Philippines’ Duterte downplays boat sinking Jun 18, 2019 0 1095 12345 DPAManilaPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday rejected calls for the government to send navy warships to the disputed South China Sea following the sinking of a Filipino boat by a Chinese vessel that allegedly left the scene without helping the crew members.Duterte said the collision between the Filipino boat FB Gemvir 1 and the Chinese ship Yuemaobinyu 42212 near Reed Bank on June 9 was a “little maritime accident” that “is best investigated.” “You do not send gray ships there,” he said in a speech at the anniversary of the founding of the Philippine Navy. “That is just a boat collision. Do not make it worse because that is a fertile ground for (armed confrontation.)” “Soldiers know that with miscommunication there, you’re dead,” he added. “We are not yet ready (for war). And we can never be ready in a nuclear war.” The Department of Foreign Affairs has already filed a diplomatic protest with Beijing over the incident, but some politicians and the public have called for a stronger response such as sending Philippine Navy warships to protect the country’s territories.Duterte said he understands the public outrage over the incident and wold also want to take action for what happened, but stressed, “Do not allow a little maritime accident, whether intentional, to go to our head.” The president , who is often quick to issue harsh statements against foreign governments, said it was important to have an investigation into the incident to determine what really happened. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Brain disease kills 97 Indian kids, ‘heat curfew’ imposed Jun 18, 2019 0 699 Boris Johnson gets boost in race to become Britain's new PM Jun 18, 2019 0 945 French billionaire Drahi acquires Sotheby’s in $3.7 bn deal Jun 18, 2019 0 267 US fashion icon Gloria Vanderbilt dies New YORK: American heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, a designer and artist who became one of the most chronicled socialites of her era, died on Monday after a battle with stomach cancer, her son announced. She was 95 years old. .. 12 killed in Indonesia bus crash after passenger argument Jakarta: Twelve people were killed and dozens more injured in an Indonesian traffic accident on Monday after a passenger tried to wrest control of a bus steering wheel following an argument with the driver, police said. .. Twelve dead as migrant boat sinks off western Turkey REUTERS ANKARA Twelve people were killed on Monday after a dinghy carrying migrants sank off on Turkey’s western coast, the Turkish coast guard said, adding that 31 others had been rescued. Search and rescue operations .. US measles cases hit 1044 this year WASHINGTON: The United States recorded 22 new measles cases last week, a 2.2 percent increase, taking the total cases for the year to 1,044 in the worst outbreak since 1992, federal health officials said on Monday. The US .. Indian magician feared drowned after Houdini trick attempt New DELHI: A search and rescue operation was underway for an Indian magician who is feared drowned while trying to perform Harry Houdini’s famed underwater escape act in a river in Kolkata, police said on Monday. Chanchal .. US mayor apologises after police threaten to shoot black family AFP Washington The mayor of Phoenix apologied on Sunday after videos emerged showing police in the southwestern US city violently arresting a black family with young children. The videos, shot by bystanders when the .. Indonesia becomes latest SE Asian country to return waste to the West JAKARTA: Indonesia has sent back a consignment of Canadian paper waste, imported via the United States, because it was contaminated with material including plastic, rubber and diapers, the environment ministry said. ..