- Senate President Tito Sotto shared that he believes that the Filipino fishing boat was not sunk by a Chinese vessel
- Sotto said that he sought for the opinion of a Coast Guard expert
- He added that he based it on the physical appearance of the boat
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III claimed that the Filipino fishing vessel was “not sunk” by a Chinese vessel.
KAMI learned that the Senate President sought for the opinion of a Coast Guard expert over the Recto Bank incident.
In a report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer (author Maila Ager), the maritime expert said that the fishing boat was lightly hit.
“The FB (fishing boat) was hit slightly on the astern (rear part) and intentional ramming would be thru the side,” the expert said.
“Also, it was the boom of the Chinese boat that hit the mast of the Filipino FB which could mean that the Chinese only saw the FB when it was near and tried to do a hard left or hard right with its engines on full astern thus the damage is minimal,” it added.
Sotto also emphasized that it is necessary to know if the masthead light of the Philippine vessel was turned on or not. If it was on, the collision could be intentional. But if not, it could be an accident.
“I concluded SINKING sa query para madiin but apparently there was no sinking,” Sotto said through a Viber message.
The Senate President clarified that he believed the Filipino fishing boat was not sunk based on the physical appearance of the vessel.
In a previous report by KAMI, the boat captain of F/B GEM-Vir 1 changed his statement regarding the ramming incident. At first, he said that the Chinese vessel intentionally hit and abandoned them.
However, after meeting with Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, Junel Insigne said that he was not sure if it was intentional or not.
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