Senator-elect and former Presidential aide Christopher “Bong” Go remains unconvinced on the testimony of 22 Filipino fishermen involved in the collision with a Chinese ship over the weekend at Recto (Reed) Bank in the West Philippine Sea.
In a statement on Monday, Go said that they are still waiting for the ongoing investigation from the involved governments whether the collision was just a “maritime accident or an intentional act on the part of the Chinese vessel.”
“This matter should be discussed by the two countries in a diplomatic manner. Should there be findings that there was a deliberate act to harm the Filipino fishing boat, the perpetrators should be made to answer,” he said.
Go still wants to determine if the action of the Chinese fishermen violated the UN Convention on the Law of the Seas following the admission of the Chinese Embassy that the crew of the said ship did not help the Filipino fishermen after the collision.