The captain of the Philippine vessel allegedly hit by a Chinese vessel expressed dismay over President Rodrigo Duterte’s remarks that what happened was only a simple maritime accident.
After remaining silent, the president finally dismissed the issue and remarked that it was just a “little maritime incident”.
Junel Insigne, captain of the sunken boat, backed out from a scheduled meeting with Pres. Duterte on June 17, Monday.
“Nalulungkot po ako dahil balewala lang po ‘yung pagbangga sa amin. Paano po kung marami namatay po sa amin,” he answered when asked about his reaction to the president’s remarks, Tuesday, in ABS-CBN’s morning segment, Umagang Kay Ganda.
In the meantime, Capt. Insigne along with his 21 other men survived after being rescued by Vietnamese fishermen. However, their boat, F/B Gem-Vir, sank.
Moreover, the captain added that the government should at least acknowledge that Chinese fishermen really hit them.
“Anuhin lang po sana na talagang binangga po kami talaga,” Insigne said.
Meanwhile, in his speech at the 121st anniversary of the Philippine Navy in Cavite, Pres. Duterte said,
“A maritime incident is a maritime incident. It is best investigated. And I do not now issue a statement because there is no investigation and there is no result. Then the only thing we can do is to wait and give the other party the right to be heard. Importante ‘yan eh.“
In short, the president echoed what the Chinese foreign ministry claim on June 13 that, it was just an ordinary maritime incident.