- President Rodrigo Duterte apologized to the local fishermen involved in the ramming incident against China
- The President reiterated that it was a “maritime incident”
- He added that it was not enough reason to do any military exercise vs. China
President Rodrigo Duterte commented on the issue that the local fishermen involved in the ramming incident against China felt that he belittled the accident that happened in the Reed Bank.
KAMI learned that the President said he was “sorry” and reiterated that it was a “maritime incident.”
“Well, I’m sorry, but that is how it is. It is a maritime incident,” the President said.
President Duterte emphasized that the incident did not cause any “bloody violence” and that the country could not do any military exercise about what happened because it could prompt a war against China.
“That is not the reason to go to any military exercise there. ‘Pag ginawa mo ‘yan, giyera ‘yan,” Duterte said.
He also mentioned that the local fishermen were aware that the area was claimed by both the Philippines and China.
“I’m sorry if ‘yun ang feeling nila,” he said.
“Alam naman nila na that area is claimed by both. Para sa China, it happened within their jurisdiction. Sa atin, within our jurisdiction, because we have two conflicting claims of ownership,” the President continued.
In a previous report by KAMI, President Duterte said that he believed China will not stop fishing in the Philippine exclusive economic zone (EEZ) even after the ramming incident.
The investigation on the collision between the Chinese and Filipino vessels is still on-going.
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