The Chinese Embassy in the Philippines said in a statement released June 30 that it “is shocked and saddened at the collision of a Philippine fishing boat with a Hong Kong-flagged cargo vessel at midnight of June 27, 2020.”
“This is a tragic incident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the missing crew members and passengers. We sincerely hope all of them could be rescued at the earliest,” it added.
According to reports, on June 28, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) received a distress call from the captain of MV Vienna Wood about a collision incident with a local fishing vessel 14.57 nautical miles west-southwest off Tayamaan in Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro.
MV Vienna Wood departed from Subic, Zambales going to Australia while FV Liberty 5 departed from Cagayan de Tawi-Tawi going to Navotas Fish Port in Metro Manila when the maritime incident occurred.
MV Vienna Wood is under the custody of the PCG District in Southern Tagalog for further investigation about the maritime incident.
The Chinese embassy also said “pending the investigation, we hope all parties refrain from politicalizing the issue and seeking narrow interests from such a humanitarian tragedy.”
“The Embassy also noted that a few Philippine media reported again the fishing vessels collision that happened on June 10, 2019 in the South China Sea. China has been working closely with the Philippine side to solve the case. The concerned Chinese fishing association has already offered a compensation proposal to the Philippine side and has been waiting for formal feedback from the latter. In the spirit of cooperation and friendship, we believe the incident will be solved in a proper manner,” the Chinese embassy added.