Junel Insigne, captain of the fishing vessel GEM-VIR1 that collided with a Chinese ship, was planning to visit Manila to meet the president and personally report how Chinese vessel rammed their ship and eventually abandoned them. He was on his way to Calapan to catch a boat when he received a call from his wife telling him to just go home and cancel the trip.
Apparently, his wife learned that the special Cabinet meeting about the collision was canceled. From Calapan he returned home with a heavy heart and full of dismay.
Seeking for Justice
In a closed-door meeting, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi told the fishermen that the collision may not have been intentional as it was just the stern of the boat that was hit. Cusi’s remark added to the fishermen’s disappointment towards the government. They are seeking for justice and hoping that the president will not turn a blind eye in this issue.
Rammed and Abandoned
To recall, an incident of a collision between a Chinese vessel and Filipino ship happened on June 10, 2019. Allegedly, the Chinese men left them behind while floating in the sea. After two hours of paddling, two of GEM-VIR1 crew members manage to reach the Vietnamese fishing vessel. Luckily, Vietnamese fishermen are kind enough to rescue the two and the rest of the Filipino fishermen.
The public is now condemning the Chinese men to their allegedly inhumane act. According to the furious Filipinos, abandoning helpless people is not a humane act.
The palace is not yet giving an official statement towards the incident as the president is still in the process of verifying. However, Manila’s Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin said that he had lodged a diplomatic protest with China over the controversial “ramming” incident.