Military sees ‘intentionality’ in Reed bank incident

Security & Defense

“Kung titingnan ninyo po sa incident report, may intentionality eh, kasi hindi tumigil,” Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Command spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Penetrante said regarding the incident near Reed Bank in West Philippine Sea where a Chinese fishing vessel abandoned a Filipino fishing vessel and its 22 crew member after a collision on June 9.

“According to our report, it’s far from accidental kasi kung accidental po ito, the SOP should be they should stop ‘di po ba? And then they should rescue, rescue these fishermen natin ano po. E nung tinamaan nila ‘yung FB Gimver 1 ay ano po sila, dire-diretso, hindi nila tinigilan,” Lieutenant Colonel Penetrante told reporters.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that F/B GIMVER 1 was anchored at the time when it was hit by the Chinese fishing vessel. 

“Fortunately, a Vietnamese fishing vessel was in the vicinity and rescued all 22 fishermen and brought them to safety in coordination with the AFP’s Western Command. The BRP Ramon Alcaraz, which was conducting a routine maritime patrol in the area, was ordered to assist in the recovery of F/B GIMVER 1 and its crew,” Secretary Lorenzana said.