- Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol met with the local fishermen involved in a ramming incident with a Chinese fishing vessel
- Boat captain Junel Insigne gave a different statement about the incident
- Piñol also delivered the motorboats, financial aid, and food supplies for the victims
Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol met with the victims of the collision with a Chinese fishing vessel on Wednesday.
KAMI learned that this time, the boat captain has changed his tune and gave a different statement.
In a report by the ABS-CBN News (author Raphael Bosano), Piñol went to the house of the owner of F/B GEM-VER1, the Filipino fishing vessel that sank.
Piñol had a closed-door meeting with the local fishermen who are now called the “Recto Bank 22.” During the meeting, armed police arrived and they did not explain its purpose.
In the press conference, Junel Insigne, the captain of F/B GEM-VER1, gave a different statement. Before, he stood by his word that the Chinese fishing vessel rammed their boat. Now, Insigne shared that he was unsure if it was an accident or intentional. However, he was still dismayed because the Chinese crew abandoned them.
Insigne also apologized to President Rodrigo Duterte for the misunderstanding. The captain clarified that it was Piñol who requested to meet with him and not the President.
The local fishermen received financial aid, food supplies, and motorboats from the government. After getting those, Insigne said that he was already “okay” and he would no longer seek for justice.
However, some fishermen still stayed true to their claim that the Chinese fishing vessel intentionally hit their boat.
Both the government and the fishermen still demand for a thorough investigation on the incident, to know whether it was intentional or not.
In a previous report by KAMI, Insigne shared his experience during the incident. He said that their boat was anchored, and they were resting when a Chinese fishing vessel hit their boat. The Chinese crew just left them and a Vietnamese crew rescued them.
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