[EXPLAINER] The gospel according to Tito Sotto: Teach a man to fish, and his haul could be Chinese

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) has become a hot topic following the sinking of Filipino boat Gem-Ver by a Chinese vessel in Recto Bank.

Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III said on June 27 that it was dfficult to determine exclusivity in the Philippines' EEZ, and shared the view of President Rodrigo Duterte on allowing the Chinese to fish in Philippine waters as long as they would reciprocate the gesture.

This drew flak from Filipinos online, and prompted memes, satire posts, and comments from experts in maritime law.

But was Sotto's statement valid from an international law perspective?

Watch this video explainer. – Rappler.com