President Rodrigo Duterte downplayed the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel in the West Philippine Sea as “just a collision”.
"That is just a collision of boats. Do not make it worse," Duterte said in his first public remark about the incident after a week of silence, urging the public for calm.
Duterte’s reaction is in contrast with that some of his officials. Many of the president’s critics want a stronger response.
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