Before he left for Bangkok to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders’ Summit last Friday, President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to raise before his fellow heads of states the June 9 “maritime accident” at Recto Bank as an urgent matter that must be addressed at their level. The “maritime accident” involved 22 of our fishermen on board the wooden-hulled F/B Gem-Ver that was anchored at Recto Bank was rammed by a much bigger Chinese fishing vessel last June 9. Instead of aiding their victims, the captain and crew of the steel-hulled Chinese fishing vessel sailed away. Thankfully, another fishing vessel from Vietnam was nearby and saved the day for the Filipino fishermen. The Recto Bank, well within the West Philippine Sea, is one of the islets located near the South China Sea where our country has overlapping territorial maritime claims with Beijing and other country claimants. Aside from the Philippines, our fellow ASEAN member states … [Read more...] about Wake up call for whom?