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    Philippines Files Diplomatic Protest against China over Fishing Boat's Sinking

    The Philippines said Thursday it had lodged a diplomatic protest claiming that a Chinese vessel rammed into and sank a Filipino fishing boat anchored in the disputed South China Sea, whereas officials in Beijing described the incident as an accident.


    Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin announced the move a day after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana denounced the sinking of the FB Gimber1 near the Recto Bank and alleged that the Chinese fishing vessel had abandoned the 22 crew members of the Filipino boat at sea. A Vietnamese vessel later picked up and transported the Filipinos to safety at a military station on Palawan island, west of Manila.


    “I fired off a diplomatic protest yesterday,” Locsin said on Twitter, adding that he filed the complaint with the Maritime Safety Committee of the International Maritime Organization, a U.N. agency responsible for the safety and security of shipping.


    Also on Thursday, Philippine presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo deplored the alleged desertion of the Filipinos by the Chinese ship as being “uncivilized as it is outrageous.”


    “Regardless of the nature of the collision, whether it was accidental or intentional, common decency and the dictates of humanity require the immediate saving of the crew of the downed Philippine vessel,” Panelo said in a statement.


    “The present territorial conflict between the countries of the two colliding vessels pertaining to the area where the collision occurred is not, and cannot be, an impediment for the offending vessel to lend a hand to the distressed crew,” he added.


    The incident, he said, was a “crystal violation of maritime protocols” and “an infringement of internationally accepted practices of assisting a vessel in distress.”


    Panelo called on Beijing to investigate the collision and impose “proper sanctions” against the Chinese crew.


    At a press briefing in Beijing on Thursday, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said the incident between the two fishing boats was “an ordinary maritime traffic accident” and that China was still investigating it, according to Agence France-Presse.

    “If the relevant reports are true, regardless of the country from which the perpetrator came from, their behavior should be condemned,” ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters.


    But he also said it was irresponsible for the Philippines to “politicize the incident without verification,” AFP reported.



    ‘Far from accidental’


    Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Philippine military’s Western Command in Palawan province, which faces the South China Sea, said the incident appeared to be intentional.


    “The Filipino fishing boat was anchored at the Recto Bank, meaning it’s not moving. It was anchored because it’s already evening. It was hit by the Chinese vessel. After the collision, the Chinese vessel immediately left, escaped. It’s like a hit and run,” Lt. Col. Stephen Penetrante said.


    “According to our report, it’s far from accidental. If it’s accidental, it's SOP [Standard Operating Procedure] that they should stop, they should rescue these fishermen,” he added.


    The incident clearly displayed Chinese aggressiveness in the disputed sea region, according to former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario.


    He, along with former government ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, had earlier filed a case before the International Criminal Court asking it to investigate Chinese leader Xi Jinping over Beijing’s alleged plan to control the South China Sea.


    “What is obvious is that Goliath, the neighborhood bully, will continue to rear its ugly head to intimidate our poor fishermen. We need to find a way to hold China’s leadership accountable,” del Rosario said.


    “We trust that our recent communication to the ICC prosecutor will now be treated with greater urgency –that crimes against humanity must be curtailed,” he added.


    In 2016, following a tense standoff between the navies of the Philippines and China over Scarborough Shoal, an international tribunal ruled in favor of Manila. Evidence presented then on behalf of the Philippines documented that clam extraction by Chinese fishing boats had damaged some 25,000 hectares of shallow reef surfaces. China ignored the ruling.


    President Rodrigo Duterte, who was elected two months before the tribunal issued its decision, engaged instead in the beginning with Beijing as his government distanced itself from traditional Western allies, namely the United States. More recently, however, he took a harder stance toward China as he consolidated power through May 2019 senatorial elections.


    Jay Batongbacal, head of the Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea at the University of the Philippines, said it was too early to say whether the situation between Manila and Beijing would escalate over the South China Sea.


    China claims most of the mineral-rich sea region, including areas that reach the shores of its smaller neighbors. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan also have overlapping claims to the region.


    “If the Philippines does not demand accountability for this incident, it will keep happening until Filipinos are unable to access their own natural resources in their own waters,” Batongbacal told BenarNews.


    He said President Rodrigo Duterte’s “softness” in dealing with issues related to the dispute had “allowed China to operate freely and widely” in the South China Sea, which Manila calls the West Philippine Sea.


    “This is possibly a preview of the kind of conduct or behavior we can expect from them in the future,” he said.

    https://www.benarnews.org/english/ne...019113631.html

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    Chinky parasites at it again.

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    Good to see they are taking the diplomatic route rather than calling for a defensive alliance to start another war.

