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‘Looking into it’: Philippines Prez after three Filipino fishermen dead as boat ‘rammed’ in South China Sea

The Philippines is conducting an investigation right into a maritime incident to search out out the reason for loss of life of three Filipino fishermen whose boat was rammed and sunk within the South China Sea, in line with the nation’s president.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported that the incident occurred when an unidentified international business vessel collided with the fishing boat whereas it was anchored within the South China Sea, ensuing within the tragic lack of three Filipino fishermen’s lives.

“We assure the victims, their families, and everyone that we will exert every effort to hold accountable those who are responsible for this unfortunate maritime incident,” Ferdinand Marcos Jr mentioned on the X social media platform.

The incident occurred on Monday whereas the boat was moored 85 nautical miles (157 km) northwest of the disputed Scarborough Shoal, it mentioned in an announcement. Eleven crew members survived when the boat sank.

“The incident is still under investigation to ascertain the details and circumstances surrounding the collision between the fishing boat and a still unidentified commercial vessel,” Marcos mentioned.

“Let us allow the PCG to do its job and investigate, and let us refrain from engaging in speculation in the meantime,” he added, referring to the coast guard.

Tensions round these waters have lately flared up after the Philippines mentioned it eliminated a 300-metre ball-buoy barrier put in by China’s coastguard close to the Scarborough Shoal, a main fishing spot and considered one of Asia’s most contested maritime options.

The strategic shoal, named after a British cargo vessel that ran aground there within the 18th century, is within the Philippines’ unique financial zone however was seized in 2012 by China, which has maintained a continuing presence of coast guard ships and fishing trawlers there ever since.

China has rejected the Philippines’ model of occasions over the barrier, whereas america has weighed in with assist behind Manila and vowed to honour its treaty commitments to defend its treaty ally if attacked.

The Philippine coastguard didn’t elaborate on the incident or present particulars of the vessel it mentioned had rammed the Filipino crew.

With company inputs.

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