- Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol called out those who allegedly spread false information about the Filipino and Chinese fishing vessel incident
- Piñol said that people should stop spreading “lies"
- He also met with the witness of the incident and the owner of the boat
Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol called out those who allegedly spread false information about the Filipino and Chinese fishing vessel incident at Recto Bank.
KAMI learned that there have been talks going around that the incident was staged and the photo showing submerged Filipino vessel was different from the “real” F/V GEM-VER1 that sunk.
In a report by the GMA News Online (author Anna Felicia Bajo), Piñol met with cook Richard Blaza, the only one reported awake when the Filipino boat was rammed by a Chinese vessel.
"Doon sa gumagawa ng kuwento na 'yun daw mga mangingisda ay hindi naman totoong mangingisda, ito daw ay drama lang para magalit tayo sa China... tigilan na po natin 'yan. Di po totoo ang mga haka-haka na 'yan," Piñol said.
"Kaya natatakot ang mangingisda dahil kung ano-anong balita ang lumalabas eh. Ang sinasama ng loob ni Mrs. Dela Torre, 'yung kuwento-kuwento na sinadya daw silang magpabangga para mabayaran sila, sabi niya masyadong masakit sa amin 'yun, nadamage na nga kami, gagawin pang issue sa kanila," he added.
Through a Facebook post, Piñol urged the people to “stop the lies.”
“The sunken fishing boat and the "real" F/B GEM-VER shown in separate photos are one and the same,” he mentioned.
“I am making this statement in response to posts made by ‘conspiracy theorists’ who claim that the Recto Bank incident where a Chinese vessel rammed the Filipino fishing boat was stage-managed to fan a conflict between the Philippines and China,” he added.
As previously reported by KAMI, boat captain Junel Insigne has decided not to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday.
A Chinese vessel allegedly hit a Filipino ship and just ran immediately after the incident, leaving the lives of 22 Filipinos in danger.
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