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Chinese embassy denies Filipino fishermen victims of hit-and-run

METRO MANILA (MDN national news digital) – The twenty two Filipino fishermen were not victims of a hit-and-run collision according to the Chinese embassy on Friday.

The Chinese embassy in a statement, which was also deleted Friday on the same day it was posted, said that based on initial investigation, the Chinese fishing vessel Yuemaobinyu 42212 was reportedly “berthed just near the Recto Bank when it was suddenly besieged by 7 to 8 Filipino fishing boats.” 

The statement on Facebook said “During evacuation, 42212 failed to shun a Filipino fishing boat and its steel cable on the lightning grid of larboard bumped into the Filipino pilothouse. The Filipino fishing boat tilted and its stern foundered.” 

The embassy statement said the captain of the Chinese fishing vessel tried to rescue the Filipino fishermen but they were afraid of being attacked by other fishing boats in the vicinity also owned by Filipino fishermen.

“Therefore, having confirmed the fishermen from the Filipino boat were rescued on board of other Filipino fishing boats, 42212 sailed away from the scene. The above shows that there is no such thing as ‘hit-and-run’,” the embassy said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Senator-elect Bong Go condemned the alleged ramming of Filipino fishermen’s vessel and putting the lives of 22 Filipinos in danger at sea as the Chinese vessel that rammed them allegedly went away after the incident.

Go told reporters in Davao City: “Kinokondena ko po ang nangyari. Dapat naman kung nasagasaan o nabangga ninyo ang barko natin kayo mismo dapat ang mag-save ng Pilipino, ‘wag niyo pabayaan. Buhay rin ‘yan ng mga Pilipino.” ###

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