South China Sea
Defense Secretary Defense Lorenzana called China as a “bully." Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said that China wants peace over the West Philippine Sea. However, Lorenzana said that Zhao's words do not match China’s actions.
President Rodrigo Duterte shared his past conversation with President Xi Jinping over the West Philippine Sea. Duterte said that conducting oil exploration in the WPS could cause “trouble” from China.
President Rodrigo Duterte said that the constitutional provision on the Philippine exclusive economic zone was “thoughtless” and “senseless." He claimed that China might downplay the provision if he would present it to them.
The boat captain of F/B GEMVIR1 has decided not to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte. It has been reported that Junel Isigne was still too “traumatized” by the incident.
The Chinese government has already commented about the incident that happened between Filipino and Chinese fishing vessels. China referred to it as an “ordinary maritime accident."
Palace said that it is possible for the Philippines to cut diplomatic ties with China after the incident. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that it was just right that the Philippines immediately made an action.