“It doesn’t make sense, parang nakakainsulto sa intelligence ng mga Filipino ‘yong kanilang pinapalabas na explanation,” said Senator Ping Lacson over radio DWIZ, as quoted by Manila Bulletin, in reaction to Chinese Embassy’s statement regarding the Reed Bank incident.
“Gumawa muna sila ng maayos na script kung sila man ay walang plano na ilahad ‘yong buong katotohanan. Gumawa sila ng script na kapani-paniwala, at hindi ‘yong parang iniinsulto nila tayo na tayong mga Filipino ay mga bobo,” Senator Lacson added.
This is after the Chinese Embassy said that Chinese government’s preliminary investigation showed that Chinese fishing boat Yuemaobinyu 42212, engaged in a light purse seine operation, was berthed in Reed Bank when 7 to 8 Filipino fishing boats “besieged” it midnight of June 9.
“During evacuation, 42212 failed to shun a Filipino fishing boat, and its steel cable on the lighting grid of larboard bumped into the Filipino pilothouse. The Filipino fishing boat tilted and its stern foundered,” the Chinese embassy said.
“[H]aving confirmed the fishermen from the Filipino boat were rescued on board of other Filipino fishing boats, 42212 sailed away from the scene. The above shows that there is no such thing as “hit-and-run”,” it added.
In a separate statement, released through Twitter, Senator Lacson said “the clock is ticking on our patience. China should respect a country that has been pulling back to give a “friend” all the benefit of the doubt.”
“If I know PRRD, he values friendship but he loves his country more. The boat ramming incident is a test of both patience and respect,” he added.