Malacañang says Chinese action in collision incident is ‘barbaric’

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“The act of abandonment, by those sailing the Chinese fishing vessel of 22 Filipino fishermen aboard their anchored and stationary watercraft hit by them, is uncivilized as it is outrageous,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

This is after National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement on June 12 that “a collision between a Chinese and Filipino vessel (F/B GIMVER 1) was reported by Filipino fishermen near the Recto Bank in the West Philippine on the evening of June 9, 2019. The collision sank the Filipino vessel.”

“We denounce the actions of the Chinese fishing vessel for immediately leaving the scene of the incident, abandoning the 22 Filipino crewmen to the mercy of the elements. The F/B GIMVER 1 was anchored at the time when it was hit by the Chinese fishing vessel,” Secretary Lorenzana added.

Secretary Panelo said that “such act of desertion is inhuman as it is barbaric.”

“It is a crystal-clear violation of maritime protocols as well as an infringement of internationally accepted practice of assisting a vessel in distress. We call on the appropriate Chinese authorities to probe the collision and impose the proper sanctions to the Chinese crew,”  Panelo added.

Panelo noted that the current maritime dispute should not have stopped the Chinese vessel to render help.