By Mario Casayuran
Opposition Senator Francis N. Pangilinan Wednesday urged the Duterte administration to immediately reverse its policy of subservience and appeasement to China and file a diplomatic protest.
Pangilinan issued this statement after denouncing the inhumane and cruel act by a Chinese fishing boat of abandoning 22 Filipino lives at the West Philippine Sea (WPS).
The president of the Liberal Party (LP) said abandonment of Filipino fishermen after a collision between a Chinese fishing boat and a Filipino boat was highly illegal.
‘’No self-respecting nation in the world will stay meek and docile in the face of such cruelty and aggression,’’ Pangilinan said.
In 2016, the United Nations Arbitration Court rejected the historical claim of China over most parts of South China, including the WPS, and sided with the territorial claim of the Philippines over these contested waters.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had time and again maintained that China would never give an inch of its claimed territory to any country.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana Wednesday condemned the “cowardly action” of a suspected Chinese fishing vessel accused of abandoning a Filipino fishing crew after a collision in the disputed South China Sea.
The boat on Sunday hit a Filipino craft anchored near Reed Bank — claimed by both Manila and Beijing — causing it to sink and leaving 22 crewmen “to the mercy of the elements”, Lorenzana said.
“We condemn in the strongest terms the cowardly action of the suspected Chinese fishing vessel and its crew for abandoning the Filipino crew,” he said.
“This is not the expected action from a responsible and friendly people,’’ he added.
According to Lorenzana, the F/B GIMVER1 was anchored at the time when it was hit by the Chinese fishing vessel.
“We thank the captain and crew of Vietnamese vessel, for saving the lives of the 22 Filipino crew,” he said.