By Roy Mabasa
The sinking of a Filipino fishing boat off Reed Bank or Recto Bank in the evening of June 9 may be a case of an “allision” instead of a collision, according to Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.
“Wrong. It’s presumably an ‘allision’ or bumping of two vessels one of which was stationary. Ramming is another thing altogether requiring proof of intentionality. So far as I know none of us is a mind reader not least because some of us have no mind with which to read another,” Locsin tweeted on Thursday.
The Webster-Merriam Online Dictionary defines the word allision as “the running of one ship upon another ship that is stationary — distinguished from collision.”
Locsin’s theory deviated from the earlier statement made by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana who said that a “collision” sank the Filipino fishing vessel near the Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea.
Lorenzana denounced the action of the Chinese vessel for immediately leaving the scene of the incident and abandoning the 22 Filipino fishermen to the mercy of the elements.
Apparently waiting for Locsin to activate his tweeting chores, many netizens began tagging the DFA secretary in their postings about the incident to which he suddenly replied: “And by the way, I just landed in Geneva, I’ve been airborne. I am waiting for a West PH task force report. My reaction thus far relies exclusively on DefSec Lorenzana. I can’t rely on media; it’d be irresponsible to rely only on media.”
Locsin flew to Geneva on Tuesday night to lead the Philippine Independence Day celebration and attend the International Organization for Migration (IOM) conference in the Swiss capital.
In his succeeding tweets, Locsin said he will wait for the West Philippine Sea task force report before he takes any diplomatic action on the sinking incident.