MANILA: China has refused a third party investigation into the June 9 sinking of a Philippines boat at Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea.
“China does not want a third party,” presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a briefing yesterday.
Duterte had earlier said that he was fine with having a third party investigation, even as he agreed on a Philippines-China probe on the sinking of the Filipino boat.
A Chinese trawler rammed a Filipino boat and left 22 Filipino fishermen at sea on the night of the incident.
However, Duterte had downplayed it as a “little maritime accident”, saying that the Filipino boat was not sunk but merely “sideswiped” – a normal occurrence in the open sea. — Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network