“We are not politicizing that incident,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said after Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang it is not proper to politicize the Reed Bank incident without verification.
“What we are focusing is on the act of abandoning; not the collision itself, because collisions happen in the high seas. But the act of abandoning is in violation of the UNCLOS – the United Nations Convention Law on the Seas,” Panelo explained in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC).
“You don’t even need an international law provision on that. It’s a human act of lending hand to somebody in distress,” Panelo added.
Panelo also said that he appreciate Chinese Ambassador to the Philippine Zhao Jianhua’s statement.
“I’m glad that Ambassador Zhao made a responsible response to that. He said they will thoroughly and seriously investigate the incident,” he said.