DFA chief says he did not accept Chinese shipowner’s apology over Recto Bank incident
Robie de Guzman • August 29, 2019 • 2687
MANILA, Philippines – Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has clarified that he did not accept the apology of the owner of a Chinese fishing vessel that hit a Filipino fishing boat near the Recto Bank (also called Reed Bank) in the West Philippine Sea in June.
In a post on Twitter, Locsin said he merely noted the apology.
“Hey morons! I merely NOTED the Chinese apology. I did not accept it. I am not a fisherman,” he wrote on Wednesday just hours after the DFA posted on its Twitter account a memorandum containing a translated portion of the apology letter addressed to Locsin.
In the said memorandum, the unnamed owner of the Chinese vessel, through a Chinese “association,” apologized for the June 9 incident wherein its fishing vessel rammed into a Filipino boat and left its crewmembers adrift at sea.
They also insisted that the allision was “an unintentional mistake.”
Malacañang has accepted the apology extended by the Chinese shipowner to the fishermen affected by the incident.
“We likewise welcome the owner’s humility to take responsibility and acknowledgment that compensation must be provided to cover the actual loss,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador said in a statement Wednesday.
But for Locsin, Panelo’s statement “merely expressed satisfaction with the Chinese apology for the incident and the offer of compensation and nothing more.”
The apology was issued on the same day Duterte flew to China for his fifth visit. Government officials earlier said Duterte may discuss with Chinese President Xi Jinping the maritime incidents reported in the contested areas in the South China Sea.
MANILA, Philippines – Matapos ang halos pitong buwan ay nakauwi na sa bansa ang 11 Pilipinong marinong stranded sa sinasakyang barko sa China dahil sa pagsasara ng mga border sa iba’t ibang bansa sa gitna ng pandemiya.
Martes ng madaling araw nang dumating sa bansa ang grupo at pansamantalang mamamalagi sa isang quarantine facility sa Pasay City upang hintayin ang resulta ng swab test na isinagawa sa paliparan.
Ayon kay Anthony Medina, labis ang kagalakan niya at ng kanyang mga kasamahan dahil sa wakas ay nakauwi na sila at muli nang makakapiling ang kani-kanilang pamilya.
“Sobrang saya po namin talagang halos gusto namin na mauna pa kami sa eroplano makalapag eh. Makikita na po namin ang mga mahal namin sa buhay,” ang wika ni Medina.
Nagpasalamat din ang kapatid ni Anthony na si Analiza Medina sa lahat ng mga tumulong upang makauwi ang mga tripulante.
“Para po kaming nanghihina na parang wala ng mag rerescue sa kanila. Kaya po talagang sobrang saya namin na nakauwi na sila. Nagpapasalamat po kami sa lahat ng tumulong at sa mga hindi po nagsawa na tulungan sila,” ang pahayag ni Analiza.
Bago umuwi sa kani-kanilang pamilya, kailangan munang asikasuhan ng mga marino ang ilang mga bagay sa kanilang agency.
Samantala, tiniyak naman ng Overseas Workers Welfare Administration na bibigyan ng ayuda ang mga umuwing seafarer. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lucille Lloren)
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced that its National Capital Region-East (NCR-East) consular office located at SM Megamall will be closed on Monday (September 28).
This is to give way to disinfection of office premises and implementation of other preventive measures to manage and prevent risks against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The DFA NCR-East will resume its regular operations on Tuesday (September 29), the advisory said.
Affected applicants with confirmed appointments who are unable to avail of consular services due to the suspension of operations must secure another appointment by emailing email@example.com with the following information:
Date of birth
Original appointment date and time
Preferred date and time of new appointment
The preferred new appointment may be on any working day (Monday to Friday) from September 29 to October 29 during the Consular Office’s regular operation hours 10:00AM to 5:00PM.
Applicants who need emergency or urgent consular services may contact Consular Office NCR-East by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is finalizing the repatriation of the remaining 11 Filipino seafarers stranded in Chinese waters onboard Ocean Star 86 since March 24.
The DFA and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) are already coordinating with the Philippine Embassy in China. OWWA said the seafarers will be able to return home by next week.
“Mayroon na po napipintong repatriation either this coming week or first week of October ng ating mga mahal na stranded seafarers sa China (Our stranded seafarers in China will be repatriated either this coming week or first week of October). We are now providing assistance to the seafarers,” according to OWWA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac.
Based on the information received by OWWA, the Ocean Star 86 is docked in the mainland and the Philippine Embassy in China has been providing assistance to the seafarers. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)
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