Rody weighs in on 'accident'
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President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday described the ramming and sinking of a Filipino fishing boat in the Recto Bank a “little maritime accident,” adding that the Philippines is not ready to challenge China’s military might. In a speech during the 121st anniversary of the Philippine Navy, Duterte finally broke his silence eight days after the incident in which a Chinese boat hit and sank a Filipino fishing boat and abandoned 22 Filipino fishermen in the open waters. They were rescued three hours later by a Vietnamese vessel. “Stay out of trouble. Just build on our own. Let us not meddle with it. Do not allow a little maritime accident, or intentional, [be the reason] to go to war,” Duterte told Navy soldiers at Sangley Point, Cavite.
Mariano, N., Araja, R. N., & Ramos-Araneta, M. (2019, June 18). Rody weighs in on 'accident', pp. A1, A2.
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Sinking; Fishing vessels; Marine accidents; Fishers; Collisions; Exclusive economic zone; Governments; United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea; Law of the sea; International law; Philippine Navy; Philippine Coast Guard (PCG); Maritime Industry Authority (Marina); United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); Department of Agriculture (DA); Duterte, Rodrigo; Lorenzana, Delfin; Zhao, Jianhua; Nograles, Karlo; Piñol, Emmanuel; Panelo, Salvador; dela Torre, Felix; Festin, Romulo; Hontiveros, Risa; Cusi, Alfonso
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