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Malacañang calls the act of Chinese men ‘barbaric’ after Filipino vessel sinks

An aerial photo taken through a glass window of a Philippine military plane shows the alleged on-going land reclamation by China on mischief reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Ritchie B. Tongo/Pool

On the day of celebrating the country’s 121st Independence Day, Malacañang called the act of Chinese men as ” inhuman and barbaric” following a Filipino fishing vessel sinking at the Recto bank of the West Philippine Sea after colliding with a Chinese fishing vessel.

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“We call on the appropriate Chinese authorities to probe the collision and impose the proper sanctions to the Chinese crew,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador said in a statement.

Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday confirmed the incident especially after the Chinese fishing boat abandoned the F/B Gimber 1, leaving at risk the lives of 22 Filipino crewmen. He said that a Vietnamese fishing boat happened to be sailing around the area and immediately coordinated with the Western Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

The Filipino crewmen were then rescued by the BRP Ramon Alcaraz.

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“The Captain and the crew of the Chinese vessel should not have left the injured party without any assistance or succor. Such an act of desertion is inhuman as it is barbaric,” Panelo added.



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