Vice President Leni Robredo has urged the Duterte administration to adopt a tougher stance on China after a Chinese vessel sank a Filipino boat in the West Philippine Sea on June 9.

Tameme pa rin ba si Duterte? Robredo bats for policy shift after Chinese sink PH boat

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Vice President Leni Robredo has urged the Duterte administration to adopt a tougher stance on China after a Chinese vessel sank a Filipino boat in the West Philippine Sea on June 9.

In a statement Sunday (June 16), Robredo said the government should stand up for the country’s rights following the incident.

“Now is the time for a shift in policy, from being passive to being more courageous in asserting our rights. From bowing our heads in subservience, to holding our heads up high as a free and independent people,” she said.

Related story: ‘Wag umasang parurusahan ng China: Robredo wants Chinese who sank Pinoy boat to face trial in PH

Robredo said the incident was bound to happen as the administration refuses to assert the country’s rights in the West Philippine Sea, which were upheld by a favorable ruling by an international arbitral tribunal.

“Its failure to consistently contest Chinese encroachment in our waters was inevitably going to result in less and less respect of our laws and sovereignty from China—and to the direct harm of our people,” she said.

The 22 fishermen on board F/B Gemvir claimed their boat was hit by a Chinese vessel while it was anchored on Recto Bank. They were left drifting at sea until they were rescued by a Vietnamese boat.

China, however, denied the incident was a so-called “hit and run,” saying it was the Chinese vessel that was “besieged” by seven to eight Filipino boats.

President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to speak up on the incident.

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In a Facebook post, Clado shared photos of the Municipal Hall’s Instagrammable makeover. The mayor thanked all the workers who made the glow up possible.

“Hindi pa po tapos yan. Lalagyan pa yan ng malaking logo ng Majayjay sa gitna na may ilaw. Excited lang po ako magpost! Nakakaproud na ngayon maging isang tiga Majayjay!,” the mayor wrote.

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Mauna na NBI: House panel cancels probe on PDEA-PNP ‘misencounter’

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Committee chairman and Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers confirmed the cancellation of the hearing.

“Please be advised that in light of Pres. DU30’s instruction to the NBI to conduct an impartial investigation on the PNP and PDEA incident , our scheduled Committee hearing/investigation in aid of legislation on Monday, March 1, 2021 , is temporarily suspended as a courtesy to and in order not to hinder the ongoing investigation…will keep you all posted on the developments,” the advisory sent to media read.

The House panel was supposed to determine if there is a need to amend the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act (Republic Act 9165) to prevent the repeat of the shootout between PNP and PDEA agents last February 24 outside the Ever Gotesco Mall in Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City.

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Lacson said local travel restrictions should be left to the local government units since the local leaders know the situation on the ground.

“Thank you, for the sake of the country’s economy. Local travel restrictions should be left to the LGUs. Their leaders know their local conditions better than anybody else in the national government,” he said in a post on his Twitter account.

Malacañang earlier announced the IATF had approved uniform travel protocols for LGUs.

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