- Ph Vice President Leni Robredo visited the 22 fishermen in Recto Bank incident
- Fishermen who were present said Robredo listened to their stories
- Robredo also extended P50,000 financial aid to each family of the involved fishermen
Vice President Leni Robredo visited the 22 fishermen involved in the Recto Bank incident last Friday, June 21, 2019, in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.
The meeting was held at the home of Felix Dela Torre- F/B GEM-VER’s owner, wherein 14 of the 22 fishing crew attended.
On the private meeting, Robredo reportedly had a little kumustahan with the fishermen and did not just talk about the recent incident and their feelings about it, but life in San Jose as well.
Moreover, the families of the 22 fishermen received P50,000 pesos each as financial aid from Robredo through her office’s Angat Buhay program, which aims to “link the private sector to the local government units” in addressing pressing community needs.
Prior her visit, Robredo voiced her view through her official Facebook account regarding the incident that occurred last June 9, 2019 wherein 22 Filipino fishermen aboard F/B GEM-VER, while at anchor, was as per reports, intentionally hit by a Chinese ship and left flailing at sea.
“We condemned in the strongest possible terms the irresponsible actions of the Chinese crew involved in the incident and express our outmost profound disappointment of the Chinese government to acknowledge the culpability of those responsible for sinking the Philippine fishing vessel and abandoning its crew.”
Robredo also strongly urge the Department of Foreign Affairs to demand the Chinese government to make the involved Chinese fishermen accountable and face trial before the Philippine court.
As of posting, Robredo is the highest government official to visit the 22 fishermen, after Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol, who offered P25,000 loan assistance through the Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Credit Policy Council, alongside new fishing boats and accessories; and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, who emphasized that the incident was not intentional.