After an investigation into the Recto Bank or Reed Bank collision between a Chinese vessel and a Filipino fishing boat, the Philippine government will seek reparation according to the Malacañang spokesperson, GMA New reported.
“While we understand the emotional outcry of our citizens, we call on everyone to be circumspect in this time of confusion,” President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman Salvador Panelo said.
“There will be a time to demand for reparation once the facts have been established,” he added.
He said the government will focus on the welfare of the 22 fishermen who were involved in the incident.
The crew of F/B Gem-Vir 1 said they were abandoned by crew members of the Chinese fishing vessel and that it was the personnel of a Vietnamese fishing vessel who rescued them.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said they have wrapped up the probe into the incident. They however have not revealed results.