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Naval Forces Northern Luzon leads search for missing Zambales fisherman

Feb 04, 2020 - 12:59 PM

Rico Undocon put out to sea on January 30 and has been seen missing since

PH Navy continues searching for 7 missing fishermen in Pangasinan

Jan 22, 2020 - 7:28 PM

Reports reaching the Naval Forces Northern Luzon say that the fishermen onboard FB Narem 2 have been missing since January 14

Naval Forces NL conduct search and rescue operation for 7 missing fishermen in Pangasinan. Photo courtesy of Naval Forces Northern Luzon

Bantay Dagat official sees work as high-risk, high-reward

Nov 06, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Romelito Lirasan, Bantay Dagat chief of San Remigio, Cebu, is grateful that most fishermen in his town help defend their marine sanctuaries. But there's a lot of work to do.

Romelito Lirasan Photo courtesy of Oceana

'Like a thief in your own territory'

Sep 08, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Once before Filipino fishermen could make as many trips as they wanted to Scarborough Shoal and easily bring home 4 tons of fish each trip. Now they're lucky to haul in a third of what they used to.

'Na-Recto 22,' Diokno says of fishermen withdrawing from West PH Sea petition

Jul 10, 2019 - 10:02 AM

'Hindi lang kahina-hinala na patagong nakipag-usap ang gobyerno sa mga kliyente namin, labag din sa legal ethics yan. Mukhang na-Recto 22 na naman ang mga Pilipino,' says human rights lawyer Chel Diokno

PETITION. Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno represents fishermen in a petition that accuses the Duterte government of neglecting the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Calida: Fishermen disown West PH Sea petition

Jul 09, 2019 - 4:12 PM

(UPDATED) Solicitor General Jose Calida claims that the lawyers for petitioners have agreed in a closed-door meeting to junk the case altogether

DISOWNED? Solicitor General Jose Calida secures the affidavit of 19 fishermen who disown the West Philippine Sea petition filed by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines on their behalf. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Can Supreme Court force Duterte gov't to protect West PH Sea?

Jul 01, 2019 - 7:22 PM

The Supreme Court hears oral arguments on a petition by fishermen, accusing the Duterte government of failure to enforce the fisheries code and other environmental issuances in Panatag Shoal, Ayungin Shoal, and Panganiban Reef

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] A facade of smiles over the Recto Bank incident

Jun 28, 2019 - 7:00 PM

From within the government's ranks, all is definitely not well with President Duterte’s pro-Beijing policy

[OPINION] The 22 fishermen must learn a proper fist bump

Jun 22, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Well aware of how symbolic the gesture is of the President’s zeal in defending Filipinos like themselves, they really ought to do it better if they know what’s good for them

Bayanihan at sea: How fellow Filipinos helped rescue Gem-Ver and its crew

Jun 22, 2019 - 11:15 AM

Two crewmen of a local fishing boat that came to Gem-Ver's aid recount the rescue of their lives

RESCUE AT SEA. The F/B Gem-Ver at the shores of Barangay San Roque, San Jose Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019, after it was salvage near the Reed (Recto) Bank following its sinking by a Chinese vessel on June 9, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINYON] Pagsakay sa bangka

Jun 22, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Sa insidenteng nangyari sa bangka at sa mangingisda, malinaw din na magkabarkada ang ating pamahalaan at iyong pamahalaan ng nambangga. Iisa ang kanilang bangka.

Filipino fishermen awake when Chinese ship rammed their boat

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:26 PM

Contrary to the claims of Malacañang, the crewmen of Fishing Boat Gem-Ver were awake before the Chinese boat rammed them. There is more than one witness.

AWAKE. The crew of F/B Gem-Ver, the fishing boat sunk by a Chinese vessel near the Recto Bank on June 9, alight from the BRP Ramon Alcaraz after they were turn over to Mindoro local officials by the Philippine Navy on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Loss after boat sinking estimated at P2.2 M

Jun 17, 2019 - 4:28 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says he will forward the computation to President Rodrigo Duterte

DRY DOCKED. Children play beside the FB Gem-Ver in Brgy. San Roque, San Jose Occidental Mindoro on June 16, 2019, after it was pulled out of sea for repairs. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

INSIDE STORY: How Filipino crew were saved by Vietnamese in West PH Sea

Jun 14, 2019 - 9:07 PM

One of the Filipino crew narrates that after he connected his index fingers to demonstrate 'Vietnam? Philippines? Friends,' the Vietnamese replied, 'Okay.'

