Duterte, Xi to plug holes in fishing deal? BEFORE the Duterte-Xi “verbal” fishing deal gets the Philippine president into trouble with the Constitution, he will have a chance to plug the loopholes in the agreement when he meets China’s paramount leader in Beijing late this month. The deal that allows Chinese fleets to fish in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone has been widely criticized, although (or because) the terms of the agreement supposedly forged in 2016 have not been disclosed despite its negative impact on the country’s food security. As we write this (Wednesday noon), we have not heard Malacañang announce the agenda of Duterte’s meeting with China’s Xi Jinping, their fifth since he became president in 2016 and the second this year. The first news floats said the President wanted to watch the Philippine team play in the FIBA (Fédération Internationale de Basketball) games that reel off … [Read more...] about Duterte, Xi to plug holes in fishing deal?
Fishing boat gets hit by another boat
BANGKOK – President Duterte has accepted the offer of China to jointly investigate with Philippine authorities the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel near Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea last June 9. “The Palace wishes to inform our people that President Duterte welcomes and accepts the offer of the Chinese government to conduct a joint investigation to determine what really transpired in Recto Bank and find a satisfactory closure to this episode,” chief presidential legal adviser and spokesman Salvador Panelo said yesterday. After agreeing to China’s offer, Duterte ordered the creation of a joint investigating committee to be composed of one representative each from Manila and Beijing, and another from a neutral country. “To this end, the President wants the creation of a joint investigating committee that shall be composed of three groups of highly qualified and competent individuals, with Philippines and China having one … [Read more...] about Duterte OKs joint probe on fish boat sinking
A LAW EACH DAY (KEEPS TROUBLE AWAY) - Jose C. Sison (The Philippine Star) - June 21, 2019 - 12:00am Since the start of his term in 2016, controversies and confusions continue to hound Duterte (PRRD) and his administration. And it is quite clear that no one else can be blamed except PRRD himself and his officials. Their unclear and sometimes contradicting statements have really brought about so many controversies and have caused a lot of doubts and disorientations on so many people. The most recent dissensions and disputes were about this government’s refusal to allow the United Nations to investigate its various human rights violations. They have not yet completely died down but another controversy has already arisen. This is about the ramming and capsizing of a Philippine fishing boat with 22 Filipino fishermen on board by a Chinese vessel along the Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea. The incident becomes even more striking and deplorable because … [Read more...] about Unending controversies
‘Abandoning people in distress is a felony’ MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has brought to the attention of the United Nations the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat after it was hit by a Chinese vessel, with the distressed fishermen abandoned in the water for hours on June 9 near Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea. Speaking at the 25th anniversary of the coming into force of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the “duty to render assistance” is enshrined in international law and in the International Maritime Organization’s International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea and the IMO Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue. “The 22 Filipino crew were left in the water until a Vietnamese vessel took them on board. We are eternally grateful, we are eternally in debt to our strategic partner, Vietnam, for this act of mercy and decency,” Locsin said in … [Read more...] about DFA chief raises boat sinking at UN
Much loose talk over Phl boat sinking in WPS No doubt it is a serious matter that should be urgently and carefully resolved, through the appropriate international mechanisms and provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Laws of the Sea (UNCLOS), between the governments of the Philippines and China. The matter pertains to the sinking of a Philippine vessel around midnight on June 9, initially reported to be the result of a “collision” between it and a suspected Chinese vessel. The Filipino fishing boat was then anchored near Recto (Reed) Bank in the West Philippine Sea. It sank but the Chinese vessel sailed away, abandoning the 22 Filipino crew in their state of distress. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana was the first administration official to issue a public statement on the incident. He condemned the “cowardly action” of the Chinese fishing vessel and its crew, and called for an investigation and diplomatic action. … [Read more...] about Much loose talk over Phl boat sinking in WPS