According to a relative of the captain of the fishing boat F/B GIMVER 1 that was hit by a Chinese boat, the incident took place around midnight in Reed Bank while the Filipino crew are sleeping.
“Ayon po sa kuwento ng pinsan ko na kapitan ng bangka, naka-anchor po sila doon sa area na pinagbanggaan, nagulat na lang po sila dahil hatinggabi po, may ano, wasak na ‘yun pala nabangga na sila ng barko ng China,” said Jimwel Tañedo in an interveiw with Unang Balita as quoted by GMA News Online. Tañedo is a relative of F/B GIMVER’s skipper.
“Biglaan na po ‘yun dahil hatinggabi, masarap ang tulog nila, wala na po silang naramdaman kung nag-warning ‘yung MS Vessel. Basta naano na lang po, nadisgrasya na po sila,” he added.
The crew of the said Filipino fishing vessel is expected to arrive on June 14 and will be able to personally relate what transpired.
“The act of abandonment, by those sailing the Chinese fishing vessel of twenty two (22) Filipino fishermen aboard their anchored and stationary watercraft hit by them, is uncivilised as it is outrageous,” Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.
“Regardless of the nature of the collision, whether it was accidental or intentional, common decency and the dictates of humanity require the immediate saving of the crew of the downed Philippine vessel. The safety of the crew of the damaged Filipino vessel should have been the uppermost thought and helping them should have been the natural reaction of the crew of the other vessel,” he added.
Panelo said that the Philippine government is calling on Chinese authorities to probe the collision and impose the proper sanctions to the Chinese crew.