Chinese vessel owner finally apologizes to Gem-Vir 1 fishers

Chinese vessel owner finally apologizes to Gem-Vir 1 fishers

- The owner of the Chinese vessel involved in a ramming incident at the Reed Bank has issued an apology

- The Department of Foreign Affairs has released a copy of the memorandum regarding the apology

- The Palace has commented over the letter of the Chinese boat owner

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The owner of the Chinese vessel that hit a Filipino ship in Recto Bank or Reed Bank has finally issued an apology over the incident involving 22 Filipino fishermen.

KAMI learned that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has released a memorandum about the apology. It was sent to and received by the Philippine Embassy on August 26.

In a report by the CNN Philippines (author Eimor Santos), the letter was penned by Guangdong Fishery Mutual Insurance Association president Chen Shiqin.

“I feel deep regret that this accident had to happen and I would like to express my deep sympathy to Filipino fishermen. The shipowner of the Chinese fishing boat involved, through our Association, would like to express his sincere apology to the Filipino fisher,” it read.

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It has also been reported that the Malacañang has accepted the apology.

"We likewise welcome the owner's humility to take responsibility and acknowledgment that compensation must be provided to cover the actual loss," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

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In a previous report by KAMI, the Filipino fishermen involved in the allision were given P1.2 million by Filipino-Chinese businessmen.

On June 9, a Chinese vessel reportedly hit Filipino fishing boat “GEM-VIR1” at the Recto Bank, and the Chinese fishermen immediately ran after the incident. A few hours later, a Vietnamese crew rescued the 22 local fishers.

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