Rappler's latest stories on philippine fish
With some commercial fishing boats taking advantage of the coronavirus as a diversion from policing, making tracking devices on fishing vessels mandatory should help police municipal waters better
Rappler traces the origin of F/B Pengyou from Batangas to Occidental Mindoro. The tattered boat is the latest in the government's bungled assistance efforts for the fishermen of Gem-Ver.
Part 1: Rappler returns to San Jose 5 months later, in November, as the crewmen finish their repairs and prepare to sail back to Recto Bank. While Gem-Ver has been patched up, its men have drifted apart.
The Philippines' richest senator comes under fire after wondering aloud why Filipinos still love the expensive galunggong
The Gem-Ver fishermen were abandoned many times, once at sea, but over and over in politics and government positions taken
It's been 2 months since a Chinese trawler rammed a Filipino fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea. In this podcast, Rappler revisits that harrowing night, and more.
Vice President Leni Robredo again visits the Gem-Ver fishermen in Occidental Mindoro to provide additional aid through her office's Angat Buhay program
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
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 Department of Social Welfare and Development says it will continue to assist the 22 fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver until 'they have fully recovered from the incident and are able to live normal lives'
The key to understanding President Duterte’s gospel has been there all along, hiding in plain sight as though to mock imperceptive doubters like us: 'We are friends with China.'
Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the threat of war is raised 'only to intimidate the Filipino people into submitting to China's encroachment' of the West Philippine Sea
Under international law, the Philippines has sovereign rights – not sovereignty – over the West Philippine Sea
Justice Antonio Carpio explains to Rappler that as long as the fish is located in a coastal state's exclusive economic zone or EEZ, 'only that state can exploit it'
From within the government's ranks, all is definitely not well with President Duterte’s pro-Beijing policy
Netizens reimagine a world where fishes have citizenship, passports, and names more representative of their country of origin using memes
'If we're just exchanging one possible exploiter with another, that doesn't really bode well for his nationalist image,' says political science expert Aries Arugay
FFCCCII President Henry Lim Bon Liong says business ties between Manila and Beijing remain solid despite the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea
President Rodrigo Duterte also dares critics to impeach him: 'Kulungin ko silang lahat'
'It’s very difficult to say that there is an exclusivity if it is underwater. The fish could be coming from China. And the fish from the Philippines could be going to China,' says Senate President Sotto
'You cannot stop the President from doing measures or steps that, to his mind, are the correct way to obey the constitutional command to him to protect and serve the Filipino people,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo
President Rodrigo Duterte cites an agreement reached with China supposedly allowing Filipino fishermen to fish in Panatag Shoal. But the shoal is a common fishing ground whereas fishing in the Philippines' EEZ is reserved for Filipinos only.
'Thank you...not just in behalf of the fishermen, but in behalf of the people of the Philippines,' says Vice President Leni Robredo to Vietnamese Ambassador Ly Quoc Tuan
'We cannot wait for any more blatant disregard of our fisherfolk before taking a stand against these oppressive responses of the Duterte administration,' says the UPV College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Student Council
'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
(UPDATED) Boat owner Felix dela Torre, Gem-Ver Captain Junel Insigne, cook Richard Blaza, and fisherman Jaypee Gordiones attend the turnover ceremony in Quezon City on June 28
While an international agreement cites instances when a country can allow another to fish in its waters, the Philippine Constitution forbids it
(3rd UPDATE) 'No government official can waive this sovereign right of the Filipino people without their consent,' says Justice Antonio Carpio
'Ang mga pumupunta sa West Philippine Sea ay para manghuli ng high-value fish, that's why we should be there. But on our records, there is more money in galunggong than in tuna,' says BFAR Director Eduardo Gongona
China has chosen the path of bullying its neighbors, forcing the Philippines to walk a very cautious line to protect its sovereign rights and citizens
His remarks take on the tone of his previous statements on the incident, where he downplayed it as a 'little maritime incident' and possibly an 'accident'
Quoting a 'Coast Guard expert,' Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the Chinese vessel did not sink F/B Gem-Ver in the West Philippine Sea
(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr returns to ex-top diplomat Albert del Rosario his P500,000 donation to the Recto Bank fishermen
Protesters stress the importance of standing in solidarity with the Filipino fishermen, even as the Duterte administration echoes China in downplaying the sinking of the boat as a 'maritime incident'
Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks at the ASEAN Summit show he is 'not beholden to or afraid of any foreign country'
'Kaya mahirap na joint investigation, kasi hindi natin sigurado kung iyong totoo talaga iyong lalabas,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on the planned joint probe with China into the Recto Bank incident
(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
Youth groups urge the Duterte administration to conduct a course of action that would give justice to the Filipino fishermen who were victimized at the hands of the Chinese
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says the results of the investigation were submitted to Malacañang on Thursday, June 20
(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
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
Sa insidenteng nangyari sa bangka at sa mangingisda, malinaw din na magkabarkada ang ating pamahalaan at iyong pamahalaan ng nambangga. Iisa ang kanilang bangka.
(UPDATED) 'President Duterte welcomes and accepts the offer of the Chinese Government to conduct a joint investigation to determine what really transpired in Recto Bank and find a satisfactory closure to this episode,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo
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
Each of the 22 fishermen receives P50,000 under the Office of the Vice President's Angat Buhay Program