Tuesday, June 18, 2019

China Watch 35, China militia sinking of PH fishing boat

The US government understands the rule of law. The China government understands only the rule of dictatorship and bullying. 

I am reposting this fb post by a friend, Dr. Jay Batongbacal of UP College of Law, June 15 at 1:26 PM:

After the minesweeper USS Guardian ran aground on Tubbataha Reef, the US apologized, conducted an investigation, fired the USN senior command officers, paid for removal of the wreck, and paid compensation for the damage.

After the destroyer USS Stethem ran into an unlighted Philippine fishing boat in Subic Bay, causing it to capsize and sink, the ship stopped and rescued the fishermen. The US conducted an investigation, fired the USN captain in command, and paid the fishermen compensation for the damage.

These were US Navy ships, so not only did they fly the US flag, they were also direct agents of the US Government.

Now, we have a presumably private Chinese fishing vessel that is supposedly not in government service. It clearly ran through and sunk a Philippine fishing boat, and abandoned the fishermen to fend for themselves and possibly die. And the PRC Government's reaction is to try to pin the blame on alleged unidentified "Filipino fishing boats."

Which one do you think acts more like a friendly, credible and responsible maritime power?

Also a good observation from another friend, Atty. From Lorenzo B. Ziga, fb post yesterday:

There is a virtual chorus of government officials mitigating as unintentional how a Chinese vessel rammed into fishing boat manned by 22 Pinoy fishermen from Mindoro and sailing away post haste leaving them trashing about desperately in the depths of Recto Bank at midnight.

Next thing we hear may be is that the 22 fishermen actually decided to take a midnight swim.
This is about the same as saying The Japanese Imperial Army did not intend to invade the Philippines in 1941 but were really on an extended goodwill tour.

Meanwhile, some of the reports on the issue, and an illustration below. The China communist government is indeed a liar, and the Duterte government echoes the China lies. 

Locsin on PH boat sinking: 'Fuck the international community'
Paterno Esmaquel II
Published 12:26 PM, June 13, 2019  Updated 5:36 PM, June 18, 2019

Locsin says sinking of Philippine boat a case of ‘allision’ not collision
Published June 13, 2019, 8:34 PM  By Roy Mabasa

Navy rebuffs China: PH boat sinking 'not normal accident'
Paterno Esmaquel II
Published 4:21 PM, June 14, 2019  Updated 7:17 PM, June 15, 2019

Embassy denies ‘hit-and-run’, says Chinese boat ‘besieged’ by Pinoy boats
Sunstar Sunstar15 June 2019

Ramming of PHL boat in Recto Bank unintentional —DOE's Cusi
Published June 16, 2019 1:33pm

DA chief Piñol calls on those spreading false info about Recto Bank incident to stop
Published June 17, 2019 12:04pm

Go unconvinced China ship purposedly hit PH boat
By: Marlon Ramos - Reporter / 09:17 PM June 17, 2019

'Parang balewala lang': Fisherman laments Duterte remark on Chinese 'hit-and-run'
Posted at Jun 18 2019 08:38 AM | Updated as of Jun 18 2019 09:05 AM

Duterte Stands by China, Doubts Own Fishermen in Sea Collision
By Andreo Calonzo
June 18, 2019, 5:00 AM GMT+8 Updated on June 18, 2019, 1:51 PM GMT+8

Filipinos burn Chinese flags in protest against Duterte’s ‘weak’ response to South China Sea sinking
Jeoffrey Maitem   Published: 7:37pm, 18 Jun, 2019
Philippine fishermen protest Chinese harvesting of giant clams on Scarborough Shoal in further South China Sea dispute
Jeoffrey Maitem  
Agence France-Presse   Published: 6:11pm, 14 Jun, 2019

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