Category Archives: West Philippine Sea

Hontiveros urges Duterte to recall PH officials in China over ‘hit and run’ sea incident

MANILA – Opposition Sen. Risa Hontiveros on Thursday called on President Rodrigo Duterte to withdraw the Philippine ambassador and consuls in China following an incident where Chinese crewmen abandoned Filipino fishermen after a collision in the West Philippine Sea. She condemned the acts of the Chinese crew as “grossly despicable and inhumane,” saying “it was […]

Duterte mum on West PH Sea ‘collision’

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte made no comment Thursday on the “collision” of a Chinese ship and Filipino fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea. Duterte, in his speech in General Santos City, touched on several issues hounding the country such as communist rebels, the trash shipment from Canada, and investment scams but made no […]

Beijing downplays boat collision, calls it ‘ordinary maritime accident’

MANILA (2nd UPDATE)—Beijing on Thursday played down the incident involving a Chinese fishing boat that collided with a Philippine vessel and left 22 Filipino fishermen abandoned in the disputed South China Sea. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said it was an “ordinary maritime accident” and he warned against “irresponsibly politicizing” the collision. He said China […]

PHL Navy chief says ramming of another vessel at sea must be ‘strongly condemned’

Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad on Thursday joined Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in condemning the incident at Reed Bank where a Filipino fishing boat sank after it was reportedly hit by a Chinese vessel on Sunday. Empedrad underscored that it would never be acceptable for any vessel, regardless of its country of origin, […]

Military cites report: Chinese ship ‘accidentally collided’ with Filipino fishing boat

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 […]

WATCH: How alleged Chinese ship sank Filipino fishing vessel in West PH Sea

MANILA, Philippines – In what seems to be a “hit-and-run” incident at sea, a ship rammed a Philippine fishing vessel anchored near Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) on Sunday, June 9. The Philippine military made the information public on Wednesday, June 12, as the country commemorated Independence Day. The larger […]

Carpio wants ‘truth movement’ to correct China’s claims on South China Sea

MANILA, Philippines — Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said Monday that Filipino communicators should take up the cudgels for the Philippines and help correct China’s ‘fake historical claim’ that they own almost the entire South China Sea because the Duterte administration is reluctant to do so. “We can call this present-day information campaign the South […]