Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Command (Wescom) commanding general Vice Admiral Rene Medina said that the crew members of fishing boat F/B Gimver know that it was indeed a Chinese vessel that hit them in Recto Bank around midnight of June 9.
“Ang source namin ay ang mga fishermen mismo at sa tagal na nilang nangingisda sa area at palagi nila nakikita ang ibang mangingisda ng China, Vietnam kaya kilala na nila kung sino ang bumabangga sa kanila,” Vice Admiral Medina told Inquirer.net.
“Based on the status of the F/B Gimver na naka-anchor before the incident at sa ginawa ng Chinese fishing vessel after the incident, parang sinadya talaga. Sa lawak-lawak ng dagat at bakit doon mismo dumadaan ang Chinese fishing vessel,” he added.
Vice Admiral Medina said that “interview revealed that the Chinese vessel hit and destroyed the eastern portion of the FB Gimver. While at the brink of sinking, all the crew proceeded to the forward portion to counter the flooding of the fishing boat.”
“The Chinese fishing vessel stopped for a while, then two bancas from the fishing boat tried to approach the vessel and complain of the incident,” he added.
However, the Chinese vessel left the incident area. A Vietnamese boat came and rendered help.