The sinking of a Philippine boat by a Chinese vessel has sparked an outcry in the Philippines, with a rally taking place outside the presidential palace in Manila on June 19. Photo: AP

Rodrigo Duterte wants a joint Manila-Beijing probe into the South China Sea sinking. Could it be a good idea?

  • The Philippine president has been criticised for being too soft on China in his response to the June 9 sinking of a Philippine fishing vessel by a Chinese ship
  • While opinions are divided, some experts say working together could stop the investigation from turning into a squabble over jurisdiction in the waterway
Topic |   The Philippines

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The sinking of a Philippine boat by a Chinese vessel has sparked an outcry in the Philippines, with a rally taking place outside the presidential palace in Manila on June 19. Photo: AP
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Raissa Robles

Raissa Robles

Raissa Robles has written for the SCMP since 1996. A freelance journalist specialising in politics, international relations, business and Muslim rebellion, she has contributed to Reuters, the Economist Intelligence Unit, Daily Mail, Times of London, Radio Netherlands and Asiaweek. She runs the award-winning investigative and opinion blog, raissarobles.com. Her book, Marcos Martial Law: Never Again, a brief history of the dictatorship won the 2017 National Book Awards for Non-Fiction. Her Twitter handle is @raissawriter.