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    He said President Rodrigo Duterte’s “softness” in dealing with issues related to the dispute had “allowed China to operate freely and widely” in the South China Sea
    Softness must be a euphemism for taking chinky bribes.

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    Chinese Ambassador Reaches Out Over Boat Sinking in South China Sea

    Beijing’s ambassador to the Philippines has reached out to Manila amid diplomatic and bilateral fallout over the sinking of a Filipino boat by a Chinese vessel that left 22 fishermen adrift in the disputed South China Sea, the Philippine president’s spokesman said Friday.


    Chinese envoy Zhao Jianhua contacted presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo on Thursday night to say that an investigation was under way in Beijing and sanctions would be swift if it found the Chinese vessel was at fault, according to the Filipino official.


    “’The fishing boat issue is being thoroughly and seriously investigated,’” Panelo said, citing from Zhao’s message.


    “’We share your concerns about fishermen. If it were true that it was a Chinese fishing boat, they would be duly educated and punished for their irresponsible behavior,’” Panelo added.


    According to Panelo, Zhao emphasized that “incidents” happen even in the “best-regulated family.”


    “’We hope this incident could be held in a proper context,’” Zhao also told Panelo.



    Boat rammed, abandoned


    Earlier in the week, Philippine military and defense officials strongly criticized the incident near Recto Bank on June 9.

    They accused the Chinese fishing boat of ramming the FB Gimber1, which they said was anchored, and sailing off as the Filipino crew waded at sea after their vessel capsized.


    A passing Vietnamese boat later picked up the stranded sailors and turned them over to Filipino military authorities in Palawan, an island province in the country’s southwestern region that faces the South China Sea or, as Manila calls it, the West Philippine Sea.


    On Friday, Panelo said there should be a need to reassess the government’s mechanism to prevent the situation from happening again, but he did not directly answer questions when reporters asked him if the collision was intentional.


    A day earlier, the Philippines lodged a diplomatic protest against China over the incident. During the past two days anger in the Philippines has risen over the incident, with politicians crossing party lines to demand an apology from and swift action by China.


    The Chinese initially kept mum on the issue but they responded after President Rodrigo Duterte’s government, through Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, expressed anger. The Duterte administration is considered a friend by China.


    The president took pains in the past to woo Chinese support and billions of dollars in business pledges from Beijing, when he took office in mid-2016 soon after an international court of arbitration ruled against Beijing and in favor of Manila in a case to do with territorial claims in the South China Sea.


    Beijing ignored that ruling. China claims most of the mineral-rich South China Sea, including areas that reach the shores of its smaller neighbors. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Taiwan also have overlapping claims to the region.



    ‘We were bullied’


    Romulo Festin, the mayor of San Jose town in Occidental Mindoro, where all the 22 survivors came from, said he believed the Chinese ship deliberately rammed into the Filipino boat.


    “We were bullied. In my own view and investigation, it was intentional. They did not even stop to help our people according to reports,” Festin said.


    Festin was optimistic that the government would handle the situation well to prevent a repeat of the incident.


    “We’ll see how the government will handle this kind of crisis. We have trust in the government. First, our President declared we cannot go to war, so we have to accept that reality,” he said.


    The head of the Philippine Navy, Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, took issue with a comment by China’s foreign ministry that described the incident as “an ordinary maritime traffic accident.”


    “We don’t ram ships that are not moving. You can see that in radar. So if it’s not moving, why will you ram it? I don’t know the reason behind it but I don’t consider that as a normal maritime accident,” he said.



    https://www.rfa.org/english/news/chi...019155034.html

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    We know which one is the frog and which one is the crocodile in this story. The problem is does Duterte?

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    A passing Vietnamese boat later picked up the stranded sailors and turned them over to Filipino military authorities in Palawan, an island province in the country’s southwestern region that faces the South China Sea or, as Manila calls it, the West Philippine Sea.
    Not according to this international organisation;

    "The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) is an inter-governmental organisation representing hydrography.[1][2]
    A principal aim of the IHO is to ensure that the world’s seas, oceans and navigable waters are properly surveyed and charted. It does this through the setting of international standards, the co-ordination of the endeavours of the world's national hydrographic offices, and through its capacity building programme.

    The IHO enjoys observer status at the United Nations where it is the recognised competent authority on hydrographic surveying and nautical charting. When referring to hydrography and nautical charting in Conventions and similar Instruments, it is the IHO standards and specifications that are normally used."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intern...n#Publications

    or the the official wiki page on the South China Sea;

    "According to International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) Limits of Oceans and Seas, 3rd edition (1953), it is located[3]






    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_...a#cite_note-17
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