Malacañang shared the view of the Secretary of National Defense Delfin
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said that the act of abandonment, by those sailing the Chinese fishing vessel of twenty-two (22) Filipino fishermen aboard their anchored and stationary watercraft hit by them is uncivilised and outrageous.
Panelo asserted that “regardless of the nature of the collision, whether it was accidental or intentional, common decency and the dictates of humanity require the immediate saving of the crew of the downed Philippine vessel.”
According to Panelo, the present territorial conflict between the Philippines and China, can not be an impediment for the Chinese vessel to lend a hand to the distressed Filipino crew members.
“The Captain and the crew of the Chinese vessel should not have left the injured party without any assistance or
Meanwhile, the Palace official expressed Philippines sincere gratitude to the seamen of a Vietnamese vessel who rendered relief services to the distressed Filipino fishermen following the collision.