The recent Recto Bank incident was a major talking point in the last ASEAN Summit in Bangkok. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:
Code of conduct
President Duterte expressed concern and disappointment over the delay of the crafting of a code of conduct for the area. He also brought up the ramming of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel near Recto Bank by thanking Vietnam. It was a Vietnamese fishing vessel that came to aid the Filipino fishermen of the fishing boat Gem-Ver 1 out in sea. The chairman’s statement also took note of “reclamations and activities” in the area which have “eroded trust and confidence and increased tensions.”
No to joint probe
Opposition senators rejected Malacanang’s call for a joint probe as a waiver of our rights to Recto Bank. The Palace said they were amenable to a joint probe but Foreign Affairs Sec. Teddy Locsin Jr. thumbed it down. ANC will try to dig deeper into the results of Coast Guard and Marina probe on the incident.
The high road
ASEAN leaders agreed to finish the China-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) between ASEAN, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. President Duterte also urged the U.S. and China to “take the high road” on their trade war.
Former Foreign Affairs Sec. Albert Del Rosario said Hong Kong disrespected the Philippines when they deported him. The Singapore-based International Institute for Strategic Studies said what happened to Del Rosario would send a signal to other officials in Southeast Asia who may want to criticize Beijing and for businessmen looking for a safe haven for capital.
Felice Prudente Sta. Maria has been at the forefront of cultural work in the Philippines since publishing her award-winning book Heirlooms and Antiques in 1980. ANCX sits down with her to listen to her mission of shedding light on what Filipinos ate in the past and how these dishes have changed over time.