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An Expert Shares His Thoughts On Dealing With The Recto Bank Incident

RECTO BANK – An expert on regional security and international relations, expressed his thoughts on the recent incident on Wednesday.

Recto Bank
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The tragic incident, involving a Chinese ship and a Filipino vessel, occurred recently near the Recto Bank. A Chinese ship reportedly hit a Filipino boat, sinking the vessel and affecting the 22 Filipino boat crew.

The 22 survivors are also expected to receive grants from BFAR.

Meanwhile, an expert’s shared thoughts on the incident is that the Recto Bank incident should be taken as “law enforcement and diplomatic issue” instead of bringing it up to a military-level.

Rommel Banlaio – chairman of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Reseach also made a statement during a forum held at Quezon City.

He said:”Once you raised the issue to the military level, you are overreacting,”

said Rommel Banlaoi, chair of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research, during a forum held in Quezon City.

The Recto Bank incident also caused the Philippine government to file a diplomatic protest.

Words and terms that are closely related to war or violence should not be used to refer to actions when discuss

Banlaoi also said words related to warfare should not be used in  discussing the Recto Bank incident.

He explained:

“What we need to do here is to address the law enforcement dimension of the problem, the political implication and the diplomatic repercussion.”

This is according to an article from GMA News.

Asia-Pacific Pathways to Progress Lucio Pitlo III apparently treats the recent collision as a “wake up call” for the most country leaders to follow up the Code of Conduct to be observed in exploring the disputed waters.

Pitlo specifically said:

“This incident is a wake-up call. It should compel countries to fast-track and conclude the COC.”

China’s intentions of finishing their COC is in 2022.

That is all there is to it, at least for now. We’ll post updates as soon as we got them.

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