Rappler's latest stories on fishes in the Philippines
What drives Ybarra Laruga to protect Tañon Strait, apart from the need to support his family, is his memory of a time of abundance
Left unaddressed, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing would continue to wreak havoc in the Calamianes, whose coastal and marine ecosystems are among the most diverse and extensive in the Philippines
The Philippines welcomes the acknowledgment that compensation must be provided to the owner of Filipino fishing boat Gem-Ver
On the shores of Occidental Mindoro, the fishermen of Gem-Ver try to rebuild their damaged boat so they could set out to sail once again
From out of the blue, a metal vessel smashes a Filipino fishing boat anchored at Reed Bank, the impact sounding like a hundred bones breaking. This must be death, say the fishermen.
In his screenshot, maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal also uses a layer from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suit which captures satellite images on Earth in real time
The Chinese ship abandoned the Filipino crew of F/B Gem-Ver despite 'direct knowledge of their distress situation,' in violation of two maritime conventions, according to the official findings of the Philippine Coast Guard and the Maritime Industry Authority
The initial report also attests to how the Chinese ship abandoned the Gem-Ver crew
'When will we stop giving our northern neighbor primacy over our own people?' says former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario
President Rodrigo Duterte and his alter egos doubt their own countrymen whose boat was sunk by a Chinese ship in the West Philippine Sea on June 9, 2019
(3rd UPDATE) 'No government official can waive this sovereign right of the Filipino people without their consent,' says Justice Antonio Carpio
(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr returns to ex-top diplomat Albert del Rosario his P500,000 donation to the Recto Bank fishermen
(2nd UPDATE) 'It will never be a fair investigation when one is the oppressed and the other is the oppressor,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan
(UPDATED) This comes after Duterte government officials made categorical statements about involving an independent 3rd party in the Recto Bank investigation
(UPDATED) 'The incident happened in Philippine waters, to Filipino citizens, whose laws immediately apply, and where jurisdiction, unless surrendered, vests exclusively in Philippine courts or appropriate administrative agencies,' says former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
President Rodrigo Duterte states there was no violation of sovereignty in the Recto Bank incident but fails to assert the country's sovereign rights over the area
The Philippine leader says he will pose this question during the regional summit in Thailand: 'Can you claim an ocean as your own?'
Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez also says there's no need to raise the Recto Bank incident during the ASEAN Summit in Bangkok where country leaders are expected to discuss a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea
Lanie Insigne, the wife of Gem-Ver captain Junel, asks government to conduct a separate probe into the boat sinking incident to ensure fairness
The Presidential Spokesman bristles at Senator Panfilo Lacson's observation that he appears to be lawyering for China
While the DFA secretary says there will be no joint probe on the Filipino boat sinking incident in the West Philippine Sea, the defense secretary says he will support one
(UPDATED) 'Who the fuck is this guy?' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr, referring to an analyst who spoke of the proposed joint probe into the Recto Bank incident
'Can we please not insult the intelligence of our people?' says ex-foreign secretary Albert del Rosario on the proposed joint investigation of the Recto Bank incident
(3rd UPDATE) The fisheries code is clear: entry of any foreign fishing vessel in Philippine waters shall constitute prima facie evidence that the vessel is engaged in fishing in Philippine waters. The Philippines can fine the foreign vessel up to US$1 Million
'As far as I understand, dialogue is the main agenda,' says Vice President Leni Robredo's spokesperson Barry Gutierrez
President Rodrigo Duterte gives a thumbs up to the suggestion of the Chinese government for Manila and Beijing to conduct a joint investigation into the incident
'The objective is to determine the facts and allocate accountabilities in a joint, instead of an adversarial, manner,’ says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra
(UPDATED) Now that Gem-Ver's fishermen say they are not sure anymore if they were intentionally hit or not, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the side of the Chinese crewmen has to be heard as well
Gaano kaimportante ang tugon ng administrasyong Duterte sa nangyaring banggaan?
China experts say the long-delayed document would serve as a 'concrete and strong mechanism' for stability in the region
F/B Gem-Ver's captain and crew also want the government to help them keep Recto Bank exclusively for Filipino fishermen
Panelo does not say that in any of his press briefings and interviews after the sinking incident. However, after President Duterte downplays what happened as a 'maritime incident,' Panelo shifts gears.
'Noong paglapit [namin] sa kanila para makapagsaklolo, para matulungan kami, sumibat na sila. Tapos sabihin nila kami pa ang nagsisinungaling?' says Richard Blaza
The Philippine government's messaging on the ramming of a Filipino boat by a Chinese vessel, evolves from confused to echoing China's line
Security analyst Rommel Banlaoi says warmer ties pursued by the Duterte administration with China should not deny justice to the 22 Filipino fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver who were abandoned at sea
'Parang ang mindset niya, defense counsel na nag-e-enter ng appearance for China if he was in a courtroom,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson of Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo
(UPDATED) While he sees the ramming of the Filipino fishing boat as an 'accident,' Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the damage inflicted warrants an apology and compensation
(UPDATED) 'I think it's just an accident, based on information we got from the crew. Maybe the other side did not intend to bump them,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana
Filipino netizens have been giving clashing opinions since the event was reported
(UPDATED) Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol echoes the Chinese foreign ministry, which said that it was 'an ordinary maritime traffic incident'
'Kasi sasabihin natin kung talagang babanggain, eh bakit kung sa kwan ba, sabihin natin napakabulok naman nung babangga, daplis lang. Siyempre kung mean to kill, siyempre diretso mo na,' says Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi
Justice Antonio Carpio says China – as it does with Vietnam – might start a new 'gray zone' offensive against Filipino vessels in the West Philippine Sea
Filipinos are buying more expensive, smaller fish now compared to a decade ago, according to a survey by the Social Weather Stations
'Fisherfolk are the reason why we as consumers, both locally and abroad, are able to satisfy our appetite for tuna and all kinds of seafood. It’s time that we finally give considerable attention to them. '
A local court issued a release order June 8 on the request of the fishermen s lawyer in accordance with procedure
Sufficient supply of key food items lower electricity and fuel prices ease inflation NEDA reports
The Philippines has another 6 months before the EU decides whether or not to ban the country s fish products from entering its market
A higher illegal fishing penalty proposed by lawmakers goes up to P1 million and fishing companies are not happy