishing boat in the Recto Bank if it was indeed Chinese, a text message supposedly from the Chinese ambassador to President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman showed.

In a text message shared with GMA News Online by Secretary Salvador Panelo, Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said Chinese authorities were "thoroughly" and "seriously" investigating the incident.

"The fishing boat issue is being thoroughly and seriously investigated. We share your concerns about fishermen," Zhao’s text message read.

“If it were true that it was a Chinese fishing boat which did it, they would be duly educated and punished for their irresponsible behavior," it added.

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https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/06/14/1926423/not-ordinary-accident-navy-stresses-philippine-ship-was-rammed

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'Not an ordinary accident': Navy stresses Philippine ship was rammed
June 14, 2019 - 4:29pm

Citing the International Rules of the Road, Empedrad said the anchored Philippine boat should have been privileged as it could not evade the collision.

"The ship was rammed. This is not a normal maritime accident," Empedrad said.

The Navy chief stressed that anchored and stationary ships should not be rammed.

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For Empedrad, it is more important to condemn the questionable actions of the Chinese vessel for abandoning the 22 Filipino crewmen after their watercraft was hit.

The Navy chief also noted that the area where the collision happened is within Philippine exclusive economic zone and not on disputed territory.
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China claims ship 'besieged by 7 or 8 Filipino boats'
'The Chinese captain tried to rescue the Filipino fishermen, but was afraid of being besieged by other Filipino fishing boats,' claims the Chinese embassy

Paterno Esmaquel II
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Published 9:43 PM, June 14, 2019
Updated 11:16 PM, June 14, 2019

https://www.rappler.com/nation/233091-china-claims-ship-besieged-by-filipino-boats

FILIPINO FISHERMEN. The fishermen and crew of F/B Gem-vir, the fishing boat sunk by a Chinese vessel near Recto Bank on June 9, 2019, get off the BRP Ramon Alcaraz after they were turned over to Mindoro local officials by the Philippine Navy on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – While admitting one of their own was involved, China denied a Chinese ship sank a Filipino boat in a "hit-and-run" incident in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

In a statement Friday evening, June 14, the Chinese embassy claimed the Chinese vessel was in fact "besieged by 7 or 8 Filipino fishing boats," preventing it from rescuing the Filipino fishermen from their sunken boat.

China said the Chinese fishing boat Yuemaobinyu 42212 "engaged in a light purse seine operation" and "was berthed" in the vicinity of Recto Bank (Reed Bank) in the West Philippine Sea "at 2400 hours on June 9, 2019."

Referring to the Chinese vessel, the embassy said: "It was suddenly besieged by 7 or 8 Filipino fishing boats. During evacuation, 42212 failed to shun a Filipino fishing boat, and its steel cable on the lighting grid of larboard bumped into the Filipino pilothouse. 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," the embassy added.

"The above shows that there is no such thing as 'hit and run,'" it said.

China then vowed "to properly handle this issue with the Philippines in a serious and responsible manner," as it "attaches great importance to China-Philippines friendship and safety of life at sea."

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Captain of abandoned PH boat: 'Lumubog nga kami, kami pa ang aatake?'
'Kami lang doon. Kami lang, dahil noong gabing 'yun, lumubog nga kami, kami pa ang aatake?' Junel Insigne says in reaction to China's claim that the Chinese vessel was 'besieged by 7 or 8 Filipino fishing boats'

Rambo Talabong
Published 11:56 PM, June 14, 2019
Updated 2:09 AM, June 15, 2019

https://www.rappler.com/nation/233095-captain-philippine-boat-response-china-ship-besieged-claim

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, Philippines – The captain of the sunken Philippine fishing boat Gem-vir belied China's claims that the Chinese fishing vessel tried to help them but Filipino boats "besieged" the bigger vessel.

"Kami-kami lang ang nandoon. Kami-kami lang. Wala namang ibang bangka doon. Kami lang doon. Kami lang dahil noong gabing 'yun [lumubog] nga kami, kami pa ang aatake?" Junel Insigne told Rappler in an interview at the Philippine Coast Guard Headquarters in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on Friday evening, June 14.

 
(We were the only ones there. We were the only ones. There were no other boats there. It was only us. It was only us because that night, we sank, so how could we also attack?)

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He repeated what he has been saying ever since the encounter happened: A Chinese vessel assaulted them and left them to sink.

"Talagang binangga nila kami. Kung talagang kami'y tutulungan n'yo, dapat hindi sila tumakbo palayo. Eh nakitang lumubog, tumakbo sila palayo, pinatay pa ang ilaw para hindi makilala, para hindi makita," he said.

(They really rammed us. If they really tried to help us, they shouldn't have sped away. They saw us sinking, they left, they even turned off their lights so they wouldn't be identified.)

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INSIDE STORY: How Filipino crew were saved by Vietnamese in West PH Sea
One of the Filipino crew narrates that after he connected his index fingers to demonstrate 'Vietnam? Philippines? Friends,' the Vietnamese replied, 'Okay.'

Rambo Talabong
Published 9:07 PM, June 14, 2019
Updated 10:31 PM, June 14, 2019

https://www.rappler.com/nation/233079-how-filipino-boat-crew-was-saved-west-philippine-sea

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, Philippines – When a Chinese vessel rammed and sank their ship on June 9, the Filipino crew and their captain saw hope from afar.

“Meron pong natanaw na ilaw mga limang milya po ang layo (We spotted light 5 miles away),” said Junel Insigne, the captain of fishing boat Gem-vir. He was telling reporters on Friday, June 14, aboard BRP Tarlac the story of their traumatic night at sea.

At that point, the 22 men were holding on to their sinking boat to save themselves. The Chinese fishing vessel left a hole in the boat’s rear, causing it to slowly sink from the back. Only a portion of the front remained above water, Insigne said. (READ: Chinese vessel sinks Philippine boat in West PH Sea 'collision')

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The two men, Justine Pascual and JP Gordiones, were able to float by clinging to one of their small fishing boats.

There was no assurance that the light was coming from a friendly country's vessel. It was also possible for it to move away while they were still rowing. Still, they rowed on.

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https://www.rappler.com/nation/232960-photo-filipino-fishing-boat-sank-by-chinese-vessel-west-philippine-sea

A photo of F/B Gem-vir dated 2016, years before a Chinese boat collided with it near the Recto (Reed) Bank in the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of Fe dela Torre




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The vessel that China claims struck the PH vessel Yuemaobinyu 42212

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PRRD awaits full report on Recto Bank incident – Panelo
Updated June 14, 2019, 5:42 PM
By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

https://news.mb.com.ph/2019/06/14/prrd-awaits-full-report-on-recto-bank-incident-panelo/

President Duterte has not publicly spoken about the sea incident involving 22 Filipino fishermen in the West Philippine Sea and a Chinese vessel because he is unsure what exactly happened.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo made the statement following the lack of remarks from the President five days after the incident.

Twenty-two Filipino fishermen were abandoned at a sea after their anchored vessel was hit by the Chinese vessel on June 9.

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