South China Sea
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.
A “hit-and-run” incident happened between the Philippines and China. An anchored Philippine ship was reportedly hit by a Chinese vessel. Foreign Affairs Sec. Teddy Locsin said he has filed a diplomatic protest against China.