MANILA – It was an “aggressive” Chinese militia vessel under the command of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) that rammed a Filipino fishing boat anchored off the coast of Recto (Reed) Bank in the West Philippine Sea on Sunday, a senior Supreme Court justice said Friday.
This is contrary to the Chinese government’s claim that a Chinese fishing boat was involved in the incident and that crewmen attempted to rescue the 22 Filipinos thrown overboard.
“No other coastal state have fishing vessels purposely designed for ramming other fishing vessels,” Carpio said in a statement.
“Captains of ordinary Chinese fishing vessels do not engage in ramming for fear of inflicting damage to their own vessels,” Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said in a statement.
“It is thus highly likely that a Chinese maritime militia vessel rammed the Filipino fishing vessel F/B GEM-VIR1,” he said.
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