Captain Of Boat Sank By Chinese Backs Out of Planned Meeting W/ Duterte
CAPTAIN – The captain of the ship that’s rammed by Chinese vessel skipped the planned meeting with President Duterte.
The captain of the Filipino fishing boat Gem-Vir1, Jonnel Insigne, strongly believed that a Chinese vessel crashed their boat around midnight of June 9. He and his fellow fishermen finally returned to their families in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 14.
“Nakita po naming na binangga po kami Chinese talaga yun,” said Insigne.
The Filipino fishermen said after the Chinese ship rammed their vessel, they said turned their lights off and said away. The 22 fishermen struggled to stay afloat in the Reed Sea for almost three hours before they were rescued by Vietnamese fishermen.
But on the statement of China’s embassy was different from the Pinoy fishermen.
Based on a report from CNN. Chinese claimed that seven to eight Pinoy boats tried to “besiege” their ship.
They tried to sail away until they accidentally hit the Gem-Vir1. They explained that they did not help the sinking boat of fear of “being besieged.”
According to the report, the captain of the Filipino boat and cook Richard Blaza was set to have a meeting with the Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte.
The cook was the only crew member who was awake during the collision at the Reed Bank.
However, Jonnel Insigne decided to back out on the planned meeting with the president on Monday, June 17 said San Jose Mayor Romulo Festin.
Based on the report, the captain of the Filipino fishing boat made that last minute decision to return to his home town in Occidental Mindoro.
Their Mayor said Jonnel skipped the planned meeting with Duterte due to personal reasons.
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