Fishing boat with Pinoys sinks off Brunei Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star) - August 13, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — A fishing vessel carrying 11 crewmembers – including seven Filipinos – capsized off the coast of Brunei last week, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday. Citing a report of the Philippine embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan, the DFA said two of the 11 crewmembers of Brunei-flagged Radims 2 were rescued before search and rescue operations ended on Sunday, or four days after the incident. The DFA did not disclose the nationality of the survivors. “The search and rescue operations were halted yesterday as no crewmembers in the identified search area, other than the two previously rescued, were found,” the DFA said in a statement. According to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office, the last communication between the owner of Radims 2 and its captain was on Aug.7. … [Read more...] about Fishing boat with Pinoys sinks off Brunei
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MANILA, Philippines — An independent third party should conduct the investigation on the June 9 sinking of a Filipino fishing boat near Recto Bank, Vice President Leni Robredo said yesterday. Robredo added she is against the planned joint investigation by China and the Philippines on the incident, in which Chinese trawler Yuemaobinyu 42212 hit and sank the fishing boat Gem-Vir (Gem Ver) 1, leaving the 22 Filipino fishermen floating in the sea for four hours. “I’m not confident… the main issue here is because (China) continued to bully us. That’s the reason why I am not confident with a bilateral talk,” the Vice President said over dzXL. “What we want is multilateral. Apart from the investigation to be conducted separately by both countries, we hope that there is a private, third party, who will investigate on the incident too without biases,” she said. Robredo said a third party investigation would be neutral and based … [Read more...] about Robredo pushes third-party probe of boat sinking
Beware of propaganda about boat ramming A communist must be a good propagandist, Mao Zedong directed. So China’s communist rulers contrive lofty aims behind their schemes. Despite authoritarian and military might, they pretend to be underdogs. Beijing’s spin about its maritime militia’s ramming of a Filipino fishing boat follows the script. Supposedly in the dead of night of June 9, seven to eight Filipino craft ganged up on a lone Chinese vessel. In retreat the latter inadvertently hit fishing boat Gem-Ver 1, throwing 22 Filipino crewmen into the water. The Chinese then valiantly stopped to check for survivors and left only after ascertaining the arrival of rescuers. Still, if the Chinese later are found in the wrong, they allegedly would be reeducated and punished. It’s as if they’re aggrieved, yet will abide by rule of law. Slyly obscured are the facts. For one, the huge Chinese launch Yuemaobinyu 42212 from Hainan is steel … [Read more...] about Beware of propaganda about boat ramming
JAKARTA: Enslaved, beaten, malnourished, and so desperate for water he had to collect condensation to drink: Rahmatullah left Indonesia seeking better prospects at sea - instead he endured a living hell.The global fishing industry is riddled with forced labour, anti-trafficking experts say, warning that consumers are unaware of the "true cost" of the seafood they buy in stores and restaurants.Exploited workers face non-payment, overwork, violence, injury, and even death. Indonesia and Southeast Asia are major sources of such labour and unscrupulous brokers target the poor and uneducated with promises of good wages at sea.Rahmatullah was told he was heading to Peruvian waters where he would receive US$400 a month salary, plus a per tonne bonus, but he was allegedly duped by an Indonesian recruiting agency and trafficked to Somalia, where he spent nine brutal months aboard a Chinese fishing vessel, working 18-hour days."I felt like a slave," the 24-year-old said, adding: "The … [Read more...] about Floating sweatshops: Is the fish you eat caught by ‘slaves’?
COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH: Hundreds of Bangladeshi fishermen staged a protest in the country’s south on Sunday, police said, after the government imposed an unprecedented two-month long fishing ban on the Bay of Bengal. Carrying placards and banners, the fishermen marched to Cox’s Bazar city from coastal villages days after the government’s 65-day long fishing embargo came into effect. “This is wrong. This is injustice. No other country in the world has ever imposed such a long ban,“ said union leader Kolim Ullah through a loudhailer during the protest. Ullah said the ban has hit the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of people in Bangladesh’s coastal districts, home to about 20 million people, most of whom depend either directly or indirectly on fishing. “The embargo has especially hit the poor fishermen hard. They don’t know any other work,“ he said. Bangladesh imposed the ban on fishing in the Bay of Bengal last week in an … [Read more...] about Bangladesh fishermen protest two month fishing ban