- Junel Insigne has commented on the remark of President Rodrigo Duterte about the boat incident vs. China
- Insigne said that it looked like the President just shrugged off the issue
- The Filipino captain wanted the Chinese captain to be held accountable
The captain of F/B GEM-VER1, Junel Insigne, has commented on the remark of President Rodrigo Duterte over the alleged “hit-and-run” incident against a Chinese vessel.
KAMI learned that for Insigne, he was saddened because it looked like as if President Duterte belittled the accident.
"Nalulungkot po ako dahil kasi parang balewala lang po 'yung pagbangga sa amin, paano po kung maraming namatay sa amin?" Insigne told ABS-CBN News.
Insigne also said that he wanted the captain of the Chinese fishing vessel to be held accountable, and that the Chinese fishing would be asked to leave there to refrain it from happening again.
"Iyung gusto ko pong marinig sa kanya [Duterte], iyung talagang mapanagot talaga po iyung kapitan po [ng Chinese na barko]. Iyung mga Chinese fishing doon, sana mapaalis doon kasi baka sa sunod na taon po, baka mangyari ulit 'to," he said.
The Filipino captain mentioned that they wanted to ask for help to fix their boat so that they could go back to fishing because it is their only source of income.
"D'yan lang po kami kumukuha ng aming ipapakain sa pamilya po," Insigne said.
In a previous report by KAMI, President Duterte has finally commented on the issue a week after. The President said that it was a “maritime incident” and the Philippines should wait for the result of the investigation.
About a week ago, a Filipino fishing vessel sank because it was allegedly hit by a Chinese fishing vessel in Reed Bank. According to the local fishermen, the Chinese crew just left after the incident, and they were rescued by a Vietnamese vessel a few hours after. 22 lives of the Filipino fishermen were in danger due to the incident.
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