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No Cabinet meeting on PH-China ship collision – Medialdea

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte will not hold a special Cabinet meeting on the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a suspected Chinese vessel in the area of the West Philippines Sea, said Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

This, after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi confirmed that a Cabinet meeting was scheduled Monday after the celebration of the 121st founding anniversary of the Philippine Navy in Cavite.

“No meeting,” Medialdea told reporters Sunday.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said he had “no info on that yet, if true.”

While he confirmed that a “cluster meeting” between the security, justice and peace cluster and economic development clusters is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Duterte may not be able to attend it due to prior commitments.

“I don’t think maka-attend siya, kasi puno ang schedule niya tomorrow. Meron siyang naka set na appointment or agenda,” said Nograles in an interview on Super Radyo DZBB. “So hindi siya pwede sa proposed time ng cluster kung saan libre ang Cabinet secretaries,” he added.

The incident in the disputed waters resulted in the sinking of a Filipino boat carrying 22 fishermen. A Vietnam-flagged ship reportedly rescued the distressed Filipino fishermen.

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