ROWERS. Justine Pascual (left) and JP Gordiones (right) aboard the BRP Tausug as they sail back home to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Crew of sunken Philippine boat now home

Jun 14, 2019 - 8:03 PM

After 17 days at sea, the fishermen of the boat rammed and abandoned by a Chinese ship return to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

HOME, FINALLY. The fishermen of F/B Gim-ver are reunited with their families upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Wives wait in limbo for fishermen of sunken vessel to come home

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:34 PM

One of the wives says: 'Sana po 'wag po kayong basta-bastang magpapadala sa anumang sasabihin ng China sa inyo. Timbangin niyo po kung ano ang katotohanan, panigan niyo po 'yung tama dahil kami pong mahihirap ang nagiging kawawa.'

Mindoro fishermen wives and family wait for their husbands at Caminawit port in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: Crew of Philippine vessel rammed by Chinese ship on their way home

Jun 14, 2019 - 10:19 AM

After 17 days of sailing and surviving being rammed and abandoned by a Chinese ship, the 22 men of fishing vessel Gem-Ver are on their way home to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

HOME. The fishing community of Barangay Caminawit, San Jose, Mindoro Occidental is the home port of MV Gem-vir. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINYON] Tayo nang maglaro ng Chinese barter

Jun 24, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Bukod sa malaking usapin ng soberanya sa teritoryo, sa likod ng ilang kilong isda kapalit ng instant noodles o bottled water ay ang binabanggit ko: kalayaan at kusang-loob

Duterte: China taking of PH fisherman's catch 'not outright seizure'

Jun 18, 2018 - 6:58 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte uses the term 'barter' to describe the uneven 'exchange' of goods between China Coast Guard and Filipino fishermen, a word also used by Chinese envoy Zhao Jianhua

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte examines one of the firearms donated by the People's Republic of China (PRC) during the ceremonial turnover of the military assistance gratis at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga on June 28, 2017. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'2 bottles of water for P3,000 worth of fish in Panatag Shoal'

Jun 15, 2018 - 7:58 AM

Filipino fishermen from Zambales province confirm that China Coast Guard habitually takes their catch in Scarborough Shoal

Photo by Randy Datu

Roque on China 'goodwill' in Panatag: What matters is PH can fish there

Jun 14, 2018 - 2:07 PM

'They are able to fish now under the administration of President Duterte and to me, as their former counsel, that's what matters,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, whohelped Zambales fishermen file a human rights case against China before the UN in 2015

Did Cayetano admit China can apprehend Filipinos in Panatag Shoal?

Jun 14, 2018 - 10:28 AM

(UPDATED) Referring to giant clams in Panatag Shoal, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says, 'If Filipinos or Chinese or Vietnamese take any of these, they will really be apprehended.' But by whom?

PANATAG SHOAL. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says Filipino fishermen can be apprehended if taking giant clams in Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. Malacañang file photo

Trillanes hits Malacañang for 'publicity stunt' with fishermen

Jun 12, 2018 - 9:20 PM

'The definition of harassment can be twisted. The fact [that] the Chinese coast guard [personnel] went on board their [boat] against their will shows they're helpless,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is unfazed by the civil case filed against him by the President's son and son-in-law. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

China allows Filipinos to fish in Panatag 'out of goodwill'

Jun 12, 2018 - 11:18 AM

(UPDATED) The Chinese embassy says China Coast Guard personnel 'have always acted in accordance with the law,' even as a television report shows them taking the catch of Filipino fishermen in Panatag Shoal

PANATAG SHOAL. Protesters troop to the Chinese consulate in Makati City on June 11, 2018, the eve of Independence Day, to protest harassment of Filipino fishermen in Panatag Shoal. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Jun 11, 2018 - 7:13 PM

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To prove fruits of PH-China 'friendship,' Roque brings fishermen to press briefing

Jun 11, 2018 - 3:35 PM

But the fishermen from Zambales also give more details about how China Coast Guard personnel take the best of their catch

Malacañang wants China to discipline 'errant' Coast Guard personnel

Jun 11, 2018 - 12:34 PM

(UPDATED) 'If it is proven, there will be punishment imposed for the Chinese Coast Guard,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, citing assurances made by Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shakes hands with China Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on the sidelines of the courtesy call of People’s Republic of China Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan at the President’s Hall in Malacañan Palace on March 7, 2017. TOTO LOZANO/ Presidential Photo

