West Philippine Sea
The fishermen of F/B Gem-Vir 1 received financial aid from a Filipino-Chinese business group. P1.2 million was donated for the repair of the rammed boat. The FFCCCII clarified that their kind gesture has “no strings."
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.
President Rodrigo Duterte claimed that the Philippines has no sovereignty over its own exclusive economic zone. However, Florin Hilbay opposed this and said that the country has sovereignty over the EEZ.
President Rodrigo Duterte called Justice Antonio Carpio names after his recent remark. Duterte said that Carpio was “stupid” and “crazy” for what he said over the issue regarding China.
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.