The Philippine vessel that was hit by a Chinese ship near Reed Bank. Photo: AP

Chinese vessel mainly to blame for sinking of Philippine boat in South China Sea, but Filipino crew had ‘deficiencies’: leaked report

  • The Philippine ship did not have a proper lookout and had too many crew aboard, according to the report
  • President Duterte has been criticised for downplaying the June 9 incident, but a new statement from the palace is similar to the report’s conclusion
Topic |   The Philippines

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The Philippine vessel that was hit by a Chinese ship near Reed Bank. 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.