Du30: PH, China, 'neutral' state to probe hit-and-run
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President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted China’s proposal for a joint investigation of the June 9 incident near Recto Bank in the South China Sea where a Chinese trawler rammed and sank a Philippine fishing boat and then abandoned its 22-man crew. The President wants representatives from China, the Philippines and a neutral country to handle the marine inquiry, according to his spokesperson, Salvador Panelo. The President acceded to China’s wish a day after Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said Beijing’s proposal for a joint probe was an infringement on Philippine sovereignty. He said Malacañang supported his position.
Salaverria, L. B., Aning, J., Cinco, M. & Virola, M. T. (2019, June 23). Du30: PH, China, 'neutral' state to probe hit-and-run. Philippine Daily Inquirer, pp. A1, A6.
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Fishing vessels; International law; Law of the sea; Territorial waters; Disputes; Fishers; United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea; Exclusive economic zone; United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); Philippine Coast Guard (PCG); Maritime Industry Authority (Marina); Duterte, Rodrigo; Panelo, Salvador; Locsin, Teodoro Jr.; Tugade, Arthur; Lorenzana, Delfin; Piñol, Emmanuel; Sereno, Maria Lourdes