“The fishing boat issue is being thoroughly and seriously investigated,” Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua said in a text message to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.
“We share your concerns about fishermen. If it were true that it was a Chinese fishing boat which did it, they would be duly educated and punished for their irresponsible behavior,” the Chinese envoy added.
He added that incidents happen even in the best regulated family. “We hope this incident could be held in a proper context,” he said.