West Philippine Sea
Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio disagreed with the recent statement of President Rodrigo Duterte. Carpio said that it is unconstitutional to allow China to keep fishing in Philippine EEZ.
The owner of F/B Gem-Vir 1 projected her voice over the Reed Bank incident. Fe Dela Torre said that they want justice and not war vs. China. She also noted that the sunken boat has not been repaired yet.
President Rodrigo Duterte apologized to the local fishermen involved in the ramming incident against China. The President said that it was a “maritime incident." He added that it was not enough reason to do any military exercises.
President Rodrigo Duterte said that China will not stop fishing in the Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone. The President shared that it's mainly because the Philippines is friends with China.
Senate President Tito Sotto shared that he believed the PH boat was not sunk by a Chinese vessel. Sotto said that he sought for the opinion of a Coast Guard expert. He added that he based it on the physical appearance.
Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol thanked the Vietnamese crew that rescued the Filipino fishermen. He said that the Vietnamese fishers were poaching in the Reed Bank. However, the Cabinet decided not to punish them.