MANILA (Reuters) - China has rejected Philippine allegations that a Chinese fishing vessel abandoned 22 Filipinos after it sank their boat in the South China Sea, as pressure builds on President Rodrigo Duterte to take a tougher line. China's embassy in Manila said the crew had sought to rescue the Filipino fishermen but fled after being "suddenly besieged by seven or eight Filipino fishing boats". Duterte has made no mention of Sunday's incident during any of the lengthy and unscripted speeches he has since given. She said Duterte had plenty to say about mundane issues, but should speak up when it came to sovereignty. "The Filipino people must send a strong signal to China that any new 'grey zone' offensive of ramming Filipino fishing vessels ...will mean a break of diplomatic ties," Carpio said in a statement late Friday.
Source: The Star June 15, 2019 05:26 UTC