Chinese vessel claims PH boats at fault for Recto Bank incident: Pinalibutan kami habang nananahimik!

China says Chinese vessel in Recto Bank incident 'besieged' by Philippine boats / compiled photo from ABS CBN and GMA news

Few days after the Filipino boat sinking incident at Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea, Chinese Embassy has released a statement.

In a statement Friday, the Chinese government said the Chinese vessel was "berthed" or parked at Recto Bank when it was “it was suddenly besieged by 7 or 8 Filipino fishing boats.”

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

The Chinese embassy also claimed that the captain of the fishing boat Yuemaobinyu 42212 tried to rescue the Filipino fishermen but decided to sail away due to fear of being besieged.

"The Chinese captain tried to rescue the Filipino fishermen, but was afraid of being besieged by other Filipino fishing boats," the statement said

“Therefore, having confirmed the fishermen from the Filipino boat were rescued on board of other Filipino fishing boats, 2212 sailed away from the scene,” the statement also read

 “The above shows that there is no such thing as ‘hit and run.'” It added

On June 9, 22 Filipino fishermen were left afloat after their vessel GEM-VER1 sank. They were later on helped and rescued by Vietnamese vessel.

Meanwhile, Chinese embassy said that its government is getting in touch with the Philippine government.

"The Chinese side attaches great importance to China-Philippines friendship and safety of life at sea, and will continue to properly handle this issue with the Philippines in a serious and responsible manner," the embassy said.

"The two sides are maintaining close communication through diplomatic channels," it added

Source: Politiko

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