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× Piñol says photo of submerged Filipino vessel real

MANILA, Philippines --- Agriculture secretary Emmanuel "Manny" Piol clarified that the photo of the submerged Filipino fishing boat involved in the incident with a Chinese vessel in the West Philippine Sea was real.

Piol made the statement amid claims of "conspiracy theorists" that the incident was staged and that the photos of the submerged vessel and the photo of the boat pulled from the sea after…