Carpio to Duterte gov't: File new case vs China

Jun 08, 2018 - 4:46 PM

'We can demand damages for economic loss that our fishermen suffer. That’s the course of action that we should take if we want to protect the interest of our fishermen,' says Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio

LEGAL LUMINARY. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio criticizes the Duterte administration's policy on the West Philippine Sea. Rappler file photo

Friends in need, friends indeed

Nov 02, 2016 - 8:12 AM

It took President Duterte to be frank and candid or to be more precise undiplomatic to get this far with the superpowers

FRIENDSHIP RENEWED. Chinese pupils hold the flags of the Philippines and China as they welcome President Rodrigo Duterte at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Duterte won't raise PH fishing rights in Beijing – Yasay

Oct 19, 2016 - 2:43 PM

We re taking advantage of the opportunity of making sure that the other aspects of our relationship with our neighbor China will be pursued says Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr

IMPROVING PH-CHINA TIES. Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr talks to the Philippine media covering President Rodrigo Duterte's state visit to China on October 19, 2016. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Duterte to bring up fishing rights with China in ASEAN summit

Sep 02, 2016 - 10:29 PM

Duterte says he will also ask Chinese officials about reports of new construction activities in Scarborough Shoal

FILIPINOS' RIGHTS. President Duterte leads National Heroes' Day ceremonies on August 29, 2016. Photo by Ace Morandante/PPD

Avoid China-claimed shoal, Philippines tells fishermen

Aug 03, 2016 - 3:44 PM

While the tribunal ruling favoring the Philippines is clear the reality on the ground is different says Manila s foreign affairs spokesman Charles Jose

HALT FISHING. Filipino fishermen are warned against fishing in Scarborough Shoal to avoid being harassed by the Chinese despite an international tribunal's ruling in favor of the Philippines. File photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Filipino fishermen pin hopes on tribunal ruling on China row

Jun 22, 2016 - 12:13 PM

I was angry at their gall to shoo us away when we were clearly inside Philippine territory says a Filipino fisherman recounting how Chinese coast guard boats harassed them in Scarborough Shoal on June 7

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Mar 23, 2016 - 12:43 PM

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'Make fisheries an election issue' – fisherfolk leaders

Mar 15, 2016 - 8:41 PM

As the Philippines prepares to elect new leaders in May fishermen hope their concerns will not be ignored

ELECTION ISSUE. PANGISDA President Pablo Rosales said that support for fisheries should be an election issue. Photo by Stephanie Ilacad/Rappler

US Navy rescues 11 Filipino fishermen

Jul 20, 2015 - 6:42 PM

The fishermen who were rescued in Pangasinan after being reported missing say they are from the Subic Bay region

RESCUE OPERATION. The US Navy says the rescued fishermen sustained no serious injuries. Photo from the US Embassy

PH Coast Guard confirms Filipino fishermen harassed by China

Apr 20, 2015 - 5:35 PM

However the Coast Guard has yet to confirm the number of fishermen involved

2012 file photo of Chinese surveillance ships off Scarborough Shoal by DFA/Philippine Navy/AFP

PH oceans in crisis: The sad state of small fisherfolk

May 30, 2014 - 9:00 AM

On Friday May 30 a day before National Fisherfolk s Day fisheries reform advocates will march to Malacañang to submit to President Aquino a proposal on how to save Philippine marine resources

PLIGHT OF THE SMALL FISHERFOLK. Municipal fishermen are catching a 4th of what they had been catching from Philippine seas in the 1970s

PH faces major hurdle in China case

Mar 12, 2014 - 7:11 AM

Does the arbitral tribunal have jurisdiction over the historic case? The Philippines will have to wait until 2015 Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza says

Water cannon incident alarms Vietnam

Mar 07, 2014 - 6:36 PM

Vietnam says it is concerned after China s show of force against Filipinos

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Feb 25, 2014 - 9:47 PM

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PH security forces to escort fishermen 'if necessary'

Jan 16, 2014 - 4:20 PM

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin also welcomes the call of US lawmakers for tough sanctions against China s aggressiveness in the disputed waters

'WE NEED US': Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin welcomes the call of US lawmakers for tougher stance against China. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Navy rescues 21 fishermen off Manila Bay

Jan 23, 2013 - 2:09 PM

The fishermen s boat collides with a motorized tanker off Manila Bay

'Pablo:' 300 fishermen missing?

Dec 06, 2012 - 7:19 PM

The dead are believed to be fishermen and crew members of tuna catcher vessels