In an interview with Mike Enriquez over GMA Network’s 24 Oras June 14 edition, the skipper of F/B GIMVER Junel Insigne said he believes that a Chinese fishing vessel intentionally hit them.
“‘Yung palantandaan po namin, ‘yung panghanapbuhay po nila ‘ganun talaga. China po talaga, Chinese fishing vessel,” Insigne said.
“Ang sa akin, sinadya po ‘yon gawa ng pagbangga po sa amin, ‘nung binalikan po kami akala namin tutulungan kami, inilawan po nila ‘yung ilaw nilang maliwanag, bago ‘nung nakita po kaming lubog na, ‘tsaka po kami iniwanan, bago pinatay ‘yung ilaw, tinakbuhan po kami,” he added.
He also said that all the catch they had that time turned into waste. However, he said that the damaged fishing boat can still be repaired.