Solon seeks report on WPS incident

A CONGRESSWOMAN Occidental Mindoro has asked the concerned government agency to make public the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and Philippine Coast Guard report on the Chinese vessel that rammed a Philippine fishing boat.

“Where is it?” asked Rep. Josephine “Nene” Sato following reports that the Marina and the Coast Guard have wrapped up their investigation on the Recto Bank incident.

This was confirmed by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade in an interview during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Bangkok, Thailand. He said the reports was submitted to Malacañang on last June 20.

“Mahigit isang linggo nang na-submit ang report. Sa interes at kapakanan ng Pilipinas at mga mamamayan nito, kailangang makita na ng sambayanan ang report na ito, lalo na ang mga natuklasan at mungkahi ng Marina at Coast,” said Sato.

In the week following the submission of the report, President Rodrigo Duterte expressed willingness for a joint Philippines-China investigation regarding the Recto Bank incident. This was vehemently opposed by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr.

The President also said that China can fish within the Philippines Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

“The priority should always be the Filipinos, our fishermen who were the victims in this incident. What really happened? We need to know. We call for the release the report now.  Furthermore, we call for the active patrolling and protection of our territory especially in the EEZ, so as to prevent any similar incident from happening again,” said Sato.